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CASTLE COMBE'S MARSHALS TRAINING DAY : Ken Davies
Bumper support for Training Day Words and images by Ken Davies Castle Combe – 19 March 2017. Early on a cold but sunny spring Sunday morning at Castle Combe Race Circuit, a large crowd of enthusiastic marshals, young and old, turned out for Castle Combe Racing Club’s annual pre-season Marshals Training Day, in preparation for another busy season at the popular Wiltshire circuit. ...
 
HISTORIC FORMULA 2 RETURNS TO OULTON PARK : Paul Lawrence
Historic F2 at 2017 Oulton Park Gold Cup  By Paul Lawrence After a gap of nine years, the spectacle of period Formula 2 cars will return to the fabulous Cheshire parkland track for a double-header for the Historic Sports Car Club’s 2017 Historic Formula 2 International Series, which is open to single-seater racing cars built to the appropriate Formula 2, Formula B and Formula Atlantic ...
 
GRAND TOUR - CAPE TO CAPE 2017 : Dorothy
Cape to Cape for Macmillan Cancer Support  Dorothy Endorses On 23 April 2017 Jane and Alex Postan will be competing on the 12th Grand Tour - Cape to Cape in their 1973 Lamborghini Jarama. Their aim is to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support, Alex having looked down the cancer tunnel twice now. The previous eleven tours have raised a terrific total of £671,650...
 
THE INTERNATIONAL JAGUAR XK CLUB 2017 ROUND BRITAIN COASTAL DRIVE - Dorothy
Jaguar XK Club supporting Prostate Cancer UK  Dorothy EndorsesThe International Jaguar XK Club Round Britain Coastal Drive will take place from 12-29 June 2017 and is in support of Prostate Cancer UK.First run last year, when over 200 Jaguar E-types took part, the event is the brainchild of author Philip Porter, who drove the entire route in his E-type a few months after recovering from prost...
 
THE SUNBEAM RAPIER - Retro-Gnome
Race or rally a Rapier  Words by Retro-Gnome. Images by Peter Baker The Sunbeam Rapier, a two-door pillar-less saloon car, produced by the Rootes Group and introduced at the London Motor Show in October 1955, was a very successful competition car until its demise in 1967. Within months of its launch, two Rapiers were entered on the 1956 Mille Miglia, the one driven by Peter Harper and She...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - RED KITE STAGES : Phil Harris
Double win on Red Kite Stages!  Sunday 19 February 2017 saw the Red Kite Stages, first round of the 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship, writes Phil Harris. The event was based in Llandovery in mid-Wales and took place in low cloud and mist through the surrounding mountain forests. The Harris & Co-backed Mini Cooper had been re-prepared for the coming season over the w...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - CAMBRIAN RALLY 2017 : Lawrence Clift
62nd Cambrian Rally, Saturday 11 February It's been a long seven weeks or so without any live motor sport to report but that dry spell came to an end at the weekend when we travelled to North Wales for the opening round of the 2017 BTRDA Rally Series, the Cambrian Rally, reports Lawrence Clift. Having left rally HQ in Llandudno, we headed inland to the first stage ‘Alwen’ where we ...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Toll or not to toll  Words and images by Peter Baker My favourite driving roads? Good question. After all, times change. Once, the journey between London and Brighton for me was an adventure, in some ways and in some places (flat down Reigate Hill and then over the railway crossing without lifting), reminiscent of the Mille Miglia. As a seventeen-year-old, even travelling the short distan...
 
MONACO TOP CARS COLLECTION : Retro-Gnome
The Prince’s private collection  Words by Retro-Gnome, Images by Peter Baker   At the Prince’s Palace in Monaco is the Collection Privee des voitures de S.A.S. Le Prince de Monaco – Monaco Top Cars Collection. The exhibition is described as ‘not an automobile museum just a private collection of Old Cars’. During a little time-out from duties on Rallye Mont...
 
AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL 2017 : Ken Davies
FF to F1 at Autosport  Words and images by Ken Davies For motor sport fans, the National Exhibition Centre was the place to be from12-15 January when Autosport International opened its doors, the inaugural show under its new owners Motorsport Network. Although it looked little different from previous years, chairman Zak Brown’s programme address left readers in no doubt about his organi...
 
2016: ANOTHER GREAT YEAR - PART 2 : Peter Baker
Another great year – Part 2  Words and images by Peter Baker The second half of 2016 was by far the busiest six months yet for Retro-Speed magazine, with multiple-event choices every weekend. For instance, 4/5 June saw HSCC Snetterton, CSCC Brands Hatch, VSCC Harewood, plus The Three Castles Rally and the Heritage Rally, which finished at the revamped British Motor Museum. There foll...
 
JEFF BLOXHAM INTERVIEW : Ken Davies
Ken Davies interviews Jeff Bloxham – top motor racing ‘snapper’ Images courtesy of Jeff Bloxham  To any dyed-in-the wool motor racing fan, the name Jeff Bloxham will be familiar from some of the stunning images that he’s been capturing in top-flight races around the world for almost 50 years. And Jeff recalls his first known memory of motor racing as witnessing th...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
November was not so boring after all  Words and images by Peter BakerIt was mid-November and I was bored, only the imminent government winter fuel payment of £200 to cheer me up, and the slow crawl towards Christmas well and truly underway. Then, out of the blue, Lin announces we, or to be more precise she, has been invited by a Chinese friend to a wedding. Good news, the happy event ta...
 
2016: ANOTHER GREAT YEAR - PART 1 : Peter Baker
Another great year – Part 1  Words and images by Peter BakerIt was unbelievably hot at Le Mans Classic, nice and warm at Spa for the Six Hours race, but very, very wet for those who dressed up for Goodwood Revival. Meanwhile, in January 2016 an absence of challenging ice and snow in the mountains turned the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique into ‘just’ another, marginally diffic...
 
LAND'S END TO JOHN O' GROATS : Peter Baker
‘Le Jog’ – a magnet to the competitive spirit Words and images by Peter Baker The 847-mile journey from Land's End to John o' Groats has always provided a magnet to the competitive spirit. In 1892 Evelyn Burnaby set the ball rolling by being the first person to cover the distance, riding a horse. Since then it has been run in seventeen days, and cycled by two men on a tandem in,...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - MUSCLE CAR MASTERS 2016 : Bill Fonseca
Muscles at Sydney’s Motorsport Park  Words and images form Bill Fonseca Muscle Car Masters is a celebration of Australian’s muscle car heritage and a tribute to the drivers that raced. The 12th running of the nation’s most successful retro motorsport event, held on the new date of 29/30 October, will see the return of five popular race categories plus a class making its Mas...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - RAC RALLY OF THE TESTS 2016 : Mike Tanswell
View from inside car 80  Words by Mike Tanswell. Images by Blue Passion Photographic The plan was for Peter Blackett and I to do the Palladwr Rally as a shake down for the RAC Rally of the Tests. However, a week before the event Peter rang me from his hospital bed with the news that he had a leg infection and was not fit to do the Rally, but hopeful he would be better for the ROTT. The car ...
 
RETRO-SPEED IN THE LAND OF TRUMP : Ed McDonough
Meeting Barack Obama  Words and images by Ed McDonough Retro-Speed Chief Tester, Ed McDonough, American by birth but permanent UK resident, turned a holiday visit to the USA into a serious working trip, culminating in a face-to-face meeting with Barack Obama. My sister lives in New Hampshire and invited me over for the Thanksgiving to Christmas holiday, and I decided to extend it to includ...
 
DAVID BRODIE INTERVIEW : Ken Davies
Ken Davies interviews David Brodie  In the pantheon of British motor racing history David Brodie is an international saloon car legend. Perhaps best known for carrying the iconic legend 'Run Baby Run' on the front of his Ford Escort 2.1-litre Mk1, Dave successfully competed in the British Touring Car Championship for four decades. His best season in the series was in 1985 when he finished fo...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - WALES RALLY GB NATIONAL RALLY 2016 : Lawrence Clift
WRGB National Rally 27-30 October  Words and images by Lawrence Clift. Click to view Video. Having set off from Lancashire at silly o'clock in the morning, I arrived in a damp Hafren Forest with plenty of time to find a good position before the WRC competitors came through, followed by the Nationals. The speed and commitment of the works drivers is always amazing to watch and, having seen ...