In just a few weeks’ time, the world’s longest running motoring event will be honouring the 125th anniversary of the original London to Brighton Emancipation Run of 1896 – an historic capital to coast celebration instigated by a group of intrepid early enthusiasts to rejoice in the passing of the Locomotives on the Highway Act. The introduction of this new era-defining government legislation raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14mph thus giving motorists the freedom of the road and effectively ending centuries of horse-drawn transport.
'ASTONISHING' HIGHLAND THISTLE RALLY REFUELS PASSIONS FOR EPIC DRIVING ADVENTURES in spectacular Scotland. Starting and finishing in the Scottish seaside resort town of St Andrews, the rescheduled Highland Thistle (2-7 September) attracted a full-capacity, 35-car entry including teams from overseas as well as the UK. With travel restrictions now lifting, crews travelled from Germany, Switzerland, Kenya, Denmark, the Czech Republic and the USA all eager once again to savour the magnetic camaraderie and competition unique to Rally the Globe events.
As well as all the epic race action, the track also witnessed many other unforgettable highlights. To mark the 25 years since he was crowned as Formula One World Champion, Damon Hill was back behind the wheel of his title winning Williams-Renault FW18 and a pack of stunning Jaguar XJR15s marked the 30th anniversary of the extraordinary Jaguar Intercontinental Challenge. Car clubs were back in record numbers, too, with circuit parades honouring major marque and model milestones. Among these were significant gatherings of time-travelling DMC DeLoreans and Lamborghini Countachs, each marking their respective 40th and 50thbirthdays.
Promised as the ‘biggest and best’ ever staged, the very special 30th anniversary edition of The Classic certainly lived up to its weighty birthday billing on all fronts. “After all the lockdowns, and last year’s cancelation, it was wonderful to see the crowds back in force and the pits, paddocks and display areas crammed with so many incredible cars from the glorious past,” effused a delighted Nick Wigley, CEO of The Classic promoter Goose Live Events. “To celebrate the 30th anniversary a year later than planned and to revitalise spirits, we really wanted to pull out all the stops and this year’s Classic was a truly great restorative show.”
A living, moving history Colourful, diverse, joyful, historical – that’s how we can describe the “Traversees de Paris” in classic and vintage vehicles. Organised by the club Vincennes en Anciennes on July 25th, the ‘Crossing of Paris’ once again promised to comprise a rich selection of 700 vehicles of all makes and countries (cars, motorcycles, bicycles, tractors, light commercial vehicles and buses) each more than 30 years old. From 11:30 am, the Terrasse de l'Observatoire de Meudon became the highlight of the ‘Crossing of Paris’ and hosted the traditional picnic right in the middle of the old vehicles.
Saturdays at The Classic are always very special and this year’s was one of the best in the festival’s history with 12 fiercely-fought retro races, record numbers of classic cars on display… plus a new outright lap record. It all added up to more than 15 hours of epic entertainment with reggae chart-toppers Aswad and acid jazz legends The Brand New Heavies sending everyone home happy. The fast and furious track action kicked-off with a full capacity grid of 54 Formula Juniors and a memorable dice for victory between the two 1962 Brabham BT2s of Richard Bradley and Cameron Jackson – Bradley finally took the chequered flag.
Hill’s memorable headline appearance was one of Sunday’s many standout highlights at The Classic. On track no fewer than nine spectacular showdowns provided nine hours of epic entertainment as more than 900 racing icons from motorsport’s golden years renewed their rivalries. In between the packed-programme of thrilling race action, the circuit witnessed a number of record-breaking parades celebrating key motoring milestones.
A decade on from celebrating the Jaguar E-type’s milestone 50th anniversary in record-breaking style at Silverstone, The Classic 2021 will now be saluting the much-loved sportscar’s 60th birthday next summer (30 July – 1 August). As already announced, this summer’s chart-topping ‘Greatest Hits’ racecard will see the return of two spectacular E-Type Challenge showdowns staged on the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. These will now be enhanced by a very special ‘Catwalk’ display spotlighting the evolution of Jaguar’s stunning supermodel plus a special birthday track parade for all E-type owners attending the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival.
With an undiluted love for nostalgia, all those attending The Classic at Silverstone are keen time-travellers and this summer visitors will have some added assistance as they roll back the ages to halcyon days gone by. It is 40 years since the birth of the DeLorean – and that milestone is being marked with a record gathering of DMC-12s for an anniversary display and track parade at this summer’s festival (30 July – 1 August). Retro-fitted with a flux capacitor, Doc Brown’s plutonium-powered scene-stealer immortalised the vehicle, capturing imaginations and transforming the Northern Irish-built coupe into one of the most famous cars in the world.
Hailed as the UK’s friendliest motor show, last weekend’s Bremont Stonor Supercar Sunday (4 July) was the biggest and best yet with more than 400 of the world’s mightiest automotive icons attracting a sell-out attendance. Set in the relaxed atmosphere of the Stonor Park Estate in the rolling Chiltern Hills, this year’s enhanced showcase built on the previous two pre-pandemic successes of 2018 and 2019. The impressive collection of Italian deities – one of the most comprehensive ever assembled – embraced both racing and road versions as well as one of just three 8C coupe models which is currently being recreated using original components.
The London Classic Car Show has been hailed as a massive success by all those who attended the country’s biggest and best classic car gathering for more than a year. With indoor events still severely restricted by protocols, the capital’s premier showcase for discerning classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts was switched to a new outdoor venue in Syon Park – an inspirational move which provided visitors, traders and car clubs with a very welcome and uplifting opportunity to revitalise passions, businesses and friendships.
Now in its seventh year, this weekend's The London Classic Car Show (25-27 June) is firmly established as the capital's premier celebration for discerning classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts. On top of celebrating key motoring milestones – notably the centenaries of the Bugatti Brescia and pioneering Lancia Lambda, and 60 years of the famous E-type Jaguar – large displays will showcase standout eras in motoring history under the show's evocative 'Evolution of Design' central theme.
Fifty years ago in 1971, Mercedes-Benz opened a new chapter in the long-running history of its idolised SL sports car with the introduction of the stylish third generation R107 roadster. And that's a golden milestone which will be celebrated later this month at The London Classic Car Show, taking place in Covid-compliant Syon Park from 25 to 27 June. Now to mark the 50th anniversary, the well-respected SLSHOP is putting together a special display of SL models at London's premier showcase for discerning classic car owners, collectors, experts and enthusiasts. Expect to see three different generations of SL models hand-picked by SLSHOP's expert and passionate team.
Nach zwölfjähriger Projektentwicklungs- und Bauzeit ist mit ihr in München-Freimann eine automobile Erlebniswelt in einer neuen Dimension entstanden, ein imposanter Treffpunkt für Liebhaber und Freunde von Fahrkultur und Lifestyle – über 25 der weltweit wertvollsten und exklusivsten Fahrzeugmarken, ein umfassendes Spektrum an automobilen Dienstleistern und spezialisierten Werkstätten, zahlreiche Shops, verschiedene Eventlocations und 22 Tagungsräume, das Vier-Sterne-Hotel AMERON München Motorworld, eine vielfältige Gastronomie und vieles mehr. Der Eintritt ist an 365 Tagen im Jahr kostenfrei.
Two of the world’s most famous Jaguar E-types will top the iconic sportscar’s very special 60th birthday celebrations at The London Classic Car Show (25-27 June), staged at the historic Syon Park. What’s more, the dazzling display will be topped by two absolute E-type legends – celebrated cars that are so revered by the cognoscenti that they are known just by their hallowed number plates: ECD 400 and 49 FXN.