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  • BTCC - Silverstone 28/09/2014

    by Garry Shortt | Oct 2, 2014

  • BTCC - Silverstone 28/09/2014

    by Garry Shortt | Oct 2, 2014

  • BTCC - Silverstone 28/09/2014

    by Garry Shortt | Oct 2, 2014

  • BTCC - Silverstone 28/09/2014

    by Garry Shortt | Oct 2, 2014

    We had a fantastic day @ Silverstone on Sunday (28/09/2014) for the penultimate round of the BTCC courtesy of the BMR Racing Team.

    It was team owner Warren Scott's Birthday on Sunday as well and for all 4 of his cars to finish in the top 10 in the last race was simply fantastic and a great Birthday present!

    Well done to everyone in the team for such a great achievement and a big thank you for your hospitality on the day. 

    Garry

  • Goodwood Revival 2014

    by Garry Shortt | Sep 17, 2014

    Sensational Goodwood Revival rated among the best-ever classic events

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    15 Sep 2014

    A sensational – and sunny – festival reaffirmed the Goodwood Revival's status as the best historic meeting in the world.

    Huge crowds attended all three days and were treated to endlessly entertaining on-track action and off-track attractions.

    The racing got under way on the Friday evening when 30 1950s sports racers took to the track for a one-hour twilight showdown. Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen took victory in the Lister-Jaguar 'Knobbly', resisting a spirited charge from Bobby Verdon-Roe in the Ferrari 246S Dino.

    There were loads of thrills and spills in a hectic and star-studded weekend on the track, with dramatic last-lap changes of leader, not least in the St Mary's Trophy Part 2 when Justin Law's Jaguar spluttered going through St Mary's, giving up what looked like a certain victory and allowing the Austin A40 of an elated Mike Jordan to sneak through for the win.

    David Hart looked similarly cursed in the RAC TT Celebration when, after haring away from the pack, the safety car rebunched the group and allowed Oliver Bryant the window he needed he overtake on the re-start, but the Bryant/Smith AC Cobra then had a problem, allowing Hart's co-driver Giedo van der Garde to take the chequered flag.

    C&SC's drives of the weekend included Sam Hancock's heroics in the unwieldy Cunningham C4R, the near-flawless performance of Julian Bronson in the Scarab – until its crownwheel and pinion broke on the last lap to deny him the Richmond Trophy spoils – and Henry Mann in his dad's old Ford Mustang. Veteran single-seater ace David Methley put on a brilliant display to beat the youngsters in the Chichester Cup for rear-engined Formula Juniors.

    Incredible turnouts of Jaguar D-types (which contested the one-model Lavant Cup) and Maserati 250Fs were also hallmarks of the 2014 event.

    In between the racing there were all sorts of other activities on the picturesque circuit, ranging from the Settrington Cup pedal-car race to a phenomenal tribute to Sir Jackie Stewart, via a D-type parade and an emotional lap by wartime machinery and veterans.

    Off the track, crowds teemed through the ever-growing number of attractions, both by the circuit and 'Over the Road', but nothing could upstage the sight of the two Lancaster bombers flying low over the former RAF Westhampnett in tandem.

    Planes were a big draw on the ground as well, with a pristine Cessna 195 Business Liner scooping the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation award.

    For classic car enthusiasts, the Revival Car Show is unmissable and this year was no exception. Though some bemoaned that a special Jaguar area detracted from what makes the show so special – the fact that Ferrari 275GTB/4 and Morris Minor park cheek by jowl – there was no shortage of cherished mainstream classics and multi-million pound super-exotics to soak up.

    As for themes, Brighton Pier was recreated to make the theatrical mods and rockers clashes feel more authentic, while druids were called in to carry out ceremonies in a huge replica of Stonehenge.

     

  • Goodwood Revival 2014

    by Garry Shortt | Sep 17, 2014

  • Goodwood Revival 2014

    by Garry Shortt | Sep 17, 2014

  • Goodwood Revival 2014

    by Garry Shortt | Sep 17, 2014

  • Ferrari 250 GTO fetches world record price!

    by Garry Shortt | Aug 15, 2014

    FERRARI 250 GTO ACHIEVES $38,115,000 (£22,843,633)

    A New World Auction Record At Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale
    The Maranello Rosso Collection of Ten realizes a combined total of $65,945,000 (£39,522,440)


    14 Aug 2014, Quail Lodge Auction
    The Ex-Jo Schlesser/Henri Oreiller, Paolo Colombo, Ernesto Prinoth, Fabrizio Violati
    1962-63 FERRARI 250 GTO BERLINETTA
    Chassis no. 3851GT

    Engine no. 3851GT

    Carmel, California – Thursday, 14 August 2014 – The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta has become the most valuable car in history to be sold at auction when it realized $38,115,000 (£22,843,633 or €28,528,626) moments ago at Bonhams' Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California.

    Surpassing the current record of the most valuable car sold at auction, which was also set by Bonhams with the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 R F1 Racer that sold for $30-million at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed Auction last year, the Ferrari GTO had been the subject of intense international interest.

    Bidders from around the world were in attendance in the audience and on the telephones. The auction pavilion was filled to total capacity with overflow on the lawns watching the happenings live on the numerous television screens. After the start of a passionate bidding war that at times resembled a tennis match, complete with moments of silence interrupted by cheers, the audience erupted in applause when the fall of the gavel confirmed the final price.

    Says Robert Brooks, Chairman of Bonhams, "It's been a genuine privilege to represent this outstanding car and we are absolutely delighted with today's results. We've always maintained that we would exceed the current world record and that the car would bring between $30-$40-million and today the GTO did just that."

    Demonstrating the confidence in the collector car market and the strength of the Ferrari brand, today's new world record also reaffirms Bonhams' position as one of the world's leading auctioneers of rare and important motorcars.

    Other cars from the very special Maranello Rosso Collection of ten important Ferraris also sold extremely well for a combined total $65,945,000 (£39,522,440 or €49,359,559).
     

  • D-TYPES AT GOODWOOD

    by Garry Shortt | Jul 22, 2014

    D-TYPES AT GOODWOOD

    Birthday bash for D-Type 60th inspires Jag-only grid for Revival race

     

    Just yesterday we were enjoying a view of Goodwood from a Rover SD1 touring car; today there's confirmation that the Jaguar D-Type's 60th anniversary has inspired a 30-car grid of the type for a special race at September's Revival.

     

     

    Flockhart and Titterington at Goodwood in '56
    Flockhart and Titterington at Goodwood in '56
    D-Types were regular competitors in period at Goodwood, as the evocative LAT shot of Ron Flockhart leading Desmond Titterington in 1956 demonstrates. This year the D-Types will race in the Lavant Cup and Goodwood is promising short- and long-nose cars from owners across the world together with XKSS 'road' versions and the one-off E2A prototype described as a bridge between D- and E-Type.

     

    What's it like to race a D-Type? Handily Chris Harris can tell you all about it, his experiences of competing one last month at the Le Mans Classic making for an inspiring read. You can expect a vid to follow in due course.

    The sight of such a huge gathering of D-Types all going at it hammer and tongs will be the stuff of Goodwood legend; here's looking forward to September and a fitting tribute to one of our favourite racing cars.

     

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