NEC Classic Motor Show reveals 2016 show theme – Heroes and Heroines

The organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show have revealed that this year’s show theme is ‘Heroes and Heroines’.  Held from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November, clubs and exhibitors are invited to pay tribute to the people and motors that are their inspiration.    Dan Nwaokolo, Show Director, explains: “Everyone has a hero, something or somebody that inspires and encourages them, and with the timing of this year’s show, being Remembrance weekend, we simply had to recognise the brave men and women who have served their country, so this theme was the perfect choice.”logo

The 250 exhibiting clubs are encouraged to get creative with their displays and to interpret the theme in their own unique way.    Some may choose to celebrate the heroic cars that were the leaders of the marque’s fleet or saved a manufacturer from failure or maybe the motors that were the changing point in motoring history such as the first V8 engine, advanced braking systems, etc.  There are also the people who changed motoring history by setting a world record, designing a revolutionary car, or inventing things we take for granted such as traffic lights and road signs.

Cars and bikes driven by our heroes and heroines could feature be it from motorsport, royalty, music or film, along with the motors linked to heroic achievements or milestones.   Unsung or forgotten heroes could be a route for some displays to take, highlighting pit crews, co-drivers, stuntmen and service engineers who are not normally recognised.    Then there are everyone’s own heroes and heroines. For some it will be their parents who taught them to drive or took them on family adventures in their classic car, for others it will be the famous names that were the driving force in their lives.

Being Remembrance weekend, there are also the vehicles used as part of the war effort and the incredible people who were behind the wheel at such a difficult time, which are bound to be celebrated.   Richard Morley, Operations Director at Lancaster Insurance, said: “We’re really excited about this year’s theme as it gives real scope for clubs and exhibitors to make it their own and pay tribute to their own heroes and heroines. The show is one of the highlights of our year, which is why we signed up to be headline sponsor for the next three years, and we can’t wait to see how the theme is interpreted.”

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com. Watch this space for our “”win a pair of tickets competition coming soon”.

Top Gear vs Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour

With Top Gear once again hitting our screens – May 29th 2016, we came across this interesting infographic by Car leasing made simple, in which they match up the new presenters with the old.  They explore which team comes out on top when it comes to their cars. Who has the fastest, who has the most expensive, who has the weirdest and the who has the worst?  They also found out who has won the most awards and who’s had the highest viewing figures. Has Chris Evans won more awards than Clarkson? Has Friends had more viewers than Top Gear? And will James May own the quirkiest car? Want to find out? Then take a look!

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Postcard from 10eme Monaco Historique

2B Consulting Automotive LimitedBiennially, two weeks before the F1 teams arrive in the Principality, the Automobile Club du Monaco stages the Grand Prix Historique…. undoubtedly one of the most prestigious historic events, on the European calendar. Such has become the popularity and accessibility of the event, that for the 10eme Historique, free practice and qualifying took place on both Friday and Saturday, with racing on Sunday……supported by three collectors car auctions, and a harbour-side display of historic, Riva monohulls.

Friday dawned warm and sunny, with a visit to the paddock, and the Alpine chalet inspired Credit Suisse Drivers Club, for their driver’s forum. Chaired by Henry Hope-Frost of Autosport magazine; this year’s panel were ex F1 racers and Le Mans winners, Jochen Mass and Emmanuele Pirro, ‘70’s sports-car privateer, racer and broadcaster Alain de Cadenet, constructor, driver and RML CEO, Ray Mallock and celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of his second win around the streets of the Principality, Sir Stirling Moss.  The sixty minute discussion, explored the passion and competitive elements of motorsport, alongside the differing teams and technological approaches, prevalent within F1, forty years ago.  Additional humour was provided from the audience, by former Shadow F1 and Can-Am racer, noted raconteur Brian Redman – who jokingly blamed his Porsche 936/78 team-mate, Mass, for their non-finish, in the 1976 Silverstone 1000kms.

Headline sponsor Chopard, in partnership with the Porsche Museum, provided a 1960 718 and 1962 Type 804 for lunchtime demonstrations, by six time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx , and fellow brand ambassadors, Romain Dumas and Brendon Hartley. Accompanied by double Monaco Grand Prix winner Mark Webber; the shrill of the 804’s, flat eight-cylinder air cooled engine, created much attention, alongside members of the Automobile Club du Monaco’s collector’s car display….. all observed from the brand new ACM Race Control building, opposite the pit-lane exit.

Circuit guide with Audi and DTM racer Frank Stippler (below)
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What to expect in the Supercar Paddock at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Michelin Supercar Paddock is back for the fifth year with the biggest and best show ever for Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.

A number of supercars are now confirmed to be making debuts in the Michelin Supercar Run this year, with exciting news from Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Honda, Lamborghini, McLaren, Noble and many more.

Aston Martin’s DB11 (below)– the marque’s first significant new model since the DB9 it replaces’ launch in 2003 – will make its dynamic début in the Supercar Run. With 600bhp from an in-house developed V12 twin turbo engine, an all new Marek Reichman design featuring truly innovative aerodynamic and induction features – the DB11 is set to be a big highlight of the Michelin Supercar Paddock.

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Concours of Elegance 2016 will gather cars from the grid of the inaugural British GP, held at Brooklands in 1926

concours-of-elegance-logo-clearVisitors to the 2016 Concours of Elegance to be held at Windsor Castle from 2-4 September  will have the unique opportunity to see four of the remaining 1926 British Grand Prix cars in one place. In a celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, the historic racing cars will be joined by a revolutionary British car from each decade of Her Majesty’s life.

Organised by the Royal Automobile Club, the very first British Grand Prix took place at Brooklands Motor Circuit, Surrey, in the year of Her Majesty The Queen’s birth, 1926. A total of 11 cars took part, with just three finishing the race, and Concours of Elegance 2016 will mark the first time that this many competitors have gathered since the race 90 years ago.

It’s a unique opportunity to see where top level British motorsport began, as four of the original racing cars line-up in the grounds of Windsor Castle in September; among them a Delage 155B, Talbot 700, Thomas Special and Halford Special. Each carries an incredible racing story, like that of the Delage, which was making frequent stops to avoid causing serious burns to the drivers’ feet.

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Concours of Elegance 2016: Features announced

concours-of-elegance-logo-clearThe sixty main Concours cars are always the focal point of the Concours of Elegance, but this year’s event has a number of standout features – all centred around Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday – that are set to make 2016 the best Concours of Elegance yet.

In a world-first, all of the remaining cars from the very first British GP in 1926 will be in attendance. Eight cars lined up on the grid at Brooklands in the year of Her Majesty’s The Queen’s birth, to begin a tradition of motor racing in the UK that continues to this day. Incredibly four of those cars survive, driven in period by legends like Malcolm Campbell and Henry Segrave. For the very first time, Concours of Elegance 2016 will gather the racing machines from Delage, Bugatti and more in to the grounds of Windsor Castle for an incredible spectacle.

What’s more, Concours of Elegance 2016 will be gathering the most revolutionary British car from each of the decades of Her Majesty The Queen’s life. Starting with the Bentley 3 Litre, taking in icons like the Land Rover Series I, Mini and McLaren F1, the feature will be a real celebration of British engineering’s triumphant history.

The Royal Household has always had a selection of very special cars at its disposal, and Concours of Elegance 2016 will be showcasing some of the most notable Royal cars from throughout history. It’s a rare opportunity to get close to some of the most recognisable models in the UK.

1939-Talbot-Lago-T150C-SS-Pourtout-CoupeAs at Windsor Castle in 2012, the main Concours event will be held in the incredible Quadrangle, gathering sixty of the world’s rarest cars. Highlights this year include an Alfa Romeo 8C Zagato, a Talbot Lago ‘Pourtout’ Coupé (above) and a Hispano Suiza K6.

4 Minutes of bliss: The opening scene from the 1969 Italian Job featuring Lamborghini Miura

1969, Paramount. The opening scene. Roger Beckerman has just left Turin with plans for the heist of the century. Not unless the Mafia stop him first. The BEST opening of all time for a film of this calibre in my opinion.

A factory original 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400, chassis number 3586, finished in Arancio Miura (Miura Orange) with a fully original Pelle Bianco leather interior. Completed for delivery on 2nd July 1968.  Beautiful.  Hope you enjoy.

Dodge Vipers out in force to mark UK club’s 20th birthday

As tradition dictates, this summer’s Silverstone ClassicSilverstone-classic-logo (29-31 July) will be home to a huge number of enthusiastic car clubs all celebrating significant model or marque milestones with vast displays and glittering track parades.

Recent events have exulted in record breaking birthday cavalcades of Jaguar E-Type, Ferrari F40s, Porsche 911s, Ford Mustangs and Grand Prix racing cars. This year’s highlights will include an unprecedented gathering mighty Dodge Vipers, one of America’s most iconic muscle cars.

dodge-viperOriginally conceived by Chrysler in the late eighties to be a modern day Cobra, the venomous Viper RT/10 Roadster first went on public sale in January 1992. While the finish of the dramatically styled two-door roadster was pretty spartan (there were no windows or exterior door handles!), it came with a Lamborghini-inspired 8-litre V10 engine and thus walloping 160+mph performance. A true US classic was born.

Four years later came a slightly more powerful and refined second generation Viper plus a GTS coupe version for road and track. Also in 1996, the United Kingdom Viper Club was formed and, thus, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a record-breaking display at the 2016 Silverstone Classic.

“The Classic weekend is going to be the biggest event for us in what’s a very special year,” enthused Adrian Swift, President of the UK Viper Club. “We have at least 16 Vipers coming from Europe to join us at Silverstone and expect to have more than 30 Vipers in Saturday’s track parade. It will be the largest number of Vipers that has ever been gathered together at one spot in the UK!”

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7 Minutes of bliss: Ronin Paris Car Chase (video)

I came across this video today and thought you’d love it as much as me.  If you’ve now watched the film Ronin in full, this will make you want to.  Enjoy.

Motorsport at the Palace 2016 (a preview)

1-motorsport-at-the-palaceGet your motor running for London’s Motorsport at the Palace, a two-day event celebrating all eras of motoring, on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May 2016.  Held at Crystal Palace, one of the oldest venues used for racing in the world and the first place from which live televised motor-racing was ever broadcast, Motorsport at the Palace attracts racing drivers from all over the world showcasing cars from historics right through to the latest supercars.  It’s a celebration of motoring so a must for any petrol head – be it a classic car nut, a supercar savant, former racing driver or someone who just loves cars!  As well as club and private owner static displays, you get to see these amazing cars how they should be seen – in action!

Motorsport at Crystal Palace May 2012 (11)Around 200 cars from racing and rallying spanning over 100 years of motoring at this year’s show with Classes ranging from pre-war vintage to modern day, delivering high octane competition with around 100 cars running each day. Expect to see the most diverse line-up of racing with a pre-1931 Austin 7 Ulster in one race and a 2000 Honda Civic R-Type in the next!  From Alfas to Westfields, this is a bank holiday of racing not to be missed and a must for any petrol head – be it a classic car nut, a supercar savant, former racing driver or someone who just loves cars!  There will also be a tribute to another famous use of Crystal Palace as in 1969, the venue was used to film scenes in the iconic motoring movie The Italian Job. The circuit’s inner field was used to film the van being blown up so the film’s star Michael Caine could say that immortal line; “You’re only suppose to blow the bloody doors off.”  The actual circuit was used by stunt drivers to practice the jumping sequence with the Mini Cooper cars as well as being used for part of the car chase itself.  In honour of the UK’s favourite motoring move, the three actual Mini Coopers, in red, white and blue, from the film will be at Motorsport at the Palace. They will be on static display so fans can have pictures with these three famous cars as well as taking to the circuit for a parade lap at lunchtime each day.

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