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LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Rambling with a red flag  Words and images by Peter Baker One hundred and twenty years ago, give or take, the UK Government belatedly followed France and Germany in accepting the internal combustion engine as a reality. Well, we had better make the most it, because its days are numbered. By 2040, ownership of a motor vehicle that even whiffs of petrol or diesel will be a hanging offence. Lo...
 
JAGUAR LAND ROVER CLASSIC - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Rambling around with the GOMW  Words and images by Peter Baker Weather wise, October is always a gamble when touring the Cotswolds, so it was with a sense of relief when the early morning fog soon disappeared, leaving us a perfect autumnal day with which to enjoy our outing with the Guild of Motoring Writers on Saturday, 20 October 2018. First port of call was the new Jaguar Land Rover Class...
 
RALLYLEGEND 2018 - Personal Perspective : Lawrence Clift
The 16th Rallylegend  Words and images by Lawrence Clift It was whilst I was in Turin attending the Lancia centenary back in 2006 that I met the renowned author and photographer, Peter Collins, who mentioned that he'd be returning to Italy (San Marino) a few weeks later to report on a relatively new event, Rallylegend. I was quite intrigued and waited for the videos to appear on YouTube and,...
 
TOUR DE CORSE HISTORIQUE 2018 - Personal Perspective : Phil Harris
Tour de Corse Historique victory The Tour de Corse Historique is one of the hardest rallies in the world, writes Phil Harris. Held over four days, the 840km-route tackles Corsica’s narrow, winding, twisting roads over precipitous mountain ranges at high speed in unpredictable and rapidly changing weather conditions. The event is rarely tackled by British crews and this year Richard Suter,...
 
RAIN AND MORE RAIN - Editorial Ramblings: Peter Baker
Drivers defy Donington rain  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. The Grand Prix Collection is closing on 5 November 2018, so Donington Park has been in the news recently. This is, of course, a sad state of affairs. But being honest, whenever I have visited, unlike most of its European counterparts, it's always been a rather deserted, uninviting place with few enthusiasts ...
 
PADDY HOPKIRK'S NEW GIRL : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature Paddy Hopkirk’s New Girl The legend that is Paddy Hopkirk, MBE chose Bex from ‘ArtbyBex’ for his Legendary Anniversary Artwork, celebrating his most famous 1964 Monte-Carlo Rally win. Bex has created this bespoke artwork by capturing the essence of the Mini heritage and the 1964 ‘Monte’ victory that changed Patrick Hopkirk into ‘Paddy Ho...
 
AUTUMN CLASSICS 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Two Autumn Classic meetings in one weekend  Words and images by Peter Baker Castle Combe’s 2018 Autumn Classic on Saturday 6 October was a packed race day, to which yours truly enjoyed a rapid Cotswold-style 60-mile cross country blast in the MG ZTT before trading awful weather for some great images. Then it was Prescott Speed Hill Climb on the Sunday, where this American-themed extra...
 
THE 2018 ROSSFELDRENNEN : Roman Klemm
Edelweis Bergpreis Rossfeld Hillclimb 2018  Words and images by Roman Klemm On 29-30 September, 50 years after Ludovico Scarfiotti’s death, the historic Edelweis Bergpreis Rossfeld hillclimb was a sensationally packed weekend. The mountain road of Rossfeld, situated right above the famous winter resort of Berchtesgaden, has been hosting hill climbs since the 1920s. But the escalating ...
 
REMEMBERING 'WHIZZO' - PURELY PERSONAL : Ken Davies
Remembering 'Whizzo'  Words and images by Ken Davies Saturday, 29 September 2018 Silverstone circuit was bathed in a warm late summer sun, with a healthy grid of McLaren GT4s fittingly embroiled in a fierce on-track battle, as around 200 family, friends and acquaintances of Barrie Williams packed into the BRDC clubhouse to celebrate Whizzo’s very full life. Standing as sentries each ...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - CHEVETTES AT RALLYDAY 2018 : Stephen Mosley
The HS turns 40  Words and images by Stephen Mosley Although Vauxhall introduced its popular small car, the Chevette, in 1976 it took another couple of years for them to decide on taking it rallying. Due to company policy, even then the hot version was developed by Bill Blydenstein under the umbrella of ‘Dealer Team Vauxhall’ rather than by the parent company itself. This was t...
 
FORD'S FORGOTTEN FAILURE : Ken Davies
The Story of the 3L Sports Prototype  Words by Ken Davies. Images and captions courtesy Ford Press Office. The conception, birth and evolution of the Ford GT40 has been indelibly etched in motor racing history, but let’s take a moment to recall the main facts. Originally based on the Lola Mk6, the GT40 Mk I, II, and III versions of the all-conquering endurance racer were designed and b...
 
SPA SIX HOURS 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Whitewash for the GT40s  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.  For me, missing the Six Hours weekend at Spa-Francorchamps would be like Christmas without a pantomime. And talking of pantomime, that pretty well sums up Goodwood Revival. Oh no it doesn’t. Oh yes it does. Be that as it may, it’s nice to be back at Spa, although, like most character tracks, I&...
 
TITANIC DEJA VU ULSTER 2018 : Beatty Crawford
A step back in history Titanic Déjà Vu Ulster took off from the moment participants entered the Porsche Centre in the Titanic Quarter on Friday evening, 31 August, the happy mood at the rally reunion, which brought together so many old friends and fabulous machinery, lasting until the final guest left in the early hours of Sunday morning, writes Beatty Crawford. Walter Rohrl and P...
 
GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Rambling around Goodwood  Words and images by Peter Baker I missed the sound of Merlin engines and the regular sight of Spitfires, etc. ducking and diving low across the circuit, as I did the moaning thrum of the slowly approaching Lancaster at tea-time. Flying of classic aeroplanes during the Revival, it seems, has now been deemed anti-social and thus banned by officialdom. And frankly, Go...
 
ZANDVOORT HISTORIC GRAND PRIX 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Zandvoort on a budget  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. The circuit of Zandvoort lies almost within walking distance of Amsterdam, a capital well known for its persuasive and sometimes dubious evening activities, that in the past have led many a young, and not so young, aspiring driver astray. Indeed, to this very day, some have never been accounted for. Be that as it ...
 
ANOTHER REASON TO VISIT SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS : Roman Klemm
The secrets of Abbaye de Stavelot’s cellar  Words and images by Roman Klemm It is a rather long journey to Belgium’s Ardennes for me, and everybody who travels so far to witness racing on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit should not miss another highlight of the region that’s on offer, the Musee du Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The original track, which was laid out in 1924 wa...
 
TEAM RETRO-SPEED AT OULTON PARK 2018 : Peter Baker
Team Retro-Speed features at Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting  Words and images by Peter Baker It was a great turnout for Team Retro-Speed at the 2018 Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting, organised by the Historic Sports Car Club, over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Member Mike Dowd with Robert Salisbury had a class win sharing Robert’s Jaguar MkI in the rain-soaked Jaguar Classic Challenge, M...
 
VSCC FORMULA VINTAGE MALLORY PARK : Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Formula 3 (500s) joins VSCC at Mallory Park  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.  After weeks, make that months, of almost unbroken sunshine, last weekend (11-12 August) the weather changed as the Vintage-Sports-Car Club held its 2018 Mallory Park meeting. But, although the sky threatened, in the end the rain only arrived thirty minutes after the last Formula Vintage...
 
BENTLEY DRIVERS CLUB AT SILVERSTONE 2018 : Stuart Newman
More than just a race meeting  Words by Stuart Newman. Images by Oliver Flower, Phil Kroll, Peter de Rousset-Hall The Bentley Drivers Club’s popular annual race meeting once again saw another day of fantastic club racing at its very best at Silverstone on Saturday 4 August. Regarded by the Club as ‘more than just a race meeting’, it was the good old days revisited as membe...
 
VSCC VINTAGE PRESCOTT - EDITORIAL RAMBLINGS : Peter Baker
A very vintage Prescott with the VSCC  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. The UK heat-wave continues with holiday makers who travelled to Spain and Portugal now wishing they had stayed home in the UK. Mind you, with the number of spectators at last weekend’s Prescott Speed Hill Climb (4/5 August) at a record level, not many of the absconding tourists were members o...