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AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL 2017 : Ken Davies
FF to F1 at Autosport  Words and images by Ken Davies For motor sport fans, the National Exhibition Centre was the place to be from12-15 January when Autosport International opened its doors, the inaugural show under its new owners Motorsport Network. Although it looked little different from previous years, chairman Zak Brown’s programme address left readers in no doubt about his organi...
 
2016: ANOTHER GREAT YEAR - PART 2 : Peter Baker
Another great year – Part 2  Words and images by Peter Baker The second half of 2016 was by far the busiest six months yet for Retro-Speed magazine, with multiple-event choices every weekend. For instance, 4/5 June saw HSCC Snetterton, CSCC Brands Hatch, VSCC Harewood, plus The Three Castles Rally and the Heritage Rally, which finished at the revamped British Motor Museum. There foll...
 
JEFF BLOXHAM INTERVIEW : Ken Davies
Ken Davies interviews Jeff Bloxham – top motor racing ‘snapper’ Images courtesy of Jeff Bloxham  To any dyed-in-the wool motor racing fan, the name Jeff Bloxham will be familiar from some of the stunning images that he’s been capturing in top-flight races around the world for almost 50 years. And Jeff recalls his first known memory of motor racing as witnessing th...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
November was not so boring after all  Words and images by Peter BakerIt was mid-November and I was bored, only the imminent government winter fuel payment of £200 to cheer me up, and the slow crawl towards Christmas well and truly underway. Then, out of the blue, Lin announces we, or to be more precise she, has been invited by a Chinese friend to a wedding. Good news, the happy event ta...
 
2016: ANOTHER GREAT YEAR - PART 1 : Peter Baker
Another great year – Part 1  Words and images by Peter BakerIt was unbelievably hot at Le Mans Classic, nice and warm at Spa for the Six Hours race, but very, very wet for those who dressed up for Goodwood Revival. Meanwhile, in January 2016 an absence of challenging ice and snow in the mountains turned the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique into ‘just’ another, marginally diffic...
 
LAND'S END TO JOHN O' GROATS : Peter Baker
‘Le Jog’ – a magnet to the competitive spirit Words and images by Peter Baker The 847-mile journey from Land's End to John o' Groats has always provided a magnet to the competitive spirit. In 1892 Evelyn Burnaby set the ball rolling by being the first person to cover the distance, riding a horse. Since then it has been run in seventeen days, and cycled by two men on a tandem in,...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - MUSCLE CAR MASTERS 2016 : Bill Fonseca
Muscles at Sydney’s Motorsport Park  Words and images form Bill Fonseca Muscle Car Masters is a celebration of Australian’s muscle car heritage and a tribute to the drivers that raced. The 12th running of the nation’s most successful retro motorsport event, held on the new date of 29/30 October, will see the return of five popular race categories plus a class making its Mas...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - RAC RALLY OF THE TESTS 2017 : Mike Tanswell
View from inside car 80  Words by Mike Tanswell. Images by Blue Passion Photographic The plan was for Peter Blackett and I to do the Palladwr Rally as a shake down for the RAC Rally of the Tests. However, a week before the event Peter rang me from his hospital bed with the news that he had a leg infection and was not fit to do the Rally, but hopeful he would be better for the ROTT. The car ...
 
RETRO-SPEED IN THE LAND OF TRUMP : Ed McDonough
Meeting Barack Obama  Words and images by Ed McDonough Retro-Speed Chief Tester, Ed McDonough, American by birth but permanent UK resident, turned a holiday visit to the USA into a serious working trip, culminating in a face-to-face meeting with Barack Obama. My sister lives in New Hampshire and invited me over for the Thanksgiving to Christmas holiday, and I decided to extend it to includ...
 
DAVID BRODIE INTERVIEW : Ken Davies
Ken Davies interviews David Brodie  In the pantheon of British motor racing history David Brodie is an international saloon car legend. Perhaps best known for carrying the iconic legend 'Run Baby Run' on the front of his Ford Escort 2.1-litre Mk1, Dave successfully competed in the British Touring Car Championship for four decades. His best season in the series was in 1985 when he finished fo...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - WALES RALLY GB NATIONAL RALLY 2016 : Lawrence Clift
WRGB National Rally 27-30 October  Words and images by Lawrence Clift. Click to view Video. Having set off from Lancashire at silly o'clock in the morning, I arrived in a damp Hafren Forest with plenty of time to find a good position before the WRC competitors came through, followed by the Nationals. The speed and commitment of the works drivers is always amazing to watch and, having seen ...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
September was interesting  Words and images by Peter Baker It was an interesting two weeks or so, what with three days at Goodwood Revival 2016 followed by the same again at the historic Spa Six Hours, split by what some would call a busman’s holiday in the Ardennes, where I managed to fit in a museum visit and a lap of the famous 20km Nordschleife in my latest Italian acquisition, a F...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - RALLYLEGEND 2016 : Lawrence Clift
14th Rallylegend, San Marino 6-9 October  Words and images by Lawrence Clift For us, the appeal to travel to San Marino each year is that it attracts the top rallying names from yesteryear; Munari, Alen, Salonen, McRae, Rohrl, Biasion, Sainz, Mikkola, Kankkunen, Panizzi, along with current WRC drivers Latvala and Paddon. Then there’s the cars; the flame-spitting GrpBs such as Audi Qua...
 
KOP HILL CLIMB 2016 : Retro-Gnome
2016 Kop Hill Climb 17/18 September  Words from Retro-Gnome. Images by Oliver Holmes Following a successful event in 2015 where the organisers raised some £75,000 for charity, the Kop Hill Climb, established way back in 1910 and located in the Chilterns near Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, once again rang to the sound of racing cars over the weekend 17/18 September. Luminari...
 
PETE DICCOX RETIRES : Ken Davies
Britain's oldest Formula Ford racer bows out in style  Words by Ken DaviesAfter celebrating his 80th birthday at the August bank holiday Monday race meeting, Pete Diccox; possibly the oldest active Formula Ford driver in the UK, drove in his final FF races at the Finals Meeting on Saturday 8 October 2016. To mark the occasion, Castle Combe Racing Club arranged a tour d'honneur during the lun...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - TEAM RETRO-SPEED : Dave and Joan Williamson
Team Retro-Speed at Curborough  Dave and Joan Williamson The final Hillclimb and Sprint Association’s 2016 event took place at Curborough sprint course on Saturday, 8 October. Team Retro-Speed member Graeme Williamson achieved second place in his 930cc Hillman Imp whilst competing in a combined class which included a Marcos boasting 3,100cc! We also met up with Retro-Speed’s Te...
 
TEAM RETRO-SPEED'S ED MCDONOUGH WINS : Retro-Gnome
Ed and the Trackitnow Dulon wins three championships  Words by Retro-Gnome  The Trackitnow-supported Dulon Formula Ford driven by Ed McDonough, Retro-Speed’s Test Driver, has won its class in all three of the 2016 British National Speed Championships in which Ed has taken part this year. The team not only won its class in each but took the pre-1975 award, was 5th overall in the Ser...
 
SHUTTLEWORTH RACE DAY FINALE 2016 : Ian Wagstaff
Vintage cars v. vintage aircraft  Words and images by Ian Wagstaff Richard Shuttleworth won the 1935 Donington Grand Prix, so it was appropriate that the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden Aerodrome should have added Edwardian and Pre-War Vintage cars to the aircraft mix for its 2016 Race Day Finale event on Sunday 2 October. For the first time, the grass runway was used for a mock &...
 
ALPINE TRIAL 2016 : Andrea Seed
Talbot takes the trophy on the ERA’s Alpine Trial  Words by Andrea Seed. Images by Gerard Brown The winners of the Endurance Rally Association’s first Alpine Trial have reclaimed their trophy after winning for the second time. Gareth Burnett and Jez Haylock won the event in the 1934 Talbot 105 Alpine, which was used in the very first Alpine Trial held in the same year. As well ...
 
EDELWEISS-BERGPREIS-ROSSFELD 2016 : Roman Klemm
Bavaria’s historic hillclimb Edelweiss-Rossfeldrennen  Words and images by Roman Klemm The fourth Edelweiss-Bergpreis-Rossfeld from 23-25 September 2016The idea of organising an olditmer race at the famous Rossfeld hillclimb track was introduced some five years ago. Enthusiastic followers around Achim Althammer this year celebrated the 4th edition of Edelweiss-Bergpreis-Rossfeld.The e...