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SHELSLEY WALSH CLASSIC NOSTALGIA - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Nothing but nostalgia  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. Early Saturday morning on 17 July, and the sun is shining, with a promise of a 30 degree high. What’s more, I’m driving the thirty-odd mile, cross-country route to Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb behind the wheel of our highly entertaining, did somebody say, slightly outrageous, Abarth 595. A wonderful start...
 
Ben's Brief - SHELSLEY WALSH 2021
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence goes to Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia  Click top right to view his images.It was a scorching day out at Shelsley Walsh, but I was accompanied by a whole range of classic beauties, like Mick Strafford in the wonderful sounding Chevrolet Firenza, the BRM P154 Can-Am car driven by Stephen Hepworth in the parades and his brother Andrew in the Hepworth. Oher rally...
 
HEROES OF FORMULA 1 : Roman Klemm
Launch of the book 'Hrdinove Formule 1' (Heroes of Formula 1)  Words and images by Roman Klemm What did not find its way into the book....? When I was working on my latest 'Hrdinove Formule 1' book some three years ago, covering the bios of Clark, Fittipaldi and Mansell, I was lucky to be able to discuss the theme with a number of significant motorsport personalities, who shared their memo...
 
Ben's Brief - VSCC CADWELL PARK 2021
Junior reporter Ben Lawrence visits Cadwell Park  Click top right to view his images.I enjoyed a great day out at the VSCC Cadwell Park meeting in June. I think Cadwell is my favourite circuit. The heavens opened a little in the morning giving great entertainment, but cleared by the afternoon with Alex Ames coming through to win two excellent races in his Bugatti. He won the Williams Trophy...
 
THE BMW M1 PROCAR CHAMPIONSHIP 1979-80 : Ken Davies
The ultimate one-make series?  By Ken Davies. Images courtesy BMW Presse and Ken Davies. During the 1960s and 1970s motor manufacturers innovated many ways to market products to potential buyers and among these was the creation of one-make racing and rally series. The portfolio of combative models included Ford Escort Mexico, Mini 1275 GT, Renault 5, MG Metro and Honda CRX. Among up-market i...
 
HSCC DONINGTON TO SWMC'S GREENLEAVES TOUR - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Dry at Donington and a great Greenleaves tour  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view the HSCC gallery. The weather man said it would rain all weekend, but he was wrong. Saturday, at Donington saw spectators for the first time since lockdown, which I guess is the reason media were forced to leave their cars in the paddock and trudge from one end of the circuit to the other, badly mis...
 
LIVING WITH A SHELSLEY SPECIAL : Stephen Mosley
Not polished but perfectly preserved  Words and images by Stephen Mosley Motor racing did not spring up fully formed, it developed over decades. False starts, inspired success and, inevitably, reactionary restrictions peppered the landscape of our favourite sport until it settled down into some kind of consistent format. Regulation and limitations steadily developed in the decades after the...
 
FLYING FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN
Visitors enjoy splendid Shuttleworth spectacle  Click to view our Gallery. Held on Sunday 6 June 2021 the Shuttleworth Collection’s Flying Festival of Britain air display took place under ideal conditions, in other words, light winds and an ever-increasing amount of blue sky. This allowed even the oldest, and flimsiest, of vintage aeroplanes, some dating back to the very first days of f...
 
THE CAR THAT WOULDN'T DIE - Omnibus 8 : Peter Baker
The Car that wouldn’t Die  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page There’s something in the air With Bertram otherwise engaged Marie harboured little inclination, on such a fine summer’s day, to head back into London. It was such an utterly depressing place. Surely, driving the country lanes of Surrey in an open-topped car,...
 
FACTS AND FIGURES : Ales Norsky
Williams' 750 Grands Prix?  Words by Ales Norsky According to the Williams Racing's website, at the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix, the British team becomes only the third in the sport’s history to participate in 750 Grands Prix. Congratulations certainly are in order but, in my humble opinion, the statement requires a little clarification. There was a team in Formula 1 at least partially ow...
 
MASTERS HISTORIC FESTIVAL BRANDS HATCH - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Superbly Atmospheric  Words and images by Peter Baker, Click to view our Gallery. I grew up with Brands Hatch and clearly remember being just 14 but still mixing with the likes of Jim Clark, Graham Hill and all the rest, while wandering the paddock. I also remember Boxing Day at the track. They were great times. Sadly, yours truly was also at Brands the day the music died, in other words, whe...
 
THE CAR THAT WOULDN'T DIE - Omnibus 7 : Peter Baker
The Car that wouldn’t Die  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page All Fired Up. Although their time together in Paris had been short, he recognised her the moment she walked into the room. Bertie was more a soldier than a ladies' man and fumbled for something to say. "Hello Marie. Would you like some rice pudding?" They spent all af...
 
PRESCOTT MINI FESTIVAL 2021
Multifarious Minis at Prescott  Words and images by Ken Davies Prescott’s Mini Festival, held at the Bugatti Owners' Club historic hill climb on Saturday 22 May 2021, celebrated all things Mini, but particularly marked the 60th Anniversary of the first 997cc version of the Mini Cooper, debuted in September 1961. Under cloudy skies, and with strict Covid controls in place, this was an a...
 
BAKER STREET : Peter Baker
Motoring down to Monte  Words and images by Peter Baker Monte Carlo, one way or the other, has always figured highly in my motoring life. Going back a few years, first time south to the sun, or rain as is often the case, was in a Citroen CX, the ultimate comfort machine. I wafted there and back, the 2,000 or more miles, suspended on a cushion of air. The CX was ‘Car of the Year&rsq...
 
THE CAR THAT WOULDN'T DIE - Omnibus 6 : Peter Baker
The Car that wouldn’t Die  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Hide And Seek. Lofty, now a serving officer in the Royal Navy, was home on leave, and having just learned of Bertie's apparent demise, was on this damp morning in September 1943, propping up the bar of the Coach and Horses public house. "Now come along sir, ain’...
 
THE CAR THAT WOULDN'T DIE - Omnibus 5 : Peter Baker
The Car that wouldn’t Die  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Give the man a cigar. In truth, both men spent more time checking their watches than playing good chess. And after a prolonged series of bad moves they gave up. "Fifteen minutes to go before the deadline." "Let’s go through everything again Bertram. If, at one mi...
 
FIA EHRC CONTENDERS PENTTI VEIKKANEN AND TIMO JAAKKOLA - Jeff Carter
Getting to know Pentti Veikkanen and Timo Jaakkola  Words and image by Jeff Carter Finnish duo Pentti Veikkanen and Timo Jaakkola have been a regular feature on the FIA EHRC for many years in their distinctive Category 3 Porsche 911 SC, which they have named ‘The Red Devil’ In 2019 Pentti and Timo finished 2nd in class on no less than five occasions, in Vltava, Asturias, Ypres,...
 
THE CAR THAT WOULDN'T DIE - Omnibus 4 : Peter Baker
The Car that wouldn’t Die  Serial copyright Peter Baker Follow daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page Call it intuition, training on the ground, or just Bertie’s sixth sense, that of self-preservation. Whatever, it sent alarm bells ringing. Just as it had in Cairo, downtown New York, Berlin and several cities in India. Bertram’s nose twitched. He was being f...
 
THE CAR THAT WOULDN'T DIE - Omnibus 3 : Peter Baker
The Car that wouldn’t Die  Serial copyright Peter Baker  Follow daily episodes on Peter Baker’s Facebook page  Ropey saved Dotty’s life. He threw a blanket over the flames and manhandled her from the cockpit. Meanwhile, the others pushed the Bentley into open space and watched it burn. A sad end indeed to their race. Out on track a classic ending to Le Mans 24 H...
 
FIA EHRC CONTENDERS ERNIE AND KAREN GRAHAM : Jeff Carter
Getting to know Ernie and Karen Graham  Words and images by Jeff Carter Husband-and-wife team Ernie and Karen Graham have been a regular feature on the FIA European Historic Rally Championship since 2017. In 2019 they had their best season with several Category 1 victories in their Ford Escort Twincam, enabling them to finish second overall at the end of the season, just two points behind c...