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NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER


Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie won the recent RAC Historic Tourist Trophy race at Silverstone


There are some great blog pieces scheduled for Classic Wheels subscribers during November and beyond. These include a fully illustrated report from the recent RAC Historic Tourist Trophy race meeting organized by Motor Racing Legends at Silverstone where the main three-hour race was won by Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie in the Shelby Daytona Cobra coupe pictured.


Then there is a preview of the prestigious 2021 Amelia Island Concours complete with photographs and a short history of each of the various marques that will feature as special individual classes at this springtime Florida event.


Hispano Suiza masterpieces will be just one of the classes to feature at Amelia Island in 2021


One item that we are particularly proud to feature is an interview with the legendary motorcycle racer, the late, great Mike Hailwood in which he describes how it felt to come back and beat all the top UK short circuit riders of the time at Mallory Park in 1978 - more than 11 years after he had earlier retired from motorcycle racing!


The feature is an excerpt from a Motorcycle Files e-book by Alan Cathcart on the Ducati 900SS TTF1 with which, a week before the Mallory Park race, Mike had returned to racing with a famous win in the Isle of Man TT – the greatest comeback of all time.


Mike Hailwood on his way to victory in the now-legendary 1978 Isle of Man TT


Finally, Joe Scalzo returns with an entertaining piece on an entertaining character -and he does seem to have a knack for finding them! This time Joe features the Belgian politician and self-styled ‘stock market guru’ Pierre Van Rossem, who, in 1989, made a brief but colourful foray into the world of Formula One sponsorship.


Make sure you get all Classic Wheels features through November and beyond by going to www.brgmultimedia.com and adding your e-mail contact (free of charge) to our subscriber list.



MV AGUSTA PARTNERS WITH HERTZ RIDE

MV Agusta and Hertz Ride have announced a new partnership that allows thousands of moto tourism enthusiasts who tour with Hertz Ride every year to have brand new MV Agusta models available for their next riding experience.

Hertz Ride offers a wide range of fully equipped, high-end motorcycles for rent in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, and the United States. Filling the ambition to deliver the tour of a lifetime to all motorcycle lovers and moto tourism enthusiasts, Hertz Ride has decided to enlarge its motorcycle brands' portfolio and be relevant to new riders: In Europe, a new chosen brand is MV Agusta. Starting in Italy and France, the Turismo Veloce 800, Lusso SCS and Dragster Rosso models are available to rent. Portugal and Spain will follow at the beginning of the 2021 riding season and, later, the USA.

The MV Agusta Turismo Veloce



LONDON CONCOURS CLASSES FOR 2021

Each year, the London Concours seeks to celebrate the very best examples of automotive design and construction from across the whole spectrum of the motoring world. Whether they be pre-war innovators, coach-built mid-century rarities or the very latest hypercars, the only criteria for entry is that they have, in some way, left their mark.


For 2021, from June 8th – 10th, the concours will feature cars in the following classes: Italian Berlinettas, Top Trumps, The Great Designers, Great Marques: Lotus, Great Marques: Porsche, 1980s Icons, 1990s Icons, The Supercar Icons, The Supercar Challengers. Venue for the London Concours is again the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company, an oasis of green lawns amongst the high-rise office blocks of the famous City of London financial district.



NEW BOOK ON BSA A50 & A65 TWINS

There have been a few books out recently on the marques and models of the golden age of British motorcycling, but what marks Thunderbolts & Lightning out as special is the approach to how it has been written. The 1960s may seem ancient history for many, but not for those of us around at the time, nor those who worked in the great factories of the British Midlands, churning out motorcycles such as BSA’s A65 and A50 Twins to the tune of over 100,000 units in the ten years to 1972.


It’s to these workers that author Peter Crawford has turned for much of the content of his book, using more than eighty interviews with everyone at BSA from draughtsmen and metallurgists to test riders and homologation engineers. Outside of the factory the interviews have covered the dealers who sold the bikes new, police riders, army display team members, models from the photo shoots, racers and ‘owners from new’, who recount their tales of what the machines were like when first wheeled out ‘factory fresh’.


A hefty hardback volume (210x270 x 2.5cm - 1.25kgs) of 280 pages it contains over 400 images and is available from www.wideline.co.uk priced at £25 + £3.10 P&P in the UK. Order by phone at + 44 (0) 7966 575182 or via editor@wideline.co.uk.


For non-UK markets the postage is somewhat prohibitive, with the total cost working out at approximately US $96, EURO €39, AUS $91, but check with the editor at the email address above for specific country prices and shipping charges.



2021 DONINGTON HISTORIC FESTIVAL

The dates for the 2021 Donington Historic Festival (DHF) have been confirmed as Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd May. This marks the Festival’s tenth anniversary, and organisers are looking to celebrate with a fantastic selection of hundreds of historic racing machines from the 1920s to 1980s.


Since its inception in 2011, the festival has always been renowned for the quality of its grids, featuring everything from Pre-War Sports Cars to glamorous 1950s and 60s GT and Sportscars and from historic single-seaters to classic Touring Cars from the 1950s onwards.

Each day will see action-packed qualifying sessions and highly competitive races, while car clubs will be invited to stage static displays in Donington Park’s Infield. Trade stands and lunchtime parades will add further to the ever-popular DHF mix.


Donington Historic Festival organiser Richard Grafton said: “With DHF 2020 having to be cancelled due to the Covid lockdown, we are very much looking forward to the sights and sounds of historic race cars battling it out around Donington Park in 2021. We are already working hard on securing some excellent grids, and, like everyone looking to stage an event next year, will do all we can to hold a superb celebration of classic motorsport, within whatever Covid restrictions may apply at that time.”


For further information please visit www.doningtonhistoric.com

Historic Touring Cars at the Donington Historic Festival - Photograph by Jacob Ebrey


NEW DAIMLER EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM

‘When Jaguar Bought Daimler’ is a new exhibition at the British Motor Museum, from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (JDHT), telling the story of when Jaguar bought the Daimler Company from BSA in 1960. Most people know very little about the early history of the Daimler Company in the UK, or when it became part of the Jaguar Group, therefore the 60th anniversary of Jaguar’s purchase of the company from BSA provides the ideal opportunity to tell the story.


The exhibition will run to the end of January 2021 and starts by detailing Sir William Lyons’ requirement for additional factory space, which fortuitously coincided with BSA’s desire to divest themselves of the loss-making Daimler Company. It further explains the background behind the deal that was struck between Sir William and Jack Sangster of BSA, without the knowledge of Jaguar’s own board of directors.


The exhibition covers 100 years from the Daimler Company’s beginnings in 1896, its history of Royal patronage, its acknowledged superb engineering, otsefforts supporting both World Wars and then its ‘post-Jaguar acquisition’ life. A series of period advertisements provides an insight into Daimler’s social history.


The exhibition is included in the normal Museum admission. Museum entry is £14.50 for adults, £12.50 for concessions, £9 for children (5-16 years) and under 5s are free. There is also the option to Gift Aid or donate your entry fee and get an Annual Pass in return, at no extra cost. To find out more information about this exhibition please visit the website at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 927823.


The 1998 Daimler Corsica concept car built to celebrate the marque’s centenary



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