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TEAM RETRO-SPEED MEMBERS - Editorial Jottings : Peter Baker
Team Retro-Speed members at HSCC Finals 2019 Words and images by Peter Baker The sun shone on Silverstone last weekend 19 October (I know, I know, it's a very rare occurrence), where the Historic Sports Car Club 2019 Finals were taking place and Team Retro-Speed members Richard Plant, Philip St Clair Tisdall and Mark Oldfield were hoping for great things in Historic Road Sports and 70s Road Sport...
 
THE FIRST VSCC WELSH RALLY (TRIAL) 1939 : Peter Baker
March Rally becomes October Trial  Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery.   Perhaps because of a certain naivety on behalf of the organisers, the first Vintage Sports-Car Club Welsh Rally (Trial), based in Presteigne, took place much earlier in the year, in March 1939, thus leaving the event open to the sometimes unpleasant vagaries of weather associated with this ...
 
CONCEPT CARS : Peter Collins
From here to infinity  Words and images by Peter Collins You are walking in the streets of Turin in the 1950s when you catch sight of something in the corner of your eye. It’s not so much something obvious as a shape that shouldn’t really be there. In a millisecond you catch a glimpse of something that could have been in War of the Worlds or 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. Alberto...
 
WILTSHIRE TO SHROPSHIRE VIA STAFFORDSHIRE : Peripatetic Peter
Classic racing to classic Jaguar restorations  Words and images by Peter Baker Whatever the weather I always look forward to joining that wonderfully loyal group of spectators who help make Castle Combe meetings, and in particular the Autumn Classic, such an enjoyable experience. This is a good old-fashioned race meeting that crams eight races into one day, and thus, starts early and finis...
 
ALTERNATIVE HILL CLIMB FOR JUSTIN LAW : Dorothy
Raising funds for Friends of Rosie  Dorothy endorses Justin’s climb for charity Hill climbs are Justin Law’s thing, and something he’s very good at. Law has achieved best time of the day at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed on six occasions and holds two of the five fastest times up the hill. In 2015 Justin achieved third place at the 14,115ft Pikes Peak International Hil...
 
NEW MHD TIMEPIECE - MHDSA2 : Advertising Feature
Advertising Feature New MHD timepiece – MHDSA2 in Heritage White and Steel  Following the MHDSA2 Launch Edition, also known as the Sprint Automatic Two, MHD Watches is offering editions with Heritage White and Steel dials. Both editions house the Japanese Miyota 9039 mechanical automatic movement and will be limited to 100 pieces only, with individual watch numbers engraved on the ex...
 
SPA SIX HOURS OR SIR JACKIE STEWART - Editorial Jottings : Peter Baker
I missed Spa, but Sir Jackie made up for it....  Words and images by Peter Baker Owing to a mistake on my part, the splendid 2019 Spa Six Hours weekend had to make do without me. The first time I've missed this event for many years. Certainly, not mixing with so many Team Retro-Speed members who had made the trip was a disappointment, but hey ho. Simon Hadfield managed a superb second pla...
 
CONCEPT CARS : Peter Collins
Gone with the wind  Words and images by Peter Collins Fins, one of the few styling fashions that, thankfully for small mercies, has not (yet) been offered up as a retro feature in some 21st century new car or other although, to look at how the word ‘chic’ is applied to anything that happens to be different to its predecessors, maybe they would be an enhancement in some cases. I...
 
DIDIER AURIOL STARS AT RALLYDAY 2019 : Ken Davies
Big star in front of big crowd  Words and images by Ken Davies The 19th edition of Rallyday on Saturday 21 September was held in idyllic late summer sunshine at Castle Combe, resulting in a record attendance. Star cars and star drivers were headed by 1994 World Rally Champion Didier Auriol and Jolly Club driver Alex Fiorio in his Group A Lancia Integrale. The ever-personable Nicky Grist wa...
 
GOODWOOD REVIVAL 2019 - Editorial Ramblings : Peter Baker
Stepping back in time at Goodwood : Words and images by Peter Baker. Click to view Gallery. As always, we timed our 140-mile drive to Goodwood Revival so as to arrive after the main rush on Friday 13 September. Therefore, it was just before lunch when the trusty Daimler rolled into its parking spot next to the helter-skelter and thus only a short walk from the main entrance Mixing with 80,000 vi...
 
JODY SCHECKTER AT 2019 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX : Roman Klemm
The return of the farmer ‘Baby Bear’ Scheckter after 40 years  Words and images by Roman Klemm, plus images from the author's archive Monza, 6-9 September 2019 Unknown, curly-haired Jody David Scheckter came to Europe in 1971 and attracted attention, mainly because of his exotic origins – South African Jews really hadn't made it here yet! But Jody quickly replaced this fir...
 
LOTON PARK AND TODDINGTON TRAIN STATION : Peripatetic Peter
Via Lancia to Loton and Daimler to Toddington  Words and images by Peter Baker As summer now fades rather abruptly beyond the horizon, enjoying a weekend without drizzle is something to celebrate. Thus, after a Friday night of incessant rain, it was with some relief to find blues skies above as we headed north-north-west in the trusty Lancia Flavia to Loton Park Speed Hill Climb, where the ...
 
GREEN DRAGON EV RALLY 2019 : Ken Davies
A glimpse of rallying’s future? Words and images by Ken Davies Swansea was the venue for a unique look into the future of rallying on Saturday, 24 August 2019 when the Green Dragon EV Rally, combining the Future of Electric Show, was centered in the Welsh city for the Bank Holiday Weekend. The event marked a seminal moment for motor sport, as the first rally held exclusively for electric a...
 
INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTIAN OLSEN : Jeff Carter
Jeff Carter catches up with Christian Olsen Young Danish driver Christian Stubbe Olsen is the reigning FIA Historic Formula 3 European Cup champion after winning both races at Zandvoort in 2018, in his Class 2 1983 Martini MK39. His engine failed during qualifying and father Tom, who also races a Martini Mk39, gave his engine to Christian so he could compete in the two races. The son paid his fa...
 
THE NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM : Peter Baker
Motoring nostalgia at the National Museum  Words and images by Peter Baker  Looking around at the magnificent surroundings that make up today’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, it’s hard to believe its creation was based on just nine cars displayed in the front room of the 3rd Lord Montagu’s New Forest home in April 1952. The Montagu family, of course, have a long a...
 
LOST AND FOUND : Roman Klemm
The unbelievable story of Egon Hofer’s Ferrari 212E Montagna  Words and images by Roman Klemm The 1969 season had a remarkable little surprise for all fans of the red cars from Maranello. Enzo Ferrari decided to enter his factory team not only in Formula 1 and the manufacturers’ world championship but, for the first and last time, also in the European Hill Climb Championship. Th...
 
BENTLEY DRIVERS CLUB AT SILVERSTONE 2019 : Stewart Newman
Celebrating Bentley’s centenary in style  Words by Stewart Newman. Images by Phil Kroll and Peter de Rousset-Hall The Bentley Drivers Club’s 71st annual race meeting at Silverstone – an institution on the British motor-racing calendar – once again saw another day of fantastic club racing at its very best on Saturday 3 August 2019. This year’s meeting was extra-...
 
THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC RETRORUN 2019 : Peripatetic Peter
Silverstone via Stowe House and Jaguar Classic  Words and images by Peter Baker On Saturday 27 July we took a break from being trackside at the 2019 Silverstone Classic and joined in with two hundred others taking part in the official RetroRun, starting nearby at Stowe School and finishing back at the circuit in time for an afternoon of racing. Yes it was wet, but hey, it didn’t matte...
 
ENNSTAL-CLASSIC 2019 : Roman Klemm
Jewels on wheels thundering through the Alps  Words and images by Roman Klemm  27th Ennstal-Classic, 26-28 July 2019 Helmut Zwickl has been the most influential Austrian motor sport‘s journalist alongside Heinz Pruller since the mid-1960s. He was a close friend of Jochen Rindt, whose adventures on the racing circuits of the world he reported to the Alpine community and, once tran...
 
CHATEAU IMPNEY 2019 - From the Perimeter Track: Stephen Mosley
Less polished than Goodwood but popular with the people  Words and images by Stephen Mosley Chateau Impney is a stereotypical 19th century French-style stately home built near the less-than-stereotypical-for-this-kind-of-thing Droitwich. Defying established conventions still further, a group of locals decided to hold a hill climb in the beautiful and elegantly manicured grounds from the late...