Win a pair of tickets to the 2016 Concours of Elegance

enter-to-winSome would say this is a unique event, some would say it’s a “not to be missed” event, some would say it’s the best classic car event in the UK, if not the world, and we believe it would be hard to argue against this.  I can tell you one thing, of all the events that we attend yearly, and in all our life (to date) this event is one I will bend over backwards to always attend.  The venues are unparalleled (properties of the British Royal family), the cars on show exquisite (and often so rare only 1 exists), the event is not overcrowded (well to date at least), it is just a wonderful event and day out.concours-of-elegance-logo-clear

Well this years event will be held at the wonderful Windsor Castle on 2-4 September 2016, and yes we’ve done it again.  We’ve only gone and secured 5 pairs of tickets to give away to you our readers.  This is one of, if not the premier UK Classic Car Shows, the ultimate UK Concours of Elegance.  This year is the 5th holding of the event.

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How knowledgeable are you on your road signs before you go on holiday outside the UK?

For those of you that have driven abroad, if it’s not challenging enough to have to drive on the wrong side of the road, there is the array of road signs to content with as well.

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Co-op insurance has created a quiz designed to test the nation’s knowledge of road signs from around the globe.  Which might come in handy for those planning on travelling abroad over the summer holidays.

 

So if you’re hiring a car on your next road trip or taking your own, then, you’ll want to know what all of those road signs mean.  Here are ten questions designed to test your knowledge of global signage – choose Random to see a mixture from across the world, or pick a destination from their list.

Here’s a few to give you a flavour?  Any idea?’’

 

Falling Rocks Road Sign end-of-priority-road-sign-belgium  No vehicles carrying explosives. 
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So now is your chance to prove how clued up you actually are: take the test now.

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Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance 2016 preview

concours-of-elegance-logo-clearThe Concours of Elegance is one of very favourite classic car shows, one that we would not dare miss.  Here’s a short preview of what you can expect from this years show…

The revered Concours Steering Committee reveals final list of 60 cars that will enter the 2016 Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle in September.   These sixty cars make up the ‘Main Concours’ event, held in the exclusive Quadrangle at Windsor Castle.  Concours of Elegance will also bring a further 1000 of the world’s most collectible cars to Windsor Castle in a celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.   Highlights of the Main Concours include a 1900 Daimler 6hp owned by Her Majesty The Queen, a one-off 1938 Hispano Suiza Dubonnet Xenia (below) and a stunning Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series I Cabriolet.  Some of the more recent cars in the Main Concours are a 1966 Radford Mini de Ville GT previously owned by George Harrison, the only factory-built Ferrari Testarossa Spider and an ultra-rare 2016 Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder.

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Women vs. Men: Perspectives on Car Buying and Driving

We’ll all have an opinion on this debate there’s no doubt of that.  Who’s the better driver?  This is a sort of pointless question as we know that men are from venus and women are from mars, and that’s a good thing.  In a survey by the AA in October 2015, 24,739 AA members responded to this and the conclusions they found were that Women are four times more likely to concede that their partners are better drivers than they are. But it doesn’t mean they think their ‘other half’ is safer. Among women motorists, 28% concede that their partner is a better driver – compared to a mere 7% of men. However, that doesn’t stop many of the women riding in the passenger seat with gritted teeth. Some 37% of female drivers say they are safer behind the wheel than their partners, with only 13% accepting that their partners are safer. There seems to be some grudging acceptance of that among men as more male drivers are prepared to accept that their partners are safer drivers than they are. Read more »

Postcard No.2 from the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’

Now in its twenty-third year and with an increased four day attendance approaching two hundred and fifty thousand visitors; the Festival of Speed remains a pre-eminent celebration of endeavour on two, four and more wheels. 2B Consulting Automotive LimitedWith multiple exhibits from global motor manufacturers and renowned private collections, combined with the stars who have shaped our sport…the event remains unmissable, whatever your preferred discipline!!

Nico Rosberg’s guide to Goodwood 2016

Celebrating its centenary, BMW AG was this year’s featured marque; with Gerry Judah’s biggest ever “sculpture” outside Goodwood House, displaying the pre-war 328 Mille Miglia roadster, the 1999 Le Mans-winning V12 LMR, and the Gordon Murray-designed Brabham-BMW BT52 F1, which finished third in the 1983 championship. Additional celebrations included –

– forty years since James Hunt’s F1 World Championship win;

– forty years since Barry Sheene’s 500cc World Championship victory; and

– fifty years of the unrestricted Can-Am series. Read more »

Our favourite cars from the Silverstone Classic 2016

I’ll let the photos do the talking…

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What is your favourite?  All our photos can be seen on our Silverstone Classic photo album.  Hope you enjoy.

Postcard from the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood-festival-of-speed-LogoSo here is our postcard from the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. We gave 2015 a miss, so we were intrigued to see what differences there may be at the 2016 event.  We were up early on the Friday (the day we attended), intending to leave at 6am, but left nearer 6.30am.  Gates opened at 7am, and we arrived about 8am.  Thank goodness it was not raining as it had been the day before.  There were parts of the car parking and site that were very muddy, but it has to be said the organisers were doing a great job as we arrived of minimising any mud bath scenario.

Strangely we did not see one classic car, supercar or hypercar on our journey to Goodwood, which was a first ever.  We parked up and got into the event very quickly.  We walked through the F1 paddock then down to the main house.  The sculpture was as amazing as ever (below).   2016’s Goodwood Festival of Speed theme was ‘Full Throttle – the Endless Pursuit of Power’ and the Central Feature marque for 2016 was BMW, which celebrated its centenary in 2016.  What do you think?

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Here is a very cool video (below) that we came across by Littlehampton Welding who were involved in the sculptures construction, amazing.

There is so much to do at Goodwood FoS, we hardly had any time to watch the cars going up the hill (doh!).  We spent a good 3-4 hours wandering through the paddocks checking out all the cars, a good 30 minutes gawping at the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours (a personal favourite), there is so much to see and do, you’ll never get everything covered in a day.  All our photos from the day can be seen on our Goodwood FoS photo album. Read more »

Car Security: The Disklok

Protecting your cherished car has always been a priority, and with many cars now being keyless, thieves (being persistent) will always work out how to crack them.  In London about half of all car thefts are carried out without the use of any original keys, according to the Metropolitan police. Some drivers have taken to locking the car’s diagnostic port, the socket mechanics – and thieves – plug devices into to gain access to the car’s computer. But it’s not enough: criminals will now remove dashboard panels to reveal circuit boards.

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The only way to stop them is a mechanical vehicle lock of the sort last seen in widespread use at the height of opportunist car theft and joyriding in the late 1980s and early 1990s. And one of the toughest of the lot is the DisklokThatcham, which does testing for the car insurance industry, recommends only two aftermarket locks for cars — one of which is the Disklok. To win that endorsement, which should be recognised by any car insurer, it must be capable of withstanding a two-minute power-tool attack and a five-minute assault by a thief armed with hand tools.  Now that’s what I call impressive.

The Disklok is a circular steel case that opens up like the mouth of a Pac-Man, closing around the steering wheel and locking in place. It’s simple to fit and to remove and took me about 10 seconds.  Once the Disklok is in place, it spins freely around the steering wheel until the reinforced steel arm hits the windscreen or the driver’s knees, making it extremely difficult to drive the car should a thief get it started. The arm folds away inside the circular case when the Disklok is not in use.

It is available in a limited edition champagne finish, subtle silver or more visible yellow. Part of the appeal of a product such as the Disklok is that it’s a visible deterrent, and in that respect the yellow stands out most.  Each one comes with three keys, which should be kept separate from the lock (obviously).  An optional stretch-fabric cover costs £5 and is a wise choice as it prevents the leather on the steering wheel from being scratched. There’s also a robust carrier bag for the Disklok, with a Velcro underside, which can attach to the boot floor’s carpet, say, or be kept under the front passenger seat.

Prices range from £109.99 to £124.99 depending on the size needed. Most cars require a small or medium size, which fit steering wheels with a diameter of 35cm-39cm and 39cm-41.5cm respectively. A van or motor home may need the large size, which works with 41.5cm-44cm steering wheels.

It’s our opinion that for a relatively small sum (compared to the value of the car) that it’s a no-brainer to have a Disklok in your car.

Other reviews of this product said:

Driver.co.uk = 4/5

They said, “If you drive a car with a keyless entry system, or even an old classic car that could be vulnerable to theft, and have any concerns about security, the Disklok is money well spent.”

AutoExpress = 4/5

They said, “For the ultimate in physical security, look no further than Disklok.”

Halfords =4.4/5

They said, “Disklok Steering Lock (Silver) Small is a great deterrent as it`s hard to remove without the key.”

Amazon = 4.3/5

A customer review said, “I can’t recommend the Disklok enough. You’ll have total peace of mind with this fitted on your steering wheel as you’ll never have your car stolen.”

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Here’s a short video if you want to see how easy it is to install/lock and unlock.  It takes only a few seconds I assure you:

 

Here a few pictures of us opening the product and installing, including taking all the pictures it took me 5 minutes.  You can buy a Disklok or any associated products here.

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Simples.

 

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Nico Rosberg’s guide to Goodwood 2016 (video)

Here is one of the best Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 video’s I’ve come across.  This cool video looks at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed through the eyes of Nico Rosberg.  Hope you enjoy.

2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed: 10 classic cars you’ve never heard of

Each year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Cartier Style et Luxe lawn offers an insight into some of the most glamorous, unusual and very rare classic cars the world can offer.  To appear here, cars have to have significant historic interest and be in immaculate condition; often, there are classics only avid classic car aficionados will have heard of.  Here we highlight 10 such cars not just from the Cartier Style et Luxe lawn, but the entire Goodwood Festival of Speed.  How many have you heard of?  Hope you enjoy…

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Rolls-Royce Phantom III Vanvooren Two Seater Drophead Coupé (Built 1937)

This is a unique Phantom III.  It was bought for the personal use of General Wladyslaw Sikorski (1881-1943), Poland’s exiled Prime Minister and Commander in Chief of its armed forces during World War II.  While most of the 704 Phantom IIIs built were given ponderous bodywork, the car presented here is unique in being the only true two-seater built on this chassis.

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