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CARS - AT THE V&A MUSEUM? : Ken Davies
Homage to the motor car  Words and images by Ken Davies How do you spend a free afternoon in rainy London? Currently, that’s an easy question to answer especially if you’re close to the Cromwell Road where, the delightfully epochal V&A Museum is celebrating the automobile’s iconic – and often controversial – status in today’s world with a modern and i...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Not just for royalty  Words by Peter Baker I’ve bought another car. Nothing new in that, I hear you say, you’ve been opening Baker Street using the same boring sentence for the last fifteen years. True, although in my defence, this latest purchase brings with it an interesting back-story. In 1954 the Monte-Carlo Rally peaked in popularity, attracting over 400 entries from 21 na...
 
NEW YEAR'S DAY 2020 - Purely Personal : Joan WIlliamson
Celebrating New Year’s Day 2020 at Penyard House  Words and images by Dave and Joan Williamson Hosted by the Morgan Three Wheeler Club at Penyard House, near Ross-on-Wye, a large number of Vintage Sports-Car Club members gathered to display their cars on New Year’s Day 2020. There are also prizes – all those attending enter the Knights Cider Self Judge Concours, where the ...
 
CONCEPT CARS : Peter Collins
Lancia’s Leader  Words and image by Peter Collins If asked which company produced the first functioning autonomous driverless car, many would choose from the usual suspects, namely anything German or Tesla with, perhaps, Volvo or Nissan thrown into the mix somewhere. But they would all be wrong, because it was Lancia and they did it with the Nea pictured here. This almost ovoid littl...
 
LE JOG 2019 - A Personal Perspective : Peter Barker
The 25th anniversary Land’s End to John o’Groats Reliability Trial  Words by Peter Barker. Pictures by Tony Large. If you wanted to make a journey from Land’s End in Cornwall to John o’Groats in the far north of Scotland during early December, you would probably not choose to travel on minor roads via mid Wales and the Trough of Bowland in Lancashire. Unless, that i...
 
FORMULA 1 DRIVER DISCOVERED IN STROUD : Caroline Jaine
Jack Lewis – Formula 1 Driver  Words by Caroline Jaine. Archive cuttings courtesy of Jack Lewis. I met Jack Lewis when I first moved to the Cotswolds in 2015. He was a wonderful talker and told great stories of his childhood in the area, I warmed to him straight away. Jack was born in Stroud in 1936 and went to the prestigious Wycliffe School in the town, as good as it was, he said h...
 
HANS-PETER PORSCHE TRAUMWERK MUSEUM : Roman Klemm
Porsche's legendary drivers on Le Mans, life and death  Words and pictures by Roman Klemm An evening at Hans-Peter Porsche Traumwerk museum, 14 November 2019 Twelve years ago, one of the sons of legendary Ferry Porsche had a sensational idea: why not build a museum for his lifelong hobby? And so, the ‘Hans-Peter Porsche Traumwerk’ (Work of Dreams) was created between the Bavarian...
 
LE JOG : Peter Baker
Looking back at LE JOG  Words by Peter Baker  Before competitors set off on the HERO Events-organised 2019 Land’s End to John o’Groats Reliability Trial in their modern hot hatches, perhaps a look back to the inaugural running of the event in 1993, when the event was indescribably difficult, would not go amiss. John Brown, winning navigator of the RAC Rally alongside Erik Ca...
 
ROGER ALBERT CLARK RALLY 2019 - Editorial Jottings : Peter Baker
Comfort and economy en route to Carlisle Words and images by Peter Baker  It’s 07.00 Saturday 23 November and I’m already heading north towards Carlisle with the trusty MG ZTT, loaded with an overnight bag, wet weather clobber, camera gear, plus another bag over-flowing with on-rally energy sustainers. Oh yes, and detailed stage maps pertaining to the Roger Albert Clark Rally 201...
 
MHD WATCHES POP UP BOUTIQUE OPEN : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature MHD Watches pop up boutique open The MHD Watches pop up boutique is now open at Montpellier Walk, Cheltenham for the months of November and December 2019. In the run up to Christmas there’s plenty of stock in store, so go along and see the full range of MHD’s watches. If you would like to view a special serial number watch, or for an appointment with designer ...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Racing gave way to rallying  Words by Peter Baker It might have something to do with driving a pre-war car with the acceleration of a glacier and the top speed of a misfiring bus or, it could be, I’m just getting old. Either way, through more good luck than judgment (am I tempting fate?) yours truly, over the past few years has managed to stay the right side of the law. It wasn’t...
 
JAGUAR XK CLUB ROUND BRITAIN COASTAL DRIVE 2019 : Dorothy
Jaguar XK Club raises further funds for prostate cancer  Dorothy endorses Coastal Drive Fifty Jaguar XKs participated in the 2019 Round Britain Coastal Drive in support of Prostate Cancer UK, which started from the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, finishing on 3 October at Lyndhurst in the New Forest National Park. Participants were flagged away by Philip Porter, co-founder of the Jaguar X...
 
LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN 2019 - Editorial Rambling : Peter Baker
Free-to-view motoring spectacle  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. To make a trip of some 300 miles there and back in a morning, just to take a few pictures of old cars, one has to be pretty enthusiastic. Hmm. That’s as may be. We left home early, on a damp Sunday (3 November), and pointed the trusty MG ZTT post-haste via motorways in the general direction of Gatw...
 
THE SILVERSTONE EXPERIENCE : Ken Davies
An unforgettable experience  Words and images by Ken Davies How did a windswept WWI airfield become one of the world’s most iconic international Grand Prix circuits and the ‘Home of British Motor Racing’? Now you can discover this remarkable metamorphosis by visiting the newly-opened (Friday, 25 Ocotber 2019) £20M Silverstone Experience, charting progress from medie...
 
MOTORING BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 - Editorial Jottings : Peter Baker
Royal Automobile Club Motoring Book Awards 2019  Words and images by Peter Baker For me, as a country dweller, the burden of newly introduced legislation makes driving into central London to visit the Royal Automobile Club a highly undesirable and costly proposition. Therefore, and with some regret, the trusty MG ZTT was left abandoned at Warwick Parkway railway station, while yours truly c...
 
CONCEPT CARS : Peter Collins
Ferrari Modulo  Words and images by Peter Collins Farina’s first-ever Ferrari body design was a 212 Inter cabriolet exhibited at the 1952 Paris Salon and later owned by Georges Filipinetti and, once tentative relationships with Touring and Vignale amongst many others, were over, every production Ferrari road car was the result of design by Pinin Farina with the notable exception of Be...
 
LOMBARD RALLY BATH 2019 - Ken Davies
Retro running of iconic British rally proves successful  Words and images by Ken Davies. The second running of the retro Lombard RAC Rally – Lombard Rally Bath on 19-20 October 2019 – proved more popular than the organising team could ever have hoped, resulting in traffic jams caused by spectators queuing to enter the iconic stages, rivalling those seen in period, 1976/80/83/86,...
 
TEAM RETRO-SPEED MEMBERS - Editorial Jottings : Peter Baker
Team Retro-Speed members at HSCC Finals 2019 Words and images by Peter Baker The sun shone on Silverstone last weekend 19 October (I know, I know, it's a very rare occurrence), where the Historic Sports Car Club 2019 Finals were taking place and Team Retro-Speed members Richard Plant, Philip St Clair Tisdall and Mark Oldfield were hoping for great things in Historic Road Sports and 70s Road Sport...
 
THE FIRST VSCC WELSH RALLY (TRIAL) 1939 : Peter Baker
March Rally becomes October Trial  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.   Perhaps because of a certain naivety on behalf of the organisers, the first Vintage Sports-Car Club Welsh Rally (Trial), based in Presteigne, took place much earlier in the year, in March 1939, thus leaving the event open to the sometimes unpleasant vagaries of weather associated with this ...
 
CONCEPT CARS : Peter Collins
From here to infinity  Words and images by Peter Collins You are walking in the streets of Turin in the 1950s when you catch sight of something in the corner of your eye. It’s not so much something obvious as a shape that shouldn’t really be there. In a millisecond you catch a glimpse of something that could have been in War of the Worlds or 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. Alberto...