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CONTENTS

FEATURES
30 YEARS OF THE 959
Page 72
Getting under the skin of Porsches techno-fest
and on track with the latest 911 GTS

72 BROOKLANDS REVIVAL
Page 94
The great restoration nears fruition

THE GOLD DELOREAN


Page 104
Extraordinary version of an extraordinary car

BERNIE ECCLESTON
Page 114
Looking back as new hands take the F1 wheel

146 138 WILLIAM LYONS JAGUAR MK10


Page 118
Driving the founders personal limousine

FAREWELL TO LONGBRIDGE
Page 130
Eerie insight into what remains of The Austin

FERRARI 166
Page 138
In Turin with Gianni Agnellis gorgeous barchetta

CHURCHILL TANK
Page 146
Mark Dixon meets a man who restores them

BRISTOL ARCHIVES
Page 154
David Lillywhite goes underground in Kensington

CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Page 158
Why one particular model is the car to buy now
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CONTENTS
REGULARS
NEWS AND EVENTS
Page 18
Non-stop 500-mile race for vintage cars
in Spain; new Lamborghini Aventador tested

COLUMNS
Page 59
Jay Leno, Derek Bell, Stephen Bayley
and Robert Coucher share their musings

GEARBOX
Page 66
18 Racing driver and TV commentator John Watson

LETTERS
Page 69
Recollections of driving an XKSS in the 1960s

OCTANE CARS
Page 166
Robert Coucher revives the family Derby Bentley

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN


Page 178
50 66 Tony Lago, impresario behind the teardrop Talbot

ICON
Page 180
The plain white T-shirt, made cool by James Dean

CHRONO
Page 182
How Cartier is forging new links with its past

PLACES TO GO
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Page 184
An eclectic museum in Belgium

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Page 193
Auction news, previews, star buys and advice

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FEATURING

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There was a time when Formula 1 without
Bernie Ecclestone was as unthinkable as
Formula 1 without Ayrton Senna. Now he
has departed, and vengeful critics vilify
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great era, what a character achieved is a far
better barometer of their worth than are
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EDITORS WELCOME
Continuation cars:
good or bad?

TIM ANDREW
TIM ANDREW
AN INTERESTING and deeply animated manufacture of these continuation cars has for Brooklands instantly conjures mental
conversation over breakfast at Rtromobile: owners of the originals. images of vintage cars and planes, banking
the subject was continuation cars, given that Take the XKSS: there are so many parts that and racing. On arrival Im shown a fenced-off
Jaguar Land Rover Classic chose the event to just were not available to owners, which meant piece of concrete, but Im ready for the
show off its XKSS, while Aston Martin Works that their original cars arent being used as challenge as sun breaks through the
was present to chat about its DB4 GT project. much as they might be. And values have morning mist. Thats the art of making the
The protaganist was a seasoned, highly escalated to such an extent that were not seeing apparently ordinary look special. See Tims
respected historic car dealer from mainland these cars being driven any more. extraordinary pictures on pages 94-102.
Europe, who gave an impassioned plea against Bring a continuation car into the mix, and
such machines. He argued strongly that the not only will a small but invaluable stock of
factory built a certain number of cars in the day, spares be produced, but the continuation cars
and thats how it should be, regardless of how themselves are more likely to be used,
many were intended to be built poor orders, demonstrating to other enthusiasts worldwide
fires, etc, notwithstanding. how they look and sound in action.
More importantly, in this argument, such Were not in the pockets of the manufacturers
cars do not have stories, and the way this or the originality buffs, and we appreciate both
particular dealer works is to sell a story with a sides of the argument. We just love cars for what
car attached (and he really does, which we they are but wed like to hear your views too.
truly admire). Continuation cars do not have
such stories and theres also the age-old GILES CHAPMAN
accusation that manufacturers are creating Any gloriously pointless car is bound to
these cars simply for financial gain. get my attention, and the gold-plated Amex
We wouldnt disagree with much of that, but DeLorean is too valuable to park anywhere,
there is another side. For starters, I suspect has never turned a wheel under its own
there are easier ways to make extra money as a power, and tarnishes if touched so kid
modern car manufacturer. gloves at the ready for a certain kind
The really important point in this is less David Lillywhite, of American madness.
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IGNITION
since the last 500. Well have signing-on, free
testing and qualifying for the grid on Saturday,
the race on Sunday and a lavish gala dinner to
finish. Its as much a social event as a race.
This event will be held not in chilly autumn
Britain, though, but the 5.4km Ascari circuit in
the mountains near Ronda, southern Spain. Far
N E W S + E V E N T S + O PI N I O N from being a bumpy banked track, its a smooth
and twisty course with some fast straights and
many gradient changes. It will be a severe test
of a pre-war cars brakes and tyres, never mind

Benjafield
WE ALL LOVE the Le Mans Classic, but its not its drivers muscles. Note drivers, plural, for
a continuous endurance race because cars race there must be at least two drivers for each car,
for just 2hr 9min each in total, over three races. swapping every hour-and-a-half.
Full endurance races for pre-war cars are rare Benjafields is a Bentley-oriented club, of

sets new
indeed, and the one planned by Chris Lunn of course, but rival Brooklands-flavoured makes
the Benjafields Racing Club should be a cracker. of the era are encouraged for the 30-car grid.
Its inspired by the Brooklands 500 races run Talbots, Bugattis, Lagondas, Alfa Romeos, even

Challenge
from 1929 to 1937, initially over 500 miles but Austin Sevens are welcome, and a handicap
reduced to 500km for the final event. Lunns system will ensure they are all in with a chance.
version, which has the enthusiastic blessing of It will be an endurance event rather than a
the Brooklands Museum, is called the Benjafield sprint, Lunn insists, with the winner more likely
500 Challenge, and the idea is for the winning to be the tortoise than the hare. Weve already
car to break the 500-mile barrier between the had interest from the owners of 35 cars, with
Eighty years on, Bentley club races start at 9am on Sunday 15 October and its another ten possibles.
will reprise the Brooklands finish eight hours later. Included in these is likely to be a team or two
The first Brooklands 500 was held on 12 of Bentley Belles, reprising the success of the
500 in southern Spain October 1929, says Lunn. So this one will be on all-ladies team who starred in the last Benjafields
Words John Simister the weekend closest to that in 2017, 80 years marathon, a 24-hour race at Portimo in 2015.

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GERARD BROWN
GERARD BROWN
GERARD BROWN

ALAMY

Left, above and right


Inspired by the Brooklands 500
race, last held in 1937, and
following the Benjaelds 24 at
Portimo in 2014, the Benjaeld
Challenge will pit vintage Bentleys
against other Brooklands-style
racers at Ascari in Spain (top left),
this October.
ALAMY

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IGNITION / News

NEWS FEED THEY


New man at the top for FBHVC; 20 years of EuroNCAP; see a SAID
Bluebird at Bromyard; grand gathering of Jaguars at Windsor

Steel pressed to be new you would have been in a 1997 the MG and Mazda have the same Its a romantic notion...
FBHVC president Metro-based Rover 100, according final drive ratio. Advantages include that some future little
Lord Steel of Aikwood, known to to EuroNCAPs publicity. The more relaxed cruising.
most as the former Liberal party Rover scored just one star in the Gurney will touch the
leader David Steel, is the new organisations first batch of tests, Burlen creates local jobs shiny skin of an Eagle
president of the Federation of with its passenger compartment with in-house machining
British Historic Vehicle Clubs. He destroyed. It was, of course, an The prolific manufacturer of SU, racing car somewhere
becomes the Federations second old design even then, and known Zenith and AMAL carburettors sometime and be proud
president after Edward, Lord to be a poor crash performer. has installed new CNC machinery
Montagu. Lord Steel is a long- that, it says, will help it to monitor
of his ancestry
Dan Gurney at the opening of
time classic car enthusiast; he Bluebird from 1927 to star at quality, improve availability and The Eagles Have Landed: Dan
has competed in six Monte Carlo Bromyard Speed Festival keep costs down. Two new staff Gurneys All American Racers at
Historic rallies, has advised It set a Land Speed Record of members have joined the Salisbury Petersen Automotive Museum.
organisers on setting up 175mph at Pendine Sands in 1927 company, with further expansion
international rallies, and is a driving with its Napier Lion engine, and planned as SUs fuel injection
force in the All-Party Parliamentary Malcolm Campbell broke 200mph system goes on sale. Its a little gem
Historic Vehicles Group. in an improved version at Daytona of historical
in 1928. Now the Napier Bluebird You can do it yourself with
Henry Ford museum gets a will join the Fiat Beast of Turin a Swifty plasma cutter
Renault passion
Alpine managing director
better, but longer, name and the Liberty-Thomas Babs in a Using ultra-hot plasma to cut metal Michael van der Sande to
The Henry Ford museum has record-breaking trio at the festival easily and very accurately is Octane on the relaunch of the
always seemed to sell itself short, held in the streets of Bromyard, normally the preserve of the much-loved French car brand.
given that this amazing collection Herefordshire, on 2 April, with professionals, but 2900 now buys
of US social history and scientific around 150 other machines. Well you a computer-controlled DIY
endeavour has always been about demonstrate a flame-off through system with its own cutting table. Ferraris are rocking
much more than just the motor our 12 exhausts, promises Lorne Manufacturer Swift-Cut says it will right now
industry. On 23 January the Jacobs, the Bluebirds owner. help classic car owners to create Occasional Octane contributor
Dearborn-based museum, covering complex parts at home. Harry Metcalfe on news that the
revised F12 will have 800bhp.
250 acres and containing around Five forward gears for MGB
26 million artefacts, was renamed British Motor Heritage is now Award for Octane contributor
the Henry Ford Museum of stocking Vitesse Globals five-speed David Burgess-Wise has received
American Innovation. gearbox kit for the MGB, using the the Mort Morris-Goodall Trophy
The best car I ever
unit from a Mazda MX-5 Mk3. from the Aston Martin Heritage had was a Daimler
EuroNCAP marks 20 years of
safety tests with two crashes
Priced at 2490 excluding fitting,
the kit includes a clutch plate,
Trust for 16 years of editing Aston,
the trusts journal, and preserving
Barker Special Sports
Drive a 2017 Honda Jazz into an hydraulics, speedo cable and the history and heritage of Aston which I sold for 100
offset concrete block at 40mph and propeller shaft. BMH says the gear Martin. Goodall founded the Aston The Rt Hon the Lord Steel of
Aikwood (David Steel) on
you will be a lot more intact than ratios are ideal, not least because Martin Owners Club in 1935. previous car loves, at his
appointment as president
of the FBHVC.

Im going to throw
Jaguars gear up for Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival in my house in Maui
Up to 1250 of the marques cars will gather at Windsor Castle on 6 May for a week!
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler
The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, Jaguar Classic and the Windsor and Eton encourages the bidding on his
Rotary Club will hold one of the largest single gatherings of Jaguars at Hennessey Venom GT Spyder to
$750,000 at Barrett-Jacksons
Windsor Castle on Saturday 6 May. A parade of 250 Jaguars, spanning Scottsdale sale.
every model produced, will drive through Windsor town centre and into
the castles quadrangle for Royal viewing, before display in the nearby
Frogmore cricket ground. Included will be a C-type, a D-type, the original Ill give you the keys, Ill
MARTYN GODDARD

XJ13 and the young Endeavour Morses Mk1. A further 1000 cars will line
the Long Walk up to the castle, backed by food stalls and trade stands.
be naked in Maui! Toga!
Tyler encourages the bidding to
The event, which will raise money for the Prince Philip Trust Fund, $850,000 (donated to the Janies
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Range Rover reborn


of low-volume production because we cant
over-commit.
The Range Rovers that form the base for the
restorations will, where possible, be cars with
The original luxury SUV is available again brand new their original mechanical parts and in a viably
Words John Simister restorable state. There will be no rebirths from
parts cars, but Land Rover Classic doesnt rule
AFTER THE LAND ROVER REBORN different from those of an early Land-Rover. An out some chassis repairs if the rest of a restoration
from Land Rover Classic comes the prolific old-school trim shop can handle cars like the candidate makes it worthwhile. Well look at
restoration operations latest project: Range Series I Land-Rover and the Jaguar E-type [ JLRs every vehicle on an individual basis, says Bishop.
Rover Reborn. As with the Series I Land-Rover, classic division is also exhibiting its restored 1962 Land Rover Classic has a programme to tool
for which there are 50 orders and 12 cars under E-type coup at Rtromobile, commissioned by up for some of the harder-to-get body panels,
construction, the Range Rover is an extremely a customer], but the Range Rover is more notably the rust-prone tailgate. The Reborn
thorough restoration, as authentic as possible and complicated. The only way to do those moulded project will concentrate on Range Rovers with A-
using as many original parts as possible. PVC seats is to tool up for them again. to G-suffix chassis numbers, from 1970 launch to
The first example to be completed, a 1978 Also, with the Land-Rover theres a pool of around 1980, well within the era of the vertical-
three-door in Bahama Gold, was revealed at the military spares. Thats not the case with the slat front grille and the open-plan, small-binnacle
Paris Rtromobile show on 8 February (and Range Rover, so stocks are low. Some parts can dashboard. Were not sure yet where people will
immediately sold). It represents the Range Rover still be found but we cant just knock on the gravitate, says Bishop of the likely popularity of
in its pure and original form, which is where the original suppliers doors and ask them to make any production year but, for the first run of ten
greatest interest for the model lies. some more. Theres a lot of work to do to get examples at least, the interior will probably
Michael Bishop of Land Rover Classic says the parts remanufactured. Its not an instant supply, feature the optional cloth seat trim.
challenges of restoring a Range Rover are quite and we dont necessarily want to go the extent Reborn Range Rover prices start at 135,000.

Other cars
ripe for rebirth
Reincarnating classic cars is the most
on-trend trend in the old-car world
right now. Beyond the high-prole
machinery already starting a second
life is a raft of cars supported by LOTUS ELAN S3/S4/SPRINT MAZDA MX-5 MK1 MINI MK1
near-complete parts availability, some The bodyshell and chassis are still The factory still supplies most parts, Who would own the project? BMW
of it made by or sanctioned by the available from Lotus, though other including panels, everyone loves the owns the brand, British Motor Heritage
original manufacturer. Some of those parts might have to come from Mk1, and there are plenty of rusty makes the bodyshells. Those shells are
manufacturers might not be so keen elsewhere, including the engine for donors. They could be sold as factory- for later-pattern Minis and would need
to go the whole way, however. So which new blocks and heads are sanctioned specials, perhaps reborn modifying with external door hinges
here are our picks for a new life, available. Lotus could make it as by factory tuning house Mazdaspeed. and so on. Many other parts are to
and the chances of it happening. specialists have been doing for years. Stranger things have happened. later design, too. Financially unlikely.

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Alvis lives!
You have the drawings, the
skills and the parts stocks.
Why not make some more?
Words John Simister

CONTINUATION CARS are the big thing


of the moment. Now Alvis is to make more of
what it used to make. For many years the car
part of the Alvis business, acquired by Rover in
1965 and run down by British Leyland in 1967,
has been owned and operated by Red Triangle
in Kenilworth. It has all the records and assets,
and is the centre of the Alvis servicing and
restoration universe.
Around four years ago Red Triangle revealed
a plan to make a continuation series of the
4.3-litre (actually 4387cc) Vanden Plas-bodied
tourer, of which 150 examples were sanctioned
at an Alvis board meeting in 1938 but just 73
were made before the war intervened. The three
cars so far constructed out of the 77 remaining
allocated chassis numbers have stayed largely
Top and above
under the radar; one is in Scotland, one in Fancy a brand new TF21-based Graber coup? Or
Moscow, one in Dubai. a Bertelli fastback coup? Now you can order either.
Now the Alvis Car Company, as this Red
Triangle venture is named, wants to step up the The Vanden Plas 4.3 was quite a supercar
operation. It will have four original Alvises at in its day, says managing director Richard
Februarys London Classic Car Show. Three of Joyce. It gets to 60mph in 11.8 seconds, it has
them two pre-wars with Lancefield tourer an all-synchromesh gearbox and independent
and Bertelli fastback coup bodywork, and a front suspension. No Alvis was faster until the
1966 Graber coup which was a more modern, 1966 TF21.
horizontal-grille and ultra-rare evolution of The 4.3 updates include a higher compression
the familiar TF21 represent cars in the ratio, a fuel injection system and a catalytic
continuation catalogue, which also contains converter. To get IVA, a car has to meet 1991
the TF21 itself. with 25 examples planned emissions standards, says Joyce. We also fit
exclusively in drophead form. disc brakes all round we decided not to
None has so far been re-made, although a cover them up to make them look like
further Vanden Plas is currently under drums and a collapsible steering column. We
construction. All the continuation cars will be change just enough to comply without altering
Above and left built out of all-new parts, updated over the the driving experience.
Each Range Rover Reborn is painstakingly rebuilt original designs only where required to pass Prices for the pre-war-based cars start
from a donor car; the rst ten cars all feature cloth
upholstery because the original moulded and prone the IVA test. This will allow them to be at 190,000. For more information, visit
to cracking vinyl seats have not yet been re-made. registered as new cars. www.thealviscarcompany.co.uk.

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MERCEDES-BENZ SL PAGODA There have been several attempts A new line for Ferrari Classiche? Jaguar Land Rover Classic will need
All are well served by the classic at this over the years, typically with There are still rusty Dinos to be found another project soon and reborn
divisions of their respective companies, a modern engine and better rear (more so than grander Ferraris), and Jaguar Mk2s are nothing new. Those
and all could easily be reborn. Market suspension. Good original cars have they will doubtless be bought and by Vicarage and Beacham majored
values of pre-impact 911s and the SL been too temptingly cheap to make restored. It makes sense for Ferrari to on upgrades (from V8s to soft-tops);
certainly make them viable; dont bet an expensively re-engineered rebirth take some of the market for itself, and Browns Lane would more likely
against the 02 heading that way. attractive, but that might change. offer cars with their seal of approval. provide you with a standard 3.8 MOD.

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Paolo Stanzani 1936-2017


Massimo Delb recalls the father of the Lamborghini Miura, Countach and many more

INGEGNER PAOLO Stanzani was born in What Ill miss most are those special moments need for privacy and Bertone offered us a
Bologna in 1936, graduated in 1961, and was of reminiscence, such as during a memorable solution: a barn at one of the farms close to his
hired by Ferruccio Lamborghini himself on 30 dinner in Ferrara, when he spent a good hour headquarters. It was late at night and, suddenly,
September 1963 to work for the newly formed describing his first day of work at Lamborghini. one of the doors opened, and we saw this farmer,
Lamborghini Automobili. Hed always declared, His journey with Ferruccio in a fast and noisy who, while walking close by, had heard noises
with a smile, that he was hired simply because Ferrari to Pirelli in Milan could easily be the basis coming from the supposedly empty barn and
Lamborghini wanted a back-up in case something of a Hollywood comedy Stanzani admitted he come in to have a look.
happened to Giampaolo Dallara, and with Dallara had never been in a car faster than a Fiat 500 Countach! is what he said when he spotted
he went on to become the technical father of the before, and Lamborghini explained to him how us with the car a meaningless word for us, as
Miura. In 1967 he was appointed general manager he was supposed to trick the manager of Pirelli we all came from Bologna. When we asked the
and technical director of Lamborghini, and is into granting a further discount on tyres. On the Bertone men what it meant, the news spread, and
also considered the father of the Countach even way back, he was asked to drive and, when the the rest is history.
though the Urraco was his favourite creation, pair stopped at a service station, Lamborghini Stanzani is survived by his wife Maria, daughter
because of its more advanced technical content. bought a single bottle of water to share, adding Chiara and two grandchildren, to whom we send
In 1974 he quit Lamborghini and set out on his that it was important never to waste money. our most sincere condolences.
own, building dams for an energy company, then It was with Stanzani that I spent one of the
founded Tecnostile, his own consultancy firm, in most interesting evenings of my life. During Above and below
1979. In 1991 he joined the Bugatti Automobili the Miuras 45th anniversary tour in Tuscany, Ingegner Paolo Stanzani, also pictured with the
of Romano Artioli, and entered history as the organised by Simon Kidston, we listened to Countach he developed while Lamborghinis
technical director; with Massimo Delb during
technical father of the Bugatti EB110 too. Stanzani and Ferruccios son Tonino sharing the Miuras 45th anniversary tour.
If his achievements as an engineer are more memories after dinner. It was wonderful to hear
than renowned, less is known about the man them and to discover that sometimes they had
himself because of his natural shyness. For me, different recollections of the same event.
Paolo Stanzani was a mine of information: I cant Stanzani recalling his memory of the birth of
even remember how many times I have asked him the name Countach was invaluable, because he
details about the men and machines of his period. was there, one of the very few eye-witnesses of
His support in helping me with the Octane feature that very moment. We were running late with
celebrating 50 years of the Miura (issue 153) was the preparation of the new car to show at Geneva,
simply invaluable. he told me, and both companies, Bertone and
He was even happy when I encouraged him to Lamborghini, were hit by sudden strikes. It was
recall the Carrozzeria Touring proposal for the too risky to have the car, and the components
would-be Miura, showing him an old picture of needed to finish it, in one place where a strike
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himself, Dallara and Carlo Felice Bianchi could have stopped everything, maybe for days.
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AUTOMOBILIA

Spanish acquisition
Ive owned a couple of yellowing brochures for
Spains legendary Pegaso Z-102 for so long
Ive forgotten where they came from. Perhaps
they were an unexpected bonus in a box of old
car magazines; its incredible what treasures
readers tucked inside their journals years ago.
Interestingly, theyre both in English, with an
almost tiresome repetition of the mantra The
car for the connoisseur. A light small car, trills

Buy-out means big


the pidgin translation about the Touring-bodied
two-seater peach of the 86 Z-102s made.
Stoutly built, and easily handled, an unrivalled
combination which is universally admired.

plans for British specialist


Theyre a left-over from a farcical moment
when Pegaso gate-crashed the 1952 London
Motor Show. The tale was recounted to me
over 30 years ago by coachbuilder Harold
Radford. He was hosting two stands at Earls
Investment fund set to take JD Classics business worldwide Court, one showing his customised Bentleys,
Words Massimo Delb the other the Hotchkiss marque, when he
received an urgent phone call from a flustered
Mr Stanley of show organiser the Society of
RUMOURS BEGAN to circulate at the customers not only buy cars but also need Motor Manufacturers & Traders [SMMT].
beginning of 2017 about the sale of the Essex- restoration and maintenance too, he developed He said hed had a phone call from 10
based classic car dealer and restoration specialist the company to offer all these services and, Downing Street saying it was important to get
the Spanish to increase our export quota, as
JD Classics. So Octane asked its founder, Derek when he saw car manufacturers investing heavily so few English cars were allowed into Spain.
Hood, what the truth behind the stories was. in the company image of their workshops, he They would only agree if the new Pegaso was
After all, this looks to be the first instance of a followed the same route. I spent a fortune and exhibited at Earls Court.
classic car specialist being sold to a large had to remortgage my family home, Hood I was asked to exhibit it and given a stand
investment consortium. admits. Luckily it worked. in a very prominent position, and I asked for a
I heard the rumours too, said Derek. The When it comes to the reasons behind the sale, demonstrator. They hadnt got one. A whole
team of these Pegaso people arrived with their
truth is very simple. In January 2015 I was there is a mix of family and business matters. I cars, but none of them had an engine they
contacted by representatives of the Charme realised that neither of my two daughters hadnt made any yet!
Capital Partners investment fund, representing was interested in running the business. On the I then had a phone call from the Spanish
Luca di Montezemolo, other hand, I had the dream ambassador, saying would I please give a
Ratan Tata and some other of seeing my company champagne cocktail party on the stand, and
investors from the Middle THE REASONS BEHIND developing abroad, opening invite the chairman and managing director of
every English motor manufacturer, and he was
East and Europe. They were
looking for information THE SALE ARE A MIX in the USA, the Middle East
and Far East markets, so the
arranging that Prince Philip and the Queen
Mother would come. With show protocol
about the classic car
business, and I helped
OF FAMILY AND opportunity offered by the
guys at Charme Capital,
flouted, there was more diplomatic angst when
Prince Philip thundered: Who the bloody hell
them in finding and better BUSINESS MATTERS attracted to my company is going to pay 10,000 for a thing like this?
within earshot of Spanish executives.
understanding all the because of the whole package
Only one deposit was taken, from
information they were collecting. of services it offers, was quite interesting, he said. construction tycoon Robert McAlpine, but the
When they had finished their analysis, they I sold 60% of the business, and for a certain car was never delivered because Pegaso axed
realised how big the market and its potential are, number of years Ill be the one still managing it its supercar venture before any British-market
and they asked me if I would be interested in and having the final word on strategic decisions. cars were made. In one of my brochures is a
selling the business. If everything goes as planned, JD Classics will May 1955 letter to Mr DR Harvey of Hove from
JD Classics was founded by Hood three have seven or eight showrooms around the Radfords South Kensington showroom, saying
a new Pegaso would cost between 7600
decades ago. In his first month he sold eight world in the next five-ten-20 years, but will always and 9800, but otherwise avoiding hard sales
cars, and moved the business from his driveway keep the restoration facility in our English pitch. Brochures were all any potential British
to an old industrial building. Within four years headquarters and I can hope, in five or six years connoisseur would ever get of this exotic
he had ten industrial units. Realising that from now, to be working a little less machine from Barcelona. Giles Chapman

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Toyotas WRC
heritage

TOYOTA
1973 Toyotas first victory: Walter Boyce/
Doug Woods in a Corolla TE20 on the
Press On Regardless Rally (USA)

1974 Bjrn Waldegrds Toyota debut:


fourth in manufacturers championship

1975 First victory for TTE with Hannu


Mikkola/Atso Aho driving a Corolla Levin

Mkinens back!
in the 1000 Lakes Rally (Finland)

1982 TMG founder Ove Andersson


drives in WRC for the last time, at the
wheel of a Celica 2000GT
Former Mitsubishi star returns as Toyota WRC team principal
Words David Lillywhite 1984 First Safari Rally (Kenya) victory,
Bjrn Waldegrd/Hans Thorzelius driving
a Celica Twin-Cam Turbo
FOUR-TIMES CHAMPION Tommi Mkinen has where we had to slow down a lot, because suspension
returned to the World Rally Championship 14 years behaviour was not so good, we could break something. 1988 New Celica GT Four would win 29
WRC rallies and six Championships
after his last competitive drive, this time as a team Quizzed on the differences between the two
principal rather than a driver. Against all expectations Toyota drivers, again he was animated: I noticed that 1989 Carlos Sainz makes Toyota debut
his new team, Toyota Gazoo Racing, finished second [difference] now we have the two drivers, Juha
overall at the Rallye Monte-Carlo, first time out. Hnninen and Jari-Matti Latvala. Juhas driving style 1990 Sainz becomes Toyotas first
drivers World Champion, piloting
We caught up with Mkinen halfway through the is very-very smooth, hes braking very smooth, hes
a Celica GT-Four
rally, to ask him about the change from driver to accelerating very smooth. Jari-Matti is more like on/
manager, and if he misses being out on the stages. off; hes braking in a pretty aggressive way, into the 1991 Toyotas first victory in the
No-no-no, its a younger guys job, he said in that corner and immediately he wants a completely Monte Carlo Rally
once-familiar Finnish accent. I was consulting for different response from the engine.
1993 Toyota becomes the first
them about rallying and finally they ask what Im When youre driving, drive-drive-drive, learning Japanese company to win the
thinking about it [running a team]? Finally I say if we your vehicle, you need to understand how your car World Rally Championship
go we have to go absolutely flat out. No compromises. wants to go fastest. Its not a question of one car is
I have driven the new car. I have some rally built for one driver if a driver is clever enough he 1994 Toyota achieves a second hat-trick
of Safari Rally wins, with Ian Duncan in
experience [said with a wry smile], I wanted to know understands the car, how it wants to go fast, hes able
a Celica Turbo WRC
the car exactly to see the differences, how it is acting, to change his driving style to follow the cars way to go
then I can discuss it more easily with drivers. fastest. These are the drivers who win the titles. 1998 After a two-season absence,
With the latest technology all cars are very-very Will Hnninen or Latvala be one of those drivers? Toyota wins the Monte Carlo Rally
fast and behave well in every kind of conditions; Mkinen says this season is for learning, next season on its return
theyre using such a massive suspension travel and is for winning but a podium (Latvala finished 1999 Third manufacturers World
everything is so strong. You go flat out. I remember second, Hnninen 16th) in the first event of the Championship only two companies
from my time at Mitsubishi there were always places season is quite something. have won more in WRC history

WHY WE LOVE became the norm, people in cars got to mainland


Europe by car ferry. Plenty of time for a sandwich,

Car ferries a fry-up, even a cordon bleu feast. There were cliffs
to watch receding, France to watch arriving, time
to plan routes on real maps. There was a sense of
Fly-drive, thats the modern way. EasyJet, cheap occasion, of frontier-crossing, of adventure. Bring
car hire, job done. But isnt it better to feel the land on the amber headlight bulbs and the GB plates.
and water passing under your body, to sense the The first car ferries lifted your car on board by
progress from home to destination? OK, so then crane: slow, but symbolic of serious travel intent.
you drive the whole way, and the quickest, slickest Driving on and off, for Dover and Calais at least,
way is to fly under the Channel in a sealed capsule started in 1953. There is still no better way to
on rails. Maybe youll wolf a sandwich en route. traverse la Manche especially when the hold
Before either bit of late-20th Century speediness is full of interesting old motor cars. John Simister

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Make a date at Montlhry


Revitalised track has some great events planned for 2017
Words John Simister

THE HISTORIC banked autodrome at most notably the 1927 24-hour endurance
Montlhry, south of Paris, hosts many historic record-breaker which ran again on the banking
motoring events. Two of 2017s picks are the for the first time in 89 years. Peugeot brought
Vintage Revival for pre-1940 machinery on 6-7 several historic competition cars including a CD
May, and the third edition of Les Grandes Heures Peugeot LM66 endurance racer from 1967, while HOW TO...

Register a car with


Automobiles, held on 23-24 September. Citron brought two record-breakers: a 1931 C6
The LGHA is the big one, with cars and F Petite Rosalie and a 1953 2CV barquette.

no documents
motorcycles from the Autodromes earliest years The Montlhry circuit is owned by UTAC
through to recent times. LGHA previewed the CERAM, which also owns the modern test track
event at Rtromobile in February with a display at Mortefontaine used by major manufacturers
of Group B rally cars; last year they were lapping and the European Car of the Year organisation. Somehow, you have in your garage an old
around Montlhrys banking right up to 10pm. LGHA is hoping for lots of international car car but not a scrap of documentary
evidence to convince the authorities that it
Similar spectacles are promised this year, clubs and participants for 2017, pointing out that exists. Thats fine as far as it goes it
supported by many displays from classic car the facility has plenty of space to accommodate might be a barn find or even a pile of bits,
clubs. Themes last year included five Voisins, them. Definitely worth a visit, wed say. and youre in no hurry to alert the system to
its existence but one day, when its
working, it will need a number plate if
youre going to drive it on the road. How
are you going to do that?
If its a car which has always lived in the
UK, the DVLAs V765 scheme can help
you reclaim your cars registration number.
For this, run in conjunction with an
impressive tally of car clubs, you need,
ideally, the old cardboard logbook.
You dont have it, of course.
Old MoTs, bills of sale, photographs of
the car long ago wearing a number plate;
all help with establishing authenticity and,
ultimately, the reunification of car and
original number.
You dont have these, either. You dont
even know what its number was.
Right. With luck you will at least have
the cars chassis number, stamped or
embossed somewhere on its structure.
A car club or heritage trust might then be
able to match these to a registration
number, or to a record of the supplying
distributor or dealer. There are some
pre-DVLA, ex-council records held at the
Kithead Trust, too, but success here is by
no means guaranteed (Londons records,

DVLA meets FBHVC was just being hopeless, but the truth is stranger.
A new vehicle has a manufacturers code, entry
of which by the DVLA automatically populates
for example, are particularly sparse) and
the Catch 22 is that the Trust really needs
the registration number as the starting
Agenda included accurate V5Cs the new V5C. Only the make box, termed D1,
point. At least you might have enough
information by now for an age-related one.
and late conversions can be filled in manually if a car has no code; Now, suppose your numberless old car
box D2, for model, cannot because the system arrived from abroad. To get a suitable
THE FEDERATION of British Historic Vehicle architecture doesnt allow it. DVLA is likely to fix age-related number, whether you have just
Clubs and the DVLA are getting along these days. this anomaly when the system is re-platformed. imported your project or youve sat on it for
They do wish to assist in the preservation of our It also emerges that some applications to regain years, you fill in a NOVA1 form, as used for
any car youve imported privately. You
motoring heritage and have no wish to make the original registration number for a long- include as much information as you can
unnecessary difficulties, says FBHVCs Bob dormant, now-restored car have revealed that the from whatever source: car clubs, period
Owen in the Federations first 2017 newsletter. number was never actually lost. When records photographs of similar cars, second
One issue has been a historic vehicles details were computerised, owners could submit a opinions from marque experts, whatever
as recorded on the V5C registration document. notice of interest to the DVLA and keep the you think will help your case.
Sometimes, with imported vehicles or those pre- number live, then activate it a late conversion Theres no magic formula, then. But the
DVLA and HMRC know that documentary
dating computerised vehicle records, only the when the car was ready to return to the road. A evidence will be different for different
make field of the V5C has an entry and model is later owner might not know this happened and projects and will listen sympathetically, so
left blank, or the make and model are run together gets a pleasant surprise. The number remains dont give up. Good luck.
in the make field. Many have assumed the DVLA transferable, unlike a re-issued or age-related one. John Simister

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Laguna Seca Raceway


safe until 2020
Following a three-way battle for control of the
historic Californian race circuit, the Monterey
County Board of Supervisors equivalent
to a UK county council has voted to let the
Sports Car Racing Association of the
Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) run the
county-owned track for the next three years.
In 2014 SCRAMP, which built the track in
MAN & MACHINE 1957 and has run it ever since, was put on a
month-to-month contract after being judged by

Dougal Cawley and Piglet


the County Grand Jury of mismanagement and
financial irregularities. In summer 2015 three
rival groups, including SCRAMP, put their
cases to the supervisors to run the track, the
others being Friends of Laguna Seca and
Longstone Tyres owners 1921 GN/Frazer Nash special a partnership including Chris Pook, founder
Words and photography Elizabeth Cameron of the Long Beach Grand Prix.
Its a sweet (if short-term) victory for
SCRAMP, an organisation that has always
WHEN DOUGAL CAWLEY bought Piglet season included a distributor scattering en relied on volunteers, in its 60th year. We shall
more than a decade ago, the former owner route to Cadwell and multiple ruptured head celebrate throughout the year, culminating in a
expressed some surprise that he intended to gaskets. But for Dougal, frequent use (and Racing Through The Decades feature at the
drive it home to Yorkshire. breakage) creates an intimacy with the Monterey Motorsports Reunion in August,
Im a member of the Vintage Sports-Car workings of the car, enabling the owner to said SCRAMP president Michael Smith.
Club, not the vintage-car-and-trailer club, understand its faults and ultimately overcome
spluttered the owner of Longstone Tyres, and even embrace these quirks.
always in support at VSCC racing events. He Hes reluctant to use the word reliable but
adds: Theres nothing better than driving your in the following years the pairing did manage
car to a track, camping, racing and then driving several seasons of sustained success both on
whats left of it home. and off the track; getting faster, winning races
Piglet, a 1921-chassis GN/Frazer Nash and collecting trophies. But after a couple of

LUKE WEBSTER
special, was put together by Roger Buxton in exciting years, Piglets extra speed led to the oil
the 1980s. The name comes from Rogers own not reaching where it should in the engine.
nickname, apparently bestowed on him by his At one time I would return to Yorkshire after
family after his early years eating habits. Roger a race, pull a conrod and send it to Kent for
subsequently sold his creation to Mags Diffey,
who reluctantly sold it to Dougal with the
white-metalling, then pop it back in within the
week in order to go racing again the following
Vulcan XH558 into
understanding she could have one last race
at Silverstone before handing it over;
weekend. However, Im afraid some slapdash
fettling on my part eventually led to a leg out of
storage for Cold War
unfortunately, after the warm-up lap Piglet had bed, whilst flat-out on the Lavant straight at Not that Cold War, obviously, but a new Cold
a small carburettor fire on the start line, Goodwood. War Jets engineering facility and visitor centre
spectacularly terminating Mags ownership. Cue Wobbly Steve (aka Steve Smith of at Doncaster Sheffield airport, the former RAF
Nevertheless, Dougal attempted to campaign balancing specialist Vibration Free) to rebuild Finningley. The Vulcan, the last of its type to
Piglet at all the remaining VSCC race meetings Piglets 3.3-litre Model A Ford engine. Since fly, has been at the airport since its final flight
in October 2015, occupying the same hangar
in 2004. Whats brilliant about VSCC meetings then Dougal has never looked back, winning in which it was often based during the 1960s.
is that you can have what you consider to be a his race in one of his favourite events, the Now it has been moved to another part of the
broken car in the paddock and before you know Circuit des Remparts at the walled city of airport site while the Vulcan To The Sky trust
it someone has lent you tools and spare bits of Angoulme in France. Though it looks as if chases funds to build the new facilities.
their car. And theres several arms up in your Dougal shouldnt fit into the tiny boat-tailed The engineering workshop will be an open
sump in a giddy bid to get you going again. You body on its narrow chassis, his enthusiasm and facility, with aircraft being maintained and our
record-breaking Canberra, WK163, being
can borrow anything in a VSCC paddock. can-do mindset is infectious, which ultimately restored while visitors tour with expert guides,
Piglets best result in that first year was is what will keep Piglet going. He currently said the trusts chief executive, Dr Robert
finishing one lap of practice at Mallory Park. shares the car on hillclimbs with wife Liz, but Pleming. The support of the airport gives us
Calamities over the course of that first racing middle son Wilf is champing at the bit. confidence that we have a home in the future.

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RALLYE MONTE-CARLO HISTORIQUE.


25 JANUARY 1 FEBRUARY
CarCaves Opel Ascona slithers to victory in
the notoriously tough Monte historic rally.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: PETER SINGHOF & MICHAEL GREGG; PETER MCFADYEN; EVAN KLEIN; ANDREA SEED; AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE MONACO; CHARLIE WOODING; THE WINTER TRIAL; NEWSPRESS USA
GRAND NATIONAL ROADSTER SHOW. THE CLASSIC AUTO SHOW,
POMONA, CALIFORNIA, 27-29 JANUARY LOS ANGELES. 27-29 JANUARY
The 68th running of the legendary hot rod show. The UKs Classic Motor Show format
moves Stateside for its inaugural event.

CAVALLINO CLASSIC, PALM BEACH,


FLORIDA, USA. 25-29 JANUARY
The winning Ferrari 212 Export Vignale

CLEE HILLS TRIAL, SHROPSHIRE.


22 JANUARY
Rare trials win for a production car in
the Midland Automobile Club event.

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THE WINTER TRIAL, MAASTRICHT


TO SALZBURG. 22-27 JANUARY
Less snow than expected but treacherous
ice patches instead. Lots of incidents...

PLUM PUDDING TRIAL,


WEST SUSSEX. 2 JANUARY
Feeling festive in the 750 Motor
Clubs first sporting trial of the year.

CHICAGO AUTO SHOW, USA.


11-20 FEBRUARY

THE MONTH
Lego Batmobile on Chevrolet
stand, made from 344,187 bricks.

IN PICTURES
Exciting times on now and mud on one
side of the Atlantic, sunshine on the other.
Good times had by all.

ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA, FLORIDA.


28-29 JANUARY
ESM Nissans first time at Daytona ended
with impressive fourth and seventh places.

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Salon Rtromobile When Bugatti met Bentley, showing the rivals


offerings of the 1920s and 30s. Incredible.
Fiskens and JD Classics dominated the strong
Paris, France 8-12 February UK contingent, Axel Schtte and Kienle bring
Words David Lillywhite Photography Renault, Massimo Delb the best in the Gullwing world, and the rest
arent far behind. Watchmaker Richard Mille
WHY THE OBSESSION with Rtromobile, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Bugatti, Porsche, joined in the fun too, with a remarkable
year after year? If you havent been, you must Honda, Maserati. They go all-out to impress, collection of mostly four-wheel-drive F1 cars.
wonder at this apparent need to head to chilly and the French companies in particular have The shows special features almost fade into
Paris every February. And if you sampled it, say, long treated Rtromobile as a chance to be as the background in such grand company, but
six or seven years ago, you might think yes, its quirky as can be imagined. this years Cars of David Brown, starting with a
good but not worth visiting every year. Where else would you see a Citron Bijou tractor and working through the Aston DBs,
Thing is, its become a meeting place for fire engine (not much space for les sapeurs was a big attraction, as was the 70 Years of
the worlds major classic car collectors. The pompiers) or simply a Chapron CX? Then there Ferrari, tucked away in Hall 3, and the line-up
Americans are there. The Brits are there. The are more topical highlights, such as the world of Group B cars courtesy of Motul and Les
Germans are there. And so on. For this reason, reveal of the new factory-restored Range Rover Grandes Heures Automobiles on the bridge
the biggest historic car dealers are there too, Classic Reborn series, the first of which sold between the halls.
bringing cars and plush exhibition stands that immediately (prices start at 135,000), and a For bonkers stuff, Rtromobile does love its
they just dont bother with anywhere else, lovely line-up of Alpine sports cars, all in white, tanks: the Muse de Blinds Saint-Chamond
and more and more car manufacturers are culminating in the long-awaited new model. and Schneider CA-1 were hefty highlights. The
bringing their heritage collections a few years The dealers stands are a wonder in (Beaulieu) National Motor Museums three
back it was only the French manufacturers themselves. Lukas Hnis stand was themed as GN specials were similarly popular, despite
who did that. looking a bit lost on the edge of the show.
Clockwise from below
So, this year, we saw of course impressive Renault went all out, from pre-war to new Trezor concept;
Overall the feeling was of a show thats still
stands from Peugeot, Citron and Renault Tillack and Zweimllers Alfa Superflow; Lukas Hni getting better every year, and a remarkable
(plus Alpine), but also Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley vs Bugatti; Porsche heaven; 70 years of Ferrari. meeting place for the worlds collectors.

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Arizona
Concours
Phoenix, USA 15 January
Words and photography Winston Goodfellow

FOR MANY YEARS the kick-off to Americas


car show season has been Marchs Amelia
Island Concours in Florida. After less than five
years, a new show is close to claiming that slot.
The Arizona Concours is held every year at
the Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, immediately
before Scottsdale auction week. This year the
quality and diversity of cars was spectacular.
Every year the Concours features an American
and European marque, and a designer, and the
headlining classes were The Cars of Ettore and
Jean Bugatti, Coachwork by Vignale, and
Lincolns of the Classic Era.
While there were also ubiquitous classes
such as two variants of American Classics and
Postwar European Sports Cars, my favourite
entries came from the Postwar American
Racing Cars. This is where you can find some
American ingenuity (basically stuffing as big an
engine as possible in the smallest frame) that
were true automotive oddities. Bocars are not
unfamiliar but the lithe 1959 XP-5 on display
was a real rarity and it came more than 1000
miles from Michigan. A very cool competitor
also on exhibit was a Bill Thomas Cheetah;
both were powered by potent Chevrolet
small-block V8s, went like stink in a straight
line, but werent developed enough to be true
consistent front-runners.
Such oddities werent limited to America,
though, for its not often you get to see a
Triumph Italia, let alone one in perfect
condition. It contrasted with the radical,
one-off Vignale-bodied OSCA MT4 that
came several hundred miles from northern
California, or the flamboyant Ferrari 250 Clockwise from top left
Europa that was also in the Vignale class. Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Best of Show winner;
Pre-war offerings included a Maybach Class award ribbon; Concours overview, with 1960
Corvette Fuelie in foreground; 1938 Lincoln Model
Zeppelin Cabriolet, Lagonda Rapide Sport K LeBaron Roadster (foreground; one of eight
Tourer and a luscious Delage D8. An assortment made) and 1936 Lincoln Model K LeBaron Sport
of pre-war Lincolns included several Model Ks Coupe (background; one of two known to exist);
featuring faired-in headlights and a stunning very cool Bocar; Bill Thomas Cheetah, hugely fast
in a straight line but never fully sorted in period.
LeBaron Sport Coupe with more traditional
lights, which is one of two known to survive.
Best of Show was a pretty easy pick for this
observer. There were a number of fabulous
Bugattis but, whenever you see a Type 57SC
Atlantic, thats a safe place to bet your chips
and it did indeed win.
We felt we had a significant step-up in the
quality of cars this year, said concours director
Chuck Stanford Jr. Im really happy weve
gotten to this point of credibility, for new
collections are starting to send cars. And, as a
lot of people realise, whats not to like about
Phoenix in January!

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Concours dElegance Sydney


Sydney, Australia 26 January
Words and photography James Nicholls

HELD, APPROPRIATELY, on Australia Day, of Edwardian (1905-1916), Vintage (1919-


the inaugural Concours dElegance took its first 1931), Classic (over 30 years old) and Modern
baby steps towards international recognition. Classic Thoroughbred vehicles, all judged by
Along with Pebble Beach, Cavallino Classic, the experts with their newly acquired ICJAG
Pinehurst, Greenwich, Arizona, Concours knowledge. In groups of three under the
dElegance Suisse and the 21 Gun Salute in leadership of a class judge, they spent 20
Delhi, it was run under the auspices of Ed minutes poring over each vehicle.
Gilberts International Chief Judge Advisory Then it was time for the honorary judges to
Group (ICJAG). The 20 local team class judges become involved. My team including racing
(and myself as chief honorary judge) had driver and 1966 and 1967 Australian Drivers
undergone a series of training seminars at the Champion Spencer Martin; Michael Stahl,
hands of not one but three ICJAG judges editor of the Robb Report; custom designer
from Pebble Beach. Ziggy Sadler; and Yvonne Buchreiter, brand
Chief Judge Nigel Matthews from Vancouver, manager of Lamborghini had an enviable
Canada; FIVA scrutineer and car historian task. The hard work having been done on an
Chris Kramer from Germany; and Master objective basis and the best-in-class vehicles
Judge of the Classic Car Club of America, already chosen, it was time for subjectivity.
Siegfried Linke from Seattle in the US (who Honorary judges have no need to concentrate Clockwise from top left
The winning Mercedes-Benz 190SL Coup and
started life as a mechanic in the 1950s), flew in on originality and authenticity, but adjudicate runner-up Ferrari Dino; Batman and the Batmobile
to oversee the proceedings. All three have many on the more ethereal notions of design, rarity, entertain the crowds; Hispano-Suiza roadster;
years of experience, not only at Pebble Beach, historical significance and elegance. All we had judges pore over a Ford Model T.
where Siegfried has judged for over 30 years, to do was look at the tremendous class winners,
but all over the world on four continents. each honoured with a red rosette on its
These three educated, mentored and advised windshield, and decide which vehicle fulfilled After a quick double-check of the votes from
the local Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Ferrari and the above criteria and which one we liked the the ICJAG trio to make sure all was in order,
Rolls-Royce experts to the nuances of judging. most, in order to identify the Best of Show. the Concours dElegance Sydney Best of Show
This included using an objective process, along Actually, that choice was quite a challenge was announced to the assembled onlookers and
with protocol, field manner, ethics and various when faced with such splendid vehicles from the prizegiving took place.
other guidelines for assessing beautiful cars and the glorious marques of Rolls-Royce, Bentley, The Best of Show award went to a simply
motorbikes, which start out with a perfect Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari et al. stunning 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Coup,
score of 100 and then lose points for lack of In the end, though, after an appearance from much to the delight of the owner and his family,
originality and authenticity. Batman atop the Batmobile (I assume Robin, with the runner-up spot belonging to the 2016
The event was held at Darling Island Wharf, the Boy Wonder, must have been at the wheel) Ferrari National Rally Concours winner in the
Pyrmont, by the Star Casino on Sydney to further entertain the holiday crowds, the shape of the 1971 Dino 264 GT in gorgeous
Harbour. It drew a wonderful, if eclectic, array choice was made. Verde Pino Blenheim.

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COMING UP
Spring and its joys are just around the
corner; mark these dates in your diary

10-12 March 16-19 March


Amelia Island Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix
Concours dElegance Hot on the heels of the Amelia
The winner of the 2016 IHMA Island Concours comes this SVRA-
prize for Motoring Event of the Year organised meeting, which should
will doubtless put on a first-class draw big crowds in its second year.
show again in 2017, welcoming Fernandina Beach Airport hosts
some of the best cars in the world the action.
to sun-soaked Florida. Al Unser Sr svra.com Copperstate 1000, 1-5 April. Image: Copperstate 1000
has been confirmed as the guest
of honour, and special classes will 17-19 March number of spectators (no need 400 pre-1915 bikes, tricycles
include Movie Cars, set to feature Phillip Island Classic to sharpen your elbows). Were and sidecars in the Epsom Downs,
the likes of the Goldfinger Aston The largest Historic meeting in pleased by the return of the SF before releasing them for a 47-mile
Martin DB5 and Steve McQueens the Southern Hemisphere, held on Edge Trophy for spiritedly driven trundle down to Madeira Drive
Porsche 917K from Le Mans. Phillip Island just off Melbourne. and indecently quick Edwardian in Brighton. No other event offers
ameliaconcours.org Grids are organised by the specials, and a dedicated grid has spectators the chance to see so
Victorian Historic Road Racing been added for Lister sports-racers many early machines in one place,
16-18 March Register and cater for Touring Cars, to honour the Knobbly (60 this so its well worth dragging yourself
Three Legs of Man various single-seaters, sports racers year) and the late Archie Scott out of bed to see the riders off.
Nowhere are classics given a and pre-war machinery, too. Brown, Lister pilot extraordinaire. The first is flagged away at 08:00.
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Classic Car & Restoration Show
Birminghams NEC is again the
venue for this spring extravaganza,
which offers displays of pristine
restorations and untouched barn
finds, an auction, expert advice, and
a trade village packed with parts.
necrestorationshow.com

La Jolla Concours dElegance, 7-9 April


VSCC Spring Start, 18 April. Image: Jeff Bloxham Image: Chris Brake

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TOUR OF IRELAND
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Techno-Classica Essen
Essen, Germany 5-9 April

THREE GOLDEN RULES for attending concours delegance, Coys auction, and traders Above
Techno-Classica Essen 2017 wear your stalls galore selling car parts, automobilia, Mercedes-Benz always
creates a stellar display;
comfiest shoes, arrive at the Messe Essen, clothing, accessories, art, models, and much, browse the club stands
Germany, with at least a couple of days to spare, much more. or take your pick from
and have a pre-prepared plan of what you want Each year the organisers also create special hundreds of cars for sale.
to see. This event is huge, filling 21 exhibition exhibitions, and for 2017 they comprise Grand
halls with 1250 exhibitors from more than 30 Prix Monaco 1957 and, topically, 135 Years of
nations, and encompassing every facet of the Electric Cars from 1882 to 2017. The 1957
classic car world. Chances are you wont get Monaco GP was won by Fangio in a Maserati
around to seeing everything. 250F, which will take pride of place in the
With Techno-Classica, its not just the scale exhibition alongside the Vanwall of Tony
of the event that impresses, but also the quality Brooks that placed a distant second. Also on
of the offering and the sheer diversity of the display will be Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari 801,
cars, products and services on show. Small a Cooper-Climax T43, and a Connaught Alta
wonder that last years Techno-Classica Type B. Among the exhibits in the electric car USEFUL INFORMATION
attracted a record crowd of 201,000 visitors hall will be the worlds very first battery-electric Where: Messe Essen, Germany
from 41 countries. Little surprise, either, that car, an 1882 Ayrton & Perry. When: 5-9 April
modern carmakers have discovered the value of Techno-Classica isnt exclusively about cars: How much: When booked in advance online,
setting out their wares; this year, 25 modern car vintage motorbikes, boats and aeroplanes also adult tickets for the preview/Happy View Day
brands will be represented at the show. feature. And to ensure that the event has some (5 April) are 40, while day passes for the
But its for the older models that the hordes relevance to younger generations, theres a remaining three days are 22. Under-18s
descend, and not simply for the extraordinary Young-timer and Tuning area. receive reductions; under-eights get free entry.
displays put on by enthusiastic and imaginative If you can stand the crowds, Techno-Classica Getting there: Dsseldorf International airport
car clubs, many of which create professional- is the worlds best motor show, with a broad is about half an hour from Messe Essen by road,
standard full-scale dioramas in which to and eclectic blanket of exhibits spanning every and Essen train station has pan-European links.
showcase their favoured marque. Classic car genre from the dawn of the motor car to its very For UK drivers, the trip to north-west Germany
dealers will be out in force with a plethora of latest iterations. For many of us it isnt that far is long but comfortably achieved in a day.
desirable metal for sale: theres an autojumble, to travel, and its very much worth the effort. Info: www.siha.de

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IGNITION / New Cars

The making of a hero


Lamborghinis Aventador stunned at launch then fell behind. Now hail The S
Words Steve Sutcliffe

WHEN LAMBORGHINI unveiled the to produce 730bhp and 509lb ft, with more dynamic functions. And this, Lamborghini
Aventador back in 2011, the world of fast cars torque available towards the top end this time. claims, has enabled its engineers to develop a
gasped for a moment in disbelief. Because, at Aerodynamic efficiency is up by an consistency in response that you cant achieve
the time, the Aventador, with its cartoonish impressive 50%, too, with 130% more with separate ECUs.
good looks, its thunderous V12 engine and downforce than before and a lot less drag, says On the move the S has a new-found harmony
210mph top speed, was like no other supercar Lamborghini. And, as you can see, the S also in the way it reacts to your inputs be that on
on Earth. It was also near the technological looks quite different from its predecessor, the throttle, via the steering wheel, on the brake
cutting edge back then, featuring a carbon with an unashamed design nod towards the pedal, and most of all beneath your backside
monocoque chassis with pushrod suspension Countach around its rear wheelarches. and this alone means it represents a huge step
and four-wheel drive with which to deploy its The technical progress doesnt stop there, forwards dynamically over the old car. What
prodigious power. however. Theres a bespoke new Pirelli tyre, you notice first is how direct the front end now
But since then the atmosphere among the while the dynamic drive programme, which feels; then how much cleaner the throttle
upper echelons of fast cars has thickened featured three modes Strada, Sport and Corsa response is. You instantly feel much more in
somewhat, and dynamically the Aventador has has been re-written to include a fourth setting control of the car as a result. And without
struggled to keep up. Which is why Lamborghini called Ego. This allows a driver to alter the question the single biggest difference is the
has come up with this car, a dramatically more dynamics of the steering, powertrain and four-wheel steering.
advanced Aventador known simply as The S. suspension separately from each other, which is From behind the wheel this manifests itself
It costs 277,000 and boasts four-wheel a minor eureka moment for the Aventador. in much sharper front-end bite everywhere
steering and revised electronic suspension. The other key technical change is the fitment and, because the car is so much better-balanced
That famous 6.5-litre V12 has also been tickled of one single ECU to control all the cars under power, the engineers have been able

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Panamera for tax avoiders
Hybrid tech is a stepping-stone to the future
Words Kyle Fortune

EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE: the Porsche Panamera 4


E-Hybrid is like having your entire meal in one sitting. Starter,
main and pudding. Luxury, sports and economy car all in one.
As fusions go its an interesting prospect, and one that requires
the mating of a 2.9-litre V6 biturbo petrol engine to an electric
motor, some batteries and a plug.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is the Panamera your accountant
will like, its 56g/km of CO2 emissions offering sizeable tax
advantages, while the quoted 112.9mpg promises serious fuel
pump avoidance. The reality will be different, but the 4 E-Hybrid
at least offers a useful 31 miles of electric-only range, which will
easily cover the majority of commutes. It defaults to that
E-Power mode, and will drive at speeds in excess of whats
allowed in the UK on the motorway using batteries alone; just
dont expect them to last those 31 miles if you plan on doing so.
Beyond that youll need the 2.9-litre V6 biturbos assistance,
which can be accessed earlier if you turn the steering wheel-
mounted mode switch through Hybrid Auto, or, if its the
weekend, Sport or Sport Plus. Do that and the combined force
of both motors is accessed, giving you the full 456bhp and 516lb
ft, for 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds. Quick then, with naughty noises
too; but clever as all that drivetrain management may be, theres
to send much more torque to the rear axle Above and top left the odd knock though the eight-speed PDK transmission and,
at any given time. Which makes the S feel Latest Aventador looks for all the pace, theres a disconnect between car and driver.
wilder than the original
more like a rear-wheel-drive car than a four- Thats particularly true of the brakes. Tasked not only with
and packs a power boost
wheel-drive one. to 730bhp, but the stopping but also to regenerate energy while doing so, they
The more time I spent in it, the more the S improvements to its rob the pedal of anything approaching conventional feel. The
blew me away. And it wasnt only the new handling are what accelerator feels similarly strange. This, plus the greater mass
handling set-up that impressed. The V12 engine really count. that blunts the other-worldly agility of the conventionally
is also a rare gem that shines brighter than ever powered Panamera, sees the sports element of the mix somewhat
here; the carbon-ceramic brakes have huge lost in the messy whole.
power and a lot more feel than before; and, There are glimpses of brilliance. In E-Power mode its quick,
although the gearbox remains fundamentally quiet and smooth, a real glimpse of a plug-in future, though its
unchanged (which means it works OK if not hampered by the need to haul all that old tech along just in case
brilliantly, when compared with the best of fully electric Porsches are on their way, but hybrids like this are
the best), its automatic mode has been softened a necessary stepping stone. Forget the Porsche badge and its
to make it smoother. among the best hybrids out there, but consider it as a Porsche
But its the chassis thats the stand-out first, and hence a car for drivers, and its less convincing.
feature, because its just so much sharper and so Some of the Panameras excellence is in there, but its mired in
much better-balanced than it used to be. At last, a load of other flavours: ones that might combine, but ultimately
it seems, the Aventador has the underpinnings work better independently of each other. For now, that is the
to do that heroic V12 engine justice. breakthrough isnt far away.

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IGNITION / New Cars

Potentially roofless, not so mean


Mazdas new MX-5 RF features a coup-style folding hardtop but keeps its spirit intact
Words John Simister

YOU HAVE TO AGREE. This is a great- the aforementioned bits reassemble themselves. An RF weighs 45kg more, and costs around
looking little coup, with its rear-set, fastback Job done, in 13 seconds. And you can be edging 2000 more, than a corresponding roadster.
profile which actually turns out to be not a along in traffic, at up to 6mph, while doing it. Theres now an automatic option for the
fastback at all when you realise the rear window This, then, is the Mazda MX-5 RF, for 160bhp 2.0-litre version, and a (manual)
is near-vertical and bounded by buttresses. Retractable Fastback. Unlike the previous Launch Edition with that engine plus Recaro
Shades of a shorter-tailed Dino, maybe. MX-5 generations Roadster Coup, which just seats, extra bits painted in Piano Black and
But its more than a coup. Its a targa-top, looked like a convertible with a hardtop when options to take it up to 28,995.
done the modern way so you dont have to lift the roof was closed, this has its own personality. We love the regular roadster. Its one of the
the roof panel yourself and stash it somewhere. The windscreen has a slightly faster rake, and most amusing, most talkative new cars you can
You just press a toggle switch: up to open the the buttresses are made from composite buy, with all the spirit of the original but done
roof, down to close it, illogically. That whole plastic linked by a steel beam. The roof panel better, woeful lack of cabin storage space apart.
buttress assembly lifts up, the window within and the metal strip above the rear window The RF gets slight chassis tweaks to address the
and the panel below fold out of the way, the are aluminium, and the boot is no tinier than weight gain and the rise in the centre of gravity:
roof panel vanishes (or reappears, as required), the roadsters. a stiffer front anti-roll bar and firmer rear

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springs, a touch more assistance on turn-in for
the electric power steering but less thereafter.
Roof up, the RF feels like the cosy coup it is
while proving to be the first MX-5 ever to have
no body shake at all. That in itself is enough to
make this a terrific car. Roof down, a trace of
shake returns but more of a problem is the
noise of wind buffeting and roaring behind
your head in a way it doesnt in the roadster.
Power the side windows down and,
paradoxically, things get quieter, but they also
get chillier. If open-air driving is at the core of
your MX-5 love, then buy the roadster.
With the optional sport suspension, the RF
2.0s steering revisions make it unnaturally
darty, so youre better off with the standard
models delicious linearity and fluidity of
response enjoyed most with the lighter
1.5-litre, 131bhp engine at the cost of some
pep. That version starts at 22,195, and theres
absolutely no need to pay more.

Below

Youll have a ball


The changes go beyond merely a new folding
roof; they include a more steeply raked
windscreen and suspension tweaks.

Sportiest Golf is still a car for the serious player


Words Neil Briscoe

SOMEWHERE BACK IN the mists of would have Mark Zuckerberg weeping


time, Pete Sampras was winning Wimbledon into his gold-plated cornflakes, and digital
like a clockwork howitzer. He was instruments (also optional) that make you
untouchably the best in his day, a bit like the wonder why we stuck with analogue clocks
Volkswagen Golf GTI an endless parade of for so long.
adoration, unstoppably brilliant, the icon of Changes are actually minimal. The
its age. Yet in Petes day, the Golf was in the 226bhp engine that used to be an option is
doldrums. The hefty MkIII GTI was dull now the entry-level unit, and you can
(who could have thought that the old upgrade that to the Performance Pack
2.0-litre 16v engine would be enough to haul version, which has 241bhp and a trick
around all that extra weight?) but the bland- differential at the front. Outside, there are
as-cold-porridge MkIV was, if anything, new LED headlights with a red signature
worse. It didnt even try to be good. strip and new all-LED rear lamps, plus
That all changed with the 2005 MkV a tweaks to bumpers, wheels and bodykit.
car whose golfball gear-shifter and tartan Elsewhere, mechanically, its as before.
seats may have been throwbacks to the glory Thank heaven for that. For all Volkswagens
days of the 1970s and 1980s, but whose talk of screens and cyberware being more
turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and peachy important to modern buyers, the joy of
chassis were bang up-to-date. A dozen years this GTI is purely a mechanical one. Even
on, while Pete Sampras has been all but without the special diff , the steering is close
forgotten and replaced in tenniss affections to being perfectly weighted and, if its not
by Roger Federer, the Golf has not faded. bursting with Lotus-like feel, then its good
The Marks VI and VII that followed were as enough for most. The chassis balance is
brilliant as ever, and anyone who traded up also close to perfect theres no slack, but
to a Golf R with its all-wheel drive and neither is there unnecessary harshness. It
inflated power was missing the point entirely. corners with a wonderful combination of
Has Volkswagen dropped the ball with iron-fisted Germanic reassurance and a
this one, then, the mid-life update of the litheness that is hard to engineer into any
MkVII GTI? There is much talk of this being car, never mind a practical family hatchback.
the first digital generation Golf, with its Its basically wonderful.
new (optional) 9.2in touchscreen that Sampras eventually came up against his
combines Cray Supercomputer processing Federer, but the Golf GTI has yet to find
power with internet connectivity that any rival with that kind of backhand.

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IGNITION / New Cars

Range Rover goes dynamic


Special Vehicle Operations makes the fastest, most powerful Range Rover ever
Words David Lillywhite

PERSONALISATION. Its the new buzzword, Thankfully, its lost little of the Range Rovers sense in a stock Range Rover but more
the achievable bespoke, the new, classier poise and sophistication. Effortless is the term noticeable is the way those wide tyres attempt
version of customisation. Car manufacturers that always springs to mind. It wafts along with to follow ruts in the road, tugging at the steering
are taking it very seriously, not least Jaguar barely a whisper from the big 542bhp, 502lb ft wheel. It wont be quite as good off-road either,
Land Rover, with its new 20,000m2 Special V8, easing almost imperceptibly up and down yet it will still be remarkable in all but the most
Vehicle Operations HQ now open for business. the eight-speed ZF transmission. extreme situations.
What is that business? Low-volume But give the accelerator a squeeze and (after Of course, there are extra touches inside and
personalisation, from fancy paint to armoured the faintest of pauses as engine and transmission out too, most obviously the graphite finishing
vehicles and in the middle of this sit a handful managements consult) the prow rises, and on exterior trim and badging, the quilted
of special models, the latest of which is the two-and-a-half tonnes of high luxury takes off leather seats, the knurling on the controls and, a
Range Rover SV Autobiography Dynamic. like a sports car, with a muted roar from the little dubiously perhaps, the red anodised
Its a bit of a mouthful for what is simply a engine and a distant growl from the exhausts. gearshift paddles (to complement sirs red
more driver-orientated version of the existing My goodness its quick (0-60mph in 5.1sec), Brembo brake calipers).
ultimate-luxury SV Autobiography, which is and highly entertaining and from outside, we So as is often the case, the 132,800 SV
now available in long-wheelbase form only. later realise, the soundtrack is fruity enough to Autobiography Dynamic isnt necessarily the
The Dynamic utilises the standard wheelbase turn heads, though youd never suspect that best all-round Range Rover. For that, a sub-
and top-of-the-range supercharged 5.0-litre V8 from within. 100,000 standard production model wins. But
together with suspension upgrades, 8mm lower If theres a downside its the ride, which for something a bit special, that attracts a nod of
ride height and quicker steering, to sit between inevitably suffers from the Dynamics uprated recognition from those who know, its certainly
the Autobiography and the fast but less suspension, 22in wheels (21s also available) the one to have.
sophisticated Range Rover Sport. and low-profile rubber, though its a world away
Above
Got that? Put simply, the Dynamic is the from the harsh-riding hot rod that is the Range Special Operations team applies finishing touches
fastest, most powerful Range Rover ever made. Rover Sport. Its little shudders over ripply to the SV Autobiography, in-between bouts of
And how does that translate on the road? services are more pronounced than youd personalisation, from special paint to armour-plating.

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IGNITION / Opinion

JAY LENO
The Collector

I
m always amazed at how little the average person miles on it and it was shifting erratically. She went to a
knows about the car they drive. A friend of mine dealer and, without even looking at the car, the dealer
called me, all panicked; he had an important meeting said, yeah its going to be about $8500. She asked if they
to go to and a light had lit on his dashboard. I asked could fix the transmission and he said no you cant, they
him what the symbol was but he didnt know. So he just replace it. So she told me about this, and I asked her
emailed me the picture and I called him back and told if shed ever cleaned the filter on the transmission. She
him it was a little gas pump. didnt know what I was talking about, as shed never had
I said Youre almost out of gas. And he said Ive got a the transmission serviced. So I said to go to a transmission
meeting to go to, I havent time to get gas. So I told him shop and have them clean the filter, drain the fluid and
that either he had to stop voluntarily or the car would put fresh fluid in it. So she did that and the car was like
stop anyway. That light means youre out of gas! Then brand new. And that saved her $8500.
he starts telling me what a piece of crap the car is! Youre I have always enjoyed owning a car with which I can
out of gas! What part of this dont you get? He asks if do more than just drive. When I was growing up, every
theres anything he can do. YES! Put some gas in it! car I had broke down either on the way to school or on JAY LENO
One day I was driving my 1925 Doble Steam Car, the way home. I took great pride in the fact that I was Comedian and talk show
which looks like any car of the era always able to get it back home. I legend Jay Leno is one of the
most famous entertainers in
except its got a steam engine. I wasnt a mechanical genius but, not
pulled into a gas station because,
although you can run it on
IF THE SUN WAS being an athlete or particularly
gifted with the girls, I felt like I had
the USA. He is also a true
petrolhead, with a massive

CAPABLE OF BOILING
collection of cars and bikes
kerosene, I prefer to run it on something the other guys didnt. (www.jaylenosgarage.com).
gasoline. A woman there told me I leave my McLaren 12C on a
there was smoke coming out of WATER, WE WOULDNT trickle-charge. Like all modern cars,
the car, so I told her its not smoke,
its steam. She asked if it was BE HAVING THIS the computer is such that, if you
dont run them for two or three
overheating, and I told her no, its
a steam car. It runs on steam. CONVERSATION. WED weeks, it drains the battery. One day,
I noticed my charger was plugged
She didnt understand so I
explained that hot water converts BOTH BE DEAD into the car but not the wall. So the
car had gone dead.
into steam and thats what powers To find the battery in a McLaren
the car. So she asked why I was putting gas in it, and I 12C you open the front hood and take the trunk apart.
explained that the gasoline heats the water, like a kettle, So I took the trunk apart, jumped the battery, drove
and steam moves the engine. She asked why I didnt just around for a couple of hours and put the trunk back
park the car in the sun. I said, well if the sun was capable together. I had a real sense of accomplishment.
of boiling water, we wouldnt be having this conversation. Before I did all this, I had phoned the dealer and asked
Wed both be dead. She looked at me like I was crazy. how much it would be to fix the battery. He said its
Something that really annoys me is that auto parts $3500 because they have to take the trunk apart. Really?
stores dont carry parts like water pumps any more, just Theres only seven Phillips screws and two Allen screws
accessories. As I walked through one store I noticed that to take off the perimeter of the trunk and the seal. You lift
every item under $10 seemed to be sold as magic and those off and the battery is underneath it. I took it apart
every item over $10 was science. For instance, muffler in 20 minutes. He suggested that very few customers
repair gum. You put it over the hole and you spread it and would want to try fixing it themselves.
the heat seals it. The ones that were $8.95 had a magician So, of course, in my mind I felt a certain superiority
on the display case. Then the same item where you mix over other customers because I had chosen to do this.
two resins together to form the stuff, those were about And I really, really enjoyed it. And maybe theres some
$15. And those were science basically the same thing inferiority complex of some kind: what did I do to
but there was a picture of a scientist in a lab coat. deserve this car?
The lack of car knowledge many people have leaves Well, I got it back on the road and I got it working.
them at risk of not knowing if they are getting good Thats what makes you respect an automobile, and bond
advice. A girl I know had a Jaguar with about 60,000 with it, when you truly understand how it works.

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IGNITION / Opinion

DEREK BELL
The Legend

I
must admit that it was a day I never thought would position to pass judgement as I wasnt privy to what went
happen. Bernie Ecclestone has finally relinquished on behind closed doors. Some quarters of the specialist
his iron grip on Formula 1. You can read more about media have long portrayed him as the villain of the piece,
this on page 114, but its latest owner, Liberty Media, claiming that he is only interested in money, but I dont
has installed a new man to run the biggest show in believe that to be the case.
motor sport. It has also bestowed Bernie with the What I do know is that, whenever I have had cause to
symbolic title of Chairman Emeritus, whatever that contact him, he has always responded inside 24 hours
means. Ecclestone may be 86 years old, but he is about and been very helpful. This could be something as simple
as far removed from a doddery old man as you can as asking for tickets to a Grand Prix to rather more
possibly imagine. Somehow, I expected him to outlive us substantial requests. It never ceased to amaze me how he
all and continue to mind the store regardless of who managed to deal with my needs when he had such a full
owned the commercial rights. He is a remarkable man plate. But he did, each and every time.
and will be missed, if only by me. Whats more, he has helped keep more than one team
This column is being written barely a week after the stay afloat by dipping into his coffers, and has done so DEREK BELL
announcement was made and its clear that many people without fanfare. You might argue that this could be Derek took up racing in 1964
reporting the story dont know because it was in his own best in a Lotus 7, won two World
Sportscar Championships
Bernie. I reckon the majority interests, but Im not so sure.
havent even met him. They
certainly know little about his
ECCLESTONE MAY Bernie has also done a lot behind
the scenes to help further the careers
(1985 and 1986), the 24
Hours of Daytona three

BE 86, BUT HE IS AS
times in 1986, 1987 and
achievements or the sport in of certain drivers, again without 1989, and Le Mans five
general. One word kept cropping trace elements of publicity. He may times in 1975, 1981,
up in articles: dictator. It was FAR REMOVED FROM not be a saint, but he is an enthusiast. 1982, 1986 and 1987.
bandied about like a slur, often
without referencing the fact that A DODDERY OLD Is he a dictator? Yes, but largely a
benign one in my opinion. As to
Bernie has described himself thus
for decades. He was a dictator, and MAN AS YOU CAN what he does next, Bernie will no
doubt continue to do deals and run
Formula 1 for the most part has
flourished these past four decades POSSIBLY IMAGINE rings around businessmen half his
age. Its what he does best.
precisely because of that. Will Formula 1 gain traction
I wont claim to be great mates with Bernie, but I enjoy without Ecclestone? We will have to wait and see.
his company. I first encountered him in the late 1960s Liberty Media has promised to make eff one more fan-
when I was racing in Formula 2. Bernie competed in friendly and improve the spectacle amid diminishing TV
single-seaters in the 50s before realising that his talents ratings. The appointment of Ross Brawn as managing
lay elsewhere. I knew him as Jochen Rindts manager, director of F1 may prove to be an inspired one. Ross
although he had other business interests. We got on well, knows the sport inside out, having worked his magic at
and it was clear even then that he was an extremely clever Williams, Ferrari and Honda as a designer and team
man who saw the big picture. He subsequently acquired manager, before enjoying stellar success as a one-year-
the Brabham team and turned it into a World only team owner. He is well-liked, well-respected,
Championship-winning force after harnessing the unflappable and detail-driven.
brilliance of its young designer, Gordon Murray. The newly appointed CEO, Chase Carey, has talked
His real genius, however, was in persuading rival team about making the season the equivalent of 21 Super
owners to let him negotiate with circuit owners and Bowls in a host nation; week-long affairs with rock
promoters on their behalf. He did a lot of the heavy concerts and other attractions prior to the main event.
lifting when it came to getting better start money and so I can picture the oft-Aggrieved of Tunbridge Wells
on, albeit for a fee. F1 team principals did very well out getting sniffy about the sport moving further away from
of his deal-making skills, even if they wouldnt publicly its roots, but we will have to wait and see.
admit as much. Should it all go pear-shaped, then it isnt hard to
While I might not necessarily agree with some of imagine a certain Mr Bernard Ecclestone buying the
Bernies decisions over the years, I am not really in a rights back. For a song, naturally.

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IGNITION / Opinion

STEPHEN BAYLEY
The Aesthete

I
have been specifying my next car. While still very a car. And since we have discussed the evocative power
vigorous in the social, professional, athletic, of olfactory sensation, half-burnt two-stroke compares,
romantic, oenophiliac and gourmet senses, I am, for me, to a whiff of Chanel No5 on a cashmere scarf.
nonetheless, now so old that I can remember when a But the second thing you start thinking about is the
heater was an extra. I can recall the excitement when links between the aircraft and car industries. In 1945,
my father bought an after-market kit for his Mini that Swedish engineers found themselves sitting in the sauna
would allow him to flash the headlamps with a wand. with nothing to do but gloomily chew smrrebrd and
So this is all a bit exciting. Anyway, my new car is dream of encounters with moose, so we soon got Saab. It
going to have laser-guidance, High Definition forward- was the same in the West Country. The Bristol Aircraft
looking infra-red (HDFLI), helmet-mounted cueing Company employed tens of thousands when demand for
systems, and ruggedised datalinks as well as beyond- military equipment was high, but after the War, when
line-of-sight communications. It will self-park, self- demand was zero, or less, they decided to build a car.
wash, self-tax, self-refuel when the batteries lose charge Look at the rear of a Saab 92 or a Bristol 401 and there
and self-destruct when the owner acquires 12 points. is a clear similarity in their tapered tails. Aerodynamics, STEPHEN BAYLEY
And then we will have arrived at a Jerusalem of sorts. lightweight materials and semi-monocoque structures Author, critic, consultant,
This same father used to work were part of the aerospace broadcaster, debater and
curator, Stephen co-created
in the aircraft industry. Childhood inheritance. So were demandingly
trips around the factories he
managed are profoundly rooted
HALF-BURNT accurate panel fits. True, the Bristols
aluminium panels did not carry
the Boilerhouse Project at
Londons V&A, was chief

TWO-STROKE
executive of The Design
memories, as is the aroma of hot paint well, but thats like saying you Museum, and fell out with
oil and swarf, since the part of cannot sensibly put Svres porcelain Peter Mandelson when he
the brain that processes smell is COMPARES, FOR ME, in the hot cycle of the dishwasher. told him the Millennium
Dome could turn out
adjacent to the part that files our
recollections. Hed interrogate me TO A WHIFF OF Alas, I have not (yet) flown a 1916
Bristol F2 fighter bi-plane, but I
to be crap.

about how things were made;


hand me a bottle of pop and CHANEL N 5 ON A o
would not be surprised if a 1940s or
1950s Bristol replicated aspects of
demand my answer about whether
the bottle had been cast, moulded, CASHMERE SCARF the dynamic experience. These cars,
as reparations from war, acquired
carved, milled, machined, turned, the rights to BMW 328 engines, but
sculpted or merely happened by accident. a turbine hum is not the sensation delivered. Instead, it is
These things stay with you and it remains a dominant more a symphony of loose-fitting parts, slightly out-of-
ambition of mine to ask the Prime Minister about how tune. Progress is by lurches and pauses, all accompanied
a rivet works. Of course, she will not have a clue and is, by an overwhelming smell of petrol, now as rare as the
thus, in my definition, scarcely above illiteracy. I was evanescent scent of a Byzantine virgins myrrh.
thinking all of this during a visit to Spencer Lane-Jones And why, in 1951, when a Bristol 401 was perhaps the
in Warminster, a workshop specialising in Bristols. most sophisticated car you could buy, Porsche included,
Here I found myself engrossed and enchanted, talking was ergonomics still as little respected as dowsing or
to machinists and toolmakers who explained a castle nut alien possession are today? You think about these things
(part of a secure fastening system), shims and machine- when you travel in an old Bristol. There is the smell and
rolled threads. Just writing shims, I can again hear my the thought of all those machine-rolled threads
fathers voice. Its not a word used much in the Number separating you from oblivion on the A36.
10 Policy Unit. And we are all so much poorer for that. Your journey is a bargain between several types of
Any contact with Bristol and you start thinking about forces, by no means all in synch, but it is not a journey
two things, besides the art of making. First, cars named imagined by a product-planner or a marketeer. This
after places. Lincoln does not count because the Ford journey was made possible by people who understood
children were referencing something else, but Wartburg shims and rivets and made a car imbued with that
is a contender, even if it is a castle, not a town. understanding. When I think of the moribund perfection
Personally, I like Wartburgs since the Ossis had to use of my next car, I find this all ineluctably romantic.
extraordinary ingenuity even to make a bucket, let alone Machines have life. Ask any Bristol owner.

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IGNITION / Opinion

ROBERT COUCHER
The Driver

I would rather own this Bentley than any other car


produced under that name, said Walter Owen
Bentley. Did WO mean one of his fast green lorries
of the vintage era that won at Le Mans five times
between 1924 and 1930? No, he was referring to
The Silent Sports Car, also known as the Derby Bentley
or even quelle horreur! the Rolls-Bentley.
through South Africa, as did Sir Ernest Oppenheimer,
who was busy digging diamonds out of the dry red earth.
Although it was never conceived as a racing car,
Winter Olympian and racing driver ER Hall entered a
Derby in the Ulster RAC TT three times in the 1930s, as
well as competing in one at Le Mans in 1950. The Derby
was obsolete by then, but it must have been effective
As we know, vintage Bentleys built up until 1930 were because Hall became the only person to drive the full
thunderous great machines that beat all Johnny 24 hours (2000 miles) solo. The beautiful Embiricos
Foreigners, including Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and mighty Bentley set a high-speed record of 115mph at Brooklands
Mercedes-Benz, fair and square on the toughest road and then competed at Le Mans in 1949, 50 and 51, the
race of all. Painted in the traditional British Racing first car to finish the event three years in a row.
Green and emblazoned with the Union Flag, these tough By the 1960s, moustachioed WO Bentley-driving
and tenacious motor cars were venerated by the British types were realising that the dastardly Rolls-Bentley was ROBERT COUCHER
press as much as the Bentley Boys who raced them. rather effective on real roads. Enthusiasts began snapping Robert grew up with classic
Sadly, Bentley went bust and up cheap Derbys as the old car cars, and has owned a
Lancia Aurelia B20GT,
the company was sneakily taken movement gained traction in the
over by Rolls-Royce in a nasty
boardroom coup in 1931. WO
A LIGHT-BODIED 50s and 60s. As the Rt Hon Alan
Clark, MP, observed in his book
Alfa Romeo Giulietta and
Porsche 356C. He currently

DERBY BENTLEY
uses his properly sorted
Bentley was moved swiftly Back Fire, vintage cars provided 1955 Jaguar XK140 as his
sideways and his great brand re- status, with prices rising daily driver, and is a founding
emerged as a badge-engineering WOULD BE MY commensurately, and WOs were at editor of this magazine.
job on the weedy Rolls-Royce
20/25 built at the Crewe factory. CHOICE ON ANY the top of the pile. But the 1936 4
Derby was actually the fastest
The tweedy vintage Bentley
bunch snorted with derision at the LONG-DISTANCE Bentley built pre-war and he wrote
car for car, the 3 litre (Derby)
Derby Bentley, as it was based on
the mid-ranking Rolls enjoyed by HISTORIC RALLY will run away and hide from most of
the WO models anyone doubting
Home Counties solicitors and this should turn to the issue of
owners of medium-sized businesses, while true blues Autocar for 30 March 1934, which ran a comparative test
drove proper Rolls-Royce Phantoms. But, as it turns out, with a 3 Litre Speed model; the 3 did 0-60mph in
Derbys were a whole lot better than just a radiator swap. thirteen seconds; the 3 Litre took twenty-three.
Rolls-Royce engineers of the day were at the top of their Clark then offered some advice on mild Stage 1
game and here, for the first time since the Silver Ghost tuning: skim the head, substitute a single expansion
competed in the Alpine Trial in Austria and on reliability chamber for the existing exhaust system, remove the
runs to Scotland, the backroom boys, ably led by chief mechanical fan and fit an electric unit, then add a full-
engineer (Lord) Ernest Hives, had the chance to create flow oil filter for safety. All easily exacted.
another sports car a silent sports car. Am I being biased, with a 1937 4 Derby in the
The Rolls-Royce 20/25 chassis was beautifully over- family garage (see Octane Cars)? A good Rolls-Bentley,
engineered, featuring servo-assisted brakes and a snappy of which only 2411 were produced, is one of the most
four-speed (later with overdrive) gearbox with synchro enjoyable pre-war drivers ever, as is evident by the
on second, third and top. In Bentley guise, the straight- amount of use the cars receive from their owners. I have
six was tuned with twin SU carbs, a higher compression driven a number of WO Bentleys and they are fantastic.
ratio and flowed exhaust, so it mustered 110bhp from The rock-crushing gearboxes are a real challenge, the
the 3-litre engine and 125bhp from the later 4. brakes are virtual and fast progress requires real muscle
Eminent drivers took note and leading Bentley Boy power thats why their macho owners love them. But,
Woolf Barnato owned four Derbys, with Price Bira given the opportunity, a light-bodied tweaked Derby
owning the famous Bira Blue drophead. Raymond Mays would be my choice on any tough, long-distance historic
had a couple and even enjoyed driving one vast distances rally, where breaking a sweat is not required.

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1. Ive always been a Porsche fan, so this


remote-controlled Distler 356 was the
ultimate toy for me. My parents bought it

JOHN WATSON
in Germany when I was nine; its probably
the only one to reach Northern Ireland.

2. When I won the British Grand Prix


Former Formula 1 and Le Mans driver and TV commentator in 1981, my mother, father and sister
Interview Richard Dredge Photography Ian Watson celebrated in the hospitality suite while
I was out signing autographs. My family
made a lot of sacrifices and they couldnt
have imagined Id achieve what I did.

3. My parents went to the US in 1964 and


I asked them to buy me a Bell helmet. They
brought me back this Magnum; nobody
was selling them in the UK at that time.
All my heroes wore Bell helmets.

4. Automobile Year wasnt easy to find;


I had to order it from Belfast. The greatest
compilation of each seasons F1 and sports
car events, this was a luxury for a teenager.
1 2 The quality of the print, paper, writing and
The
photos always gave pleasure.

5. Ive enjoyed angling all my life, just like


my father. I still use his Hardys tackle bag
along with the 8ft split-cane fly
fly rod and JW
Young 3.5-inch Condex flflyy reel that I was
given when I was about nine years old. I
love the excitement of a fifish
sh taking the bait
and I still get a buzz when that happens.

3 4 5 6. A radio provides great company and,


if you listen to the Today programme on
Radio 4, a set with valves is perfect as it
gives the human voice a much nicer tone.
This Pye Caprice is from the early 1960s
and was originally in my fathers office
its one of three valve radios that I own.

7. The last car raced by Team Penske


in F1 was the PC4, which won the 1976
6 7 Austrian Grand Prix the teams only F1
win. This was the PC4s development front
wing, signed by everyone in the team.

8. I love cooking and couldnt do without


the Big Green Egg barbecue a dear friend
bought me as a thank you for Porsche-
buying advice. Its the best barbecue.
9 9. In 1976 Heuer and Goodyear gave me
a Heuer Autavia for winning the Austrian
GP; Rolex gave me a Submariner Perpetual
Oyster for pole position at Monaco in
1977. I wear a Heuer Carrera day-to-day;
its the first watch I ever bought, in 1972.

10. My fascination with cars started when


I was a child. In the 1950s I was given my
first Observers Automobiles book. They
8 10 were an Aladdins cave of information
and I sucked it up like a sponge.

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RoSouth Africa
SPRING/SUMMER

watch out
IGNITION / Letters

We had to build an intake


manifold for it, which we topped
with a Carter AFB 4-venturi carb.
Letter The car fired right up and showed
of the an ideal air:fuel ratio on our
chassis dyno. I have a photo of
month

EVAN KLEIN
Alf sitting in the car in our
showroom, taken in 72 or 73.
I later sold the car to Alf for
Lola or Serenissima? what I had in it, along with an
Great article on the Lola GT in alloy-bodied Pegaso spider that a
Octane 165, but now I must ask: gentleman brought by in the same
what the heck did I buy from Sig. year and we bought for $2500
Ugolini at Serenissima with the also and he lost them both due
help of Pete Coltrin in the very to financial reasons within a year
early 70s? Alf Francis, who was or two. Years later I saw a photo
still in Modena at that time, said of it in an ad claiming it was
it was the chassis of the first Lola a prototype GT40.

Supercars I have known GT that Eric Broadley had lying


in his back garden. Alf said Eric
gave it to him as Alf wanted to
So what exactly did I have? Was
it a Lola something-or-other? Or
was it a Serenissima? I remain
A FRIEND pointed out to me the two letters about the red XKSS, build a car for his own use. yours, curiously
chassis XKD 539 [pictured top left], in Octane 165, because I was I bought it for $2500, their first Toly Arutunoff, Oklahoma, USA
the young man driving it in your picture. I am also the chap referred offer, as I had never learned the
to by your first correspondent who worked at the big drop-forging first thing about bargaining, and American interloper
company, Garringtons, at the time the largest in Europe. I think they were a bit surprised. I have always admired the sleek
The Riley mentioned was the Riley MPH works prototype, not It was sharing a small garage with AMX/3 featured in Octane 164
the famous Raymond Mays White Riley. When I first had it, the the wedge-bodied Serenissima and I enjoyed your interview
engine was a rather feeble 1200cc straight-six on a pair of small SUs, that Alf said was his design and regarding Dick Teague.
which I had bored out to just under two litres and fitted with six inspired the similar-bodied Attached is a photo [below]
Amals. I started racing with it in VSCC events and, while I did drive Ferraris of the period. My car had of a casual Ferrari meet and an
it on the road, it was not my daily driver certainly not on methanol! unfinished upper rear bodywork, AMX/3 that convened in the
Father bought the XKSS, which was in standard 3.4 trim with no and according to Alf it had the grounds of Dick Teagues home
competition history, and I occasionally took it to work and parked in sole remaining Serenissima F1 on a Saturday in September 1978,
the factory car park. One of my first competition outings was the V8, and a gearbox that had gone the cars owned by fellows from
Hagley & District Car Club sprints at Chateau Impney, near to Indy with Jim Clark as a spare. the Big Three automakers.
Droitwich, where the photograph in Octane 165 was taken.
Not long after, father spun off the road in it and hit a lamp-post
near Wolverhampton (not on the M5, as recalled by your writer),
seriously damaging the rear end and subframe. We were lucky
enough to obtain the last D-type centre monocoque and tail section
from Jaguar and the engine was subsequently bored out to 3.8 litres.
Both father and I raced the rebuilt XKSS/D-type in numerous club
events and on one occasion had a very unofficial race at night down
the first leg of the then-yet-unopened M5, flat-out at 160+mph.
The D-type was again damaged at Silverstone in 1964, when
father hit a bank, and a month later he was killed in a Lotus Elite
while competing in Ireland. I had started to rebuild the D-type and
the car was eventually sold on to Nigel Moores, who completed it.
The Jaguar gave way to a 1957 250 TdF Ferrari [above left] that I
bought in Switzerland with a blown engine. Once rebuilt, I used it
extensively on the road, though it had a tendency to spit back and
catch fire on starting. It did this outside South Kensington station,
but an onlooker managed to beat the flames out with his coat!
The Ferrari was moved on for a Lamborghini Miura, also The Letter of the Month wins a beautiful Toccata
a non-runner, though it needed only new plug leads and a bit of TLC watch by Raymond Weil, worth 595
before embarking on a programme of racing and hillclimbs with the This elegant, classically styled mens timepiece features
HSCC in the 1970s. A lot of mods were made with the help of the a quartz movement inside a stainless steel 42mm case,
Lamborghini works and Bob Wallace, and the sound at 7000+rpm and a stunning blue galvanic dial with appliqu indexes
and date window, protected by a sapphire crystal.
was fantastic! It was a bit heavy, but great fun and different. It is water resistant to 5atm and supplied on a black
Other interesting cars included a Maserati Merak [above right], calf leather strap with an alligator grain nish.
and three Fiat Dinos (two coups and a spider). Im still at it: having Raymond Weil is one of a handful of Swiss
successfully rebuilt the engine of a ladyfriends Audi saloon recently, watchmakers that remain in family hands. The Toccata
name reects the Weil familys interest in music, which
Im on the look-out for a cheap, non-running R8. Any takers? has led to many of the watch collections bearing
Mark Riggs, Shropshire musically themed names. www.raymond-weil.com

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This car definitely for the Lebanon when I suddenly


wasnt displayed by Garage changed my mind and told the
Francorchamps at the January guy not to load it. The Range
1961 Brussels Motor Show. As Rover stayed, the girlfriend didnt.
can clearly be seen in historic My father can no longer drive
photos, on the small Ferrari stand the P38 for health reasons but it
there were only three cars will always be his car, even if it is
present: a 250 GT Pinin Farina just an ordinary BMW 2.5 diesel.
Cabriolet Series 2 with hardtop, Tomorrow Ill sit on the sofa next
chassis 2275 GT; a 250 GT SWB to him and well read the story in
Berlinetta Scaglietti, chassis 2291 Octane, and Im sure it will make
GT; and a 250 GT/E 2+2, chassis him as happy as I am.
2223 GT. This is confirmed by Matteo Ceretti, Italy
personal notes written by Jacques
Swaters himself.
Alexis Callier, Belgium

At home with the Rangie


It has just gone midnight here in
From 1974 to 1991, I worked Very early E-type northern Italy, on Lake Maggiore.
for Monogram Models and Can anyone shed any light on the The fire is slowly dying, the lights
Revell-Monogram in design and history of this very early Jaguar are low, and Im leafing through
product development. Chuck E-type 3.8 [above], only the Octane, looking at the beautiful
Jordan in GM Design was eighth RHD Coup produced? pictures of beautiful cars. Reinventing the wheel
fascinated with the scale model It was built in September 1961 Then I notice a small photo of a I enjoyed Giles Chapmans piece
world and a pretty good builder and dispatched to a JL Schoeman P38 Range Rover on the Contents on steering wheels in Octane 164.
in his own right, and I attended of London SE4, with a Coventry page. Happily, I turn to page 164, When I was 17 years old I
this event at Chucks invitation. registration number, 9979 DU. bypassing Ferraris and Aston couldnt save up quick enough
Dick Teague had just taken Schoeman also had an address in Martins and so on while thinking fora wooden wheel to put
possession of the silver Ferrari Cape Town, South Africa, and the about our own P38 [below]. on my 1963 MGB.
250 GT Competizione a few car was soon shipped there as a My father and I have a few Attached is a photo of my last
weeks before this event. I believe personal export delivery. That is classic cars, mostly ones that our wooden wheel, which I swapped
the AMX/3 was chassis no 3, but where the story ends until it came family owned, and the P38 is for from car to car until the arrival
I am not sure. Dicks son asked back to England 30 years later. us a special car. I remember when of airbags. I then made it into
me to ride along with him to a It was supposedly the first we went to Land Rover to collect a Lazy Susan with a glass top.
local apple orchard and cider E-type in South Africa, so one it and how the air springs failed George Kooluris, New York, USA
mill to purchase fresh cider and would presume that it was two days later. In the P38 I made
cinnamon apple doughnuts for originally owned by someone my first off-road trips with Ghost in the machines
the fellows attending. It was either well known or who had friends; I went to St Moritz and In his piece about Harry
an unforgettable experience. influential contacts at Jaguar. The Portofino, and to work at the Ferguson, Octane 163, Giles
The 250 GTO was one of the waiting list for E-types was huge foremost architectural firm in Chapman reveals what must be
two 4.0-litre cars, chassis no in 1961 and the cars either side Milan. I bought a lot of little one of the motor industrys
3765, and was owned by Ford went to HRH the Duke of Kent pieces on eBay to repair and best-kept secrets: that Edsel Ford
engineer Fred Leydorf. The 275 (chassis no 860007) and Innes maintain it but the most ran the Ford Motor Company
GTB I believe was owned by John Ireland (860009). Its not clear important thing I did was to for his father in 1946.
Clinard of Ford PR, and Chuck whether JL Schoeman was the keep it when someone told Edsel Ford died of cancer in
drove a 308 GTB [below] to the first owner or merely an agent. me that it was an old crock. 1943, so I am sure that quite a
event, a glassfibre-bodied version The Jaguar was re-imported to Three years ago, a former few people would like to know
owned by GM. the UK by a Trevor Wigginton in girlfriend wanted me to sell it, and how he did it.
John Clinard is in the blue 1991. He had apparently bought it was about to be put onto a truck Niels Jonassen, Denmark
jacket, and the fellow with his it from an Indian gentleman in
back to the camera is Chuck Durban who had owned it for 14
that snazzy sports coat was about years; prior to that it is thought to
as casual as I ever saw Chuck have been owned by a doctor. Write to
before he retired. I would be fascinated to learn Octane Letters,
Bob Johnson, Missouri, USA more of the cars history in South Dennis Publishing,
Africa, and in particular who JL Bedford Technology Park,
Schoeman was. Thurleigh, MK44 2YA, UK
Roger Sambrook, Aberdeen letters@octane-magazine.com

California not in Belgium Please include your name, address


There was a slight error in the and a daytime telephone number.
cover feature of Octane 164 about Letters may be edited for clarity,
the Ferrari California Spyder, and views expressed are not
chassis 2277 GT. necessarily those of Octane.

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FEATURE TAGLINE
PORSCHE 959

THE FORCE
WAS STRONG
Its 30 years since the Porsche 959 landed like the twin-
turbocharged victor of a war in a galaxy far, far away.
Now its time for Octane to examine its impact
Words Richard Bremner Photography Paul Harmer

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PORSCHE 959

I
t still looks extraordinary, three while Lamborghinis by-then ageing 86,077 The 959 wasnt created specifically to take on
decades on. The soap-smooth Countach (dont these supercars seem cheap?) the F40. In fact, it was developed to tackle
contours, the distended tail and its recorded 170mph and 0-60mph in 5.0sec. forest tracks, desert dunes and the future. It was
plank of a high wing, the swollen sills, The 959 rides high, but it doesnt ride alone. the progeny of engineering chief Dr Helmuth
the massive (by the standards of their This was the year of a billionaires bonanza, Bott, who was keen to explore the scope for
day) wheels the Porsche 959 snares Stuttgarts shoot for the moon countered by further developing the 911, and Porsche boss
as many eyeballs in the street now as it would another, equally ambitious missile from Peter Schutz, who was newly installed in 1981
have in 1987. But if you do a bit of research Maranello. The Ferrari F40 took a very different and agreed both to the technical exploration
and dig out some statistics, the then-to-now road to reach a slightly different set of goals, but and to the motor sport activities to trial them.
comparisons wouldnt look quite so good. A what they had in common, apart from fantasy The 959 appeared in 1983 at the Frankfurt
top speed of 197mph. Todays 94,316 911 styling for the exhibitionist, was the same motor show labelled Gruppe B Studie. Thats
Carrera GTS is only 4mph short. 0-60mph in capacity for propelling you to another place about as a dull a term as you can devise for a
3.6sec? The standard 911 Turbo will hit 62mph before youd barely taken in the first, and for roadgoing beast featuring the 400bhp engine of
in 3.0 seconds dead, and crack 198mph. And at achieving fat multiples of assorted national a track racer, but not if you knew about the
126,925, the Turbo costs a little less in speed limits. magic of the Group B rally cars storming their
numerical terms massively so in real terms The Ferrari was all about raw power. Its way into the memories of WRC fans.
than the 145,000 959 did in 1987. 478bhp, twin-turbo, 2.9-litre V8 out-muscled This category of ultimate rally cars allowed
But these comparisons are unfair, of course. the 959s 450bhp, twin-turbo, 2.85-litre flat-six, their makers creative freedom, provided they
You need context, and against the class of and it could outsprint it to 125mph by 0.8 built 200 roadgoing versions. Audi produced a
1987, the 959 rides high. Its nearest in-house seconds in a spectacular 12.2 seconds. But it 600bhp Quattro on a shortened wheelbase,
competition came from the 101,811 911 did without four-wheel drive, without ABS surgery that rid the car of elegance yet it was
Turbo Sport, which could manage 171mph and (amazingly), without the 959s height- not nearly so ugly as the plastic-adorned MG
dispense 0-60mph dashes in 5.0 seconds. adjustable suspension and without air-con, Metro 6R4, the stunted wedge that was the
The 89,700 Ferrari Testarossa got closer than carpets or even wind-up windows, your Lancia Delta S4, or the Cyrano de Bergerac-
most with its 180mph top speed, but its yearning for cool air completely unmet by nosed Citron BX 4TC. That cars prettier
0-60mph sprint time was well adrift at 5.9sec, sliding hatches in the Perspex-glazed doors. cousin was the Peugeot 205 T16.

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McKLEIN IMAGES
Porsches mouth-watering Studie was Despite the familiar roofline and a still more Facing page and above
intended for launch in late 1985, and was on familiar interior, buyers were getting a lot more Although the 959 was primarily built as a
road car, its development was intended for
offer for what was then an astronomical than a stretched and fattened 911 with four- competition. It scored a one-two on the
133,000, this inflating to 145,000 in the UK. wheel drive. The quest for strength, low weight, 1986 Paris-Dakar (above) and even finished
Despite the price, the 200 on offer sold out, lift-limiting low-drag aerodynamics and the seventh overall at Le Mans that same year.
some buyers flipping their firm orders to need to envelop much bulkier running gear
disappointed buyers for as much as 335,000. drove the rather startling metamorphosis of
What either buyer got was a long wait, the first 911 into 959. When 959s were painted white, a much more efficient slicer of air than the
production 959s not emerging until late 1987, as they often were, they resembled 911s that standard 911 bumper. Part of the resculpting
despite the roadgoing version appearing at the had driven deep into snowdrifts. process took place in Porsches own wind
1985 Frankfurt show. Such were the challenges The swollen lower bodywork was also about tunnel, with scale models used ahead of full-
of exploring fresh technical terrain on so many that aerodynamic mission. The 911s drag size cars. Although the 959s roof and
fronts. By the time deliveries of roadgoing 959s coefficient of just under 0.4 not great, even in glasshouse looked much like a 911s, its
began, the Group B rally category had been the early 80s was to be smoothed towards an windscreens were flush-mounted, the gutters
scrapped because it had become too dangerous. ambitiously low 0.32 target, high-speed lift was were sliced off and the door mirrors reshaped.
But the cars potential had already been to be minimised, and the ferociously powerful More unmissable were the alterations to the
demonstrated to equally spectacular effect in twin-turbo engine would demand a lot of Porsches lower half, its wings smoothly
the Paris-Dakar rally, in those days actually chilling air, speedily served. New suspension distended to accommodate bigger wheels and a
run between these cities rather than in South was needed well get to that and a new track 2.5in wider than the 911 Turbos, while
America. A win here, coupled to years of floorpan to house the all-wheel drive hardware. air-vents were let into the forward sections of
anticipation of what promised to be the most All of this, and much else, threatened major the rear wings. The unusual running board-like
complex supercar ever made, spared Porsche weight gain, which is why body panels were to sills linking the front and rear wings would have
much of the embarrassment of delivering the be made from either aluminium or dent- been the most visually arresting feature of the
finished thing so late. No doubt its colossal resistant Aramid composites. New body panels 959 were it not for the almost ludicrous spread
appreciation before a single owner had clutched also provided plenty of scope for reshaping, of bodywork overhanging the rear axle, most of
a 959 key also helped. starting with a nose in polyurethane that was it there to provide a pedestal for a rear wing

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PORSCHE 959

Clockwise from above left


Its based on a 911 so even the 959 features rear seats (and belts); centre console contains switchgear for ride height and damper
adjustment; aerodynamic considerations are most evident in the tail; 450bhp Group C-bred powerhouse is in the tail too.

worthy of a light aircraft. But it all worked. The more pioneering. The exhaust gases of all six Those moments were generated by an
engineers beat their drag target to record cylinders were funnelled to a first, smaller entirely new four-wheel-drive transmission,
0.31Cd, and the 959 was rare among production turbocharger, the second activated by the gases new suspension architecture and innovative
cars for generating slight downforce at speed. from one row of three cylinders beyond tyres besides. The permanent all-wheel drive
The bodys construction would today be 4000rpm. From 4200rpm on full throttle the system was novel for being able to vary the
described as hybrid, the steel core fitted with two turbos were fed by the bank of three torque delivery across the front and rear axles,
doors and front boot lid in aluminium, much of cylinders that each was most closely located to. both automatically and manually, a stalk
the rest of the exterior moulded from Aramid A balance pipe evened out the pressures control allowing the driver to choose between
composite. Only 42 percent of the body was between banks, microprocessor-controlled Traction (transmission locked solid), Ice and
steel, compared with the 72 percent average for vacuum valves directing the exhaust gases and Snow (40% front, 60% rear), Rain or Dry (both
European cars in 1985. the wastegate. The idea was to provide a much modes again at a basic 40:60 front to rear split,
The 959s 450bhp were provided by familiar broader and more consistent spread of torque but with more variation), all of this achieved via
means, but with a twist. The basis was the with less delay in its delivery vital a multi-plate clutch, a bevy of sensors and some
935/76 engine that propelled the dramatic 956 characteristics in rallying and the reason for governing microprocessors.
and 962C Le Mans winners, a fine start in the the Group B Lancia Delta S4 employing For the multi-plate clutch to function it
excitement stakes. The bottom end was near- a supercharger and a turbo. needed a form of pre-loading, achieved by
identical and the heads were not dissimilar, Despite the sophisticated plumbing, the designing the front wheels to run 1% faster than
but altered for refinement and maintenance. 959s 368lb ft torque peak still emerged at the rears. That had the potential to cause clutch
So rather than six individual cylinder heads 5500rpm, but 295lb ft was available from wear, which is why the maximum torque
being electron-beam-welded to the block a 2500rpm. More telling was the throttle delivered to the front axle was limited to 40%,
race-engine precaution to deal with gasket- response, a 2500rpm pedal-flooring in fourth and under full acceleration to 20%, reducing
rupturing combustion chamber pressures the generating peak turbo pressure in 2 seconds wear to the minimum, reckoned Porsche.
flat-six was capped with a pair of liquid-cooled rather than the 6.5 needed for parallel turbos. This early intelligent four-wheel drive system
bolted heads, whose total of four camshafts and Intriguing evidence of how hard Porsche demanded a new suspension layout, Porsche
24 valves were chain- rather than gear-driven. expected this engine to work is found in the soon discovering that the wheels offset from
If adapting this race flat-six to run on dry-sump lubrication system, which featured their hubs pivot point would need to be
95-octane lead-free sounds prosaic, its boosting one pressure and five scavenge pumps, two of minimised if the car wasnt to perform torque-
arrangements certainly werent. Twin-turbo these serving the turbos, and no fewer than steering weaves worthy of a big night out. Small
engines werent new think Maserati Biturbo seven oil pick-ups to ensure reliable lubrication offsets are not compatible with strut suspension
but plumbing them to pump sequentially was during high g-force moments. and wide wheels, which is why coil-sprung

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PORSCHE 959

Right
This sub-10,000-mile car
belongs to a private
collector but was first
owned by British Porsche
dealer Dick Lovett.

double front wishbones were successfully


trialled on the 1984 Paris-Dakar cars.
Double wishbones replaced the geometrically
destabilising semi-trailing arms at the rear as
well, to prevent a shifting rear-wheel toe-in.
The 959s suspension highlight, however,
was its octet of dampers. Two per wheel,
because each performed a different function,
one containing the electric motor enabling the
driver to choose between three damper settings,
the second doubling as both conventional
damper and a means of altering the Porsches
ride height. An engine-driven pump supplied
120bar of pressure to this end, the cars height
automatically maintained, though without any
provision for body-roll control, which was
achieved conventionally.
Providing roadgoing tyres for 200mph
potential was another technical challenge,
because none existed. Porsche was keen to use
Dunlops Denloc system, which prevents a
tyre rolling off its rim desirable on a car this
fast although Dunlop was beaten to the
development of a suitable tyre by Bridgestone.
Because both companies were owned by the
Sumitomo Bank, allowing Bridgestone to use
the patented Denloc system was not an issue,
and in time both companies offered 200mph
run-flat tyres for the 959.
The wheels themselves were magnesium
17in rims (so small today) and housed discs
clamped by four-piston calipers overseen by a
Wabco anti-locking system. It featured sensors
on all four wheels not a given, back then
and required careful development to ensure
compatibility with all-wheel drive. The run-
flats allowed the spare wheel to be ditched,
which was very good news for the engineers
who had to accommodate a differential, a
clutch, driveshafts, a twin-fan radiator, an air-
conditioning condenser and a larger 90-litre
fuel tank in the front end of what had started
out as a 911. Not surprisingly, the 959s luggage
capacity shrank somewhat.
Porsche made a loss, and a substantial one
at that, on every one of the 292 roadgoing
959s it sold. But that isnt the way to look at
The 959 illuminated
this project, as Schutz and Bott no doubt told
the company accountants. Their vision
the 911s engineering
illuminated the 911s engineering future for the
next 30 years and beyond, a substantial future for the next
achievement. And it wasnt only the 911:
Porsches embrace of four-wheel drive led it 30 years and beyond
towards the Cayenne and Macan, models that
underpin the companys financial health, even
if knowledge of them would have shocked
Porsche customers in 1985.

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PORSCHE 959

Above
Metallic burgundy leather (with silver seat panels) is something of an acquired taste. Whats more remarkable is the civility
and comfort afforded by this monster of a sports car the antithesis of the lightweight and raucous Ferrari F40.

The 959 also demonstrated what was While Porsche made a loss on each 959 it As 2014 approached, notes HAGI Index
dynamically possible. Corralling 450bhp and sold, you could have made yourself a whole lot founder Dietrich Hatlapa, this really made a
368lb ft of torque and effectively transmitting it better off rich even by buying one. The first difference. From a bit before 2014, prices
to tarmac lay at the outer edges of the possible, opportunity came 34 years ago, when Porsche jumped from just under 500,000 to
for road cars at least, back in 1987. What came showed the 959 concept at the 1983 Frankfurt significantly above that. Hatlapa points out
next was Porsches step-by-step advancement show. If youd ordered one then at around that there are big differences in price between
towards providing 959 performance in 133,000, youd have been able to more than the various models.
mainstream models pitched at more affordable double your money over the next four to five The bulk of the 292-strong production run
prices. Back in 1987, the 911 was still a tricky years, while Porsche battled it into production. are the well-equipped Komfort version an
car to handle on the limit (lift and you might Prices fell away in subsequent years, the unfortunate name, Hatlapa reckons, because it
spin), or going down wet hills (limited front- market supplied with an increasingly wide array seriously under-describes the cars potential
end grip), or entering very tight turns too fast of ever-more-able supercars, and a 911 range with only 29 of the total accounted for by the
(terminal understeer) and, though much faster, whose abilities progressively closed in on those much rarer 515bhp Sport. The best Sports are
the 959 was vastly more able. of the 959, just as Porsche had intended. worth almost $1.5m, as are any of the eight
First up was the 964-generation 911 Carrera Investing a spare 200,000 in a 959 would have 959s Porsche built from spare parts in 1992/93.
4, which appeared just a year later in 1988. been a shrewd move back then. The more common (but still rare) Komfort will
Four-wheel-drive 911s have since been a given, But 959 values have gradually gathered cost $1m to $1.1m, reckons Hatlapa. Most are
as has a perpetual rise in power, grip and momentum over the past decade, and enjoyed low-mileage, he says, but service history is a
braking potential. Curiously, however, it was a huge boost triggered when it became a big issue. If they are not serviced it can cost
not until 1995 and the emergence of the quarter-of-a-century old. Why? Because it was 100,000 in any currency to recommission one.
993-generation 911 Turbo that permanent at this point that cars could be imported into Besides the 292 plus eight, there are also
four-wheel drive was combined with forced the USA without having to comply with the 30-odd prototypes (Porsche made 37 in all)
induction again, this arrangement persisting federal regulations that applied when they new. that are generally worth less than the finished
with every 911 Turbo since. This model easily Thats significant for the 959 because this car thing, not least because some are not that close
out-accelerates the 959 today, but owes much was never officially sold in the US, although to the final specification.
of its development to a 1980s technical torch- Bruce Canepas engineering operation modified And that specification is really what this car
bearer that has become a legend. a few to comply. is about, after all

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PORSCHE 959

UNDER THE SKIN


The 959 was the most technologically advanced
car of its day so lets take a closer look at it
Words Glen Waddington
4

2 3
1. Tail spoiler is the result of extensive
aerodynamic development that also includes a
full undertray with NACA ducts for brake and
gearbox cooling. Drag factor is 0.31 and theres
even a degree of downforce at speed.

2. The 2.85-litre flat-six was racebred, dating


back to the 935 and developed via Group C,
its capacity defined by the handicap system
applied to turbocharged cars racing in the
4.0-litre class. Unlike any other 911-based road
car before the 996, it features water-cooled
cylinder heads, and is constructed from
magnesium alloy with titanium conrods and
crankshaft. The twin KKK turbochargers work
sequentially to reduce lag, the second spooling
up from around 4500rpm the same time
as a second set of injectors starts squirting
even more fuel into the combustion chambers.

6 3. Manual gearbox is based on the 911s G50,


except its housed in a magnesium alloy case
and features a sixth forward ratio.

4. Although the core structure is pure 911, the


outer body is a mix of ultra-strong, lightweight
5 composite panels plus aluminium-skinned
doors and front lid.

5. The 959 was the father of all the four-wheel-


7 drive 911s that followed. Torque is transferred
forward from the gearbox via a propshaft to
the front differential, where clutch packs
distribute the torque fed to the front wheels.
A dial on the centre console applies settings
for different road conditions, apportioning a
maximum of 40% torque forwards so the
959 is always predominantly rear-wheel drive.
The system was hugely advanced, employing
computer-controlled hydraulics. There are
several ECUs around the car, so their mass
isnt concentrated in one place.

6. There are twin coil springs up-front and


single coil springs at the rear, but twinned
dampers all-round. Each of the paired dampers
performs different functions, one being
adjustable to firm-up the ride as appropriate,
the other to raise and lower the ride-height,
so the 959 can surmount obstacles in town
yet be as stable as possible at high speed.

7. The 17in alloy wheels look tiny by todays


standards, but they feature hollow spokes to
save weight. That space within the spokes
shares the same air as the tyres, and there is a
pressure monitoring system. That means that
a drop in pressure can signify not only a tyre
problem but also a crack in the wheel. The
tyres are run-flats, specially developed for
the 959 by Bridgestone.

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FEATURE TAGLINE
959 vs 911 GTS

PLUS A
CHA NGE
Three decades ago, the Porsche 959 redefined the
hypercar. Now all that tech and power is available
in the new 911 GTS. Glen Waddington compares
Photography Paul Harmer

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E
ven these days, 450bhp is a usable every day, in all weathers. Its yours for 959 stretching the technology envelope, cars
lot of power in a car. Three around 100,000 (the 959 was 145,000 three such as the GTS might not be with us. And yes,
decades ago, it was the decades ago, and the sub-10,000-miler you see we know that purists will mock all-paw 911s
preserve of the fastest cars here is insured for 1.25 million now). Want and forced induction. Well, you can go for
money could buy. The Porsche more power in your new 911? More like drivetrain purity with the GTS, but now
959, for one, as youll know if 150,000 gets you more like 580bhp with the the stratospherically high-revving GT3 and
youve just read the feature preceding this one. Turbo S, also with four-wheel drive and 911R are no longer available its turbos only
But now, access to hugely fast sports cars is a tellingly no rear-drive option. now for every 911, even the base Carrera. Two
little more democratic. And if that output of Hence the appearance here, together, of the of them, indeed. So thats something all 911s
450bhp is no longer the preserve of the very 959 and the latest 911. If it hadnt been for the now share with the 959.
fastest, it can still make you go quite fast
enough. As it always did.
Its not only the power thats filtered down
from the top echelons. So has the tech. In fact,
that started to drip through the rest of Porsches
range not long after the 959 was launched. Its
surely no coincidence that the July 1988 issue
of Car magazine carried not only the cover
story of 959 vs F40 (The fastest sports car in
the world versus the best) but also news of the
911s switch to four-wheel drive, with the
advent of the 964-generation Carrera 4. It will
feature hardware found on the 959, they said.
Air-cooled 911s are long-gone. But four-
wheel-drive 911s have been part of the
landscape ever since. And 450bhp? Well,
metrically speaking, thats all yours too, in the
latest 911 Carrera 4 GTS.
Think of it as a Carrera S honed and optioned
with a nod to the track-bred GT3: more driver-
focused but not so hardcore; uprated and
lowered with (in this case) the security of four-
wheel drive and the kind of user-friendly
comfort and equipment that make it perfectly

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Above, below and left
Separated by 30 years but
a match for power, performance
and technology, the new 911
GTS takes on the legendary 959.
959 vs 911 GTS

Above The 959 also lent some of its aerodynamic Meanwhile, the doors, like the front bootlid,
959 was developed with properties to subsequent 911s, though it was are skinned in aluminium look for the tell-tale
Group B racing in mind, but its
2.85-litre twin-turbo flat-six was
the 993 (last of the air-cooled cars) that rippling caused by the stresses transferred to
a portent of the downsizing capitalised on the aesthetics. Walk around the those lightweight surfaces by the door mirrors.
trend in todays engines. 959 and its difficult to reconcile the fact that it And while they clunk shut with the same
was based on the impact-bumper generation. precision as those of any air-cooled 911, they
But while the central tub is standard steel, and lack that heavyweight slam and often need two
the door shapes and interior are familiar to attempts to close, thanks to their lack of weight.
anyone who knows the 1963 originals, what Inside, the dash is that same old shape,
you touch is all very much late 20th Century. complete with the five-clock pod. The centre
The roof, wings and tail are a mix of Kevlar console has been modernised and there are
and Aramid composites (no carbon; this was proper air-con controls on the dash, yet, bar
the 1980s) and, because the roof was a brand- the metallic burgundy-and-silver leather seats
new skin, Porsche took the opportunity to go (yes, metallic. And burgundy and silver), its all
without rain gutters, reducing drag and as was. But look closely and youll spot changes
modernising the look instantly. Who needs in the dials (a water-temp gauge for the cylinder
rain gutters on a competition car? heads!) and new warning lights. Plus theres a

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1988 Porsche 959
Engine 2847cc flat-six, air-cooled cylinders, water-
cooled heads, dry sump, DOHC per bank, 24-valve,
Bosch Motronic fuel injection and engine management,
sequential twin KKK turbochargers Power 450bhp
@ 6500rpm Torque 368lb ft @ 5500rpm
Transmission Six-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Steering Rack and pinion, power-assisted
Suspension Front and rear: double wishbones,
coil springs and electronically adjustable telescopic
dampers (twinned at front), anti-roll bars, Fictel
& Sachs hydropneumatic ride height adjustment
Brakes Vented, cross-drilled discs Weight 1450kg
Performance Top speed 197mph. 0-60mph 3.6sec

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS


Engine 2981cc flat-six, DOHC per bank, 24-valve, twin-
turbo, electronic fuel injection and engine management
Power 444bhp @ 6500rpm Torque 406lb ft @
2150-5000rpm Transmission Seven-speed dual-
clutch, four-wheel drive Steering Rack and pinion,
electrically assisted Suspension Front: MacPherson
struts, lower wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar. Rear:
multi-link, coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes Perforated and vented discs Weight 1590kg
Performance Top speed 193mph. 0-62mph 3.6sec

or steering corruption. Clever. But what you


really want to know about is the performance.
Its very strong, burgeoning above 3000rpm
or so, after which point the engine note starts
to lose its pure 911 nature and reveals the
racebred Group C beast within. Gone is the
howl of a 911, in its place a guttural roar,
hard-edged and insistent though never
deafening, mainly because it tends to fall away
behind you as it builds.
And then you hit 5000rpm, the second of
those sequential turbos comes on strong and
the acceleration pummels your kidneys.

The 959s cleverness doesnt get Instantly its rocketship territory, the kind of
force that has you clinging on in bewilderment

in the way of the experience. And as you adjust mentally. The fastest car in the
world? Yes, that claim suddenly resonates.

the same is true of the 911 GTS It still feels like a 911 more so than does
the new GTS, because youre always aware of
that weight in the tail, and its nose rises as
you accelerate. Yet even though theres a
pendulum threatening to swing behind you,
the 959 pulls you out of trouble.
One of the reasons Car rated it above the F40
third column stalk for switching between four- jackets. Theres power steering (like the (yes, the Ferrari was the fastest) back in 1988
wheel drive modes for dry or wet, or snow and 4WD, something no 911 before had been fitted was because of its great traction and nimbleness;
traction. Happily, were in the dry setting. with), though youd scarcely know it as theres this is a car you enjoy rather than fear when
That centre console contains a ride-height real heft at manoeuvring pace and proper the going gets twisty. It is throttle-adjustable
control that and the leather confirm that this consistency in response as speed increases. yet it doesnt bite back if you dont quite get it
is a Komfort version, rather than a Sport and Ease into gear a familiar sensation too, as right. It even rides well, with a pliancy I dont
a dial for the adaptable damping. And theres a is the over-centre feel of the floor-hinged clutch remember of any impact-bumper 911. The
six-speed gearbox, though, where youd expect pedal then pull away and theres nothing 959 is a fast and satisfying Porsche first, a
to find first is a (relatively) low ratio for off-road other-worldly about the experience. Not yet. technological statement second. The cleverness
conditions, marked G for gelande, while first Shift through the gears and youll discover a doesnt get in the way of the experience.
itself is down to the left on a dog-leg. pleasingly mechanical resistance through the And the same is true of the 911 GTS. Its
Fire up and its instantly recognisable as a lever, though braking is somewhat alien. Its lower and fatter than the 959 and its centre-
911; that same chatter over a bass rumble, a fully powered system, Citron-style, and the lock 20s make the 959s 17s look like castors,
though also a hint of piston slap, a tinkling pedal is rock-solid yet retardation is instant and hollow spokes or not. Inside, the iPad slick of
sound within the air-cooled cylinders that fools unrelenting. The pedal also sends a signal to the the centre screen and the track-inspired
me initially into thinking I can hear the coolant transmission, uncoupling the front axle for a Alcantara trim make the 959 look gauche. Yet
sloshing around the cylinder-heads water keener turn-in, negating potential understeer the sense of occasion is diminished. It gives

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you an appetite for driving, no mistake, but and less mechanical than the older car. Even the
theres no edge of trepidation here. electric steering comes alive, its precision and
Fire up the flat-six and it blats encouragingly, speed of reaction making up for the lack of sizzle
musically, but its less raw, less omnipresent. The at the rim. And if that water-cooled twin-turbo
electric rack feels over-light as you move away, flat-six lacks the 959s aural presence, it more
and the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission than matches it for responsiveness.
makes things easy, less intimidating. But it all Whats remarkable is not that its taken 30
comes together with speed, and you wont have years for a relatively mainstream car to reach the
any trouble achieving more of that. envelope of late-1980s achievement, but that its
Good grief, this thing is quick, and effortlessly functions have been refined and integrated to
so, too. Sure, its power figures and those for such an extent that 450bhp and a near-200mph
acceleration and top speed are almost a perfect top speed feel normal. The 959 also heralded
match for the 959s, but that car made you work the era of downsizing, its 2.85-litre engine
harder for them. You had to find your way relatively tiny for the era, letting the turbos do
around the gearbox and cling on when the the work (a product of race regs the 935 raced
second turbo blustered in. With the GTS, its a in the 4.0-litre class). How long before the base-
case of planting your right foot and whooping model 911 has this much power?
with glee at the way you gather speed from the Its a brilliant car, the GTS, certainly the
off. Its addictive stuff, and all the more satisfying most satisfying 911 currently on sale. Yet it is
in Sport mode (quicker throttle response, more a product of its era, rather than a seismic shift
bite to the shift) and using the paddles. in a way the 959 was. There is one landmark
The GTS is a touch heavier than the 959 yet Porsche here. In fact, the 959 was the landmark
feels lighter on its feet, and its ability to change car of its time. Full stop. End
direction is dizzying. Its enormously adjustable,
and will ease things back into neatness when THANKS TO Silverstone Circuit (www.silverstone.
you get it wrong, always feeling more subtle co.uk), Mike Robins and John Manning.

Power, acceleration and top speed of the GTS


are almost a perfect match for the 959s

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BROOKLANDS REVIVAL

A CONCRETE PROPOSAL
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The historic surface of the Brooklands Finishing Straight is revealed. Its a major
step in the 8.1m project to revitalise this epicentre of early racing and aviation
Words John Simister Photography Tim Andrew

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A
rchaeology, according to one of the Straight, a great big obstruction of the old tracks distorted oval, a monument
definition, is the study of buried annihilating the old racetracks integrity. Now it reminding every shopper of what went on in
remains from an era before 1940. If has gone, and the tracks course is clear once the years before barcodes and three-for-two
that is true, then I am standing on again. Gone where? Ill come to that. deals. The whole plan is very obvious on
a prime archaeological site, newly The hangar was a big reason, along with Google Earth; the car park for The Heights,
uncovered and full of discoveries. other wartime incursions into the tracks fabric, for example, is built on the rest of the Straight,
Its made of concrete, mainly. The why Brooklands didnt regain its motor-racing the part not within the Brooklands Museums
Romans invented concrete, but role after the war. Instead it grew further as an piece of the estate.
they didnt deposit this particular layer. It was aircraft manufacturing hub under owner
poured about a millennium-and-a-half after Vickers, through reincarnations as the British THE BROOKLANDS Museum represents a
the Romans left, and visitors to the former Aircraft Corporation and, following the merger fantastic act of survival. On its site are the
motoring amphitheatre in Weybridge saw it with Hawker Siddeley, British Aerospace. Clubhouse, the paddock, period garages and
first on 17 June 1907 and last, open to the Over the years, various bits of the estate were workshops, the London Bus Museum, and
elements, in November 1940. sold off. Cigarette company Gallaher, Tesco, various hangars containing historic aircraft,
What Im standing on is a long-lost section of Mercedes-Benz World, a modern business park with some larger aeroplanes a Concorde, a
the Brooklands Finishing Straight. Motor- called The Heights: all these and more occupy, Vanguard, a Trident and a VC10, for example
racing gladiators hurtled off the southern or have occupied, the area bounded by the parked outside. Automotive and motorcycling
banking at the end of their final lap and shot distorted-oval banked circuit through which treasures abound, and the Test Hill, its gradient
back along this broad straight, passing the runs the River Wey. What were mainly open increasing the further it climbs, is intact and in
Clubhouse and taking the flag to cheers from spaces beyond the banking in 1907, when the regular use during the many classic car events.
the crowd the right crowd, of course, and no track was completed, are now built up; if your For years the museum and these surroundings
crowding. And precisely 110 years to the day Napier-Railton shot over the bankings edge managed to escape developers clutches thanks
from the first time it happened, in the most now, it might land in someones back garden. to the efforts of enthusiasts and the local
symbolic milestone yet in this revival of Some of the banking has gone but the section Elmbridge Councils understanding of the
Brooklands, it will re-open at this summers at the north-eastern end, stretching from before sites importance. In recent times the museum,
Double Twelve meeting (17-18 June) and roar the Finishing Straight and round to Mercedes- nowadays run by a trust, has benefited from the
to the sounds of racing cars once again. Benz World, is still there apart from one gap financial help of Mercedes-Benz UK, which
where the Wey bridge used to be. Another acquired the former airfield part of the site on
IT ALL STOPPED, of course, when Britain section curves past Tesco on the opposite end which to build Mercedes-Benz World. It has
had the Second World War to wage. Brooklands proved a fine partnership, symbiotic even:
other big role was as a centre for aircraft historic car events can use the Mercedes test
pioneers, which grew into full-scale aircraft track laid out on the old runway and browse
manufacture. And that had to expand with the
demands of war; a new manufacturing hangar
IF YOUR NAPIER-RAILTON Mercs ancient and modern; petrol-blooded
Mercedes visitors can cross the Vickers
was needed, and the Finishing Straight offered
an obvious site on which to build it.
SHOT OVER THE BANKING footbridge and see the museums treasures.
And for several years there has been a plan, a
Ever since then, up to 2016, the Wellington
Hangar (a Bellman hangar named after the NOW, IT MIGHT LAND IN pan-Brooklands plan that ultimately brings
together all with a stake in the site, its goal to
twin-engined, long-range bombers that were
initially made there) has covered a good part SOMEONES BACK GARDEN protect it for future generations, to improve the
museum and to make it a centre for knowledge,

Below and facing page


Concrete, hi-vis and hard hats; hole for hangar support; Wellingtons in wartime production; Test Hill hides behind todays trees; some
of the original concrete is damaged and uncovering it is cold work; Concorde looms over memorial wall; original hangar lighting.

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WE TOOK OUT 8000 CUBIC METRES OF SOIL FULL OF ASBESTOS, RUBBISH


AND BITS OF JIGS, PLUS 60,000 LITRES OF OIL-CONTAMINATED WATER

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learning and skills. The museums director, and Clockwise from above
its most public face, is Allan Winn. Less visible Line of Finishing Straight
heads into the distance
is a team of trustees who organise, raise funds, the later concrete track
deal with the legalities, build bridges. Plus, of will be removed; Allan
course, the many volunteers who help run the Winn holds the final
museum and look after its treasures. The hangar nut and bolt to be
undone; new Flight Shed
bottom line is that the museums plan, as
is already full; 20s racers
currently detailed, still needs another 1m. join the Straight at what
Its an 8.1m project now, says Winn, as he is now The Heights
explains how costs keep creeping up despite business park.
everyones best initial estimates. For example,
the ground between the Finishing Straight and
the newly built, impressively cavernous Flight
Shed (with period-correct silhouette and
authentic-looking corrugations) should slope
at 45 down to the shed, because the Shed is on
the level and the Straight is on a hill. Currently
theres 0a chasm.
We had to take out 8000 cubic metres of
soil full of asbestos, industrial rubbish and bits
of jigs. At the bottom were 1000 cubic metres
of soil contaminated by hydrocarbons from
half-a-dozen oil drums, which had rusted, plus
60,000 litres of oil-contaminated water. That
added 275,000 to the project.

SO, WHERES THE Bellman hangar? Its a


Grade Two listed building, after all. It was
dismantled last year, every piece of its steel
framework coded to make sure it goes back
together in the right place, and sent to a firm in
South Wales for restoration. All the nuts and
bolts came undone with remarkable ease, and
will be re-used; I had the honour of undoing
the last one, says Allan Winn proudly. The
frame sections are now back at Brooklands, and
once reassembled will wear new cladding with
an original look but an extra layer of insulation.

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THE STEERING BECOMES


LIGHT AND SUPER-PRECISE,
THE GATEWAY TO AN EARLY
ESCORTS CAREFREE EUNT
SUM CHUCKABILITY

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Theres a convenient space bounded by the
new Flight Shed, the London Bus Museum
and the temporary Vimy inflatable hangar
(which contains, among others, a replica of the
Atlantic-traversing Vickers Vimy, which has
itself crossed the Atlantic and more). The
Bellman hangar will be rebuilt there, alongside
the Finishing Straight, and it will become the
Brooklands Aircraft Factory showing in
displays, live demonstrations and hands-on
participation, be it by adults or school-age
children, how aircraft have been built over the
last 80 years. Doped fabric to carbonfibre, it will
all be here; visitors will be able to dress in
authentic clothing, clock-on, stretch fabric or
rivet metal or spokeshave propeller wood, then
get their clocking-on card stamped when they
have done their apprenticeship.
In all, 18,600 aircraft were made here, Winn
reminds us, and today the aerospace industry is
worth over 20bn a year to the UK. But there
has been nowhere for the public to see this huge
industry, no front door. Thats what were doing.
The Flight Shed will house the complete
aircraft, some of them in running condition,
others at least with live cockpits. The Hawker
Hurricane was built on the Brooklands site,
too, and the Flight Shed has a suitably local
Hurricane which just needs a tail strut and a
critical propeller component and it will be
ready to taxi. Theres also a Hunter and a two-
seater Harrier jump jet.
Half a Wellington fuselage shows its intricate
skeleton; the fuselages were made elsewhere on
the Brooklands site, further round the banking Clockwise from
into which the factory cut. This and the facing page, bottom
complete Wellington, the latter currently stored Half a Wellington fuselage
in the Flight Shed, which
in another temporary hangar, will move to the takes centre stage in the
Aircraft Factory, with the Harriers prototype view (above) opposite
predecessor, the Hawker-Siddeley P1127, temporary Portakabins;
looming over the exhibits from its mezzanine. schematics of proposed
Flight Shed and Aircraft
So the new or repositioned buildings will Factory layouts; new
be aerospace-related. The automotive side is archive; original Vickers
already well housed in the existing historic workbench and vice.
garages and workshops on the far side of the
Clubhouse. Both strands will use the new
climate-controlled store, archive and training
room on the Flight Sheds lower ground floor
beneath the display level. In here are original
Vickers workbenches, pressure suits, flying
jackets and more, much of it unseen by the
public, and both the aerospace archive (mainly

VISITORS WILL BE ABLE


TO CLOCK-ON, THEN
STRETCH FABRIC, RIVET
METAL OR SPOKESHAVE
PROPELLER WOOD
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WE COULD USE ALL THE


BANKING AT THE NORTH
END AND THE RAILWAY
STRAIGHT BEYOND. THAT
IS THE HOLY GRAIL

Vickers) and any automotive archives needing a


home will be stored here. Courses will include
restoration and preservation skills.

NOW WERE STANDING on the banking,


looking down on the Finishing Straight towards
The Heights. It was in the planning conditions
for The Heights that the Straight wasnt built
on, says Brooklands trustee and financial
expert Bryan Smart, who was instrumental in
getting Mercedes-Benz on board. The lines of
the lighting poles follow the edges of the
straight. Its wonderful to see the whole Straight
out in the open after all these years.
We walk down to where the Bellman hangar
stood, and where its dismantled skeleton is
stacked and labelled. The Finishing Straight
slopes laterally as the ground falls towards the Above and left
Site is made ready for
River Wey, which meant that the ground at the relocated Bellman hangar
front of the hangar had to be built up to and the Brooklands
horizontality so the sliding doors would work Aircraft factory within;
properly. Then, after the war, rubble was spread hangar structural
elements have been
over the straights surface inside the hangar to blasted, refinished
level it, and a new, flat concrete floor poured. and marked for
That rubble has been a godsend, separating their reassembly.
the later and earlier concrete. We are staggered
by the condition, beams Winn. This original
concrete is six inches thick and unreinforced. It Theres a 52-metre gap between the museums education, interpretation, participation and
became quite a patched surface and will be section of the banking and that of Mercedes- immersion rather than simply being a
again. Weve agreed the concrete specification Benz world, where a Hennebique reinforced- collection of dead things in sheds. The Libor
with Historic England. Thats the part of concrete bridge once spanned the Wey. In 1968 fund, generated from fines levied on
English Heritage responsible for regulations. it was damaged in a big flood; Vickers viewed it misbehaving banks, provided 1m through the
Embedded in the concrete, from wartime as a needless complication and took it down. efforts of local MP (and now Chancellor of the
production of the Wellington, are steel rails Mercedes-Benz would assist in raising funding Exchequer) Philip Hammond. Legacies have
from the production line and iron covers over to rebuild it, says Bryan Smart, and then we contributed another 1m, although estranged
ancient compressed-air lines. These will stay, could use all the banking at the north end and relatives sometimes try to scupper the wishes of
as part of the history, but are flush with the the Railway Straight beyond. Thats the Holy deceased Brooklands enthusiasts considered
surface. Well make them safe for the Bentleys Grail, and wed like to see it in our lifetimes. not of sound mind by those relatives for having
that will soon be rushing over them at over The museum is the managing agent for all placed such value on the place they loved.
100mph, Winn promises, but well have the the activities of the Brooklands Conservation The restoration of the banking and the
right sort of bumps. People forget that race Management Plan, which brings together bridge are beyond the current projects remit,
tracks werent smooth back then. everyone with an interest in the site, including so more funds will be needed. It will never
the Brooklands Heritage Partnership of local be completely done, declares Allan Winn, but
AFTER THE STRAIGHTs re-opening at the authorities, Historic England and the museum he and the tireless Brooklands team are thrilled
Double Twelve with parades and demo runs on itself. Theyre all behind it now, says Winn, so with what they have already achieved.
the Saturday and timed sprints on the Sunday, we wont have, for example, utility companies The re-opening of the Finishing Straight will
the Flight Shed and Bellman hangar will be digging up pieces of banking by Tesco because be a potent symbol of Brooklands regeneration.
opened in the late summer. What will be next? they assume they have the right to do so. It will be, Winn says with a glint in the eye,
Some of the banking is subsiding, by up to Meanwhile theres still that final 1m to raise. the fastest event weve ever run. End
a foot in places, as water has leached the The Heritage Lottery Fund provided the initial
underlying soil away, so that needs to be fixed. 5m, helped by the museums emphasis on VISIT www.brooklandsmuseum.com.

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A
Customers were
36-year-old car with only nine
miles on its odometer will always
be a freakshow. Sure, they pop up
occasionally. Sometimes its a obliged to put down a
Vauxhall Chevette, perhaps, thats
been cosseted in the back of a
family-owned showroom, the kind
$10,000 deposit using
of place where sentimentality has got completely out of
hand. More likely its the first or last example off a
their American Express
production line, such as Jaguar Heritages own treasured,
nine-mile XJ220 prototype.
Gold accounts
This DeLorean DMC-12 has itself a little over nine
miles displayed within its brittle black facia. Its a wonder across the States. There was only one colour option, the
it covered even that distance, really, because not one drop dull silver-grey that was unavoidable because of those
of water, petrol or oil ever coursed through its mechanical unpainted panels worn by the gullwing two-seater with
veins. Nine miles is quite a lot of pushing. such pride. As soon as someone suggested that sprinkling
Admittedly, the instruments arent the first thing that a little gold dust over them would make a great rolling ad
gives this DeLorean a special aura. I think youd notice the for Amex using the most talked-about car around the
all-over gold-plating first, what with the way shafts of idea was unstoppable. When the DeLorean team were
reflected sunlight would sear their trajectory onto your consulted, they were just as keen.
retinas should you catch it from the wrong angle. The promotion was launched in a blaze of glory in
The delivery mileage and the gold are interlinked. December 1979, as only Americans knew how. The gold-
When DeLorean embarked upon this most audacious, plated DeLorean was the star of the American Express
opulent and (some will say) tasteless exercise in limited Christmas Catalogue, even though the car shown, with a
editions, one thing was assumed from the start: the last green credit card instead of a number plate, was still
thing on any owners mind would be driving the car. No a mock-up illustration.
fluids were ever poured into this one; they might have As befits its extraordinary character, purred the blurb,
triggered eventual corrosion. the entire corrosion-free stainless-steel outer body panels
In 1979, credit card giant American Express started of this limited-edition Delorean will be electro-plated
casting around for ideas. Its Gold Card had inhabited with pure 24-karat gold.
the wallets of high-net-worth customers for 15 years at A sportscar so spectacular that it surpasses the
that point, and was overdue for a marketing push. imagination, it went on before unwittingly alluding
Concurrently, the first shipments of John Z DeLoreans to the thing that did eventually make the car a true
new luxury sports cars were arriving at 300 showrooms pop culture icon. The DeLorean glides into the future
with a grace and authority that is seldom seen. The
luxury is unbelievable. Specially commissioned by you
alone your 24-karat gold Delorean will move you
like youve never been moved before 0 to 60mph
in under 8 seconds.
The price was truly astronomical. At $85,000, it was
more than three times the price of a regular DMC-12, and
customers were obliged to put down a $10,000 deposit
using their American Express Gold accounts.
The DeLorean Motor Company had plenty of problems
already. Heaped upon them was an extra one having
promised the worlds first gold-plated production car,
now came the chewy issue of actually creating it. This one
landed with a heavy thud on the desk of the companys
senior buyer Stewart Craven in May 1981. Delivery had
been quoted as June 1981 from the start, but DeLorean
had understandably waited to see how quickly all the
limited edition of 100 cars would be snapped up.

Left and right


A mock-up starred on the
cover of the Amex Christmas
Catalogue; this car is one of
three that escaped into the wild.

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AMEX DELOREAN

Each of the cars


panels would have
been immersed in
200,000-worth of
precious metal, in
todays money
AMEX DELOREAN

The final tally was an unmitigated disaster. There were


just two firm orders. On top of that, every British specialist
plater fought shy of getting involved, perhaps aware of the
considerable risks involved in electrically attaching gold
Not a single scratch plate to brushed stainless steel.
Finally, German company Degussa agreed to construct
could be afforded the special tank needed to handle the huge bonnet and
door panels. This would hold 2500 litres of hyper-valuable
because, unlike with Auruna 311 gold-plating solution. Leading British gold-
and silversmith Richard Fox, whose handcrafted work
the standard stainless today features on several bespoke Rolls-Royces, puts that
into startling perspective.
steel finish, thered be I have a 100-litre tank that can hold approximately
8000-worth of gold in molecular form, he says. So each
no way to remove it of the cars panels would have been immersed in
200,000-worth of precious metal, in todays money.
Having hung on until 28 August 1981, there was still
no last-minute rush, and so, a week later, three sets of plain
DeLorean panels, wheels and trim parts were delivered to
Degussa two for the ordered cars, another for a set of
spares and, on 15 September, Craven and two colleagues
flew overnight to Germany to oversee the work.

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It took three heavy days to complete the plating. to remove it. It is possible to plate directly on to stainless
Once the parts had been carefully crated and loaded for steel, says Richard Fox. But the surface finish would be
the long road trip back to Belfast, the DeLorean staff bade just as susceptible to greasy finger marks afterwards,
the Germans goodbye, only to receive bemused looks. It so you would need to keep your mitts off.
was late on Saturday; did they not realise it was illegal to This would be the dominant handling issue for the
drive a lorry on German roads on a Sunday? But Craven gold DeLoreans forever afterwards. And remember, they
had thought of that. The only wagons allowed to flout the werent going to be driven and so needed to be wheeled
rule were refrigerated food trucks, and that was just everywhere, constantly at the mercy of careless fingers
what theyd organised. With two drivers, it sped non-stop and thumbs.
to reach Dunmurry by Monday morning. The first car the one in our pictures, with VIN number
Waiting for them was a specially cordoned-off part of 4301 and automatic transmission was delivered to its
the factory, spotlessly clean and with burly security guards new owner on 12 October 1981. He was Roger Mize,
already on duty. A crack team of senior assembly staff and president of Snyder National Bank in Snyder, Texas, USA.
supervisors were ready to start attaching the dazzling He paid for it in one, vulgar $85,000 transaction on his
metal panels said to be worth up to $10,000 apiece to Gold Card. True to the precious ethos of these weird
the Deloreans plastic base unit. Rings and watches were vehicles, actually driving it was never considered. The
banned and everyone wore protective gloves. Tools were doors to the banks head office were removed and the
kept to a minimum and at a distance because any kind DeLorean was slowly and carefully rolled into its lobby,
of spanner in this particular works would have been where it was immediately encased in an armoured, airtight
a catastrophe during the two-week process. glass box. Three days later, the Bank threw a slap-up party
Not a single scratch could be afforded because, unlike to celebrate, and for the next 20 years the car was
with the standard stainless steel finish, thered be no way a gleaming local landmark.

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AMEX DELOREAN

The second one went to Sherwood Marshall, Canadian Mize died in 2003 and in 2009 his family gifted it to the Below left and above
naval officer turned entrepreneur. With VIN 4300 and museum. When not on display, it is housed with the rest Unworn cabin is testament to
20 years as a centrepiece in a
manual gearbox, it was unusual in featuring a tan leather of the reserve collection in the vault.
Texas bank; the rear-mounted
interior (regular DeLoreans were black or grey inside) That would have seemed to be the end of the entire, 2.8-litre V6 has never fired.
that was a try-out for a proposed factory option. Sherwood ridiculous episode. Yet there was one more official gold-
clearly could not resist the temptation to play King Midas plated DMC-12. That spare set of panels mothballed at
on the highways, as it covered 1442 miles in his ownership. Dunmurry was never called upon and, as the marque and
Eventually, both ended up in museums. The Marshall its factory were in their death throes in 1983, it was
car was donated to the National Automobile Museum in decided to fit them onto another car, VIN 20105. This was
Reno, Nevada, while the car on these pages is housed at duly completed in Columbus, Ohio, by Consolidated
the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Roger International. They were just one gullwing door short
(wonder which disgruntled ex-employee filched that?),
so another was quickly plated, and consequently it was
very slightly different in its final tone.
Consolidated had bought the entire bankrupt stock of 1981 Amex
unsold Deloreans, and offered its gold-plated one in a DeLorean DMC-12
raffle through a department store it owned called Big Engine 2849cc V6,
SOHC per bank, Bosch
Lots. The winner clearly had no misgivings about showing
K-Jetronic fuel injection
it off, as it covered 636 miles before rocking up finally Power 130bhp @ 5500rpm
in a private collection in Maryland. Torque 153lb ft @ 2750rpm
Gold-plated cars have since gone relatively mainstream, Transmission Three-speed
some of them air-freighted to London each summer by automatic, rear-wheel drive
Steering Rack and pinion
Middle Eastern owners to dazzle the doormen and Suspension Front and rear:
tourists outside Harrods, and blaze up and down Park double wishbones, coil springs,
Lane. But the authentic, 24-carat look is one more added telescopic dampers. Anti-roll
to the list of bizarre firsts for which the notorious bar at front Brakes Discs,
vented at front Weight 1244kg
DeLorean DMC-12 can be thanked. Or blamed. End (standard car) Performance
Top speed 125mph. 0-60mph
THANKS TO Petersen Automotive Museum, www.petersen.org. 10.5sec (est)

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So, what exactly did


Bernie Ecclestone
do for Formula 1?
Hes no longer in charge of motor racings
most notorious gravy train. Time for David
Tremayne to chart Ecclestones rise and fall
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Far left and left


Ecclestone at court in Munich,
2014, for the Gribkowsky bribery
trial; Balestre, Mosley and
Ecclestone at Germanys
Hockenheimring in 1981.

THE NEWS, WHEN it broke late on Brabham was not the first team Ecclestone He and Mosley were about to fold as the fight
Monday, 23 January, was hardly unexpected. had owned; hed bought cars from the defunct dragged on but, in the style that was to become
Nevertheless, when it was revealed that Connaught in 1957 and unsuccessfully tried to their hallmark, the two conspirators kept their
Liberty Medias acquisition of the second qualify one in Monaco. He also managed nerve and out-bluffed Balestre. He remained
tranche of CVC Capital Partners shares in the driver Stuart Lewis-Evans, and later Jochen the power behind the FIA throne in an uneasy
Formula 1 business had been successful and Rindt, but admitted that their violent deaths truce but, while the FIA retained ownership of
that Bernie Ecclestone was effectively out the prompted him to deal with things rather than the commercial rights, Ecclestone could exploit
door, it still took some believing. This is, people thereafter. them. That was what he had wanted all along.
after all, the man who was F1. The ringmaster. Brabham, however, gave him his entre into
A sharp, dry-witted and indomitable racer- the society of team ownership, and led to his GLOBAL TELEVISION:
cum-businessman who was as tough in life next big step. ECCLESTONES GENIUS PART 3
as he was in negotiations. Who lived by the In the decade that followed, Ecclestone built an
maxim: First you get on, then you get rich, FOCA: ECCLESTONES GENIUS PART 1 empire on the back of the deal to sell the
then you get honest. As fellow Formula One Constructors commercial rights. And that was where the
Who else would have been back at work Association entrants such as Colin Chapman, trawlermans son from Bungay made his
within weeks of triple-bypass heart surgery in Frank Williams and Ken Tyrrell focused on fortune, and those of Williams, Tyrrell and
1996? Who else, at the age of 80, could not racing, Ecclestone left that aspect of running newcomer Ron Dennis at McLaren. While they
only shrug off a vicious beating by four six- his team to his lieutenants: designer Gordon raced, he did the legwork they had no time for,
footers and be at his desk by nine oclock the Murray, team manager Herbie Blash and chief but from which they benefited hugely.
next morning, but also suggest that official F1 mechanic Charlie Whiting. Instead, the former This time, he sold broadcast rights on an
watch sponsor Hublot use his battered visage secondhand car dealer relished doing deals annual basis to networks that had to agree to
in its advertising? on the others behalf with recalcitrant race televise every race, where previously one-off
Love him or loathe him, the little fellow with promoters. The united front was irresistible: no deals had restricted exposure. Suddenly, F1 was
the shock of white Beatles hair had steered agreement, no teams, no race. a global phenomenon; everyone wanted a slice.
F1 since the late 1970s. But now he was gone, By 1978 he was FOCA chairman, but there Sponsorship revenue rocketed yet Ecclestone
patted on the head with the Chairman Emeritus was a bump in the road ahead in the form shrewdly fostered the sports elitist air.
title as he left. of new F1 ruler Jean-Marie Balestre. By juggling companies and contracts, he
Bernard Charles Ecclestones story is one of eventually took full control of FOCA, incensing
shrewdness allied to ruthlessness, and a love of THE FISA/FOCA WAR: its members so much that Tyrrell purportedly
the deal. Without him, F1 would never have ECCLESTONES GENIUS PART 2 had to be restrained from attacking him. He had
been something of interest to the likes of Ecclestones commercial talents threatened made many of his fellow team owners richer
CVCs Donald Mackenzie or Liberty boss Balestre, the bombastic president of FISA than they could ever have believed, but they no
John Malone. Here are some of his greatest (Fdration Internationale du Sport longer looked upon him benignly as their
successes and worst moments. Automobile, now Fdration Internationale de fairy godmother; instead he had become the
lAutomobile). The Frenchman believed FISA godfather, a fearsome businessman with barely
BUYING BRABHAM should run everything; Ecclestone and cohort a shred of sentimentality, who thrived on
According to legend though Ron Tauranac Max Mosley, boss of March Racing and FOCAs confrontation and liked nothing better than to
might dispute it Ecclestone agreed terms to lawyer, believed otherwise and saw Balestre set rivals at each others throats, or to toss a
buy Brabham with Jack Brabhams designer as a roadblock on FOCAs path to riches. firecracker into a circle of them and see who
and former partner late in 1971. Then, at the The confrontation became bloody over the had the balls to throw it back. In 1991 the final
last moment, he changed his mind, forcing winter of 1980, as Ecclestone and Mosley step came with the accession of Mosley to
Tauranac to sell for a lower figure threatened to start their own breakaway F1 Balestres position as FISA president.
$125,000. Its said that the small matter of Championship if Balestre did not acquiesce to
the $35,000 that Brabham held in its bank their demands to take control of the sports THE SAFETY EMPOWERMENT
account was overlooked by one of the parties commercial rights. This, Ecclestone knew, was As Ecclestones self-enrichment drew criticism,
in the negotiations. where the real wealth lay. other things went unnoticed. The most

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BERNIE ECCLESTONE

He was that rare combination in F1: a racer at heart


with the case-hardened soul of the thrusting businessman

important was the continuation of the safety of the sport but, when Haffa stumbled, media thoroughly exorbitant rates thanks to CVCs
crusade initiated by Jackie Stewart in the 1960s. entrepreneur Leo Kirch stepped in, until his rapacious borrowing was forcing him to go
In 1978 he invited Sid Watkins to become Kirch Group also went bust and its shares ever further afield and to do business with
F1s official doctor, moving the sport out of its devolved to various banks. some increasingly dubious characters.
medical dark ages. A watershed came at Imola By sleight of hand involving the Ecclestone The sports popularity was waning; its global
in 1987 when Watkins refused Nelson Piquet familys Bambino Trust in 2002, Ecclestone expansion alienated some, as did the quieter
permission to race after a heavy practice was able to maintain management control. But cars, the degradable tyres, and the sheer cost.
accident at Tamburello. Despite huge pressure three years later the banks took successful legal And since he himself had done so, it was now
from Piquet and the Brazilian champions old action. Ecclestone and Gerhard Gribkowsky of the cool thing down the pub to be the informed
friend Ecclestone, Watkins held firm and told BayernLB successfully sought a new owner guy who tapped the side of his nose knowingly
Ecclestone that, if Piquet drove, he would leave to buy out the troublesome banks venture and rubbished it.
F1 for good. Wisely, Ecclestone backed him capitalist CVC Capital Partners. CVC was Then there were his off-the-cuff comments,
and, from that race onwards, Watkins word was content to let Ecclestone stay in charge, as it often deemed offensive, such as saying in
undisputed law in all medical matters. went on to accrue $4 billion of debt and paid reference to Indycar sensation Danica Patrick
out billions more to shareholders. that he preferred his household appliances in
EMBARRASSING BLAIR: Gribkowsky was eventually jailed after white; about Hitler being a man who got things
THE 1997 TOBACCO BAN BUNG admitting he had taken a $44-million bribe to done. If you knew him well, you understood
It seemed that Ecclestone could do no wrong. favour CVC, but in 2014 Ecclestone avoided a that many of his comments were deliberately
F1 grew in popularity despite the deaths of similar fate when he went on trial in Germany, provocative throwaways guaranteed to generate
Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna at as a provision in German law allowed him to quick headlines.
Imola in 1994, exploiting the rise of Michael make a $100-million payment instead. But in the new era of the internet and social
Schumacher. There was a threat on the horizon, media which he professed neither to like nor
however, as the anti-tobacco lobby continually WEAKENING POWER BASE to understand such things hung around far
gained traction in its fight against the weed, the In 2009 Ecclestone had successfully killed a longer than they ever did in the old days of
source of the sports most significant funding. union of F1 teams FOTA (Formula One printing presses and paper, and often came back
But Ecclestone stymied that by donating Teams Association) by offering financial to bite him. The bromance with Putin, when F1
1m to the Labour Party, which subsequently incentives to Red Bull and Ferrari, which fatally went to Russia in 2014, didnt help, either.
announced that F1 was exempt from the undermined its solidarity. But his power base There was more open talk in the paddock of
tobacco advertising ban. Thereafter, cynics was weakened when Mosley left office at the how his outdated way of doing things was out
referred to 1m as a Bernie. FIA in the fall-out from his much-publicised of step in a changing world of social and digital
2008 sex scandal. In 2014 Ecclestone rashly media, and holding the sport back.
THE 100-YEAR DEAL: made extraordinary comments about the poor He was that rarest combination in F1: a racer
ECCLESTONES GENIUS PART 4 state of F1 that drew comparisons with Gerald at heart but with the case-hardened soul of the
If anything epitomised Ecclestones Ratners comments that his products were thrusting businessman who never lost the
buccaneering approach to management of crap, and long-term ally Luca di Montezemolo secondhand car salesmans thrill for a deal.
the sport, it was the deal he forged with was ousted by Ferrari. Denying rumours of a breakaway
Mosley to lease the commercial rights from the With each renegotiation of the Concorde championship, he said: I have built the
FIA for 100 years. It happened in 2001 and, on Agreement, the teams had fought hard for a Championship over the last near-50 years,
the face of it, $313.6m seemed like a huge greater share and that brought about the which is something I am proud of, and the last
sum until you figured that it bought situation in Texas that year where new teams thing I want is to see it damaged.
Ecclestones Formula One Management around Caterham and Marussia were on the ropes, and I would have loved the luxury of what Chase
1800 races, for the estimated income value he was forced to admit to being between a rock Carey is able to do. I hope the F1 supporters
from only 1 of them and a hard place, with no financial flexibility to appreciate this, as Chase intends to put money
Critics accused him and Mosley of stealing help them. Assuredly, times were different. back into the sport.
the sport from beneath the noses of all of its Ecclestone had finally found himself in a That, some would say, is precisely what he
competitors, but they remained unrepentant. position in which there was no wriggle room. had no longer been able to do himself,
Business had changed so much in the 21st hamstrung as he was in doing the sort of fix-it
GERMANY: THE BEGINNING Century. Transparency was crucial and deals that had once been his trademark by
OF THE END everywhere you looked there were clampdowns CVC Capital Partners ceaseless philosophy of
The world was changing when Ecclestone hit on the old practices. A successful entrepreneur squeezing F1 until its pips burst.
big bumps in 2014. could no longer throw a bit of money around Perhaps the greatest buccaneer of them all
He had been able to cash in by selling shares to get things done on the QT. had ultimately suffered as Hamlet had once
and raising loans. In 2001 he had sold EM.TV And the hunt for places sufficiently wealthy suggested: For tis the sport to have the enginer
founder Thomas Haffa an option to buy control to stage races at what most deemed to be hoist with his own petar. End

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WILLIAM LYONS JAGUAR Mk10

PRIDE OF LYONS
This Jaguar Mk10 was the personal car of
Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons. John Simister
drives it from the mansion he called home
Words John Simister Photography Amy Shore

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WILLIAM LYONS JAGUAR Mk10

When it was launched,


the Mk10 seemed
absolutely enormous.
It also seemed bold,
optimistic and
fabulously modern

I still have all three miniature Mk10s, albeit far from


mint and no longer boxed. And Im telling you this
because it was part of the impact the Mk10 made on
young minds. Of the three models, the Corgi
interpretation best portrayed the essence of the real thing,
the long, flowing curves with their exquisite blend of
JAGUAR HEITAGE
voluptuousness and tension, the stance and the cohesion.
Corgis modellers almost always did it best back then.
What the model captured was the forward-leaning nose
with its shrunken interpretation of the preceding MkIXs
grille (curiously, Jaguar switched from Roman to Arabic

T
numerals for the new car), the subtle double curves of
Above and right his is the biggest standard-issue Jaguar the front and rear screens, the shapes of the wheelarches:
Sir William Lyons pictured
at Browns Lane with a whole
saloon there has ever been. Those of us flat-topped at the front, the top low and gently curved at
fleet of Mk10s; lusty 3.8-litre of a certain age sometimes rail against the back. But looking afresh at the Mk10 today, I see that
straight-six is essentially the the enormity of modern cars, especially all the models missed a trick.
same as the E-types. sybaritic ones, but this one is The They show all the doors front and central shutlines to
Daddy. Launched 55 years ago, the be vertical, but in reality that applies to the front one
Jaguar Mk10 you see here is wider than current versions alone. The centre one leans slightly forward, the rear one
of the XJ, the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz significantly more so. Combined with the lean-forward
S-class. Longer, too, than all those cars in their standard nose, and tail-lights that do the same thing at the
length. Only their LWB versions out-extend the Mk10, extremities of the tapering rear wings, which terminate
and not by much. the convex waistline, they heighten the impression of a car
Which means that when it was launched back in 1961, poised to pounce, powerfully, as a Jaguar might.
the Mk10 seemed absolutely enormous. It also seemed
bold, optimistic and fabulously modern with its fully WHEN THIS PARTICULAR car took to the road,
outboard headlights, yet still very clearly a Jaguar. On a surprise and awe must have been at their maximum. Thats
seven-year-old me, and all my car-mad friends, the Mk10 partly because it was one of the first to be built, departing
made an enormous impression. It was the coolest, most the Browns Lane assembly line on 17 December 1961,
sophisticated luxury saloon on the planet. and partly because its usual occupant was none other than
We all wanted the models of it that the toy companies Sir William Lyons himself, whose company car 7868 RW
were falling over themselves to produce. Corgi was first, was. That means it spent a lot of downtime at Sir Williams
its metallic blue offering previewed in the Corgi Model splendid pile, Wappenbury Hall near Leamington Spa,
Clubs magazine, and I drove Mr and Mrs Lambert, who to which it has returned for this encounter.
ran my local toyshop, mad with endless requests for news Here, on the gravel forecourt, Sir Williams intuitive eye
on the delivery date. Eventually the models arrived, would take in full-size mock-ups of proposed new Jaguar
featuring not only an opening bonnet and boot (a first) models, the open-air viewing representing better than a
but also an opening suitcase and a smaller attach case. studio how a new car would look on the road. From here,
Dinky followed, its offering in a similar blue, but only too, Sir William and Lady Lyons would descend into the
the boot opened. The luggage was more realistic, though: Mk10s impossibly broad back seat, ready for a chauffeur
a proper, boarding-school-style trunk and two sports to take them to a glittering industry function. Other
bags. Then Tri-angs Belfast-based Spot-On company times, Sir William would drive the grandest Jaguar
launched a bronze Mk10, its first model to have properly himself, perhaps to Browns Lane, perhaps arriving at
rendered shutlines rather than ridges. Again, an opening dawn at the MIRA test track where the XJ13 endurance
boot contained luggage, rather poor white suitcases this racer was undergoing secret tests (he kept the Mk10 for
time, but this models USP was its properly steerable several years). It is said that on one occasion, in 1962, he
front wheels. even asked his chauffeur to use its ample length to block

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Left
When you own the car
company, you want its top limo
as your daily wheels. The house
is currently on the market for
a cool 3.5 million

the factory gate. The workers were planning a walk-out,


and you cant walk out if theres no exit.
Given its special status as the bosss wheels, 7868 RW
wasnt entirely standard. It had the automatic transmission
option, plus power-assisted steering. That much you
would expect. It also wore six coats of opalescent dark
green paint (normally two sufficed), and had electric rear
windows to add to those normally fitted at the front. The
shiny walnut-veneered picnic tables on the backs of the
front seats were standard Mk10 fare, easing life for peckish
rear passengers, but in this car they incorporate flip-up
mirrors for last-minute sartorial checks pre-dinner,
pre-theatre, pre-party.
No doubt this Mk10 was an early user of the exciting
new M1, which then finished south-east of Coventry
having followed the route of todays M45. A luxury express
for the new motorway age, in the brief years of unfettered
pace before the experimental 70mph limit arrived at the
end of 1965. Its 3.8-litre, triple-SU straight-six was in
much the same tune as that of the E-type, launched in the
same momentous year, both claiming an optimistic
265bhp. The big saloon weighed half as much again as the
sports car, but it still moved more swiftly than any rival.

AFTER LIFE AT THE TOP, 7868 RW found itself at


Cheltenhams main Jaguar agent. The man who purchased
it in 1966 kept it until he died in 2011, latterly in a barn
with the tail sticking out. A man from Whitstable bought
it, got it home, assessed the restoration costs and took
fright. Thats when Ian Berg, rescuer of the Gucci Lynx
Eventer featured in Octane 157, came on the scene.
I bought it in 2014, says Ian, and it was in a bit of a
sorry state. The paint was off the bonnet after a dose of
Nitromors, and it looked like a flock of chickens had
lived inside. But was it actually rusty? It was well-
preserved in places, perhaps because of those extra layers
of paint, and the underside was good. But the boot, wings,
inner and outer sills, doors, they were all rusty. Much
of the whole car, then.
Huddersfield-based Jaguar specialist Miles Classic was
entrusted with the bodys renovation and the fabulous
new finish of opalescent green, while XJK in Newcastle-
under-Lyme refreshed all the mechanical parts and
reassembled the Jaguar complete with the retrimmed
interior and the acreage of renovated walnut veneer. Ian

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transmission. By devious means I have some manual Clockwise from bottom left
control over the lower two of its three forward ratios, L Plush interior is still welcoming;
where Sir William would have
(for Low) in the stalks indicator panel, or Intermediate parked it; picnic tables feature
Speed Hold via a toggle switch to the right of the 140mph custom mirrors; model is
speedometer. A fine bank of further toggle switches is authors own; electric rear
arrayed below the smaller dials to my left, in usual 1960s windows for the Lyons car only.
Jaguar fashion, and three push buttons below the radio
trigger the vacuum-powered heater flaps.
The engine all polished aluminium twin-cam raciness
starts on the first compression stroke, the starter barely
heard. Off we crunch over the gravel and out onto the
road, the Jaguar insulating us from the outside assaults of
coarse-grained tarmacadam and maintenance-starved
infrastructure as Jaguar saloons with all-independent
managed to find new-old-stock rear light units and the suspension, of which this was the first, do.
numberplate plinth, the weather-exposed originals having It wafts, but theres an XK-flavoured edge to its smooth
suffered beyond salvation. The other brightwork was exertions if you look for it, both aurally and physically.
rechromed as necessary, notably the bumpers whose The engine isnt overwhelmed by the 1.8 tonnes of mass,
overriders hidden sides are enclosed, as they tended to be and neither are the ample Avon radial tyres (it wore
on a quality car. massive 7.50-14 Dunlop Road Speed RS5 crossplies
Then I took it to Jaguar Heritage for a health check, when new). Of course the Mk10 feels big, but not actually
says Ian. It was fun taking it back to Browns Lane. He gargantuan; the suspension controls the body too well for
wouldnt have been able to go through the original that, and the panoramic view that comes with the slim
entrance in the Lane itself, though, the one that the strike- roof pillars makes it easy to place. Its soft, yes, but nicely
breaking Mk10 blocked. Thats long out of use. damped, and the E-type-like independent rear end keeps
As well as making adjustments and gaining the Jaguar the tyres firmly in contact with the road.
an MoT, Jaguar Heritage fitted the bright trims around the If the steering would only tell me something of what is
windscreen and rear window, a torturously fiddly job that occurring at the front wheels I would almost think the
can take days if the planets are misaligned. The Mk10 was Jaguar agile, but it doesnt. Theres no springiness or
finally declared finished at the end of last summer. looseness, but the response is slow and the weighting

AND NOW, 55 YEARS after I first lusted after this most


prestigious of all Jaguars, Im going to drive this most
favoured Mk10 of all. The bosss car. And my drive starts,
as did so many of his, from outside the front door of It wafts, but theres an
Wappenbury Hall. I try to imagine I am Sir William, and
fail (too short and I dont own a glamorous car company). XK-flavoured edge to its
Nor do I have Lady Lyons in the adjacent seat.
The doors lean curiously inwards, emphasising the bulk smooth exertions if you
that exists between their extravagantly curved outer skins
and their flat inner panels. The steering wheel is offset to look for it, both aurally
the left; behind it is the slender column stalk that selects
the required function in the Borg-Warner DG automatic and physically
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Jaguar Mk10 never varies from a constant, finger-directed, light driving seat a while longer, while I place that first Corgi
Engine 3781cc viscosity. Thats early power steering for you. model on top of the mirror-gloss walnut dashboard. I
straight-six, DOHC, three
SU HD8 carburettors
Drive over, I take in those sweeping, imposing lines know the models metallic blue is too dark; I repainted it
Power again. That low, falling tail suggests a shallow boot but its to cover the scars of too much play. But at least the
265bhp (gross) @ 5500rpm actually huge, its sunken floor made possible by mounting jewelled headlights still sparkle. End
Torque fuel tanks vertically in each rear wing and giving each its
260lb ft @ 4000rpm
own filler. No wonder the toy cars made so much of the THANKS TO Knight Frank (www.knightfrank.com),
Transmission
Three-speed Borg-Warner DG luggage-stashing ability. the estate agent for Wappenbury Hall, which is for sale.
automatic gearbox, Cars usually look their best in the form in which they Sir Williams Jaguar will be offered at the Historics At
rear-wheel drive are originally designed, before facelifts and marketing-led Brooklands auction on 4 March, www.historics.co.uk.
Suspension Front: double tweaks sully the purity. The Mk10 gained a 4.2-litre
wishbones, coil springs,
telescopic dampers, anti-roll engine in 1964, but nothing changed visually until 1966
bar. Rear: double-wishbone when it was renamed 420G, gaining a thick central grille
geometry with driveshaft as bar, front indicator repeaters and a chrome strip along the
upper link, trailing arms, four flanks to slice the visual whole in half.
co-axial coil springs
and dampers
At a stroke the purity was lost. Instead of looking
Steering Recirculating ball, younger, the giant Jaguar looked oddly older if not at
power-assisted the time, then retrospectively, as seen through todays
Brakes Discs Weight 1789kg eyes. It faded out of production in 1970, but the genes
Performance
Top speed 120mph
didnt disappear entirely. In 1968 a Daimler-badged,
0-60mph 11.4sec 420G-derived limousine appeared, tall and stately and
useful for officialdom and the carriage trade alike. So
useful, indeed, that the Daimler DS420 stayed in
production until 1992, sporting the recognisable low-
profile rear wheelarch to the end.

I HADNT REALISED that I had been nurturing a dream


to drive a Mk10 for so many years, but the dream is now
made real. Its a lovely device and very rare now, with too
many having been plundered for desirable parts and their
rusting bodies binned. So let me sit in the deep, luxuriant

Above and below


The Mk10 is still Jaguars
biggest-ever saloon; its lines
emphasise perceived speed,
almost to caricature effect.

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TROUBLE
AT THE
MILL
Britains biggest car factory
finally fell silent in 2016. Former
employee Richard Bremner tells
the woeful tale of The Austin

SHORT OF WAR and wide-scale rioting, there are few


circumstances that can trigger the same level of
destruction as the business failure of a large industrial
complex. All of a sudden a huge enterprise that seemed as
permanent as the next row of hills becomes a scene of
windswept desolation and, for those that worked there,
an unwelcome life-changing event. But because the
Longbridge factory died by a thousand cuts, the demise of
what was once the largest car plant in Europe has passed
almost unnoticed. This, then, is a modest homage to a car
factory that for decades was this countrys most important.
Longbridge itself is a suburb of Birmingham, and the
Austin Motor Company was the employer of a huge
workforce that did everything from casting engine blocks
to machining gearboxes, stamping panels, welding,
painting and assembling entire cars. At its peak, it
breathlessly produced 7000 cars a week.
The Austin, as it was locally known, was also where
dozens of cars were designed and developed, most
famously the Mini. Rather unexpectedly the designing
and developing continues today, the site housing a
300-strong engineering centre for the Shanghai
Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). SAIC is the
owner of the storied MG marque, and of the Roewe brand
that grew out of the remnants of Rover, and is one of
Chinas major vehicle industry players, assembling vast
numbers of GM and VW models for its home market.
Although MG Rover went bust in 2005, its Longbridge
base produced its last car last year, 111 years after Herbert
Austins newly established company manufactured its first
car in 1905. That last car was an MG3 supermini, one of
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many shipped largely complete from China for little more


than the marrying of powertrain to painted and trimmed
body. That MG Motor owners SAIC even attempted to
keep the plant active was admirable, given the limited
economic sense it must have made. While the reborn
MG Motor is slowly developing as a maker of budget
hatchbacks and crossovers, it hasnt grown fast enough
to sustain local assembly.
Of course this plant, its management, workforce, shop
stewards and products have so often been a sad, bad and

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Pilfering was rife, and the spares


department of one local dealer
was rumoured to be stocked
with parts lifted from the line
frustrating news story over the past 50 years that the Longbridge was where the Minis creation was ordered
reasons for it becoming so big in the first place have long by boss Leonard Lord, and where the Mini was realised by
been forgotten. Among some 15 million vehicles that Alec Issigonis and his team. Lord was immensely
Longbridge has produced, its the small cars that generated ambitious for BMC, his vision to make Longbridge the
fame, big sales and, occasionally, salvation. It was also a most modern car plant in Europe fully realised by the
decision around another major small car project that mid-50s. During the next decade the Mini and its
sealed the factorys fate. big-selling 1100/1300 brother poured from the plant,
Before that, it gained impetus and scale not only production reaching its zenith in 1963/4 at 371,979.
through cars but conflict too, Government-funded Minis were everywhere. And if youll allow some
expansion producing aircraft, shells, trucks and substantial nostalgic indulgence, they were in the head of your
new facilities during both World Wars. The small car reporter, who as a teenager decided that he wanted to
thread begins between the wars, with the 1922 Austin work for the company that made them. In 1976 that took
Seven. Largely the creation of Herbert Austin himself and me to Longbridge and an Austin apprenticeship, to train
18-year-old draughtsman Stanley Edge, it was designed in in sales and marketing.
secret in the billiard room of Austins home, its partial I didnt get to work on the factory floor the place was
inspiration the Rover Eight. The result was a car so tiny too strike-prone to risk apprentices making Minis and
that it was often the object of mirth, but it scored by being Allegros but I got tantalisingly close. Apart from the
a proper car in miniature rather than a crude cyclecar. sheer scale of the car assembly buildings (CAB 1 and
Though Austin oversaw Edges work and contributed CAB 2), you could smell the process of mass industrial

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much of the chassis and steering design, it was the young toil, the air laced with the vapours of molten metal, oily
draughtsman who ensured that the Seven had a four- machine tools, hot weld and wet paint.
cylinder engine rather than a twin, and he who drew the The sales block was less industrially perfumed. Training
whole car up. Its keen price and dependable functionality occurred in the order-processing department in the days
soon won it thousands of customers. Just over 300,000 of paper and carbon copies, and in a production-
were produced between 1922 and 1939, and it was scheduling area which employed a gentleman improbably
assembled in the US, France, Germany and Japan. The named Austen Austin who worked at The Austin. The
Seven did much to put Britain on wheels, and turned its first challenge for any trainee entering this department
maker into a major automotive force. was not to snigger when the introductions were made.
But mobilising the country was abruptly halted by If this seemed a bit distant from the creation of cars, a
World War Two, while a Government-initiated post-war lunchtime walk to the canteens for curry, rice and chips
export drive favoured cars much larger than any Seven would give you a fix. Sometimes the design studio
replacement. So it took until 1951 for the A30 to appear. entrance might provide a peek of something new,
Advertised as the New Austin Seven in an effort to although I never spotted anything more exciting than a
capitalise on the companys pre-war success, it was facelifted Morris Marina. Cars could be seen streaming
nevertheless a forward-looking car despite its chubby from the car assembly buildings and, come a shift change,
demeanour. This was Austins first properly monocoque workers too. That was an impressive spectacle, though not
model and among the first in the world, preceded only by as memorable as the sight of one particular man, walking
the 1913 Lagonda 11hp, the 1921 Lancia Lambda and, by oddly in a black donkey jacket.
a matter of months, the Saab 92. It fundamentally changed The reason for his shuffling gait was the hefty driveshaft
the way Longbridge made cars. clutched to his chest beneath his coat, which slipped from
And the A30s replacement would alter the way all small his grasp just as he approached the security gate. Whether
cars were made. Transverse engine, gears-in-the-sump, he was sacked is debatable pilfering from the plant was
ten feet long, rubber-cone suspension we all know the rife, and the spares department of one local franchised
ingredients that made the Mini magical. Its verve, dealer was rumoured to be stocked almost entirely with
handling, steering, economy and charm endeared it to parts lifted from the production line.
more than five million buyers, including royalty, racers Pilferage was the least of Longbridge troubles by the
and celebs. It was built from Chile to New Zealand to mid-70s, the unions disruptive grip on the place turning
Oxford. But the only factory manufacturing it throughout shop steward Derek Red Robbo Robinson into a major
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Clockwise from left
Austin A40s being built for export in
1947; workers down tools for lunch in
the canteen, 1955; spilling out of the
factory gates at shifts end, 1948; Austin
10s on the final inspection and finishing
tracks, 1936; the height of British
Leylands 1970s picket-line infamy.

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Clockwise from left
A Rover 45 bodyshell is left hanging, abandoned
on the production line; these (once state-of-the-
art) spray booths were used to paint MG Rovers;
MG ZS handles that will never open a door;
empty assembly halls once thronged with activity.

poor product planning drove Longbridge owners British


Leyland into the arms of the Government that created
this morass of ill-fitting companies in the first place.
Nationalisation paid for new models in fits and starts,
the Triumph TR7 and Rover SD1 among them, but no
model was more keenly anticipated than the new Mini.
It was codenamed ADO88 until a pre-launch facelift
triggered by dire customer clinic results turned it into
LC8, finally launched in 1980 as the Mini Metro. By that
time BL had concluded that the original Mini should live
alongside it, allowing the market to decide its lifespan it
would outlive its potential nemesis.
Whether the Mini Metro would succeed was the issue
occupying almost every Longbridge mind in 1980, the
fate of this model unquestionably determining the fate of
BL. One day there were dozens to see, parked in neat rows
in front of a grand office block known as the Kremlin. It
looked woefully under-wheeled on a track too narrow for
its neat body. The rims originally chosen, whose offset
widened the track, had developed cracks in testing. These
were the only available substitutes so close to launch
Yet the media frothed and the Metro conquered. It
never quite unseated Fords Fiesta, but it took BL back
into export markets and fanned the companys prospects
with unfamiliar promise. At least until the Maestro
landed. More vital than this lightly troubled Allegro
replacement was BL boss Michael Edwardes canny deal
with Honda, which led to a largely productive relationship
and cars vastly better engineered than it was used to.
The Roverisation of Hondas was successful enough
that BMW tempted itself into buying Rover Group in
1994. It intensified the companys efforts to develop a new
Mini, to be produced at Longbridge. Had that occurred,
Birminghams most famous car factory would have been
revived and flourishing today. Instead, BMWs 2000
decision to offload Rover sealed its unpalatable fate. MG
Rover slowly declined over the five years that it battled to
find a partner, the infamous Phoenix Four bosses earning
handsomely despite the 2005 bankruptcy.
But it wasnt over yet for car production at Longbridge.
The assets were bought by Chinas Nanjing Automobile
Corporation, and the intellectual rights to the models by
SAIC. Small numbers of MG TFs once again emerged
from the doors of CAB 1 and, after SAIC took over
Nanjing, MG Motor built the MG6 family hatchback and
a budget supermini. Ironically it was once again a small
car that made Longbridge history, the MG3 being the last
vehicle to be produced at the plant.
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The real end came in 2005, when MG Rovers collapse


made headlines, when thousands lost their jobs and
when the demolition balls moved in. Its demise caused
heartache for thousands, your reporter included.
Longbridge has left a legacy, the Mini brand living on with
BMW, but for many its as much of a loss as the shuttered
mines and shipyards of decades past.

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ANGELS & DEMONS

Great things came out of Longbridge, but some bad things happened too.
at the height of BMCs success And we all know where that led

1922 AUSTIN SEVEN 1949 AUSTIN A90 ATLANTIC


A masterpiece of big-car miniaturisation, but not so miniature that it Austin boss Leonard Lords idea for combining sports car
didnt suit a family of four. Tens of thousands of them thought so too. performance with saloon car comfort proved that his judgement was
The Seven did much to make new cars affordable for the middle fallible (though he would later sanction the Mini), and many thought
classes, besides putting Austin on the map as a major car producer. the baroque result was best consigned to the ocean it was named
Unlike the cheap cyclecars of the era, the Baby Austin was properly after. American sales were the aim but, despite the Atlantic smashing
engineered and propelled by a four-cylinder engine specifically multiple endurance records at Indianapolis, US buyers couldnt get
designed for it. It made a doughty racer, too. past its meagre four cylinders, and pudgy Cyclopian weirdness.

1952 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 1967 AUSTIN 3-LITRE


The product of Donald Healey and opportunistic Austin boss Another misguided brainchild of a big boss, the 3-Litre was the idea
Leonard Lord, the Healey 100 appeared at the 1952 Earls Court of Leonard Lord successor George Harriman. Its top-of-the-range
show. It used plenty of Austin parts, and Healey was already talking to credentials were undermined by doors shared with the cheaper Austin
Longbridge about engine supply. The car was such a hit that dealers, 1800 and, not long after that, the even cheaper Maxi. Troubled
including BMCs own, were clamouring for it. So Lord suggested development eventually produced a superb self-levelling Hydrolastic-
to Healey and his lieutenants: Well make the bloody thing at suspended rear-drive chassis, but the engine was a stolid thing and the
Longbridge. But well have to change the name to Austin-Healey 100. cabin offered no more room than the lesser 1800s.

1959 MINI 1973 AUSTIN ALLEGRO


The Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor were built in both Replacement for the best-selling 1962-74 1100/1300 started with
Birmingham and Oxford, but it was a Longbridge design and easily a promising sketch by Harris Mann, soon spoiled by the need to
the most influential car the plant would produce. Like its pre-war accommodate an oversized heater and taller engines. A late decision
ancestor it did much to motorise Britain, besides contributing a word to save money by removing the subframes vital to refined operation
to the language. It became a brand in its own right in the late 1960s of Alex Moultons interconnected Hydragas suspension further
and, despite going unreplaced for 41 years although the Metro troubled it from the off. More than any other car, the Allegro doomed
came close it continues as a flourishing brand today, under BMW. British Leylands chances of fighting off Ford and fast-rising imports. End

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FERRARI 166

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THE KING
OF STYLE
Ferrari, Touring and Gianni Agnelli were
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MUNARIS STRATOS
FERRARI 166

S
o far Ive been lucky. Passers-by are few in boss of the glory years still captures the imagination Above and above right
Turins Piazza San Carlo early on a Sunday of his countrymen. At speed; beautifully
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morning and, as I field questions slowly, In fact, that royalty simile is more than just a throwaway is at home in upmarket
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very important Ferrari, here from Britain, lAvvocato (the Lawyer), reflecting his law degree; many Agnelli at Miraori, Turin,
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descent of an entire jogging club, however, is too much for Italy, and anyone more realistic might have omitted the
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Agnelli, he announces. The joggers are ecstatic. Ah, si, si, from transportation to newspapers to department stores.
the first Ferrari of Gianni Agnelli! No politician held as much real power and, when it came
Clive and I dash off like heroes, V12 music dancing to Papal audiences, he would have likely been on the
along elegant Baroque facades. Aside from the odd couple granting end of the process, not the receiving.
of phrases, thats the only complete sentence I know, he Of doubtless greater interest to the population, and
says. But when youre driving this car in this country, its even before he took the rudder in 1966 of the company
the only one you really need. co-founded by his grandfather, the dude had charisma to
Clive Beecham isnt kidding, either. Driving any Ferrari burn. Devilishly handsome and impeccably dressed, he
in Italy is special; driving around Turin in his Touring was constantly in the right places with the right people, a
166, a true landmark model for both manufacturer and natural trendsetter. Admirers wore their wristwatches
coachbuilder and the very car that Touring selected to atop their shirt cuffs and unbuttoned their Brooks
headline its 90th birthday exhibition in Italys Museum Brothers button-down collars because thats what Agnelli
of the Automobile, is something else again. did. Some likely still do.
That its also Gianni Agnellis first Ferrari, in Agnellis It was natural, then, that young, fashionable Gianni
home city, and going to the museum dedicated to his should covet the Ferrari 166MM Barchetta unveiled by
memory, makes the experience like hanging out with Touring at the 1948 Turin motor show. The few previous
royalty. Cops will fight among themselves for the honour Ferraris had tended towards the bland. With that aptly
of overlooking your sins, locals want to put you on their named little boat, however, Touring chief Carlo
Facebook page, and translators are never a problem; Anderloni and stylist Federico Formenti brought forth
somebody always steps up, overjoyed to help. More than one of historys all-time automotive breathtakers, and the
a decade after his 2003 death, the Fiat empires famous model was more road-friendly than its predecessors, too.

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Perfect for a staggeringly rich 20-something playboy, reverberating between storefronts would put a grin on the
biding time before assuming the throne. face of a tax auditor with heartburn. And city motoring
Getting his hands on one took some doing; Fiat brings home exactly how small this car genuinely is: about
management werent keen on the heir driving a different the length of a Fiat 850 Spider, and the cockpit sides seem
and blatantly flamboyant marque and Gianni made the to end roughly at your navel.
initial arrangements through intermediaries, even wearing We ease our way from Piazza San Carlo to panoramic
disguise on trips to the Touring workshops. (Clive says Piazza Vittorio Vento, home of official parades and
there are also no known pics of Agnelli with the car, and festivities for some two centuries, followed by a visit to
hes searched for ages.) In July 1950, he took delivery of Agnellis grand former townhouse (in respect of the
chassis number 0064M, the 24th of 25 Ferrari 166MM current owners privacy, lets just list the address as
Touring Barchettas, finished in his colours of dark blue surprise barely walking distance from the historic Royal
metallic over dark green metallic, with teardrop rear Palace), then leave the city in search of the Agnelli family
lamps and special dash, all unique to this example. estate in rural Villar Perosa, south-west of Torino. Finding
Perhaps he chose not to drive it much in central Turin. it is unexpectedly easy; brief inquiries using Clives
While traffic was admittedly thin post-war, the slab-paved obvious charm with the locals, and, of course, the magic
streets that appear determined to loosen every nut, bolt words la prima Ferrari di, and bang, were there.
and rivet were far more prevalent, and the car would have Sadly, the magic words dont get us invited to the
lacked the electric radiator fan thats working virtually wedding ceremony occurring inside, but the surrounding
non-stop now. Nor would the gearbox have offered any area is ideal for gaining quality seat time. The Agnellis
consolation; the top three ratios have synchromesh, or have been resident since 1811, and Giannis grandfather,
the insinuation thereof, but each shift up or down through also christened Giovanni Agnelli (hence the diminutive
the five slots nonetheless requires double-declutching, Gianni given to the younger Agnelli), is said to have
and frequently results in grinding anyway. funded his original Fiat investment from silk farming on
Long, straight stretches of narrow urban canyon lead the property; the region still has a semi-remote, semi-
us across the city, and the wail of the little 2.0-litre V12 agricultural feel today, rolling hills leading into mountains,

The wail of the little 2.0-litre V12 would put a


grin on the face of a tax auditor with heartburn
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dotted with neat villages and the odd stately manor, other respectable placings before the Viscomte sold it in Clockwise from top right
interlaced by winding and largely smooth country lanes. 56. Thereafter 0064M followed the familiar pattern: Heading for Italys National
Automobile Museum; teardrop
The Ferrari loves it. Once youre moving you can forget several short-term owners, amateur racing up to 1957,
tail-lights and dash layout are
those two crotchety lower gears, and as the miles tick by some road use, and eventually it was parked in slightly unique to this car; whether
Im making peace with the others. If the brakes are no dishevelled retirement. in town or country, the 166
better than the build period would predict, and the Until it came under the wing of Jacques Swaters. Barchetta looks exquisite.
shifting stiff regardless of technique, the steering and Swaters, a Belgian racing driver turned founding principal
chassis are stable and reassuring, and the engine totally of renowned team Ecurie Francorchamps and one of
captivates. Prod the throttle and revs flow like warm Europes leading Ferrari dealers (he brokered 0064M a
honey; yes, the average modern hatchback delivers more half-dozen times himself, he reckoned), acquired the
horses, but who cares? Agnelli commented ages later Of Agnelli Barchetta in 1967 and treated it like family for
the cars I have driven, I cannot forget my first Ferrari and, the ensuing 46 years. During his guardianship, the tired
as wry as that sounds to mere mortals, his fondness for masterpiece underwent a loving restoration in the 80s,
this 166 is eminently understandable. returning from the apparently inevitable red to Agnellis
Those sentiments notwithstanding, Agnellis tenure blue and green, and enjoyed a stellar Historic career,
with 0064M was short. In 1952 he sold it, ironically appearing in the Mille Miglia, lIdea Ferrari and a host
around the time of a severe crash near his Rivera party of other venues, including the New York Museum
villa, which left him with a permanently impaired right of Modern Art and the Berlin National Gallery.
leg, and ultimately inspired his taste for machinery with It also acquired the honorific by which much of the
only two pedals. Rumours that the accident happened cognoscenti now know it: Nonna, Italian for grandmother.
in a Ferrari, by the way, much less this Ferrari, merit Before his death in 2010, Swaters even provided for
copious salt grains; acclaimed investigative reporter Judy Nonnas future; when Im gone, he told his daughter, you
Bachrach, with extensive family access, stated in a Vanity should sell the car to Clive, and in 2012, Clive Beecham, a
Fair profile that it was a Fiat estate and Agnellis committed admirer of 0064 since he first saw her in 1989,
penchant for estate cars was indeed legendary. brought Agnellis Barchetta home to London.
Meanwhile, the 166 went safely to second owner I never met Jacques Swaters, but I think hed be pleased
Viscomte Gery dHendecourt of Belgium, who with his successor. Clive couldnt accord the 166 more
occasionally raced it and, more successfully, encouraged care and respect if it really was his grandmother, but he
famed countryman and future four-time Le Mans winner also drives it most weekends, has road-tripped it across
Olivier Gendebien to do the same. Gendebien took his the Continent, and ran the Mille again in 2013. While not
first Ferrari win with the car, at Spa in 1953, plus some a serious concours participant, per se (aside from recent

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FERRARI 166

Right, from top


The 166 makes its way onto
centre-stage, ready to celebrate
90 years of Touring; triple carbs
were tted for racing; a double
win at Villa dEste in 2015.

nose repairs by Touring to 50s track damage,


nothings been touched since the Swaters
restoration), Nonna still makes regular show
appearances, and in 2015 at lofty Villa dEste
was awarded a Holy Grail of the discipline: Best
of Show trophies from votes of both the
participants and the viewing public.
Finally, the afternoon is drawing on, and we
head back towards Turin so Nonna can go on
her display plinth, Clive and I swapping the
driving between us and waving at the startled
civilians we scream past on the autostrada,
laughing at the stories we imagine theyll tell at
work tomorrow morning.
We should probably be having a deep,
insightful discussion about the importance of
the 166MM to the fortunes of Touring as well
as Ferrari, in the desperate post-war days when
neither could be that sure of survival. Or of
Agnellis part in maybe giving both of them,
in addition to the museum, a precious leg-up.
But the engine is too loud and our mood
too mellow, so we mostly debate whether the
car is beautiful, lovely, or pretty. Pretty wins
out, by a wide margin: not exotic, not sexy,
but pretty. Classically, enchantingly, heart-
breakingly pretty, like the one youll never
forget, and when we arrive at the museum and
Im sitting at the controls, my final stint finished,
I find myself feeling a little sad.
Then we get the word to bring her on in
and I open the drivers door, but Clive, standing
beside the car, simply smiles, gives me a nod
and motions me forwards, and I drive up to the
entrance of the Italian National Automobile
Museum, in Gianni Agnellis first Ferrari,
feeling as stylish and nonchalant as the great
man himself.
You know, Im not sure I could pull off that
wristwatch outside the cuff thing. But I do have
some Brooks Brothers shirts, and those collars
are hard to button, let me tell you. End

THANKS TO Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera,


www.touringsuperleggera.eu, and to the Italian
National Museum of the Automobile,
www.museoauto.it.

1950 Ferrari 166MM Touring Barchetta


Engine 1995cc V12, SOHC per bank,
three Weber 32 DCF carburettors (originally one)
Power 240bhp @ 6600rpm Torque 117lb ft
@ 5000rpm Transmission Five-speed manual,
rear-wheel drive Steering Worm and peg
Suspension Front: double wishbones, transverse leaf
spring, hydraulic dampers. Rear: live axle, semi-elliptic
leaf springs, hydraulic dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes Drums Performance Top speed 120mph.
0-60mph 10sec (est)

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CHURCHILL TANK

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TANK
TALES
The ultimate restoration project? Retired lawyer
Nigel Montgomery rebuilds WW2 Churchill tanks
then uses them as a school teaching aid
Words Mark Dixon Photography Matthew Howell

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CHURCHILL TANK

W
hen you were ten years old, did you have school To me, the Churchill was the Spitfire of the ground war, because it
outings that involved a working WW2 tank? No, me served in every theatre from Dieppe to North Africa to Italy, he explains.
neither. But think how thrilled we would have been This one was built in 1941 the date is stamped on the hull doors and
to get up-close and personal with something like the was one of the very last to go out of service, which means it was an
Churchill pictured here; to see it move and hear the important tank to restore.
growl of its 21-litre engine and the clank of its tracks. Who knows what Perhaps unsurprisingly, Nigels father served with tanks in WW2, and
seeds might have been sown by such a formative experience? Nigel himself had a brief spell in Chieftains, as a young 2nd Lieutenant
And thats exactly the thinking behind The Churchill Trust, a charitable posted to Berlin with the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. But,
body founded by retired City lawyer Nigel Montgomery. As a boy in the he says, he still doesnt really know where his life-long fascination with
late 1960s, he helped his father restore a vintage Bentley which is still tanks came from.
in the family and it was his life-long love of engineering and British I bought my first tank, a Chieftain, about 20 years ago, he continues.
ingenuity that made him want to get todays generation of children It cost about 12,000. Tanks are relatively easy to buy but theyre
enthused in the same way. difficult to run unless you have a lot of space. Then I decided I wanted to
The idea is to get kids interested in science and technology while go further back to the iconic tanks of WW2 but I couldnt find a running
theyre still open to new ideas, explains Nigel. Teachers love it, because Churchill, and that seemed a shame, given its importance.
it also brings in the study of history and even English through, for As so often in British military history, the Churchill was a rush job
example, the poetry of war. And while boys and girls react slightly created at the last minute and impelled by the German invasion of France
differently, both the genders seem equally fascinated by the machinery. and the Low Countries in May 1940. A hastily formed Tank Board was
The machinery in question is a Churchill MkIV, built in 1941 and in given three days to come up with a specification for a new tank, and it
service until the 1960s. The reason it survived so long is that it was seems very likely that newly elected Prime Minister Winston Churchill
converted into a mobile bridge layer, known as a Twin ARK (Armoured who succeeded Neville Chamberlain on 10 May 1940 was the driving
Ramp Carrier), which would form temporary bridges so force. The clue is in the name
that the Armys main battle tanks of the 1950s and 60s, Above Starting with a couple of prototype hulls that had already
the Centurion and Chieftain, could span wide gaps. It was Drivers vision is severely been completed, Vauxhall Motors took over the project at
restricted by the hull sides,
the Churchills adaptability and ubiquity over such a long so restorer Nigel always has
its headquarters in Luton. Its engineers rose to the challenge
period that made Nigel determined to find and preserve a spotter to help guide him magnificently, designing and building an all-new petrol
as many examples as he could. usually his daughter! engine in just three months. Unusually, it was a flat-12

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Clockwise from top left
MkIV before and after removal of its
bridge-laying equipment; turret in primer;
rotary junction box (from a Scorpion) that
transmits power and signals from turret to
hull; at-12 engine and (below) close-up of
block; gearbox with air compressor on top;
removing appliqu side armour; instrument
panel during rebuild; shell damage to
commanders cupola on MkIII turret; tting
camshafts to restored engine blocks.

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150
The petrol-fuelled Vauxhall flat-12 makes a surprisingly
harmonious noise. Who needs a Ferrari Boxer?
configuration, because that allowed the Churchill to have a Above and facing page reckons he got in at just the right time, because he was able
lower profile that would make it less visible to the enemy Nigel has managed to to track down the last few remaining spare parts before they
restore this Churchill with
in comparison, a radial-engined Sherman looks like mostly original components;
disappeared for good. If I were trying to do the same thing
a house, says Nigel. the gun still works but trying now, it just wouldnt be possible, he says. Nearly all the
The first production Churchills entered service in the to fire live ammunition could spares were scrapped when the tanks went out of service.
summer of 1941 and, not surprisingly, there were plenty of blow the barrel apart. However, there used to be a big scrapyard in Portsmouth
teething troubles; so much so that Vauxhall issued an that had all kinds of armoured vehicles, and I managed to
apology in the tanks instruction manual for defects that it had not had buy two unused, rebuilt gearboxes they had been overhauled by the
time to sort out! But improvements were rapidly made, not least to guns Army just before they were disposed of. And I found two engines at
and armour (early Churchills were equipped with a puny two-pounder another scrap dealers. Trouble is, Churchill engines are invariably seized
main gun), and, by the time the war ended, the Churchill had progressed because the exhaust sits above the cylinders and, when the tinwork above
through no fewer than eight Marks. the manifold corrodes, water leaks down past the open exhaust valves
The Churchill Trust has examples of Mks III, IV and VII, and the first and into the cylinders. The blocks then have to be separated from the
two of those are in running condition; in fact, they are the only two crankcase by spreading them apart with huge hydraulic jacks.
running Churchills of this type in the world. The one pictured here is a Fortunately, the bores carry liners and we were able to find some
MkIV but, having been built in 1941, it started life as a MkI, which was commercially available liners that were a perfect fit, so we now have a
upgraded to later spec as the war progressed. And this highlights one of total of five running engines, including two as spares.
the difficulties for the budding tank restorer: uncovering a tanks history, For a machine that was developed in such a short space of time, the
and choosing which era to use as a datum point for restoration. Churchill is remarkably sophisticated. The controls are all quite light,
Unfortunately, we have no idea about where or with which units this explains Nigel, and the steering, which is by drum brakes either side of
tank served, sighs Nigel, because the records have all been lost. It was the gearbox, is hydraulically operated with the assistance of compressed
registered as T31579 and Ive been scouring old photos to try and spot it, air provided by a compressor on the gearbox. But that means its also a
but with no luck. If anyone can help, Ive love to hear from them. complex system. We once had an air leak that was traced to a tiny spring
This Churchill was obtained through an exchange with Bovington that had corroded and wasnt allowing a valve to close, and which
Tank Museum in Dorset, the former HQ of the old Tank Corps. Nigel consequently made steering impossible!

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1941 Churchill tank


Engine 21,238cc flat-12,
L-head cam-in-block, four
Solex 46 FNHE carburettors
Power 350bhp @ 2200rpm
Torque 960lb ft @ 800-
1600rpm Transmission
Four-speed manual, rear
drive sprockets and tracks
Steering Drum brakes
on either side of gearbox,
controlling output shafts
Suspension 11 bogie units
per side, each with triple
coil springs Brakes One
hydraulically operated drum
on each hull side
Weight c40,000kg
Performance Top speed
12-15mph

Left
Nigel with one of the three
tanks in The Churchill Trusts
collection, this one a MkIII
that is still undergoing
restoration. It and the MkIV
pictured on the previous
pages are the only running
Mks III and IV in the world.

Despite the difficulties with obtaining spares, Nigel can proudly claim is being transported, the law requires the firing mechanism to be carried
that T31579 has been restored with mostly original parts. The track separately. We can fire blanks, but the trouble with those is that they
guards and what he describes as other fragile tinwork fragile being a sound nothing like live ammunition because the charge ignites quite
relative term, here were remanufactured, but the heavier steel panels slowly near the breech end and it makes a completely different noise to
and castings had survived quite well. Interestingly, the steel on the the sharp crack of a projectile leaving the barrel at high velocity.
outside seems to develop a thin patina of rust, which then stabilises on As you can see, tank restoration brings its own unique set of problems.
the appliqu armour on the MkIIIs turret you can still see the Brinell The biggest is, literally, the biggest: a Churchill is a huge machine and it
hardness test mark and the stamped date, says Nigel, but inside its a needs heavy lifting gear to maintain it and plenty of space in which to
different story. Condensation causes the rust to bite much more deeply. operate. While manoeuvring T31579 for our photography session
A lot of the smaller componentry has been found by diligent searching, outside his workshop, Nigel relies on his daughter Alexandra to act as a
not least on eBay. One prize find has eluded him, however. I know that a spotter and never accelerates beyond a crawl, because his position as
batch of Churchill engines was sold to someone in the tractor-pulling driver within the hull means that his view is severely restricted. That
fraternity, he says wistfully, but so far Ive drawn a complete blank. petrol-fuelled Vauxhall flat-12 does make a lovely and surprisingly
Theyll be out there somewhere, sitting in a shed. harmonious noise, however. Who needs a Ferrari Boxer?
Among the more important parts unique to this Churchill are the The practicalities of moving a Churchill mean that Nigel is looking
tracks, which are made not in steel but in a manganese alloy. The tracks for a more portable means of taking his engineering message to the youth
had to be redesigned in this alloy after early experience with the Dieppe of today. Id like to find a Merlin V12 engine that could be mounted on
landings, explains Nigel. The large stones on the beach got caught up a trailer and run up for demonstrations, he explains. You could walk
between the drive sprockets and the tracks, and broke the links. around a Merlin and tell so many stories of the clever people who were
Talking of tracks, when Nigel shows off his tanks to schoolchildren, involved with it. And the Merlin was developed into the Meteor tank
does he take them to the school, or bring the school to the tank? engine; its a fascinating story of engineering ingenuity.
Definitely the latter! he grins. Theyre not road-registered, and schools I was lucky, as a boy, to grow up in a house with a shed that was full
tend to get a bit upset about the damage caused by driving a tank up to of tools, and a father who was always using them, which inspired me to
their front door. For the same reason, we had to be particularly careful be creative. If I can stir that passion in someone else, to help them realise
about putting a Churchill on display outside Sir Winstons former that they have the potential to invent something rather than just accept
home at Chartwell. whats there, Ill be a happy man. End
Theres also the question of the weaponry. The main gun on this MkIV
is actually live, so it could in theory be fired although youd have to be FIND OUT MORE about The Churchill Trust at www.thechurchilltrust.co.uk.
both brave and insane to try it, due to its age and the enormous pressures Nigel is also the author of Churchill Tank: Owners Workshop Manual,
that build up in the barrel when a round is fired. Even so, when the tank published by Haynes at 21.99, ISBN 978 0 85733 232 5.

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BRISTOL ARCHIVES

GOING UNDERGROUND
Beneath the famous Bristol Cars Kensington
showroom is a remarkable unseen archive
Words David Lillywhite Photography Tim Andrew

THIS WAS TONY CROOKS domain. Beneath the Even the labelling is eccentric. On one set of wooden
famous showroom that later became Bristol Cars head drawers are stapled the hand-written labels 407 large and
office, away from Kensington High Streets hustle and 408 large; below them are 407 smaller and 408 smaller.
bustle, this dusty cellar holds the records, memories and They make me smile.
ghosts of the famously, fabulously eccentric carmaker. We ease open one of the plan chest drawers, cough,
Not for long though. The showroom is temporarily and gingerly tempt out one of the brittle, cloth-edged
closed for refurbishment, due to re-open any day now. drawings. Its marked hinge attachment nut (exciting
Bristols website reassures visitors that The works will stuff), apparently for the 405. There are hundreds, maybe
bring the space up to date and will bring it in line with the thousands of these drawings, going right back to the
companys technological future, whilst keeping as much earliest days of Bristol, showing panels, brackets, fasteners
as possible of the traditional charm and old-school perhaps every part for every model, though the Bristol
glamour that the space enjoys. Considerable time has Cars team, headed by marketing manager Ian Wallace, are
been spent with designers to ensure that the facelift still painstakingly working through what they have.
will produce a space for buyers and owners alike to enjoy Tony Crook was known for locking-in employees down
and that will stay true to the principles of a brand that here, and Ian perhaps channelled this spirit in committing
is focused on quality, yet shuns ostentation. temporary assistant Tom Wiggett to a solid three months
No other car brand would put it quite like that. sorting through the records; stage one of a huge archiving
And amid all that, this neglected subterranean space, so operation that may last some time.
simultaneously uninviting and yet intriguing in unrestored While the engineering drawings are fascinating, theyre
form, will become part of the big plan, a central archive of also delicate and dusty, and the older ones have a habit of
Bristol history, open (by appointment) to historians and depositing a green dust onto the fingers of anyone who
club researchers. With the lights low, its atmospheric and handles them. Fortunately theres even better to be found
eerie, lined with ancient filing cabinets and plan chests, in the filing cabinets: the customer records.
styling models randomly decorating their ancient tops, Clearly the more recent records have to be kept
photographs and paintings hung skew-whiff on the damp- confidential, and are stored elsewhere under lock and key.
streaked exposed brick of the cellar walls. But under the supervision of Ian and Tom, were able to
Inside those cabinets is pure Bristol gold, the like of rifle through the records from the earliest days of Bristol
which is just never seen in the modern automotive world. Cars. Its wonderful stuff.

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Above and left
Hours y by in the Bristol cellar
the drawers are packed with
sketches, many of models that
never saw the light of day. Note
too the famous 100 MPH
registration plate, used on
Bristol Cars demonstrators.
Dashboard, left, is from a 401.

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WERE ABLE TO RIFLE THROUGH


THE RECORDS FROM THE EARLIEST
DAYS OF BRISTOL CARS. ITS
WONDERFUL STUFF

This page On the face of it, these are simply sales orders but its
Many of the files are filled with sales the names and the language used that intrigue and delight.
orders, struck through with red once
a car had been delivered, but there Heres one to SH Arnolt Inc of Chicago, better known to
are also engineering reports, design us as importer Wacky Arnolt, whose collaborations with
sketches and several styling models. Bertone led to 174 special-bodied Bristol 404s produced
between 1954 and 57. This order, from late 1956, is for
a 405 saloon, so not intended to become an Arnolt Bristol.
Another, also from 1956, is to the flagship MG dealer
of the period, University Motors of London, on behalf of
baronet and HRG racer Sir Clive Edwards for a 405 in
Hungarian Green; another 405 for the superbly named
Miss Betty Box; and heres one heading to Switzerland, for
which a ferry charge of 8.10.0 is added to the bill. An
American customer writes to confirm his recent
telephonic communication that his 403 should be
waxed polished 3 times on the outside and upholstery
polished up also prior to delivery.
More gold dust The order for the first car ever sold
by Bristol, from St Helier Garage, Jersey, on 27 October
1947, for one 2 Litre Bristol Saloon, black with red
upholstery preferred. Later communications between
Tony Crook and would-be owners are often more
combative over colour schemes, for Crook would object
vehemently to certain combinations.
Will this room of curiosities be made-over? Apparently
not, other than a clean and tidy. Anyway, for once its the
contents of the room that are more important than the
current lingering sense of Tony Crook (and dust). Those
drawings and files need looking after, just as much as does
Bristol Cars itself. End

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THE PRICE
OF A DREAM
Logic can lead to you owning your perfect
classic car at the right price. Hence Winston
Goodfellow bought the perfect Corvette
Photography Winston Goodfellow

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BUYING A CORVETTE

P rice is what you pay, value is what


you get. Those ten words were at the
forefront of my mind when I went
hunting for my first collector car in
some time. When a Mercedes 190SL can cost $200,000-
300,000, a Porsche 914/6 is closer to $100,000 than
$50,000, and a Fiat Trasformabile runs you $80,000 or
more, its hard to discern what constitutes good value
wins for Porsche at Le Mans in 1954 and 1955, and set
a hillclimb record at Pikes Peak for Chevrolet.
By the late 1950s his innovations paid off as Corvettes
beat Mercedes, Jaguars and Porsches for SCCA
championships, class wins at Sebring and elsewhere, and
top ten finishes at Le Mans. Lessons learned from
competition filtered down to the road cars.
Not surprisingly, the C2 was favourably received at
Right and below right
Plush leather interior and deep
green metallic paint make this an
especially attractive Corvette
but it was the technical spec
that attracted Winston.

these days. I had no interest in a something fashionable; home and abroad. In most respects, the UKs Motor
I wanted a car with desirable characteristics at a price noted in December 1963, the Chevrolet Corvette Sting
less than those same attributes would cost elsewhere. Ray is the equal of any GT car found on either side of
The parameters included landmark design, history, the Atlantic. The often snarky Car & Driver compared a
performance, rarity, potential capital preservation/ 350-horsepower Corvette to high-dollar GTs such as
appreciation, among others. Most importantly, it had to Ferraris 250 Berlinetta Lusso and Aston Martins DB5 in
be involving to drive a memorable, lingering experience its March 1965 roadtest. You arent suggesting [the
that couldnt be found anywhere else. Corvette Sting Ray] is one of the best GT cars in the
I set the budget at $50,000-100,000 and let my mind world, they queried. Or are you?
run without restriction to marque, period of manufacture, C2s came with numerous engine variations and all
or country of origin. The resultant eclectic mix started sorts of options, so I needed to narrow down my choices.
with a 1964 Pontiac GTO (see Octane 112) and went via Ive long been fascinated by investment market behaviour,
a 1966 Shelby GT350, 1973-74 Pontiac Super Duty Trans and Hagertys pricing charts were informative in
Am, BMW 2002tii five-speed, Ferrari 360 Modena and discerning valuation trends. When I asked McKeel
1974 Porsche Carrera to a Lamborghini Silhouette. I had Hagerty about his firms collation of data, he listed a
conversations with friends in the business, and spent number of variables and punctuated everything by noting
hours online. Among others, Hagerty.com helped refine that they insured over 100,000 Corvettes of all types.
my search, for the classic car insurer has a marvellous site That size of data pool meant they were as close to real-
with valuation pricing charts and more. time pricing as its possible to get, and one thing stood out
After weeks of weighing choices, Corvettes started to from examining their charts: of the most desirable C2
look the most intriguing. In all my decades of playing with models (fuel-injected Split Window and Z06 from 1963,
fast stuff Id never driven a C2, even during the late 1970s 1965 fuel-injected cars, and 1967s 427/435 horsepower
and 80s when prices for so many sports and GT cars were L71) and their direct competitors (the rarer and more
quite affordable. Back then Iso Grifos cost the same, and desirable versions of the aforementioned Jags, Porsches
thats where my European-focused heart lay. Today Grifos and so on), the only car for which prices hadnt seen a
run to several hundred thousand dollars, while a similar- strong upward move was a 1965 Fuelie.
performing second-generation Corvette can be bought Hmm Had I found a gem, hiding in plain sight? With
for 10-20% of that, so value seemed to be there. Hagertys a variety of final-drive ratios, a properly ordered Fuelie
site then highlighted how much more affordable C2s could easily run with Europes best, and the production
were than their direct competitors Jaguar E-type, numbers (771 total) were far lower than any direct
Porsche 911 and (considerably slower and less involving competitor or other benchmark C2, except a Z06
than either) Mercedess Pagoda SL. (competition Split Window). I also found Duntov, the
I had a working knowledge of Corvettes but, when acknowledged father of the Corvette, saying in the
research began in earnest, perhaps the most surprising hardbound periodical Corvette The Sensuous American and
revelation was the depth of their racing pedigree. What elsewhere that his personal favourite and the best
started out in 1953 with a six-cylinder engine and Corvette ever was a 1965 Fuelie like Enzo Ferrari,
rudimentary chassis became a force in the second half of William Lyons, or Ferry Porsche picking their favourite.
the 1950s when a V8, four-speed gearbox and continual The most important question now remained: how
modifications and options were thrown into the mix of would a good C2 drive? I tried a 1963 and 1966 coupe at
which one was fuel injection. Brighton Motorsports in Scottsdale, Arizona, that friend
Most of those advancements can be traced back to Zora and proprietor Shane Mustoe said needed work and thus
Arkus Duntov, a brilliant engineer and test driver of werent representative of a tight car, but at least I fit
Russian heritage, born in Belgium in 1910. He joined reasonably well, and I sensed the Vettes potential. I then
General Motors in 1953, having designed cylinder heads, called Corvette Mike Vietro in southern California. Hes
cams, suspensions and more, and consulted for Porsche been enthusiastically selling Corvettes since the 1970s,
and Pegaso. He raced for Allard and Porsche, scored class and always has a large stock on hand. Im not trying to sell

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BUYING A CORVETTE

you anything, he replied when I told him of my desire to


try a good C2, but if you want to drive one that will spoil
you for any other, its my 1965 Fuelie.
Unknown to Mike, Id already perused his website
several times and was seriously smitten with the car. It was
Glen Green (think BRG with a hint of metallic), natural
leather interior, 45,000 original miles, three previous
owners, and had an NCRS (National Corvette Restorers
Society) Top Flight award (the equivalent of Platinum
in the Ferrari world). The listed price of $150,000 was
beyond my pain threshold, but at least Id now know what
a proper C2 was like.
Two weeks later I was in Anaheim, and Mike had the
Fuelie ready to go. Almost immediately I was amazed.
One period road test commented how a fuel-injected
Corvette engine revved like there was no flywheel, and
that was the case here. The ride was supple, the seats
comfortable, the disc brakes pedal giving reasonable feel.
I also tried an all-original one-owner 67 300-horsepower
that was tempting, and poked around a few other cars,
but I kept coming back to the Fuelie.
I cant believe Im going to ask this, I said at the end of
the day, but what will it take to buy the Fuelie? Mike
then went to a cabinet and pulled out the cars file, and
stunned himself while showing me the original owners
manual. Stapled inside the front cover was the shipping
invoice, which confirmed exactly how the car was
delivered. This is amazing, he exclaimed, and then gave
an overview on why such paperwork is essential:
The term matching numbers started in the Corvette
world, and nearly everyone assumes it means the cars
engine and transmission are what was there at the time
the car was made. Thats not correct; what it actually
means is certain components were made at approximately
the same time as when the car was built, not that they were
the ones in there when it was manufactured. Thats why
paperwork such as this shipping invoice, or the original
sales invoice, are so critical. They confirm what was there
when it rolled off the line.
He then mentioned that hed reduced the price to
$135,000, told me what his cost was, and I offered what I
thought was a reasonable profit. He thought for a moment,
said Yes, and we shook hands. On my birthday several
days later, I was back with Shane Mustoe for a final
inspection and drive, which the car passed with flflying ying

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When a Fuelie is running
right, its an electrifying
experience that starts
with that jewel of
a powerplant
BUYING A CORVETTE

1965 Chevrolet Corvette L84 Fuelie


Engine 5356cc V8, OHV, Rochester fuel injection
Power 375 bhp @ 6200rpm
Torque 360lb ft @ 4000rpm
Transmission Four-speed manual, rear-wheel drive,
limited-slip differential
Steering Recirculating ball
Suspension Front: unequal-length wishbones, coil springs,
telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar. Rear: fixed-length driveshafts,
transverse leaf spring, telescopic dampers
Brakes Discs
Weight 1386kg
Performance Top speed 140mph. 0-60mph 6.3sec

All this would mean nothing if the engine didnt back


up the soundtracks punch. Chevys solid-lifter V8 is as
good as anything Italy made at the time, something Giotto
Bizzarrini, father of Ferraris 250 GTO, told me decades
ago when speaking about his development work at Iso
and he didnt test a 327 with fuel injection. That slingshot
sensation is utterly addictive.
Thankfully the rest of the car matches the motor. The
single dry-plate clutch is wonderfully weighted, has a
seamless fluidity to its travel and engages at the right spot.
That large metallic ball sitting atop the four-speed gearbox
fills your hand with a reassuring solidity, which makes
running it hard through the gears a pleasure, for it feels
indestructible. The throw is short, the weighting ideal,
and everything meshes beautifully as it slots into the next
gear with a reassuring snick.
I was surprised by the ride quality, when I first tried the
car. The ladder-type frame and independent suspension
were all-new in 1963, and whether youre going 10 or
110mph the ride is comfortable and compliant, and,
while the chassis ultimately isnt as lithe as a Cal Sypders
or 250 SWBs, its more rigid and robust than those of
Ferrari or Maserati spyders, and theres less cowl shake
than in most other open cars of the period. In many ways
the suspension is the perfect trade-off between comfort
and communication, where you are attached to the tarmac
Above colours. As I wrote the cheque for the balance, Mike said: but just a bit above it for an unruffled yet involving ride.
The Corvettes fuel-injected I can almost always repurchase big-blocks, but real 1965 If I could change something, its the steering. The
V8 helped make up Winston
Fuelies rarely come back. They stay with their owners. recirculating-ball unit doesnt have the initial bite on turn-
Goodfellows mind when
looking for an investment Which just makes sense, for they possess that something in that a good rack-and-pinion system does, but theres
thats also fun to drive. extra to those in the know, somewhat like an alloy-bodied proper progressiveness once youre committed, and
Ferrari 275 GTB it may look the same as its brethren but decent communication. As you blast through fast
theres more there than immediately meets the eye. When sweepers to a bit of body roll, the weighting and resistance
a Fuelie is running right its an electrifying experience start pushing back against your hands equal to how fast
that starts with that jewel of a powerplant. Called the L84 you are going, and the front end grips securely.
in Corvette-speak, the 327ci (5.3-litre) V8 has mechanical Corvettes received disc brakes in 1965, and those
lifters, Rochester fuel injection, hot cam, a 6500rpm binders were one reason a 65 Fuelie was Duntovs
redline, 375 horsepower, and a throttle response and favourite. The unassisted pedal of my car requires some
soundtrack to die for. effort but has a nice firmness when you stand on it, the
Remember the chase scene in Bullitt, when Steve discs reacting with proportionally greater bite.
McQueens badass Mustang is dicing with the Dodge After more than a year of ownership, I still feel a Fuelie
Charger? This soundtrack is like that Mustangs menacing offers tremendous value. Not only is it rare and
and purposeful growl, only more mellifluous. The surprisingly refined, but all the subtle vibrations that are
thousand-sewing-machine musicality of the solid-lifter forms of communication, from what you feel through the
valvetrain is reminiscent of a number of Ferraris, so when floor and seats, to the way the tranny fits in your hand
winding it out the tappets are a soft whirr that melds into with incredible solidity, what information the pedals are
an intricate, graceful metallic symphony. Its an incredible telling you, the thrust and soundtrack of that incredible
contrast to the exhausts angry but beautiful snarl, where engine, and so much more, theyre like stepping onto the
everything seems to be screaming Go faster! And when dancefloor with the most perfect partner.
you let off the gas, youll wake up the neighbourhood with Thats what you should pay dearly for and, fortunately
the exhausts reverberation. for me, it was within reach when I went looking. End

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Silent running
local SU expert. Unfortunately, Above and right
the expert was a rather elderly A few decades
apart: the family
gentleman and he passed away Bentley today,
1937 BENTLEY 4 with the carbs still in bits on his and with a rather
ROBERT COUCHER bench. Dieter managed to salvage more youthful
them and then had ex-aerospace Robert Coucher.
toolmaker Michael von Zelewski
THE ANNUAL Christmas undertake the rebuild.
holiday was spent in Cape Town, The day before I was due to fly
where the family Bentley became to Cape Town, Dieter called to tell
the focus of attention. As reported me they needed a new throttle
in past issues, my brother-in-law spindle for the rear carb. So I starting to work carefully, gently the large silver starter button. The
Dieter Noli has been going through contacted Bentley specialist and methodically wonderful to engine spun once and fired.
the Bentleys mechanicals. He had Fiennes Restoration in Lechlade watch and learn from. Fantastic, and still no leaks.
the rear axle rebuilt along with the and bought the required throttle After a good degree of thought With the Bentley warmed through,
brakes, and sorted out the cooling disc, spindle and screws for a and adjustment, the beautifully Michael adjusted the idle speed
system as well as fitting new tyres substantial 58.48. They arrived made but complicated linkages and the lovely engine settled to a
and inner tubes. promptly and made the flight. were all in place and fitted with near-silent murmur. It now starts
The old car was running well We took the parts to Michael so millimetric precision. Dieter with the merest dab of the button,
but Dieter noticed that the SU he could assemble them in his connected the battery and turned and a high-speed shutdown check
carbs were rich and there was an workshop, and then he came back on the ignition. The fuel pump of the plugs revealed they are
imbalance in the mixtures across to fit the carbs to the head. Like primed the carbs, then stopped. a perfect mouse brown.
the six cylinders. So he stripped all really good engineers, Michael Not a leak in sight. He then The Silent Sports Car now has
the carbs and took them off to the spent a lot of time thinking before retarded the ignition and pushed all its horses back.

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OCTANES FLEET
Former aerospace engineer
Michael von Zelewski shows
Robert Coucher exactly how to
rebuild SU carburettors.
These are the cars
and motorbikes
run by the magazines
staff and contributors

DAVID LILLYWHITE
Editor
1971 MGB GT
1971 Saab 96
1973 Citron SM
1976 Zip Shadow Kart
1995 Range Rover 4.6 HSE
1996 Subaru Prodrive Impreza

ROBERT COUCHER
International editor
1937 Bentley 4
1955 Jaguar XK140
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC

MARK DIXON
Deputy editor
1955 Land Rover Series I 107in
1963 Ford Galaxie Country Sedan
1964 Chevrolet Greenbrier
1989/91 Land Rover Discoverys
2001 Honda Insight

SANJAY SEETANAH
Advertising director
1981 BMW 323i Top Cabrio
1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante

GLEN WADDINGTON
Associate editor
1983 Porsche 944
1989 BMW 320i Convertible

MARK SOMMER
Art Director
1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia
1300 Saloon

JOHN SIMISTER
Contributor
1934 Singer Nine Le Mans
1961 Saab 96
1968 Sunbeam Stiletto

TONY DRON
Test driver
1932 Austin Seven

ANDREW ENGLISH
Contributor
1960 Triumph TR3A
1965 Aston Martin DB5

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BY OCTANE STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS

OCTANES FLEET
DAVID BURGESS-WISE
Contributor
1903 De Dion-Bouton
1911 Pilain 16/20
1926 Delage DISS

MARTYN GODDARD
Photographer
1963 Triumph TR6SS Trophy
1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII

DELWYN MALLETT
Contributor
1936 Cord 810 Beverly
1946 Tatra T87
1950 Ford Club Coupe
1952 Porsche 356
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
1957 Porsche Speedster
1957 Fiat Abarth
Sperimentale
1963 Abarth-Simca
1963 Tatra T603

SARAH BRADLEY

LA story
Contributor
you name it, it was meticulously I drove through Beverly Hills,
1929 Ford Model A hot rod
photographed and put into bags. and could feel the world staring at
1952 Studebaker Champion
1956 Chevrolet 3100 pick-up The body went to the body shop me. I proceeded down the twisty
1969 Plymouth Roadrunner two doors down, while Benny parts of Sunset Boulevard, entered
Various motorbikes started with the engine and the first turn and the back end
gearbox. In the evenings I scoured hopped around, even though I was
1967 ALFA ROMEO the web for all the parts, carpets, only doing 45. This couldnt be
MASSIMO DELB GIULIA SUPER trim and badging that I needed right! I entered the next turn, and
Contributor EVAN KLEIN its amazing how proud you feel there was more hopping is this
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230
1972 Fiat 500L
when you locate that elusive piece what they were praising in those
1979/80 Range Rovers of trim at three in the morning. old road tests? This was miserable!
1982 Mercedes-Benz 500SL IM A CAR photographer, based And then you hear, Honey, come to The blood rushed from my
1985 Mercedes-Benz 240TD in Los Angeles, and the Giulia is bed what are you doing?! smile. What had I done? I made a
my only car. That makes it my It really only took about U-turn and headed back to the
daily driver. And yes, I know what three months, although Bennys shop. We threw the car up on the
EVAN KLEIN youre thinking, but Alfas are appendix burst and that caused lift, and I soon spotted the
Photographer
actually quite reliable. Sometimes. some rescheduling. But hes an problem. Hey, Benny, do you see
1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super
I found it on eBay in need of Alfa mechanic, and anything Alfa it? No nuts on the shocks.
a total restoration. It was to be eventually needs repair. That was your job! he says. We
JAMES LIPMAN the fourth Alfa Ive owned, so I I swore not to bring the car put the nuts on and then off I went
Photographer thought: how hard can it be? Its home until it was finished. Youve again, through Beverly Hills, onto
1968 Porsche 912 just an Alfa. read every vintage road test and Sunset, the first twisty bit and no
Of course, it didnt run, so I flat- seen all the period pictures: hopping. Second turn still no
bedded it straight to my Alfa nothing but glorious praise. She hopping. It was wonderful. I went
mechanic guru Bennys shop for a was beautiful. Just stunning the faster, I turned the radio on for the
KEEP UP TO DATE total teardown. Ive known Benny paint, the chrome, the exquisite first time, and the Beatles were
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www.facebook.com/octanemagazine everything. I stripped it to a shell. there like proud fathers. It was to pick you up were going out to
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Breaking radio silence


fr Mercedes 1975-1995, I realised until I heard myself saying: Lino, Above, below and bottom
that the picture of my Mexico leaving aside the question of Lino Carlini at work restoring the
1982 MERCEDES- 610 on the front cover was no money, could you fix this one amd
Becker Mexico back to its rightful
place and out with the Blaupunkt
BENZ 500SL accident. It was top of the range in make it perfect? that had filled-in for 16 years.
MASSIMO DELB 1982 but it was also very complex His reply? I would love to,
to service and repair because these are really great
The first two specialists I tried radios. And so, just a month later I
WHEN I BOUGHT my were useless. The first one said Id was in his workshop, listening to a
Mercedes 500SL in February be better off buying an iPod. The favourite song through a speaker
2000, it came with the original but second took my money and then attached to my radio. Now the
non-working Becker Mexico 610 did nothing with the radio, until Becker is back, complete with a
radio-cassette in the boot, and a he eventually returned it to me concealed iPod cable, and I cant
hole in the middle of the at the Padua classic car show, still wait to go to the next classic car
dashboard. I bought a temporary not working and with some meet and ask my friends: So, is
Blaupunkt radio-CD player to fill pieces missing. Fortunately, I your radio matching-numbers?
the hole, and vowed to fix the then happened to run into also
Becker as soon as I could. at Padua a guy called Lino
Well, in Italy we say there is Carlini of World Car Radio (email
nothing more permanent than a autoradiodepoca@mail.com).
temporary solution, and I ended When he saw my Becker, he told
up using the Blaupunkt for more me: This model is a nightmare to
years than Id like to admit. But in fix, but its one of the best radios
2011, during a get-together of ever built. I have one in my old
classic car friends, I had my leg Mercedes W123.
pulled by everyone for being the What better guarantee than
guy obsessed with originality who another Mercedes owner? He
was driving around with the took my radio away and called
wrong radio. That was enough to me a couple of months later.
get me motivated which is when Unfortunately, not only were
I discovered just how little I knew some parts missing, others were
about radios. broken. It would be cheaper to buy
Having bought a German book a good used unit than to repair
at a car show called Becker Radios this one. We carried on talking

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Mercedes-Benz 630 K "La Baule Transformable", 1928, Bentley R-Type Continental Franay, 1955, "One-off", by Franay / Chapron!
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Not quite a millstone of friends to locate missing parts


and the search for the correct
period accessories at the Beaulieu
Autojumble took several years, but
His prolific inventing ran the
company dry and in 1898 he
joined the new car department
of viticultural machinery maker
mill in France. Round radiators at last the rebuild by local restorer Vermorel. But in 1902 Franois
were a sign of class in Edwardian James Gunn got under way. Pilain set up the Socit des
1911 days and, though the car was Franois Pilain was a true father Automobiles Pilain (SAP) and
PILAIN 16/20 incomplete, that radiator and of the French automobile industry serious manufacture began.
DAVID BURGESS-WISE matching bonnet, plus the high who had joined steam car pioneer However, Pilains endless quest
standard of finish of the bi-block Lon Serpollet in Paris as head for perfection brought about his
T-head engine of just over 3.0 tester in the late 1880s. He then eventual dismissal. The company
IT WAS THE ROUND radiator, litres, were irresistible. moved to La Buire as a designer, lasted until the Great War, when
I guess, that seduced me when a Had I known how long it would but by the end of 1893 had formed the factory was commandeered by
friend offered me the remains of a take to arrive at the finished item, his own company and had a petrol Hotchkiss to build Army trucks.
1911 Pilain that he had found I might have changed my mind. car of his own design running the My car was built on 20 June
powering a generator in a flour The scouring of small ads, the aid following year. 1911 a brass plaque on the back
of the radiator header tank bears
the date but its subsequent
history is unknown until it was
discovered in that French mill
house. We found the place in the
1980s, but it was deserted; contact
with the owners proved fruitless.
That long restoration is virtually
finished and the car runs well,
with only the upholstery and a few
minor details to finish. One
decision was easy: the colour of its
raceabout body. For years a period
poster for Pilain has hung on my
study wall, in which the car a
four-seater shooing a frightened
Left and above dog out of its way is painted fire-
A round radiator is your guarantee
of Edwardian automotive quality;
engine red.
racy poster inspired DB-Ws What other choice of colour for
choice of paint colour. a brassbound car could there be?

Meeting
feature package, I dont need to meant the 944 had little option drive over those last few miles. I say
introduce the metallic grey car in other than to sit it out, but it slightly as it was still very cold and
the photo on the right. And as I was maintained its cool (while keeping misty, but it was enough of a
heading over to the Porsche me warm) for the full 90-plus reminder of what I enjoy most

a hero Experience Centre at Silverstone to


spend the day with it, I thought it
only right and proper that I should
minutes while we queued.
Finally, on the Silverstone side of
Northampton, the traffic thinned
about the 944 during the summer.
As for the 959, you might (or
might not) have read what I made of
take my 944. out and I diverted via some twisty that on pages 84 to 90. The headline
Fact is, it needed a run out B-roads for a slightly more spirited to the left is a major clue
and I needed an excuse. The 944
had languished in the garage for
1983 PORSCHE 944 a couple of months (family
GLEN WADDINGTON commitments getting in the way of
a car without rear seatbelts, rubbish
weather, that kind of thing). So I
YOU KNOW, people read was pleased that cranking it over
magazines in different ways. Some now and then in the meantime
start at the back, then flick forwards. meant it started easily on that
Some do a bit of window-shopping cold (-4C) Tuesday morning in
in the ads before turning to a feature. January. It ran faultlessly.
Some crazy fools even start with the Unlike the traffic. Theres nothing
real-life drama of the Octane Cars more frustrating than heading out
pages. If youre the conventional early, only for your travel plans to be
PAUL HARMER

type who enjoyed the prospect of scuppered by some careless driver


the Porsche 959 on the cover, and who didnt take the cold conditions
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If you go to
San Francisco
1968
PORSCHE 912
JAMES LIPMAN

THE CAR ROLLED to a stop. year. I had only ever driven 911s,
I was somewhere near King City, yet the handling sold me, and a
California, on a service road just chance encounter the following
off the 101 freeway. My Big day led me to a car that was so
California Road Trip Adventure cheap, I chose to overlook its very
driving my new 1968 Porsche 912 obvious faults among others, a
from a friends home near San dented roof, obligatory rust, and
Francisco, down the coast, to a an engine that chuffed and
shipping depot in LA wasnt spluttered like a dying dog and
going quite as intended. bought it anyway. Now I would be
I turfed the contents of the car adding a snapped throttle linkage
onto the pavement, in search of a to that list.
toolkit. The rust-holes in the floor My fix, given the lack of
had let a lot of spray in from the resources at the time, was to Above, right and below
Dont be fooled by its clean
road, and all my stuff was soaking unscrew the linkage, feed it up exterior: Lipmans 912 broke
wet. The emerging sun warmed through the floor tunnel and down repeatedly on the way
the grubby interior into a secure it to the top of the to the docks. Broken throttle
dripping, clammy mess. There was accelerator pedal with duct tape. linkage (below) was fixed with
duct tape and cable ties.
no sign of any tools. What sort of My greasy hands bled, but the
idiot attempts to drive a 44-year- bodge held. A short time later, I
old nail 400 miles without even a reached a hardware store on the
single spanner on board? outskirts of Paso Robles, where
I am a (UK) car photographer I refined it with some cable ties.
working mostly for car companies I arrived in LA many hours later
and making images to help sell than planned, and the shippers
their products, but my passion is had closed for the holidays. A
for the older stuff, which is why friend-of-a-friend very kindly
you can sometimes see my photos offered to take the car and drive it
in Octane. In particular, I love to the port after Christmas. Out of
early Porsches. After selling my options and with a flight home
first a lovely, clean 1972 911T looming, I guiltily deposited the
back in 2008 I had been on the ghastly wreck on the driveway of
hunt for a replacement. his beautiful house, and departed
I also enjoy long, tense, journeys for the UK.
in old vehicles and, for added The car made it to the port,
thrill, I regularly forget to bring a breaking down twice on the way.
toolkit This is how I found When we were reunited several
myself temporarily stranded, 5000 months later, in a cold, grey yard
miles from home, in a dirty, near London, it became very
broken 912, less than 72 hours apparent that this thing was never
before Christmas Day in 2012. going to pass an MoT test without
I had never given the weirdo- a lot of help. Unwittingly, I had
stepchild 912 much thought until just started a different kind of
a friend let me drive his through long, tense journey, and this time
the Redwood-lined winding roads I was going to need more than
south of San Francisco earlier that just a toolkit.

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WORDS GILES CHAPMAN

Talbot Lago Grand Sport: The Car From Paris.


Peter calls it a graceful and manipulative
financial ballet to take over Talbot, worthy of a
Vaslav Nijinsky. The Anglo-French Sunbeam-
Talbot-Darracq (STD) conglomerate that
owned Talbot was bamboozled into letting him
assess the factory. He adjudged it a complete
basketcase, then persuaded STD to sponsor
him to turn it round, and inserted a clause in
the deal giving him an exclusive option to buy
the company at its 1933 value.
The Suresnes plant was indeed decrepit, but
Lago realised it had simply been mismanaged.
He managed to buy Talbot for 63,000, mostly
with cotton mill heir Adam Leighs money, and
his clever deal with STD meant even industry
sharks such as William Rootes couldnt outwit
him, hard though they tried. Lago personally
assumed the factorys 570,000 debt to become
Talbots biggest creditor, thus ensuring it was
madness for others to pursue liquidation,
as theyd end up with next to nothing.
Lago decamped to Paris with his wife in
1933, taking a lavish apartment near the
Trocadero, and set to work on Talbot, cutting
staff, non-sporting models and capacity, and
ramping up quality. Prospects immediately
PETER LARSEN

looked up. In 1936, though, the French


economy stalled, and Talbot was put into
receivership for two years. Motor sport, Lagos
new passion, kept the patient nourished, and

ANTHONY LAGO
solid performances meant Talbot boosted
national honour.
To reward his commitment, the Automobile
Club de France gave him FF600,000 to develop
Motor entrepreneur who enlisted aid from the Pope a V16 engine for Grand Prix racing something
to stick it to Auto Union. Instead, Lago used the
ANTHONY LAGO WAS the businessman the Austrian front saw Antonio become fluent money to re-equip his plant to make Pratt &
who acquired the French Talbot marque in in French and English, and he returned to Whitney aero engines under contract. It caused
June 1935, and kept it going against all odds peacetime as a Major, his outlook changed. a scandal. But Lago brazened it out, it was soon
and financial logic. In the late 1930s, the so- Having publicly criticised the more militant forgotten, and Talbot gained lucrative contracts
called Lago Talbots were among the worlds regime, he was forced to make a swift exit from from the Allied Forces in 1944.
most desirable sports cars, especially the his homeland after narrowly avoiding being Any prosperity was shortlived. Despite
1937 T150C SS Goutte dEau (Teardrop), a gunned down in a caf. He only returned to admiration for the elegant Grand Sport, luxury
period supercar with its 4.0-litre straight-six, Italy to be buried. cars were heavily taxed in post-war France, and
sensational shape and today 3m value. So Lago finished his electro-mechanical in 1951 Talbot was again declared insolvent.
One came third at Le Mans in 1938. After the degree in Paris, then worked for US aero engine Meltdown was only avoided thanks to a cash
Second World War, Lago made a bold grab for firm Pratt & Whitney before arriving in England lifeline from the Vaticans internal bank with a
the dwindling market for sporting luxury cars in 1923. Changing his name to Anthony Lago, beneficent nod from Pope John XXIII. The
with his Grand Sport, and some glamorous he found a job as a garage mechanic. Just two costly racing activities had to be sacrificed.
combinations of quality engineering and years later, the innate wheeler-dealer emerged, Anthony Lago, devious and stubborn, clung
arresting outer shapes followed. and the apparently penniless Italian immigrant on to his precious car company, but had neither
Tenacious doesnt begin to describe Lago, opened Isotta Fraschinis London showroom. the will nor the way to innovate or expand.
born in Venice in 1893 as Antonio Franco Next, Lago pulled a consortium together The factory machinery was half a century old,
Lago, although he had plenty of influential and, with 20,000 of his partners cash, but mainly Lago had gone from thriving on
connections from the outset, counting future acquired European production rights to the change to resisting it. Production henceforth
Pope John XXIII then plain Angelo Roncalli Wilson pre-selector gearbox. He then heard of was a mere few-dozen cars.
as a childhood friend. The devout Catholic, the ailing state of the Talbot factory in Suresnes, In 1958 Lago sold the shrivelled remains of
however, was also a pal of Benito Mussolini, Paris, and recognising a fully functioning car a once rather sexy grand routier marque to
and was among the 50 founders of Italys company, ready to make the new transmissions Simca. He died in 1960, looking aged beyond
inglorious Fascist movement. he contrived a cunning plan to gain control. his 67 years, childless, and with precious little
As an engineering undergraduate, this boded The complex story of how he did this is told to show for his decades of corporate street-
well for a career in the Italian Air Force. Time at by Peter Larsen in his superb recent book fighting to keep Talbot alive.

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Left
James Dean in a T-shirt, both immortalised in
Rebel Without a Cause after hed already died.

wearing a Government Issue T-shirt. The US


Quartermasters Mill Spec summarised its
essentials thus: Lightweight flat knit white
cotton undershirt, high neckline, 5in sleeve
with in hem, in band of self material
stitched around neck opening, 7/8in hem at
bottom. Back in civilian life many ex-
servicemen found the relaxed military combo
of chinos and T-shirt too good to abandon
particularly in the clement climes of California
setting an enduring menswear style.
The defining moment for the T-shirt as an
essential and desirable item of clothing came in
1951, when it leapt onto the world stage
clinging to the muscular torso of the rough,
tough, tortured, anguished, mumbling, macho
and violent Stanley Kowalski, as portrayed
in an electrifying performance by Marlon
Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire. Brandos
smouldering physical presence gave the T-shirt
sex appeal and sales soared.
Two years later he did it again: in black
leather biker jacket over a T and jeans, he
revved into town as The Wild One, creating the
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n rollers that followed.
If Brando was a little on the mature side, in
1955 Rebel Without a Cause James Dean
exploded onto the screen. Dean was already
dead at the wheel of his Porsche before the
films release, yet his angst-ridden performance,
in windcheater and T-shirt, as a disaffected,
troubled, and misunderstood teenager, struck a
chord with kids everywhere. And the T-shirt
gained that indefinable yet essential quality to

THE T-SHIRT
guarantee longevity: it was cool.
It is thought that the first use of graphics on a
T-shirt was the word OZ in a scene in the 1939
film The Wizard of Oz, closely followed onto
From military to mainstream via James Dean cotton by Mickey Mouse. But the true potential
of T-shirt as mobile billboard was demonstrated
ITS JUST A SIMPLE tube of cotton with two practical undergarment for its ratings, the US in July 1942 when a muscular machine-gun-
smaller tubes poking out at right angles to make Navy in 1913 specified a cropped sleeve, crew toting hunk wearing an Air Corps Gunnery
a T shape, but in its 100-year history it has neck flannelette undershirt. School T filled the cover of Life magazine. Its
progressed from a utilitarian undergarment to During the First World War, US troops impossible to calculate how many different
become the most common item of casual wear noticed that the cotton undershirts worn by the graphics-embellished shirts have followed.
on the planet, worn equally by the rich, the French were lighter and, crucially, dried much Women were not excluded from the T-shirt
famous, the poor and the anonymous, the more quickly. Back in the land of King Cotton, phenomenon and none has looked better than
fashion-conscious and the unconscious, with the lightweight cotton T-shaped vest soon took Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondos impossibly
an estimated two billion produced each year. on its definitive form. Nobody knows who chic cropped-haired girlfriend in the 1960
For much of the 19th Century and well into coined the term T-shirt but its first appearance Nouvelle Vague movie A Bout de Souffle
the 20th, mens underwear was long in arm and in print is credited to F Scott Fitzgerald in his (Breathless) irresistible and timeless in a
leg, usually in the form of a onesie and made 1920 debut novel This Side of Paradise. New York Herald Tribune T.
from flannel or wool. As so often in the history It took another World War to popularise Finally, with women in mind, one shouldnt
of mens clothing it was the military, in this case the T-shirt as an acceptable outer garment. overlook the Ts somewhat dubious
the British and American navies, that spurred By the end of WW2 more than 12 million contribution to Western culture in the form
the creation of a T-like vest. Seeking a more Americans were in the armed forces and of the ever popular wet T-shirt contest.

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might be coming back. Of course, they never
went away; Cartier makes hundreds of
thousands of the things. What I mean is that I CARTIERS PRICES IN
have a feeling that the right kind of Cartier
watches might be coming back.
THE VINTAGE SEGMENT
At this years Salon International de la Haute
Horlogerie in Geneva, Cartier reintroduced the
ARE A FRACTION OF
Panther. Being of the age I am, I associate this WHAT THEY COULD BE
watch with the early 1980s, a sort of disco-
meets-yuppie wristwatch primarily aimed at
women, and would suggest that most Octane
readers will prefer the newly launched Drive
(pictured). But I am happy to see that the
Panther was the focus of their efforts because it
means that the brand is putting design and
heritage first.
For much of the last 20 years, manufacture
has been the industry buzzword, an horological
euphemism for vertical integration. It has
spawned a culture of in-house movements. This
is no bad thing, but movements became ever-
more complicated and multifunctional as rival
brands vied to show who could do the fanciest
and cleverest mechanics. Often this has been at
the expense of aesthetics, and case and dial
design has sometimes appeared to be an
afterthought: at worst, little more than an
inconvenient necessity; at best, a showcase for
mechanical ingenuity that crudely directs the
eye to the spotlighted complication.
There are some brands for which this is
appropriate. For instance, Messrs Greubel and
Forsey, men for whom I have an immense Philippe from the past but, as in the case of regarded of contemporary producers who link
respect and whose watches are among the most King Hassan II of Moroccos moonphase past, present and future with continuity.
mechanically interesting and academic of triple-calendar Cartier of 1964, the movement By contrast, Cartiers prices in the vintage
todays world, are such boffins obsessed by came from someone else, such as Audemars market are a fraction of what they could be,
micromechanics that their watch cases often Piguet. Indeed, Cartiers movements came given the low production numbers and the
feature a bulbous contusion to accommodate from all sorts of places, LeCoultre and Piaget individuality of earlier models. It is astonishing
some mechanical refinement, or a spyglass in among them, because the movement was not to note that, in the first 50 years of its
the case wall. It gives the watches an what you went to Cartier for. One visited production, Cartier Paris sold only 5829 Tank
undeniable character much in the way Einsteins Cartier in London, Paris or New York for a watches. The Tank, 100 years old this year, is
hairdo was a personal signifier I imagine his piece of exquisite design that told the time. one of the most famous watches ever made, a
afro was a product of being too busy thinking And if you think that is trivial, consider true design classic, yet an industrially produced
great thoughts to go to the barber, rather than whether the Bentley R-Type Continental or the steel Rolex can command tens if not hundreds
a calculated look. Jaguar E-type would be as desirable had they of times more, not least because, looking at
But Cartier is not, in my opinion, such a not been so beautiful. todays output from Rolex, the collector can see
brand. Happily, its CEO Cyrille Vigneron Brands such as Cartier have an identity that that current models respect their ancestors. If a
would appear to share my opinion and has is strongly bound up in their history, and they brand does not appear to respect the production
announced that on his watch (excuse the pun) have a duty to offer their customers continuity. of its past, why should the collector?
Cartier will be doing less in the way of flashily Things change over time, but they should The other day I picked up a Cartier of which
complicated horlogerie and more in the way change in ways consistent with the established only two examples were made, and I paid less
of beautiful watches. character. A rule of thumb is to look at the than the cost of a modern Cartier folding
Historically, Cartier watches were seldom desirability of vintage models. It is no buckle. It will be fascinating to see if Monsieur
about their movements. Sometimes you will coincidence that the two most collected brands, Vigneron can turn that around in this, the
come across a complicated watch by Patek Rolex and Patek, are also two of the most highly 100th anniversary of the Tank.

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The Mahymobiles collection is huge and diverse,
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MAHYMOBILES
MUSE DE LAUTO
The 1000-car collection of a motoring-mad Belgian
PROBABLY EUROPES LARGEST private importance, people began donating cars.
collection, Mahymobiles isnt well known Restorations were sometimes undertaken, but
outside Belgium. Yet housed in an anonymous only by volunteers, so the process could be
old mill near Lille is an astonishing collection lengthy and laborious.
of classic cars. Most are unrestored and there In 1986, Autoworld, in central Brussels,
are reckoned to be around a thousand of them, opened to accommodate a significant chunk of
though many are tucked away from view in the the Mahy collection, and it has since developed
12 halls of the reserve collection. into a fine museum. But there were around 750
The original owner, Ghislain Mahy, was born cars left over, so Mahys son, Ivan, found the
in 1907, a time when the automobile had empty textile factory that now houses
captured the imagination of the industrial Mahymobiles. The main hall is worth the trip
world. He built his first car when he was 17 alone and the vehicles there mostly bear multi-
and then sold it to begin his lifelong career in language information cards. Further exhibits
the motoring industry. He opened the first car are viewed from walkways and balconies keen
rental agency in Belgium and also began selling enthusiasts might like to take binoculars. In the six halls open to the public, there are
new cars. The diversity is phenomenal. For instance, also bicycles, motorcycles, models, a childrens
Mahy developed his knowledge of mechanics dominating the main floor is a 1921 CGO pedal-car track, an educational room, and
during World War Two, mainly by hands-on Schneider, originally built as a Paris bus. It was galleries dedicated to aspects of car and
experience. He already owned a Ford Model T converted to a dustcart in 1938 and worked for commercial vehicle development. This is a rare
and at the end of the war bought another couple another 30 years. It is entrancing in its Heath chance to see examples of Belgian cars such as
of cars, starting a collection, which he kept in Robinson styling. There is what Mahymobiles Minerva, Nagant, FN, Germaine, Imperia,
an old winter circus building in Ghent. By the describes as its mystery car, a 1914 AVA single- Vivinus, Fondu, Miesse and Belga Rise and
1950s, he had accumulated around 35 cars. seater. It has a single-cylinder De Dion Bouton the reference library is measured in tons!
During the Korean War, scrap metal values engine and belt drive and is nicknamed The
rose and Mahy could buy interesting cars for Egoist. There are microcars, including a 1946 Mahymobiles, Rue Erna 3, 7900 Leuze-en-Hainaut,
their scrap value. He decided to start a Belgian Volugrafo Bimbo voiturette, made in Turin Belgium. Open from mid-March to late October,
car museum and set up in Limburg with around with aluminium from scrapped WW2 aircraft. Thursdays and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm,
250 vehicles. He drove all over Europe, visiting English visitors attention might be drawn to Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10am to 5pm.
auctions and autojumbles, searching for more a 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, described as Admission 8.
interesting stock. the factory prototype, with a Park Lane body. Groups of 25 or more can visit at other times
As the collection grew and became The V12 engine has been replaced by a six- by appointment. Car parking is plentiful. Further
recognised as being worthy and of future cylinder Dodge motor information is available at www.mahymobiles.be.

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Books
REVIEWED BY OCTANE STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS

McQueens
Motorcycles
MATT STONE, Motorbooks,
24.99, ISBN 978 0 7603 5175 8

Yes, its another McQueen


book. But its a good un, put
together by McQueen expert/
fanatic Matt Stone, and
featuring a huge number of
photographs of McQueens
many motorcycles. And the
text is detailed and entertaining
as well, documenting not just
the obvious The Great Escape,
The International Six Days
Book Trial, the Indians etc but also
some of the more obscure bikes
of the
A Life in Car Design month
and adventures. Many of the
current owners of McQueens
bikes have been interviewed,
OLIVER WINTERBOTTOM, Veloce, 37.50, ISBN 978 1 787110 35 9 as have wives Barbara Minty
McQueen and Neile Adams. DL
Readers who are as old as this reviewer may recall forgiving of the Lotus bosss often irrational
the Jennings books by Anthony Buckeridge, in which decisions. Along the way, Winterbottom worked
the fictional prep-school boy got involved in endless extensively on Lotuss marine projects as well as the
well-intentioned but unfortunate scrapes. In one cars which led to Chapman sacking him in 1977
book, Jennings nearly comes unstuck when a car due to a cock-up in the design of a sports boat for
manufacturer telephones the school, offering to which Chapman was legitimately to blame.
bring round its latest model for a test drive not Nevertheless, Winterbottom returned to Lotus
realising that Jennings has been sending off for car in 1980, where he was tasked with creating an Elan
brochures and accidentally forgetting to mention replacement. Neither his M90 or X100 concepts
that Linbury Court is a prep school.
Oliver Winterbottom had his real-life Jennings
made it to production and its the stories of these
forgotten prototypes, and many other unloved
How to
moment when Armstrong Siddeley fell for the same children such as all car designers lament, that are Photograph Cars
trick and sent its latest demonstrator down to particularly fascinating. JAMES MANN, 19.99 from
Smallwood Manor (boarding school) The While theres much more to Winterbottoms www.howtophotographcars.com
demonstration driver was not pleased to learn he career than mentioned above, not least a spell with ISBN 978 0 9956246 0 3
had driven all the way from Coventry to sell to a GM in Detroit, its his tales of Lotus he returned
ten-year-old, he recalls, in the opening pages of this for a third stint in the 80s and 90s that intrigue Theres no shortage of how to
entertaining autobiography. Jaguar, however, was the most. Even if they were often, as Jennings would photography publications but
more encouraging of the nascent car enthusiast, have put it, rather ozard. Go on, google it. MD precious little information
sending him brochures, photographs and a silver within them on how to
lapel badge and it was to Jaguar that Winterbottom photograph cars specifically.
was duly apprenticed as an automobile engineer. Fortunately this book does
While more usually associated with Lotus and exactly what it says on the
TVR, where he was the king of the wedges, cover, in clear, simple terms
designing the Lotus M50 Elite and the TVR Tasmin, but going into enough depth
Winterbottom spent the first ten years of his career that even those whove done
at Jaguar. However, he struggled to make his mark a bit of car photography will
there, and it was after his (surprisingly conservative) extract useful information.
concept for an E-type replacement was brushed So, from simple static shots
aside that he decided to decamp to Norfolk. to action and motor sport
At Hethel, Winterbottom faced the unique photography, well-known car
challenge of coping day-to-day with Colin snapper James Mann covers
Chapmans whims, and he seems remarkably it all within the 144 pages. DL

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w w w.hortonsbooks.co.uk

Collectors
Carrera book

Panamericana
Anatomy of the Toyota MR2
Mexico
ADRIANO CIMAROSTI, Automobilia
Classic Mini Coups & Spyders 1987, value today 350

MARK HUTHERT, Veloce, 35 BRIAN LONG, Veloce, 35 Sadly, the publisher languages Italian, French
ISBN 978 1 84584 223 9 ISBN 978 1 787110 62 5 Automobilia no longer exists, and English alongside a
but this Italian company took fantastic archive of images.
One for the hardcore restorer, Id defy anyone to read this a brave step when it produced Originally the book was
this: detailing body panels, trim reprint and not hanker after an the first full history of a released with a separate
and mechanical components, early MR2. It arrived during a Mexican road-race the pamphlet tucked into the
its essentially a parts book in high-point for Toyota (Celica Carrera Panamericana 30 back giving full race results,
which every individual piece GT and front- and rear-drive years ago. It would have been so its worth checking to see
is photographed in colour, Corolla GT were stablemates) considered a very niche that this has not gone astray;
revealing how and when thats difficult to imagine in the subject at the time, and they particularly when paying the
they changed, with a concise era of the Auris. Development made an amazing job of it. 350 that this volume now
description and (where known) of the first-gen MR2 forms the Founded by Bruno Alfieri commands. Ben Horton
the part number. The chapter most interesting third of this in Milan, Automobilia
on exhaust and inlet manifolds book, particularly its styling released a number of
alone shows literally dozens of journey from gawky initial outstanding books in this era
variants For anyone trawling sketches to the iconic end and they found a great author
boxes of parts at autojumbles, result. The same thorough in Cimarosti, himself a Lancia
it will be a godsend although, approach is afforded the later expert. Cleverly, they
rather curiously, theres no generations. For the price, its increased its sales appeal
information about soft trim and reproduced rather cheaply; by running the text in three
its many permutations. MD youre paying for the info. GW

Pit & Paddock


PETER DARLEY, Coterie Press, 75 from www.coteriepress.com, ISBN 978 1 902351 60 5

The title is significant. This his Minolta. Encouraged by friends, he sent some
is not a book of racing images photographs to Lotus who promptly ordered
Classic Car Auction per se, so dont go looking
for loads of track action. You
more before commissioning him in 1965.
Following a foreword by none other than Lord
Yearbook 2015-2016 wont want to, anyway. Packed March, the book is divided into ten chapters: one
ORSI & GAZZI into 255 large-format pages each per circuit, including Brands, Goodwood,
Historica Selecta, 70 are more than 200 often- Jarama and Monaco. Im pleased that the
ISBN 978 88 96232 08 8 candid shots of so many well-known drivers (and backgrounds, like the white picket fencing
their retinues), taken around Europe during the we use today, remain the same, says March.
Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi 1960s and 1970s. All of them are compelling. Its a quality publication, on decent satin paper,
have produced 21 of these data- And none of them has been published before. and finished in a slipcase. But this isnt a wordy
packed volumes now, and the Candid? Well, consider the image of a pensive- book: text is limited to descriptive captions and
latest does not stray from the looking Jean-Pierre Beltoise being given a haircut, is prone to typos and the odd glitch in grammar.
successful formula established on a picnic chair in a sunny Monza courtyard, next No matter. According to the saying, these pictures
many years ago. Its 416 pages to the Tyrrell Racing Organization truck. Hard to are worth more than 200,000 words. And theyre
feature analysis from auction imagine Lewis and co in similar circumstances. certainly worth the asking price. GW
insiders, and details of every A more poignant shot is that of Nina Rindt, sitting
noteworthy car sold at a major on the pitwall during the 1970 Italian Grand Prix,
auction in the year to 31 August recording lap times for husband (and potential
all 5644 of them. Most useful World Champion) Jochen. Within five minutes
and interesting, though, are the of the shutter closing, Jochen Rindt was dead.
portions of the book that put The pictures were taken by Peter Darley, an
recent prices into historical enthusiastic amateur racing driver and photographer
context. For trend-watchers who snapped his first motor sport image in 1961 and
and those in the old car trade, then spent season after season wandering the
this is a valuable resource. CB paddocks of race circuits all over Europe with

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It once protected one of the most famous of Hollywood heads, and now
this Bell racing helmet is for sale no price is quoted, merely a promise
that it is very expensive. Specially painted for Steve McQueen by Von
Dutch, the helmet was used by the blue-eyed heart-throb during the
lming of Le Mans, and also in 1970 when, driving a Porsche 908/02,
he placed second at Sebring and then won at Holtville Raceway.
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Hesketh ofcial merchandising, you want to keep warm in the paddock while
it would have to involve alcohol also retaining your cool, Grandprix Originals
somewhere along the line. has just launched this retro-styled Racing
Hesketh 308 Gold is a CAMRA Jacket. With its Gulf and Heuer patches, twin
award-winner, brewed by the stripes down the arms and baby-blue
Silverstone Real Ale Co. And if colouring, the Racing Jacket evokes an era of
you have Hesketh beer, youll motor sport when the racing was earthier and
need a Hesketh glass to put it in. the glamour was genuine.
6 glass; 4 bottle. retrogp.com 1500. grandprix-originals.com

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PIRELLI CINTURATO
CN36 (185/70 VR14)
Modern tyres often dont suit classic cars
either dynamically or aesthetically. So owners
of MGBs and certain older Alfas will be
pleased Pirelli has re-introduced its famous
Cinturato CN36 tyre in 185/70 VR14 size.
Its designed to complement the handling
characteristics of rear-drive lightweight sports
cars from the 1960s and 1970s and it has
a tread pattern that looks superb.
118.80 each. longstonetyres.co.uk

FANGIO COLLECTORS
EDITION PRINT
Fangio truly deserves his hero
status. At the 1957 German GP
a disastrous pit stop dropped him
down the field. Yet in the last 10
laps he broke the lap record nine
times to win the race ahead of
Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn.
HAMILTON PIONEER AUTO CHRONO This 100-only collectors edition
print by Unique & Limited the
With its design inspired by Hamiltons marine chronometers company uses modern technology
of the 1940s, the Pioneer Auto Chrono continues the theme to create super-realist images
with water resistance to 100m. Its modern automatic celebrates Fangios genius in his
movement graces it with a 60-hour power reserve. Maserati 250F.
1470. hamiltonwatches.com $100. unique-limited.com

BRIAN JAMES LE MANS


PORSCHE 956 PAINTING
Le Mans 1982 was a great outing for
Porsche the company entered three
Group C 956s and not only did all
three finish, they filled the top three
spots on the podium. Brian James
graphic and colourful gouache-on-
board painting depicts the winning
no1 Rothmans-sponsored 956 of
Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx as it rushes
past the grandstand.
1250 original; 70 print.
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Models
REVIEWS AND PHOTOGRAPHY MARK DIXON

1:43 scale

1:18 scale 1970 Triumph TR6


2. 1977 Monteverdi 375/4

1. By Kess Price 79.95


Material Resincast
Fine windowframes and trim add greatly
By LS Collectibles Price 126.95 Material Resincast to the impact of this excellent model.
Its always nice to see a large-scale model of a Overall, the model presents very well. Its beautifully 3. 1981 VW Golf GTI 16S
relatively humble sports car, and UK readers will be nished in dark green and only when you start to Oettinger By Spark
particularly pleased that Chinese maker LS Collectibles scrutinise the interior closely do you start to see Price 48.50 Material Resincast
has chosen as its subject a right-hand-drive example evidence of cost-cutting. The wooden dash and the Tuning rm Oettinger made its own
although, peculiarly, it seems to be tted with instruments are represented by a single rather garish 16-valve version of the 8-valve GTI;
US-spec orange front parking light and indicator decal, and the door trims and seat squabs look a little Spark has replicated it perfectly.
units. To judge from the black wheel centres, black crude and ill-proportioned. That said, at this price you
windscreen surround and lack of seat head restraints, can forgive a few imperfections, and any Triumph 4. 1959 Daimler Majestic Major
we reckon its a 1970 Model Year car. enthusiast would be happy to have this on their shelf. By Neo Price 66.95
Material Resin handbuilt
A really beautiful model of Daimlers V8
hot-rod limo, in a subtle metallic paint.

5. 2014 Ferrari F60 America


By BBR Price 158.50
Material Resin and metal handbuilt
1 2 LookSmart also makes an excellent
handbuilt F60 (Octane 164); BBRs
interior is slightly more nuanced.

6. 1930 Pierce-Arrow Model B


Roadster By Esval Price 94.70
Material Resincast
Super detail, plenty of it, and a great
4 5 nish add up to a stand-out model.

7. 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept


3 By Matrix Price 113.95
Material Resincast
6 Its really hard to fault this eye-catching
replica of the Boano-styled Indianapolis,
which was sold for $1.2 million in 2015.

8. 1954 Gordini T20S Le Mans


By Renaissance Price 211.95
7 Material Resin handbuilt
Yes, its pricey, but this handbuilt of the
sixth-placed 54 Le Mans entry is nigh-on
perfect; its interior is exquisitely to scale.
8 9
10 9. 1899 Renault Voiturette Type A
By Norev Price 39.95
Material Diecast
Appealingly offbeat, but spoiled by its
thick-spoked plastic wheels. Shame.

10. 1961 Austin-Healey Sprite


Le Mans By Spark Price 50.95
Material Resincast
Ecurie Ecosses long-nose Sprite is
Models shown are available from Grand Prix Models, +44 (0)1295 278070, www.grandprixmodels.com
nally available to Le Mans collectors.

Classic Models The Wiking story starts with model


ships, which Friedrich Peltzer, the son
white carousel for displaying these
in VW showrooms, now extremely
reecting the street life of German
towns in the 1960s.
Wiking plastic cars of a naval ofcer, started making as a sought-after by collectors. Wikings founder died in 1981 and
WORDS: ANDREW RALSTON PHOTO: WWW.WIKING.DE

hobby before registering a company But Wikings most characteristic three years later the business was
in Berlin in 1936. Metal vehicles with product line was its small-scale taken over by the Sieper Company,
xed, non-rotating wheels soon plastic cars. Initially one-piece which made plastic and diecast Siku
followed, and these were used in mouldings with solid windows, by the cars. This allowed Wiking to maintain
dioramas by the Wehrmacht for 1960s they had window glazing and its own identity, though the focus has
military training purposes. interior ttings and were scaled at a inevitably changed from toys to more
Toy production resumed after consistent 1:87, making them ideal sophisticated models aimed at adult
WW2 and Peltzer produced some for use as accessories on HO-gauge collectors. A museum, the Siku/
extremely accurate plastic promotional railway layouts. Wiking Modellwelt, was opened in
models in 1:40 scale for Volkswagen, The range didnt just contain cars Ldenscheid in 2012.
notably das Glserne Auto, a Beetle and trucks: there was an entire trafc While current products are widely
with a transparent plastic body that system, with road signs, pedestrian distributed, its the early solid-window
revealed interior ttings, engine and gures, street lights, garages, bicycle issues and the 1:40 VW promos that
driver. There was even a blue-and- racks and tramcars, accurately German collectors pay big money for.

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MARKET NEWS BU Y I N G + S E L L I N G + A N A LY S I S

TOP 10 PRICES
JANUARY 2017
5,983,000 ($7,370,000)
1963 Jaguar E-type
Lightweight
Bonhams, Scottsdale, USA
19 January
5,357,500 ($6,600,000)
1939 Mercedes-Benz
540K Special Roadster
by Sindelfingen
PATRICK@DESERT-MOTORS.COM

RM Sothebys, Phoenix, USA


19-20 January
5,179,000 ($6,380,000)
1952 Ferrari 340 America
Spider Competizione
Bonhams, Scottsdale, USA
19 January
3,906,500 ($4,812,500)
1928 Mercedes-Benz Typ S

Rising like Phoenix


Supercharged Sports Tourer
by Erdmann & Rossi
Bonhams, Scottsdale, USA
19 January
Arizona kicks off the 2017 sale season and signs are encouraging 2,924,500 ($3,602,500)
1969 Ferrari 365 GTS
RM Sothebys, Phoenix, USA
DAVE KINNEY raised their flag, many of them for multiple years.
19-20 January
This month its all about the USA. For Despite unseasonably cold, windy and wet weather,
2017 there was no auction duel Scottsdale bidders were an optimistic group. Of note, 2,676,500 ($3,300,000)
between the west and east coasts, as only a handful of European bidders could be found on 1925 Bugatti Type 35
Grand Prix
Mecums Kissimmee, Florida sale site; casual observation says that the number of overseas
Gooding & Co, Scottsdale,
started a week before the first cars crossed the block in visitors is down from the previous years. USA. 20-21 January
Scottsdale, Arizona. If you were up for two weeks of This years final total from all Scottsdale/Phoenix
non-stop marathon auction sales, it could have been auction companies was just above $260 million, for a 2,545,000 ($3,135,000)
1995 Ferrari F50
done with a simple flight from the Orlando area to combined 84% sale rate from just shy of 3500 cars
RM Sothebys, Phoenix, USA
Phoenix and a change of two time zones. offered which is a strong sign. The average sale price 19-20 January
Mecum again exceeded expectations by turning in was around $90,000 and the total was up $10 million
results in excess of $90 million plus $3 million in what from 2016, although thats far from the best year ever, 2,500,500 ($3,080,000)
1961 Ferrari 400
they refer to as road art. Automobilia to you and me. 2015, when total sales were recorded at $294 million.
Superamerica SWB Coup
Top seller was a 1969 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 Spyder One could argue that 2017s extra $10 million came Aerodinamico by Pininfarina
selling for $1.012 million, with the number three spot from the introduction of a new player, Worldwide RM Sothebys, Phoenix, USA
going to a stunning red-over-black 2005 Porsche Carrera Auctions, to the Scottsdale scene, but in the world of 19-20 January
GT, which traded garages at $687,500. Number two was auction scoring its the overall results that count.
2,364,000 ($2,915,000)
a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible at $852,500, Barrett-Jackson is always the largest in terms of 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast
said to be the only factory convertible in Tuxedo Black number of cars offered, and this year was no different. It Gooding & Co, Scottsdale,
with blue bonnet stinger and blue interior. With nearly has the strongest Arizona roots and this years 99.5% USA. 20-21 January
2700 vehicles offered and 1981 sold, this was one of the sale rate is in line with previous years as only a small
2,277,000 ($2,805,000)
largest events of its type. When it comes to January percentage of Barrett-Jackson cars have a reserve. It sold 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C
auctions in Florida, Mecum owns the stage. 1703 of 1719, offered according to Hagerty Insurance, 1750 Gran Sport
The territory is different in the far western state of which compiles the numbers from each auction house Bonhams, Scottsdale, USA
Arizona, where a number of auction companies have for the January sales. Total dollar volume came in at a 19 January

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THE MARKET / Reports

whopping $101 million, making B-J not only the west


coasts winner but also the overall winner for January. THERE ARE NO STAID AND SOMBRE
Of that total, $1.485 million was down to the sale of a
1964 Aston Martin DB5. A 1960 Chevrolet CERV-1
SALES IN SCOTTSDALE OR PHOENIX; KINNEYS TOP
(Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle) is said to be
back with its original family, according to rumours that
THEY ARE CELEBRATIONS OF THREE CARS
GM bought it back for $1.32 million. Celebrities in CARS AND CAR PEOPLE
attendance included Justin Bieber, Aerosmiths Steven
Tyler and multiple Olympic gold medallist Michael
Phelps. To say the crowd was enthusiastic in the auction offered and 606 sold, for a 78% sale rate. The average
prime hours would be a bit of an understatement. sale price of just $35,720 makes this the fun place to go
Bonhams had its best year ever at Scottsdale, turning when your dreams cost less than six figures. Top seller
in a total of $36.3 million. It sold 86 of 105 lots offered was a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet that brought Barrett-Jackson
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
for an 82% sale rate and an eye-popping average sale a healthy $423,500; a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS was 14-22 January
price of $422,494. That last number was skewed a bit by runner-up at $379,500. Is this 2004 Maybach 57 a
its top two sellers, the first a headline-grabbing 1963 Worldwide Auctions was the rookie player and put on future collectable? You bet.
Jaguar E-type Lightweight that brought $7.37 million, a great presentation. With only 82 lots on offer, it sold 64 There is an argument here that
eclipsing a 1952 Ferrari 340 America Competizione and banked $11.5 million. Number one was a rare a running example wont get
Spider that sold for $6.38 million. Bonhams definitely 427/434hp 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible at much cheaper than $48,400.
had a bigger crowd than previous years, its appealing $1.98 million. Its other million-dollar-plus sale was a
line-up making for an infectious buzz throughout the 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America at $1.1 million.
tent. If there was an award for Most Improved Auction But Worldwides headline car was the 1962 Aston
in 2017, Bonhams would definitely be the recipient. Martin DB4, discovered in a caravan park. In glorious
Gooding & Company turned in a total of $33.4 decrepitude, it brought $374,000 and gives someone
million, down from last years result thanks to fewer the right to perform a very expensive restoration.
multi-million-dollar consignments. Two of Goodings A favourite place to spend the final day of auction Mecum, Kissimmee, Florida,
top sellers were pre-war European cars: a 1925 Bugatti week is at Silver Auctions, down the road at the Fort USA. 6-15 January
This 2003 Acura NSX-T (the
Type 35 GP Roadster brought $3.3 million, while the McDowell Casino and known for on-stage fun and rst production 2003), in show
number three car was an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand affordable cars. Its average price was just over $15,000. condition with 8600 miles, is
Sport Roadster that sold for $1.595 million. Number Of 526 lots, 220 found new homes for a 42% sale rate one of Januarys most savvy
two was a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast at $2.915 million. and $3.3 million total. Top sale was a tie between a 2007 buys at $110,000. Check back
RM Sothebys returned to the Biltmore in Phoenix Ford Shelby GT and a 1952 Nash Healey at $70,200. in three years for the proof.
for the 18th year. Best seller was a 1939 Mercedes-Benz If you are planning a trip to Scottsdale next year, you
540K Special Roadster at $6.6 million. Numbers two might not find it possible to visit every auction company
through seven were all Ferraris, a 1969 365 GTS Spider at prime time, but it definitely would be fun to spend a
the runner-up for $3.6 million. One of the most few hours watching each house perform its magic. There
anticipated cars, a 2003 ex-Tommy Hilfiger Ferrari Enzo are no staid and sombre sales in Scottsdale or Phoenix;
with just 3620 miles, made nearly $2.7 million. Sale total they are celebrations of cars and car people, and they
was $53.7 million, down almost $9 million from last celebrate the most conspicuous of conspicuous Worldwide Auctions
years $62.8 million, with the average price down over consumption. Its quintessentially American. And, like Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
$100,000 per car. With 141 sellers among the 159 cars it or not, thats the thing we really do best. 18 January
Restored in 1984, this 1936
and trucks offered, the sale rate was just shy of 90%. Alvis Silver Eagle SG Sport
Russo and Steele was newly located on land owned DAVE KINNEY is an auction analyst, an expert on the US Tourer sold at $99,000, a
by the Talking Stick Casino, a venue that provides more classic car auction scene, and publishes the USAs classic bit under low-estimate but
space. Russo reports sales of $22.1 million from 780 lots market bible, the Hagerty Price Guide. appropriate for its condition.

HAGI MERCEDES-BENZ CLASSIC INDEX Although the HAGI MBCI made a small net
gain over the last quarter of 2016, peaking at
annual average growth gure of 9.3%.
In wider market terms the MBCI is charting
the end of November, one month into 2017 the a comfortable middle ground between marques
200 index is slightly shy of where it was at the end and segments that are in some cases more
of September. volatile and in other cases more prone to
190 The December decline of 0.96%, followed by rotational forces.
a further fall of 1.47% in January, have together In simple terms, the fundamentals of
180
adjusted the medium-term market view. At the MBCI are separate: the breadth of the
170 Novembers high of 187.70, the MBCI had Mercedes-Benz classic back-catalogue,
returned year-on-year growth of 12.02% with a which includes a large number of high-end
160 three-year accumulation of 38.31%. Now, with prestige models often produced in far higher
values back where they were ve months ago, volume than rival offerings, is one thing
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year-on-year growth has been reined back to that sets the marque apart. Others are the
140 10.23%, while for the three-year scenario the marques enduring appeal, general engineering
gure has retreated to 30.78%. excellence and relative ease of ownership.
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Despite the recent more subdued growth, The consequence of all these factors is
the MBCI remains rmly within a trend-channel the depth of interest, which is a constant and
MONTH/YEAR dating back to 2014, during which time it has steadying inuence. For further analysis, see
Vertical axis is based on a benchmark of 100 set at 31 December 2011.
The HAGI MBCI charts the prices of key collectable Mercedes-Benzes. consistently outperformed its historic long-term historicautogroup.com. Dave Selby

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No normal 924
Gooding & Co, Amelia Island, USA 10 March

IN RECENT YEARS few cars have stirred buying bodies and components from the
up auction rooms like race-spec classic 911s, factory and assembling them at home. Six were
but we have a feeling that at Goodings Amelia constructed for an assault on the IMSA and
Island sale in March, it will be a competition TransAm series, including chassis 924-004.
Porsche of a later vintage that sets hearts racing Its first outing was at Laguna Seca in October
and paddles waving. 1981, and with endurance racing specialist
No, the roadgoing 924, introduced in 1976, Hurley Haywood (three times a victor at Le
did not offer the same purity of form as the 911. Mans) at the wheel it finished sixth overall.
No, it did not have the same cachet among Haywood drove through the 81-82 season,
petrolheads. And, no, it never inspired the same following which the car was sold. Under the
slack-jawed response among fellow road users. banner of Bayside Racing it scored several class
But in racing form, with gaudy livery and wins, and by 1985 it had done battle at pretty
outsize BBS wheels and flared arches and a much every major circuit in the USA Laguna
roaring, turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, it was Seca, Daytona, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock,
quite something to behold and to drive. Road America, Riverside, Sears Point and more.
Stuttgart made only 17 examples, nine of Chassis 924-004 was retired after the 1986
which lined up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, season and restored in its fabulous Lwenbrau
and on seeing the potency of the 2000lb, colours, which date from the Bayside era when
400bhp-plus machines, American Al Holbert the car was producing fully 600bhp. Today the
knew Porsche was on to a good thing. 924 is thought to be worth as much as $300,000.
As the man responsible for Porsche North If youre in a position to buy but still need
Americas motor sport activities, he undertook convincing, think of it as $500 per bhp instead
to build and run several of his own GTRs, goodingco.com
MIKE MAEZ

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Wacky racer
Bonhams, Amelia Island,
USA 9 March
Stanley Wacky Arnolt was an industrialist
not afraid to do things differently. In 1938,
in an attempt to prove the worth of his Sea
Mite marine engine, he crossed a choppy
Lake Michigan alone in a 13ft boat, spending
hours navigating his way through thick fog.
It was inevitable that he would plough his
own furrow as a racing car supplier, and his
rebodied Bristols were instantly recognisable
with their unusual proportions the result
of being designed around a tall straight-six.
This car, chassis 404/X/3000, is the most
recognisable of all to fans of Arnolts work.
Based on a 2.0-litre Bristol 404 and rebodied
by Bertone in 1953, it is the one and only

Every new beginning Arnolt-Bristol prototype.


Meticulously restored over a period of
some 20 years by the current owner, who
acquired it as a wreck in 1992, it stands
Motostalgia, Amelia Island USA 11 March today as a tribute to a singular character,
and any way you cut it is worth its estimate
comes from some other beginnings end, specifications of Tazio Nuvolari, who drove of $400,000-500,000.
observed Seneca the Younger (allegedly). it in the final meeting of an extraordinary bonhams.com
The words of the Roman philosopher came career, winning his class at the 1950 Palermo-
to mind as we studied this Cisitalia-Abarth Monte Pellegrino hillclimb. Just three years
204A, one of the very last cars produced by later he was dead at the age of 60, having
Cisitalia before the Turin-based manufacturer raced until he could physically race no more.
collapsed but the first car registered by the His Cisitalia was a mechanically interesting
Abarth company. machine, powered by a tuned 1089cc Fiat
Chassis 04/08 pretty much closed the engine but showing Porsches influence.
book on the Tazio Nuvolari story, too, not The front suspension was a Beetle-like design
to mention that of the collaboration between with paired trailing links and transverse
Ferdinand Porsche and Carlo Abarth. It was torsion bars. The 204A was lighter than its
produced by those two giants of automotive predecessor, and although the frame-hugging
engineering while they were employed by bodywork with separate wings looked to be
Cisitalia boss Piero Dusio, who in the mid- a backwards step after the full-width 202,
1950s invested bravely but unwisely in a it gave lightness and reduced frontal area.
Formula 1 car, the 360 Grand Prix. The car, certified by Abarth, survives in
The project bankrupted his company, and wonderfully original condition, and made a
Carlo Abarths severance package included vast $4.62 million when it was last offered in
factory machinery and three 204As chassis 2014. Its valuable molecules are sure to be in
04/08 among them. Constructed in 1948, high demand again in March.
it was reworked in 1950 by Carlo to the motostalgia.com

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Of all the unusual items we have value is puzzling, until you learn that Fleming presented penicillin
featured here, this might be it was grown by a chap named Sir medallions to a number of favoured
the strangest: a blob of mould, Alexander Fleming and important folk, including the
preserved inside a glass disc The quiet Scot was not a good Queen Mother and Winston
and expected by Bonhams to self-promoter and his discovery of Churchill. An early prototype
bring as much as 6000 when it pencillin in 1928 was largely ignored consisting of two pieces of glass
is offered on 1 March in London. by the wider scientific community at held together with Elastoplast was
Given that the auction house first. Its implications, of course, were presented to Pope Pius XII an
is not in the business of selling enormous, and gave rise to a whole appropriate recipient of an item
biological weapons, the blobs new class of medicines: antibiotics. described as a holy relic of science.

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THE MARKET / Reports

Modesty is the best policy AUCTION


CALENDAR
RM Sothebys, Amelia Island, USA 10-11 March
22-23 February
H&H, Castle Donington, UK
24-26 February
Leake Auction,
Oklahoma City, USA
24-26 February
Silverstone Auctions
Stoneleigh, UK
25 February
Coys, London, UK
27 February
Shannons, Melbourne, Australia
28 February
Barons, Esher, UK
2 March
DVCA, Dorchester, UK
4 March
Richard Edmonds
Allington, UK
TRACE TAYLOR

4 March
Historics at Brooklands
Weybridge, UK
4-5 March
Essex Classic Car Auctions
Nobody likes a show-off, a truth of which Alfred Vanderbilts stud farm in Maryland in 1941. Petrol Tolleshunt Knights, UK
Vanderbilt II seemed to be aware when he spurned rationing meant the V12-powered Packard initially
8 March
his 21st birthday present of a brand-new Rolls-Royce saw little use in his ownership, but he kept it until Brightwells, Leominster, UK
in 1933. Too ostentatious, apparently, and he swiftly his death in 2012. At that point it remained 9 March
acquired instead a brand-new Packard Twelve spectacularly original (period cigarette butts in the Bonhams, Amelia Island, USA
Convertible Victoria. When youre the heir to two ashtray!) but was nonetheless treated to a careful 10 March
fortunes (the Vanderbilt family was once the restoration by the next owner. Gooding & Co
wealthiest in America, and Alfreds mother was born Offered in prize-winning condition and expected Amelia Island, USA
to the inventor of the cure-all Bromo-Seltzer), you to bring $475,000-575,000 at RMs two-day Amelia 10-11 March
only stoop so low, evidently. Island event featuring the collection of Orin Smith, RM Sothebys
His car of choice was a beauty, and caught the it is everything the heir to a fortune could want. Amelia Island, USA
eye of Bradford Blake Jr, who bought it from the rmsothebys.com 10-11 March
Hollywood Wheels
Amelia Island, USA
11 March
Motostalgia, Amelia Island, USA
EAST MEETS WEST 12 March
DVCA, Dorset, UK Stanislas Machor, Monastruc-
2 March la-Conseillre, France
Rare, built largely by hand (by people
whose hands were worth paying for), 18 March
and styled by one Giorgetto Giugiaro. Mathewsons
Estimate: 6000-8000. If that sounds Thornton-le-Dale, UK
too good to be true, youll want to 19 March
meet the Isuzu 117 Coup, a pretty Bonhams, Goodwood, UK
and long-lived model rarely seen on 24-25 March
OLD-FASHIONED FUN these shores. This 1981 example with A SPORTS CAR, UP TO A POINT
Historics at Brooklands, Brightwells, Leominster, UK Mecum, Kansas City, USA
2.0-litre DOHC engine is an intriguing
Weybridge, UK. 4 March proposition for collectors of J-tin. 8 March 24-26 March
Sky-blue Bianchis tend to have two dvca.co.uk Austin A40 Sports might sound Dan Kruse Classics
wheels, skinny tyres and pedals, but oxymoronic, but Austin boss Leonard San Antonio, USA
the marque now known for its racing Lord was determined that a racier, 25 March
bicycles once produced cars, too. Jensen-bodied version of the little Stanislas Machor
With its minimal, two-seater body and saloon should be offered. With twin Huixquilucan, Mexico
1690cc four-cylinder engine making carbs it made a heady 46bhp from
a useful 25hp, this 1918 Tipo 16 1200cc This 1952 car, expected 29 March
offers breezy fun and at 21,000- to fetch 7500-9500, is the perfect H&H, Duxford, UK
26,000 represents good value for oily rag motor: spot-on mechanicals 31 March 2 April
an interesting pre-1920 machine. under major patination. Auctions America
historics.co.uk brightwells.com Fort Lauderdale, USA

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THE MARKET / Showroom Stars

1955 Abarth 207/A


$275,000
Beautifully restored and with
upgraded safety equipment, this
Michelotti-styled 1100cc Abarth
sports racer is ready for Historic
competition duty or to slip
beneath the judges noses at
Pebble Beach or Villa dEste.
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1932 REAL-bodied MG J2
75,000
The sole surviving REAL-bodied
MG J2 (of just two), this rakish

1965 Duesenberg J-365 Franay


sports car has been carefully
rebuilt to original specification
and is ready for onlookers to
play a frustrating game of
What on earth is that?
$1.1 million. Hyman Ltd, Missouri, USA barrywalker.com

ORIGINALLY OWNED BY Mabel Boll, who was death in a car crash, Mabel was married again, this time
crowned Queen of Diamonds and Broadways most to Count Henri de Porceri; they wed in Paris but by
beautiful blonde by American gossip columnists, this 1933 the marriage was over. Perhaps to get over the
Duesenberg Model J has enjoyed a history almost as anguish, Mabel acquired the classy Duesenberg in 1934.
colourful as that of its most notable custodian. How she used the car is unclear; what we do know is
The Duesenbergs chassis was first delivered to that a subsequent boyfriend shot himself on her lawn
France, where apparently it was fitted with a Kellner and that she married for a fifth time in 1940.
body; before it was sold, however, that body was Following Mabels death in 1949, the Duesenberg 1949 Bristol Farina 401
swapped for Franays Sunroof Berline coachwork and passed through three French owners before being 185,000
Only six of these Bristol Farina
the car was exhibited at the 1930 Paris motor show, shipped to the US in 1971. In 1975 its third American
401 convertibles were ever
resplendent in two-tone paint. It was back in Paris again owner, Chicago jeweller Marvin Cohen, commissioned made this is number three
in 1931, now in a single colour. a major restoration and modifications to the Franay so its highly unlikely that anyone
Meanwhile, Mabels progression towards impending coachwork. The sloping roof-line was accentuated, the else will turn up at your local
Duesenberg ownership was the stuff of Hollywood rear trunk removed, the bonnet lengthened, the in the same car as you.
fantasy. After selling cigars in a bar, she married bonnets side louvres replaced by chromed screens, and sljhackett.co.uk
businessman Robert Scott in 1909, before moving on to it was repainted in its current shade of Magenta.
her second husband, Hernando Rocha, in 1922. Rocha The Duesenberg has had a further three owners since
was a Colombian coffee magnate who showered her in none, wed wager, whose character was quite as in tune
the jewels that she so liked to show off: hence the Queen with the cars flamboyant nature as the glittering Mabel.
of Diamonds nickname. A decade later, after Rochas hymanltd.com

1965 Mercedes O319


Fensterbus. 169,000
So much more stylishly left-field
than a stretch limo when you
want to travel with ten of your
friends, this sensitively restored
people-mover has two-tone
upholstery, curtains, lots of
chrome, and even the tour
guides microphone left over
from its days of public hire.
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200
Ferrari 275 GTS (LHD)
Concours Condition

One of just 200 cars built by Ferrari, this example was completed in June 1965 and
originally supplied to Germany. When purchased by the current owner in 1975 the car
had covered just 25,870 kms from new and was placed into storage. The car remained
in storage with the same owner and was unused until 2014 when it was dispatched to
DK Engineering for a highest quality restoration. During the restoration the car was
taken back to a bare shell and every component was skilfully restored to original correct
specification. No nut or bolt was left untouched. The exterior was finished in the fitting
colour of Verde Medio and the interior finished in Dark Blue.

Today the car is available following only a handful of miles since the restoration was
completed meaning it remains in stunning concours condition. Coming from a forty year
ownership, with just 26,000 kms from new and presented in such breath-taking condition
this is surely an opportunity that cannot be matched and should not be missed. POA

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Porsche 993 GT2 (RHD) Ferrari 365 GTC (RHD) Ford Mustang (Appendix K)
One of just 57 road cars built to homologate the One of the 22 UK RHD supplied cars of only 150 built in A genuine 1965 Ford Mustang with race history from
legendary race cars. This example is especially rare total. The first owner was none other than Rob Walker. new being owned and raced in its early years by
being RHD (1 of 13 supplied worldwide). Presented in Following an extensive overhaul in 2013 by DK including David Tallaksen and Gene Felton.
Guards Red and equipped with the desirable specification a full suspension rebuild, retrim, transaxle rebuild, A regular Goodwood Revival competitor and recently
of a non-airbag steering wheel and bucket seats. With major service and a bare metal repaint the car is prepared by WDK Motorsport which included a full en-
just 12,500 Miles from new this is the ultimate presented in the fitting colour Indigo Blue of Robs gine rebuild. 79,995
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Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser THE LOWDOWN
PRICES
Anyone following auction results, particularly
Want to stand out from the classic 4x4 crowd? Heres how in the US, will have seen stratospheric rises
after 2012, with some early Land Cruisers
making six-figure sums. This excitement
WHILE TOYOTA had been building light 1979 saw the introduction of power steering brought hundreds of them to market.
4x4s since 1951, it wasnt until 1954 that the and air conditioning as options. Saturation has a lot to do with it settling back
Land Cruiser brand arrived. Toyotas technical During the J40s production run there were now and means its a better time to buy. With
over-exposure of early Land Rovers, theyre
director Hanji Umehara wanted a name that few external changes and, inside, things were also way cooler. Buying rules are simple: go
would convey off-road ability but sound kept fairly utilitarian. Later, LX trim gave the on condition and originality, and buy to use.
dignified; important to a Japanese company. lucky owner stripy seats, a dash panel pad, A really good FJ40 should be 25,000,
The range of vehicles made under the Land carpeting, tachometer and a digital clock. an excellent one 40,000.
Cruiser name is bewildering. Toyota attempted FJ40s are the ones to have, being petrol-
to cover all requirements of a light utility engined and compact. Powerful, flexible, LOOK OUT FOR
Like so many steel cars of the period, the FJ is
vehicle by making a wide range of variants capable and seemingly unbreakable, their only manufactured in such a way that there are
rather than a few highly adaptable models, drawback is an inevitable thirst. many seams: water gets in, with catastrophic
which was Land Rovers approach. The FJ40 Land Cruisers and Series IIa and consequences. Vehicles driven on salted
The definitive classic Land Cruiser is the III Land Rovers competed for the same world roads or used for hauling boats are likely to
short-wheelbase J40, otherwise known as the markets at the same time. In damp climates at have suffered the most.
40-Series. Built in Japan between 1960 and least, a hard-worked Land Rover could hide
Running gear is pretty bomb-proof, as youd
1984, it lived on as a Brazilian-manufactured myriad mechanical and structural sins under its expect of a utility product from Toyota.
model until 2001. While its predecessor, the rustproof alloy body, while a Land Cruiser Chassis, engines, gearboxes and axles are
J20, looked quite similar externally, the J40 had might wear a rusty body over healthy simple and very strong, and, while the basic
improvements in every area, with more power, components, leading to unfair comparisons. leaf-spring suspension is antique, so is a Land
better performance and build refinements. By the 1980s there was a significant swing Rovers. Diesel-engined BJs are pedestrian.
Engines were designated F for petrol away from utility 4x4s towards recreational off-
Undeniably thirsty at around 18-20mpg, many
models, which were six-cylinder units and roaders. In 1985 Toyota released an all-new, FJ40s have had modifications to try to
initially of 3.9 litres capacity, then after 1975 expanded range of vehicles that, although still improve fuel economy: freewheeling hubs
4.2 litres. B designates the four-cylinder diesel marketed as Land Cruisers, bore little fitted to the front axle were a common
engines available only after 1974, and H was resemblance to the boxy original. addition. A rare option is an additional
used later for six-cylinder diesel units. The With prices for some FJ40s hitting substantial overdrive unit made in the United Kingdom by
earliest transmissions were three-speed; later, six-figure sums in recent years, the market has Fairey, which allows for more relaxed cruising.
four- and five-speed boxes were introduced, settled and prices now compare favourably with Service items arent hard to come by and
each having a high- and low-ratio transfer box classic Land Rover and Jeep models. Bought Toyota can supply much, but at a price; other
and selectable two- and four-wheel drive. carefully, an FJ40 is an intelligent, achingly cool parts including brakes and suspension are
Front disc brakes were added in 1976 and and functional choice. Julian Shoolheifer catered for by aftermarket suppliers.

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1978 De Cadenet Lola LM-4
4-time Le Mans 1978-81, Can-Am 1978, Silverstone and Monza 1000km winner 1980, amazing history,
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1986 Spice SE86C Hart 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 FIA HTP 1987 Ferrari Mondial 3.2
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pole in 88, race winner, very powerful 16k miles 174,500 registered, immaculate 225k 40k miles, great history, immaculate,
Hart Turbo engine, competitive package in super rare TdF blue, just had belt
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Ferrari 365 GT
2+2 (1969)
Vehicle background
Supplied new by Maranello Concessionaires
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365 GT 2+2 is one of just 52 Right Hand
Drive UK supplied cars, out of a total
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Finished in Blu Chiaro paintwork with a new
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Year: 1969 / G
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Mileage: 94,275 miles

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1978 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer RHD. Rare carburettor engine. Only 22,000 2014 (64) Lamborghini Huracan 5.2 V10 LP 610-4 LDF Coupe UK RHD Car. Only
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2010 (60) Ferrari California 4.3 V8 2+2 Convertible. Only 11,000 Miles. 2012 Ferrari California 4.3 V8 2+2 Convertible. Huge list of factory-fitted
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no headrests, wing-mounted Monza fuel ller, CONCOURS PREPARATION MAIL ORDER PARTS
blueprinted and handbuilt SVO 5.0-litre engine. Full
suspension mods with front/rear anti-roll bars, AP
brakes, 3.31 di, 370bhp, Hurst shi , and 1960s
period cosmetic features. Just serviced by Thunder
Road with fresh MoT. 10,500 miles, superlative
condition. Rod Leachs Nostalgia. Tel:
+44 (0) 1992 500007. Email: info@rodleach.com (T).
PRESENTS
Race Proven Parts QUALITY AUSTIN-HEALEY PARTS!
Aston Martin Lagonda Tel: +44 (0)1543 472244
50,000
www.classicandperformancecar.com/233189

www.bighealey.co.uk
www.ahspares.co.uk
Tel: 0044 (0)1926 817181
1964 AC Cobra 289 Mk2
Right-hand drive, 11,900 miles from new. One of just
48 RHD examples built by AC Cars Ltd at Thames
Ditton, Surrey, between 1963 and 1965. Second owner
from 1966 for 45 years, stored in Monaco from the
1980s till 2010. Rod Leachs Nostalgia. Tel:
+44 (0) 1992 500007. Email: info@rodleach.com (T).
2005 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Great condition. Metallic black with Oxblood interior.
25,000 miles with full service history. Sat-nav, electric
heated seats, parking sensors. Very high spec, great
value for money. 35,950. Email aaron@bellclassics.
co.uk, tel: +44 (0)1582 488370 (T).
Austin-Healey 3000 MkII
A most immaculate upgraded Austin-Healey for the
owner that wants the best from Rawles Motorsport.
One of 20 available. 91,000. Tel: +44 (0)1420 23212,
www.rawlesmotorsport.co.uk (T).

Auburn 1935 851 Convertible Sedan


135,000
Tel: +44 (0)20 8688 4443 For more information please contact me
FRANK KENNIS +31 622 420 766
info@KennisCars.nl www.kenniscars.nl
1967 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII Ph2
Finished in the ever popular Ice Blue paint colour with
Navy interior. Very nice car, one of 20 Austin-Healeys
available for sale from us. 65,500. Tel: +44 (0)1420
23212, www.rawlesmotorsport.co.uk (T).

Allard 1948 M 2 door 4 seat


Convertible 2008 Audi R8 4.2 V8 Quattro
48,500 26,000 miles with full service history. Metallic black 1934 Bentley 3 Litre
For more information please contact me with silver side blades and black leather interior. Thrupp & Maberly sports saloon, long-term
FRANK KENNIS +31 622 420 766
info@KennisCars.nl www.kenniscars.nl
Mag sports ride, manual. Nav, heated electric 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII Ph2 ownership, extensive history. Exceptional
seats, leather driving zone. 46,950. Email aaron@ Only 16,000 miles from new. 75,000. Tel: +44 (0)1420 throughout. 75,000. Tel: +44 (0)7717 834262, email
bellclassics.co.uk, tel: +44 (0)1582 488370 (T). 23212, www.rawlesmotorsport.co.uk (T). junkyardcollectables@aol.com (T).

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1972 BMW 3.0CS 2002 Ferrari 575 F1
$58,500 Metallic blue (Tour de France) with cream hide stitched
www.classicandperformancecar.com/198294 in blue. 18in alloy wheels with aluminium grey brake
callipers. One of only 182 cars officially imported into
the UK. 99,990. Email mike@rardleymotors.com,
tel: (0)1428 606616, www.rardleymotors.com (T).

2010 Ferrari 599 GTB HGTE


Nero Daytona with matching Nero interior and 1994 Ferrari 348 Spider
Daytona seats. Specification includes full carbon One of only 68 RHD cars made. 37,000 miles
interior package, carbon ceramic brakes, side shields, with full service history. Red with cream interior.
red calipers, yellow revcounter, reversing camera, Recent cambelt service. Beautiful condition.
carbon steering wheel with LED display and F12 69,500. Email aaron@bellclassics.co.uk, tel: +44
alloy wheels in titanium. Only 5000 miles, desirable (0)1582 488370 (T).
to the collector and enthusiast alike. 169,990. Email
danielparker1@me.com, tel: +44 (0)1580) 714597,
www.vvsuk.co.uk (T).

Ferrari 550
79,993
www.classicandperformancecar.com/195604

2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia 16M LHD


Only 499 of these lightweight convertible 430s
were built, making them appeal to the collector and
enthusiast. Classic Rosso Corsa with the Tricolore
stripe and black interior, this car looks stunning.
Specification includes Nero alcantara and 3D technical
fabric sport/race seats, JBL hi-fi upgrade, iPod
dash unit, yellow revcounter, scuderia shields, red
brake calipers and a full carbon engine bay. With
just 7000 miles covered by one careful owner, this Ford Escort
car represents an excellent investment opportunity. 28,750
269,990. Email danielparker1@me.com, tel: +44 www.classicandperformancecar.com/231698
(0)1580) 714597, www.vvsuk.co.uk (T).

Ford Mustang
21,995
www.classicandperformancecar.com/226450
1972 Dino Ferrari 246 GTS
Original UK-delivered car. History from new,
Ferrari Classiche eligible. One of only 235 still
in its original colour combination. POA. Email
mike@rardleymotors.com, tel: (0)1428 606616,
www.rardleymotors.com (T).

1995 Jaguar XJS


Celebration Convertible 4.0
Turquoise with cream leather trim, contrasting Coffee
piping, black hood, cream tonneau. Electric seats,
electric mirrors, trip computer, air conditioning,
heated rear window and only featured on the
Celebration models it has a half-wood wheel,
1988 Ferrari GTB Turbo wood gear selector, embossed seats and stunning
Red with black hide and carpet. Air conditioning, diamond-turned polished Celebration wheels.
ABS. Intercooled/254bhp. History from new. One This vehicle has covered 58,000 miles and has
of only 308 Italian-market cars. Exciting! 69,990. 11 stamps in the service book to confirm. A real
Email mike@rardleymotors.com, tel: (0)1428 606616, head-turner. 34,950. Tel: +44 (0)1435 863800,
www.rardleymotors.com (T). email: ctpdwc@aol.com (T).

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CARS FOR SALE

For all things Mercedes-Benz sl 107.


sales | service | hire | Parts | cars Bought
www.theslshop.com 0844 414 2116

1971 Land Rover 109 Series IIA -


recently restored, aluminium
bodywork clear coated, cool

Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 VERY


RARE
We are truly delighted to offer this stunning Mercedes-
Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet for sale. Presented in Dark
Green metallic with contrasting and highly desirable
Bamboo leather interior. This original European car
has been beautifully restored, the extremely rare
air conditioning is ice cold, it has the correct tool
roll, it has been fitted with a Becker Classic stereo
and navigation system which looks original and
the original 70s stereo is with the car. It has just
completed a summer long tour of Europe and is ready
for use. Please call for full details. 369990 sales@
vvsuk.co.uk (01580) 714597 www.vvsuk.co.uk Trade
MGB
14,000
www.classicandperformancecar.com/226959

1988 Jaguar XJ-S Convertible


27,950
www.classicandperformancecar.com/223704

1965 Pontiac Bonneville Tripower


29,000 miles, immaculate unmolested dry-state
South Dakota car. Always garaged. Perfect interior.
Four-door hardtop, 389 three-carb engine, 8-lug
aluminium wheels, LSD. Factory window sticker.
A few minor touched up paint chips, fresh Waxoyl
undercoat. New belts, tune-up, shocks, ready to
drive. Lafayette, Indiana, USA. $29,389. Email
1978 Lamborghini Espada S3 twalgamuth@comcast.net, tel: +1 (765) 490 0275.
Rosso Chiaro, Sabbia leather, auto. Last RHD car,
44,000 miles, stainless exhaust, last owner 30 years,
sublime condition, POA. Email sporticus911@
hotmail.com, tel: +44 (0)7463 081007.

Porsche wanted
01440 714 884
2015 Lotus Elise S Touring Classic Porsches Wanted
Metallic Yellow with black leather, black stripes, black Paul Stephens has been specialising in classic 911s
alloys, black hood. One owner and only 1400 miles for over two decades. If you have an air-cooled 911
from new with full Lotus service history. Excellent to sell, please give us a call for a professional honest
spec includes leather, cruise control, Bilstein valuation. We can either purchase with prompt and
dampers, forged alloys, sports seats. In virtually as secure payment or offer consignment sales. With
new condition and sold with the balance of Lotus a worldwide customer base we will secure the best
warranty until 10/18. 32,950. Tel: (0)1428 608255, sale price for your 911. Email@paul-stephens.com,
www.adrianblyth.com (T). tel: +44 (0)1440 714884, www.paul-stephens.com (T).

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1965 Porsche 356SC 1970 Renault R8 Gordini replica
$37,000 22,000
www.classicandperformancecar.com/227451 www.classicandperformancecar.com/221229

Fine selection of classic Porsches 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow


15,000
Including this 1972 911 2.4S finished in Sepia Brown
www.classicandperformancecar.com/225369
with an extensive history file. For more information
on this car or any other example in stock, please
visit www.paul-stephens.com, call +44 (0)1440
714884 or email@paul-stephens.com (T).

1964 Sunbeam Tiger


$97,499.99
www.classicandperformancecar.com/225629

1989 Porsche 928 S4 SE -


very original car, one of 42 SE
models in 1988

1954 Swallow Doretti -


extremely rare and beautifully
restored

1963 Porsche 356 B/C Carrera 2


49,000
www.classicandperformancecar.com/226502

1965 Triumph 2000 Mk1


Manual overdrive. 18,650 miles, original paint and
very good upholstery. Engine rebuilt and tuned.
In Cornwall, can deliver. 4000 ono. Email pat@
freeflow69.com, tel: +44 (0)7734 757595.
1977 Puma GTE
15,700
www.classicandperformancecar.com/226695

2003 Porsche 996 Turbo Tiptronic S


Lapis Blue metallic with Ocean Blue leather. Only
two previous owners from new, 75,000 miles with
substantial Porsche main dealer and independent
specialist service history. Tiptronic S auto, 18in
Turbo alloys, red calipers, climate control, electric
heated seats with drivers memory, sat-nav,
Bose sound system. Major service by Porsche
main dealer less than 1500 miles ago, first class
condition for year. 37,950. Tel: (0)1428 608255,
www.adrianblyth.com (T).

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Day in the life
INTERVIEW SIMON DE BURTON PORTRAIT RED BULL KTM

ROAD RIDING WITHIN THE


LEGAL LIMIT IS ALMOST MORE
OF A WORRY THAN DAYS SPENT
GOING FAST IN THE DESERT
with only 20 seconds to spare before I had to
leave again. That meant no time to stretch my
legs, have some food or take a pee most of the
time on the Dakar, however, we just do that in
our trousers because stopping for even a minute
or two just isnt an option.
Surprisingly, the 435 miles of road-riding
within the legal limit is almost more of a worry
than the days spent really going for it in the
desert. There is traffic all around you, so you
need to be certain to stay well clear of other
vehicles to reduce the chances of having an
accident. Also, instead of the official refuelling
areas set up in the remote places by the race
organisers, we rely on regular filling stations
when riding on the road.
With so many people following the Dakar,
these tend to be really chaotic. The idea is to get
in and out as quickly as possible, but youre
always worried that other vehicles might be in

SAM SUNDERLAND
the way or, for example, that youll lose an
essential piece of kit to a souvenir hunter while
the bikes parked up.
Anyway, everything went well and, after an
The British winner of the bike category in this years Dakar easy seven-hour ride, I arrived in Buenos Aires
Rally recalls his final days ride in the gruelling marathon at about 5pm. My teammate Matthias Walkner
came second, so the podium ceremony was
really special. Then it was a matter of dashing
THE STARTING ORDER was reversed on the finally theres a CamelBak [liquid pack] filled back to the hotel for ten minutes to shower and
final day so, being in the lead, I was scheduled with electrolytes to help prevent dehydration change before going straight out again for a
to be the last bike away which meant I got to and muscle cramps. celebration organised by Red Bull KTM.
lie in until about 4.30am. Its obviously essential The last thing to do before setting off is to roll There are around 30 people in the team, and
to get as much sleep as possible during the rally, the road book into the carrier mounted on the every single person contributed hugely to the
so competitors tend to take a sleeping tablet to handlebars. The KTM team mechanics do an win, so it was brilliant to be able to share the
ensure a full six hours. It means youre usually a amazing job of repairing and preparing the elation with them all. Finally to come first in
bit woozy when you wake up, but theres so bikes for us overnight, and theyre as good as the Dakar is a massive achievement for me,
much going through your head at the end of new at the start of the day. especially after so many broken bones and lots
each day that, without that tablet, you can lie It felt a bit strange setting off, because in of disappointment in the past. I celebrated with
there for an hour before drifting off so, over essence I had won already but I still had to a massive Argentinian steak.
the course of the event, you could lose two cross the finish line to do so officially. With a I stayed in a nice hotel, which was luxurious
entire nights sleep. 37-mile special stage ahead of me and more after two weeks in the team motorhome but I
After forcing down a plateful of cold pasta than 435 miles of road to ride to the end of the couldnt really enjoy it because I had to catch a
for breakfast and following it up with a can of rally in Buenos Aires, I really had to focus on flight home to Dubai seven hours later, and the
Red Bull to wake me up, I went through the not making mistakes or having any accidents. morning was spent answering media enquiries
usual ritual of preparing my kit. Dressing is a The special stage was a simple loop and the and giving interviews.
job in itself, as we wear base layers of clothing organisers based the timing on an average speed But its great that the press is so interested in
and lots of additional gear such as knee braces of around 60mph. But it took place on a the Dakar I think the fact that it requires such
and a back protector. The jacket is important mountain with dozens of switchbacks, which physical and mental effort, determination and
and has to be properly prepared, because thats meant a more realistic average was 45-50mph. guts to take part sends out a cool message.
where you carry essentials for the day, and As a result, I arrived at the end of the stage I really hope people find it inspiring.

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1963 LANCIA FLAMINIA 3C CONVERTIBLE 1960 AUSTIN HEALEY MK1 FROGEYE SPRITE
A great Flaminia with a near-perfect balance of original and renovated condition. A UK supplied RHD example to original specification in very good order. Fully
Maintained and restored over the years by respected Lancia specialists. refurbished some years ago and well maintained since. Good history.

1973 PORSCHE 911 2.4S 2016 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90 HERITAGE EDITION
UK RHD. Recaros, electric windows/roof. A great matching numbers example One of 400 Heritage editions produced. Unused by its sole owner with just 18 miles
fully restored by the right people and perfectly maintained. Extensive history. recorded. It comes with all books, keys, model and the commemorative book.

1984 DE TOMASO PANTERA GT5 1965 PONTIAC GTO


One of only six RHD GT5s supplied to the UK market. Fully documented Superb and desirable First Series. Great original colours and spec with ST300
restoration to an amazing standard by acknowledged De Tomaso specialist. auto, PAS and tacho. In superb order and fully sorted by the UK Pontiac specialist.

2015 PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 2000 CATERHAM SUPERLIGHT R500


UK RHD. 1,300 dry miles. Great spec: ceramic brakes, Sport Chrono, PCM with Rare and original numbered example to full carbon specification including
nav and tel, 918 bucket seats, Sound Package Plus and extended leather. factory windscreen/weather equipment. Only 17k miles and in superb order.

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CONTENTS

12 INSIDE
NEWS
7 The latest on 2017 events

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


9 Details of some of this years
best events, tours and rallies

ANSEL ADAMS COUNTRY


12 To Yosemite on the trail of the
great landscape photographer

MONGOL RALLY
22 Halfway around the world in
a Micra, with no support

CALIFORNIA SURFARI
28 Exploring the Golden State
in a classic VW camper

GERARD BROWN
40 The man behind the lens on

28 18 the Peking to Paris Challenge

PLUS
Under-the-radar events
to seek out in 2017

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EVENT NEWS

IN BRIEF

CHATEAU IMPNEY LOOKS BACK


The 2017 Chateau Impney Hill Climb will
mark 50 years since the 1967 Speed Trial,
the last motor sport meeting held at the
venue until 2015, when cars returned to
JULIAN HUNT

the Worcestershire course in some style.


The revival is set to continue on 8-9 July,
and organisers have revealed that the field
will include a host of historic Maserati racers
in honour of Juan Manuel Fangios 1967

Hot rods head to Santa Pod Formula 1 World Championship triumph


with the marque.
chateauimpneyhillclimb.com
MEMBERS OF THE Vintage Hot Rod with classes to include flatheads and
Association will descend on Santa Pod dragsters. A show-and-shine is planned,
Raceway on 28-30 April for a brand too, for pre-1964 vehicles.
new event: the VHRA National Finals. Only VHRA members will have the
The famous Northamptonshire strip, the opportunity to tear (or trundle) down the
home of British drag racing since 1966, will venues iconic quarter-mile, but happily the
welcome hot rods and customs from across event is open to all. Racing tickets cost 45
the UK for a weekend of friendly competition per person when booked in advance, while
and live music. weekend spectator passes are available from
There will be plenty of run what you only 25 including camping and under-16s
brung action, but the club has confirmed that go free with a paying adult.
it is also organising a series of race ladders, vhra.co.uk SILVERSTONE READY TO ROCK
The Silverstone Classic, held this year on
28-30 July, has become nearly as well known
for live music as for historic racing. The 2017
line-up will look familiar to those who can
recall 1967s Summer of Love: the Bootleg
Beatles will appear alongside tribute acts
playing the hits of Jimi Hendrix and The Who.
fantasticroads.com

Winter Trial won by father-and-daughter crew


RACING DRIVER Shirley van der Lof and Alpina, like all the other entries, was tested
BUGATTIS GATHER IN SARDINIA
her father Alexander took top honours in the by temperatures that dropped to -15C. The
The Bugatti Club Italia has organised an
2017 Winter Trial, which finished on 27 January cold did at least keep the snow crisp, but there international meeting for owners, to take
in the Austrian town of St Wolfgang. were numerous pirouettes nonetheless place in Sardinia beginning on 5 June. During
The son and granddaughter of the Dutch In the Club class, the 2CV of Joost Bolwidt the week-long event, a convoy of Bugattis
racer Dries van der Lof were flagged away and Niko Bloemendal, entered only days will cover between 80km and 265km per day,
from Chteau St Gerlach in the Netherlands before the event after the pair won a in leisurely fashion and leaving plenty of time
five days earlier, and diced with a strong field competition to join the Trial, performed for drivers to enjoy the excellent food and
on a route that crossed Germany and the heroically to finish in fifth place. hospitality as well as the roads.
Czech Republic. Their 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL thewintertrial.nl bugatticlubitalia.it

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E

PRE
R A L LY

FILLE THE MODERN AUTOMOBILE EPIC


VERSAILLES-GENEVA . 1-4 JUNE 2017

UGHTERS
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ONLY FATH . 12-14 MAY 2017
PROVENCE

PRE
R A L LY E

FILS

ONLY FATHERS, SONS & FERRARIS


ONLY FATHERS & SONS
TUSCANY . 6-9 JULY 2017
LUBERON . 8-10 SEPTEMBER 2017

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D AT E S F O R YO U R D I A R Y

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EVENT DATES
Ever bigger, ever better and ever more
numerous: classic events continue
to go from strength to strength

MATHIEU BONNEVIE
AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS DELEGANCE CALIFORNIA MILLE SUPERDEPORTIVOS CANTABRIA
10-12 March. Amelia Island, USA 23-27 April. San Francisco to Calistoga, USA 17-23 May. Santander, Spain
ameliaconcours.org californiamille.com driveespana.com

BRITISH CARS & LIFESTYLE TOUR AUTO OPTIC 2000 MILLE MIGLIA
18-19 March. Rosmalen, the Netherlands 24-30 April. Paris to Biarritz, France 18-21 May. Starts and finishes in Brescia, Italy
britishbest.nl peterauto.peter.fr 1000miglia.eu

GOODWOOD MEMBERS MEETING CLASSIC DAYS MAGNY-COURS SPA CLASSIC


18-19 March. Goodwood, UK 27 April 2 May. Magny-Cours, France 19-21 May. Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
goodwood.com classicgt.co.uk peterauto.peter.fr

GREAT OCEAN ROAD TOUR DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL CONCORSO DELEGANZA VILLA DESTE
27 March 1 April (other dates available) 28-30 April. Castle Donington, UK 26-28 May. Cernobbio, Italy
Starts and finishes in Melbourne, Australia doningtonhistoric.com concorsodeleganzavilladeste.com
classiccartour.com.au
ST MAWES CLASSIC CAR FESTIVAL BALTIC CLASSIC RALLY
THE FLYING SCOTSMAN 1-5 May. St Mawes, UK 28 May 10 June. Copenhagen, Denmark
31 March 2 April. Hexham to Auchterarder, UK nearwaterevents.co.uk to Berlin, Germany
endurorally.com endurorally.com
LA COPPA DELLA PERUGINA
COPPERSTATE 1000 5-7 May. Perugia, Italy LONDON TO BRIGHTON CLASSIC CAR RUN
1-5 April. Scottsdale, USA coppadellaperugina.com 4 June. London to Brighton, UK
mensartscouncil.com classicmotorevents.co.uk
VINTAGE REVIVAL MONTLHRY
TECHNO CLASSICA ESSEN 6-7 May. Montlhry, France MODENA CENTO ORE CLASSIC
5-9 April. Essen, Germany vintage-revival.fr 6-10 June. Rimini to Modena, Italy
siha.de modenacentooreclassic.it
IRELANDS CAUSEWAY COAST
GRAN PREMIO TERRE DI CANOSSA 7-11 May (other dates available) TRANS-ALPINE ADVENTURE
20-23 April. Parma to Reggio Emilia, Italy Carrickfergus to Belfast, UK, via Giants Causeway 8-22 June. Starts and finishes in Laon, France
granpremioterredicanossa.it sceniccartours.com classictravelling.com

VALLETTA CONCOURS DELEGANCE ROUTE 66 SCOTTISH BORDERS TOUR


23 April. Valletta, Malta 12-21 May. Albuquerque to Santa Monica, USA 11-18 June. Rossington to Matfen, UK
vallettaconcoursdelegance.com fantasticroads.com merlinevents.com

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D AT E S F O R YO U R D I A R Y

Goodwood Members Meeting


18-19 March

RALLYE PRE-FILS
8-10 September. Aix-en-Provence, France
happyfewracing.com

CHANTILLY ARTS & ELEGANCE


RICHARD MILLE
9-10 September. Chantilly, France
chantillyartsetelegance.com

COLORADO GRAND
11-16 September. Starts and finishes in Vail, USA
GOODWOOD

co1000.com

ANGOULME CIRCUIT DES REMPARTS TOUR


13-18 September. Portsmouth, UK, to
PARIS-PRAGUE RALLY ENNSTAL-CLASSIC Angoulme, France
11-17 June. Paris, France, to Prague, 19-22 July. Grbming, Austria ccti.co.uk
Czech Republic ennstal-classic.at
rallyround.co.uk BLUE TRAIN CHALLENGE
CLASSIC NOSTALGIA 18-22 September. Deauville to Cannes, France
VERNASCA SILVER FLAG 22-23 July. Shelsley Walsh, UK endurorally.com
16-18 June. Vernasca, Italy shelsley-walsh.co.uk
vernascasilverflag.it CHILE TO ARGENTINA ROAD CLASSIC
THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC 28 September 13 October. Antofagasta to
BROOKLANDS DOUBLE TWELVE 28-30 July. Silverstone, UK Valparaiso, Chile, via Argentina
17-18 June. Weybridge, UK silverstoneclassic.com destination-rally.com
brooklandsmuseum.com
CLASSIC DAYS SCHLOSS DYCK MALTA CLASSIC
PASSIONE CARACCIOLA 4-6 August. Jchen, Germany 5-8 October. Mdina, Malta
21-25 June. Milan, Italy to Lugano, Switzerland classic-days.de maltaclassic.com
passione-caracciola.com
VINTAGE PRESCOTT CLASSIC SAFARI CHALLENGE
CIRCUITO DI AVEZZANO 5-6 August. Gotherington, UK 9 October 5 November. Starts and finishes in
23-25 June. Avezzano, Italy vscc.co.uk Cape Town, South Africa
circuitodiavezzano.it endurorally.com
COPENHAGEN HISTORIC
FLYWHEEL FESTIVAL GRAND PRIX BEACH TO BRIDGE LIBERATION RALLY
24-25 June. Bicester, UK 5-6 August. Copenhagen, Denmark 17-21 October. Angoulme, France, to
flywheelfestival.com chgp.dk Urspelt, Luxembourg
thetrial.nl
THE GREAT RACE MONTEREY CAR WEEK
24 June 2 July. Jacksonville to 15-20 August. Monterey, California LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN
Traverse City, USA monterey.com 5 November. London to Brighton, UK
greatrace.com veterancarrun.com
ROLEX MONTEREY
CARDIGAN TO CORK TOUR MOTORSPORTS REUNION RAC RALLY OF THE TESTS
26 June 2 July. Cardigan, UK to Cork, Ireland 17-20 August. Monterey, California 9-12 November. Chester to Harrogate, UK
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GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED LIME ROCK HISTORIC FESTIVAL LE JOG


29 June 2 July. Goodwood, UK 31 August 4 September. Lakeville, USA 8-12 December. Lands End to John oGroats, UK
goodwood.com limerockhistorics.com heroevents.eu

CHATEAU IMPNEY HILLCLIMB THE CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE RALLYE MONTE CARLO HISTORIQUE
8-9 July. Droitwich Spa, UK 1-3 September. Windsor, UK January 2018. Monaco
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RAC 1000 MILE TRIAL GOODWOOD REVIVAL RTROMOBILE


10-15 July. Windsor to Epsom, UK 8-10 September. Goodwood, UK February 2018. Paris, France
heroevents.eu goodwood.com retromobile.com

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IN THE TRACKS OF ANSEL ADAMS

PALMS TO PINES

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Martyn Goddard heads for the spectacular national parks of California,
on the trail of the greatest landscape photographer of all: Ansel Adams

ON A PREVIOUS VISIT to California, I came would be complete without an expert guided


across a faded postcard of famed landscape tour. Kurt Cyr of Mod Squad brought the
photographer Ansel Adams taking a picture town to life as he escorted us on a 90-minute
from the custom roof platform on his Pontiac cruise around neighbourhoods awash with
woody. Im not placing myself in the masters celebrity residents and iconic temples to
league, but for this assignment I was heading modernism. I also spotted several interesting
towards the same locations where Adams classics parked in driveways, such as a Facel
made so many great photographs during the Vega and a Citron SM.
20th Century. The following day we opted for an early
In 1946 Adams had been commissioned to start to beat the heat in the Joshua Tree National
produce a photomural for the US Department Park but not at the expense of breakfast. We
of the Interior, for which he set off on a road allowed ourselves a stack of pancakes, using
trip around the national parks of the south- the excuse that we would be in the desert all
western USA. His new station wagon was day. Having collected the classic Buick from
loaded with photo equipment and provisions Bob, we headed straight for a local shop to
for camping in the wilderness. stock up on bottles of water and energy bars.
Our journey to mark the 70th anniversary of We turned south off Highway 62 and as we
his required a vehicle capable of covering up approached the Joshua Tree Parks entrance
to 1000 tough miles, including gravel desert we got our first sight of the prehistoric
roads and rocky mountain tracks. The obvious trees that are such a distinctive feature of the
candidate was a large 4x4 that could swallow otherwise rocky area, which Adams described
all my camera gear and luggage, and consume as a wonderland back in 1947.
long distances on all surfaces in comfort. Park Boulevard wound past giant jumbled
It manifested itself in the form of a rental boulders named after their fantastic forms
Ford Expedition, a vast and very capable SUV. Jumbo Rocks and Skull Rock and on to
Adams often slept under the stars on the Hidden Valley, a climbing hotspot with
roof rack of the woody, but there are some colourfully named ascents such as the Sexy
elements of his travels that I dont need to Grandma. Look carefully and most of the
emulate However, I did want to drive part smooth faces have groups of helmeted
of the route in a classic woody to see what daredevils inching their way to the summit.
Adams must have endured in the days before We hiked the Boy Scout trail that touches the
air-conditioning, cruise control and four-wheel Mojave Desert and then took the 13-mile drive
drive. With help from an American friend, up the sinuous Keys View road, to be rewarded
journalist Michael Jordan, I sourced a 1947 by a howling gale at the 5185ft (1851m) summit
Buick Super woody station wagon, similar to but also by a wonderful view to the Chiriaco
Adams Pontiac. It belongs to Bob Bresford of Mountains and Salton Sea.
Palm Springs, California, only a short drive Over the course of the trip we grew used
from the Joshua Tree National Park. to driving on empty roads. When we headed
Setting off from Los Angeles in our monster north on the Amboy Road from Twentynine
SUV, we cruised along Interstate 10 once part Palms, across the Mojave Desert, we passed
of the historic Route 66, which celebrated its through through the aptly named community
90th anniversary in 2016. By the time we of Grimm, where half the cabins and shacks
reached the town of Banning, dominated and lay abandoned.
illuminated by its huge casino, we had only We continued over the Sheep Pass and on to
just escaped 100 miles of suburban sprawl and Amboy, which sits on the original Route 66.
the sun was setting. But we had to press on, The once thriving mining community has
eventually pulling into the Riviera Hotel in the gone, but we stopped at the restored 1950s
desert town of Palm Springs a little the worse Roys Motel and gas station to fill the Fords
for wear, our drive having been preceded tank. The lonely highways of this part of the Clockwise from bottom left
immediately by a 10-hour flight from London. world require the driver to keep a careful eye An Ansel Adams-style landscape, by Martyn Goddard;
a 1947 Buick Super woody wagon not unlike the car
Before setting off on our road trip we on his fuel gauge. The long stretches brought Adams drove; the postcard that inspired Martyns
decided that no visit to Palm Springs, the back memories of my first experience on Route pilgrimage; interior of the Buick; Palm Springs boasts
home of desert modernism architecture, 66, in a Datsun 210 rental car in 1977. wonderful architecture and some cool cars.

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Clockwise from bottom left


Celebrating 100 years of BMW in a 1602
in Mariposa; Route 66 still possesses
a little of its old magic and remains
a joy to drive; Martyns shots from the
trip emulate Adams famously dramatic
use of light and texture.

The freeway was still being constructed


back then, so Route 66 was in its neon-lit
prime, the road lined with the glamorous gas
stations and motels that local chambers of
commerce are now promoting along what is
left of the original road.
Past Barstow we joined Highway 58 west.
I set the cruise control and settled in for the
long haul, enjoying the view of Mojave with its
airliner boneyard of DC10s and 747s. This road
trip showcased wildly differing ecosystems
and environments within just a days drive.
From Bakersfield we continued on Route 99
along the rift valley floor with its giant fields of
vegetables and cash crops. It was a relief to
return to the two-lane Highway 140 towards
the Sierra Nevada, the mountains rising to
the east.
Its a long drive in even a modern car, so
you can imagine how tiring it must have been
for Ansel Adams in his Pontiac. However, he
did have the luxury (if thats the right word) of
being able to pull over, park up and sleep on
the roof platform. It was almost dark on our
arrival at the Mariposa Lodge Hotel after 400
hard miles.
In Mariposa we decided to celebrate another
100th anniversary, that of BMW, and persuaded
a friend of Octane, Dick McClure, to meet us in
his very early blue-and-white 1967 BMW 1602;
it would make an interesting contrast to the
woody we used in Palm Springs. Dick and I
spent the morning driving around the Gold
Rush frontier town that once was the county
seat of a vast tract of land stretching south to
San Diego.
The 1602 lacks real sporty performance and
Dick commented that it was the American
importer that pressed BMW for more power,
resulting in the conception of the legendary
2002. But we were there for the epic scenery,
not a scorching driving experience, and the
1602s slender A- and B-pillars afforded
panoramic views of the river gorge on the
approach to Yosemite National Park. In 2016
the National Parks were marking their 100th
birthday, too, so our timing was spot-on.
Yosemite is considered by many people to
be the most precious of the National Parks,
and Adams images of its majestic landscapes
are world-renowned. There is a photo gallery
that sells his prints in Yosemite Village and
when we visited, one photograph, Muir Pass,
the Black Giant, was marked at $84,900.

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We enjoyed spectacular temples, exotic gardens and
fabulous coastal roads, and muddled our way into, through
and out of some of Japans truly vast cities

Its a long drive in even a modern automobile, so you can imagine how
tiring it must have been for Adams with no air-conditioning or freeways

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But there was also an abundance of more hiking in the morning, we clambered into our
wallet-friendly books and postcards showing SUV to make the 16-mile drive to Glacier
his talents. Point, which at sunset didnt disappoint,
The 40-mile drive to the Arch Rock entrance giving us an epic panoramic view of the great
is along the El Portal road running next to the scraped rock domes. You could imagine Ansel
Merced River. The road was built in 1926 to Adams Pontiac parked up, a giant field plate
provide all-seasons access to Yosemite, which camera on a tripod waiting for that moment
was first granted a measure of protection back when landscape and light harmonised before
in 1864 when President Abraham Lincoln he clicked the shutter. During our visit large
signed the Yosemite Grant in response to a numbers of visitors were shooting selfies;
campaign led by the likes of Senator John what would Adams have made of the circus?
Conness. Today the park is a World Heritage Our Ford Expedition racked up 1000 miles
Site that hosted a staggering 4.2-million during our trek to the wilderness and back
visitors in 2015 most of whom congregated to LA. We travelled in comfort over desert
on the three square miles of the valley floor. terrain, mountain switchbacks and freeways.
We started our visit by taking the Mist Trail It was huge yet remarkably appropriate for a
to photograph the Illilouette Falls, but if that lengthy American road trip. Id like to think
doesnt take your fancy then there are 800 that if Adams were around today, hed head
miles of trails to choose from that penetrate the for the hills in something similar. End
vast wilderness. By the time we returned to
the valley floor many of the day visitors had For more information on Martyns stops, see
departed, unaware of the delights of the sunset US National Parks: nps.gov
hours as light catches various mountain Riviera Hotel Palm Springs: starwoodhotels.com
formations. This is when true landscape Palm Springs Mod Squad architecture tour:
Top and above photographers hike off with cameras and psmodsquad.com
The sort of awe-inspiring view that Adams tripods in search of the definitive shot. Yosemite Mariposa County Tourist Bureau:
found so inspirational; the low-powered
BMW 1602 was just fine for sightseeing;
The second days objective was to take the yosemiteexperience.com
The Ansel Adams Gallery is packed with trail to the Mariposa grove of sequoia trees, Mariposa Lodge Hotel: mariposalodge.com
the great photographers work. but it was closed for improvements. So, after Tenaya Lodge: tenayalodge.com

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SMELL THE ROSES


LA LEGGENDA DI BASSANO, ITALY 22-25 June

LA LEGGENDA DI BASSANO
THE MILLE MIGLIA is a bucket-list event, cars. The organisers allow road cars that look the Bassano del Grappa (about 60km north of Padua)
but theres no doubt that it retains a certain part, too, but the dress code is strictly enforced. at 1:30pm on the Friday for a 5:30pm arrival at the
romance in part because crews are never quite The list of entries typically includes everything from days overnight halt. (No sense staying in a nice
allowed to forget the challenges faced by those Blower Bentleys and Alfa 8Cs to Jaguar C- and hotel if you dont arrive in time to appreciate it.)
who took part between 1927 and 1957. By the D-types and Ferraris of the 1950s. On Saturday and Sunday, crews are agged away
standards of the original and deadly 1000-mile Like the Mille Miglia, La Leggenda di Bassano at 8:30am and the driving broken is up into
race, todays regularity is a cakewalk, but the is, nominally, at least, a competitive event. manageable two-hour stints.
press-on programme doesnt suit everybody. A regularity, if you can be bothered, as one long- The whole thing, somewhat unbelievably in
Those in search of a rst-class but more laid- time fan puts it, amusingly and with the 600km this day and age, is organised as a not-for-prot
back Italian rally experience have found it in route through the Dolomites taking in some of enterprise by volunteers, and their passion for
increasing numbers in recent years in the form the most spectacular mountain scenery youll historic cars and pride in the region they call
of La Leggenda di Bassano, known until 2016 as ever see, wed not fault anybody for tossing aside home shine through. Moreover, their generosity
Le Mitiche Sport a Bassano. the stopwatch and simply drinking in the views. of spirit is reected in the attitude of the crews,
Held over three days (22-25 June this year), it Theres plenty of time to enjoy both the so newcomers to the event can expect to be
boasts a eld the equal of any in the world: a surroundings and the ne hospitality, thanks to a welcomed warmly.
maximum of 100 open-top pre-1960 competition most civilised schedule. The rst car departs from laleggendadibassano.com

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O C TA NE RE C O M M E ND S

UP IN
THE AIR
SHUTTLEWORTH RACE DAY, UK 1 October

RURAL BEDFORDSHIRE is probably not at the


top of many must-visit lists, but the pretty village of
Old Warden is home to an event as spectacular as
any mentioned in these pages.
The hangars at Old Warden Aerodrome house
the Shuttleworth Collection, a world-renowned
stash of historic aircra that includes more than a
few noteworthy vintage and veteran cars, too. All of
the planes are maintained in working order, and on
various dates between May and October they take
to the skies, joined by many visiting aircra .
The very last of those dates, 1 October, should
be circled in your diary. The season nale is known
as Shuttleworth Race Day and features mock air
races between all manner of ying machines and,

PAUL SMITH
as of last year, a gathering of pre-war sports cars
called the Shuttleworth Sprint.
The eld for the 2016 Sprint was impressively
varied and included everything from the ex-
Malcolm Campbell 1912 Lorraine-Dietrich Vieux
Charles III to little Austin Seven specials. Fittingly,
there was a strong contingent of aero-engined
monsters, our favourite the Oliver Way-built 1907
Mors-Curtiss. The cars charged up and down the
runway with many drivers letting it all hang out,
the Sprint presenting a rare opportunity to go fast
without needing to worry about trac or having
enough space to slow down again.
The action high above the runway was something
to behold, too; there are few places youll see
Mustangs and Pitts Specials sharing the air with
contraptions as ancient and rare as the Collections
1910 Avro Triplane or its 1912 Blackburn
IMAGES BY NICK BLACOW

Monoplane. Weather permitting, those aircra


will y again this year, and as usual the hangars will
be open so that visitors can explore the entire
Shuttleworth Collection.
shuttleworth.org

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M O N G O L R A L LY

NO SMALL FEAT
The Mongol Rally sees tiny cars take on the biggest motoring challenge of all
Words Brett Fraser and Jane Box Photography Drew Gurian

EVENT ORGANISERS ARE are given to hyperbole, but when the in Siberia is likely to involve at least a month on the road, crossing some
folks behind the Mongol Rally describe it as the greatest motoring seriously inhospitable terrain.
adventure in the world, theyre not exaggerating. No backup. No Rather anarchic it might all sound, but the Mongol Rally has altruism
support. No set route. And as if an overland journey from the UK to at its heart. Its a charity fundraiser and crews are expected to generate
Mongolia needed to be made any more difficult, The Adventurists insist at least 1000 in sponsorship, 500 of which goes to The Adventurists
that crews take part in a car with an engine of 1.0-litre or less. favoured charity, Cool Earth, the rest to other good causes chosen by the
The punk approach to long-distance rallying extends to advice about entrants themselves.
pre-planning your route: Find out whats there when you arrive. An The Stroke Association, Assistance Dogs Australia and Rainbows (a
interesting suggestion when the trip to Ulaanbaatar and on to Ulan Ude childrens hospice) were the beneficiaries of the efforts of Jane Box and

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Clockwise from top left
Jane Box (left) and Rosi Moore-Fiander left Goodwood
in their Nissan Micra to begin an 11,000-mile journey to
Mongolia one fraught with challenges but packed with
moments of sublime beauty; the temperamental red
Micra of Drew and Scott Gurian travelled in convoy with
Jane and Rosi. For more on Jane and Rosis charity
fundraising efforts, see sugarspice2016.weebly.com.

Rosi Moore-Fiander, lifelong friends who took part in last years Mongol
Rally: 11,000 miles, 19 countries, eight time zones, five mountain ranges
and seven weeks in a 14-year old Nissan Micra that cost 400.
The rally is intended to challenge crews If nothing goes wrong,
everything has gone wrong, say the organisers and Jane and Rosi,
who had never done anything like this before, spent the majority of their
epic journey far outside their comfort zone, encountering a coup in
Turkey, being forced to cross into Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan illegally,
and picking up a stomach bug that only antibiotics could cure.

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Clockwise from top left


By the standards of the route, this qualifies
as a good road; mod-cons have made it to
the Mongol Steppe; locals were unfailingly
friendly and helpful; by the finish the little
Micra had been through high water and fire.

With each setback they pulled themselves up by their bootstraps


and often pulled their fellow rallyists out of trouble, too. Drew Gurian,
the man responsible for these photographs, drove the event with his
brother, Scott, in a Micra that proved much less reliable than Jane and
Rosis car. The two little Nissans were frequently connected by a rope.
We endured 12 to 15-hour driving days, says Jane, some spent
entirely in first and second gear because of road conditions: huge
potholes, washboard tracks, marshland, even a dry river bed.
Crossing borders was often a nerve-racking experience with the
driver and navigator being separated, the driver remaining with the car
while customs examined the contents. Local police could be intimidating,
too, when pay-offs were expected.
Conversely, the people we came across from Iran onwards were the
friendliest weve ever met. There were constant offers of food and
accommodation; in Kazakhstan somebody wanted to take us out on a
speedboat while we were waiting for one of the cars to be fixed.
So would she recommend it? Absolutely. It was a proper adventure,
and a wonderful way of visiting some incredible places. Yes, it was
exhausting and occasionally scary, but it was never less than exhilarating,
either. And any hardship was worth it: Rosi and I have raised over
20,000 for our charities.
This years Mongol Rally begins on 15 July, and we suspect that
youve either already signed up or wouldnt dream of doing so.
Its certainly not for everyone. Its gruelling and often chaotic. But
theres also a strong sense of camaraderie, as many entrants choose to
travel in small convoys to share the good bits and the difficult ones.
Oh, and in case youre wondering, Jane and Rosis 400 Micra was
driven all the way home again and is still going strong.
theadventurists.com

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20 - 23 April 2017
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THE JEWELS OF INDONESIA, A 15 DAY TRIP THROUGH INDONESIA

W
hether its a total fix for the mind, body and spirit, or simply the desire
for a bit of serenity, visitors to Bali spend many happy hours (sometimes
days) beng massaged, scrubbed, perfumed, pampered, bathed and blissed out.
Sometimes all this attention to your wellbeing happens on the beach or in a
garden; other times its in stylish, even lavish surroundings. Is this a rally or a
tour? Well it is a bit of rallying and a lot of a tour.
On an island that honours art and Tick. Stars twinkling overhead. Tick. inviting rally roads and the right
serenity, is it any wonder youll nd A comfy teak chair settling into touristic spots, in order to combine
some of the worlds nest hotels the beach while your toes play in all the great things of life.
and resorts? From blissful retreats the sand. Tick. An ice-cold beer.
on south Balis beautiful beach in Tick. A strolling band playing the And the best of all, you can be there
Canggu or Seminyak to perches on macarena. OK, maybe not a tick. too.
cliff s above the dazzling white sands But the beachside seafood grills in
that dot the Bukit Peninsula, these Jimbaran are a dont-miss evening
stylish hotels are our overnight halts out, with platters of seafood that
whilst we travel in style. came in fresh that morning to the
market just up the beach.
Enormous fresh prawns marinated
in lime and garlic and grilled over The organisers Visit our website to nd out about our
coconut husks. Tick. A hint of We are well known for nding the events: www.thetrial.nl
post-sunset pink on the horizon. best hotels great, adventurous roads, or call the Rally Office: +31(0)578 561 115
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THE GOOD LIFE
Theres only one way to explore Southern California as far as
Bill Staggs is concerned: in a classic VW camper van
Words Nick Kurczewski Photography Tara and Eric Hilliard

SUN, SEA, SAND and a classic air-cooled really vivid dream, of stopping at beaches practical reasons for avoiding the Hertz/Avis/
Volkswagen van. Sometimes the recipe for and surfing at all the places I knew in Oahu. Enterprise/Alamo gang at the airport.
success can be so simple. The crux of the dream was that the trip must The locals know who the tourists are in
Since 2005, Vintage Surfari Wagons has be done from behind the wheel of a VW van. Hawaii, he explains. They can spot the Jeep
been dropping tourists in at the deep end of By this point he well understood the charms Wranglers and Ford Mustang convertibles a
SoCal surf culture, sending happy campers of classic VWs. Hed bought his first in 1972, mile away. We looked like we were driving a
off to enjoy the Golden State in one of at a petrol station in Mammoth, California, local car because, well, thats exactly what it
its rentable VWs and the man behind the where it had sat abandoned for months was. Travelling in the VW helped us to get
business remains every bit as enthusiastic as after its owner skipped town. Bill paid $300 past the Im a local and youre a tourist
he was a decade ago. for it and says he has owned VWs almost thing. The van did the introductions for us.
This is the best job Ive ever had, smiles Bill continually since then. We thought that this is the way everybody
Staggs, who founded Surfari Wagons with the Sourcing a set of wheels for his vacation should travel
help of his wife, Diane. I love the vibe, I love was no simple matter, however. The expense Predictably, Bills transition from VW fan
the vehicles and I love keeping them alive. of shipping one of his own VWs to Hawaii was and owner to business operator was not
At the companys HQ in Costa Mesa, prohibitive and the process would have been entirely smooth. When he and Diane returned
Bill recalls his previous careers: in his 60- time-consuming. With the help of friends, home and told friends of their plans, the news
odd years hes been a handyman and a car Bill and Diane eventually tracked down a was met with either total enthusiasm, or a
salesman, and owned a pottery studio and a suitable van on Maui, and the dream holiday look of horror.
surf shop. The idea for Surfari Wagons finally could begin. The situation only got worse once their first
came to him in 2003. Bills refusal simply to hire a modern van, an eBay purchase, arrived in a much
Diane and I were dating and decided to alternative to the VW might sound like a sorrier state than expected. Diane started
take a trip to Hawaii, Bill explains. I had a triumph of heart over head, but there were crying over the condition of the van. It needed

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The freedom is wonderful: you can get in it, go somewhere, and live in it.
It has everything you need though maybe not everything you want!

paint, it needed bodywork, it needed an engine and best quality. Near the end of the the companys popular organised tours. The
interior. But it had good bones. Bills relentless model run, they really got it right, reckons next of these takes place on 23-27 March and
optimism and energy, and of course his many Bill. With their fuel-injected 2.0-litre engines, will see a convoy of campers head as far east as
years of experience with old VWs, were these vans do a decent job of keeping up with Slab City before driving around the Salton Sea
invaluable in those early days. modern traffic. and home to Costa Mesa via the scenic Palms
That less-than-perfect first van, nicknamed For longer trips, especially those that involve to Pines Highway a round trip of some 500
Eddie, was fixed up and is still going strong, driving east into desert locations, Bill usually miles. Just about everything apart from fuel is
but the company now boasts a fleet of recommends a Vanagon. Again, its the later covered by the price of $1200 per person
nearly two-dozen vehicles, split pretty evenly models, built between 1986 and 1991, that he (based on double occupancy), including your
between first-generation Type 2s and T3s. rates most highly. very own bus whisperer, Vintage Bill. No
(The T3, known in the USA as the Vanagon, Surfari Wagons is still able to track down need to worry about the implications of a
replaced the Type 2 in 1979.) For those seeking usable vans along the West Coast for a couple failure to proceed, then.
a little more comfort and prepared to sacrifice of thousand dollars each, though they have Most things are included inside each of
a great deal of charm, a couple of 1990s become much harder to find. The camper van Surfari Wagons vehicles, too. Features include
Eurovans are also available. conversions are either the work of German a sink, a refrigerator, a propane stove, and
These, needless to say, are not concours specialist Westfalia, which received vans direct electrical outlets to keep your electronic
queens. Certain variants of the Type 2, such as from the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg and gadgets fully charged. Helpfully for neophytes,
the 23 Window, now routinely change hands was one of the best-known names in the the company provides some directions for
for six-figure sums, but Surfari Wagons is far business, or the lesser-known Riviera, based in use at the point that the keys are handed over,
more interested in sturdy workhorses ones Beaverton, Oregon. so theres no fear of arriving at a campsite for
that have plenty of gallop left in them. The vans can be rented out for just a few the night in darkness with no idea of how
In regards to the first-generation models, days, or for more than a month, and customers to pop the top or fold down the bed or get
The 1977 to 79 bay windows had the biggest can roam as they please or sign up for one of dinner cooking.

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Clockwise from far left
Eric Hilliard and wife Tara,
California natives who are five
months into a round-the-world
surf trip, hired a 1979 Bay Window
nicknamed Eddie for a portion
of their own Endless Summer;
their route along the Pacific Coast
Highway took them from Costa
Mesa 400 miles north-west to
Big Sur; Eddie was the very first
van in the Surfari Wagons fleet,
an eBay project that needed a
complete restoration; Surfari
Wagons was conceived on a trip
to Hawaii, and owner Bill Staggs
fondness for the islands of the
Pacific is evident on the dashboard
of Eddie and several of the
companys other vans. For more
images of Eric and Taras trip, see
lushpalm.com.

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Essentials such as dishes, towels and a cafetire are also included


and yes, a cafetire does indeed qualify as essential camping gear

Camping essentials such as dishes, towels, But this is Southern California, remember, so amused with his own lack of a clear-cut answer.
napkins and a cafetire are also included. And less expensive winter months are still mild The seating position, the sound I just like the
yes, for those diehard survivalists out there, and inviting, and hardly wet or cold enough feel; driving an old van seems like second
a cafetire does indeed qualify as essential to require the packing of wellington boots or nature by now. I think the thing that comes
camping gear. woolly gloves. through the most with these cars is the
The freedom is wonderful: you can get in it, Parking along the oceanfront is permitted simplicity of them, their small footprint on the
go somewhere, and live in it. It has everything in some places, although Bill recommends Earth, and that sense of self-sufficiency.
you need though maybe not quite everything staying in state parks to avoid any potential You might also surmise that the Volkswagen
you want, grins Bill. With the pop-up camper hassles. Prices range from $65 per night in the bug no pun intended is in his blood.
tops and sleeping capacity for four (well- posh beachside confines of Laguna Beach to Bill picks up a framed photo of a family on a
acquainted) adults, the only two major things about half that amount in more off-the-beaten- beach: on the left of the image is an Austin-
the vans lack are a toilet and a shower. When it path destinations, such as Grover City, roughly Healey Frogeye Sprite; on the right, a longboard
comes to freshening up, many people rely on 200 miles north-west of Costa Mesa, between attached to its roof, is a VW camper. Taken in
facilities along the beach, or those located in Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo allegedly the late 1950s, the photograph is of Bill and his
state parks. Americas happiest city, if youre looking for a family enjoying a day out with a 1958 van that
Its also common for customers to simply reason to visit. his father specially converted to accommodate
park their chosen VW close to the beach, just Hiding in plain sight, is also an option, two adults and four small children.
a few miles from Surfaris office, and kick back claims Bill. For one night, you can get away The real icing on the cake is when people
without the hassle of maps or any set with sleeping in many city areas, usually a come back from a trip, Bill smiles. They send
destination or itinerary. block or two away from the beach. emails two or three years later they took all
Rental rates vary depending on the season, Asked why he loves VW vans, Bill laughs these photos and say this was the best vacation
naturally, and a week-long rental at the height and leans back in his chair for a moment. they ever had. End
of summer can cost about $1500 per week. Come to think of it, I dont know, he says, vwsurfari.com

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KNOKKE-LE-ZOUTE,
A LUXURIOUS HOLIDAY RESORT AT
THE EPICENTRE OF LIFESTYLE AND ART
ON THE BELGIAN SEASIDE.

Knokke-Heist with Le Zoute, Belgiums most prestigious


seaside resort and home to the international jet-set, is PROGRAM ZOUTE GRAND PRIX
hosting the Zoute Grand Prix for the 8th year in a row. 5-8 OCTOBER 2017
From the 5th to 8th October 2017, a crowd of more than
150,000 people is expected to enjoy a weekend full of
nostalgia of classic cars, a classic rally, a spectacular ZOUTE RALLY by Chubb 5-7 October 2017
GT tour, a sale by Bonhams, a Concours dElgance and A regularity rally limited to 195 classic cars with first registration
between 1920 and 1965, starting and finishing in Knokkele-
numerous other events involving the most stylish classics
Zoute. Register your car online.
and breath-taking modern cars.
ZOUTE TOP MARQUES 5-8 October 2017
Knokke-Heist is particularly renowned for its laid-back Podiums with the latest and most exclusive modern cars, which
lifestyle. Many of its luxurious mansions and picturesque will be displayed along the Kustlaan and Albertplein in Le Zoute.
villas are occupied by prominent members of social,
corporate and artistic life. The most exclusive part of ZOUTE SALE by Bonhams 5-6 October 2017
town - Le Zoute - is renowned for its classy shops, stylish A prestigious international auction of fine and rare collectors
brand flagship stores, comfy hotels, cosy restaurants and motor cars to be held on the Beach in front of the central
art galleries. Due to its unique situation, the resort enjoys Albertplein in Le Zoute. Preview on Thursday 5th and sale on
a year-round mild microclimate. Knokke-Heist is easily Friday 6th October.
accessible from all major European cities.
ZOUTE CONCOURS DELEGANCE by
Bank Degroof - Petercam 7-8 October 2017
Check the program, save the date and make sure to be a
The seventh edition of the Concours dElegance will take
part of it! place on Saturday at the Approach Golf and on Sunday at the
Fairway 1 of the prestigious Royal Zoute Golf Club, where a
More info : www.zoutegrandprix.be limited number of quality entries in pre- and post-war classics
will be selected by the organising committee and judged by an
international jury. Register your car online.

ZOUTE GT TOUR by EY 8 October 2017


A tour for 150 of the most exclusive modern GT cars newer than
20 years, with start and finish in Knokke-Le-Zoute. Register
your car online.
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BLACK
FOREST
DELIGHT
INTERNATIONAL OLDTIMER MEETING
BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY 7-9 July

SET TO MARK its 41st birthday on 7-9 July,


the International Oldtimer Meeting Baden-Baden
is billed by the organisers as an open-air car
museum an apt description, given that last years
event featured 82 marques and machinery ranging
from an 1898 De Dietrich Spider Couvert to a 1963
Ford GT40.
As museums go, Baden-Baden is a most
attractive one, nestled on the edge of the Black
Forest in south-western Germany. The action
takes place among the towns beautifully kept
public gardens, including the grounds of the
Kurhaus spa complex and casino.
The concours is open to pre-1971 cars of all
types and, while the Best of Show gong is coveted,
its very much an event where the taking part
matters most; with 120 trophies to distribute
among the 350-odd entries, there are plenty of
prizes to go around in any case.
Baden-Baden is sufficiently well regarded to
have attracted sponsorship from major car
manufacturers, with Volkswagen putting its
considerable weight behind last years gathering,
which saw more than 20,000 visitors stream into
town to enjoy the classics as well as live music,
a fashion show and a hot-air balloon display.
If youre interested in entering a car, youll no
doubt be pleased to know that owners are looked
after. Last year each was treated to a picnic table
(set up next to their car) complete with candelabra
IMAGES BY MARTYN GODDARD

and champagne bucket. And before the event,


enthusiastic drivers were able to join a tour of the
towering hills and lush forests of the area well
worth exploring, we should say, even from behind
the wheel of a rental car.
oldtimer-meeting.de

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BLAST FROM THE PAST
OLLON-VILLARS HISTORIC HILLCLIMB, SWITZERLAND 26-27 August

FROM 1953 TO 1971, the eight-kilometre Ollon- Its an easy journey from the UK, with Geneva None of the runs are officially timed, but that
Villars hillclimb course in Switzerland was airport just a 90-minute rental car drive from seems not to prevent the many cars, motorbikes,
considered a highlight of the European Hillclimb Ollon-Villars, and, because the surrounding area and sidecars being driven in most spirited fashion
Championship, attracting famous drivers as is popular with skiers in the winter, hotel rooms up the hill. That said, speed limits are enforced
talented as Jim Clark, Franois Cevert, Jo Siffert, are in good supply. inside the villages that dot the route, ensuring that
Innes Ireland, Hans Herrmann and Jack Brabham. The picture-postcard course is surrounded by nobody will ever beat the course record of 3:47.05
Regrettably, it then fell into disuse as a competition sunkissed vineyards and Alpine meadows, and the set by Cevert in the original events heyday.
venue for almost three decades until in 1998 it horizon is framed by the snow-capped Dents du The field of pre-1971 competition machines is
hosted a revival event. Midi and Mont Blanc mountain ranges; there is no split into categories including prototypes, saloon
Despite its success, the local authorities were more idyllic motor sport venue in the world. cars, CanAm and GP cars, bikes and sidecars.
not particularly helpful when it came to permitting Part of the course has recently been resurfaced The line-up in 2013 included Abarth racers and
subsequent events, with the result that the Ollon- and widened (the work was the principal reason the four-wheel-drive Ferguson P99 F1 car. Expect
Villars Historic Hillclimb has been held only for the hillclimbs absence from the calendar in the paddock in 2017 to feature some similarly
sporadically since in 2001, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2016), but Ollon-Villars remains an entertaining fascinating stuff.
2013. You should go this year, while you still can. handful for drivers. ollon-villars.com

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ADVENTURES OF GERARD BROWN

MOGENS BICHEL LAURITSEN


GERARD BROWN
The veteran endurance rally photographer reflects on an extraordinary working life
Words Paul Hardiman and Gerard Brown

ID ALWAYS WANTED to be a photographer, tomorrow. I got up at 5am and arrived early I keep an eye out for obstacles where I know
says Gerard Brown. Id been brought up on a in my camper van, and got the coffee on. stuff will happen. We always have a reliable,
diet of picture-led Sunday supplements, and When Philip rolled in he said: Hes so keen to fast car, and you need a good driver.
then my father gave me his old camera, a get the job that hes camped! I start early and finish late. On the 2016
Fujica ST605. Cycling was a passion then still I asked what job, and Philip explained Peking to Paris it was 18 hours a day for six
is and when I moved to London to study, he needed someone to photograph the 2007 weeks that includes time spent logging
I got a job in a bike shop and then met a man Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. Id expected images at night. On Philips record run [2013,
who had a friend on a cycling mag to be asked about the next Lombard, but he Cape Town to London in a Fiat Panda, with
Its a long way from there to the work for inspired such confidence in me that I agreed. Paul Brace] I shadowed him by helicopter,
which Gerard is known now: fabulous images That dawn meeting was the beginning of a aeroplane and Jeep.
of long-distance rallies from around the world. close relationship. Gerard has photographed As far as kit goes, you cant take everything
He paid his dues with many years of car every Endurance Rally Association (ERA) but Brown carries enough to cover every
shoots, studio work and sports photography event since, travelling in a dedicated 4x4 and eventuality. I take at least three camera bodies
before a chance encounter with the late Philip with his own driver, so that he can concentrate [Nikon D5s currently] and a dozen lenses,
Young, the godfather of historic rallying, on taking the images. from 17mm to 300mm, plus three separate
changed the course of his life. Well leapfrog the field, shoot a few hard drives. And weve just bought a drone.
I was in a forest in Wales photographing the cars, maybe go 5km ahead, sometimes by Ive been doing this for 25 years now
2005 Lombard Rally for Mini World [rally shortcutting. You get a feel for the likely terrain and have never wanted to be a celebrity
navigator] Willy Cave had told me the best from the maps and sometimes you want to photographer; Id rather be known for the
places to go and there was this figure in a show the whole vista; the car may be tiny but quality of my work. Though Im not much
duffel coat with a video camera. I introduced its in there. Then Ill take some time out and into cars, I really appreciate good engineering
myself and Philip said: Come and see me do some background stuff local culture. And and I love travelling.

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Below
Mongolia has changed a great deal in the last decade
(there are fuel stations and tarmac roads for a start), but
luckily you still come across this sort of thing. This guy was
collecting water and rounding up his stray camels. Quite
what he made of our eclectic cavalcade I can only imagine.

Right
Mark Pickering and Dave Boddy
were very worthy winners of the
2016 Peking to Paris Classics
Category. They and their 1973
Datsun 240Z never really put a
foot wrong. Here they are seen
sliding through Slovenia on their
way to the night halt in Maribor.
With so many vintage cars to
shoot, its refreshing to see the
moderns strutting their stuff.

Above
Buddhist nuns in Mandalay queuing for a handout of rice,
as they do every morning. Overland travel is the best way
to really get in touch with new countries, their people and
their cultures. Scenes such as this often unfold within
metres of your car and sometimes its a simple case of
stepping outside and taking the picture. More often than
not the locals are as interested in us as we are in them.

Left
Bill Cleyndert has taken part in two Peking to Paris
Challenges and many more long-distance events. This
picture is from 2013 and was taken in Russia. His spirited
driving was a joy to shoot, although the car didnt enjoy
it so much and the Model A broke many things including
a crankshaft. Bills press-on attitude kept him in the rally,
though, and he finished in Paris just as he did in 2016.

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ADVENTURES OF GERARD BROWN

Above Right
Long-distance events are a great The last World Cup Rally in 2012 saw
leveller and they breed great the ERA head from London to Cape
camaraderie; most crews will stop Town with 44 crews and a total distance
to help another if they possibly can. in excess of 14,400km. The London to
After taking a few big hits in the Gobi Cape Town may have been the last of
Desert, Joe Robillard and friends set the great intercontinental marathons.
to replacing some damaged wheels Joost Van Cauwenberge and Jacques
while navigator Albeta Katukov Castelein are seen here blasting through
strikes a pose alongside their 1939 Namibia in a 1973 Porsche 911; they put
Chevrolet Coupe. The ability to see up a great fight and tried every trick in the
the funny side of a situation like this book, even adding go-faster MG decals in
can often be a big help. their bid for the top step of the podium.

Left
The Pacey Hassan, at the Benjafields 24-hour event in
Portugal in 2014, was one of several very special cars
brought out to recreate the Le Mans races which helped
to make the Bentley legend. This was an endurance
event in all but name: the cars lapped the track at
Portimo all day and all night, stopping only for a crew
change and a pit stop service.

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Left
Between Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod there are
many tributaries of the River Volga, and in the height
of the Siberian summer they afford an excellent way
for the locals to cool down. Luckily for these rally
fans we put on as much of a show for them with
around 100 cars crossing the pontoon bridge in the
background as they did for us.

Below
In eight editions, the Flying Scotsman has cemented
itself as the toughest rally for pre-war cars in the
UK. Three days see over 100 very old cars steam
up through the best of England to reach the finest
Scottish scenery. The weather often plays a hand
as well, and here a 2007 Peking to Paris veteran,
Michel Laarman, along with Maryan Greif in a
1911 Knox Type R, ploughs on through a blizzard.
Notice Laarmans not wearing any gloves.

Above
The big American LaFrance has two Peking to Paris
events under its wheels now and this is another
shot that sums up the appeal of storming through
Mongolia. Where else can such a machine be
tested like this? The timeless landscape, devoid
of all modern references, is as raw and visceral
as the driving experience. In 2013 the crew arrived
in Paris with bleeding hands and the soles of their
shoes had melted.

Right
Philip Young hatched a plan to beat the record for
driving from Cape Town to London in January 2013.
Never one to take a conventional approach, Philip
opted to do it in a little Fiat Panda rather than a
heavyweight 4x4. Along with his old friend, long-
distance specialist Paul Brace, he managed to clock
in after ten days, 13 hours and 28 minutes on the
road, setting a new record. This shot is from the
infamous Marsabit road in Northern Kenya.

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ADVENTURES OF GERARD BROWN

Below
David and Karen Ayre, aboard their Itala, epitomise
the Peking to Paris for me. This is pretty much the
same as the car that Borghese drove [in the original
Peking to Paris race] in 1907 and is as basic as you
could possibly imagine, although with this crew it was
also reliable and competitive. Seen here on the way to
the Russian border in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia
in 2007, on a bitterly cold and exceptionally windy day.

Le
Mario and Catherine Illien are ying high here at
4600m. Their 1955 Citron 11B is on the road to
San Pedro de Atacama, via the stunning landscape
of the Argentinean and Chilean Altiplano. The thin
air up on this vast plateau proved challenging for
both the cars and their crews, with some needing
bottled oxygen to get them through the day. End

Driving the Impossible,


a chronicle of the 2016
Peking to Paris Motor
Challenge, features over
650 of Gerards images
and is available now for
80 from the Endurance
Rally Association.
endurorally.com

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OFF THE BEATEN PATH


COPPERSTATE OVERLAND, USA 14-18 October
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YOU HAVE PROBABLY heard of the Copperstate The assembled convoy of classic 4x4s travelled The conditions are hardly rough, however, with
1000, the Arizona-based classic car rally held each between 120 and 140 miles each day, straying each roomy safari tent equipped with rugs, beds,
April. But you might not know that the event from the tarmac to tackle desert sand and rocky heaters and lights. Oh, and theres a well-stocked
was created to raise funds for the Phoenix Art mountain tracks. Waypoints included Coconino bar, too, to stoke campfire camaraderie.
Museum or that for the past two years the National Forest, Flagstaff, Grand Falls and the Best of all, crews can enjoy the Overland without
Mens Arts Council, a non-profit organisation that Broken Arrow Trail in Sedona. needing to fret about the possibility of a breakdown,
supports the Museum, has been running a gnarlier Mindful that not everybody is a practised off-road with mechanics on hand the whole way.
sister event driver, the brains behind the event ensured safe To date, apparently, their services havent been
The Copperstate Overland is a four-day off-road passage for those new to the dirt, while laying much in demand, which says a great deal about
adventure for just 20 pre-1979 4x4s. (Significant on some challenging sections for old hands. the toughness of the old Toyota FJs, Ford Broncos
vehicles made after that date are admitted at the Novices and experts alike appreciate the scale and Jeep Wranglers that make up most of the
discretion of the organisers.) This years edition will and beauty of Arizonas landscape, and there is field. Theres room for some oddball entries,
be held on 14-18 October and, while the precise plenty of opportunity to marvel at the surroundings: too, though: the most surprising participant in last
route is yet to be confirmed, last years gives the crews are not shoved into a hotel each night but years Overland was a high-riding Triumph TR3A.
curious a good indication of what to expect. instead sleep out in the wilderness. mensartscouncil.com

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HOT ROD HEAVEN


CRUISIN THE COAST, USA 1-8 October

IMAGES BY MARTYN GODDARD

THE CRUISIN THE COAST FESTIVAL, held every community along the route hosting some Those enthusiasts arrive from far and wide. Last
along a 40-mile stretch of the Mississippi Gulf form of entertainment, theres no lack of choice. years festival featured cars from right across the
coast near to New Orleans, is the hot rodders White sandy beaches and a clear blue sea make the USA and as far afield as Australia. When Octane
version of Monterey Week in California. drive along Highway 90 an event in itself, and the joined the party there were few Brits to be found
Dont assume that means youll be charged an area is dotted with pretty historic towns. And while but, with New Orleans relatively easy to get to from
arm and a leg to attend, though; registration for burn-outs are discouraged, many streets are lined this little island, wed wager that many will make
2017 costs just $60. This is a by the people, for the with spectators demanding a V8 chorus. the trip in the coming years.
people gathering and, in 2016, the year of the Some of the festivals car parks can Speaking of which: the Big Easy is one of
events 20th anniversary, almost 8000 hot rods accommodate as many as 850 vehicles, but the Americas great cities, and wed advise any would-
showed up to enjoy displays, swap-meets, an sheer number of events taking place at any one be coast-cruiser to spend a few days exploring the
auction, live music, parties, street food and, of time means the crowds are never so large as to place before or after the festival. It has recovered as
course, cruisin in the sunshine of the Deep South. prevent you from getting up close to the cars of well as could be expected from Hurricane Katrina
Because the Cruisin the Coast festival has no which there is always a mind-boggling array. Most (in the centre, at least), and offers musical and
formal structure, participants can attend as many are proper hot rods, Americana from the 1950s culinary experiences to treasure.
or as few events as they fancy and, with practically and 1960s, being driven by proper hot rodders. cruisinthecoast.com

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