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London Concours 2021 celebrates the ‘Lost Marques’

The London Concours has revealed its final class. This year, once again, the event welcomes the ‘Lost Marques’, sponsored by presenting partner Breguet. The class is a celebration of some of the finest marques that no longer survive. These rare classics will grace the lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company HQ from 8-10 June – reminding us of days gone by.

On display, are models ranging as far back as the 1926 Packard 426 Boat Tail. This car is a beautifully crafted hand-bodied Packard. The current owner of this particular Packard is a boat builder who rescued it in a semi-derelict fire damaged state and recreated the boat-tail of the car using traditional boat-building techniques. He used the ‘Labourdette’ style to mimic the original car, and created the stunning design using layers of mahogany veneer, screwed and rivetted to small oak ribs, all incorporated onto a mahogany and oak frame which is finished with many layers of traditional yacht varnish.

Also on display, a resplendent 1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite. A wonderful underpowered diminutive lightweight car, the Frogeye Sprite is a fantastically fun car to drive, and a rare sight on the roads today. The Austin-Healey name was created in 1952 after the Earls Court Motor Show when a deal was struck with the British Motor Corporation to produce the Austin Healey 100. The 100 was the precursor to the smaller Sprite. The Austin Healey marque operated for just 20 years until 1972 when it ceased to exist.

Alongside the beautiful Austin-Healey is a very unusual 1966 Unipower GT. The GT on display was is the first car sold and built by manufacturer, Universal Power Drives Ltd in 1966 – number 1 of 73 – which were comprised of a mix of road and race cars. This stunning example is Historic compliant and has raced in the UK and Europe as a Factory entry at the Nürburgring 500kms and the Barcelona 12 hours, and also in the 1969 World Championship of Makes. The car’s current owner placed second in class in the HSCC Historic two-litre Championship in 1986 and won the Brighton Speed Trials, Forrest Lycett Trophy consecutively from 1978-82.

According to the Bristol Owners’ Club, around 440 examples of the 400 were built in two production series between 1946-49, with approximately 130 models still existing today. ‘KSK 417’, is from the middle of that period, incorporating some of the Series 2 modifications, such as a heater, an opening rear window, and a boot lid mounted spare wheel. First registered in 1948, it is unique from any other 400 in being the only one with wind-down door windows. This car has a continuous ownership history from new, covering some 14 different keepers including the Bristol Aeroplane Company’s then chief test pilot, Cyril Unwin. Bought by the current owners in 2017, it was rebuilt by specialist Spencer Lane-Jones and others. It gave its novice entrants a trouble-free run in the 2018 Mille Miglia, and also ran successfully in Austria’s Ennstal Classic and Italy’s Leggenda di Bassano.

These automobiles form part of a fantastic line-up of Lost Marques, which evoke a bygone era of motoring. This class is just one of eleven classes and features that will grace this year’s London Concours, hosted 8-10 June at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ.

Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said: “At London Concours we always like to pay our dues to the manufacturers that are sadly no longer producing cars today. The manufacturers may be gone, but the enthusiasm for these cars most certainly has not, and this year in the Lost Marques class, we have some of the finest cars ever made. We can’t wait to welcome some of the greats from the likes of AC, Austin-Healey, Bristol, Sunbeam and Triumph, to the stunning grounds of the Honourable Artillery Club this June.”

Previously held over two days, the London Concours 2021 shifts to a three-day event to capitalise on visitor demand for more luxury brand content – from jewellery to bespoke suits – and modern supercars. The three days will be a VIP Preview Day, Style Edition and Supercar Day. At the heart of each day will remain the collection of nearly 100 rare and iconic luxury cars of all ages that has quickly cemented the London Concours as one of the UK’s top motoring events.

The London Concours takes place from 8-10 June 2021. Tickets are available from londonconcours.co.uk/tickets

100 Showstoppers to Grace the Lawns at Waddesdon

With only six weeks to go before the inaugural event, Auto Royale has this morning announced the full list of entrants in its British International Concours d’Elegance set to take place at Waddesdon Manor from 16 – 18 July. Not since 2004 have the lawns of Waddesdon Manor seen such a fine display of rare automotive beauties, when it last hosted the Louis Vuitton 150th Anniversary Classic. As then, Organisers expect to see thousands of classic and historic car enthusiasts to flock to the French renaissance-styled venue in what some have touted could well be the most impressive and important showcase of concours vehicles to be seen and experienced in the UK this year.

Whilst it is too early to predict which cars might take home the silverware – a beautiful, bespoke collection of trophies created by the master designers at Amalgam Collection – there are some early standouts, today being announced for the first time. A newly-restored 1950 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe by Saoutchik, last seen pre-restoration at Chantilly Arts & Elegance in 2016. Modest by comparison to other Saoutchik designs of the era, it is one of only 36 Grand Sports built and has lived in France, Germany and Belgium prior to joining the Rosso Bianco Collection. Completely different but no less stunning is the 1956 Lancia Florida Berlina by Pinin Farina from the world-famous collection of Corrado Lopresto, a class winner at no less than four European Concours including Villa d’Este.

For pre-war enthusiasts, the concours is notably joined by the Scuderia Ferrari, 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider by Zagato. Not to be confused with the 2020 Salon Prive winner, chassis #2111006, has not seen in public since its class win at the Cartier Style et Luxe at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Its highly successful race career saw it achieve third place in the 1931 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, winning the drivers’ championship for Ferninando Minoia and Alfa before winning the Coppa Ciano with Tazio Nuvolari piloting, famously coming from 4th to take the lead in the handicap by 44 seconds from Louis Chiron’s Bugatti.

A contender for a highly competitive Preservation Class must surely be the 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by Arthur Mulliner, star of the movie, The Millionairess, alongside Sophia Loren and Peter Sellars. Not seen in the UK since 1950 and originally owned by Raymond Way, its four previous owners have seen it reside in London, Texas, California and South Africa.

Reflecting the true international flavour of Auto Royale, entries have come not only from prominent local owners but also collections in Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Italy.

“It’s been a long time in the making, but it’s truly exciting to finally be able to unveil our complete plans for Auto Royale’s debut event”, say Event Director, Paul Mathers. “Many people have worked tirelessly to curate this collection and bring something we believe is fresh and new to the concours calendar. We are genuinely looking forward to sharing these cars and their stories with the British historic motoring community, and I personally hope that enthusiasts embrace Auto Royale as their own. Everyone is welcome!”.

Tickets for Auto Royale are now on sale at www.autoroyale.org.

Auto Royale – the British International Concours d’Elegance – Entrant List

Vintage Class
1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50 “Silver Ghost” Torpedo Phaeton by Barker
1924 Aston Martin 1 ½ L Side Valve Open Four-Seater by Albany
1927 Hispano-Suiza H6B Foursome Coupe by Park Ward
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom
1928 Bentley 6 ½ L by Vanden Plas
1929 Bentley 4 ½ L “Blower”

Pre-War – Closed Class
1933 SS 1 Coupe
1935 Bentley 3 ½ L Swept Wing Pillarless Coupe by Gurney Nutting
1939 Bentley 4 ¼ L Sports Saloon by Hooper

Pre-War – Open Class
1930 Austin Heavy 12 Tourer (Old Min)
1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider by Zagato
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans by Touring
1934 Alfa Romeo 8C Long Chassis Spider by Brianza
1934 Morgan Supersports MX4 Barrell-Back Cabriolet
1937 Delahaye 135M Drophead Coupe by Abbey
1938 SS 100 Drophead Coupe

Post-War – Closed Class
1950 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe by Saoutchik
1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Coupe
1955 Lancia Aurelia “Florida” Coupe by Pinin Farina
1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II Coupe
1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe by Vignale
1956 Lancia Aurelia “Florida” Berlina by Pinin Farina
1958 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback
1959 Triumph Italia 2000

Post-War – Open Class
1946 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Graber
1948 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet by Franay
1954 Lancia Aurelia B24 GT Spider America
1959 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk III Convertible
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

Post-War – Sports / Racing Class
1950 Ferrari 166MM/212 Export Barchetta “Uovo” by Fontana
1950 Frazer Nash Le Mans “Replica”
1951 Ferrari 212 Export Spider by Vignale
1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 PR “Disco Volante”
1954 HWM Cadillac Sports Racer
1955 Aston Martin DB3S Coupe
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

Classic Class
1961 Facel Vega HK500 Coupe
1963 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage SS
1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V 7-Passenger Limousine
1968 Ferrari 330 GTC Coupe
1970 Monteverdi 375 High-Speed Coupe
1972 Iso Grifo Coupe
1974 Maserati Quattroporte by Frua
1979 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine by Mulliner Park Ward

Classic – Performance Class
1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Coupe
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe by Pinin Farina
1961 Lotus Elite Coupe
1965 Maserati Sebring Coupe
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Coupe
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” Coupe
1975 Ferrari 365 Berlinetta Boxer

Classic – Sports / Racing Class
1960 Triumph TRS Works Roadster
1962 Ferrari 196SP by Fantuzzi
1963 Abarth Simca 2000GT Corsa
1964 Porsche 904 GTS

Contemporary Class
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Prototype by Zagato
1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
1991 Jaguar XJR-15 Coupe
1991 Schuppan 962CR Coupe
1993 Jaguar XJ220 Coupe
2015 Jaguar CX-75 Coupe

Preservation Class
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom Brougham de Ville “Phantom of Love” by Charles Clark & Son
1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sedanca de Ville by Freestone & Webb
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by Athur Mulliner
1949 Bristol 401 Cabriolet by Pinin Farina

Maharaja Class
1904 Napier L49
1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer
1923 Rolls-Royce 20 HP
1923 Rolls-Royce Barrell-Sided Tourer by Barker
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom Limousine by Maythorn & Sons
1927 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Tourer by Barker
1930 Delage D8 Cabriolet by Figoni
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Tourer by Barker
1934 Invicta 4 ½ L S-Type Tourer
1949 Bentley Mk VI 4-Light Touring Saloon by Hooper

Scaglietti Class
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza
1956 Ferrari 290MM / 250TR
1956 Ferrari 500 TR
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC
1960 Ferrari 250 TR “CEGGA”
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta
1970 Ferrari 246 GT “Dino” Coupe

Sir William Lyons Class
1950 Jaguar XK 120 OTS Competition
1950 Jaguar XK 120 OTS Competition
1951/53 Jaguar XK120 “Hansgen Special”
1954 Jaguar XK 120 Coupe by Pinin Farina
1957 Jaguar XK 150 by Bertone
1957 Jaguar XKSS
1958 Jaguar XK 150 Coupe
1961 Jaguar E-Type Coupe
1961 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight
1961 Jaguar Mk X

Drogo Class
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB “Breadvan”
1963 Ferrari 250 GTE

Outstanding modern and classic Ferraris set to cross the block on National Ferrari Owners’ Day

Ferrari

Silverstone Auctions next sale is taking place on Saturday 5th June as part of the National Ferrari Owners Day. Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain will host the event at Sywell Aerodrome, with the auction taking place in Hanger One from midday where over 100 items of Ferrari themed automobilia and 30 superb Ferraris will go under the hammer.

Ferrari

A very special example, which was once owned by Sir Elton John, is the 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Classiche Certified, it is one of just 158 UK-supplied Daytonas and it is accompanied by a comprehensive history file. Finished in its original colours of Rosso over Nero, it is matching numbers and is accompanied by its Classiche Red Book, original purchase order and a wealth of invoices. Estimated at (£): 440,000 – 500,000, this is a chance to own a true legend.

Another classic crossing the block on Saturday 5th is this striking 1974 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS. Classiche certified by Ferrari in 2017, this is a very rare factory flares car and one of just 72 that left Maranello in the colour Nocciola Metallizzato. The car benefitted from an extensive restoration between 2016 and 2018 at Italia Autosport and the superb interior is still in situ. This right-hand drive example is estimated at (£): 375,000 – 425,000.

Gary Dunne, Sales Controller of Silverstone Auctions noted “We are honoured to be part of this special day which celebrates Ferrari. Our dedicated marque sale will see some truly special and unique opportunities and of course we are delighted that bidders will be able to join us in the room for this auction. Bidding will also be available by phone, online or via commission and if you cannot attend on the day, you will be able to watch the auction on YouTube.”

It’s not just classics that will be offered in the sale, modern classics will also feature – including this fabulous 2003 Ferrari 360 Spider F1 which has had just one owner from new. Having covered only 9,300 miles, it is a lovely specification of Grigio Alloy over a Crema leather interior, with blue carpets, and a blue hood. An incredibly well preserved 360 Spider, it is accompanied by a comprehensive history file and service history from new with 17 stamps from the supplying dealer. Estimated at (£): 72,000 – 80,000.

Another modern classic confirmed for the auction is this superbly equipped 2007 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti (HGTS). The desirable specification includes Daytona seats, Scuderia Ferrari wing shields and a factory fitted HGTS package. With just 16,500 miles from new, it has a full service history, has had just two private owners and is in immaculate condition. Estimated at (£): 60,000 – 70,000.

A number of automobilia items will also be offered in the Ferrari sale, including luggage sets, watches, registration numbers, tool kits and pictures. The automobilia auction will commence at midday and the car sale will begin at 2pm.

Silverstone Auctions are offering in person viewings of the cars on Friday 4th June between 9am – 5pm at Sywell Aerodrome (NN6 0BN). To register to bid (for in person, online, phone or commission), the Silverstone Auctions team can be contacted on 01926 691141, by emailing bid@silverstoneauctions.com or via their website.

London Concours 2021 celebrates modified cars from the 1940s to the 1960s in the ‘Kustom Class’

The London Concours has revealed another of its eclectic classes. In 2021, the event welcomes the best UK-sourced Kustom cars. Curated by the Vintage Hot Rod Association (VHRA) and sponsored by Ace Cafe London, this collection of eight Kustoms contains some of the finest traditionally modified vehicles in the world. These spirits of the mid-century era of car customising in Southern California will grace the lawns of the Honourable Artillery Company HQ from 8-10 June – each with its own unique tale to tell.

The first is a 1941 Ford Business Coupe. Period customisation techniques featured on the car include a roofline and ride height drop of four inches, removal of the bonnet and boot trim, plus the addition of period accessories such as Appleton spotlights, fender skirts and flipper hubcaps. The process began in the 1970s and was completed by Tim Musico of the Long Beach Cavaliers. The Ford was imported to the UK in 2016 and fully restored to concours condition, including a respray, new upholstery and a full mechanical stripdown and recommissioning.

Also on display will be a Kustom 1950 Ford Coupe. The customisation work was performed by Marco Warren at Juarez Fabrication, who restored the Coupe’s bodywork, dropped the roofline, lowered the car front and rear, removed all the exterior trim, handles and badges, and sunk the front and rear lights seamlessly into the bodywork. It is completed by a set of Foxcraft fender skirts, Appleton spotlights and 1950 Oldsmobile hubcaps.

A true demonstration of the popularity of Kustoms in the UK is a stunning 1953 Austin A40 Somerset. It was converted by Scarlett Devey – who has owned it since she was 19 – to evoke the style of its 1950s Transatlantic Kustom cousins. The three-year home-customisation job included lowering the roof by four inches at the front and six inches at the rear and lowering the ride height as well. The A40 has been converted from a four- to a two-door, with all trim removed and the number plate neatly mounted behind glass. A unique British Kustom, the car is now resplendent in an original 1940s Plymouth colour called Sumac Red, with a sports custom metallic copper and cream interior.

The most recent model in the class is a 1961 Ford Thunderbird. This was imported from California in 2014 to be customised in the style of the late, legendary US custom painter and pinstriper Larry Watson. The car was dropped 2.5 inches, and de rigueur Bellflower exhaust tips were added. The paint job uses House of Kolor shades, with an elaborate combination of various primers, lacquers and three different shades of blue, masked in lace, to provide the car with its striking finish.

These automobiles form part of an eight-strong line-up of eclectic Kustoms, evoking the true spirit of the Southern Californian custom scene. This class is just one of eleven classes and features that will grace this year’s London Concours, hosted 8-10 June at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ.

Andrew Evans, London Concours Director, said: “As cool cars go, they don’t come much cooler than those in this year’s Kustom Class. Evoking the spirit of the Kustom scene in the US, this class celebrates the unique period in American history in which originality was sacrilege. The cars in this class, kindly curated by the Vintage Hot Rod Association and Ace Cafe London, not only evoke an era, they also showcase some of the finest coachbuilding and ingenuity in the UK’s motoring community. We can’t wait to welcome these cars and their enthusiast owners to the lawns of the Honourable Artillery Club this June.”

Neil Fretwell, of the Vintage Hot Rod Association, said: “The Vintage Hot Rod Association is all about old cars that look like they may have caused havoc at a dirt track in the 1930s, roared across a dry lake bed in the 1940s, maybe tore up a dragstrip in the 1950s, or perhaps just cruised the streets of Southern California. If you’ve ever seen a copy of Throttle, an early issue of Hot Rod, or the Rod & Custom little pages, you’ll know exactly the kind of car we’re talking about.”

He continued: “For this year’s London Concours we stepped outside our usual remit, selecting a group of cars that represent a different side of American custom culture, albeit from the same era. The Kustom Class presents the finest cars of their kind in the UK, which will rival any around the world with the quality of design and craftsmanship that has gone into each and every one of them.”

Mark Wilsmore, Ace Cafe London Managing Director, said: “With the Ace, which was established 1938, today hosting a plethora of vehicles, it is a privilege to be a part of the Kustom Class at such a prestigious motor showcase that is the London Concours.”

Previously held over two days, the London Concours 2021 shifts to a three-day event to capitalise on visitor demand for more luxury brand content – from jewellery to bespoke suits – and modern supercars. The three days will be a VIP Preview Day, Style Edition and Supercar Day. At the heart of each day will remain the collection of nearly 100 rare and iconic luxury cars of all ages that has quickly cemented the London Concours as one of the UK’s top motoring events.

The London Concours takes place from 8-10 June 2021. Tickets are available from londonconcours.co.uk/tickets

Vibrant Vauxhalls to star at Beaulieu for Simply Vauxhall

Vauxhall fans will be in their element as Simply Vauxhall returns to the Beaulieu parkland on Saturday 17th July, for a grand day out that all the family will enjoy, together.

Returning to Beaulieu’s busy events calendar for 2021 due to popular demand, the rally is always a favourite with fans of the cars and vans that proudly wear the famous Vauxhall griffin badge. With all models of Vauxhall welcome to take part, the show is the perfect opportunity for owners and enthusiasts to catch-up and talk cars.

Last year’s event saw a wide variety of classic and modern machines park up together for a diverse display, from standard and modified Insignias, Astras, Vectras and Corsas to a 1950s Velox and Cresta, sporty Firenzas, a rare 1976 Chevette van and even a 1965 Bedford CA Minibus in the livery of a local bus company. This year’s event is sure to bring together an equally impressive selection.

Once you’ve admired the motors on display out in the showground, make sure to head inside the recently reopened National Motor Museum to see more historic Vauxhalls, including a legendary 1914 Prince Henry, one of the first true sports cars, and a charming 1939 Ten-Four H-Type. Then for small-scale nostalgia, discover fun-filled exhibition Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood, with more than 800 toy cars and pedal cars parked just feet away from full-size motoring marvels.

Event-goers can vote for their favourite Vauxhall of the show in the People’s Choice Award, with the winner receiving a Beaulieu trophy. Voting is open until 1pm that day.

All tickets must be bought in advance, with carefully-managed capacity limits in place. Rally participants, planning to take part in the show with their Vauxhall, Opel or Bedford, can book their tickets with confidence thanks to Beaulieu’s Covid-19 refund policy*. Visit www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-vauxhall for further details and to buy your participant tickets.

All other visitors should purchase normal visitor admission tickets, which are available to book at www.beaulieu.co.uk.

With plenty for all the family to do at Beaulieu, together, Simply Vauxhall is just one of the exciting Simply rallies planned for 2021. The following day on 18th July is Simply Ford, coming soon is Simply Japanese on 25th July and Simply Mercedes on 22nd August, while rescheduled are Simply Audi on 1st August and Simply Aston Martin on 21st August.

Visitor and participant tickets include entrance to all that Beaulieu has to offer, including the National Motor Museum, Little BeaulieuOn Screen Cars, the ancestral Montagu home Palace House, Secret Army exhibition, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the stunning grounds and gardens. Visit www.beaulieu.co.uk for more information.

Book with confidence, knowing that we’ve got you covered with our Covid-19 refund policy. If the event is unable to take place due to Government guidance, we will happily transfer your ticket to a future event or issue you with a full refund.

First production Land Rover at Beaulieu for Simply Land Rover

4X4 fans will be in their element at Beaulieu’s Simply Land Rover on Sunday 11th July, with a fun Forest Drive, bargain-filled Rummage stalls and an impressive line-up of Land Rovers including the first production Land Rover ever built, as part of a big day out that all the family will enjoy, together.

Always an event season favourite with fans of Britain’s off-roading icon, the rally will return to the grounds and parkland of the National Motor Museum for 2021 following the easing of restrictions, as the fifth of Beaulieu’s 15 Covid-secure Simply rallies planned to take place this year.

A four-wheeled VIP guest to the show will be the first production Land Rover ever built, JUE 477, following its heroic restoration after decades abandoned on a farm. Painstakingly pieced back together and wearing its years with pride, this 1948 survivor is a unique piece of motoring history and will be taking its place in the show for all to admire.

Make sure to head inside the National Motor Museum to see Beaulieu’s own 1948 pre-production Land Rover on display. The fourth of a batch of pilot vehicles built before production started and known as ‘R04’, it’s one of the oldest surviving Land Rovers in the world.

Every era of Land Rover’s long and proud history is sure to be represented in the diverse line-up, with owners of every age Land Rover invited to take part. Series I, II and III models from the early years are always well-represented, along with the immortal Defender. Look out for variations on the hugely popular Discovery as well as the iconic Range Rover, from its 1970s beginnings, up to the Sport, Velar and Evoque of today.

Land Rover drivers itching to go off-road will love the Forest Drive by Land Rover Experience West Country, with the chance to test both their treasured vehicles and their own driving skills on an enjoyable convoy along challenging woodland tracks.

There will be plenty of opportunities to find bargains in the Simply Land Rover Rummage, with stands devoted to Land Rover spares. Whether you are looking for much needed parts for your own Landy, or simply spot a sought-after accessory for sale that you can’t resist, this is a must-see section of the show. With complete vehicles also up for sale, maybe you’ll find yourself heading home with a new project?

All tickets must be bought in advance, with carefully-managed capacity limits in place. Rally participants, planning to take part in the show with their Land Rover, can book their tickets with confidence thanks to Beaulieu’s Covid-19 refund policy*. Visit www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/simply-land-rover for further details and to buy your participant tickets.

All other visitors should purchase normal visitor admission tickets, which will be available to book at www.beaulieu.co.uk from June.

With plenty for all the family to do at Beaulieu, together, Simply Land Rover is just one of the exciting Simply rallies planned for 2021. Rescheduled are Simply Vauxhall on 17th JulySimply Audi on 1st August and Simply Aston Martin on 21st August, while coming soon are Simply Ford on 18th JulySimply Japanese on 25th July and Simply Mercedes on 22nd August.

Visitor and participant tickets include entrance to all that Beaulieu has to offer, including the National Motor Museum, Little BeaulieuOn Screen Cars, the ancestral Montagu home Palace House, Secret Army exhibition, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the stunning grounds and gardens. Visit www.beaulieu.co.uk for more information.

Book with confidence, knowing that we’ve got you covered with our Covid-19 refund policy. If the event is unable to take place due to Government guidance, we will happily transfer your ticket to a future event or issue you with a full refund.

Retro Rides Weekender at historic Goodwood Motor Circuit

Retro Rides is gearing up for the first Retro Rides Weekender since the easing of  the UK lockdown, which will be held over the 29th and 30th May at Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester. Featuring a whole host of iconic machinery across the two-day event, available as static displays and non-stop track action, the Retro Rides team has tickets for both days available.

The first automotive event of its type since restrictions have been eased, Retro Rides is preparing for a packed Weekender event at the end of this month. One of the principles behind the Retro Rides Weekender is to bring together a unique and diverse selection of cars spanning various decades, makes and models, to create ‘temporary museums’ all at one event. With the likes of beautifully maintained classics, cool and quirky drift cars, bonkers rally cars and stunning you’d-never-believe-it-wasn’t-the-real-thing restomods.

Each year Retro Rides transforms the paddocks at Goodwood with different themes, and this year is no different. The main theme for 2021 is Deadline, as in garages across the land, midnight oil is being burned to get cars ready to show for the first time. Stock vs. Custom, the ultimate battle between modified cars and meticulously maintained stock cars, with the aim to find a matching set and display them beside each other. Acceptable in the 80s will feature quintessential cars from the decade. Think Audi Quattro, BMW M3 and the DeLorean DMC-12. For those with a need for speed, the Supercar Paddock is a celebration of retro super car wedges from the Seventies through to the start of the hypercar era in the early Noughties.

However, it’s not just the static events in store for guests, there’s also a range of optional track action available too. On Saturday 29th May the lucky track ticket holders will be able to open up their cars on the historic circuit in the morning and afternoon. Sunday 30th May the agenda shifts to the auto-solo agility course: a test of skill and guaranteed fun for drivers and spectators alike. Throughout the Weekender there’ll also be an opportunity for all guests to get up close and personal with suppliers they love with a number of brands taking up trade stands.

“We’re thrilled to be back at the historic Goodwood circuit. It’s been a challenging and tumultuous time over the last year, but we couldn’t be more pleased to be able to return to shows across the UK, said David Murphy, Head of Events for Retro Rides.

“As a team, we’re building on the success of our previous events by bringing together the best of the UK retro scene along with hot rods, race cars, restomods and all the huge diversity of machines that make up the Retro Rides world. It’s exciting to be able to have track action on both days again this year, along with the central display paddocks, specially curated displays and visitor’s cars across the site.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and for everyone’s safety, capacity for each day has been limited to 3,500 guests, with all outdoor safety measures in compliance with government guidelines. General tickets to the event can be found here, with press accreditation available weekender@retro-rides.org.

Shelsley Walsh to celebrate the glory days of motorsport at Classic Nostalgia 17-18 July

Great cars from across motorsport history will gather at Shelsley Walsh for the Classic Nostalgia meeting on 17-18 July. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the popular annual event, which features a spectacular blend of competitive action on the famous hill climb, historic-car demonstrations, classic-car displays, trade stands and vintage-themed entertainment.

Shelsley Walsh to celebrate rally greats
Twenty years since Richard Burns dramatically won the World Rally Championship in a final-round showdown, the late Englishman will be honoured with a selection of his cars – including the Subaru Impreza in which he won the 2000 Safari Rally.

Ralli22 will also be returning to Shelsley Walsh. Always a crowd favourite, the 40-strong rally class features an awesome selection of Group A, Group B and WRC machinery. They will include a number of rarely seen cars, such as an ex-Tony Pond Metro 6R4, ex-Colin McRae Ford Focus WRC, ex-Stig Blomqvist Saab, and an ex-Sébastien Loeb Citroen C4 WRC.

Legendary cars
Few motorsport series are as fondly remembered as Formula 5000, and historic racer Matthew Wurr will be demonstrating a thunderous McLaren M10B during the weekend. Powered by a 5-litre Chevrolet V8 engine, this car carried Peter Gethin to the 1970 British F5000 Championship. It was then used in speed events throughout the 1970s, and twice won the British Sprint Championship.

There will more V8-powered excitement thanks to the presence of the ex-Pedro Rodriguez BRM P154 Can-Am car. The Mexican ace drove chassis number two in three rounds of the 1970 Can-Am Challenge Cup – a series renowned for its ‘no holds barred’ action.

The McLaren and BRM will be joined at Shelsley Walsh by the 1911 Fiat S76 Land Speed Record contender ‘Beast of Turin’. The flame-spitting 28.5-litre Fiat achieved a one-way speed of 132mph in Belgium in 1913 and is an amazing feat of engineering. ‘Beast’ by name, ‘Beast’ by nature – not just how it roars into action, but how it handles too…

ERA R4D returns to compete at its spiritual home
R4D is the most famous of all the ERAs and has a special place in the affections of enthusiasts – and in Shelsley history.

R4D was effectively a works development car. The car was built in 1935 as R4B, before being upgraded to a C-type specification a year later. It finally became R4D when a lighter chassis was introduced for 1938.

R4D was campaigned extensively both before and after the Second World War in the hands of Raymond Mays and achieved great fame, from racing in the British Grand Prix to breaking records at Shelsley Walsh including winning the very first British Hill Climb Championship in 1947. R4D set Best Time of the Day at Shelsley 16 times between 1935 and 1956, and will return for Classic Nostalgia with Nick Topliss behind the wheel.

Ex-Stirling Moss HWM to compete at Classic Nostalgia
The ‘Stovebolt Special’ has a remarkable history that takes in famous racing drivers, competition glory and Hollywood fame.

Founded by John Heath and George Abecassis, HWM set out in 1950 to race its Formula 2 cars all over Europe. Always run on a shoestring, its single-seaters achieved great results with mainly British drivers, and the team gave Stirling Moss his first-ever paid works drive.

In 1954, this particular car was shipped to Hollywood, painted red and driven by Kirk Douglas in the movie The Racers. Seattle resident Tom Carstens then bought it and replaced the four-cylinder engine with the all-new Chevrolet V8. Press reports at the time gave it the name ‘The Stovebolt Special’.

Current custodian Simon Taylor acquired it in 1999 and has since raced it all around the world. Simon doesn’t believe in trailering the car to events and will drive it from London to Shelsley to compete over the weekend.

Hill Climb heroes
Shelsley Walsh has a long history of talented female drivers, and there were none better than the late Joy Rainey. In 1986, Rainey set the Ladies’ Record at Shelsley with an impressive 28.32 seconds – a benchmark that remained untouched for 16 years. In total, she held the Ladies Record for 22 years.

Rainey will be remembered at Classic Nostalgia via the presentation of a ‘Fastest Lady’ trophy, gifted to Shelsley Walsh from her personal collection, while her long-time friend and regular co-driver Mark Riley will demonstrate the Cooper Mk9 that was raced in the 1950s by her father, Murray. Her beloved 1904 single-cylinder Oldsmobile will also be displayed.

Stephen Hepworth will take the wheel of the four-wheel-drive Hepworth FF, 50 years since his father David became the first driver to break the 30-second barrier at Shelsley Walsh, on his way to winning the 1971 British Hill Climb Championship.

Classic & Sports Car Concours d’Elegance
On Sunday, the popular Classic & Sports Car Concours d’Elegance will return to Classic Nostalgia. It is open to all cars built before 1985, and the judging will be headed up by motoring journalist and regular Shelsley Walsh competitor Simon Taylor.

Entries are welcome from any concours-worthy car, with priority given to those with significant provenance and rarity. There will be four classes to be judged: Pre-World War 2, 1949-1959, 1960-1985 Saloons, and 1960-1985 Sports/GT, plus a Spirit of the Day award for an entry that may not be in top concours condition but outstanding in its own special way.

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Enter your pre-1985 classic
There will be preferential ‘pole position’ parking for all pre-1985 vehicles – allowing owners to pre-book a place right at the heart of the event

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Car clubs
Classic Nostalgia is the perfect event at which to hold an annual car club gathering in the most picturesque setting. All registered clubs can reserve their own designated display area in the heart of the event. An award will be given to the best presented club stand.

Shelsley looks forward to welcoming the following car clubs to Classic Nostalgia: The Porsche Club GB, Porsche 914 UK Register, MG Car Club, MG Midget & Sprite Club, MG Register, Austin Healey Club, TVR Club, Morgan Sports Car Club, Mercedes Benz Club, Alpine Renault Car Club, Riley Register, Club Lotus, Marcos and West Midlands Driving Club.

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Who doesn’t love a party?
2021 marks the 10th anniversary of Classic Nostalgia and 116 years of hill climb history at Shelsley Walsh, staged continuously (wartime excepted) since 1905. Get your dancing shoes on for a party in the Courtyard with main-stage interviews and live bands throughout the weekend.

Trade stands

In addition, there will be a fashion competition for the best and most authentic vintage outfit, and trade stands selling everything from clothing and accessories to motoring books, art, photography and memorabilia. It’s been a tough year for many small businesses, so as a way to help the recovery process, Shelsley has reduced trade stand pitches by nearly 50%.

For more trade stand information, click here 

Admission:

Date: 17-18 July 2021
Event address: Shelsley Walsh, Worcester, WR6 6RP
Entry Price: Visiting car club/classic car owners day entry £15.00, weekend £30
General admission £20 per adult in advance or £25 on the gate
Children under 16 Free
Times: 8am each day, till approx. 5pm

www.classicnostalgia.co.uk

Please note: No Dogs Allowed

Book in confidence – COVID-19 SECURE

The event organisers will have all necessary precautions in place to safeguard visitors and will fully comply with the UK Government and Public Health England guidelines at the time. If the event has to be cancelled due to coronavirus, your tickets will automatically be valid for the following year, unless a refund is requested within 30 days of the event cancellation.

The perfect venue
First used in 1905 and in continuous use ever since, Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motorsport venue in the world that still features its original course. Competitors will be following in the wheeltracks of motorsport greats such as Raymond Mays, Hans Stuck and the late Stirling Moss. As part of his long association with the venue, Moss was patron of the Shelsley Trust, which helped to secure the 99-year lease on the hillclimb during the mid-2000s.

Known throughout the motoring world for its unique atmosphere, Shelsley allows enthusiasts to get close to the action as well as the cars and drivers. General admission tickets for Classic Nostalgia are ‘access all areas’, allowing visitors to walk around the paddock and rub shoulders with racing legends.

Beaulieu attraction revs up for full reopening

Beaulieu is excited to be fully reopening its indoor spaces from Monday 17th May, welcoming back visitors to the National Motor Museum, Palace House, World of Top Gear and Beaulieu Abbey exhibition in time for summer, following the easing of restrictions.

With Beaulieu’s beautiful grounds and gardens and action-packed Little Beaulieu adventure play area already open to visitors, the next step in line with the Government’s roadmap will see the doors being opened to the much-loved indoor features of the attraction. Following careful preparation and Covid-secure measures aimed at keeping both visitors and staff safe, there will once again be plenty for all the family to enjoy, together.

Your packed day out begins with the National Motor Museum, the place to discover fun-filled exhibition Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your ChildhoodMore than 800 toy cars and pedal cars, ranging from the 1920s to the 1990s, are parked up in the display, just feet away from full-size motoring marvels. Visitors of all ages will be delighted to see these much-loved playthings of the past, bringing small-scale motoring memories to life.

Look out! A cavalcade of cheeky toy cars has escaped from the exhibition, driving off to find cunning hiding places across the Beaulieu attraction. Throughout May half-term, 29th May – 6th June, younger visitors can follow a family fun activity trail to see how many of these tiny motors they can help find.

Little ones will discover big fun with Little Beaulieu, the enchanting new play area modelled on Lord Montagu’s ancestral home of Palace House. A huge hit with youngsters and families, its tree-top walkways, secret staircase, epic climbing wall, zip wire and even more exciting features are all waiting for you to explore. Built for playtime, the design of this wooden wonder pays homage to Beaulieu’s remarkable heritage and ancient buildings.

You’ll be spoiled for choice with eating opportunities, with the Brabazon restaurant open for table service and serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks, while socially-distanced picnic tables dotted around the attraction are ideal for taking the weight off. For even more tasty snacks and refreshments, the Little Beaulieu kiosk will be open, where families can enjoy light refreshments in the covered seating area whilst their children play.

A visit to Beaulieu isn’t complete without taking a trip on the ‘skytrain’ Monorail, the perfect way to get a bird’s eye view of the stunning grounds and gardens. From the vibrant roses and beautiful wisteria tunnel of the Victorian Flower Garden, to the carefully cultivated fruit and vegetables growing in the Victorian Kitchen Garden, and the delightful Mill Pond Walk, simply relax and soak up the beauty of these green spaces.

Those with green fingers will also love the BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair taking place in the Beaulieu grounds for the first time from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th May. Crammed with stunning plant ideas, displays by selected nurseries and an incredible range of plants for sale, presenters Adam Frost and Arit Anderson will be sharing their expert advice on the What to Do Now Stage.

With foot-tapping entertainment and the BBC Good Food Market, the show will truly be a haven for plant-lovers. The Spring Fair’s headline partner Hillier will present the inspirational Hillier Experience, with a stunning four-part garden feature to take visitors on a garden journey from dawn to dusk, 1-to-1 advice, shop and a new plant introduction to be unveiled.

The 2021 calendar is also packed with Beaulieu’s other highly-anticipated events, starting off with brand new Simply Electric on 23rd May, a gathering of electric vehicles in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, followed on 6th June by the hugely popular Simply Porsche.

Before you head home, be sure to visit the Beaulieu gift shop where you can find the perfect toy car to take home from the wide selection on offer, including models from the Corgi range. Or if cars aren’t your thing, then look no further for a variety of homewares, clothing and accessories, plus a range of soft toys, games and pocket-money souvenirs.

Beaulieu is proud to hold Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry standard, with Covid-19 safety measures as part of our visitor safety promise meaning that all visitors can safely enjoy their day out. We request that all visitors pre-book their visit date and arrival time, to help us to manage capacity and maintain a safe environment for everyone.

With the entire attraction now open for visitors, there truly is something for everybody to enjoy at Beaulieu, together. Make sure to book your admission tickets now by heading to www.beaulieu.co.uk.

Concours of Elegance 2021 welcomes unique Voisin C-27 Aérosport

The Concours of Elegance – famed for gathering the rarest cars ever created – will showcase a unique art deco Voisin C-27 Aérosport as part of this year’s main display. Taking place from 3-5 September at Hampton Court Palace, the event is renowned as one of the top three concours d’elegance events in the world for the quality of cars it attracts, including this Voisin which has never been showcased before in the UK.

Designed and built by one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, Gabriel Voisin, the C-27 Aérosport exhibits many traits of Voisin’s aviation background. At the turn of the 20th Century it was Voisin who arguably achieved just as much for aeronautics as the Wright Brothers. A plane of his design was the first to fly more than 1km under official observation and another was the first to travel from one planned point to another; a 17-mile journey from Buoy to Reims in 1908.

Following World War I, Voisin turned his attention to automobiles, creating some of the most advanced and beautiful cars ever built. Most of his cars were built and bodied in-house, with his dedication to producing stunning lightweight bodies rarely entrusted to coachbuilders, as many manufacturers did at the time. Equally, a Voisin automobile was traditionally bodied in aluminium to ensure it was as light as possible – a decision that led to many being scrapped during World War II while aluminium was in short supply. Out of about 11,000 built, only around 150 Voisin cars remain.

The body itself is beautifully aerodynamic, with a low-slung coupé roofline, beautiful aluminium accents and intricate pentagon windows. The roof itself slides backwards at the flick of a switch using a complex mechanism powered by its own separate engine. When stowed it sits neatly in the passenger compartment. The interior itself is finished in a striking black and white geometric pattern, able to accommodate passengers and their luggage in absolute comfort.

The powertrain was equally innovative, using a 3.0-litre engine with a set up known as Knight sleeve-valves. Producing 104bhp, this engine used moving sleeves around the pistons rather than traditional valves, creating a quieter and smoother drive – although it was known to burn more oil, creating a subtle cloud of smoke from the exhaust. The gearbox is an ingenious electromagnetic manual design, with four speeds – including two overdrive gears – and reverse. A lever in the cabin allows the driver to change gears without using the clutch should they wish.

Outside of the main display of vehicles, the Concours of Elegance will gather a total of around 1,000 cars in a number of special features and displays, including a Gulf vs. Martini celebration, a display of unique or bespoke modern rarities in the Future Classics class and a line-up of the finest coachbuilt Rolls-Royces. New for 2021 is a collection of 95 British cars gathered to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday, and a 30UNDER30 Concours aimed at inspiring the next-generation of classic car enthusiast.

Away from the automotive displays, Concours of Elegance remains an occasion of pure luxury, with champagne provided by Charles Heidsieck, picnics by Fortnum & Mason, live stage interviews with Chubb Insurance, hosted by Jodie Kidd, and a collection of art, jewellery and fashion displays. Presenting Partner, A. Lange & Söhne, recently confirmed to support the event for a further three years, will continue to showcase some of its most intricate timepieces.

Tickets to the Concours of Elegance 2021 are available now from just £30 for half-day entry, with full three-course hospitality packages from £288. Tickets can be bought from concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets.

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