Thursday, 23 April 2015

VIVA VELOCE!

Thanks to Davide Di Maggio, an Italian Publisher based in Florence for this photo – showing his copy of the Veloce catalogue. It was a pleasure to meet Davide at the London Book Fair last week and he expressed a keen interest in Veloce's range books on Italian motorcycles.


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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

VELOCE AT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR 2015

We are at The London Book Fair this week (14-16 April 2015). Come & see us on stand 4D69!


Thursday, 9 April 2015

FISH & SHIPS 2015

Signed copies of Dorset from the sea by Steve Belasco will be available at Fish & Ships on April 11th & 12th 2015 at Portland Marina in Dorset. Free entry for all!




Tuesday, 31 March 2015

MEET THE AUTHOR: JON YATES

A chance to meet Jon Yates, the author of The Real Way Round – 1 year, 1 motorcycle, 1 man, 6 continents, 35 countries, 42,000 miles, 9 oil changes, 3 sets of tyres, and loads more ...

The event wil take place at Argyll Hotel Inverarary, Scotland on Friday 24th April 2015. Tickets £6.50 per person. Ticket price includes light finger buffet. All proceeds raised over the cost of the event will be donated to Kirsty's Kids Charity.


A pictorial diary of a once-in-a-lifetime motorbike trip across 35 countries, and a practical guide to motorcycling round the world – what to do first, what to plan for, and how to cope with the unexpected.



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GOODWOOD FOS TO MARK DEREK BELL'S MAIDEN LE MANS WIN


This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will mark the 40th anniversary of Derek Bell’s maiden Le Mans 24 Hours victory with an incredible line-up of cars that have played a major part in the sports car legend’s racing career.
Bell made his race debut at Goodwood in 1964 and has remained intrinsically linked with the venue ever since, through a career that has included five wins at the world’s most famous endurance race, as well as World Sports Car titles in 1985 and ’86.


Bell’s success behind the wheel will be celebrated with a Hillclimb class exclusively for cars associated with his career. More than a dozen cars are already confirmed for the June 25- 28 event that celebrates the theme ‘Flat-Out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge’.
Pride of place will go to the Mirage GR8-Cosworth in which he and Jacky Ickx won at Le Mans in 1975 to begin an incredible run of results at La Sarthe for the Sussex racer.
Two Porsches with which Bell is synonymous are also set to feature: a Gulf 917 of the type in which he raced in 1971, and the ‘Rothmans’ 962C in which he scored his final victory at Le Mans in 1987, alongside Al Holbert and Hans-Joachim Stuck.
Bell’s career was both long and varied and this will be represented by the inclusion of an example of the Ferrari 246 single-seater in which he raced in the 1969 Tasman Series , and the Tecno PA123 in which he raced in Formula 1 in 1973.
A BMW ‘Batmobile’ 3.0 CSL similar to the one in which he won the 1973 RAC Tourist Trophy and an example of the Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12C he raced in the European Touring Car Championship are also set to appear.
The latter part of Bell’s career will be represented by the Kremer K8 Spyder he raced at Le Mans in 1994 and by the ‘Harrods’ McLaren F1 GTR in which he finished third in France the following season with his son Justin and Andy Wallace.


Derek Bell, five-time Le Mans winner, said: “Goodwood means an awful lot to me, so for Lord March to celebrate my first Le Mans win in 1975 with the Gulf Mirage, having done a heck of a lot of the testing here, is very special. When I was younger, all I wanted to do was race at Goodwood. I’d be on the farm pitching the hay and I’d hear the Formula 1 BRMs testing with guys like Juan Manuel Fangio and Ken Wharton behind the wheel. I never dreamed I’d go on to race other places and achieve so much success. And it all started here at Goodwood.”



Available from Veloce!
Gulf-Mirage 1967 to 1982
Ed McDonough

Details the origin and history of the Mirage sports cars, designed by the British-based John Wyer Automotive firm to contest the various versions of the World Sports Car Championship.

More info.

Monday, 30 March 2015

THE GOODWOOD 73RD MEMBERS’ MEETING
By John Mayhead


For a few years now, some people have criticised the Goodwood Revival for being too much of a fancy dress party and less of a race meeting. Then last year the Members’ Meeting arrived on the scene- the critics are now well and truly silenced.

The 2015 Members’ Meeting- entitled the ‘73rd’ to carry on the tradition of the BARC meetings that took place from 1949 to 1966- took place last weekend and provided something for pretty much everyone who likes cars. With his finger ever on the pulse, Lord March has given the public two things they want: accessibility and special cars, lots of them.

The accessibility is superb. There are very few restricted areas and no VIP enclosures. Drivers, mechanics and the public mingle freely and all the paddocks are open- with the single exception of the modern Mercedes F1 car. Whether that says more about the nature of modern F1 or the fragility of the car, I’ll let you decide.

Then the cars themselves will cater to almost every taste: pre-war single seaters, ‘60s GT cars, ‘70s and ‘80s touring cars and my own favourite, the high air-box F1 cars of the Hunt/ Lauda/ Peterson era.


With so much to report on, we have chosen a few of our favourites from the weekend. First, we spoke to Anthony Reid, ex- British Touring Car ace and captain of the winning Methuen house. “It is a real privilege to be appointed by Lord March as one of only four House Captains for this unique event. The idea of having four Houses competing for honours is a great way of engaging all the members of the Club their families and friends whether they are Racers or Spectators.”

Reid’s own on-track contribution to the event was by driving a Triumph Dolomite Sprint in the Gerry Marshall Trophy. “It was really competitive through the field with very close racing and a bit of paint trading just like in the day.” With a field containing names such as Rob Huff, Emanuele Pirro and Tiff Needell, the scene was set for an epic battle, but it was the Mini of Nick Swift and David Clark’s Chevrolet Camaro that set the pace, with the latter coming out on top.

The Aldington Trophy, for pre- ’67 Porsche 911s and 901s was a highlight for many. Although BTCC’s Andrew Jordan took an easy win, the battle for second between Mark Bates and Phil Hindley was epic and thoroughly enjoyed by all watching.

Well known VSCC racer Julian Majzub was a pre- race favourite to win the Earl Howe Trophy for pre- 1935 Formula Libre cars. Unfortunately a recurring ignition problem plagued his 1927 Bugatti 35B, and despite dashing up to fourth place by the end of the start/ finish straight, the issue re-emerged and Julian sadly had to limp home.

The high speed demonstrations were also superb. The high air-box F1 cars included Lauda’s championship-winning 1975 Ferrari 312T, Hunt’s Hesketh 308C from the same era, a brace of Lotus 72s and Fittipaldi’s 1974 McLaren M23, to name just a few. As they screamed through the chicane and along the start/ finish straight, I was transported back to my childhood. My ears bled from the noise, but I savoured every second. Later, the biggest ever gathering of McLaren F1 GTRs took to the track, and then Mercedes let us see what their ex- Lewis Hamilton F1 car could do in the hands of Anthony Davidson.

In the car parks, we ran the first Hagerty UK Car Park Concours. We’ve noticed how many lovely cars are parked in the public areas of classic car events, and decided to acknowledge them. We took photos of our favourites from both days, then posted our shortlist on our social media. Our followers then decided which won best in show: a superb AC Aceca was judged to be the winner. Look out for our teams at shows later in the year!

Being Goodwood, there is still a ‘fancy dress’ element to the Members’ Meeting- on the Saturday night the place transforms into a street party, complete with circus performers and a fun fair. A huge hangar had been transformed into a communal meeting hall and lavishly decorated in the manner of a Hogwarts-esque public school. This won’t appeal to everyone, but it’s not central to the event- that is firmly left to the cars and racing. If you can afford the £80 day ticket cost, this is a superb meeting where you really can get closer to the action than pretty much anywhere else.

Text and pictures courtesy of Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. If you enjoyed this, there's more at www.hagertyinsurance.co.uk/Articles-and-Resources.


Friday, 13 March 2015

CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR – THE LONDON SHOW

An all-new global historic motoring celebration coming to Alexandra Palace this autumn.




More than 300 of the world’s rarest, most desirable and valuable classic cars will descend on one of London’s most dramatic and famous venues this autumn thanks to an all-new, must-attend historic motoring event: Classic & Sports Car – The London Show.

Brought to you by the experts behind the world’s best-selling classic car magazine, Classic & Sports Car, this all-new show will feature the world’s most prestigious and glamorous historic cars thanks to contributions from world-famous collectors, motor manufacturers and classic car retailers.

Running from 30th October to 1st November 2015, the home of Classic & Sports Car – The London Show will be one of the capital’s most scenic and well-known venues, Alexandra Palace. Birthplace of the BBC’s first television broadcast and with panoramic views of London, Alexandra Palace provides the perfect majestic backdrop to this celebration of the world of the classic car.


Embodying the values of Classic & Sports Car magazine, Classic & Sports Car – The London Show will bond together all enthusiasts like no other show before it. James Elliott, group editor, Classic & Sports Car magazine explained: “Classic & Sports Car – The London Show is the essence of our magazine written large on the international stage and broadcast from one of London’s most dramatic venues.

“We are putting everything we know about classic cars into this show – and as a result it’ll be a must-attend event. At Classic & Sports Car, passion counts for everything, so whether you’re one of the world’s richest collectors, a classic car dealer or simply a classic car enthusiast, you’ll be warmly welcomed at Alexandra Palace.”

Reflecting London’s place at the centre of the global classic car community, Classic & Sports Car – The London Show has been timed to coincide with all of the key motoring events in the capital – The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, Regent Street Motor Show and Bonhams Veteran Car Auction – when London is a magnet for collectors and enthusiasts from across the world.



Sir Stirling Moss OBE said: “To me, London is the centre of the world and it is essential that it has a top-quality classic car show. Alexandra Palace is the perfect venue and, with Classic & Sports Car being the world leader in its field, it is an event people should definitely add to their diaries.”

A huge range of attractions will be on offer both inside and outside the spectacular venue, including an automotive art gallery, displays of historic racing cars and a special tribute to one of the greatest names in car design showcasing both his most popular and most outlandish designs.

Most prominent in the halls, however, will be some of the world’s leading classic car dealers, drawn by the knowledge that Classic & Sports Car - The London Show will attract a high quality clientele through its doors.

There will be other activities for all the family to enjoy too, and enthusiasts who arrive in classic cars will be able to take advantage of a classic-only car park, close to the exhibition halls and itself providing an attraction for visitors.

The quality of this groundbreaking event is guaranteed thanks to the team behind it. Masterminded by Classic & Sports Car and Haymarket Exhibitions, the award­winning powerhouse behind the huge Autosport International and Clothes Show Live events, the new show will be supported by Haymarket’s other influential and market­leading motoring titles, including Autocar, Autosport, F1 Racing, Motorsport News, PistonHeads and What Car?.

John Surtees, the only World Champion on two and four wheels, said: “With events such as Goodwood, Britain has established itself as the centre of the classic car world. It therefore seems only fitting that the capital, though rich in world-beating veteran events, has so far been starved of a fixture showcasing post-war cars that reflects its status. Now it’s getting one.

“Having previously worked with the Classic & Sports Car team track testing a wide variety of cars, I’m sure we have something really special to look forward to, with Classic & Sports Car deciding to put on a show.”

Alain de Cadenet, racing driver and television presenter, commented: “Great Britain has in many ways been a father figure to the veteran, vintage and classic car movement. Race, rallies and even the idea of auctioning older cars stems from the UK, so it's hardly surprising that the capital should also host a top-notch classic car show to rival anything else from around the world. Alexandra Palace is a magnificent, classic venue for our number one show and will provide an experience that you do not want to miss. Ink in the date: 30th October to 1st November.”

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