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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...
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...
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...
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...
HYWEL 'THE MAC' THOMAS : Ken Davies
Hywel Thomas  Appreciation by Ken Davies On the 16 September 2015 rallying lost one of its most charismatic characters with the untimely death, at 73, of Hywel Thomas following a short illness. He’d started navigating on road rallies in the 1960s and one of his earliest triumphs was winning the inaugural 1965 Tour of Epynt with Tony Chappell in a Lotus Elan. His life-long sobriquet &l...
SIR JACKIE STEWART AT 2015 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX : Roman Klemm
Sir Jackie Stewart celebrates at Monza  Words and images by Roman Klemm It was on 12 September 1965 when 26-year-old Jackie Stewart won his first Formula 1 Grand Prix. The promising Scotsman battled all the way for the lead against established greats such as Jim Clark (Lotus-Climax) and his team mate Graham Hill in the other works BRM P261. Jackie’s success earned him his place among ...
ANECDOTE : Dave Williamson
Italian Grand Prix 1965 Fifty years ago Dave Williamson and the late Brian Hugh took their Mini Cooper and a two man bivouac across to Monza to watch the Italian Grand Prix. Starting off from Lydd, the car was loaded into the nose of a Freddie Laker ‘Carvair’ by a glorified scissor jack to cross the Channel. We went over the Grande St Bernardino Pass – no tunnel in those days...
PORSCHE CLUB GB ALTHORP HOUSE 2015 : Ken Davies
Porsches take over Althorp House  Words and images by Ken Davies The annual national event of the Porsche Club GB took place at Althorp House on 15/16 August in rural Northamptonshire, the first time the Club had returned to the stunning seat of 19 generations of the Spencer family since 1997. The House has the one of the finest private collections of art, furniture and paintings in the wor...
SCHLOSS DYCK CLASSIC DAYS 2015 : Steven Vandeputte
Classic Days, Schloss Dyck 31 July-2 August  Words and images by Steven Vandeputte It was none other than Sir Stirling Moss who stole the show at the 10th anniversary edition of the annual Schloss Dyck Classic Days near the German town of Jüchen. The 85-year-old motorsport legend was invited to the Schloss Dyck Classic days by Mercedes-Benz, one of the event’s longtime partners. ...
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
I’ll have to pass a driving test  Words by Peter Baker Nowadays a lot of people travel to China, but I doubt not many ship out their favourite classic car beforehand as we have, so it’s ready and waiting on the dock in Shanghai. Sounds a bit far fetched, and not entirely without risk, but having now signed the forms, booked passage and left the Jaguar Mk2 with Cars UK, based just...
ANECDOTE : Dave Williamson
Is my helmet out of date?  By Dave Williamson Having entered the 1966 Bolton National Motoring News Championship event as co-driver to the late Brian Hugh in his Austin Mini-Cooper S, the crew were surprised to learn that crash helmets were obligatory. Cue a visit to the local motorcycle dealer for a fitting of the then widely used ‘Everoak’ helmets for about £4.00 each. T...
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - SILVERSTONE CLASSIC 2015 : Peter Baker
Silverstone Classic 2015  Words and images Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery  Friday around 11.00 in the morning and during qualifying at Silverstone it was bucketing down. Trying to record on-track action while keeping the camera dry was all but impossible, but moaning on about the weather has always been a pointless exercise, so best just get on with it. After all, even under these a...
MALCOLM CAMPBELL'S SUNBEAM AT PENDINE : Ken Davies
Iconic Blue Bird Sunbeam returns to Pendine  Words and images by Ken Davies The beach at the small Welsh village of Pendine, synonymous with pre-war land speed record attempts, again reverberated to the sound of aero-engined monsters on Tuesday (21 July) afternoon. Two thousand enthusiastic spectators thronged to watch the symbolic return of Blue Bird, the 350bhp Sunbeam that captured the w...
ENNSTAL CLASSIC 2015 : Roman Klemm
A jewel of the Alps  Words by Roman Klemm, images R. Klemm and R. Klemm jr. The Ennsal Classic 16-18 July. The event was introduced by Austrian journalist Helmut Zwickl back in 1993 and has developed into one of the most popular old-timer events in Europe. This year 197 teams from 18 nations took part in the three-day regularity rally. Additionally, the Racecar Trophy was established some f...
THE PIRELLI CALENDAR : Ken Davies
Celebrating over 50 glorious years of The Pirelli Calendar  Words and images by Ken Davies What do tyres have in common with gorgeous women? Very little I guess, unless the link is the chic Pirelli Calendar, a trade almanac annually published by the Pirelli Company’s UK subsidiary, which has become an icon in the motoring world since it first appeared in 1964. From Cindy Crawford to S...
LONG LIVE LONGBRIDGE : Ken Davies
110 years of Manufacturing at Longbridge Plant  Words and image by Ken Davies The Longbridge manufacturing complex in Birmingham reaches its 110-year milestone this year. Though the site remains to this day a testament to Britain’s market leading position as a major global motor manufacturer for most of the 20th century, the site’s chequered history makes compelling reading. ...
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - FORMULA VEE IN GERMANY : Roman Klemm
50 years of Formula Vee in Germany  Words and images by Roman Klemm On Saturday 27 June the 50th anniversary of Formula Vee in Germany was celebrated at the Norising street circuit, Nuremberg. In the search for a new Graf Berghe von Trips, one of Germany’s great racing drivers, a new single-seater class was established back in the sixties. First of all the formula should be cheap and...
ANECDOTE : Joan Williamson
Electronic marshals?  By Joan Williamson  No marshals – no rallies! How often have we heard this? Clearly, there is a shortage of experienced officials and the reasons are all too clear. As an alternative, there is a move towards virtual marshals where competing cars carry transponders which can be activated by hidden road-side ‘gizmos’ to record the adherence to regul...
MODENA TRACKDAYS 2015 : Steven Vandeputte
2/3 June, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium  Words and images by Steven Vandeputte Belgian racing legend Jacky Ickx was the star of the biennial Modena Trackdays at Spa-Francorchamps where the Formula 1 vice world champion and six-times Le Mans winner took delighted passengers out for a hot lap in the latest Porsche GT3 RS. Ickx was not the only F1 driver present, with 128 starts behind his name ...
FI LEGENDS AT 2015 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX : Roman Klemm
Red Bull Ring hosts F1 ‘Legends‘  Words and images by Roman Klemm During the Austrian Grand Prix (20/21 June) spectators were treated to the best F1 turbo-charged machinery from the eighties. Dietrich Mateschitz, a great sponsor of the Austrian GP, added a spectacle to the Formula One weekend by arranging a race for these turbo-boosted monsters, which were driven by former F1 ...
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - LEGENDS AT LE MANS : Roman Klemm
Legends at Le Mans 2015  Words and images by Roman Klemm Le Mans 2015 wasn´t just the classic 24 hours marathon for modern hybrids. The ACO also invited an attractive field of 62 historic cars to pep up the show. The race was won by the Ford GT40 of Bernard Thuner. It was just a pity that the Legends paddock was situated rather out of reach of most spectators. History was not limite...
LETTER FROM LE MANS 2015 : Peter Baker
Letter from Le Mans  Words and images by Peter Baker Dear Reader,Despite what you may think, it rains here at Le Mans as hard as it ever does in Manchester or London. The only advantage being; when it stops the sun comes out, temperatures rise rapidly and within minutes everything dries out. On Thursday (11 June) the drivers taking part in the Le Mans Legend ‘build up’ race e...
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - RALLYE FESTIVAL TRASMIERA 2015 : Lawrence Clift
Rallye Festival Trasmiera 4-6 June  Words and images by Lawrnce Clift. Click to view video. This was Jordan’s and my first foray into Spain and the organisers and spectators made us feel very welcome. Seven British crews made the journey to Hoznayo, east of Santander in northern Spain for the non-competitive festival, with cars ranging from a Mini and a bespoke Lancia Beta V6 through ...
PURELEY PERSONAL - SYDNEY RETRO SPEEDFEST 2015 : Bill Fonseca
Sydney Retro Speedfest 2015  Words and images by Bill Fonseca During the Queen’s birthday weekend on 6/7 June 2015, the HSRCA, in conjunction with the Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, held the at Sydney Motorsport Park. This second running of the Speedfest was once again designed to showcase the best of classic racing, with plenty of track time to ensure value-for-money for compe...
ANECDOTE : Joan Williamson
CRA's 1997 Monte Carlo Challenge  By Joan WIlliamson  The morning after the finish of the Classic Rally Association’s Monte Carlo events it was customary, after a leisurely breakfast, for crews and officials to stroll in the sunshine towards the Café de Paris for a beer or two. Stroll? Not Jonathan Bowles of Continental Car Tours… his A35 powered into Casino Square ...
PURELY PERSONAL - ANGOULEME 2005 : Mike Stripe
Angouleme 2005  Words and images by Mike Stripe In 2005 the Vintage Sports-Car Club took its overseas tour to the annual race meeting jamboree at the famous French venue of Angouleme. There were 25 pre-war cars that took part, each of them covering about 1,100 miles on quiet French roads to reach this wonderful example of French lackadaisicalness and informailty. At the time I carried the...
A BRANDS CLUBBIE 1967 : Peter Collins
A day at the races  Story and images by Peter Collins To be precise, it was the Kent Messenger Cup organised by the Maidstone and Mid Kent Motor Club. Doesn’t sound much, does it? But in the ‘60s and 70s, club meetings often contained some high quality fields and races and this meeting was no exception including, as it did, rounds of the Motoring News GT Championship, the Les ...
MILLE MIGLIA 1927-1940 : Peter Baker
Potted History of the Mille Miglia – Part One   Words by Peter Baker  In 1927 seventy-seven cars entered the first edition of the Mille Miglia. Just fifty-four finished. From Brescia in the north of Italy the route ran as far south as Rome before turning for home and completing the loop, a distance of approximately 1,000 miles, hence the name. Drivers were faced with over twe...
2015 TOUR AUTO OPTIC 2000 : Mel Hatton
An illustrious learning curve!  Story by Mel Hatton The annual Tour Auto Optic 2000 is the most extraordinary classic car event but mostly unheard of in the UK. Held for historic cars only, across France, since 1992, it is a recreation by Peter Auto of the endurance and reliability competition of the Tour de France Automobile. First run in 1899 it took competitors on a gruelling route arou...
ANECDOTE : Joan Williamson
Pipe and slippers brigade... By Joan Williamson ...Not Team Retro-Speed’s Dave and Joan WIlliamson. This is Dave auto-testing his Wolseley 1500 on the Shell Carrington Car Park in 1961, although the car was mainly used for rallying at the time. He later sold the Wolseley in order to buy a Mk1 Ford Cortina GT, which turned out to be an altogether better rally car. Dave and Joan no...
FIA WEC SILVERSTONE 2015 : Ken Davies
6 Hours of Silverstone – Sunday 12 April  Report and images from Ken Davies  The 2015 World Endurance Championship circus came to town at the weekend when the series-opener got off to a flying start with Sunday’s 6 Hours of Silverstone, held on the Grand Prix Circuit at the home of British Motor Racing in front of an estimated crowd of 45,000 spectators, doubtless encourage...
THE ORIENT EXPRESS : Peter Baker
Travelling on the Orient Express  Story and images by Peter Baker The Orient Express, or to give it its correct name, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express travels between Calais and Venezia (Venice) Italy. Passengers choosing to begin their journey from London, however, receive an added bonus, they are served ‘brunch and a Bellini’ aboard the ‘classic’ Belmond British P...
PURELY PERSONAL - TOYOTA CELICA 1600GT : Joan Williamson
Toyota Celica 1600GT  Story by Joan Williamson, images by Dave Williamson Regular readers of Retro-Speed will know that Peter Baker and Dave Williamson were recently in Ypres in Belgium to report on the 2015 Poppy Regularity Rally organised by HERO/CRA. They might also know that the event was won by the Belgian crew of Holvoet and Vanoverschelde in a very smart Toyota Celica 1600GT. What t...
ANTWERP CLASSIC SALON 2015 : Steven Vandeputte
Eighty years of Jaguar at Antwerp show  Words and images by Steven Vandeputte Antwerp Classic Salon 6-8 March. It is hard to ignore Jaguar in 2015 so the 38th edition of the show didn’t. The brand used the occasion not only to look back at the past 80 years but also to the future, with the firm’s latest offering – the Jaguar XE. The new entry-level model was the centerpie...
ALPINE TRIUMPH, CALIFORNIAN TRAGEDY! : Ken Davies
Alpine Triumph, Californian Tragedy! – Words by Ken Davies, Images by kind prmission of Porsche Historisches Archiv  The title of this article suggests two polar opposites, but in truth these two events are inexorably linked by a pair of fascinating stories – let me explain. The death of Eugene Bohringer in 2013 , at the grand age of 91, ended another golden chapter of internat...
VISION PAST : Ed McDonough
I remember much of the past in black and white  Words and images by Ed McDonough When thinking about motor racing highlights, the outstanding visual images inevitably come up in black and white, often a bit grainy. The cars, the circuits, and the backgrounds are grainy. The exception is faces... they are always clear in my memory… if not always quite so sharp in the photos when viewe...
PURELY PERSONAL - MID WALES STAGES 2015 : Lawrence Clift
Mid Wales Stages provides a testing ground for Jordan Clift  Words and images from Lawrence Clift. Click to view video  Having completed four short laps around the Sweet Lamb rally complex in the Opel Manta driven by Simon Crook, Retro-Speed video contributor, Jordan Clift, is now ready and looking forward to making his co-driver debut on the AGBO stages at Weston Park on Sunday 22 Marc...
RETROMOBILE 2015 : Steven Vandeputte
Fabulous 40th edition for Paris Retromobile  Report and images by Steven Vandeputte This year even more so than previous editions, the Retromobile fair, held from 4-8 February, was as busy as the French capital‘s traffic and definitely as easy to get lost in! There were 119,000 visitors navigating through the narrow corridors between the 450 stands that were crammed in to Pavillon 1 ...
BROOKLANDS - A POTTED HISTORY : Peter Baker
Cars, planes and The Double Twelve  Words and images by Peter Baker Approach Brooklands Museum from any direction you choose and the landscape, once open Surrey countryside, is dominated by executive-style housing estates, industrial units and offensive looking office blocks. No better example of modernity swallowing nature exists in southern England. Of course, the area itself was always...
TEXTING TO MONTE-CARLO
Team Retro-Speed text their way to Monaco David Mustarde and Rupert Barker in Car 299 – Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the service crew and supporters keep in touch on the 2015 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. Welcome to France. Good luck for successful rally. Hope you have eaten after such a long journey. Brakes tramping, will need work at Le Puy. Correction, difficult to brake. Refuelled at...
PURELY PERSONAL - RALLYE MONTE-CARLO HISTORIQUE 2015 : David Mustarde
Car 299 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique  Words by David Mustarde, images by Peter Baker Well as you can imagine the car should have been beautifully prepared(!) as I’d had months to do it, but then I decided to just bleed the brakes as my final job and all hell broke loose. Bits broke or wouldn't work and had to be ordered new. They arrived and, of course, nothing fitted. With one day t...
LOOKING BACK ON 2014 - PART 3 : Peter Baker
Bicester, Bourton and Brooklands Classic aircraft go hand-in-hand with classic cars and where better to enjoy early aviation than at Old Warden airfield, home of the Shuttleworth Trust. September 7 provided superb flying conditions for the Pageant; bi-planes, tri-planes, fighters from both world wars and, highlight for me, the flight of the De Havilland DH88 Comet that won the 1934 MacRobertson ...
RALLYE MONTE-CARLO HISTORY : Peter Baker
Rallye Monte-Carlo 1911Imagine.... It’s October 1910 and tucked away in the heated garage is a Daimler motor car. Your pride and joy. During the long summer days you have motored village to village, county to county. Up hill and down dale. On more than one occasion the family have even endured trips to London. But on reflection it’s not been enough and in secret moments you wish for mo...
JEAN-PIERRE BELTOISE 1937-2015 : Peter Collins
Jean-Pierre Beltoise  Appreciation and images by Peter Collins Probably the only Grand Prix driver to learn competitive driving at the wheel of a butcher’s van in Paris, Jean-Pierre, who died recently, was born in 1937 and his father was the butcher – the owner of the van. Jean Pierre was to say later that, “You had to force things a little or you never got anywhere. My c...
LOOKING BACK ON 2014 - PART 2 : Peter Baker
Hotel accommodation not always up to scratch By mid-year the season had exploded; 7 June and it was a two-day VSCC double-header. First, my favourite UK circuit, Cadwell Park, then after a night in a hotel best forgotten, on to the delightful Harewood Hill Climb, where most of those encountered on Saturday reappeared as if by magic on Sunday morning. This was my first visit to Harewood and I lo...
PURELY PERSONAL - SUNDAY BRUNCH SCRAMBLE : Julian Burch
Sunday Brunch Scramble  Words and images from Julian Burch Bicester Heritage’s 4th Sunday Brunch Scramble was held at the site on 4 January 2015, starting from 10.30am and finishing at 1.30. The freezing temperatures and thick fog seemed to deter few, with an impressive turnout all round. The airfield site, which dates back to the First World War, is slowly being restored to house bus...
LOOKING BACK ON 2014 - PART 1 : Peter Baker
A little less travelling At the end of 2013, I made a new year’s resolution: to cut down my travel. Naturally, the good intention evaporated into thin air, indeed within the first six weeks of 2014 I already had some sixteen hotel nights to my credit, not only covering meetings at Brooklands, Gaydon, the NEC, and in Paris, but also finding time to travel the full length of the United King...
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
A best seller?  Words by Peter Baker I’m writing a book, which I thought would be a doddle. Money in the bank. In fact, until I spoke to a publisher, things were going swimmingly well. The ‘important’ bits such as story line, character profile and plot were determined, and in moments of self-adulation I was already spending the royalties. The red Ferrari F40 was mine. Or, if...
THE HON. MRS. VICTOR BRUCE : Peter Baker
Triumphant on the road, water and in the air  Story by Peter Baker A quite remarkable woman, the Hon. Mrs. Victor Bruce, born Mildred Mary Petre on 10 November 1895, drove and flew herself into the history books; Rallye Monte Carlo, Brooklands and a single-handed flight to Japan and beyond, all figured among the long list of achievements. Her illustrious career got off to a bad start when, a...
CHEAP CLASSICS : Peter Baker
The Bentley Turbo R No such thing I hear you say. Back in my day you could pick up a Bentley or Bugatti for a fiver. Prices rose, and later in the mid-Seventies that honour fell instead to the Morris Minor or Ford Prefect. Now, taking into account the rate of inflation, we have returned to the Bentley, or at least the huge unwanted beasts of the 1980s/90s as the prime 'bargain basement' buy. Who...
DENIS WELCH MOTORSPORT
Advertising Feature Visit Denis Welch Motorsport at the Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham 14-16 November 2014 Attracting 65,000 of visitors every year, the Classic Motor Show is one of the biggest events of its kind, hosting the largest single gathering of UK traders and companies, offering just about any product or service your classic car may need. Visit Denis Welch Motorsport in Hall 9 S...
PURELY PERSONAL - RALLYLEGEND 2014 : Lawrence Clift
Rallylegend 2014  Words and images from Lawrence Clift. Click top right to view gallery Close your eyes and just imagine that you’re at the bottom of a hill on the outside of a square left and every minute or so the still, quiet air is broken with the sound of a supercharger, turbocharger or even both as GrpB and GrpA cars are tearing up the asphalt. Well my eyes were fully open as we ...
ANDREA DE CESARIS 1959-2014 : Peter Collins
Andrea De Cesaris’ racing career  Words and images by Peter Collins Andrea survived many accidents during his racing career, but very sadly he recently succumbed in an incident when riding his motorcycle in Rome. Born in 1959, in the Eternal City, Andrea achieved the status of World Champion in karting and by the age of 18 was driving a Ralt RT1 for Tim Schenken’s Tiga team in 1...
THIRTY-SIX YEARS AT CASTLE COMBE : Ken Davies
The flag falls on a 36-year association with the Circuit  Story by Ken Davies When Adrian and Nicki Fawdington waved the chequered flag on the final race of the 2014 Autumn Classic meeting at Castle Combe on the 5 October it was symbolic of the end of the successful 36-year association the couple have had with the picturesque Wiltshire circuit. It all started when business commitments saw...
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Citroen CX - the highs and the lows  Words and images by Peter Baker   I was thinking, time to grow up and buy something sensible for a change. And that’s what happened, almost. The Citroen CX was introduced in the early seventies as a replacement for the long-serving DS Series; it was voted ‘Car of the Year 1975’ and is now generally regarded as the last ‘real&...
PURELY PERSONAL - PAGANI AND FERRARI : Michael Fox-Byrne
Pagani and Ferrari via Padua  Words and images by Michael Fox-Byrne.  Click top right to view gallery   Recently my partner Kate and I took a short trip to Northern Italy, basing ourselves in Padua. The weather was beautiful and we found ourselves travelling south on the autostrada to Bologna to then cut west for Modena. It was Wednesday and we had an appointment at Pagani Automobil...
GROUP 4 CAE CORSE I - LANCIA STRATOS REPLICA
Advertising Feature  Group 4 CAE Corse i - Lancia Stratos Replica  Reluctant sale after ten years ownership and still has less than 16,000 miles on the clock. It is correctly registered as a CAE Corse in December 1999 on an age-related ‘G’ plate with full SVA Documentation and will come with six months Road Tax and a MOT lasting until July 2015. •  Group 4 bodywor...
THE ROSSFELDRENNEN 2014 : Roman Klemm
The mountain is calling!  Words and images from Roman Klemm. Click top right to view gallery  Historic hillclimb, Berchtesgaden, Germany, 27-28 September 2014. The mountain was calling and they came the second year in a row; almost 120 jewels of racing history were present at the International Edelweis Bergpreis at the end of September 2014. Many of them attacked the long Rossfeld mount...
PURELY PERSONAL - TRACKROD RALLY 2014 : Lawrence Clift
Trackrod Yorkshire Rally 26/27 September  Click top right to view gallery  The debut of the eagerly awaited RSD Abarth 131 driven by Julian Reynolds/Ian Oakley, along with the Toyota Celica of Ben Mellors and Alex Lee was overshadowed as, allegedly, spectators disguised an official waypoint, by placing branches over the top, endangering the lives of competitors and fellow spectators al...
RALLYDAY 2014 : Ken Davies
The UK’s Premier Rally Car Show  Words and images from Ken Davies. Click top right to view gallery Rallyday on Saturday 20 September, held at the Castle Combe circuit in picturesque Wiltshire, proved itself a great success yet again. Amazingly, it was 14 years ago that a group of rally enthusiasts conceived the annual show as a means of providing visitors with an opportun...
AUSTRALIAN MUSCLE CAR MASTERS 2014 : Bill Fonseca
Sydney Motorsport Park celebrates Father’s Day  Words and images from Bill Fonseca. Click top right to view galleryLeading Australian property company PAYCE joined Sydney’s 2014 Muscle Car Masters as major sponsor to many of the categories over the weekend of 6/7 September.Muscle Car Masters, the annual Father’s Day celebration of Australia’s unique muscle car heritage...
PURELY PERSONAL - RUMBLINGS FROM THE ZANDVOORT DUNES : Peter Baker
2014 Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view gallery Once more the BBC got it wrong and, instead of dreary drizzle, spectators donned the shades and ate the ice cream. In the second 500 Owners Association MSA Circuit Racing Championship race of the weekend, George Shackleton tried hard in his Cooper Mk11 to make it two in row for Team Retro-Speed, but luc...
EVEROAK HELMETS
Iconic helmets reborn Popular during the 1950s and ‘60s, Everoak Helmets were the choice of protection for car racers and bikers alike. The iconic Everoak has endured as a symbol of the classic era of racing and with the resurgence of retro brands is set to make a return.Bill Vero, a master craftsman and one of the most experienced helmet makers in the world, can handcraft perfect replicas f...
BAKER STREET
Peter preferred the Vanden Plas  Words and image by Peter Baker I’ve driven some pretty bad cars in my time. Take the Ford Escort 1100 Automatic for example; so slow that going uphill it was possible to get out and walk past it. And do you remember; Nissan linked up with Alfa Romeo around 1980 and produced the Arna. Ugly in the extreme, body panels were shipped in from Japan and he...
PURELY PERSONAL - EIFFEL RALLYE FESTIVAL 2014 : Lawrence Clift
Over-shadowed by Italian rallies  Report and images by Lawrence CliftHaving driven across Northern France and through Belgium on the Wednesday, we arrived at our hotel just outside of Daun in Germany for our first taste of the Eifel Rallye Festival held on 24-26 July. The Eifel used to be a competitive rally with over 300 stage miles spread over two-and-a-half days, but it's now classed as a ...
PURELY PERSONAL - HARRY FLATTERS RALLY 2014 : Dave Williamson
Harry Flatters Rally 2014  Report and images by Dave WIlliamson Excellent tarmac stages and near perfect weather (unless as a competitor you were forced to wear the full safety clothing and overheat in the process) greeted the crews to Epynt for the annual Harry Flatters Rally. A modern event with 81 entries saw a 2-second win for the WRC Focus of Damian Cole/Elliot Edmondson over last year&r...
SPA RACE FESTIVAL 2014 : Steven Vandeputte
Spa Race Festival 18-20 July, Spa-Francorchamps  Report and images by Steven Vandeputte. Click top right to view images  Somewhat overlooked in the run up to the Spa 24 hours a week later, the Spa Race Festival is an absolute gem that remains to be discovered by a larger audience. The Spa Race Festival offered attractive racing supplied by 10 predominantly German race series on one of Eu...
PURELY PERSONAL - WASHINGTON NEW TOWN : Dave Williamson
Happy Birthday Washington New Town  Report from Dave WilliamsonWashington New Town in Tyne & Wear, (historically Co. Durham) is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year so can it still be called a new town? Attracted by its development area status, Washington was chosen as the site for the production of the Clan Crusader which itself celebrated its 40th anniversary in the town in 2011....
PHOTOGRAPHY AND HISTORIC MOTORSPORT : Peter Baker
Sunshine is good but rain adds drama  Words and images by Peter BakerTaking pictures at historic motorsport venues, both in the UK and mainland Europe, most weekends doesn’t automatically make me an expert. But it has taught me a thing or two. Number one tip:  The most important single item that will influence the quality of your images comes in the box with the camera, a...
HASLEMERE CLASSIC CAR SHOW 2014 : James Ewing
Classic cars, crowds and cake ... Report from James Ewing. Click top right to view gallery ... What could be better. On Sunday 25 May, the sixth Haslemere Classic Car Show saw 200 pre-1974 classics gather on Lion Green and thousands of people from far and wide came out to enjoy them in beautiful sunshine. First thing in the morning ninety amazing vehicles gathered on the green for the start of the...
CULTRA HILLCLIMB 2014 : Tony Gregory
Cultra delivers new champions and debuts  Special report from Tony Gregory Cultra Hillclimb 2014, 'Ulster's Motoring Garden Party', crowned no less than 10 new Outright and Class Champions and delivered a packed programme of thrills and spills for the 2,600 sun-kissed visitors. The world’s Oldest Active Speed Hillclimb is based at Northern Ireland’s Ulster Folk and Transport Museu...
PURELY PERSONAL - GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2014 : Ken Davies
Reflections from the FoS 2014 – ‘Addicted to Winning’  Report and images by Ken DaviesWhen Goodwood House, seat of the Dukes of Richmond, was originally pegged out by its builder around the start of the 17th century, I’m convinced that its location was chosen because of its micro climate and this was never more apparent than last weekend when I journeyed through extrem...
PORSCHE CLUB GB : Ken Davies
PCGB South Wales Concours d’Elegance 2014  Words and images by Ken Davies With balmy weather more reminiscent of California’s celebrated Pebble Beach event, the annual Concours d'Elegance run by the South Wales Region of the Porsche Club GB, and supported once again by the Porsche Centre Cardiff, took place at Cotterell Park, the spectacular golfing and leisure resort near Cardiff...
PURELY PERSONAL - CARLISLE STAGES 2014 : Lawrence Clift
2014 DMACK Tyres Carlisle Stages  Words and images from Lawrence Clift. Click top right to view gallery The fifth round of the R.A.C. Rally Championship, the DMACK Tyres Carlisle Stages on 21 June, saw a first for the Championship as the organisers included a short, 3-mile shakedown stage on the day before the rally, which attracted a good number of competitors, including Scottish rally champ...
HISTORIC RACING AND DRIVING STANDARDS : Peter Baker
Refer to the Blue Book In a bid to reduce the unusual number of recent serious accidents in historic motor racing, the Motor Sports Association, and race organisers in particular, are looking again at the ethics surrounding our sport, specifically the need to win at all costs. The Vintage Sports-Car Club has altered its competition guidelines, and Peter Auto is the first major organiser to actuall...
PURELY PERSONAL - PRESCOTT : Joan WIlliamson
Imp amongst heavy metal  Words and images from Dave and Joan Williamson Longton & District Motor Club from Preston in Lancashire has surely set the standard for running a hill climb at Prescott. The weekend of 14/15 June must have been one of the best events yet with competitors getting in plenty of practice, and on the Sunday as many as four timed competitive runs up the Hill. With ...
THE 82ND VINGT-QUATRE HEURES DU MANS : Ken Davies
Porsche’s Return  Words and images by Ken Davies. Click top right to view gallery ‘Mission 2014 – Our Return’: After a 16-year absence, the Porsche works racing team returned to the Sarthe circuit in France last weekend (14/15 June), ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, third round of the 2014 World Endurance Championship. It is said that Porsche’s much-vaunte...
PURELY PERSONAL - CHOLMONDELEY 2014 : Lawrence Clift
Cholmondeley Pageant of Power 13-15 June  Click top write to view gallery.  I could go on and say what a great weekend we had at ‘Chumly’, but I can't as I was disappointed with this year’s entry, most of the cars having featured at previous Pageants writes Lawrence Clift.If this was your first or even second time at the event, then it is a fabulous weekend, but I'...
MICK BRIANT VISITS LLANELLI : Ken Davies
Mick Briant’s Road Rally Legends Roadshow  Report and images by Ken Davies The Parc-Y-Scarlets Rugby Club Stadium in Llanelli played host to road rallying royalty on the evening of Saturday 7 June 2014 when Mick Briant’s Road Rally Legends Roadshow visited the new home of the legendary West Wales rugby team.Love him or hate him there’s no getting away from the fact that trip...
PURELY PERSONAL - LESSINIASPORT RALLY 2014 : Lawrence Clift
LessiniaSport rally and meeting Miki Biasion  Words and images form Lawrence Clift. Click top right to view gallery Still in its infancy, the LessiniaSport rally is now in its 4th year. The event is based around the town of Bosco Chievanuosa, twenty miles north of Verona in Italy, and organised by Rally Club Valpentena, renowned for its autumn event Rally Revival Valpantena which attracts mor...
SYDNEY RETRO SPEEDFEST 2014 : Bill Fonseca
Inaugural Retro Speedfest 3/4 May  Click top right to view gallery The Historic Sports and Racing Car Association (HSRCA), in conjunction with the ARDC, hosted a brand new classic racing event for 2014, the Sydney Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park, writes Bill Fonseca.The Sydney Retro Speedfest showcased the best of classic racing cars with a fun, festival atmosphere. The long list of...
MINI COOPER S ROAD TEST : Ken Davies
The MINI Cooper S, take two …  Words and images by Ken Davies Unveiled at the Paris motor show of 2000 and launched in July 2001 the BMW MINI illustrated just what a strong business model this company had developed for the second coming of the charismatic little car with the same name that first took the world by storm in 1959. It was then that the British Motor Corporation unleashed t...
TOUR AUTO 2014 : Matt White
Tour Auto Optic 2000, Paris to Marseille 7-12 April 2014  Words and images by Matt White Now in its 23rd year, Tour Auto is one of the highlights of the motorsport calendar, rekindling the flame of the traditional Tour de France Automobile, a sports car race held on roads around France on an annual basis between 1899 and 1986. The event was reinvented a mere six years later and renamed Tour A...
RALLYING A SPORTS CAR - FIAT 124 SPIDER ABARTH : Peter Collins
Rallying a sports car  Words and images by Peter Collins. Click top right to view gallery  Today, the concept of taking a sports car and turning it into a successful rally car seems alien. Come to think of it, the idea of the sports car seems pretty alien, but what do Hannu Mikkola, perhaps the most successful Audi Quattro driver ever, world and Ferrari motor sport supremo Jean...
GIORGIO PIANTA 1935-2014 : Peter Collins
 Giorgio Pianta  Appreciation and images by Peter Collins It would be doing Giorgio Pianta, who died recently aged 79, a great disservice if he was to be remembered only for his time as the Fiat Group’s rally manager and test driver. The incredibly talented Milanese enjoyed an extremely busy life in motor sport and drove or managed a vast variety of machines and men.Born in 1935 in...
FERRARIS DOWN UNDER : Bill Fonseca
Ferrari Racing Days meeting - Sydney 2014 Sydney hosted the first Australian Ferrari Racing Days meeting over the weekend of 11-13 April. Included in the programme was the thrilling 458 Challenge as well as the technological masterpieces from Ferrari’s XX Programmes.This first Festival of Ferrari in Australia had multiple displays of the marque, from the latest models to some of the wor...
2014 SEGRAVE TROPHY HISTORY : Peter Baker
2014 Segrave Trophy for Allan McNish  Words and images by Peter Baker First presented by the Royal Automobile Club in 1930, the Segrave Trophy was originally awarded to the British national who most extended the possibilities of travel, whether by land, sea, or air. Thus, the first recipient was the Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, who made the first non-stop flight betwee...
BARRIE 'WHIZZO' WILLIAMS CELEBRATES 90 YEARS OF SWANSEA MOTOR CLUB : Ken Davies
Enthusiasts enjoy an entertaining evening with Whizzo  Report from Ken Davies. Images by Peter Baker Almost 200 motor sport enthusiasts were held enthralled for three hours when national motor sport treasure Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams nostalgically recalled some of his experiences on race circuits and forest tracks around the world when he gave an entertaining and sometimes hilariou...
BAKER STREET
Peripatetic Peter  Words by Peter Baker. Images copyright Retro-Speed I love lock-up garages. To me it borders on addiction, and at one time I rented seven, all within a two-mile radius of home. Each contained an old car, or spares. But predictably, such a habit brings with it certain problems. Top of the list – memory loss, then that recurring nightmare featuring a fictitious Ford...
SAFARI DATSUNS : Peter Barker
My Datsun Safaris  Copyright Peter Barker As a small boy living in Uganda in East Africa my father took me to watch the East African Safari Rally each year from 1969 to 1971 as it started in or sped through the capital city Kampala. I was captivated by the noise, speed and level of damage sustained by the rally cars and in particular I remember the Datsun 1600SSS and 240Z cars of local heroes...
PURELY PERSONAL - MID WALES STAGES 2014 : Lawrence Clift
A very wet Mid Wales  Words and images from Lawrence Clift. Click top to view gallery  Having signed on for the Viking Motorsport/Link-Electrical Mid Wales Stages (Sunday 2 March) Jordan and I made our way to the first stage of the rally – Pikes Peak. We would be spending the day here as the historic contingent of the rally would use this stage again later on in the day, but in rev...
PURELY PERSONAL - RACE RETRO 2014 : Ken Davies
Race Retro Reflections  Words by Ken Davies. Images from Peter Baker.Once again, the annual historic motor sport extravaganza Race-Retro, 21-23 February, proved the place to see and be seen for enthusiasts and protagonists of historic motor sport. Its truly international flavour was confirmed bythe multitude of foreign accents that could be heard throughout the lively four-hall exhibition, wh...
LEGEND BOUCLES DE SPA 2014 : Steven Vandeputte
Consecutive win for Francois Duval  Words and images by Steven Vandeputte. Click gallery top right  Opener and the first highlight of the Belgian rally season is the Legend Boucles de Spa, Saturday 15 February. Every year the Legend manages to draw the top of the Belgian rally scene to Spa, and although the rally is now a regularity test and there are no points awarded for any champions...
2014 POMEROY TROPHY : Ken Davies
Frazer Nash annex top spots at 2014 VSCC 'Pom'  Report and images by Ken Davies. Click top right to view gallery  Despite its comparatively early date of Saturday 22 February, the annual Vintage Sports-Car Club's uniquely-British 2014 Pomeroy Trophy, held at Silverstone, enjoyed uncharacteristically balmy weather. Early competitors had started their day at 07:15 at the picturesque Towc...
FUTURE ICON - VOLKSWAGEN MK2 GOLF : Charlie Thomas
A solid hot hatch investment  Words and images by Charlie Thomas First rolling off the production line in 1984, the Volkswagen Golf Mk2 was met with mixed reactions from both the press and the consumer. Some thought it looked cumbersome and unfocussed, whereas others saw it as a natural step forward for the German marque. Either way you look at it, the car built on the successful foundations ...
SPLIT SECONDS BY RAYMOND MAYS
A must read book says Peter BakerSplit Seconds – My Racing Years One of the best books on pre-war motor racing, 'Split Seconds: My Racing Years' written by Raymond Mays, begins with his early association with Bugatti, including a meeting with the great man himself, and continues via Vauxhall and ERA to the early days during the development of BRM. Mays loved Shelsley Walsh and to a lesser ex...
1999 CLASSIC 1275 MPI MINI COOPER SPORTSPACK
Advertising Feature 1999 Classic 1275 MPI Mini Cooper Sportspack Bought in early 2013 for a continental adventure to Monte Carlo in 2014 that sadly has recently been cancelled. Hence now for sale.Recent work completed:-Replaced and adjusted rear brake shoesReplaced rear brake adjusters and drum screwsReplaced rear shock absorbers with new BilsteinsReplaced rear mountings on front sub-frame wi...
BAKER STREET
Minis come first   Words by Peter Baker. Images copyright Retro-Speed Motoring News – Thursday 9 January 1964: “Outsiders Win First International Welsh Rally”. Of course, they were referring to Barrie Williams who, unfortunately for the copywriter, lived, and still does, just over the ‘border’ in Bromyard This tough long weekender, with Clerk of the Cou...
INTERCLASSICS & TOPMOBIEL 2014
Maseratis in Maastricht  Words and images from Steven Vandeputte. Click to right to view gallery.Holland’s premier classic car fair InterClassics & TopMobiel at the MECC in Maastricht, 17-19 January, showed its potential to become a major European classic car show as it recorded a significant growth. On Thursday 20,000 euro was raised for charity during the preview night that kick s...
BENTLEY DRIVERS CLUB FOUNDER KESTON PELMORE HONOURED
Keston Pelmore honoured by German Members  Words and images from John Hamperl, Trustee W O Bentley Memorial FoundationPerhaps owing to the world depression following the Wall Street financial disasters of 1929, W.O. Bentley’s original company at Cricklewood ceased trading in 1931.  The assets of the Company were procured by Rolls-Royce.They realised that a combination of R-R sophis...
THE REIMS-GUEUX RACE CIRCUIT
210kph to 90kph  Words and images by Peter Baker After forty-six years the Reims-Gueux road circuit in France hosted its last race in 1972. But even now, the original pits and main grandstand remain in place, all protected and some, including the trackside garages, sympathetically restored, thanks mostly to the Friends of the Gueux Circuit. Known simply as 'Reims' the first World Championship...
LONDON SYDNEY LOTUS CORTINA FOR SALE
Advertising Feature London-Sydney Lotus Cortina  Click top right to view imges With a rallying and racing history along with that warming feeling of familiarity there is nothing quite like a Ford Cortina, especially if it is a Lotus. A six-car works team took part in the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon and Roger Clark came within a whisker of winning only to be denied victory by a tr...
ADDITIONAL ARTCURIAL SALE FOR RETROMOBILE 2014
Solo Alfa Auction – Saturday 8 February Click top right to view images From Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 February it is time again for probably the best classic car show of all at Retromobile in the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris, writes Peter Collins.Traditionally there is an auction as part of the show and this is being held by Artcurial. In fact there are two because ...
RALLYING TO MONTE CARLO
Armchair history of the Monte Carlo Rally  By Peter Baker Part One: 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. In early January each year, wars permitting, as many as four hundred teams would set out from various corners of Europe, en route to the sunny Mediterranean, and compete on Rallye Monte Carlo.I...
CARRERA PANAMERICANA 2013
Old motorsport is alive and kicking  Report and images by Wagner Gonzalez. Click top right to view gallery Since 1989 race promoter Eduardo Leon revives one of the most traditional motorsport events from the ´50s, and Studebaker Commanders are kings of the twisty Mexican roads.Created in 1950 to promote a new highway linking Mexico´s North and South borders, the Carrera Panamerica...
SPA - THE BEST 24 HOUR RACE?
263.4kph, or 163.7mph in old money  Words and images by Peter Collins  Click top right to view galleryThe maximum speed of a new twin-turbo V12 people-carrier? The speed of a motorcyclist when caught on a British motorway by police camera (true!)?Neither; the figures date back to 1973 and refer to the fastest timed lap ever recorded at the ‘long’ Spa circuit. It was set up by...
RETRO-SPEED CHRISTMAS ROAD TEST
 A week spent without an exhaust pipe! Report and image by Ken Davies By sheer coincidence, while compiling the article on the Formula E racing series, I received an invitation to experience the Nissan LEAF, thus providing me with an ideal opportunity to experience a hi-tech 100 per cent electric car for the first time. The LEAF is currently the world’s top-selling highway-capable all-e...
BONHAMS - THE DECEMBER SALE 2013
The Bonhams classic and vintage car auction which took place on Sunday 1 December included the Ecurie Ecosse Collection which took £8.8 million, with the1960 Commer TS3 three-car transporter making £1,793,500 alone!Click gallery top right to view other surprises that caught European Editor, Peter Collins’ attention....
PORSCHE 924
A perfect young-timer classic  Words and images from Peter Baker Running a second-hand Porsche 924 as a ‘young-timer’ classic makes really good sense; they are practical, good looking, reliable, very economical and, at the moment, incredible value for money. And all that backchat about the car being no more than a jumped-up Volkswagen is absolute rubbish. The Porsche 924 was desig...
RETRO-SPEED ON EVEREST
Driver turns mountain climber  Retro-Speed’s Chief Test Driver Ed McDonough has just returned from Nepal, having made the remarkable journey to Mount Everest Base Camp at nearly 6,000 metres above sea level.Ed was part of a group of ten people raising money for a local Northampton/Milton Keynes charity, Climb Your Mountain, a health and well-being organisation providing services, course...
ROSIE RIDES AGAIN
Caught in the pink  Words and images by Alan Hersey Adventures with Rosie my 1972 Reliant Scimitar 5a started at Curborough when I sprinted a 6a (in which I won my class) in August 2010, but extra excursion on an already whining diff caused major damage. So, via the owners club, I was put in touch with Mickey Izzard who had a spare axle up for grabs and a deal was struck. Whilst fitting the a...
PURELY PERSONAL - BIRKETT RUMBLINGS
Six hours of the Birkett  Words by Ken Davies. Images by Peter Baker Confucius once said: “Sit long enough in one place, and the whole world will pass by.” To use the wise Chinese philosopher’s words in a motor racing analogy ‘compete in the Birkett 6 Hour Relay and the whole of the UK’s racing championships will pass by’. From saloons to Radicals, road-spo...
11TH REVIVAL RALLY CLUB VALPANTENA 2013
Rallying round Grezzana  Words and images by Lawrence Clift. Click to view video. Click top right to view gallery 2013 Rally Valpantena 17-19 October. This was our second visit to Italy in as many weekends and the second time to the Valpantena event. Set in the foothills of the Alps, just North of Verona, we were walking around the streets of Grezzana with the sound of rally cars echoing off ...
RALLYLEGEND 2013
The ride of my life  Words and images by Lawrence Clift. Click to view video. Click top right to view gallery A few weeks after the dust had settled following the 10th Rallylegend 2012 in San Marino, I contacted event co-founder Paolo Valli asking about the possibility of a ride in his ex-Miki Biasion GrpB Lancia Delta S4 which he demonstrates as part of the ‘Legend Stars’ wh...
BAKER STREET
Comfy cruiser  Words and images by Peter Baker  You probably won’t believe this but I’ve gone and bought a Jaguar. I know, I know. But actually it’s not a bad piece of British motoring history. The car in question is a lovely 1960 Jaguar Mk2 in British Racing Green, manual with overdrive, and wire wheels. It’s still on its original plate and has done a reputed 31,...
BROKEN DRIVESHAFT
‘Gee, aren’t your British marshals just the very best!’  Words and images by Ken Davies I’ve always felt a close kinship with marshalling and marshals, after all, motor sport at all levels wouldn’t function without them. As a teenager my own enthusiasm for the sport was kindled from a Llandow marshal’s post in the mid-sixties; before the days of orange over...
PURELY PERSONAL - TRACKROD RALLY YORKSHIRE 2013
Trackrod Rally Pre-87 and Historic Cup  Words and images from Lawrence Clift. Click to view video Trackroad Rally Yorkshire 27/28 September 2013. It’s Friday evening and Jordan and I have joined the thousand or so spectators in the Woodyard area of the notorious Dalby Forest of North Yorkshire waiting for the first competitors of this year’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire to come throug...
RALLYING A WORKS MK1 ESCORT
What goes around ....  Words and images from Peter Scott I last sat in the works built Mk1 Escort – MEV 36J – for the Manx Rally in September 1974 with Billy Coleman. Billy was close to tying up the British RAC Rally Championship. Roger Clark was out of contention for the series so the plan was not to challenge Roger but beat everyone else. This was the year of the ...
GOODWOOD REVIVAL RELECTIONS 2013
Paddock reflections  Words and images from Ken Davies. Click top right to view gallery  It’s a funny old world. As a 6th form schoolboy I played truant one afternoon to visit the cinema where the ‘Great Escape’ had just debuted. Since that afternoon I’ve remained fascinated by how the prison camp tailor converted military uniforms into bespoke and beautifully tail...
AUSTRALIAN MUSCLE CAR MASTERS 2013
The 9th Muscle Car Masters  Words and images from Bill Fonseca. Click top right to view gallery Sydney’s Muscle Car Masters weekend, 7/8 September. A celebration of Australia's muscle car heritage, and a tribute to the drivers who raced them. A race meeting and revival in one, Muscle Car Masters is an annual pilgrimage of race stars and cars from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. On-tra...
PURELY PERSONAL - RED KITE STAGES 2013
No snow, but thick dust  Words and images by Lawrence Clift. Click top right to view gallery What a contrast in weather conditions from January to September! The 2013 Red Kite Stages was due to run at the end of January, but a heavy snow fall a few days prior to the event forced the organisers to postpone the rally until 8 September. The forest tracks were so dry, that we were all coated in a...
BAKER STREET
History hangs on the walls  Words and image by Peter BakerI work from home, if you call cropping endless motor sport images work, and a building on the verge of falling down, home. The ‘office’ itself has also long since lost its real meaning; I’m drowning under a relentless incoming tide of books, magazines and meaningless memorabilia. One day, and it must come soon –...
MCLAREN MOTOR SHOW 2013
The 2013 McLaren Employee Motor Show 2013  Words and images from Julian Burch. Click top right to view gallery The McLaren Activities & Charities Group once again organised its annual McLaren Employee Motor Show on the 17 August. Held at the McLaren Technology Centre near Woking in Surrey, it is a rare chance for chosen groups and individuals to bring their cars and bikes along and displa...
SCHLOSS DYCK CLASSIC DAYS 2013
Schloss Dyck 2-4 August 2013  Report and images from Steven Vandeputte. Click top right to view gallery During the first weekend of August 27,000 classic car enthusiasts made their way to the historic Schloss Dyck domain near the German town of Juchen in the Nordrhein-Westfalen region for the 8th edition of the Schloss Dyck Classic Days; a charity event that without a doubt has drawn inspirat...
HELMUT MARKO
From Martini to Red Bull ... Words by Ken Davies. Images courtesy Porsche AG and Red Bull There can be little doubt that Red Bull Racing’s rapid ascendancy into the pantheon of grand prix constructor ‘greats’ is due in no small part to Adrian Newey’s brilliance as a designer, but that’s not the only reason. The Red Bull team is the sum of many parts and one of these i...
MARTINI MARKETING
The right one  Words and images by Peter Collins. Click top right to view galleryThere is something so simple about the product and yet so redolent of glamour and prestige that Martini became a synonym for style during the 1930s and during the three decades after the war. Cinzano tried their damnedest but could never replicate the success. Watch any contemporary frothy or blousy American TV s...
PURELY PERSONAL - PORSCHE 911S AT SILVERSTONE CLASSIC 2013
Musings from the 911 queue  Words and images from Ken Davies It was the first time I’d been involved in a world record attempt of any sort and I was providing at least a 911th of an incredible parade – jointly organised by the Porsche Club GB and Silverstone Classic 2013 to celebrate 50 years since the launch of the iconic Porsche 911 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963.Access int...
SUNBEAM LOTUS TEAM CARS REUNITED
Cars and crews reunite in France  Words and images from Julian Burch. Click top right to view galleryThe town of Chateaudun. just south of Chatres in France, witnessed the largest gathering of works Talbot Sunbeam Lotus rally cars on the 20/21 July. French collector Michel Civade held a Sunbeam Lotus Revival event that included a static show on Saturday, gala dinner in the evening and demonst...
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2013 RALLY STAGE
 Rally Reflections  Words and images from Ken Davies. Click top right to view galleryWith the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrating its 20th glorious anniversary and a glittering selection of off-duty Grand Prix stars, miscellaneous motor sport heroes and personalities wowing fans on the metaled hill climb in a mind-blowing selection of petrol-powered hardware, the neighbouring forest e...
BABS AT PENDINE SANDS
BABS …. I was there  Words by Ken Davies In spring 1969 I drove my Fairthorpe Rockette to Pendine Sands where Owen Wyn Owen was digging up BABS, interred in the dunes since dear old Parry Thomas had cartwheeled to his demise during a land speed record attempt in 1927.The excavation was open and unguarded and we stared down about 12-feet to the car which was in remarkable condition and ...
HSRCA AUSTRALIA WINTER HISTORICS 2013
HSRCA at Sydney Motorsport Park  Words and images from Bill Fonseca. Click top right to view gallery We’re back in the real world after a soggy, but spectacular weekend’s historic motorsport. The weather had been set for sunshine in time for Saturday but this was not case as we rolled into Sydney Motorsport Park with a marvellous collection of historic racing and sports cars and a...
BRITISH GRAND PRIX - A CAST OF THOUSANDS
Marshalling and Motorsport  Report from Ken Davies The sad news that a marshal had lost his life at the recent Canadian Grand Prix 2013 reverberated around the motorsport community and served to reinforce the vital and sometimes hazardous nature of the invaluable service that this army of dedicated volunteers provides and, without which, our sport would simply not function. I trust the victim...
BAKER STREET
Perfect for long distances  Words and image by Peter BakerBritish cars have the best windscreen wipers in the world because, in this green and pleasant land of ours, it never stops raining. This wasn?t always the case (I?m talking about wipers, not the weather) as for donkeys? years Ford relied on manifold vacuum pressure to flip-flop the wiper blades. Sadly, half the time there was no f...
OXFORD UNIVERSITIES MOTORING FOUNDATION
Onwards and upwards  Report by Theo Ensbury There is a saying (or there certainly should be) that you learn far more when things go wrong than when they go well – and it is definitely true in motor sport. The OUMF student team have endured a tough start to this season, but we feel we are emerging from it better equipped, with a greater depth of knowledge, and a hardened resolve to apply...
PURELY PERSONAL - PORSCHES AT HAMPTON COURT CASTLE
Porsches visit Hampton Court Castle  Words and images from Ken Davies. Click top right to view gallery  The magnificent but little known Hampton Court Castle was the chosen venue for the Midlands region of the Porsche Club of Great Britain’s gathering which saw 40 examples of the popular German marque converge on this glorious corner of Herefordshire in sublime June sunshine.  ...
FORMULA ONE SERENDIPITY - PART TWO
More money for 1978 season  Words and images from Ken Davies. Click top right to view galleryPart two of my photo-reflections of the seventies decade of grand prix looks specifically at the 1978 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch. By then the global economic climate had improved and money sloshed into formula one again, thus encouraging private teams to participate. This meant that during the...
PURELY PERSONAL - CLASSICS AT MADLEY 2013
Classics at Madley village fete  Words and images from Dave and Joan WIlliamson We had a fabulous day for the Madley Classics Show on Saturday 8 June with near perfect weather. Some 40 cars plus tractors and stationary engines were on display for the delight of the villagers at their annual fete. Most of the cars went out on a scenic tour to lunch at the Castlefields Country Inn at Clifford, ...
PURELY PERSONAL - THE RUBIS JERSEY FESTIVAL OF MOTORING 2013
Jersey’s Festival of Motoring 7-9 June  Words and images from Grant Ford. Click top right to view gallery This season’s Rubis Jersey Festival of Motoring combined a three-day extravaganza of classic cars and bikes, with very competitive hill climbs, and a sprint. All on closed-off roads, and on an Island where speed is normally frowned upon. The whole event takes place around St H...
TARGA FLORIO
The last truly classic road race  Words by Ken Davies. Porsche images: Porsche Cars Great Britain Limited It was forty years ago that the oldest global sports car racing event, the Targa Florio, was struck-off the calendar of the World Sports Car Championship, for which it had been a qualifying round since 1955. This move, after the 13 May 1973 event, sounded the death-knell for the epic open...
PURELY PERSONAL - GOODWOOD BREAKFAST CLUB 2013
Goodwood Breakfast Brings the Supercars  Words and images from Grant Ford. Click top right to view gallery The definition of super car means something different to everyone; one thing is for sure it brought thousands to Goodwood on a warm sunny June morning. The compulsory queue to reach the circuit has been somewhat relieved with the opening of additional parking and the marshals coped very ...
PORSCHE RENNSPORT MOTOR RACING FESTIVAL 2013
Rennsport Motor Racing Festival  Words and images form Bill Fonseca. Click to top right to view galleryThe inaugural Porsche Rennsport Australia Motor Racing Festival 2013 at Sydney Motorsport Park 25/26 May –a unique milestone event for Porsche racers, owners and fellow enthusiasts to share their passion.The name is self-explanatory. 'Renn’ in English means ‘race' and 'Spor...
PORSCHE 911
Bred for competition  Words and images from Ken Davies. Click top right to view gallery Recently, a plethora of automotive birthdays have hit the news. The Mini, Jaguar E type, Lotus Elan, AC Cobra, MGB, Ford Cortina GT and Lotus have all reached their half century. Well, now comes the turn of perhaps the ‘coolest of cool’ global sports car icons; the Porsche 911. Such has been th...
FORMULA ONE SERENDIPITY - PART ONE
A Friendlier Formula One  Words and images from Ken Davies. Click top right to view galleryThe recent revelation that Mercedes Formula One spent a whopping £242.1 million on its 2011 Formula One title challenge brought whimsical thoughts of formula one during an altogether more relaxed juncture of its illustrious history; the halcyon seventies, although the old adage ‘all old time...
PURELY PERSONAL - GOODWOOD BREAKFAST CLUB 2013
Soft Top Sunday  Words and images from Grant Ford. Click top right to view gallery.  Success on a plate?  Living only 10 miles from Goodwood I decided to bike it to the breakfast meet on Sunday 5 May.The dull skies did not deter the open-roof brigade, no …. the complete opposite. Solid queues on all roads around the circuit at 8.00am. The occasional raised bonnet, victims of ...
PURELY PERSONAL - TOUR OF HAMSTERLEY 2013
Wildlife on the stages  Report and images from Lawrence Clift. Click to view gallery or videoOne of the reasons that I enjoy rallying so much in the forests of our country is that you don’t quite know what you’re going to see. Having arrived in Hamsterley Forest for the second round of the WWRS R.A.C. Rally Championship on Sunday 28 April, Jordan and I were taking a walk to a...
OXFORD UNIVERSITIES MOTORING FOUNDATION
Start of the 2013 Season  Report by Theo Ensbury. Images by Gary Tomkins The start of the racing season is obviously a high point for everyone involved in motorsport – for fans, circuit vendors, marshals and, of course, those who compete. Winter is over and the time is nigh to hit the track once more! Warm Northamptonshire sun bathed Silverstone on 6 April at the AMOC/HRDC mee...
BRIAN HUGH OBITUARY
BRIAN HUGH 1939-2013  Words and image from Dave WilliamsonBrian and I first met nearly 60 years ago when turning up on the same evening to join a local model aircraft club to further our schoolboy efforts to master at least some basic aerodynamics. Gradually we progressed to serious competition flying which ultimately involved long days/weekends travelling to remote airfields by car, competin...
PURELY PERSONAL - DRIVE IT DAY 2013
FBHVC Drive It Day 2013  Words and images from Lawrence Clift. Click top right to view gallery To coincide with St George's Day, the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs holds its annual Drive It Day to promote the use of classic and historic vehicles across the UK. This year I joined up with over 245 people, and 106 cars, for the Lancashire Automobile Club’s run-out from M...
PURELY PERSONAL - MOTORSPORT AT MILDURA 2013
A sporting weekend at Mildura  Words and images from Dave and Joan Williamson  Click top right to view gallery On a recent visit to Australia, we spent the long Easter weekend in Mildura in  Victoria, Australia, home to many of our son-in-law’s relatives. Mildura is a town of some 35,000 residents and is situated on the northern border of Victoria on the Murray River. A short ...
THE FERRARI SIGMA F1
Pininfarina’s Ferrari Sigma Grand Prix car  Words by Joan Williamson There is an interesting background to the development of this car, which never took part in a Grand Prix, but was developed as a result of concern in the late sixties for motor racing safety. My attention was drawn to it by an article in the Melbourne Age – one of Australia’s leading newspapers not own...
PURELY PERSONAL - NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM OF TASMANIA
Happy ending for the Holden  Words and images from Dave and Joan Williamson Whilst touring in Tasmania and enjoying the sparsely populated but excellent roads, we spent a morning at the Launceston Automobile Museum. This consisted of a very well laid out collection of cars and motor cycles ranging from veterans to classics. The earlier models were mostly of British origin – for example,...
THE NAPIER
Napier; a builder of fine racing cars Words by Peter Baker. Image from Peter Collins Montague Napier, born in 1870 and inheritor of the family machine business age twenty-five, teamed up almost immediately with Selwyn Francis Edge, their plan being to use motor sport as a way of promoting the quality of their motor cars. Napier ran the factory. Edge looked after sales. The pair concentrated on the...
THE FORD GT40
GT40 v. Ferrari  Words by Peter Baker. Period images Peter Collins The conversation at Ford HQ probably went something like this: “Okay, listen up, Lee wants to win Le Mans, so let’s just do it. Get someone on a plane to Italy tomorrow and arrange a meeting with the big fat guy who owns Ferrari. What’s his name? Enzo. Send a lawyer. Send two. You can’t trust Italians. ...
PURELY PERSONAL - SUPERCAR TRACK DAY GOODWOOD 2013
Winter Warmer at Goodwood  Words and images from Grant Ford With most of the country under a blanket of the white stuff and temperatures below freezing, a hardy bunch gathered at Goodwood Circuit today, Saturday 23 March, for a supercar track day with charity in mind. Peter Saywell of Saywell International (aviation spares supplier) organises three events of this type for local charities ever...
CASTLE COMBE MARSHALS TRAINING 2013
Improving motor racing safety  Words and images from Ken Davies Motor racing safety remains in good hands as, despite chilly temperatures and flurries of snow, Castle Combe Racing Club ran another successful pre-season marshal’s training day on Sunday 17 March, attracting almost 200 new and experienced marshals to its traditional season opener. By virtue of its great location alongside ...
FUTURE CLASSIC - MORGAN 3-WHEELER
Chris Randall’s Future Classics – Morgan 3-wheeler If you think I’ve taken the easy way out this time around by choosing a car that was born a classic then bear with me, because I reckon the Morgan 3-wheeler is a brave move from a company that, despite recent developments, is still considered somewhat conservative.What makes it even braver is that Morgan were making cars like thi...
PURELY PERSONAL - GOODWOOD BREAKFAST CLUB 2013
Tax Free Sunday – Season opener full  Words and images from Grant Ford Goodwood’s opening 2013 Breakfast Club meeting Sunday 3 March. Even on the coldest and dullest of March mornings it seems nothing stops the Breakfast Club from bringing in some of the best cars for miles around and in huge numbers.Tax Free Sunday saw the paddocks full and cars stretching from one end of the sta...
OXFORD UNIVERSITIES MOTORING FOUNDATION
Progress on Riley racer, rallying ambitions and the prelude to Race Retro 2013  Report from Theo EnsburyThe motorsport off-season; the months drag on through the dark tunnel of the British winter, eventually morphing into one long, cold, wet greyness, punctuated with the occasional snow flurry. Whether this is due to the weather or a lack of racing during this period, I do not know. It’...
ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS RETROMOBILE SALE 2013
Artcurial Motorcars breaks its own auction record  Click gallery top right to view European Editor Peter Collins' imagesThe Artcurial Motorcars sale at the 2013 Retromobile show on Friday 8 February totalled 4.6 million euros, making it the largest ever collectors’ car sale in France, beating its own record set at last year’s show. Eighty-six percent of lots sold. Lasting some six...
LONDON-CAPE TOWN-LONDON RECORD RUNS
Air Commodore Arthur Clouston’s record run  From Joan Williamson (nee Clouston)Congratulations to Philip Young and Paul Brace for their record breaking overland run from Cape Town to London in a Fiat Panda .Their feat reminds me that a very distant relative of mine from New Zealand broke all the records for a round trip in 1937 from Croydon – Cape Town – Croydon.These record...
RETRO-SPEED GOES ROAD RALLYING
The 2013 Poppy Rally – The story so far  By Peter Baker Practice what you preach I hear you say, so that’s what we are doing by entering the Poppy Rally, organised by the Classic Rally Association (CRA). This event, part of the 2013 HERO Challenge and FIA Trophy for Regularity Rallies 2013, contains a mix of special tests and navigational exercises, and is based in Ypres, Belgium ...
PURELY PERSONAL - VENDEE GLOBE TO RETROMOBILE 2013
If it’s Friday ... it must be Paris  Words and images from Peter BakerIt’s still dark when we slam the front door, wake the neighbours and head south for the three-hour drive to Dover. That’s the problem with Worcestershire; mainland Europe is another world. Mind you, and on reflection, maybe that’s not a bad thing. The plan is to be in Les Sables d’Olonne, on th...
FUTURE CLASSIC - TESLA ROADSTER
Chris Randall’s Future Classics – Tesla Roadster I thought I’d start 2013 with something of a change of tack, firstly because the car in question has recently ended production, and secondly because of its motive power - batteries rather than internal combustion.  Cue a sharp intake of breath, but I’m pretty certain neither of these things will affect the Tesla Roadster...
1973 MONTE CARLO RALLY
French racing blue dominates  Words and images by Ken DaviesIt’s precisely forty years since cars painted in the distinctive colour of French racing blue swept the board on the marque’s ‘home’ event; the Monte Carlo Rally, and your correspondent was fortunate enough to be there in the thick of the action to witness and report on this fascinating epoch in international ...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - JANUARY 1963
January 1963 IN SOME ways the beginning of 2013 is very like 1963. Cold, miserable, and nobody has any money. Of course, unlike today, in January fifty years ago the Rallye Monte Carlo still captured the imagination of the general public and was arguably the most important single sporting fixture in the world, with 341 cars lining up at start lines in eight different cities; Lisbon, Paris, Frankfu...
OXFORD UNIVERSITIES MOTORING FOUNDATION
An introduction to the OUMF  From Theo Ensbury Students:  A group of people who, in this day and age, do not have the greatest reputation with the wider public. However, I am pleased to report that not all of us are like the lazy, lager-swilling stereotype propagated by some of Britain’s newspapers! For us, historic motorsport is our extra-curricular outlet, providing a welcome bre...
FORMULA ONE AND TOBACCO SPONSORSHIP
Remember when; motor sport was introduced to tobacco?orAll the nice girls … love a sailor …  By Ken Davies I must admit to a curious obsession for unearthing motor sport anniversaries, usually in five- or ten-year increments and I wouldn’t be surprised if 2013 didn’t immediately feature on most people’s radar as a milestone year. However, it actually registers ...
DISCONNECTED JOTTINGS
Disconnected Jottings  Words and original images by Peter Collins. Click gallery top right to view images.The news feature of the moment seems to be rain. An excess of it in fact, causing disruption, discomfort and disaster in almost equal quantities so, here’s a small selection of wet pictures and short stories as my contribution to pour in to the mix.Before the last almost criminally ...
FUTURE CLASSIC - ASTON MARTIN CYGNET
Chris Randall’s Future Classics – Aston Martin Cygnet With a 1.33-litre engine pushing out a lowly 97bhp, this is certainly the slowest car to appear in this column so far, but the Aston Martin Cygnet fortunately has other talents on offer.  Not least of which is one of the coolest and most historic names in motordom, which I reckon makes it worth a closer look.Whether you view it...
PURELY PERSONAL - GROUP B RALLYING
International Group ‘B’ rallying - on a budget  Words and images from Ken Davies Remarkably, it’s now 30 years since Group ‘B’ was introduced by the FIA in 1982 as a replacement for the previously exotic international Groups 4 and 5; modified grand touring and touring prototype cars respectively. To understand the FIA’s rationale fully; Group ‘A&rsquo...
BAKER STREET
Classic cars bring Christmas cheer  Words and images by Peter Baker Once upon a time, long before only the rich and famous could afford a gallon of petrol, a young student was standing under a street light in South London rattling his loose change. Two more half-crowns (five bob), and the Morris Minor could be his. In the end, and out of desperation, the seller accepted £4.18s.6d in lie...
PURELY PERSONAL - LE JOG 2012
It’s a long jog to John O’Groats  Words and images by Peter BakerThe phone call came from Tomas de Vargas Machuca, the boss at HERO Events, midway through November: “Come and join us on the Land’s End to John O’Groats Reliability Trial next month, it’s going to be great fun”. And that’s how I found myself sitting beside General Manager, and inst...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - DECEMBER 1962
December 1962 DURING DECEMBER 1962 BMC announced that half-a-million Minis had been built. Not bad considering the first Austin Mini Minors only rolled off the Longbridge production line in April 1959, Cowley followed shortly after with the Morris-badged version. On 18 August the press launch took place at Chobham in Surrey, and the rest, as they say, is history. ALSO IN December 1962 a new magazi...
BONHAMS 2012
The December Sale – Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands Bonhams’ final 2012 Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia sale took place on Monday 3 December.Among the auction’s highlights:  a 1931 Invicta 4½-litre S-Type Low-chassis Tourer sold for £466,300 (inc premium); £427.100 (inc premium) was achieved for a 37,000 miles from new, 1957 Mercedes 300SL Roa...
PURELY PERSONAL - AUTO E MOTO DEPOCA 2012
2012 Auto e Moto d’Epoca 25-28 October  Words and images by John Gadsby. Click gallery top right to view mages Set in the heart of the Veneto is the ancient and respected University City of Padua just 40km from its illustrious neighbour Venice. Annually at the end of October the city hosts a classic car fest at its excellent modern exhibition site. The show is easily accessed by ro...
ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS
Artcurial Motorcars – Automobiles sur les Champs 4 The Artcurial Motorcars sale held at Hotel Dassault on the Champs Elysees, Paris on 11 November 2012 realised over Euro3 million. With this fourth and last sale of 2012, Artcurial has recorded a total of Euro26,851,937 for the year, an increase of nearly two thirds on 2011.The sale of 133 lots included 73 collectors’ cars, of which hal...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - NOVEMBER 1962
November 1962 WITH THE Roger Albert Clark Rally just around the corner now is a good time to look back fifty years and remember just how exciting the development of British rallying was in 1962. That year, in November, the RAC Rally ran between Blackpool and Bournemouth, via Scotland, over a 2,200-mile route that included 300 miles of special stages with just one night in bed between the Monday an...
FUTURE CLASSIC - BUGATTI VEYRON
Chris Randall’s Future Classics – Bugatti Veyron I’ve been putting off the moment when ‘Future Classics’ heads into the automotive stratosphere, but I can resist no longer.  It’s time to talk about a car the like of which us motoring enthusiasts are unlikely ever to see again, the frankly mind-boggling Bugatti Veyron.Whether this technological marvel will e...
MUSEE DES 24 HEURES
Automobile de la Sarthe – Musee des 24 Heures  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view gallery The Le Mans Museum is exactly where you would expect it to be. Bang next door to the Circuit 24 Heures du Mans main entrance. It’s a small collection by some standards, just 100 cars, but the quality makes it a must for any motor sport enthusiast. And there is more than just ex-ra...
THE 1955 MILLE MIGLIA
British Driver Wins Mille Miglia  Words and images by Peter BakerThe Mille Miglia, established in 1927, was a 1,000-mile, non-stop race around Italy on closed public roads, starting and finishing in Brescia. Twenty years later and the authorities submitted to public protest over the continuing death rate and this, the last true, city-to-city epic was consigned to the history books. In 1955, h...
PURELY PERSONAL - BIRKETT 6 HOUR RELAY RACE 2012
Birkett burblings from the rumble strip  Report from Ken Davies. Images by Peter Baker. Click to view gallery Was the 750 Motor Club’s 2012 Birkett 6 Hour relay the 61st or the 62nd running of the iconic race? Well your guess is as good as mine, but the first race was held in 1951. However, an additional one-off 12-hour race held to celebrate the 750 Motor Club’s 50th an...
CASTLE COMBE CIRCUIT HISTORY
The Castle Combe Circuit  By Peter StoweCastle Combe Circuit in north-west Wiltshire is one of the longest established in the UK, having first opened in July 1950. During the following six decades many famous names from British racing history, including future World Champions from Mike Hawthorn to Damon Hill, have appeared at the track, in company with most of the well-known names of British ...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - OCTOBER 1962
October 1962 FIFTY YEARS ago it was still considered chic to visit the London Motor Show in October, not only to view the latest models, but to place an order. Of course, it was the perfect excuse for spending a couple of days ‘in Town’, possible staying at the newly built President Hotel in Russell Square, eating at Wheelers Oyster Bar in Old Compton Street and going to the theatre or...
BAKER STREET
Skoda - a success story  Words and images by Peter Baker We all remember the Skoda jokes. Double its value by filling up with petrol. Or even better, why did they fit a heated rear window? To keep your hands warm when pushing it up hills. All very funny, but I also recall the popular one-liner of Bob Monkhouse: “When I said I was going to be a comedian they all laughed. Well, they&rsquo...
PURELY PERSONAL - THE AUTUMN CLASSIC 2012
Prescott’s 2012 Autumn Classic  Report from Peter Baker. Click to view galleryIn April 1938 one-hundred-and-thirty members and guests of the Bugatti Owners Club met in Cheltenham for lunch and during the afternoon rallied in convoy to their new home at nearby Prescott. The procession was led by Colonel Godfrey Giles on board his Bugatti Type 18, affectionately known as ‘Black Bess...
PORSCHE 944 FOR SALE
Advertising Feature 1987 Porsche 944Superb example in Alpine White that wants for nothing. 2.5-litre engine with automatic transmission. Car restored three years ago and sparingly used since. Wheels refurbished and uprated. Radio with Bluetooth. All tools and sunroof bag. Belts, etc changed just 3,000 miles ago. Always garaged. Will provide fresh 12 months MOT on purchase. Can be used everyday or ...
FUTURE CLASSIC - TOYOTA GT86
Chris Randall’s Future Classics – Toyota GT86 Take a moment, if you will, to think about some of the features that have marked out classic sports cars from years gone by.  Light-ish weight probably springs to mind, and enough power to have fun along with agile handling are probably on the list too.  You might consider a lack of gadgets and driving aids as a plus as well. ...
PURELY PERSONAL - VSCC SNETTERTON MEETING 2012
VSCC Snetterton  Report from Peter Baker  Click to view gallery.The number of times I have praised the Vintage Sports-Car Club slips my mind, but by now it must run into hundreds, if not thousands. They just seem to have the knack, and as a competitor said to me at Snetterton yesterday, Sunday 30 September: “If I had to choose to race with just one organiser, it would be the VSCC.&...
2012 SPA SIX HOURS - THE TWO-MINUTE WINNER INTERVIEW
Two Minutes with Simon Hadfield Simon Hadfield achieved an ambition over the weekend by winning the historic 2012 Spa Six Hours Endurance Race alongside Leo Voyazides in their Ford GT40. Peter Baker caught up with Simon on Sunday morning after the race.PB  “What was going through your mind when you took the chequered flag?”SM  “A mixture of satisfaction, emotion and rel...
PURELY PERSONAL -CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS D'ANGOULEME 2012
Hot, Noisy and Dusty - Brilliant!  Report and images from Dave and Joan WIlliamson. To view images click gallery top right. The 2012 Circuit des Remparts d'Angouleme 14-16 September. What an event! From the minute that all participants in the latest Robsand Tour met at Portsmouth in the parking area for Brittany Ferries, the fun started and the weather was with us. There were a total of ...
THE REVIVAL'S GOODWOOD TROPHY RACE 2012
Chicane crumbles  Click above right to view imagesHoward Lipman captured the drama at the Chicane on Saturday 16 September during the Goodwood Trophy race. Car 6, the Alfa Romeo Tipo B driven by Tony Smith has a close shave as Ian Landy’s ERA B-type R6B smashes into the Chicane....
PURELY PERSONAL - GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2012
Reach for the sky  Words and images from Peter Baker  Click to view galleryThe curtain has fallen on yet another incredible Goodwood Revival and all the expensive and irreplaceable toys are safely back in the box, along with the rented RAF uniforms and false moustaches.From a professional photographer’s point of view the Goodwood Revival weekend represents three days of living hell...
BONHAMS GOODWOOD REVIVAL SALE 2012
Bonhams sale at the 2012 Goodwood Revival European Editor Peter Collins with his choice from the Bonhams Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia sale at the 2012 Goodwood Revival on Saturday 15 September. Click on gallery top right....
THE GUILD OF MOTORING WRITERS PRESENTS THE FIRST F1 GP
Advertising Feature The very first Formula 1 Grand Prix – and in colour This is a unique film from a historic event in motorsport. The Guild of Motoring Writers played a key role in the first ever Formula One World Championship – and colour footage of the 1950 Silverstone Grand Prix is now available on an exclusive, limited-edition DVD.The very first event of the World Championship, th...
PURELY PERSONAL - COTSWOLD ECONOMY DRIVE
Economy for Federico the Fiat Report and images from Emma Gales For as long as I can remember I have taken part in the Cotswold Economy Drive, so this year when Editor-in-Chief Peter Baker asked me to drive in it (and as junior correspondent to do a report!) I was very excited but also slightly terrified.  Having only passed my driving test in March, the prospect of driving 110 miles through ...
PURELY PERSONAL - ZANDVOORT HISTORIC GP
Historic racing goes to the seaside  Report by Peter Baker. Click to view gallery. I knew travelling back from Zandvoort on the last Sunday of the school holidays was always going to be a bad call but it was unavoidable, and considering the sheer volume of holiday traffic passing through Calais, things could have been a lot worse. Luckily I converted my midnight sailing back to a more favoura...
DISCONNECTED JOTTINGS
Disconnected Jottings  Words and original images by Peter Collins. Click gallery top right to view images.August Bank Holiday was always the last weekend for major international race meetings in the UK – except the Motor Show 200 – and Brands Hatch usually obliged with a variety of events over the years.We start in 1966 and the last Group 7 races in the UK. The Guards Trophy that ...
FUTURE CLASSIC - BENTLEY FLYING SPUR
Chris Randall’s future classics – Bentley Flying Spur  A return to the upper echelons of the motoring world, this time with the wonderful Bentley Flying Spur.And before you think I’ve taken leave of my senses and completely forgotten about any pretensions of sporting behaviour, take a moment to think about these number:  552bhp; 480lb/ft of torque; 6.0 litre W12 engine;...
DISCONNECTED JOTTINGS
Disconnected Jottings Words and original images by Peter Collins. Click gallery top right to view images.The running last weekend (4-5 August 2012) of the annual VSCC event at Prescott brought to mind my earliest trips to the Gloucestershire venue over 30 years ago and the immense variety of cars that used to be run there. Very often there were some fascinating obscurities to be seen, as cars that...
FIFTY YEARS AGO AUGUST 1962
August 1962 WE MAY be thinking the UK is suffering a lousy summer, but fifty years ago things were no better. On 6 August 1962, for example, the day of the Guards Trophy Race at Brands Hatch, over 21mm of rain fell. And generally the weather was dreadful, with only a couple of days during the whole month where the temperature exceeded 21 degrees. So if you were caught up in the British Grand Prix ...
SILVERSTONE CLASSIC 2012
Sunday at the 2012 Silverstone Classic  Words and images by Junior Contributor, Oli Lees. Click top right to view gallery. My day at Silverstone started by being picked up in an 8-valve Lancia Delta integrale. We arrived at Silverstone at about half eight and drove round the inside of the circuit. After taking a look around and getting to know the surroundings and good vantage ...
FUTURE CLASSIC - ABARTH 500
Chris Randall’s future classics – Abarth 500 After the Maserati and Porsche I thought it was time for something a little more parsimonious. But the Abarth 500 is no less sporting for that.In fact with 135bhp on tap from its turbocharged 1.4-litre motor, sporting intent is something it has in abundance, so definitely no fake hot-hatchery here. Indeed it is no less than you would expect ...
ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS LE MANS CLASSIC 2012
Artcurial Motorcars sale at Le Mans Classic 2012 Le Mans Classic 2012 not only played host to probably the best historic racing in Europe but was, for the second consecutive time, the venue for the Artcurial Motorcars sale of Sport and GT cars on Saturday 7 July. Click on gallery top right to view European Editor Peter Collins' favourites....
FIFTY YEARS AGO JULY 1962
July 1962JULY 1962 was a good month for Dan Gurney but an even better one for Porsche. Together they won the French Grand Prix and it still remains the only F1 victory for the German manufacturer.FERRARI SCORED a one, two, three at Le Mans in 1962 with Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien sharing the winning twelve-cylinder car. The Rodriguez brothers, driving a V6 Prototype Ferrari, pushed hard but sa...
LANCIA FULVIA COUPE FOR SALE
Advertising Feature 1973 Lancia Fulvia Coupe Series 2 Taxed and MOT until March 2012.Recorded mileage (kilometres) 53,396.Engine capacity 1298cc. Tyres – 185/70 x 14Wheels – 5 ½ J x 14 Cromodora alloys including spareFirst registered 17 April 1973, present owner since May 2005. Inspected by Omicron in 2003, documentation for engine rebuild and other work. Recent work undertaken ...
NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM FRANCE
Cite de L’Automobile – Better known as the Schlumpf Collection  Words and images Peter Baker. Click to view gallery.The story really begins in 1957 when Fritz Schlumpf and his brother Hans purchased the abandoned factory buildings of Heilman-Koechlin-Desaulles on Avenue de Colmar in Mulhouse France, the sole intention being to create a permanent base for their anticipated car coll...
DISCONNECTED JOTTINGS
Disconnected Jottings  Words and original images by Peter Collins. Click gallery top right to view images.With intense motorsport activity the norm at this time of the year, two superb meetings are just up ahead. The first of these is the Coupe de l’Age d’Or at Dijon and the second is the HSCC’s excellent Superprix at Brands Hatch.DIJONA couple of reminders of Dijon pas...
PORSCHE CLUB GB
South Wales Concours d’Elegance 2012 Words and images from Ken Davies. Click on gallery top right to view images. The South Wales region of the Porsche Club of Great Britain was blessed with balmy weather for their annual concours d’elegance on Sunday 17 June at The Vale Resort at Pendoylan in the Vale of Glamorgan; normally the headquarters and training camp for the Welsh in...
MERCEDES STREAMLINERS - PART TWO
Streamliners  Special three-part feature by Ed McDonough. Click on Gallery top right to view images. Click for Part One.The post-war years and Mercedes resurgence While motor racing resumed fairly quickly after WWII, technical innovation was a bit slow. In grand prix racing, Alfa Romeo picked up where they had left off in the voiturette class and was dominant through the late 1940s. But ...
TOUR BRITANNIA 2012 REFLECTIONS
Reflections in the Rain  By Peter Baker. Click to view gallery.Talking to Manuel Ferrao at Cadwell Park I was amused by the Portuguese attitude towards the British weather. He just shrugged his shoulders and pointed to the steady drip of water entering the Ferrari 275 GTB via the bulkhead: “We leak.” After non-starting last year Harvey Death and Elaine McLeod were determined to do...
THE BEAUTY OF THE RACE CAR
The Beauty of the Race Car  Words and images by Charlie ThomasThe race car has always been an exciting and evocative thing and being in the presence of a man-made object designed to go as fast as possible is enough to get many a fan’s heart racing. The swooping curves of a ‘60s F1 car or the wonderfully compact design of Hopkirk’s Mini Cooper showcase just how aesthetically ...
FUTURE CLASSIC - PORSCHE CAYENNE
 Porsche Cayenne  Chris Randall’s future classics I realise there is a great danger of controversy with this choice, but the car I have in mind has an awful lot going for it.  There is no shortage of performance, it handles well (considering), and it has a badge steeped in motoring folklore. And the car in question? Step forward the Porsche Cayenne.Now, I can almost hear the h...
JUBILEE JOTTINGS
 Diamond Jubilee 2 June 2012  By Peter BakerIt cannot have escaped your notice that this weekend those of us living in the UK and the far flung outposts of the British Empire are celebrating 60 years of rule by Queen Elizabeth II. I was six at the time, which meant I trudged home from school through the streets of south London, in the rain, and clutching my commemorative mug, looking for...
1998 ALFA ROMEO 145 FOR SALE
Advertising Feature1998 Alfa Romeo 145 Green Cloverleaf 2.0 litre Twin Spark 155 bhpNice car owned by enthusiast. Recently serviced and belts changed. Fresh MOT and taxed until October 2012. £1,000 ono. Contact Mike Archer mike@retro-speed.co.uk ...
BAKER STREET
Mille Miglia 2012 - race or rally?  Words and images by Peter Baker.  Click to view gallery.I’m at 30,000 feet heading for Rome and the Mille Miglia, mesmerised by slow moving cumulus and thinking to myself … if God hadn’t invented the aeroplane and the motor car things could have been very different. Imagine, for example, plodding through a modern regularity...
FORMULA TECHNICAL ILLUSTRATION
Advertising Feature Formula Technical Illustration Mick Hill has been a technical illustrator for over thirty years and has been able to combine his love of illustration with his passion for motorsport. “I was fortunate enough to have my early illustrations signed by the greats of motorsport in the 70s at Brands Hatch – Graham Hill, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, John Surtees and Ayrton Senna...
FIFTY YEARS AGO MAY 1962
May 1962 OF THE 46 cars that finished the 3,100-mile 1962 East African Safari Rally, it was the 1200cc Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ of Tommy Fjastad and Bernhard Schmider which proved traction can be more important than power by winning the event outright. However, it was Peugeot who took the Team Prize with not just a second place, but with nine out of ten 404 cars crossing the finish line in ...
FUTURE CLASSIC - MASERATI QUATTROPORTE
Maserati Quattroporte  Chris Randall’s future classics I love cars of all types, from classics to moderns, but in recent years I’ve become particularly fascinated by those cars we can buy today that have the potential to become classics of the future. There isn’t really any rhyme or reason to such cars, as who really knows what will grab our imagination (and wallets) in the ...
MERCEDES STREAMLINERS - PART ONE
Streamliners  Special three-part feature by Ed McDonough. Click on Gallery top right to view images.Daimler-Benz through the decadesThe concept of streamlining and streamliners has been around for countless decades, though it is difficult to find two people who agree on just what streamlining means. It has been used in reference to everything from small weapon-like implements to gia...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - APRIL 1962
April 196214 APRIL 1962 was to prove an important day in the history of Lotus, and a major step forward in the career of Jim Clark when he out drove both Graham Hill and Stirling Moss behind the wheel of a new Lotus Climax V8, to win the Lombank Trophy Race at Snetterton. A seemingly easy victory for Clark, it was still Moss who entertained the spectators when, after suffering throttle linkage pro...
DISCONNECTED JOTTINGS
Disconnected Jottings  Words and original images by Peter Collins SPASpa provided rich pickings for the Autodelta Alfa team during the 1960s and 1970s. The Giulias, GTAs and their successors racked up an enviable tally of wins and placings at the circuit and never more so than during the 24 Hours.This superb endurance race, possibly the best round-the-clock-twice event in motor racing, a...
1969 WORLD CUP AUSTIN MAXI - MCE 7G FOR SALE
Advertising Feature 1969 World Cup Austin Maxi - MCE 7G The 1970 Daily Mirror World Cup Marathon started at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 19 April 1970 and ended on 27 May at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City after more than 16,000 gruelling miles. Of the 98 entries, four were Austin Maxis, two works-prepared cars and two similarly prepared privately-entered cars with works support. Car No 20, MCE 7G, ...
ALAN MANN OBITUARY
Alan Mann 1936-2012  Words and original images by Peter CollinsThe man who perhaps did more to promote the Ford Motor Company Total Performance image than anyone else in the UK died on 21 March 2012 aged 75.Born in 1936, he was attracted to motor sport through friendship with racer Roy Pierpoint. Together they ran an Anglia under the banner of a garage in Rusper near Gatwick. From there, Alan...
HISTORIC RACING 2012
The 2012 historic race season begins It was a very revealing start to the 2012 historic race season. Just 61 cars qualified for the one-day, Masters Festival at Oulton Park on Saturday 17 March, of which only 46 made it across the line.Meanwhile, further south, 170 drivers entered the two-day, HSCC Donington meeting, and that was only for the Saturday. A further 139 raced on Sunday. Total, in roun...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - MARCH 1962
March 1962  THE GENEVA Motor Show or ‘Salon International de l’Auto has been promoting the cream of the world’s automotive manufacturers since 1905. Mind you, it hasn’t all been progress. Home charging, rapid battery changing and contract-based vehicle supply was already a fact of life for electric cars back in the early 1900s. But then as now, production was expensive...
1990 LANCIA INTEGRALE FOR SALE
Advertising Feature 1990 Lancia Integrale Possibly the nicest combination for everyday use, this Nero black metallic Lancia Integrale 8v kat features the eight-valve turbocharged engine combined with the later wide body, which was only produced for the Swiss market. Naturally it is four-wheel drive. The car has been the subject of a comprehensive overhaul using only original parts and includes a c...
RETRO-GNOME GOES RACING UPDATE
How to get a Race Licence The financial implications of getting behind the wheel of a racing car sank in yesterday morning when the MSA ‘Go Racing’ Starter Pack arrived.Back in the seventies obtaining a licence was a relatively light hearted affair, but now it has become a whole industry involving doctors, teachers, manufacturers of stylish trackside clothing, and naturally the bank ac...
W196 STREAMLINER AT BROOKLANDS
W196 Streamliner at Brooklands 2012 Double Twelve Press Day  Click on gallery top right for images.Streamliner Motor Company brought its W196 Streamliner to Brooklands for the Double Twelve Press Day on 1 March. Team Retro-Speed's Ed McDonough campaigned the car on Brooklands' test hill and the Mercedes-Benz test track.The Mercedes W196-based vehicle is made in Britain using the most up-to-da...
CONCORDE AT BROOKLANDS MUSEUM
Retro-Speed tests Concorde  Click on Gallery top right to view images Aviation arrived at Brooklands in 1907 when Alliott Vernon Roe erected a wooden shed 40ft by 20ft in sight of the Clubhouse and painted AVROPLANE above the door. Sixty-three years later, in February 1970, a Vickers Super VC 10 in the colours of BOAC became the last aircraft to take off from the Surrey airfield.However, that...
NURBURGRING
Nurburgring – The Basic Facts The original Nurburg-ring was actually split into four circuits:  the well-known Nordschleife, 22.810km Northern Loop; the Sudschleife, 7.747km Southern Loop; a small 2.281km Betonschleife Loop; and the all-encompassing 28.265 Gesamtstrecke. We are concerned here with the Nordschleife which was completed in early 1927 and hosted its first German Grand Prix ...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - FEBRUARY 1962
February 1962 The Cobra Bites2012 will be a memorable 50th year for, among others, MGB, Triumph Spitfire, Corvair Monza GT and Lotus Elan owners, but only one important new car was introduced this month fifty years ago – the magnificent AC Cobra.It was on 2 February 1962 that AC cars of Thames Ditton sent the first modified Ace chassis to Carroll Shelby in Los Angeles, California and within ...
MERCEDES-BENZ 280CE RALLY CAR FOR SALE
Advertising Feature Mercedes-Benz 280CE Rally Car - SOLDMercedes 280CE two-door, two-seat coupe with a straight 6, 2.8i engine. Right-hand drive. Manual 5-speed. Rear-wheel drive. Strengthened suspension. Fully integrated roll cage. Extensively lightened (using chrome molly steel and aluminium as well as the addition of a fibre-glass bonnet and boot lid) to get the car to approximately 1300kgs. Ra...
THE DEWS CLUB
The Dews Speed Series 2012 The Dews Speed Series is a speed championship organised by members of the Downton Engineering Works Social Club consisting of hill climbs and spirits.The Club was reformed in 2009 by some of the original 1960s club members following a reunion of ex-Downton Engineering Works employees. Many of its members not only worked at Downton but have original cars that were ei...
MGB 50 YEARS OLD
2012 celebrates fifty years of the MGB Across the world MGB enthusiasts are ready to make 2012 a year to remember. And why not for goodness sake? Fifty years is worth celebrating and, after all, not only is the MGB a good looking car that is cheap to buy, it is also fun to drive and easy on the pocket. A two-seater sports car that sums up all that is best about 60s design, available from just two ...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - JANUARY 1962
January 1962 AS EVER the major motor sport in January was the Monte Carlo Rally, which ran without snow except over the Col du Granier, where the icy conditions caused a certain amount of havoc among the 300 crews. 1962 turned into a battle between the diminutive Swedish SAAB driven by Erik Carlsson and Eugen Bohringer in the huge German Mercedes 220SE, with Erik coming out on top, his first victo...
EUROPEAN EDITOR'S 2011 REVIEW
A Cornucopia of Competition European Editor Peter Collins looks back at 2011. Click on gallery top right to view images.The core of any publication is its content. Whether it is online or on the printed page, with nothing to read or browse, nobody would bother to look and so here at Retro-Speed we travel considerable distances and spend considerable time bringing back the news, the stories an...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - DECEMBER 1961
December 1961THERE HAVE been some great Christmas number one records but I’m not sure Danny Williams singing Moon River is among them. Mind you, in 1961, after three glasses of sherry my mother was able to sing along with Danny, word perfect. Things didn’t improve for New Year’s Eve either. The choice lay between Cliff Richard and The Young Ones or Rock A Hula Baby sung by Elvis....
WOODMANS AUCTIONS LIMITED
Advertising Feature  Woodmans Auctions Limited  Woodmans Auctions Limited specialises in the sale of Classic, Sports and Racing Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia, and holds regular sales at Thruxton Circuit near Andover in Hampshire.-  We are currently inviting entries for our next sale on Saturday, 18 February 2012.-  Our auctions are conducted in the stunning ‘Marquee B...
SHAKESPEARE COUNTY RACEWAY
Shakespeare County Raceway  Click on gallery top right The Shakespeare County Raceway at Long Marston Airfield, near Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire hosts a full schedule throughout the year, starting at the end of March through to the end of October. For 2012 Shakespeare County Raceway offers a wide and varied selection of Public Track Day RWYB (Run what ya brung) events catering for all t...
TEAM RETRO-SPEED'S BIRKETT 6 HOUR RELAY
How to re-cycle lager cans   by Ken Davies We had hastily prepared a 1979 2-litre Porsche 924 for the HSCC 70s Sports Car series and entered the 750 Motor Club's popular Birkett 6-hour team relay as part of a six-car team, with the unlikely sobriquet of Ecurie Porumphorganda (EP) in order to test the car, so here I was in the assembly area on Silverstone's Wellington Straight waitin...
WINTER CHALLENGE 2011
Get me to the church ..... Co-driver Peter Collins’ final account When I last reported on my baptism of fire, I had not yet enjoyed what is the heart and soul of any Monte rally – heading through the mountains. Up, over the top we went and down the other side of the first Col and, rather like the child who comes back from their first day at school saying that it was okay but they ...
WINTER CHALLENGE 2011
From Champ to Chump  Co-driver Peter Collins’ account of Leg 1When asked if I was interested in taking part in the Winter Challenge to Monte Carlo (20-24 November 2011) I jumped at the chance, after all, I had covered similar events in the past as ‘press’ – what could be more simple than actually following the route in a competing car? That was in April and now I ...
GIRO D'ITALIA AUTOMOBILISTICO 2011
History Reinvented  Words and images from Peter Collins. Click on gallery top right to view images.In response to the exciting European city-to-city endurance races of the late 19th century Giros or Tours sprung up in many countries, and Italys contribution to the genre first ran in 1901. Unsurprisingly, as the countrys leading car manufacturing centre, the race started from Turin (Torino). I...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - NOVEMBER 1961
November 1961 HISTORY UNFOLDED in November 1961 when for the first time, the RAC Rally left Blackpool and headed straight into the forests, utilising some 200 miles of special stages that included familiar names such as Kielder, Redesdale, Selby Dovey, Speech House and Eypnt to find a winner. Some complained about the rough unmade tracks but on the whole, organiser Jack Kemsley was applauded for w...
GTO LONDON CELEBRATES BLUEBIRD'S 100 YEARS
Advertising Feature Bluebird Cufflinks for 100th Anniversary GTO London has been commissioned to design a pair of bespoke commemorative silver cufflinks based on Sir Malcolm Campbell's original 1911 Bluebird car.The cufflinks are made using actual metal from one of Sir Malcolm’s Bluebird cars. Handcrafted, they depict the wheel of the Bluebird racing machine and incorporate iolite stones, an...
K SPORT ITALY
K Sport, Italy - a privileged visit  Words and images from Lawrence Clift.  Click to view the gallery Imagine the scene, an ex-works Lancia Delta integrale rally car surrounded by three Lanica Rally 037’s which are in a workshop on axle stands in various states of preparation with their panels, suspension engines and transmission laying on benches around them. Well, this is what gr...
INTERNATIONAL RALLY DRIVERS CLUB
A brief history of the International Rally Drivers Club (IRDC) If you Google IRDC, you’ll get a long portfolio of organisations for which this anachronism neatly fits, however, to a dedicated team of individuals and a loyal membership it has only one meaning; International Rally Drivers Club. The IRDC has its origins in the much grander and historic Monte Carlo British Competitors Club, foun...
TEAM RETRO-SPEED IN JAPAN
Team Retro-Speed in Japan, October 2011. Click on Gallery top right to view images. Re-union with a Fairlady ZWhilst working for Shell in Japan for three years (1970-1973) Dave Williamson was able to join members of the Datsun domestic rally team for practice on the loose surface mountain roads that are a feature of their country. Competing was not really an option due to language difficultie...
NEALE THOMAS RETRO RACING CAR PAINTINGS
Advertising Feature Birthday surprise for Stirling MossAt the 2011 Goodwood Revival, the artist Neale Thomas presented Sir Stirling Moss with a birthday surprise whilst he was signing copies of a recently published book. The gift was one of Neale’s original drawings and depicted Sir Stirling together with Mike Hawthorn, Raymond Mays and a BRM V16 during the early 1950s. Along with thanks fro...
TEAM RETRO-SPEED - KEN DAVIES' PORSCHE 924
Preparing a Porsche 924 for the track   by Ken Davies Until 2005 I raced a Porsche 911E 2.2 litre in the HSCC Series for 70s Production Sports Car. It was great fun, with close racing and great camaraderie, and I have always regretted selling the car. So much so I have decided to return to the fray, this time with a Porsche 924; they are class competitive, good value for money and r...
FIFTY YEARS AGO OCTOBER 1961
THE UNITED States Grand Prix held on 8 October 1961 at Watkins Glen in New York State was a big day for Innes Ireland and Team Lotus, as they both scored their first championship wins. Unfortunately, for American race fans, hero and newly-crowned World Champion, Phil Hill, was demoted to the position of race starter as Ferrari, still in shock after losing Taffy Von Trips at Monza, decided to give ...
TEAM RETRO-SPEED CARS - MIKE ARCHER'S 145
Team Retro-Speed Car - Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf Mike Archer, Retro-Speed's Commercial Manager and photographer, acquires an Alfa 145 Cloverleaf.The story begins in the saloon bar of The White Horse, just a few miles from my home in Dorset. The guy at the bar is complaining vociferously: "The car has cost me a fortune, it's taken the last eight months just to get the thing through an MOT, it's got...
BUYING A PORSCHE 944
Retro-Gnome on the Porsche 944SOME OF YOU OUT THERE believe we have an unacceptable bias towards Italian cars. This of course maybe true, and why not, some of the most entertaining and successful rally and race cars originate from south of the Alps – Turin, Milan and Modena. Anyway to help address the balance slightly we have now added a Porsche to the editorial stable. Not a 911, as an...
SEAFRANCE AND RETRO-SPEED
Advertising Feature For a variety of reasons SeaFrance has become the first choice ferry company of Retro-Speed magazine. Yes, we are given preferential rates and yes, when we invariably arrive late, the nice girl at the check-in always smiles before finding us room on the next available sailing, but there is more …..SeaFrance, owned and run by the French company SNCF, runs a fleet of moder...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - SEPTEMBER 1961
THE 10 SEPTEMBER 1961 was a sad day in the history of motor racing. On lap two of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Wolfgang ‘Taffy’ von Trips, after starting from pole position, lost control of his Ferrari going into the Parabolica and crashed into the crowd. Not only was he fatally injured but fourteen spectators also died. The race was not stopped and fellow team member, the American...
LANCIA STRATOS 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Lancia Stratos 40th Anniversary  Words and images from Lawrence Clift The 40th anniversary of the Lancia Stratos is to be celebrated at the forthcoming Rallylegend 6-9 October 2011. This is the exciting part, and frustrating, as the entry for this year’s Rallylegend, which is held in the tiny principality of San Marino, is now open. I say frustrating as it’s a long wait, but all e...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - AUGUST 1961
SIR STIRLING MOSS was at his supreme best during the summer of 1961. For example, he won the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in outstanding fashion after a race-long battle with ‘Taffy’ von Trips, the four-cylinder Lotus Climax of Moss holding off the more powerful ‘works’ Ferrari V6 cars to win by a margin of more than twenty-one seconds. Moss averaged 91mph for two h...
COOPER MASERATI T61
Cooper Maserati T61 by European Editor Peter Collins.  Click on Gallery at top right to see PC's images V FOR VICTORY?Do you ever bother to look at those signs that tell which town is twinned with which? The other day I came across an example that must have been set up with the continental party having to wear extremely pink rose-tinted spectacles and be possessed of an extremely vi...
FIFTY YEARS AGO JULY 1961
THE FORMULA 1 season moved into July with the French Grand Prix. Baghetti in the Ferrari led the Gurney Porsche across the line by just a tenth of a second. Jim Clark finished third ahead of Innes Ireland with Bruce McLaren fifth. The race was blessed with wonderful sunshine, but the hot weather was not due to last.THE 1961 British Grand Prix took place at Aintree on Saturday, 15 July and in case ...
FORTY YEARS OF THE CLAN CRUSADER
2011 sees Clan owners celebrating forty years of their favourite marque.  Dave Williamson, the Clan Owners Club Chairman says: "Although the Clan variants enjoyed only short production runs, a large proportion of the cars are still in use – a tribute to the design and build quality and the longevity of the fibreglass monocoque body. A number of cars are competing effectively in rac...
FIFTY YEARS AGO JUNE 1961
AS THE longest day of the year approached it was once again time for the annual pilgrimage to Le-Sarthe in western France for Les Vingt-Quatre Heures du Mans, or to you and me, the Le Mans 24 hours.Although beaten by Maserati at the Nurburgring 1,000km, everyone was expecting a Ferrari victory at Le Mans where no less than eleven cars had been entered, led by the experienced pair of Olivier Gendeb...
FIFTY YEARS AGO MAY 1961
DURING MAY 1961 four things of note were happening in the world of motor racing: engine size had been reduced to one-and-a-half litres; Stirling Moss was brazenly winning everything in sight; John Surtees was making the transition to cars; while behind the scenes Colin Chapman and Jim Clark were preparing for their forthcoming historical onslaught on the sport.MONACO, the first GP of the season, p...
HOW TO ENJOY CLASSIC RALLYING - 2
HAVING BEGUN in rather flippant and unhelpful mood it’s time we gave you some useful advice.There are differing levels of complication connected with road rallying, some, those events organised by sympathetic clubs or organisations, are very straightforward and are just a matter of following written instructions, usually by way of listed junction descriptions, which are ticked off as you go....
FIFTY YEARS AGO - APRIL 1961
IT WAS a busy start to the motor sporting season with John Surtees winning the 9th Glover Trophy at Goodwood and Graham Hill giving the new Jaguar E-Type its first ever victory at Oulton Park. But perhaps the biggest news of April 1961 was the winning of the East African Safari Rally by the British team of John Manussis/Bill Coleridge/David Beckett in their Mercedes 220SE. Only 33 cars survived th...
HOW TO ENJOY CLASSIC RALLYING - I
How To Enjoy Classic RallyingIT IS POSSIBLE to compete on ‘classic’ road rallies and have fun. How much fun depends heavily on your sense of humour. It is true that some couples have disappeared into the mountains, never to be seen again, but on the whole most make it back to base, still in one piece and still talking to each other.However, to succeed, in other words win a prize, ...
COTHI BRIDGE HOTEL CLASSICS AND BRUNCH
Advertising Feature  CLASSICS AND BRUNCH at the Cothi Bridge HotelSwansea Motor Club member, Nomad Supersports and 911 racer, former Porsche Club GB chairman and hotelier extraordinaire, Terry Davison, has regained the Cothi Bridge Hotel after its 25-year lease-out period finally ended in the autumn of 2010.Located midway between Carmarthen and Llandeilo on the A40 the hotel sits on...
MIKE HAWTHORN
Mike Hawthorn - Something you may not know  It is well known that when Hawthorn died on the 22 January 1959 behind the wheel of his Jaguar he had been following the very rapid Mercedes 300 SL of Rob Walker. Quite naturally, the press concluded that the two were racing each other and in the poor conditions Mike Hawthorn had over done it and lost control. However, what is not so well-known is t...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - MARCH 1961
FIFTY YEARS of the Jaguar E-Type. You would have to be living on a desert island not to know that the Jaguar E-Type is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this month. Yes folks, it’s true, in March 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show, the world’s press were quite rightly gobsmacked by the first appearance of the dashing new sports car from Brown’s Lane. Of course, after half a century ev...
PETER COLLINS' CLASSIC RETROSPECTIVE
THREE Bs   Featuring Peter's original images 1. The first of our Retrospective Bs features Martin Brundle.Back in the days when it was possible for a country to run a second Grand Prix during any one year under the guise of calling it the European Grand Prix, Tom Wheatcroft had been hassling Bernie Ecclestone for a long time to let him run a GP at his Donington circuit.Finally,...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - FEBRUARY 1961
WITH A NEW FORMULA to be introduced for the 1961 Grand Prix season of an upper limit of 1500cc, and no supercharging, all the teams were busy. First race of the World Championship was set for Monaco in May and over the winter Ferrari had been building a new, high revving, V6 angled at 120 degrees. Add this to the existing Dino 156 engine, and Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips were going t...
BUYING A LANCIA FULVIA
Retro-Gnome on the Lancia Fulvia  LET'S GET ONE THING CLEAR, when it comes to rust, the Lancia Fulvia is no worse, and a damn sight better, than a thousand other ‘classics’ built during the sixties and seventies. At this point, owners of Porsche 911s, Mercedes and E-Type Jaguars should be nodding their heads in agreement. It was the later Beta, built from cheap Russian steel,...
FIFTY YEARS AGO- JANUARY 1961
THE MONTE-CARLO RALLY 1961  By now we all know that the first Rallye Monte-Carlo took place one hundred years ago, when just reaching the Principality at the height of winter 1911 was a great achievement. But what happened and who won the event in January 1961, fifty years ago?Of course as time passed and cars became faster and more reliable the organisers could no longer depend on bad w...
PETER COLLINS' CLASSIC RETROSPECTIVE
RETROSPECTIVE WALES  For all images click Gallery top rightClassic rallying at all levels has become very fashionable, perhaps less so for the Rally of the Tests and Le Jog but certainly for stage events, such as the Roger Albert Clark and the recently added National section of Wales Rally GB.Of course, and I hope no one accuses me of being a grumpy old man, but rallying in Wal...
MONTE CARLO - SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
Monte Carlo - Setting the Record StraightIT WOULD be reasonable, but quite wrong, to assume that until the advent of the Monte Carlo Rally in 1911 no Englishman had driven the eight-hundred-and-fifty miles separating London from the famous Principality with the sole purpose of establishing a record.In fact it was in April 1906 that Mr. Charles Jarrott, along with three friends and supported b...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - DECEMBER 1960
THE MONTH started badly with two air crashes, the first over New York when a collision killed 136 passengers, and the second above Munich when a Convair 340 lost power and fell into the city streets and 52 people perished. Then, on 19 December fire swept through the US aircraft carrier, USS Constellation killing 50 crew and injuring a further 150 servicemen.ON A BRIGHTER note it was 100 years ago ...
DENIS WELCH MOTORSPORT
Advertising Feature  DRIVING BACK  through The Midlands, on my way home from Rally of the Tests, it seemed a good opportunity to pop in and say hello to proprietor Jeremy Welch and the other guys at Denis Welch Motorsport. Anyone who has been competing in an Austin Healey or Jaguar E-Type this season will already be familiar with the name.The home of the Company is not, as some might ima...
PININFARINA HISTORY
Pininfarina History by Peter Collins.  Click top right to see PC's images  STILE ITALIANO  The late 19th century was not a great time to be bringing up a family of eleven children in rural Italy; the tenth was christened Battista and with these mouths to feed the Farina family upped sticks and headed away from their hometown area of Cortanze d’Asti to the city of Torino, ...
WALES RALLY GB
Wales Rally GB Fifty Years of Special Stages  EXACTLY FIFTY years ago special stages were introduced into British rallying when 172 cars set off from Blackpool to compete on the 1960 RAC Rally, now known as Wales Rally GB.Competitors headed for Scotland where a 1,000-mile loop included a two-mile timed blast up Monument Hill. It was the beginning of a successful campaign by organiser Jack Kem...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - NOVEMBER 1960
In November 1960 the average wage in the UK was £14.10.00 a week with a litre of petrol costing 5.76p, while on the other side of the Atlantic history was in the making when the people of the United States elected John F. Kennedy as their next President.PERHAPS OF more importance, at least to motor racing fans, was the second running of the American Grand Prix at Riverside where Stirlin...
RETRO-GNOME GOES GREEN
NOBODY KNOWS why, maybe it’s just talent, but I find it incredibly easy to upset people. Is it because I drive a Range Rover, or think the E-Type Jaguar a load of rubbish? Possibly. More likely it’s because I think Alonso is a better driver than Webber, Button, Vettel and Hamilton and should be World Champion. Oh, didn’t I say? In my opinion Hamilton is nothing special, no b...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - OCTOBER 1960
Watching Stirling Moss in the pit lane at the Oulton Park Gold Cup Meeting a few weeks ago I formed the opinion that maybe he was getting just a bit too old to be playing around with racing cars. After all, this was an event he had won fifty years previously in a Lotus Climax. But I now know I was wrong. When his turn came to pilot the pretty OSCAR sports car he leapt over the side and behind...
GEORGES ROESCH AND TALBOT
Those who know their cars rate the Talbot 105, designed by Georges Roesch, as one of the world’s most satisfying driving experiences. This Swiss born-and-raised engineer came to England just before war broke out in 1914 to work for Daimler but two years later moved to the Sunbeam, Talbot and Darracq combine where, under the supervision of Louis Coatalen, he designed his first car, the Talbot...
MIDDLE BARTON GARAGE
Advertising Feature  HIDDEN AWAY  in the depths of Oxfordshire is Middle Barton Garage. Best known for its unbounded enthusiasm for the Abarth brand, here a small team of experts prepare, service, restore, supply spares and also sell these exciting classics. The hot weather combined with a delectable selection of these Fiat-derived cars produced the perfect backdrop to our visit, i...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - AUGUST 1960
STIRLING MOSS returned to motor racing after his bad crash during the Belgium Grand Prix in June by winning the 75 km sports car race held at the Karlskoga circuit in Sweden. After a Le Mans-style start his new 2.5 litre Lotus 19 finished six seconds ahead of Jo Bonnier with David Piper in third.AT THE Portuguese Grand Prix on 14 August Moss was placed fifth at the finish until it was di...
CLASSIC RACER - PART 2
European Editor buys classic racer  WITH OUR COMBINED Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint experience mounting fast, i.e. the trip back to London from Dorset plus a quick trial run on the M1 motorway, we felt ready to go racing so the car was entered first at Monza, then a week later, it was on to the wonderful Italian Silver Flag Hillclimb.After a full service, well I did check the oil and water...
NOTES ON CASTLE COMBE
Editor-in-Chief notes.......THIS MOST AGREEABLE of ex-airfield racing circuits, situated deep in rural Wiltshire countryside and established way back in 1950, is looking to celebrate its 60th birthday over the weekend of 31 July/1August by staging a unique Diamond Anniversary Meeting.It has over the years proved itself a quick and demanding track, well-liked by the fast and the famous including Mo...
PETER COLLINS' CLASSIC RETROSPECTIVE
VARIETY PERFORMANCE  For all images click Gallery top rightTwo totally different Retro-Spectives: from Crystal Palace, and the London Earls Court Motor Show. Right at the end of the life of South London’s wonderful little parkland race circuit at Crystal Palace, the then employment agency Trumps decided to sponsor an unusual event. The plan was for a June evening race-meeting and r...
CHOLMONDELEY FIRST TIMERS
Dave and Joan Williamson are impressed with the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power. Click top right to see their images   AS FIRST TIME visitors to this relatively new event, we were impressed. This is a two-day event, but we were only able to visit on the Sunday due to rallying commitments.After bacon butties and a decent cup of coffee we set off to look around the show. Despi...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - JULY 1960
THE BIG UK event of the month was the opening of the extended Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, just a stone’s throw from London. A modest investment of £40,000 produced a new full-length Grand Prix-acceptable race track with a lap distance of 2.65 miles, plus a host of new features that included: a tunnel leading directly from the paddock to the new all-concrete infield pit area; two brid...
CLASSIC RACER - PART ONE
European Editor buys classic racer. Part one of a never-ending story  FOR YEARS I’ve bleated on to those around me about buying a car, a proper car, prepared for competition. But nobody believed me. Why should they? Of course, friends sympathised, “It’s okay Peter, we understand. Just keep writing and taking the pictures. Leave the racing to us.” Cheeky buggers.An...
PETER COLLINS' CLASSIC RETROSPECTIVE
RING CYCLE  In these days of race circuit emasculation and tracks seemingly being designed for anything but great racing and spectating, the Nurburgring Nordschleife as we know it today is, in fact, a homogenised safety version of the original. Compared to somewhere like Magny Cours or the current Hockenheim it is obviously majestic but nevertheless it is, in parts, a shadow of its former sel...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - JUNE 1960
19 JUNE Spa lived up to its name as the world’s most dangerous circuit when, during the Grand Prix of Belguim, it claimed the lives of two drivers; Alan Stacy crashed after being hit in the face by a bird, while Chris Bristow lost control at Malmedy and died instantly when he was thrown into the surrounding fence. Moss also had a lucky escape but still finished up in hospital with two broken...
ANGLIA 105E - AN AFFORDABLE CLASSIC
Retro-Gnome on the Ford Anglia 105E  IF EVER A CAR DESERVES classic status it’s the cheeky Ford Anglia 105E. Born at the same time as the Mini, but without the fanfare, it has over the years proved itself an ideal clubman’s race and rally machine, with flexibility proving to be its middle name. Although on the face of it generally boring and uninspired, apart from a few token...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - MAY 1960
IN 1960 the Tulip rally was much harder than it sounds, starting in Holland and winding its way via the famous Col de Turini before finishing in Monte Carlo. Pat Moss, driving the ‘big’ Healey, URX 727, which she later bought from BMC, won the Ladies Class and completed the course eighth overall. More significant, three Minis were entered and all three finished, a record. Incidentally,...
THE NASH HEALEY
Words and images by Bob Segui who believes the Nash Healey to be a truly international car   ONCE YOU OWN A HEALEY a Healey something happens inside, and when you find yourself without one, you find that you want another one. This is what happened to me after selling my award-winning 1959 Austin Healey Sprite a couple of years’ ago. I had owned my Sprite for over thirty years and f...
BROOKLANDS HOTEL AND SPA
Advertising Feature  GIVE IT six months and this ultra-modern hotel, open just a month (April 2010) and sited smack in the middle of the old Brooklands circuit, will be right up with the best. There are, admittedly, teething problems but these pale into insignificance when the standard of service, rarely encountered outside Japan and Singapore, is taken into account.We were met on arrival, he...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - APRIL 1960
STIRLING MOSS was a household name during the sixties so when he separated from his wife, Katie, and then just days later was stopped for dangerous driving in the Mersey Tunnel the press had a field day. Moss was banned for twelve months (not because of his divorce but for crossing a double white line!) and unable to drive in the UK. He countered, however, by obtaining an American licence which al...
PETER COLLINS' CLASSIC RETROSPECTIVE
TAXI!The Stratos was at the height of its powers in the World Rally Championship when Fiat decided that it needed to showcase a far more prosaic member of its road car range on the stages of the world and plumped for the development of its bread-and-butter 131 saloon.Ing Sergio Limone and the men at Abarth in Corso Marche, Turin, developed the fabulous 131 Abarth complete with a 16-valve version o...
THE LAST HEALEY
Words and images from Bob Segui, founder in 1980 of the San Diego British Car Club Council  THE LAST vehicle to be manufactured that carried the ‘Healey Wings’ that made it to the road is the Healey Fiesta. If you are asking, “The Healey What?” read on.Built in Germany in 1978 as a standard Ford Fiesta and shipped to the USA, it was selected by the Ford Motor Company t...
PETER COLLINS' CLASSIC RETROSPECTIVE
DO IT YOURSELF   It’s a chilly, windswept, Saturday 12 April in 1969 and the location is the paddock at Brands Hatch. One of the potential winners of the next day’s BOAC 500kms World Sportscar Championship race chugs slowly up the hill towards the exit in order to get to the pits and track for the final qualifying session. Usually this would be a job undertaken by the mechani...
IN THE SHADOW OF JENKS
Richard and Liz Pugh following in the foot-steps of Denis Jenkinson  WITH HINDSIGHT, doing a four-day bash around Europe in deepest winter, with a route which included Bavaria and The Black Forest when heavy snow had been forecast, may not have been the brightest idea, especially using our BMW 325i. Not exactly the best means of transport, when the white stuff is around.My bed time readi...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - MARCH 1960
THE MOST important news this month fifty years ago was that Elvis Presley had completed his national service and was back in the recording studio, but teenagers had to wait until July before the number one hit ‘It’s Now Or Never’ would be released.BACK ON the race track the press was making a fuss of champion motor cyclist John Surtees, who was making his debut at Goodw...
NOTES ON THE POMEROY TROPHY
LAURENCE POMEROY, son of the famous designer who put his name to many early Vauxhalls including the Prince Henry and 30/98, donated the Trophy that bears his name to the VSCC in 1946, a year before he became their President.The Trophy itself is a model of a 1914 Vauxhall 4½ litre Grand Prix car constructed by the late master model maker, Mr. Rex Hayes, while the rules, designed to establish...
BROOKLANDS FOR BEGINNERS
Retro-Gnome on Brooklands  MOST OF OUR READERS are too young to have visited Brooklands in its heyday, while those of you who did probably can’t remember what they were doing five minutes’ ago let alone in 1933. It is not in the least patronising, therefore, just to run over a few facts.The construction of Brooklands Motor Course, situated on the estate of Mr. H. F. Locke Kin...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - FEBRUARY 1960
Bruce McLaren won the Argentine Grand Prix, held at the Autodromo at Buenos Aires on 7 February, his Cooper-Climax covering the 312kms at an average speed of 133.208kph.Graham Hill was having his first drive for B.R.M. but the car hated the extremely high temperatures as did the Lotus of Alan Stacy. Moss also broke his Rob Walker-entered Cooper-Climax but such were the rules he took over the other...
MGB GT - A YOUTHFUL CLASSIC
Retro-Gnome on MGBs  THINK MGB GT and what springs to mind; the open road, everlasting sunshine, hidden villages, thatched cottages, lots of friendly bonhomie? Or degenerating bodyshells left to slowly rot and rust away in the back yard.Fact is, these are very good and incredibly cheap ‘classics’ that, if cared for, motor on forever. But don’t tell anyone because they a...
SUPER TOURING
Peter Collins on the Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia. Click to view GalleryBY THE MID-1930s Benito Mussolini’s increasingly bellicose actions and his encouragement of Italian re-armament had prioritised the country’s industrial output increasingly to the military. For Alfa Romeo this meant more emphasis on their traditional aircraft engine business with the effect that, acco...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - JANUARY 1960
The Monte Carlo Rally was won by Walter Schock and a clean sweep for Mercedes, they finished first, second, third and fifth. Naturally, they also won the Team prize. The cars were fuel-injected and featured limited slip diffs. Highest place British car was the Sunbeam Rapier, driven by Peter Harper and navigated by Raymond Baxter, which split the German cars by finishing in fourth place. Incidenta...
EXCLUSIVE - JIM CLARK, THE FIFE CONNECTION
Dan MacIntosh’s unabridged account of the early days.   MANY PEOPLE over the years thought that Jim Clark was a ‘Borderer’ when he was in fact a ‘Fifer’ and very proud of it. Jim was born on 4 March 1936 at Wester Kilmany Farm in the village of Kilmany Fife where his father James moved to in 1931 taking over the tenancy of the farm on the Anstruther-Gra...
ASTON MARTIN DB4GT
Less is more Peter Collins on the ultimate Aston Martin. Click on gallery top right to view images.“For sheer performance, the Aston Martin DB4GT must be the car of the show” said John Bolster in his 1959 Earls Court Motor Show report in Autosport magazine. He was, as usual, right on the money. With its 3.7 litre six-cylinder engine giving 302 bhp and a smaller and lighter bo...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - DECEMBER 2009
  The First Grand Prix of the United States   Sebring in Florida, an airfield circuit 5.2 miles long, hosted the first Grand Prix of America run on 12 December and attracted eighteen starters with Stirling Moss on pole in the Cooper Climax, three seconds faster than Jack Brabham in a similar car. Phil Hill, first American and in one of four Ferraris was down in eighth place. Most s...
DRIVING AN INDY CAR... UPHILL!
  Ed McDonough on driving a Lola T90 at the Silver Flag Hillclimb  I HAVE READ hundreds of pages of information about the Lola T90/92s and where they went after Indy 1966/67. I have seen the legal depositions and letters from lawyers spanning 40 years. It is fascinating. Very little of it is under-handed. John Mecom Jr. sold the Graham Hill car after Indy in 1966 and when he was to...
2010 RANGE ROVER
Retro-Gnome tries to destroy a new super-charged Range Rover      EVERYBODY SHOULD DRIVE one of these cars. The Government would be making so much money Gordon Brown, or whoever the Chancellor of the Exchequer is these days, could pay the national debt off in just a few weeks if not days.However, before taking delivery of this very fast tractor I carried out a straw pole i...
LOLA AND A TRIBUTE TO ERIC BROADLEY
  Peter Collins investigates the history of Lola   IN ALL THE BEST TRADITIONS of fledgling British 1950s racing-car constructors, Lola started small. Eric Broadley of Bromley, just on the cusp between south-east London and Kent, had a cousin, Graham, who was in the tailoring and gentleman’s outfitting business. In his spare time Graham had built a racing car and, ag...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - NOVEMBER 1959
  The RAC Rally 1959    It seems appropriate that as the Rally of the Tests has recently taken place Retro-Speed should look back fifty years (exactly) to see how competitors faired on the tough international rally that gave it its name.The 1959 RAC of Great Britain started from Blackpool in November and finished at the Crystal Palace in London after four days and three n...
A QUICK WORD ON DIESELS
Retro-Gnome on Diesels   DIESEL IS A WORD you don’t hear much of in motor sport, yet it surprised me to learn that the patent for such an engine was first taken out in 1892 by, yes you’ve guessed it, Rudolf Diesel, who stated its three advantages over the conventional petrol option: improved fuel consumption, longer service life and less of a likelihood to catch fire.Design d...
FIFTY YEARS AGO - OCTOBER 1959
The London Motor Show at Earls Court made you proud to be British. Everybody loved the exciting new Austin 850 and Morris Mini Minor, cars which, with front wheel drive and ‘rubber’ suspension, overshadowed the more ‘grown up’ Ford Anglia and Triumph Herald. Jaguar announced the Mk2 saloon, powered by an evermore aggressive twin overhead cam engine while Daimler and Sunbeam...
DRIVING WITH AYRTON
Ed McDonough drives Senna's Toleman-Hart - 1984 TG184-01 By Peter CollinsWHEN THE Grand Prix circus returned to Europe after the American races in 1984, Ayrton Senna was still a F1 newcomer. The Toleman Team had been struggling for three years and had only begun to get a few results towards the end of 1983. While the team had done very well in Formula 2, the F1 Toleman-Hart just couldn't seem...
MARTINI SHAKEN AND STIRRED or ZERO TRENTE SETTE or SUPER CHARGER
Peter Collins is truly stirred by this evocative Montecarlo-based supercar  IT'S MIDNIGHT in late January and there’s a clear sky overhead with thousands of twinkling stars and a full moon. The white light is intensified by the deep snow lying all around. Despite the biting cold there is a buzz in the air as hundreds of speculatory conversations about who’s going to win and who's ...
BUYING AN E-TYPE JAGUAR
Retro-Gnome on E-Type Jaguars   IT’S DANGEROUS to mess with the opinion of the majority so, if ninety-nine per cent of the population vote the E-Type Jaguar ‘most desirable car in the world’, who in their right mind is going to argue? Well me for one.To begin with it’s important to remember there were several models but the one that immediately springs to mind is ...
TO ITALY, VIA APPIA, AND BACK AGAIN
Peter Baker goes to Italy - slowly   BY ANY STANDARDS 38bhp is not a lot of puff. But it’s too late to worry. At seven o’clock on the evening of Thursday, 15 May Lin and I climb inside our series one Lancia Appia, open the map and leave our home in Worcestershire, heading south for Italy. We have one hundred and eighty-nine miles to cover before bedtime (average tru...
RALLYE MONTE-CARLO HISTORIQUE
Editor-in-Chief's account of Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique 2007  THE TENTH RUNNING of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique was very special. Three hundred cars and five start points across Europe, each with an overnight concentration run leading to St. Etienne near Lyon where the event started in earnest. Four and a half days of tough regularity sections finishing with a closed road, night secti...