What’s Chateau Impney Hill Climb all about? (video)

Chateau-Impney-Hill-Climb-logoChateau Impney in Droitwich, Worcestershire was a popular motorsport venue in the 1950s and 1960s, playing host to a number of speed trials. Now, the team at Chateau Impney are taking the opportunity to bring motorsport back to the venue, and the inaugural Chateau Impney Hill Climb will take place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July 2015.

Here is a video that gives you a taster of what to expect.

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Nine iconic ERAs to take centre stage at Chateau Impney

Chateau-Impney-Hill-Climb-logoAlmost half the world’s remaining pre-war ERA single-seater racing cars will compete at the inaugural Chateau Impney Hill Climb when the event returns to the historic motorsport calendar in July.

A total of eight ERAs will take part in the weekend-long event, which will take place in the grounds of the historic Worcestershire hotel on 11 and 12 July 2015.


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The story of the design of the Ferrari FXX K (video)

The story of the design of the Ferrari FXX K, the XX programme’s latest product, named Red Dot Best of the Best.  Enjoy.

2015 Donington Historic Festival in pictures

DHF_LogoThis years Donington Historic Festival came and went, we had a great time, and the rain on Sunday did not dampen our spirits.

Hope you enjoy the selection of pictures below, all our pictures can be seen in our Facebook Album.

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1937 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni et Falaschi Coupe – Jay Leno’s Garage (video)

Peter Mullin of The Mullin Automotive Museum stops by with his 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni et Falaschi (teardrop coupe),  which many say is the most beautiful car of all time.  14 were made, only 9 were Coupe.

So what do you think? Is it the most beautiful car ever made?

Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 chase in James Bond: Spectre (video)

Here’s a video we came across this week, certainly worth a watch if you love James Bond, or Jaguar or Aston Martin cars.  This video is from the set of SPECTRE, and focuses on a car chase in Rome between Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 and the Jaguar C-X75 driven by Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista).


Personally, money no object we’d prefer the Jaguar, what about you?

Win a pair of tickets to the 2015 Concours of Elegance

concours-of-elegance-logo-clearYes, we’ve done it again.  We’ve only gone and secured 5 pairs of tickets to give away to you our readers.  This time we will be awarding 5 pairs of tickets to one of, if not the premier UK Classic Car Shows, the Concours of Elegance.  This years 4th holding of the event will take place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Edinburgh) between 4-6th September 2015.

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Classic motorsport event returns to Chateau Impney in July 2015

A classic motorsport event that hasn’t taken place for almost half a century is poised to return to the UK motorsport calendar. The Chateau Impney Hill Climb, a new weekend-long event taking place on 11 and 12 July, will see 200 competitors in 19 classes tackle a brand new course, in an effort to write their names into a new chapter of the venue’s motorsport history.Chateau-Impney-Hill-Climb-logo

More than 58 years since the first speed trial was held in the grounds of the landmark hotel, the launch of the 2015 Chateau Impney Hill Climb will commemorate the venue’s motorsport heritage. It will aim to recapture the inclusive spirit of the popular sprint events originally organised by the Hagley & District Light Car Club between 1957 and 1967.

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Congratulations to the winners of our 2015 Donington Historic Festival competition.

Congratulations to our 3 competition winners, who each receive a pair of complimentary tickets for the whole weekend to the 2015 Donington Historic Festival.

DHF_LogoIt’ a great event and personally I cannot wait to get there. Our winners and congratulations go to:

  • Claire Taylor (from Nottingham)
  • Karen Constable (from Maidstone)
  • Kevin Friend (from Monmouth)

We have no doubt you’ll have a great time at this wonderful event.

Let us know all about it below, so those less fortunate to yet attend this event or unable to attend this event this year can hear all about it.

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Donington Historic Festival 2015 to pay tribute to Elva

This year’s Donington Historic Festival we are paying tribute to Elva, a name familiar to racing enthusiasts for 60 years.DHF_Logo
Elvas will be found racing at the event but also on display off the track. 10 are due to compete in the FJHRA/HSCC ‘Silverline’ Historic Formula Junior Championship races, while a pair of Elva Mk5s are entered for the Stirling Moss Trophy.

Non-racers include three Elva Couriers, a McLaren-Elva M1B and a GT160 Coupé.


ElvaElva – a history

Elva Engineering was founded in 1955. As with so many of the low volume manufacturers of racing cars of the 1950s, behind the company was an enthusiast who had the vision, determination and people skills to produce competitive cars and attract eager buyers.

Frank G. Nichols quickly built up a talented team in his home town of Bexhill-on-Sea and the cars were driven well and trophies were won. New models were introduced and soon cars were being shipped to the United States where there was much enthusiasm for the ‘Specials from Sussex’.

The early cars were powered by a Ford side-valve engine fitted with an Elva cylinder head conversion which almost doubled the bhp. These were replaced by Climax FWA engines and then, as the models became more sophisticated, power was supplied by Cosworth-Ford Twin-Cam, BMW, Porsche and eventually ‘big banger’ grunt from the V8 units from Buick and Chevrolet in cars wearing a McLaren-Elva badge.

The early sports racing models were joined in 1958 by Formula Junior models plus a pretty road-going two seater sports car named the Courier which, due to its perfectly-balanced handling, soon found itself on the tracks despite not being marketed as a race car. Sales were buoyant and Elva moved into a new, purpose-built factory in Hastings.

Into the 1960s, and Elva Cars hit a financial buffer when cars in the USA were not paid for and the Courier production was moved to Trojan in Croydon. However the sports racing cars – now mid-engined – continued to be produced in nearby Rye and perhaps the best of the range were to emerge from that riverside factory. Designer Keith Marsden again worked his magic on the MkVI through to the MkVIII models plus the stillborn but stunning Elva-BMW GT160 Coupé, which was such a hit at the 1964 motor shows in both Turin and London. More silverware was won on both sides of the Atlantic, famous names raced the cars and they even starred in two films with Elvis!

However, Trojan took control over Elva that year, when a unique contract was signed for Elva Cars to build the hugely successful sports racers designed by the Bruce McLaren Racing Team for customers anxious to race in the exciting CanAm Series. Eventually over 200 McLaren badged cars were produced into the early 1970s.

Slowly the Elva name faded as a manufacturer but there are exciting plans to re-establish the Elva badge on new road/track cars with styling currently being undertaken by a highly respected British university.

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