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BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
‘G’ follows ‘F’  Words and images by Peter Baker Two years ago, our trip to Le Mans Classic was blighted by heavy rain and car problems. Five up we completed two 13.6km pre-race laps of the water-logged circuit okay, before untoward rattling noises, diagnosed as a failing water-pump, forced us to limp the Jaguar Mk2 homeward. Oh yes, and the dynamo had also long sin...
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - PORSCHES INVADE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC : Ken Davies
Porsches invade Silverstone Classic  Words and images by Ken Davies The 2016 Silverstone Classic began on Friday with drivers from no fewer than 28 different countries qualifying for races on the three-day festival's eclectic race-card. The busy programme, held on Silverstone's famous Grand Prix circuit, saw a spectacular line-up of 20 nostalgic races covering the full spectrum of global his...
2016 ENNSTAL-CLASSIC : Roman Klemm
Rock 'n' Roll in the Alps, that's what Ennstal-Classic was all about  Words and images by Roman Klemm 24th Ennstal-Classic from 27-30 July 2016. The Ennstal-Classic is the biggest historic event in Austria and this regularity rally is firmly fixed in the calendar of every enthusiast. Helmut Zwickl, a former F1 jounalist and friend of Jochend Rindt and Niki Lauda organised the event for the ...
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - PARIS TO VIENNA RALLY 2016 : David Alderson
Paris to Vienna Rally 2016  Words by David Alderson. Images by David Alderson and Katya Fenner I’ve been a fan of the Volvo 123GT ever since a more senior member of Morecambe Car Club bought one new in 1967 and proceeded to demonstrate to us just how capable it was as a competition car. Of course, many of these 1960s Volvo ‘Amazon’ models are now enjoying an extended life ...
COPPA D'ORO DELLE DOLOMITI 2016 : Pierfranco Garcea
Moceri wins with 1961 Alfa Giulietta TI  The 2016 Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti (22-24 July) has come to an end, writes Pierfranco Garcea. The winners were Giovanni Moceri and Daniele Bonetti in their 1961 Alfa Giulietta TI, followed by Luca Patron/Massimo Raimondi – 1933 MG Supercharger, and Leonardo Fabbri/Vincenzo Bertieri – 1961 Volvo Amazon 122.Giordano Mozzi wa...
NICK MASON INTERVIEW : Ken Davies
Ken Davies interviews Nick Mason Motor racing and pop music have long been intrinsically linked and Nicholas Berkeley Mason, always known simply as Nick, is an original founder member of Pink Floyd, one of the best-known groups on the planet and a band whose distinctive genre includes experimental, instrumental and progressive rock. Their albums, such as 'Echoes', 'Dark Side of the Moon', 'Ummagu...
HENRY SURTEES FOUNDATION TEAM KARTING CHALLENGE 2016 : Rebecca Leppard
Team Titan wins at Mercedes-Benz World Circuit, Brooklands  Words by Rebecca Leppard. Images by Peter Baker The 5th annual Henry Surtees Foundation Team Karting Challenge took place at the Mercedes-Benz World Circuit, Brooklands on Tuesday 5 July 2016 and raised an estimated £60,000 for the Henry Surtees Foundation and Brooklands Museum (before direct costs to contractors). This presti...
BMW-PROCAR LEGENDS AT RED BULL RING : Roman Klemm
F1 welcomes BMW M1s at Austrian Grand Prix  Words and pictures by Roman Klemm For the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix on 3 July, Dietrich Mateschitz, the Red Bull Ring boss, came up with another great idea. The last two years have seen ex-F1 stars in their single-seaters from the seventies and eighties supporting Formula 1, but this year Mr. Mateschitz decided to put Niki Lauda and Co. into the f...
FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2016 DRIVERS BALL : Lawrence Clift
Dinner courtesy the Earl of March and Kinrara  Words and images Lawrence Clift I could write and say what an awesome weekend we had at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed rubbing shoulders with former F1, World Super Bike and Moto GP champions, along with Hollywood actors and clubmen racers/rally competitors, but what will stand out for my wife Louise and I was the kind generosity of one ma...
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2016 : Peter Baker
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery  We decided it was time to save money, so we drove to the 2016 Goodwood FoS (24-26 June) in our vanilla yellow, diesel Fiat Panda (nicknamed the ‘custard tart’) and quite comfy she was too, a bit compact, but comfy. And economical. Compared to the Jaguar the saving was around £30 ...
CLASSICS AT STOWE SCHOOL : Dave Williamson
Classics at Stowe School speech day 28 May 2016  Words and images by Dave Williamson Following on from the Classic & Sportscar photo-shoot for the April 2016 edition, we were invited to join the 110-car classic display at Stowe School by ‘Old Stoic’ Paul Haussauer. Paul started the Clan factory at Washington, County Durham (now Tyne & Wear) and has always taken a continu...
AUSTRIA'S HISTO CUP 2016 : Roman Klemm
Histo Cup at Salzburgring  Words and images by Roman Klemm 2016 Mozartpreis - Histo Cup at Salzburgring on 17-19 June. The Austrian-based championship for young and oldtimer cars, simply called ‘Histo Cup’, has developed into a giant story of success within two decades. Its founder, Michael Steffny, began organising races for cars from the seventies and eighties just to fill i...
MOTOR SPORT HALL OF FAME 2016 : Rebecca Leppard
Bell, Gurney, Loeb, Rossi and Watkins enter Hall of Fame  Words by Rebecca Leppard. Images by Peter Baker  The 2016 Motor Sport Hall of Fame awards took place at the end of May at a star-studded evening at the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park estate in Surrey. More than 25,000 votes were cast by members of the public to decide which great figures from the worlds of Formula 1...
REMEMBERING CHRIS MEEK : Ken Davies
Chris Meek 1942-2016   Appreciation by Ken Davies Chris Meek, who passed away recently at the age of 74 after suffering from cancer, was one of the larger than life characters in UK motor racing and started his competition career on motor cycles in the mid-fifties.His four-wheel career began in 500cc Formula 3 with a car that was christened the 'Meek Empress', its first recorded appearan...
MONACO REMINISCENCES 2016 : Roman Klemm
Ganley, Pirro, Werner and Caffi reminisce...  Words and images by Roman Klemm The Monaco Grand Prix Historique is not only a unique show of great racing machinery, a growing number of personalities are using the event for some ‘active reminiscing’. Roman Klemm asked some of those heroes of the past about their best and worst experiences in Monte Carlo and about their motivation ...
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - PORSCHE RENNSPORT MOTOR RACING FESTIVAL 2016 : Bill Fonseca
Porsche Rennsport at Sydney Motorsport Park  Words and images by Bill Fonseca The second Porsche Rennsport Motor Racing Festival – a unique event for Porsche racers, owners and enthusiasts took place from 30 April-1 May 2016 at Sydney’s Motorsport Park. This year, internationally renowned Porsche enthusiast Magnus Walker – also known as the ‘Urban Outlaw’ &nd...
UNO PICCOLO GIOIELLO : Peter Collins
Lancia’s small jewel - the Fulvia   Words and images by Peter Collins Lancia was never short of talented engineers. Consider just Vincenzo himself, Vittorio Jano and, later in the 1950s and ‘60s, Antonio Fessia. Vincenzo had established the Company as a forward-thinking quality constructor of motor-cars and commercial vehicles and ex-Alfa genius engineer Jano had developed...
BEST FORGOTTEN - THE FORD CORSAIR : Peter Baker
Let’s forget the Ford Corsair  Words by Peter Baker The Ford Corsair, in all its various forms, was not a good car. Sluggish and decidedly unattractive, it was destined to become a hopeless case from the moment it first appeared at the London Motor Show in October 1963. Let’s be honest, if any car was born without future ‘classic’ status, this was it. The Ford Cons...
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - LOTON PARK SPRING HILL CLIMB : Dave WIlliamson
Loton Park Spring Hill Climb  Dave Williamson Organised by Hagley & District Light Car Club, the Loton Park Speed Hill Climb’s 2016 season got underway on 16/17 April, hosting a number of National B championships over the weekend. Team Retro-Speed member Graeme Williamson is campaigning his 1963 Hillman Imp in the HSA Championship. Graeme achieved a very good series of runs &nda...
1973 AVON MOTOR TOUR OF BRITAIN : Ed Mcdonough
1973 Avon Motor Tour of Britain - Days of Thunder  Ed McDonough A Tour of Britain had been mooted since the early 1960s, but never came about until 1973, the year when I was sharing a car with Tony Goodwin in World Sports Cars, and was beginning to like the idea of doing events with all the stars of motor racing. And 1973 was really the last year that every Grand Prix driver was also doing ...
JIM CLARK OBE : Peter Baker
Jim Clark reflections  By Peter Baker Had Jim Clark, twice World F1 Champion, not been killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim on 7 April 1968 he would have just celebrated his 80th birthday. He was born in Fife but the family soon moved to Edington Mains Farm near Duns in Berwickshire and he attended school in Chirnside, where there is a museum dedicated to his racing activities. Clark ...
DONINGTON GRAND PRIX EXHIBITION : Peter Baker
The Grand Prix Collection at Donington Park  Words and images by Peter Baker Just a stone’s throw from the busy East Midlands Airport, the Donington Grand Prix Collection, created by the late Tom Wheatcroft back in 1973, is spread over four halls and includes some 130 Formula One cars, surrounded by a whole host of GP memorabilia. The museum claims to hold the largest collection of G...
PERSONAL PERSEPCTIVE - MID WALES STAGES 2016 : Lawrence Clift
Mid Wales Stages 6 March  Words and images by Lawrence Clift For the past few years, the Mid Wales Stages has been used by the MSA BHRC, R.A.C. and HRCR championships, but for 2016 only the HRCR was fielding a handful (a total of seven) of eligible historic cars. Twenty sixteen sees the return of the MSA British Rally Championship and the opening round was the Mid Wales Stages, which brou...
MALVERN'S MARVEL : Peter Collins
MALVERN’S MARVEL A look at a still-successful example of the Morgan Plus 4 Supersport  Words and images by Peter Collins The Morgan Motor Company With no thoughts of cars in mind, I first visited Malvern in the high summer of 1962, arriving by train after a three-hour journey from London, on an oven-like day in June. It all seemed like the poem ‘Adlestrop’, as nothin...
LOTUS SEVEN, MINI MOKES AND ROVER : Ken Davies
The Prisoner celebrates its half century anniversary  Words by Ken Davies What common denominator connects the Lotus Seven with colourful Mini Moke taxis and a Penny Farthing? If you've forgotten, it was the popular cult TV series The Prisoner, which ran to 17 instalments on British television from its first showing on 29 September 1967 on ATV Midlands, to its last screening on Scottish Tel...
ALPINE RE-UNION : Keith Baud
Team of Talbot 105s to tackle 2016 Alpine Trial  Words by Keith Baud  Amongst the entries for September’s Alpine Trial, organised by the Endurance Rally Association, is a team of three Talbot 105s, a marque that made its name on the event back in the 1930s. Designed by Swiss engineer Georges Roesch, the powerful Talbot 105 was once described as the “fastest four-seater ...
A SORT OF HOLIDAY : Peter Baker
A fly and drive holiday!  Words and images by Peter Baker Most birthdays see me adding another car to my collection, so why break the habit of a lifetime? Exactly. And if said vehicle happens to be in Rome, as in Italy, even better. A chance to combine business with pleasure and make a road trip out of the return journey. As I explained to Lin: “It’s a winter break, a sort of hol...
DAVID FRANKLIN - A LIFETIME IN MOTORSPORT : Ken Davies
David Franklin gives talk to Castle Combe Racing Club  Words and images by Ken Davies There has long been an annual hiatus in the lives of UK motor racing enthusiasts – that bleak time between the end of the racing in November and the start of the new season – usually in late March. To help combat the cabin-fever brought on by this dearth of racing, Castle Combe Racing Club re...
LEARNING THE HARD WAY : Peter Baker
Learning the hard way to restore a Lancia Aurelia  Words and images by Peter Baker Eight apprentices employed by CMC (Classic Motor Cars) of Bridgnorth are being given a 1954 Lancia Aurelia 4th Series GT to restore, in house, over the next fourteen months. Local MP Philip Dunne attended the press briefing on 8 January 2016 and was introduced to the young lads by Chairman Peter Neumark. Non...
FOX CLASSIC CAR COLLECTION : Dave and Joan Williamson
Fox Classic Car Collection, Melbourne  Words and images by Dave and Joan Williamson During our recent six weeks ‘down under’ the Williamsons took in a number of classic car activities – a race meeting at Sandown Raceway, a visit to the Victorian Historic Racing Register and a viewing of the Fox Classic Car Collection. Lindsay Fox started his business with a single Ford tr...
RALLYING TO MONTE-CARLO - PART ONE : Peter Baker
Rallying to Monte-Carlo  Words by Peter Baker Once upon a time (when both you and I were very young), and when Christmas was finally done and dusted, rally fever would grip Europe and in early January each year, wars permitting, as many as four hundred teams would set out from the various corners of Europe, en route to the sunny Mediterranean to compete on the Rallye Monte-Carlo. It began ...
RECOLLECTIONS : Peter Collins
The forgotten Porsche 917  Words and image by Peter Collins Built for Le Mans in 1981, Erwin Kremer’s take on the iconic Porsche 917 looked very similar to the famous Gulf-liveried cars of ten years before. With added skirts to provide some downforce and slightly more 1980s style bodywork the car utilised the same flat-12 motors as in the past and even had the choice of 4.5 and 4.9-l...
EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS : Peter Baker
Looking forward to another busy year  Words and images by Peter Baker It has become almost customary around Christmas time, before drowning out in festive spirit, for me to throw caution to the wind and reflect on the previous twelve months, at the same time, adding a few well-founded, if somewhat optimistic, new year predictions. As it happens, 2015 turned out pretty well; almost every w...
LAGONDA RETURNS TO MONTE : James Mann
Josephine – Lagonda AXD 56  Words and images James Mann On 27 January 2016, James and Andrew Mann are to re-enact the Monte Carlo rally that was driven by their grandfather and his brother exactly 80 years ago. The start point is John o’Groats for the cars taking part in the Monte Carlo Classique. They will join the cars of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique UK start in Glasgow, ...
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Was there petrol in his blood?  Words and images by Peter Baker Books. Contrary to popular belief books still sell. Whether anybody actually reads them is another matter. Anyway, be that as it may, this is that time of the year when a good read helps to pass the time. Petrol In My Blood: Eric Jackson. As well as running a very successful Ford Main Dealership, Eric was one of life’s gen...
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - 2015 KILLARNEY HISTORIC STAGES : Lawrence Clift
Killarney Historic Stages 4/5 December  Words and images by Lawrence Clift The 2015 Rentokil Killarney Historic Stages had a bumper entry this year along with some great cars, including the former Russell Brookes Sunbeam Lotus, now owned by Irish businessman John Leahy and driven by Owen Murphy/Declan Tumilty, and the Lancia Stratos of Steve Perez/Paul Spooner along with a few Escorts! Ra...
EDITORIAL MUTTERING : Peter Baker
It’s raining in Delhi  Words and images by Peter Baker I’m bored. It’s pouring with rain outside and all my friends are at work. Reminds me of when I was a kid and getting over the mumps. What day is it? Friday, so nothing to stop me walking down to the Post Office and picking up my pension. That’s £142.70 a week. How does the government expect me to run two Ja...
RALLY VALPANTENA 2015 : Lawrence Clift
13th Revival Rally Club Valpantena, 12-14 November 2015 Words and images by Lawrence Clift. Click to view Video  The day that we travelled to Italy for the 13th Revival Rally Club Valpantena was the day that the Roger Albert Clark Motor Club announced that they were cancelling this year’s rally due to a lack of entries. The irony is that Valpantena was oversubscribed with 220 entries a...
RAPIER RETURNS TO MILLE MIGLIA : Peter Baker
Team Retro-Speed and Sunbeam Rapier returning to Mille Miglia  Words and image by Peter Baker Here at Retro-Speed magazine we have always had a soft spot for the underrated Sunbeam Rapier, a car which could be described quite fairly as the 'GTi 'of the late fifties and early sixties. I competed on many events in a 1962 example, including the Monte Carlo Challenge, and soon learnt to appre...
VICTORIAN HISTORIC RACING REGISTER AUSTRALIA : Joan and Dave Williamson
Visit to the VHRR and Sandown Race Course 2015  Words by Joan Williamson, images by Dave Williamson  We have been in contact via email with the Victorian Historic Racing Register (VHRR) for some time now and have been reporting their activities on Classic Motorsport News thanks to the Newsletter sent to us by Grant Campbell. So it was great to actually meet some of the members at ...
RANDOM JOTTING - LONDON TO BRIGHTON : Peter Baker
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run 2015  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery  In November nothing much stirs in rural Worcestershire on a Sunday morning unless, of course, you need to be in Cuckfield – a village midway between London and Brighton – before breakfast time, then the alarm clock rings at 04.45. Fog, it hides the dawn and stays with us until w...
SPA SIX HOURS RACE 2015 : Steven Vandeputte
2015 Spa Six Hours 19/20 September  Words and images by Steven Vandeputte The Spa Six Hours race is among a limited number of events like Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Revival; although these races are not part of any championship a win here is highly coveted! The Six Hours race is also the highlight of the busiest historic race weekend in Belgium and the race everybody wants to win, at leas...
ANN RILEY (NEE WISDOM) OBITUARY : Joan Williamson
Ann Riley (nee wisdom) 1934-2015  Appreciation by Joan Williamson We are very sorry to have to report the passing of Ann Riley (born Ann Wisdom) on 14 October 2015. As long-time co-driver to Pat Moss, Ann and Pat were one of the most formidable teams in international rallying in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They were not only successful as a ladies team but were able to compete on the s...
INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC CARS GRAND CHINA TOUR 2015 : Peter Baker
Wenzhou to Shanghai 19-22 September  Words and images by Peter Baker The opportunity to take my Jaguar Mk2 to China and compete in a mildly competitive four-day rally with the organisers offering to pick up most of the expenses was, quite frankly, an offer too good to miss. So it was, that on a blustery day back in July this year I watched as the container ship Thalassa headed out to sea wi...
TOWY VALLEY VINTAGE CRANK DOWN 2015 : Ken Davies
Towy Valley Vintage Club visits botanical garden  Words and images by Ken Davies Green-fingered visitors to the National Botanical Garden of Wales at Llanarthne near Carmarthen on Sunday 18 October were surprised to see an eclectic display of historic cars, tractors and commercials when members of the Towy Valey Vintage Club brought out their vehicles for a final outing before the harsh Wel...
VISITING DIJON-PRENOIS : Roman Klemm
The last paradise of historic racing  Words and images by Roman Klemm Visiting Dijon-Prenois, 2-4 October 2015 FIA-Masters staged its last event of this year‘s season in the south-east of France at Dijon-Prenois. One of the slogans along the track read ‘Be aware of entering holy ground of motorsport‘, which is no exaggeration – it was here where the biggest battle o...
PRESCOTT AUTUMN CLASSIC 2015 : Ken Davies
Americana for Autumn Classic  Words and images by Ken Davies Prescott’s final event of the season was carried off in some style by the Bugatti Owners Club, who’d imported the atmospheric flavour of the USA to the picturesque Gloucestershire hill over the weekend 3/4 October. Central to Americana theme in the paddock was a Demon Drome Wall of Death; a 30-foot diameter wooden cy...
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
The advantages of senior citizenship  Words and images by Peter Baker Passing through the age barrier brings with it advantages; free travel, cheap haircuts, a pension, and discounted lunches on a Friday at the King’s Head. None of this, however, rivals that single, most important, cost reduction associated with senior citizenship – the maximum no claims bonus. In other words, ...
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - ROSSFELDRENNEN 2015 : Roman Klemm
Rossfeldrennen 25-27 September 2015  Words and images by Roman Klemm Edelweiss-Bergpreis-Rossfeld was re-introduced three yars ago and its fans in Germany and Austria simply call it ‘The Bavarian Goodwood‘. This hillclimb for historic cars takes place on the original Rossfeld track, which used to be a round of the European Championship until the early seventies. It was a major d...
CASTLE COMBE'S 2015 RALLYDAY : Ken Davies
Ari Vatanen Stars at 15th Anniversary Event  Words and images by Ken Davies The 15th annual Rallyday on Saturday 19 September showcased a unique festival of pure fun for rally enthusiasts with the opportunity to enjoy a spectrum of rally cars, star-drivers, trade stands and motor club displays, all in the spectator-friendly environment of Castle Combe – the friendly Wiltshire race cir...