Monday, 19 February 2018

KEEP ON MOVIN’ AS SOUL II SOUL HIT THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC STAGE

Silverstone Classic
19/02/18
 

KEEP ON MOVIN’ AS SOUL II SOUL 
HIT THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC STAGE

 

• Chart-topping Grammy winners top Friday night live music line-up
• UB40 already confirmed as headliners on Saturday evening
• Oasis and U2 tribute bands to perform crowd favourites   
• Cost-saving Early Bird tickets available until the end of March

The full live music line-up for this summer’s ‘Rocking and Racing’ Silverstone Classic (20-22 July) is announced today (Monday) with two great evenings of chart-topping performers in prospect for visitors to the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival.
 
Reggae and pop legends UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey have already been confirmed as headliners for the post racing revelries after sunset on Saturday; now R&B chart-toppers Soul II Soul are announced as Friday night’s bill-toppers.
 
Fronted by Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler, the band achieved global fame at the end of the eighties with singles such as Keep on Movin’ and Back to Life selling millions of copies around the world. Underlining their success, Soul II Soul won two Grammy Awards and have been nominated for no fewer than five Brit awards, twice for the ultimate accolade of Best British Group.
 
The band is now celebrating its 30th anniversary and has recently announced a special anniversary tour at the end of this year. 2018 was kicked-off for the band with a performance of several of its renowned dance classics on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny show on New Year’s Eve. With their inclusion on the bill at the Silverstone Classic too, 2018 is set to be a great year for the band.
 
With all ticket holders enjoying free admission to the live music shows at the Classic – and many camping out for the full three-day extravaganza – festivities at the Classic should be every bit as exuberant as they were for those welcoming in 2018.
 
Even more so, as two of the country’s foremost tribute bands will be ensuring everyone is in the right upbeat mood well before Soul II Soul start their stellar set.
 
With more than 900 performances to date, Noasis are established as the nation’s favourite Oasis tribute band, playing all the Gallagher brothers’ greatest hits.
 
U2 2, also confirmed for the Friday night, have a great pedigree too, having travelled the globe for more than 26 years thrilling fans of the Irish rock legends and occasionally being mistaken for the real thing! They, too, will be revving-up festival-goers on Friday evening at Silverstone in July.
 
“With more and more of our visitors spending the full weekend at the Classic, the live music shows are becoming evermore important – and this summer’s line-up is one of the best yet,” enthused Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, organiser of the Silverstone Classic.
 
“We have chart-topping bands on both evenings and, with free admittance for all those buying tickets for the day’s unrivalled roster of retro racing, the rocking is going to be equally entertaining for absolutely everyone to enjoy.”
 
Tickets for Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance and those buying before 31 March can take advantage of a range of Early Bird offers, with adult admission beginning at £37.
 
Once again, all advance tickets will provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings, air shows, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer. Full details of all 2018 ticket prices are available on the silverstoneclassic.com website.

NIGEL MANSELL BRINGS THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW TO A GRAND FINALE

NIGEL MANSELL BRINGS THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW TO A GRAND FINALE   
 

• Racing legend wows record crowds at ExCeL with amazing F1 display
• TV star Philip Glenister reunited with Ashes to Ashes Audi Quattro 
• Close to 40,000 flocked to the Capital’s premier classic car celebration 
• Spectacular action as stunning Specials rev up on The Grand Avenue 
• Dates announced for next year’s show: 14-17 February 2018


This year’s record-breaking London Classic Car Show signed off in dramatic fashion with racing legend Nigel Mansell CBE bringing four days of retro heaven to a fittingly spectacular close.


The 1992 F1 World Champion wowed Sunday crowds with some dazzling driving displays on the show’s central Grand Avenue, a unique quarter-mile long highway running through the centre of the exhibition hall. Mansell announced his arrival at the capital’s premier classic car event with a thrilling wheel-spinning entrance behind the wheel of a Jaguar E-type inspired Eagle Speedster.

Later in the day, he returned to drive a scarlet Ferrari 246 Dino F1 front-engined F1 car from the late fifties plus a 1993 Benetton-Ford B193 as raced by arch-rival Michael Schumacher in period. Mansell was also reunited with some of the cars which he raced during his roller-coaster career. A special Icon display featured a 1977 Crosslé 32F, the junior single-seater in which he first cut his teeth competing in Formula Ford, and his title-winning Williams-Renault FW14.

“I’ve got to say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how great this London show is,” enthused Mansell. “It’s always wonderful to see some of my old racing cars and to meet the fans – and they’ve have been absolutely brilliant. To drive cars indoors was pretty special, too – I’ve had a lot of fun and I hope those who came to see me, and the show, enjoyed themselves as much as I did.”

On Saturday, twenty-four hours before Mansell’s theatrical presence, it had been Phillip Glenister’s turn in the spotlight. Renowned for ‘firing up the Quattro’ as DCI Gene Hunt in the hugely-popular television series Ashes to Ashes, Glenister had curated a rogue’s gallery of famous Getaway Cars – another of the glittering show’s stand-out exhibits.  

With so much to savour, it was no surprise that this year’s London Classic Car Show drew record crowds and further established the mouth-watering retro celebration as the capital city’s premier feast of automotive culture and nostalgia.

This year’s enlarged showcase built significantly on the notable successes of the three previous shows, attracting unprecedented attendances on all four memorable days.

In total, more than 38,500 visitors savoured close to 700 of the world’s finest classic cars on display at ExCeL London. With a combined estimated value of more than £300m, these ranged from barn-finds and in-progress restorations to unique concepts, Concours winners and pure-bred, championship-winning race cars.

Sparkling displays provided by independent vendors ensured all the great marques were well represented in glittering style. AC, Alfa Romeo, Alvis, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Corvette, Jaguar, Lotus, Mercedes, MG, Lamborghini Porsche, Rolls Royce and TVR were all included as well as many lesser known brands adding further to visitor interest and intrigue. Some notable modern classics topped by a McLaren P1 hypercar and the amazing new 200+mph Lister Storm which enjoyed its global launch at the show on the opening day.

As well as providing a staggering selection of magnificent classic cars for visitors to relish, dealers confirmed considerable interest from buyers with many significant sales. Saturday’s busy Coys auction also witnessed notable lots coming under the hammer, topped by the sale of a 1984 Ferrari 512BB ‘Boxer’ for more than £260,000.

Adding further to the excitement, the head-turning cars at ExCeL London were not only on static display. No fewer than 60 hand-picked classics – including some thunderous racing cars – were fired up for eye-catching displays on The Grand Avenue.

This year’s theme was ‘Specials’, putting the spotlight on an eye-catching gathering of road and race cars steeped in history and mystique owing to their unique designs and often outlandish performance. Once again, the Grand Avenue enthralled visitors, allowing them to see – and hear – some of their favourite classics in action.

Another popular attraction was Car Club Square – a hall dedicated to enthusiasts of popular and affordable classics giving visitors the opportunity to talk to experts and fellow devotees.

All those attending The London Classic Car Show were also admitted into the new Historic Motorsport International – a complementary show celebrating the UK’s leading role in all areas of historic motorsport. Its presence added yet another exhilarating dimension to the visitor experience and was also home to the Supagard Theatre, where broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost hosted public forums with a number well-known personalities including both Mansell and Glenister.

“It has been another absolutely fantastic London Classic Car Show,” effused Bas Bungish, Event Director. “We started with the global launch of the incredible Lister Thunder on Thursday evening and ended with Nigel Mansell doing tyre-burning donuts on The Grand Avenue in an F1 car – could you ask for more? Even so, we are determined to keep building on what we’ve achieved and are already planning for an even bigger show in 12-months time.”

To that end, the organisers have already confirmed that next year’s London Classic Car Show will be staged at ExCeL London from 14-17 February in 2019.  




Friday, 16 February 2018

LIGHTS, CAMERAS, ACTION AS THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW FIRES UP!

15/02/18 

LIGHTS, CAMERAS, ACTION AS THE LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW FIRES UP! 
 


• Global launches grab the headlines on opening evening
• More than 700 eye-catching classics to covet, savour and buy 
• Special showcase pays tribute to race legend Nigel Mansell CBE   
• Film star Nick Moran on Getaway Cars display curated by Philip Glenister  
• Record ticket pre-sales as show continues to build for a busy weekend 
• Tickets on sale with significant reductions for those buying in advance



The biggest and best London Classic Car Show blasted off to a truly ‘thunderous’ start at ExCeL today (Thursday). For the first time in the sparkling show’s own four-year history, the opening evening witnessed a pair of major global car launches with two of Britain’s most iconic marques unveiling spotlight-stealing new models. 
First Morgan took the wraps on its latest +4 Club Sport and then Lister revealed its never-seen-before Thunder. The former is a road-legal racer aimed at those either keen on track days or competing at motor sport’s grassroots level, the latter a mighty 666bhp supercar with a top speed of 208mph. Both cars will now be on display for the remainder of the glittering four-day show.  
Earlier in the afternoon, the expanded London Classic Car Show was officially opened by three well-known TV motoring presenters: Alex Riley (BBC One Show), Jonny Smith (Fifth Gear andMud, Sweat & Gears) and Quentin Willson (BBC Top GearFifth Gear and The Classic Car Show).
Other highlights included a number of high-profile photo calls. Squadron Leader Adam Collins from the RAF Red Arrows was on the Aston Martin Owners Club stand together with a Vanquish S Red Arrows limited edition model which was recently raffled earning £1.5m for the RAF Benevolent Fund. He was joined by Humphrey Bradley from south east London – the lucky man who won the car.
Across the hall, actor Nick Moran of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Harry Potter fame was reliving various of his film roles on the special display of Getaway Cars. Adding to the rogues’ gallery Nick Reynolds was reunited with the very Lotus Cortina that his late father Bruce Reynolds used to stake out the Great Train Robbery in 1963.
The beautifully preserved car has just 3,500 miles on the clock and is still fitted with the same tyres that left the tracks which police found to hunt down the gang. The showcase of Getaway Cars is curated by Philip Glenister – aka DCI Gene Hunt from BBC police dramas Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes – who will be at the show on Saturday.
Another famous face appearing over the weekend is Nigel Mansell CBE. The 1992 F1 World Champion is flying into ExCeL on Sunday where he will be reunited with some of the racing cars in which he savoured many of his most notable sporting successes.
Adding to Thursday’s excitement, at 6:30pm sharp, engines were started as a number of ultra-rare classics took to The Grand Avenue, a quarter-mile long highway running through the centre of the show. The Grand Avenue, a feature unique to the London Classic Car Show, allows visitors to see and hear their favourites in action actually inside the show arena.
As a preview of three daily displays taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a number of the 60 incredible cars selected for the parades were in action. These included an amazing revolutionary twin-engined Mini from the sixties, mouth-watering ultra-rare Lamborghini Miura Jota from the eighties and an attention-grabbing selection of raucous F1 cars. 
As the dramatic live show came towards its conclusion, the show opening trio of Riley, Smith and Willson – now joined by former Blue Peter and GMTV presenter Anthea Turner – selected four stand-out cars from the show with a combined value of more than £3m to join the parade: a 1931 Bentley 8-litre; a highly-original 1961 Jaguar E-type; a 1992 Jaguar XJ220 and a 2015 McLaren P1 hypercar – a classic car of the future. These four British legends then formed the perfect backdrop for the Morgan and Lister launches.
“The London Classic Car Show just goes from strength-to-strength, getting bigger and better every year,” said show director Bas Bungish. “We have sold a record number of advance tickets and we are immensely proud to have witnessed two major global launches. Dealers are also reporting a number of significant sales, so we’re off to a great start!”
Admission to the London Classic Car Show incorporates free entry to Historic Motorsport International. Both shows run from 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.
Tickets are available from the show website – thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk – and on the door where adult admission to both shows costs £30 though advance tickets are still available online priced from £25.
Show opening times:
Friday 16 February              10:00-18:00
Saturday 17 February         10:00-18:00
Sunday 18 February           10:00-17:00 

Monday, 12 February 2018

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance - 1955 STUDEBAKER TO BE AUCTIONED TO BENEFIT CHARITY


   
 1955 STUDEBAKER 
TO BE AUCTIONED TO BENEFIT CHARITY

   
   In the 1850s Studebaker started making wagons: big ones, the kind that helped write American history and power Manifest Destiny at ground level.

  
   
While the 1955 Studebaker Champion Conestoga two-door station wagon lacks a glamorous label created by a powerhouse marketing department, it comes by the venerable Conestoga name honestly.

 

 

    The South Bend-based builder of wagons and ultimately automobiles offered the two-door, split-tailgate Champion Conestoga for just two years (1954 and '55). Available with a V-8 or 170 cubic inch six The Amelia's Conestoga is powered by the standard 170 hp straight-six with a three-speed column shift. Fewer than 5,000 Conestogas were built on the Champion's 116.5 inch wheelbase.

 

    Thanks to a generous gift by an anonymous donor and the efforts of Mr. Stu Carpenter of Copley Motorcars, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Foundation is working together with RM Sotheby's to sell this 1955 Studebaker at auction. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation with the money raised going directly to Spina Bifida of Jacksonville. Additionally, the donor has also offered to match the final selling price dollar for dollar, doubling the Foundation's contribution to this valuable First Coast charity.

 

    Spina Bifida of Jacksonville is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the birth defect spina bifida and its effects and to create a network of support for local families to help them through their struggles.

 

    Its membership is made up of those with spina bifida, area parents, medical specialists and others interested in helping individuals with this birth defect lead full and rewarding lives.

 

    Every day as many as eight children are born in the United States with this crippling, sometimes fatal, condition which damages the spine and the nervous system. People with this birth defect can live full productive lives but face many challenges. Spina Bifida of Jacksonville -- a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization -- was founded to assist and support those individuals, patients and families whose lives have been touched by this often life-changing birth defect.

 

The RM Sotheby's Amelia Island Auction takes place at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island on March 10, 2018. For details visit www.rmsothebys.com


Tickets for the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 9-11, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island are available now. Click Here for Tickets

ORIGINAL "BULLITT" MUSTANG TO APPEAR AT THE 23rd ANNUAL AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE


   
ORIGINAL "BULLITT" MUSTANG TO  
APPEAR AT 
THE 23rd ANNUAL AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE

   
   
   Revealed at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, the recently-discovered 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, serial #8Ro2S125559 from the movie Bullitt (1968) will be featured in the Hagerty booth at the 23rd Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
   
All photos by Casey Maxon courtesy of the Historic Vehicle Association
    
   Few vehicles achieve the legendary status of the 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Bullitt (1968). An avid motorcyclist and racing enthusiast, McQueen set a new bar for action films. Working with director Peter Yates, the gritty crime thriller broke movie-making barriers. The film's eleven-minute scene featuring McQueen's Highland Green Fastback running down Bill Hickman's 1968 Dodge Charger R/T is widely regarded as the most influential car chase in movie history.
    The movie hit theaters in 1968 and went on to be selected in 2007 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The fate of the Mustang was less documented. Sold off the Warner Brothers lot to a private owner the vehicle quickly disappeared. Rumors would circulate and with each passing year the missing Ford's reputation became more of the holy grail of the car-collector hobby. As years passed the '68 Mustang seemed forever lost.


   Fast forward to the 2018 North American International Auto Show where the Bullitt Mustang would make its first public appearance in decades. Ford would assemble a group of media in Detroit to unveil a modern recreation of the iconic car built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film. The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced that the verified Bullitt Mustang became the twenty-first automobile on the National Historic Vehicle Register, insuring that both the film and the car will live on in the archives of the Library of Congress.



   The new car turned heads, but the triumphant return of the original fastback from Bullitt (1968) stole the show.

   Thanks to Sean Kiernan, the owner, the team at Hagerty and the Historic Vehicle Association will have the original Bullitt on display at the 23rd Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

Tickets for the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 9-11, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island are available now. Click Here for Tickets




About The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
  
Now in its third decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, "The Amelia" draws over 300 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show's Foundation has donated over $3.2 million to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, The Navy - Marine Corps Relief Society, Shop with Cops, and other deserving charities. In 2013 and 2016 the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance won Octane Magazine's EFG International Historic Motoring Event of the Year award.The 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 9-11, 2018. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org

SILVERSTONE CLASSIC - IT’S OFFICIAL: ANOTHER GUINNESS WORLD RECORD RATIFIED!

Silverstone Classic
12/02/18

IT’S OFFICIAL: ANOTHER GUINNESS WORLD RECORD RATIFIED!
 

• Silverstone Classic sets another mega-milestone 

• Record-breaking parade of McLarens now officially sanctioned
• Fitting milestone to mark 80 years since Bruce McLaren’s birth
• Cost-saving Early Bird tickets available until the end of March

The superlative Silverstone Classic has witnessed yet another momentous world record. The latest landmark – the largest parade of McLaren cars – wowed visitors to last summer’s spectacular event and has just been officially ratified by the adjudicators at Guinness World Records.
In total, an unprecedented 115 McLaren supercars took to the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on Sunday 30 July to establish the new criterion.
The peerless parade was organised by the McLaren Owners Group to mark what would have been company founder Bruce McLaren’s 80th birthday.
Back in the sixties, McLaren was a racing legend winning Le Mans, two Can-Am titles and four Grands Prix before tragically losing his life aged just 32 in an accident when testing a sportscar at Goodwood in 1970. It is as a racing car constructor, however, that he is best remembered – and where the McLaren name lives on.
The history books reveal that the team he founded has won no fewer than 20 F1 World Championships – 12 for drivers, eight for constructors – and 182 Grands Prix. McLaren cars have also won Le Mans and the Indy 500 and, today, the badge adorns some of the world’s finest GT road cars.
Fittingly, the world record parade featuring such an amazing assembly of the company’s latest generation of showroom supercars, was led by Bruce’s only child, Amanda. She was just four years old when her father lost his life but is still connected to the company as a McLaren Brand Ambassador.
“We are thrilled at receiving the confirmation from Guinness World Records – seeing the certificate brought home the real significance of our achievement,” said a delighted Jeff Vaudrey, administrator of the McLaren Owners Group. “We knew around 60 McLarens had gathered together in Japan and felt we could top that number – but to nearly double it was well beyond our initial hopes and huge credit to all involved.”
As the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the Silverstone Classic has amassed many remarkable records in recent years. It is already in the Guinness Book of Records for staging the biggest-ever parade of Jaguar cars when 767 E-types took to the track to mark the automotive icon’s 50th anniversary in 2011. The colossal event has also staged unsurpassed parades of Grands Prix cars, Porsche 911s and, again last year, Jaguar XJ220 hypercars. More outstanding displays are planned for this July, too.
“While the Silverstone Classic is famous right around the globe for the incomparable numbers of wonderful historic racing cars competing in the packed programme of races, its reputation for hosting these record-breaking parades just keeps growing and growing, too,” extolled Nick Wigley, CEO of Goose Live Events, organiser of the Silverstone Classic. “McLaren, of course, is a magical name in motor sport and we congratulate all those involved on achieving this new Guinness World Record. It’s another feather in all of our caps!”   
Many of the track parades are organised in conjunction with the ever-growing number of enthusiastic classic car clubs taking advantage of special ticket offers to be an integral part of the massive showcase at Silverstone.
Members of clubs registered with the Silverstone Classic (a simple online process) are offered a special Car Club Display package which includes two adult general admission event tickets plus an infield vehicle display pass. This enables classic car owners to park on their club’s allocated stand right at the heart of the event and thus be a major part of the record-breaking three-day extravaganza.
Visitors wishing to experience this mega-turnout of classic road and race cars can take advantage of a range of Early Bird ticket offers. All tickets for Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance and, for those buying before 31 March, adult admission begins at £37.
Once again, all advance tickets will provide access to both Silverstone racing paddocks, all open trackside grandstands, live music concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings, air shows, funfair rides and the vast majority of the family entertainment on offer. Options on camping and hospitality are also available. Full details of all 2018 ticket prices are detailed on the silverstoneclassic.comwebsite.

Friday, 9 February 2018

PREVIEW DAY PROVIDES FREE TESTING FOR SILVERSTONE CLASSIC COMPETITORS

Silverstone Classic

 

PREVIEW DAY PROVIDES FREE TESTING FOR SILVERSTONE CLASSIC COMPETITORS 
 

• Annual curtain-raiser set for Wednesday 2 May
• Pre-season testing available on full Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit 
• Online media accreditation now open for the Silverstone Classic 2018

Competitors gearing up for another record-breaking Silverstone Classic (20-22 July) are once again being offered the welcome opportunity to test their cars in advance… and for free!
 
Staged at the ‘Home of British Motor Sport’, the Silverstone Classic is the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, attracting more than 1,000 race entries. The packed programme features the full spectrum of historic motor sport, and this summer’s added highlights will include spectacular new showdowns for Masters Endurance Legends plus the return of Tin Top Sunday to celebrate 60 years of the massively popular MSA British Touring Car Championship.
 
All those competing in July’s extravaganza are being given the chance to fine-tune their cars and/or familiarise themselves with the full Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on Wednesday 2 May.
 
The curtain-raiser will include morning and afternoon test sessions segregated into classes with an extended break at lunchtime to enable a series of event photo opportunities and other publicity-generating activities on-track.
 
“It’s really no surprise that the provision of a free test day on the Silverstone Grand Circuit has always been extremely popular with our competitors as it gives them a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the Classic later in the summer,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of event organiser Goose Live Events.
 
Understandably, the chance for free testing at Silverstone has proved highly popular in recent years and event organisers are expecting the limited number of available places to be snapped up swiftly.
 
Entries – strictly restricted to those competing at the Classic – will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and application forms are available via the official event website at https://www.silverstoneclassic.com/competitor-info/Preview-Day-Testing.
 
For the public, Early Bird tickets for the 2018 Silverstone Classic are available offering significant savings. Adult prices start at just £37 and stick to the Classic’s widely praised ‘access all areas’ policy, providing admission to both race paddocks, trackside grandstands and the live music concerts.
 
Full details of all tickets (which must be purchased in advance) – as well as hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the official www.silverstoneclassic.com website.