Motorbase Just another WordPress site Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:20:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Time to choose the car of the year Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:00:05 +0000 Shelby Cobra_2

Voting is now open for the 2014 International Historic Motoring Awards’ Car of the Year.

From suggestions received from historic motoring enthusiasts around the world, eight superb cars have been chosen for the shortlist. All are equally deserving of the title of Car of the Year, which was last year won by the remarkable Bugatti 57SC Aerolithe recreation. In 2012 the coveted title went to the Birkin Bentley while in 2011, the Awards’ first year, the winner was the Porsche Type 64 Rekordwagen.

The choice of which candidate will take the 2014 Car of the Year title is down to the general public, with votes being cast through the International Historic Motoring Awards’ (IHMA) Voting closes on November 1st.

This year’s candidates are:

Mercedes 18/100 – the winner of the 1914 French Grand Prix (car number 28) has been wowing the crowds on its centenary tour.

The first Ferrari 250 GTO to come to auction since 1990 sold for a world record $38 million at Bonhams.

The 1954 Ferrari 375MM Scaglietti that this year became the first post-War car since 1968 to win Best of Show at Pebble Beach Concours.

Jaguar’s E- type Lightweight Continuation cars – all six of them!

Lotus Type 56 Chassis 3 – this groundbreaking 1968 gas-turbine Indy 500 car has emerged from restoration and been demonstrated at the first Indy Historic, The Quail and The Jet Center.

Following a rebuild by Heritage Motor Centre volunteers, the Rover-BRM, Rover’s entry for the 1963 and ’65 Le Mans 24 Hours, ran successfully at this year’s Le Mans Classic.

Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287 – this prototype broke 23 records at Bonneville in 1965 and in 2014 became the first car to be accepted into The National Historic Registry of the United States.

Maclom Campbell’s record-breaking 150mp Sunbeam 350HP, unused since 1962, came gloriously back to life this year at the National Motor Museum.

Still time (just!) to nominate in the Awards

Nominations are still open in the other IHMA categories. Classic motoring enthusiasts have until October 1st to suggest candidates for:

  • Museum or Collection of the Year
  • Restoration of the Year (sponsored by Redd Europe)
  • Specialist of the Year
  • Publication of the Year (sponsored by Hortons Books)
  • Club of the Year (sponsored by Footman James)
  • Rally of the Year
  • Race Series of the Year (sponsored by Lister Cars)
  • Motorsport Event of the Year (sponsored by Jaguar Cars)
  • Motoring Event of the Year (sponsored by EFG)
  • Personal Achievement of the Year (sponsored by HERO Events)
  • Tour of the Year
  • Industry Supporter of the Year

The International Historic Motoring Awards are presented in association with EFG private bank and Octane magazine.

Celebrate with the best

The winners of the International Historic Motoring Awards 2014 will be announced at a gala dinner in London on Thursday 20th November at the magnificent St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Tickets for this prestigious annual fixture on the international historic motoring calendar cost £180 per person. They can be bought


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Classic car specialists back London show Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:58:28 +0000 TV chef and London Classic Car Show curator James Martin will be bringing his passion for food and great cars to the London Classic Car Show.

TV chef and London Classic Car Show curator James Martin will be bringing his passion for food and great cars to the London Classic Car Show.

Plans to put the UK capital at the centre of the global classic car map gather momentum as leading dealers sign up for the event of 2015

Top heritage specialists have pledged support for the London Classic Car Show, the new and contemporary event that’s ready to kick start 2015 into life.

Welcoming the first classic car show in the capital for years, leading restoration companies, dealers, motor sport specialists, classic tour operators and finance houses will all be at the ExCeL exhibition centre in Docklands from 8-11 January.

“We are delighted with the response we have had from the classic car industry,” said Event Director Bas Bungish. “Like us, the classic car market is looking forward to a definitive show in London that showcases the nation’s love and passion for classic cars.

“Leading names such as Duncan Hamilton, Don Law Racing, Hall and Hall, JD Classics, Jim Stokes, Nicholas Mee, J.M.E Healeys, Eagle E-types and Hexagon Classics have all backed our vision by signing up to the show to present and sell their collections of notable cars. A number of major manufacturers with a rich heritage, such as Maserati, Citroen and Aston Martin are also on board to help deliver this spectacular showcase.”

Created by Brand Events, the company behind Top Gear Live and CarFest, the London Classic Car Show promises to be a classic car show with a difference.

Among its innovative features is the Grand Avenue, an indoor runway along which some of the world’s rarest and most desirable cars will be driven in front of visitors.

Another innovative feature is the appointment of show curators – classic car enthusiasts with a passion for cars – who will create unique exhibits and themed collections with a personal resonance.

One curator is chef and classic car enthusiast James Martin, who is setting up the James Martin Café, providing visitors with delicious food plus a curated exhibit of themed cars.

Another is Top Gear’s James May, who will be tirelessly looking back through history to discover ‘Cars That Changed the World’.

It is this unique combination of the Grand Avenue and these carefully selected show curators that will ensure the eagerly anticipated London Classic Car Show boasts iconic, desirable and valuable collections of exceptional machinery. A number of significant exhibits and exhibitors will be added to this already amazing line-up over the coming weeks.

Tickets will be on sale from early October, but enthusiasts can register their interest for the latest show updates and ticket information.

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Historic Royal route for veteran car run Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:12:31 +0000 M77325vcr1otoring pioneers to use The Mall on 2014 London to Brighton journey

For only the second time in more than half a century, hundreds of veteran cars will start this year’s annual 60-mile adventure from London to Brighton by driving down The Mall, London’s ‘Red Carpet Drive’.

Although a regular part of the route in earlier years, The Mall has only been used once since 1962 – that was in 1996 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original Emancipation Run.

This year the pioneering horseless carriages, all built before 1905, will leave Hyde Park as normal before passing under Wellington Arch and heading down Constitution Hill towards Buckingham Palace.

After rounding the Victoria Memorial in front of the Palace, the cars will drive along The Mall’s red asphalt before turning right into Horse Guards Road and then left towards Parliament Square, Big Ben and Westminster Bridge.

A total of 433?entries – up from 389 in 2013 – have been received by the Royal Automobile Club for the 2014 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. As tradition dictates it takes place, come rain or shine, on the first Sunday of November?(2 November), with the first cars leavingVCR in London 2 (1) at sunrise, this year 06:56.

The oldest car on the event is a c.1888 Truchutet, a 4hp open tonneau. The entry list includes some of pioneering motoring most famous names, such as Benz, Daimler, Vauxhall, Peugeot and Renault, while the entries includes steam-powered cars, electric cars, three-wheelers as well as petrol-powered four-wheelers.

Regarded as the world’s longest running motoring event, the Run celebrates the original ‘capital-to-coast’ Emancipation Run. This was held on 14 November 1896, and marked the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14mph and abolished the need for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot waving a red flag.

The first re-enactment of the Emancipation Run took place in 1927 and it has been held every year since, barring the war years and 1947 when petrol was rationed.

Although famously not a race, there is a competitive element to this year’s Run with a Regularity Time Trial during the event. Participants will try to match their nominated ‘bogey’ time set for a 13-mile section between Crawley and Burgess Hill. The entire event is free to view for spectators, who line the whole length of the route to cheer on the hardy ‘automobilists’.

The Run is the highlight of a long weekend of motoring nostalgia in the capital, much of it free to view. Other events include the popular free Regent Street Motor Show (Saturday, 1 November) and the annual Bonhams Veteran Car auction (Friday 31 October).

For more details of the Bonhams?Veteran Car Run, the entries and the route visit

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Silver Anniversary spectacular in 2015 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:25:19 +0000 The start of the race

As tradition dictates next summer’s spectacular Silverstone Classic will be held at Britain’s premier race circuit over the final weekend in July.

Already firmly established as the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival, the 2015 Silverstone Classic (24-26 July) will be another massive record breaker – not least as the dazzling extravaganza will be celebrating its own 25th anniversary.

The very first International Historic Festival took place at Silverstone on 28-29 July 1990. The concept of a flagship race meeting dedicated entirely to historic motor sport was an instant success. Indeed that pioneering revival is widely hailed as the one which paved the way for the plethora of similar events that are now staged at famous circuits not only throughout the UK but also right around the globe.

Now, 25 years later, the multiple award-winning Silverstone Classic is still setting the pace. This year’s celebration attracted its largest ever crowd of 94,000 and featured no fewer than 23 glittering races. These packed grids covered the full spectrum of motor sport history and the total of 1,125 entries topped the Classic’s own benchmark as the world’s biggest motor sport meeting of all times.

What’s more the 2014 Classic also staged the world’s biggest ever parade of Grand Prix cars as well as memorable celebrations to mark Maserati’s centenary and 50 years of the Ford Mustang.

“Next year will be a very significant milestone for the Silverstone Classic and we are already making some very special plans to celebrate this silver anniversary in fitting style,” said Event Director, Nick Wigley. “It’s amazing when looking back to the very first Historic Festival as many of the iconic cars and well-known drivers racing then are still competing at the Classic today. Even more intriguingly, perhaps, is the thought that several of today’s most popular grids such as the Super Tourers and Group C prototypes had barely seen the light of day in 1990. But perhaps that’s the secret to the Classic’s spiraling success. Every year there’s more and more fabulous motor sport history for enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy and thus every year the Silverstone Classic just gets bigger and better.”

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National Austin 7 Rally Set To Deliver Commercial Theme Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:54:07 +0000 The 52nd National Rally of pre-war Austin 7 motor cars, organised by the 750 Motor Club, takes place at the home of the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu in Hampshire, on Sunday 6th July.

The Austin 7, the ‘baby’ Austin, was the first truly mass-produced British car and between 1922 and 1939 some 290,000 were built. Today, enthusiasm for owning an Austin 7 is as strong as ever and the rally attracts entries from all over the United Kingdom and Europe.

In the pre-war period butchers, bakers, fishmongers and traders used the Austin 7 for deliveries. To celebrate their contribution to the heritage of the marque the rally theme this year is ‘Commercial Austin 7s’ and some wonderful examples will join the hundreds of vehicles on display. All Austin 7s are welcome and membership of the 750 Motor Club is not required.

Austins form the core of the event, but all tax-exempt historic vehicles of all makes are invited to attend and will have a designated parking area on the rally field.

The official rally is on the Sunday but many entrants take advantage of overnight camping to make a weekend of the event. On the Saturday there is an organised run around the New Forest followed by an evening barbecue.

Visitors to the Beaulieu attraction on the day can also see the rally and the venue makes for an ideal day out for all the family. Beaulieu is home to a wide variety of attractions and the rally entry ticket also gives access to the historic Palace House and gardens and the National Motor Museum.

The event is sponsored by Warranty Direct and RH Specialist Insurance. Full details and entry forms can be found on the website: Gates open at 10am.

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Sixty Exceptional Cars To Tell The Story Of The Automobile At The 2014 Concours Of Elegance Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:42:43 +0000 This year’s Concours of Elegance – being held at Hampton Court Palace from 5 to 7 September – promises 60 of the world’s most exceptional, rare and desirable motor cars forming the main Concours entries.

These 60 mouth-watering concours cars will be supplemented with hundreds of the very best cars from a wide variety of car clubs, as well as the very latest bespoke sports cars and luxury models from a number of prestige car manufacturers.

The story of the motor car will be dramatically told through each of the 60 cars carefully selected for the 2014 Concours of Elegance.? From the pioneering days of the horseless carriage in the late 19th Century, right through to the very latest state-of-the-art 200 mph+ supercar, the 60 exceptional Concours cars – many of them never seen before in this country – will grace the Fountain Gardens on the East side of the historic Hampton Court Palace .

From an ultra-rare 1896 Lutzmann to the latest 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, the majority of historically important and sought-after car marques will be represented at the Concours of Elegance.? Ranging from Alfa Romeo to Zagato, visitors to the Hampton Court Palace Concours will be able to admire stunning examples of Rolls-Royce, Bugatti, Bentley, Hispano-Suiza, Packard, Aston Martin and Maserati, plus many other fine marques, making this is an unmissable occasion for anyone who appreciates the inherent creative magnificence of great automobiles.

A taster of the 60 exceptional cars already confirmed for the 2014 Concours of Elegance includes a stunning 1939 Delahaye Type 165 Cabriolet with Figoni et Falaschi coachwork, generously being brought over from the USA by Peter Mullin, and never seen in the UK before.? A brace of significant and rare pre-war Mercedes-Benz models will also be present at Hampton Court Palace.

Supporting the Concours will be a display of over 350 other desirable cars from all eras within the Hampton Court Palace grounds on the Saturday and Sunday, presented by a wide variety of car clubs and motor manufacturers.? For the first time this year, a Club Trophy will be awarded to best of the best club concours winner, with full details given in a separate news release.

More detailed information about each of the 60 cars participating in the 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace will be revealed over the coming weeks and months.

The 2014 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace will be open to the public on Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September, with adult entry tickets available to purchase from Saturday 1 March from £25 per person, per day.

Tickets can purchased in advance at the Concours of Elegance website ( Limited edition Concours of Elegance Posters and Concours of Elegance Souvenir Catalogues will be made available shortly.

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