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PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - VIPS AT THE RACES : Joan Williamson
VIPs at the Sandown Historics, Melbourne  Words by Joan Williamson, images by Dave Williamson For several years, Dave and I have kept in touch with the Victorian Historic Racing Register – mostly via email, but in person during our visits to our daughter in Melbourne. This November was no exception, since we visited the VHRR Clubhouse in Melbourne to admire a huge range of Australian...
 
JIM CLARK TRUST : Dorothy
Win a Jim Clark Special Edition Lotus  Dorothy endorses charity competition The competition to win a Jim Clark Special Edition Lotus Evora GT140 Sport was launched at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where £53,000.00 was donated to The Jim Clark Trust. Honouring the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s death in 1968 at Hockenheim, all funds raised from the competition will be d...
 
ROVERING AROUND : Peter Baker
Rovering Around – The first twelve months  Words by Peter Baker When my Rover 12hp sports saloon went into production motor-car history was only forty or so years old, so one has to make allowances. Today we take simple things, such as comfort, steering and stopping, for granted. Well, let me tell you, in 1937 a lot of development work was still in the pipe-line. For example, the prim...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Some hotels necessitate earplugs!  As one who freely admits voting to leave the EU, I assume that when the country contorts itself into overturning the majority verdict, yours truly will find himself guilty on a charge of treason and banished, along with 51 percent of the UK population, to some remote desert island. This, of course, will be almost as good as winning. A new country, a fresh ...
 
COTSWOLD TRIAL 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Next generation is more than competent  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. As we head into winter, and dare I say it, ever closer to Christmas, the historic race season has finally run out of steam. ‘Thank goodness’ I hear teams say, what with Le Mans Classic and Monaco Grand Prix Historique added to the 2018 calendar, the year for many has been a real budget...
 
LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Rambling with a red flag  Words and images by Peter Baker One hundred and twenty years ago, give or take, the UK Government belatedly followed France and Germany in accepting the internal combustion engine as a reality. Well, we had better make the most it, because its days are numbered. By 2040, ownership of a motor vehicle that even whiffs of petrol or diesel will be a hanging offence. Lo...
 
JAGUAR LAND ROVER CLASSIC - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Rambling around with the GOMW  Words and images by Peter Baker Weather wise, October is always a gamble when touring the Cotswolds, so it was with a sense of relief when the early morning fog soon disappeared, leaving us a perfect autumnal day with which to enjoy our outing with the Guild of Motoring Writers on Saturday, 20 October 2018. First port of call was the new Jaguar Land Rover Class...
 
RALLYLEGEND 2018 - Personal Perspective : Lawrence Clift
The 16th Rallylegend  Words and images by Lawrence Clift It was whilst I was in Turin attending the Lancia centenary back in 2006 that I met the renowned author and photographer, Peter Collins, who mentioned that he'd be returning to Italy (San Marino) a few weeks later to report on a relatively new event, Rallylegend. I was quite intrigued and waited for the videos to appear on YouTube and,...
 
TOUR DE CORSE HISTORIQUE 2018 - Personal Perspective : Phil Harris
Tour de Corse Historique victory The Tour de Corse Historique is one of the hardest rallies in the world, writes Phil Harris. Held over four days, the 840km-route tackles Corsica’s narrow, winding, twisting roads over precipitous mountain ranges at high speed in unpredictable and rapidly changing weather conditions. The event is rarely tackled by British crews and this year Richard Suter,...
 
RAIN AND MORE RAIN - Editorial Ramblings: Peter Baker
Drivers defy Donington rain  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. The Grand Prix Collection is closing on 5 November 2018, so Donington Park has been in the news recently. This is, of course, a sad state of affairs. But being honest, whenever I have visited, unlike most of its European counterparts, it's always been a rather deserted, uninviting place with few enthusiasts ...
 
PADDY HOPKIRK'S NEW GIRL : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature Paddy Hopkirk’s New Girl The legend that is Paddy Hopkirk, MBE chose Bex from ‘ArtbyBex’ for his Legendary Anniversary Artwork, celebrating his most famous 1964 Monte-Carlo Rally win. Bex has created this bespoke artwork by capturing the essence of the Mini heritage and the 1964 ‘Monte’ victory that changed Patrick Hopkirk into ‘Paddy Ho...
 
AUTUMN CLASSICS 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Two Autumn Classic meetings in one weekend  Words and images by Peter Baker Castle Combe’s 2018 Autumn Classic on Saturday 6 October was a packed race day, to which yours truly enjoyed a rapid Cotswold-style 60-mile cross country blast in the MG ZTT before trading awful weather for some great images. Then it was Prescott Speed Hill Climb on the Sunday, where this American-themed extra...
 
THE 2018 ROSSFELDRENNEN : Roman Klemm
Edelweis Bergpreis Rossfeld Hillclimb 2018  Words and images by Roman Klemm On 29-30 September, 50 years after Ludovico Scarfiotti’s death, the historic Edelweis Bergpreis Rossfeld hillclimb was a sensationally packed weekend. The mountain road of Rossfeld, situated right above the famous winter resort of Berchtesgaden, has been hosting hill climbs since the 1920s. But the escalating ...
 
REMEMBERING 'WHIZZO' - PURELY PERSONAL : Ken Davies
Remembering 'Whizzo'  Words and images by Ken Davies Saturday, 29 September 2018 Silverstone circuit was bathed in a warm late summer sun, with a healthy grid of McLaren GT4s fittingly embroiled in a fierce on-track battle, as around 200 family, friends and acquaintances of Barrie Williams packed into the BRDC clubhouse to celebrate Whizzo’s very full life. Standing as sentries each ...
 
PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE - CHEVETTES AT RALLYDAY 2018 : Stephen Mosley
The HS turns 40  Words and images by Stephen Mosley Although Vauxhall introduced its popular small car, the Chevette, in 1976 it took another couple of years for them to decide on taking it rallying. Due to company policy, even then the hot version was developed by Bill Blydenstein under the umbrella of ‘Dealer Team Vauxhall’ rather than by the parent company itself. This was t...
 
FORD'S FORGOTTEN FAILURE : Ken Davies
The Story of the 3L Sports Prototype  Words by Ken Davies. Images and captions courtesy Ford Press Office. The conception, birth and evolution of the Ford GT40 has been indelibly etched in motor racing history, but let’s take a moment to recall the main facts. Originally based on the Lola Mk6, the GT40 Mk I, II, and III versions of the all-conquering endurance racer were designed and b...
 
SPA SIX HOURS 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Whitewash for the GT40s  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.  For me, missing the Six Hours weekend at Spa-Francorchamps would be like Christmas without a pantomime. And talking of pantomime, that pretty well sums up Goodwood Revival. Oh no it doesn’t. Oh yes it does. Be that as it may, it’s nice to be back at Spa, although, like most character tracks, I&...
 
TITANIC DEJA VU ULSTER 2018 : Beatty Crawford
A step back in history Titanic Déjà Vu Ulster took off from the moment participants entered the Porsche Centre in the Titanic Quarter on Friday evening, 31 August, the happy mood at the rally reunion, which brought together so many old friends and fabulous machinery, lasting until the final guest left in the early hours of Sunday morning, writes Beatty Crawford. Walter Rohrl and P...
 
GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Rambling around Goodwood  Words and images by Peter Baker I missed the sound of Merlin engines and the regular sight of Spitfires, etc. ducking and diving low across the circuit, as I did the moaning thrum of the slowly approaching Lancaster at tea-time. Flying of classic aeroplanes during the Revival, it seems, has now been deemed anti-social and thus banned by officialdom. And frankly, Go...
 
ZANDVOORT HISTORIC GRAND PRIX 2018 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Zandvoort on a budget  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. The circuit of Zandvoort lies almost within walking distance of Amsterdam, a capital well known for its persuasive and sometimes dubious evening activities, that in the past have led many a young, and not so young, aspiring driver astray. Indeed, to this very day, some have never been accounted for. Be that as it ...