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SCOTT GOES MOTORING - Omnibus 2 : Peter Baker
Scott goes Motoring  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page The Bernese Oberland.  The part of Switzerland that appears on a million publicity posters around the world, from Japan to Victoria station, depicting steamships crossing lakes that mirror snow-capped mountains. And central, is always Interlaken, a colourful, spotlessly cl...
 
THE BEST QUALIFIER IN F1 HISTORY? : Ales Norsky
Who’s the best qualifier in F1 history?  Words by Ales Norsky When someone says Formula 1 qualifying, generally, two thoughts come to mind perhaps before any others; no one comes close to Ayrton Senna on raw qualifying speed, and the Formula 1 field today is much more closely matched than ever before. Well, I have decided to test these assumptions, but immediately I would run into a ...
 
LOCKDOWN DAY 278: NEW SERIAL - SCOTT GOES MOTORING - Omnibus 1 : Peter Baker
Scott goes Motoring  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page November 1937 Robert Scott was not feeling well, and hadn’t been for the last two days, but he carried on regardless, convinced it was no more than a head cold. Then, later that morning at the bank, he collapsed. Someone telephoned for an ambulance, and before lunch Robert...
 
CHRISTMAS AT LOCKEN DOWN HOUSE HOTEL -Omnibus 3 : Peter Baker
Christmas at Locken Down House Hotel  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page The infamous Locken Down road rally was conceived after a night on the Baileys, by Paul Loveridge, Maurice Garot, John Brown and John Kiff, and was considered by survivors as being impossible, far-fetched and highly illegal. Mark Appleton even suggested it was ra...
 
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR VISITS CASTLE COMBE : Ken Davies
Top race and rally drivers, sublime weather, Mardi Gras atmosphere, FF jamboree and.… Smiley Miley!  Words by Ken Davies During its illustrious 70-year history, Castle Combe circuit has hosted several pivotal race meetings, including international F5000, Formula 3 and British GTs, but the 1970s in particular was a seminal era for motor racing and, on Saturday 10 July 1976, the high p...
 
CHRISTMAS AT LOCKEN DOWN HOUSE HOTEL -Omnibus 2 : Peter Baker
Christmas at Locken Down House Hotel  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page The black Humber, driven by P.C. Bob Clark, with Detective Inspector Steven Wilkins and Sergeant Perkins nodding off in the back, crunched across the gravel leading to Locken Down House Hotel. They pulled up outside the chateau-styled hotel to be greeted by tempo...
 
VISITING SCHNITZER MOTORSPORT AT FREILASSING : Roman Klemm
A last good bye to a legend  Words and images by Roman Klemm Whenever my trip led to the South Bavarian region around the small city of Freilassing, near Salzburg, I did not hesitate to visit Schnitzer Motorsport and its great showroom. Mid-December 2020 was probably the last time I would see the history of our sport there - ‘Schnitzer’.  To many motorsport fans all over th...
 
CHRISTMAS AT LOCKEN DOWN HOUSE HOTEL - Omnibus 1 : Peter Baker
Christmas at Locken Down House Hotel  Serial copyright Peter Baker Omnibus 1, 20 December 2020 – Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Somewhere in the past: Captain Bill Pitt AFC, retriever by his side, was sitting, very comfortably thank you, in the back room of the village stores, wedged sofa-wise between his two favourite ladies, Miss Edith Porlock and po...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Competition and clutches  Words and images by Peter Baker In 1959, the Mini Seven at a smidgeon under £500 caused a sensation, and for thousands of families, it was their passport to independence.  But freedom came at a price.  As fast as BMC bolted them together, they fell apart.  And I know, because I was bought one. There were so many nuts, bolts and screws left unatt...
 
MONEY DOESN'T MATTER - Omnibus 1 : Peter Baker
Money Doesn’t Matter  Serial copyright Peter Baker   Omnibus 1,13 December 2020 – Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Daniel Edge and solicitor David Jacobs were approaching Barn 2. “Stay where you are, or I’ll shoot.” Daniel kept walking so the man holding the gun fired, then ran away. David could only stare in disbelief as Da...
 
MONTE CARLO AND LUST - Omnibus 7 : Peter Baker
Monte Carlo and Lust  Serial copyright Peter Baker Omnibus 7, 6 December 2020 – Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page London Globe Update:Winning Daimler Now Takes On Famous Blue Train It started off as a late night, £5 bet (appropriate as we were in the gambling capital of Europe) that Sir William Stamp, by using the Grande Vitesse Cote d’Azur E...
 
VSCC WINTER DRIVING TESTS 2020 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
A day out with Doris  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view our Gallery. Bicester Heritage, Saturday, 5 December 2020 It was one of those memorable winter days. A touch cold, but clear blue skies, perfect, and how lucky for those taking part in the last VSCC event of the year, held at Bicester Heritage. We arrived in Doris our 1954 Daimler, having enjoyed a 65-mile trip devoid of t...
 
MONTE CARLO AND LUST - Omnibus 6 : Peter Baker
Monte Carlo and Lust  Serial copyright Peter Baker Omnibus 6, 29 November 2020 – Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Author’s Note Let’s be honest, it would be cruel, heartless, faintly ridiculous, as well as highly irresponsible, if at this point in the story I wrote-off a highly collectible 1930s Daimler coach. Not to mention 12 honest and ha...
 
LOCKDOWN ROAD TEST : Ken Davies
Eco-friendly XIAOMI PURE M365 e-Scooter  Words and images by Ken Davies As part of its plans to restart local transportation after the COVID-19 lockdown, the UK Government launched a national trial of e-scooters and results have indicated their growing acceptance as a mode of transport, with squeaky green – and silent – credentials and they are likely to become accepted on roads...
 
MONTE CARLO AND LUST - Omnibus 5 : Peter Baker
Monte Carlo and Lust  Serial copyright Peter Baker Omnibus 5, 22 November 2020 – Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Any crew member expecting to drive the lower road that follows the coastline into Monte Carlo, wearing short sleeves and sunglasses, on 25 January 1933 was in for a big disappointment. The weather was, frankly, awful. Not just heavy rain, bu...
 
A BRIEF HISTORY OF PADDOCK TRANSPORT : Ken Davies
The Honda Monkey bike reaches 65th birthday  Words by Ken Davies. Images: Ken Davies, Monkey Bike archive, Stirling Moss archive. By their very nature, motor racing paddocks and rally service parks are windswept and expansive; Silverstone, Le Mans and Spa are just a few notable European examples that encourage the sport’s participants to seek compact forms of conveyance. As a result, n...
 
MONTE CARLO AND LUST - Omnibus 4 : Peter Baker
Monte Carlo and Lust  Serial copyright Peter Baker Omnibus 4, 15 November 2020 – Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page In Lyon, 41 crews gathered in various small cafes overshadowed by the famous cathedral, generally wasting time while awaiting their start signal. Route wise they would follow N7, along the Rhone valley floor, south via Valence and Orange, as ...
 
MONTE CARLO AND LUST - Omnibus 3 : Peter Baker
Monte Carlo and Lust  Serial copyright Peter Baker Omnibus 3, 8 November 2020 – Follow the daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Heavy snowfall, predicted to make conditions difficult between Tallinn and the Berlin checkpoint, failed to materialise. In fact, the weather proved more than friendly and, as a result, they averaged a most satisfactory 49 miles per hour and 2...
 
MILLE MIGLIA 2020 : Steven Vandeputte
An Italian affair  Words and images by Steven Vandeputte Mille Miglia, 22-25 October 2020 The most prestigious classic car rally in the world was moved from its usual spring date in May to the end of October for obvious reasons, but that did not keep classic car owners from all across Europe making their way to Italy for the 38th running of the modern Mille Miglia. Slightly down on number...
 
ART OF MOTORING EXHIBITION 2020 : Rebecca Leppard
Royal Automobile Club Exhibition goes virtual  By Rebecca Leppard The annual Royal Automobile Club Art of Motoring Exhibition traditionally takes place at the Pall Mall Clubhouse as part of London Motor Week and is the premier showcase for British automotive art. Rather than cancelling the 2020 edition due to the pandemic, the Club collaborated with respected motorsport commentator Andrew M...