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PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - RALLY ISLE OF MAN : Phil Harris
The magnificent seven! Rounds seven and eight of the 2017 Mintex British Historic Rally Championship were held over the fast roads of the Isle of Man on 14-16 September, writes Phil Harris. The rally is known to be the toughest of the Championship. It is flat out driving over incredibly demanding narrow, bumpy twisty roads over three days and two nights. It’s a very tough test for both th...
 
KOP HILL CLIMB : Ian Wagstaff
Public road restrictions don't always rule  Words and images by Ian Wagstaff Kop Hill Climb, 16/17 September2017 Initially held in 1999 and then regularly since 2009, the Kop Hill Climb ‘revival’, near Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire has gained rapidly in stature. This was underlined this year with milling crowds, despite the overcast skies, and an entry that ranged from t...
 
PEKING TO PARIS 20TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION : David Gatehouse
Vintage cars and drivers celebrate 1997 Peking to Paris rally The day before heading off to the 2017 Goodwood Revival to compete in the Brooklands Trophy in his Triumph Dolomite 8C, Jonathan Turner hosted a 20th anniversary reunion for those who had taken part in the historic and pioneering 1997 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, writes David Gatehouse.Jonathan, his 1929 4.5-litre Bentley was o...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - P99 AND GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2017 : Ken Davies
Ferguson-Climax P99 unfortuantely fails to finish  Words and images by Ken Davies Showcasing the delightfully idiosyncratic British way of life, the globally renowned Goodwood Revival meeting delivered on all fronts yet again. This year, soggy car parks proliferated and looked a little out of place coupled with chic and stylishly dressed spectators driving a variety of 1950s and ‘60s ...
 
HONDA CELEBRATIONS AT ITALIAN GRAND PRIX 2017 : Roman Klemm
Monza celebrates Honda’s 50th anniversary  Words and images by Roman Klemm Honda celebrated the 50th anniversary of John Surtee’s win at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix on Sunday 3 September at Monza. The result of Gran Premio d‘Italia 1967 was a rather surprising affair. Nothing hinted towards a win for Honda after qualifying. The only car entered by the Japanese company, wit...
 
AVD OLDTIMER GRAND PRIX 2017 : Roman Klemm
45th AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix  Words and images by Roman Klemm AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix, 11-13 August 2017 Nurburgring – the most tricky, beautiful and even dangerous track of the world is celebrating its 90th birthday and the traditional AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix was a part of these celebrations. Well, the only thing that the ultra-modern southern part of the circuit has in common with ...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - HARRY FLATTERS STAGES 2017 : Phil Harris
Blind crests require concentration and commitment The Harry Flatters Stages on Sunday 30 July 2017 was the sixth round of 2017 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship, writes Phil Harris. A very long established event, the Harry Flatters Stages is held on the military roads over the Epynt region of the Brecon Beacons. Epynt has a fearsome reputation – the roads up there are ultra-f...
 
COPPA D'ORO DELLE DOLOMITI 2017 : Pierfranco Garcea
Belometti and Vavassori win 70th Coppa d'Oro  Words and images from Pierfranco Garcea The 2017 Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti from 20-23 July was won by Andrea Belometti and Doriano Vavassori in their 1932 Fiat 508 Spider Sport, followed by Gianmaria Aghem/Rossella Contiin (1938 BMW 328 Roadster) and Alessandro Gamberini/Arturo Cavalli (1937 Fiat 508 C). Passos Falzarego and Pordoion on ...
 
ENNSTAL-CLASSIC 2017 : Roman Klemm
Austria’s 25th Ennstal-Classic  Words and images by Roman Klemm The Ennstal-Classic 20-22 July 2017. Twenty-five year’ ago Austria’s legendary journalist Helmut Zwickl realised his dream and organised a rally for cars and heroes from his youth. Helmut Zwickl chose the beautiful scenery of the Styrias region for the Ennstal route – and all those he called upon came to...
 
TED'S OPEL VAUXHALL RUN 2017 : Dorothy
Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run  Dorothy endorses charity run  Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run 2017 takes place on 12/13 August in aid of ‘Dogs for the Disabled’. This is a non-competitive event and all Opel, Vauxhall, Bedford and GM vehicles are welcome. This year’s event is based at the Blarney Hotel & Golf Resort in Co. Cork, Irela...
 
JANO'S 8C CAPOLAVORO: Peter Collins
Jano and his 8C capolavoro (masterpiece) : Images by Peter Collins An all-too-brief acquaintance with one of Vittorio Jano’s quantum leap 8C Alfa Romeos, now with Gregor Fisken in London, writes Peter Collins. He is probably not everyone’s perception of an Italian, but Vittorio Jano who, virtually single-handed, made Alfa Romeo’s name during his time with the Company, was an ex...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - MORGANS AT SPA : Mark Shears
Morgans make their marque at Spa Summer Classic Words by Mark Shears There was a good turnout of Morgans for the 2017 Spa Summer Classic co-organised by the Classic Sports Car Club over the weekend of 23-25 June. For only the second year they also promoted the Spa 3 Hours which took place on the Saturday evening, racing into darkness. There were Morgans in all four of the CSCC grids at Spa ...
 
BONHAMS - GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2017 : Michael Fox-Byrne
Bonhams at Goodwood Festival of Speed  Team Retro-Speed’s Michael Fox-Byrne takes a look at Bonhams’ best at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on Friday 30 June. Click gallery top right to view what caught Mike’s attention....
 
LE MANS LEGENDS AT THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX 2017 : Roman Klemm
Le Mans Legends at the Austrian GP, 8/9 July 2017  Words and images: Roman Klemm Dietrich Mateschitz started a wonderful tradition when he lured F1 back to Austria three years‘ ago. For those who can remember, and those new to motor sport history, he introduced races for older cars. His assembly of Austria’s ex-F1 drivers back in 2014 was followed by a sensational race for turbo...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - NICKY GRIST STAGES 2017 : Peter Scott
Off but not out!  Words by Peter Scott Robin Eyre-Maunsell, now 77, and I competed on the one-day gravel part of the 2017 Nicky Grist Stages based in Builth Wells on 8/9 July, using Geoff Jones’ Subaru for the second time. The event took place on the gravel roads in the military area and Crychan. Robin had not driven the car until we left the start, since the last event eight weeks&r...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - SPA 3 HOURS : Peter Mallett
MGB No. 36 of Peter Mallett Spa 3 Hours race at the 2017 Spa Summer Classic 23-25 June Like many racers, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is something that must be ‘done’ at least once, writes Peter Mallett. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been to this iconic circuit but I think it started in 1989 when Barry Sidery-Smith got me to go along with a crowd of MG ra...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2017 : Ken Davies
Indelible memories from the 2017 Festival of Speed  Words and images by Ken Davies Headlining this year with the snappy strap-line ‘Peaks of Performance’, focusing on motor sport’s game-changers – cars that were too clever, too powerful, too dominant and sometimes too dangerous, the Festival of Speed again delivered in spades over four days. Every year Goodwood&rsqu...
 
TOURENWAGEN CLASSIC NORISRING 2017 : Roman Klemm
2017 Tourenwagen Classic at Norisring, 1/2 July  Words and images by Roman Klemm The Tourenwagen Classic at the Norisring street circuit in Nuremberg. It started just two years‘ ago with an idea from ex-BMW and Mercedes works driver Marc Hessel who thought,“that there were so many race-ready DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) cars from the eighties and nineties just standing aro...
 
GRAND PRIX DE L'AGE D'OR 2017 : Henri Suzeau
A vintage year  Report from Henri Suzeau. Images by Stephanie Bezard. The 53rd Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or 2017 at the Dijon-Prenois circuit over weekend 9-11 June, started with ideal weather conditions, helping attract a large crowd. This year 15,000 people flocked to the meeting continuing the progressive increase in spectators, a reward for the organiser Peter Auto for the nume...
 
SYDNEY CLASSIC SPEED FESTIVAL 2017 : Bill Fonseca
New Sydney historic race meeting  Images by Bill Fonseca The Sydney Classic Speed Festival, a new historic race meeting for 2017 at Sydney Motorsport Park, ran over the Queen’s birthday long weekend on 10/11 June. Headed by a group of experienced historic racers and supported by the professional staff of the Australian Racing Drivers Club it was to be a ‘historic race meeting w...