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MOTOR RACING HISTORY.... IN A GARAGE NEAR YOU? : Ken Davies
The things you find in lock-up garages!  Words and images by Ken Davies.  It’s amazing just what people store in garages. Lawnmowers, bikes, wine, furniture and, just occasionally, cars. But on a recent visit to a leafy English village I uncovered ten unique pieces of motor racing history, immaculate and ‘on-the-button’ in an admittedly larger-than-average garage. Fir...
 
MASTERS HISTORIC RACING AT DONINGTON - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Drive to Donington or fettle the Daimler  Words and images by Peter Baker The two-day 2019 Masters Historic Race Weekend, on 8-9 June, was all but washed out on Saturday, with only hardy photographers like Jeff Bloxham ignoring the deluge. Me? I was at home busy getting the Daimler Conquest ready for its trip to Ireland later the following week. Well, that’s my story and I’m sti...
 
THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY MUSEUM : Roman Klemm
Indy Motor Museum is impossible to top!  Words and images by Roman Klemm Guess it would be just a waste of ink, space and time trying to describe the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum with enthusiastic and flowery words. In short, it is simply an optimally conceived stand that offers a perfect look back at the history of this track. It is almost impossible to top this beautifully presented ...
 
EXPERIENCING HISTORY AT THE INDY500 : Roman Klemm
The annual meeting of veteran drivers  Words and images by Roman Klemm Indianapolis, 24-26 May 2019 The Americans love to define their Indianapolis 500 as the ‘greatest race in the world’ – and taking a detailed look, one must admit that they are probably right. But it is by far not only the high-speed three-hour race around a relatively primitive 2.5-mile oval, which ma...
 
THRUXTON MOTORSPORT CELEBRATION - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Great ‘club’ atmosphere to the meeting  Words and images by Peter Baker Having picked up a rotten cold last week (my fault for wandering the marshy outfield of Prescott without suitable boots, trying for that ‘special’ Bugatti 90th shot) it was with intrigue, but with some reluctance, that I set off in the SAAB for the inaugural Thruxton Motorsport Celebration, power...
 
PERIPATETIC PETER - Prescott via Yorkshire: Peter Baker
Ninety years of Bugatti, Wings and Wheels, and a day trip to Yorkshire  Words and images by Peter Baker Another UK bank holiday started for me on the Friday (24 May) with an informal visit to Prescott Speed Hill Climb prior to the massive, all-weekend, 90-year Bugatti celebration. It was a chance to say a quick hello to main movers, Chris Rogers, Rebecca Leppard and Angela Hucke, whose combi...
 
VSCC OULTON PARK 2019 - Personal Perspective : Stephen Mosley
Oulton Park the Vintage Special  Words and images by Stephen Mosley My second visit to our newly local track, Oulton Park, was 18 May 2019. The first had been for the GT race series, but this time the motoring fare was to be more in keeping with my own personal tastes. I've been following the GT series for years now, truth be told though my heart belongs to the pre-war cars as exemplified b...
 
PORTER PRESS INTERNATIONAL : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature Porter Press International Porter Press International claims to have the best team in motoring book publishing in the world. With authors of the calibre of Doug Nye, Philip Porter, Mick Walsh, Ian Wagstaff, Richard Heseltine, Keith Bluemel, Mark Cole and James Page, supported by editors Mark Hughes, James Page and Giles Chapman, it's a formidable team and that's far from a c...
 
DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL 2019 : Peter Baker
'Mad Jack', mixed weather, great racing  Words and images by Peter Baker Donington opened for car racing way back in March 1933. Two years later 'Mad' Jack Shuttleworth (Alfa Romeo P3) won the first Donington Grand Prix, although it is the victories by Rosemeyer and Nuvolari in 1937/1938 driving the famous Auto Union 'Silver Arrows' that still capture the imagination. That said, the memory ...
 
WIGTON MC RAISES FUNDS FOR CHARITY : Dorothy
Club's Drive It Day raises £1,600 for charities  Dorothy endorses Wigton Motor Club  Over 270 cars attended Wigton Motor Club’s 2019 Drive It Day event at Dalemain House near Penrith on Sunday 28 April. Whilst most of the vehicles came from within a 50-mile radius, some had come from much further afield, with a classic camper driving down overnight from Tiree and a WMC comm...
 
DRIVE IT DAY VIA SILVERSTONE - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Driving or learning to drive  Words and images by Peter Baker I don’t know who came up with a national Drive It Day, but obviously it was a good idea, if nothing else, creating a target date for owners to get their faithful steeds back on the road after the winter lay-off. Of course, some of us use our classics all year long but, even so, the idea of an organised late spring trip in ...
 
F1 GPDC MEETING : Roman Klemm
A motor sport climax at Imola  Words and images by Roman Klemm One of 2019’s most exciting assembly of motor sport personalities were to be seen as members of the F1 Grand Prix Drivers Club gathered at Imola over the weekend 27-28 April. In 1962, Louis Chiron, Juan Manuel Fangio, Nina Farina, Toulo de Graffenried and several other steering wheel heroes had the brilliant idea to form ...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
The Thousand Mile Trial of 1900  Words Peter Baker Compressing the original 20-day Thousand Mile Trial adventure that attracted 83 entries into less than a thousand words is all but impossible, after all, the route planning alone, undertaken in the depths of winter by the indefatigable pairing of Claude Johnson and Montague Grahame-White, required three changes of car. Leaving London early ...
 
BENTLEY BOYS' BIRTHDAY BASH : Peter Baker
Benjafield's 100 race at Silverstone  Words and images by Peter Baker Quite rightly, at the opening VSCC Formula Vintage meeting of 2019 at Silverstone, on Saturday 13 April, Bentley Motors were permitted to steal the limelight, celebrating one hundred years with a 45-minute, two-driver race that featured a Le Mans-style start and a record number of cars, forty in total, on the grid. I have...
 
BROMYARD SPEED FESTIVAL 2019 - Personal Perspective : Joan Williamson
Historic Bromyard hosts Speed Festival  Words by Joan Williamson. Images by Dave Williamson. The 2019 Bromyard Speed Festival, on Sunday 7 April, was extremely well-organised and good value for money – 80-page programme in full colour £3, park and ride £10, and £3 for paddock access, and food and drink was readily available, with beer at £3 per pint (so Dave tel...
 
NINE ELEVEN TO NINE NINETY-TWO : Ken Davies
Is this the end of Porsche as we know it?  Words and images by Ken Davies There can be few cars that have made such an enduring mark on the world of automotive style and performance than the Porsche 911. The new model – the 992 – continues this evolutionary theme that has characterised all its predecessors since the original model, designed by Ferdinand ‘Butzi’ Pors...
 
GOODWOOD TO PRESCOTT - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Racing Minis and a rare Bugatti  Words by Peter Baker, images by Retro-Speed. Friday afternoon, 5 April, saw the editorial SAAB heading smoothly and safely in the direction of Goodwood, home to one of the most attractive and natural circuits left in the world, for the 77th Members’ Meeting. Unusually, for such a late start, we were lucky with the traffic, but not so lucky with our cho...
 
FERRARI F40 TEST DRIVE : Ken Davies
Virtuoso GT Winner and Enzo’s 1980s Cash Cow  Words and images by Ken Davies Originally designed to celebrate Ferrari's 40th anniversary, the mid-engined, two-door berlinetta sports car was built from 1987-1992, during which time it was the fastest, most powerful and most expensive car offered for sale by the legendary Italian car manufacturer. Racing versions of the F40 aligned with ...
 
NEW MHD TIMEPIECE- AGT STEEL EDITION : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature New MHD timepiece - AGT Steel Edition Pre-order the final edition in the MHD AGT range, in association with Britain’s electric car company, Alcraft Motor Company. Limited to only 100 watches, the AGT Steel Edition introduces a solid 316 L stainless steel super oyster style bracelet, clasp and buckle. Sitting next to a stainless steel exoskeleton case with brushed ...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Old stagers never give up  Words and images by Peter Baker At the end of January, yours truly set for Reims and 2019 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique where, once again, I was helping (a loose description) to service entry number 193, the Chrysler Sunbeam Ti of Clive Berry and Rupert Barker. Two years ago, just after Bad Homburg the car was badly damaged, forcing early retirement, but after ma...