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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,...
 
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...
 
MUSEE DU CIRCUIT DE SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS : Peter Baker
Musee du Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps  Words and images by Peter Baker Unusual is a good word to describe this fantastic collection of race cars and motorcycles buried deep below the floor of the abbey on Place Saint Remacle in Stavelot, just a stone's throw from the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Amongst the exhibits there is even an inter-active scale model of the circuit. Make no mist...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - 2016 GOODWOOD REVIVAL : Ken Davies
2016 Goodwood Revival  Words and images by Ken Davies Built by the RAF during the Second World War as a relief airfield for nearby RAF Tangmere, Goodwood Aerodrome was located on the former Westhampnett Farm, part of the Goodwood Estate. RAF Westhampnett enjoyed a distinguished war with two fighter squadrons based at the airfield during the Battle of Britain and from July 1942 it was used ...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - 'LUCY' FAILS TO ECONOMISE : David Alderson
'Lucy' fails to economise  Words by David Alderson. Images by Andrew Bodman What a super weekend we spent driving TR4A ‘Lucy’ around the Cotswolds in a vain attempt to match my nominated fuel consumption target. It all came about by chance; I was at Silverstone Classic on the Saturday when I bumped into Peter and Lin Hon Baker, of Retro-Speed website fame, with their lovely old ...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
‘G’ follows ‘F’  Words and images by Peter Baker Two years ago, our trip to Le Mans Classic was blighted by heavy rain and car problems. Five up we completed two 13.6km pre-race laps of the water-logged circuit okay, before untoward rattling noises, diagnosed as a failing water-pump, forced us to limp the Jaguar Mk2 homeward. Oh yes, and the dynamo had also long sin...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - PORSCHES INVADE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC : Ken Davies
Porsches invade Silverstone Classic  Words and images by Ken Davies The 2016 Silverstone Classic began on Friday with drivers from no fewer than 28 different countries qualifying for races on the three-day festival's eclectic race-card. The busy programme, held on Silverstone's famous Grand Prix circuit, saw a spectacular line-up of 20 nostalgic races covering the full spectrum of global his...