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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER


WORLD’S FASTEST CARS AT SALON PRIVE


The 304mph Bugatti Chiron and its record-setting driver, Andy Wallace, will be at Salon Prive


Already internationally renowned for attracting the finest veteran, vintage and classic cars, Salon Privé will this year be hosting one of the greatest-ever gatherings of hypercars. From the world’s fastest production car to the very latest models from great names such as McLaren and Brabham, it will be an unforgettable celebration of speed and style.


Bugatti will be showcasing two very special models, one of which is the Chiron Super Sport 300+ prototype in which Le Mans winner Andy Wallace set a new production-car speed record of 490.484km/h (304.773mph) in August 2019. This will be its first UK public appearance since the record attempt. Wallace has been testing Bugatti cars to their limit since 2011 and has covered over 100,000 kilometres in these luxury hypercars. In the process, he has driven more than 30 different Veyron, Chiron and Divo models and record-breakers. As chief test driver for the Molsheim marque, his expert knowledge of these cars is unrivalled. Andy Wallace will be making an appearance at Salon Privé.


McLaren and Brabham share Bugatti’s rich motorsport heritage and were two of the most successful Grand Prix teams of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The former rivals will be reunited at Salon Privé – McLaren will be announcing nearer the time which of its fabulous models will be centre-stage, while Brabham makes a welcome return for the third consecutive year, this time showcasing the new street-legal version of its £1million BT62 track car – the BT62R. The BT62R retains the 700bhp V8, but a small increase in ride height and steering lock – plus a few interior creature comforts – have turned it into the ultimate road car.


Those celebrated names will be joined by exciting brands such as Danish hypercar manufacturer Zenvo, which is set to showcase its 1177bhp, carbon-bodied TSRS-1. The road-legal track car is another model that will be receiving its European debut in the pristine grounds of Blenheim Palace. And if that’s not extreme enough, there’s always the outrageous 1100bhp Engler Superquad – a ‘world first’ that weighs a mere 1100kg and is powered by a 5.2-litre V10 – or the TDF1 from British brand Tour-de-Force. Based on a Marussia or Sauber Formula One chassis and using a 600bhp turbocharged engine, the TDF1 has been engineered to give private owners the sensation of driving a modern Grand Prix car.


Enhancing this celebration of performance greats will be the Salon Privé Masters by #Pirelli and Lockton, which this year will showcase the Evolution of the Supercar. Set to take place on Friday 25 September, it will include a class for each decade from the 1960s to the 2000s – and some era-defining icons have already been confirmed.


The ground-breaking Lamborghini Miura and Ford GT40 will represent the 1960s, while the De Tomaso Pantera and Porsche 930 Turbo will do likewise for the 1970s. From the 1980s, there will be the spectacular #Lamborghini Countach 5000S, Ferrari F40 and Ferrari 288 GTO, and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage V600 Le Mans, Jaguar XJ220S and Ferrari F50 will be flying the flag for the 1990s. Finally, the #BugattiVeyron 16.4 and Mercedes-Benz McLaren 722S will bring the story into the 21st century.



GRAND PRIX ICONS TOP ACTION AT BICESTER

The world’s greatest cars on display, on parade, on sale, on the silver screen and now on track, too – The Classic Car Drive In Weekend (18-20 September) really does offer a fabulous and far-reaching feast of nostalgic entertainment. Cleverly devised to provide car enthusiasts with a much-needed day out in these challenging times, the new eagerly awaited Covid-compliant outdoor festival caters for petrolheads of all ages and interests. Set within the grounds of Bicester Heritage, the home of historic motoring, the innovative event brings two worlds together – both celebrating the ageless glory of classic cars.  While the drive-in cinema will be screening a selection of the best car-centric movies ever produced, The Classic Car Drive In Weekend also, simultaneously, presents a more traditional classic motor show featuring 500+ star cars, a live Bonhams MPH auction, dealer displays, traders plus a host of passionate and knowledgeable car clubs. Adding yet another highlight to the glittering spectacle, visitors will also be treated to the wonderful sights and sounds of some true motor sport marvels with regular live driving performances on a specially constructed course based on Bicester Heritage’s existing figure-of-eight test track. Ensuring everyone can savour the eye-catching action and simultaneously social distance, five individually themed track displays are planned on all three days – and the five Historic Racing categories selected are star-studded.


An ex-Michael Schumacher Benetton will be at Bicester

The first of the rear-engine Formula One cars - an ex-Stirling Moss Cooper - will also be there

Featuring icons such as an AC Cobra, a Ferrari 212 Inter, a Lister Jaguar Knobbly, a Maserati Birdcage, plus a mighty Chevrolet V8 powered Lola T70, the ‘Sportscar’ grouping is equally outstanding.

Widening the appeal, a BMW M3 joins a flame-spitting Ford Sierra under the ‘Touring Car Legends’ banner while the ‘Le Mans’ category is topped by a Jaguar XJ220, a Porsche 911 and a Ford GT40. 

For those seeking more quirky nostalgia, the ‘Vintage Racers’ collection embraces a host of chain-driven Fraser Nash and GN specials from before WW2 as well as a stunning 1932 Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio.

The eagerness of owners to dust of their outstanding cars further underlines the huge enthusiasm being generated by all those in the classic car movement now the Bicester Heritage event has become an exciting, must-attend reality. “After what everyone has been through in recent months, we wanted to give visitors to The Classic Car Drive In Weekend something really special to enjoy, and the stunning collection of historic racing cars that we’ve mustered for Bicester is just that,” enthused show director Bas Bungish. “You only have to run through the magical marques listed to set your heart beating a bit faster: Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Cooper... I can’t wait to see – and hear – them all revving up and performing on our track”

This vintage Alfa Romeo raced in the Sicilian mountain roads marathon – the Targa Florio


These epic Historic Racing categories will be sharing the spotlight with the incredible collection of historic rally cars already announced. Included among these is a fitting tribute to the late, great Colin McRae on the 25thanniversary of his heroic and historic World Rally Championship title win for Subaru in 1995. 

Fuelling that milestone celebration, no fewer than four of McRae’s victorious Subarus are now confirmed for Bicester with two more legendary blue Imprezas now joining the 1991 British Rally Championship winning Legacy RS replica and 1997 Network Q RAC Rally winning Impreza. The renowned Prodrive team which took McRae to his WRC title will be exhibiting the flying Scot’s Rallye Catalunya winner from 1996 while well-known car collector Max Girardo will be bringing McRae’s Safari Rally winner from 1997.

Adult admission tickets to The Classic Car Drive In Weekend are priced from just £10 for the drive in cinema and £18 for the accompanying classic car show. Full experience show tickets offer even greater value. Priced at just £25 for adults and £15 children (aged 5-15), these automatically give visitors access to the entire showground including one of the 10 great drive in car-themed movies of their choice.

Films being screened range from car chase classics such as The Italian Job and Gone In 60 Seconds to more recent blockbusters including Fast & Furious 7Baby Driver and Le Mans ’66. For more information and to purchase tickets visit: www.theclassiccarshowuk.com. The website also provides a full film schedule plus comprehensive information on all the Covid-compliant procedures being put in place to provide all-comers with a secure environment.

ENDURANCE RACING GREATS AT SALON PRIVE


This year’s Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by AXA will feature a brand-new class dedicated to ‘Milestones of Endurance Racing’. From sports-prototypes to GT models, the line-up will celebrate the sensational range of machinery designed to take on some of the most testing events in motorsport, including the most famous and prestigious race in the world – the Le Mans 24 Hours. The class will be split into pre- and post-1985 cars, and two stunning ex-works Alfa Romeos are set to star in the earlier class – a 1972 Tipo 33 TT3 and a 1974 Tipo 33 TT12. The TT3 was campaigned by Autodelta for two full seasons in the World Championship for Makes, and in 1972 it finished fourth overall at Le Mans in the hands of Alfa Romeo stalwart Andrea de Adamich and Sicilian legend Nino Vaccarella. The result helped the team secure second place in the championship standings at the end of the year.


The TT12 made its racing debut in the 1974 Monza 1000km, and took a glorious victory on home turf courtesy of Arturo Merzario and Italian-born superstar Mario Andretti. After taking pole position, the stellar pairing dominated the race and finished four laps clear of the second-placed car. Merzario raced chassis number ‘008’ throughout 1974, sharing it with the likes of Brian Redman, Jacky Ickx and Vittorio Brambilla. It was used by the factory team again in 1975, and scored four victories – at Dijon, Monza, Enna and the Nürburgring – as #AlfaRomeo dominated the World Championship for Makes. Merzario and local favourite Vaccarella also took ‘008’ to victory in the non-championship Targa Florio.


The Alfa Romeo TT12 dominated the World Championship for Sports Car Manufacturers in 1975


The later class for post-1985 cars will feature a modern-day great from Maranello. Prodrive built only 10 of its Ferrari 550 Maranello racers, and chassis 03 is a five-time veteran of the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 2004, it competed at La Sarthe in the hands of Darren Turner, Rickard Rydell and rally star Colin McRae. The illustrious trio finished a superb ninth overall and third in class.


Raced extensively between 2002 and 2006, ‘03’ scored five victories and 14 podium finishes in 33 events all over the world, and has raced Le Mans more times than any other Ferrari. With its 6-litre V12 and Peter Stevens-designed bodywork, the 550 Maranello Prodrive became a fan favourite and chalked up numerous successes in international racing.


Given the presence of the Ferrari 550 Maranello, it’s fitting that Prodrive boss David Richards will be a guest at Salon Privé, where he will be joined by one of motorsport’s greatest privateers – David Piper. From Ferrari GTO to Porsche 917, Piper enjoyed a huge amount of success at the wheel of some of the most iconic sports and GT cars of all time, and won the Kyalami Nine Hours no fewer than five times in a row.


The Ferrari 550 Maranello prepared for international endurance racing by Prodrive


Bringing the story almost up to date will be one of only four remaining 2010-specification Ford GT1s. Based on the GT road car and developed by Matech Concepts with the blessing of Ford itself, the GT1 continued the Blue Oval’s long and illustrious history in sportscar racing. The car that will be on display at Blenheim Palace is chassis 003, which was raced with considerable success in 2011 by future factory BMW and #AstonMartin driver Maxime Martin.


The Ford GT1 was developed for racing by Matech Concepts with the approval of FoMoCo


All of the cars will be assessed by specialist judges David Ingram – formerly of Audi – and race-preparation guru Paul Lanzante. They will be given the difficult task of deciding who will go home with the silverware.


Design genius Adrian Newey will also be at Blenheim Palace. As well as masterminding some of the greatest #FormulaOne cars of the modern era, Newey has extensive experience of racing at #LeMans in both historic and contemporary machinery.


Concours Chairman Andrew Bagley said: ‘The Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by AXA is already one of the most prestigious on the international calendar, and this exciting new class will elevate it yet further. It also gives us an added dimension in that these machines will be judged according to presence and provenance rather than condition alone. They were built to race hard and their battle scars are to be celebrated as part of their story.’


The Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by AXA will be held on Wednesday 23 September, with the judging taking place in the morning. A Trophy presentation forms a memorable spectacle in the afternoon, before the ultimate accolade of Best of Show is announced on Thursday 24 September.



MOTORCYCLES SHOWCASED AT SALON PRIVÉ


Now in its 15th year, Salon Privé is a must-attend event for any motoring aficionado, and it’s not just cars either. The event has an enviable reputation for attracting best-of-breed motorcycles and motorcars. Visitors will get to see a mouth-watering display of motorcycles from Café Racers of the 1950s and ’60s, Choppers from the 1970s and wacky racers from the 1980s to the very latest feats of engineering.


The Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance presented by AXA takes place on Wednesday 23 September, and all trophies will be presented at the Motorbike Awards Ceremony on Thursday 24 September with judges, owners and the Duke of Marlborough present. The prestigious motorcycle concours features two classes – Exceptional Motorcycles and Exceptional Competition Motorcycles.


Confirmed entries include a rare and valuable 1974 Ducati 750SS ‘Green Frame’. One of only 401 produced, all of which were hand-built and overseen by technical boss Fabio Taglioni, this particular example was sourced from Spain by its current owner and returned to the UK for a full restoration. Together with a 1976 750SS by Newton Engineering and 1975 900SS that have also been entered, it completes a full set of iconic round- and square-case Ducati V-twin motorcycles. It will be the first time three examples of this kind have been exhibited together in the UK.


Also from the Ducati stable comes a 1971 450cc Desmo Desert Racer, the only known C&J-framed Ducati ‘single’. It was originally built in Jeff Cole’s California workshop as the ultimate derivation of Taglioni’s masterpiece. The machine was road-registered as a street ‘hot rod’ in California during the 1970s but was later discovered in 2017 as a rusty anonymous wreck. It has been rebuilt using period accessories and as many of the surviving battered components as possible.


Another Concours debutant is a rare 1948 Norton 500cc Jack Moore Prototype with a remarkable history. In 2014, the remains of one of the second prototype engines became available through an online auction house. Then an article about the first prototype engine (unidentified at the time) appeared in Classic Bike magazine. By late 2018, the current owner had acquired both engines plus enough parts to carry out a complete reconstruction of the road-running motorcycle prototype.


After nearly 18 months of careful restoration of the engine, gearbox and chassis parts, the construction of the second Jack Moore Prototype Norton was completed in October 2019. It was back on the road 72 years after first being tested at the Bracebridge factory!


The prototype of the long-lived Norton Dominator twin


Elsewhere on the lawns of Blenheim Palace, new British manufacturer Langen Motorcycles is set to officially launch its ultra-exclusive two-stroke ‘pocket rocket’ motorcycle. The beautifully engineered 250cc two-stroke is inspired by the ‘ton up’ Café Racers of the 1950s but uses the latest advances in engineering and technology. The fuel-injected motorcycle uses a 90-degree V-twin motor with a counter-rotating crankshaft producing 80bhp at 11,800rpm. Its hand-made aluminium frame and a carbon-fibre body features 24-carat gold-leaf detailing and weighs a mere 112kg. The limited-edition model will be manufactured in only 250 pieces.


Langen will be joined by celebrated Bolton-based manufacturer CCM Motorcycles, which was founded by Alan Clews in 1971 and has gained a reputation for creating the most unique hand-crafted ’bikes in the industry.


To commemorate its 75th anniversary, legendary Italian marque MV Agusta will be making its Salon Privé debut via UK partner Krazy Horse. The latest models will be on display, including the retro-look Superveloce and the Brutale 1000RR – the world’s most powerful ‘naked’ (no fairing) motorcycle. They will be joined by the Dragster SCS and the Rush concept ’bike.


Founded in 1945 by Count Domenico Agusta, the company won its first World Championship in 1952 in the 125cc class, and by the time it withdrew from racing in 1976, it had won 270 Grands Prix and 38 World Riders’ Championships with great names such as Giacomo Agostini, John Surtees and Mike Hailwood.



At the opposite end of the spectrum, EISENBERG Racing will officially launch the world’s most powerful and compact production V8 motorbike ever made. Designed and built in Britain in collaboration with Prodrive and EISENBERG racing, the EISENBERG V8 pushes the boundaries of engineering to the extreme. The modern-day muscle retro looking bike features a 3000cc V8 engine that weighs just 80kg and delivers 480hp. With a flat plane crank configuration, it revs like a Ferrari to 11,000rpm and has a top speed of 250mph! The V8 engine has been specially designed to fit within the tight packaging constraints of a normal motorbike, as opposed to building a motorbike around a large V8 American muscle car engine.


Sitting alongside the EISENBERG V8 will be Britain's fastest naked (no fairing) bike – the road-legal 580hp MADMAX Turbine bike which is powered by a Rolls-Royce turbine from an Agusta 109 helicopter. The bike holds numerous Guinness, World and British speed records with Zef Eisenberg at the helm.



Salon Privé Week 2020 23rd September - Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance by AXA 24th September - Salon Privé Ladies’ Day by Boodles 25th September - Salon Privé Masters by Pirelli and Lockton

26th September - Salon Privé Classic & Supercar 


Tickets can be purchased via the website www.salonpriveconcours.com or by calling the Ticket Hotline: 0808 100 2205.


COLIN McRAE CELEBRATION AT BICESTER HERITAGE


The pinnacle of rally icon Colin McRae’s heroic career will be celebrated at this month’s ground-breaking Classic Car Drive In Weekend (18-20 September). It is 25 years since the swashbuckling Scot won the 1995 Network Q RAC Rally GB to become Britain’s first World Rally Champion and the acclamation of that seminal motor sporting milestone will be one of the many highlights at the ultimate, new three-day COVID-compliant outdoor festival being staged at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire.


Conceived to provide car enthusiasts with a very special day out in these challenging times, The Classic Car Drive In Weekend combines two massive drive in cinemas with a more traditional classic car show featuring 500+ classic cars on display, a live Bonhams MPH auction, dealer showcases, traders plus a host of enthusiastic car clubs.  Adding further to the high-octane entertainment, visitors will also be able to see and hear a stunning array of classic cars in action on Bicester Heritage’s figure-of-eight test track. Honouring the 25th anniversary of McRae’s standout achievement, the Slowly Sideways club is assembling a dazzling collection of rally cars which will be topped by a pair of a very significant Subarus. The first is an exact replica of the Rothmans-liveried Legacy RS in which the Super Scot blitzed the opposition to win his first British Rally Championship title in 1991; the second is the instantly-recognised blue-bodied and gold-wheeled Impreza WRC in which he won the Network Q RAC Rally for a third time in 1997.



Tragically the idolised McRae lost his life in a helicopter accident in 2007, but his legacy lives on in his cars and his unforgettably flamboyant driving style.  “Colin McRae will forever be a true hero and we are honoured to be celebrating his greatest success at The Classic Car Drive In Weekend,” said show director Ba Bungish. 

“Colin’s spectacular and totally committed driving style won the hearts of millions of fans all over the world and I’m sure the distinctive sights and sounds of these legendary Subarus whizzing around the track at Bicester will bring back lots of wonderful memories.” 

As a further treat for Subaru fans, one of the car-centric films is the 2017 action-packed heist movie Baby Driver which stars young getaway driver Ansel Elgort skidding through the streets of Atlanta behind the wheel of a bright red Impreza WRX STi.

As well as the two magical McRae machines, the Slowly Sideways collection performing at Bicester will feature a number of other awe-inspiring rally icons. These include several sensational show-stoppers from the fearsome Group B era, plus a feast of other forest stars including MG Metro 6R4s, Ford Escort RS1800s, Porsche 911s and Renault Alpines Adding to the attraction, the stellar line-up of rally winners will all be joined on track by some equally eye-catching road and race classics from yesteryear. 



Awesome Group B MG Metro 6R4 in rally action

Adult admission tickets to The Classic Car Drive In Weekend are priced from just £10 for the drive in cinema and £18 for the accompanying classic car show. For more information and to purchase tickets visit: www.theclassiccarshowuk.com. The website also provides a full film schedule plus comprehensive information on all the Covid-compliant procedures being put in place to provide all-comers with a secure environment.


BMW COLLECTION AT BONHAMS BARBER ONLINE AUCTION

Bonhams’ annual fall auction “Collectors Motorcycles & Motorcars at the Barber Museum” scheduled for October 10th will now be exclusively live online. With last week’s announcement that the 2020 Barber Vintage Festival is canceled as a result of COVID-19, Bonhams will employ the same successful format recently used for their Quail Motorcar Auction – live online with vehicles previewed and offered from regional hubs,

An outstanding collection of vintage BMWs, consisting of several highly sought-after examples, particularly pre-war models, will headline the offerings. Each motorcycle in the collection is in running condition and is being offered without reserve.






The rarest of the bunch is the 1928 R57, which was produced for just three years and is incredibly desirable among collectors. Appearing only a few years after the introduction of BMW’s very first motorcycle, the historically important R57 is not just exceedingly scarce, it’s superbly engineered, beautifully styled and a wonderful riding experience. It carries an extremely reasonable estimate of $50,000 - $70,000.


Other “no reserve” examples in the collection include a 1933 R4, a 1938 R35, a 1940 R12 with sidecar – the famed workhorse of the Wehrmacht and innovatively built with BMW’s first hydraulically damped telescopic forks (estimate $20,000 - $30,000), and a 1957 R26 with sidecar, among others.


Additionally, in keeping with the theme and spirit of the Barber Motorsports Museum, Bonhams’ auction will now include select sports cars as well. Already consigned is an incredibly cool 1977 Porsche 911 RS Outlaw that offers sexy RS looks, 375 powerful horses and modern drivability.



A NEW CLASSIC CAR SHOW FOR A NEW ERA


What better way for petrol-heads to reignite their passion than with a feast of more than 500 fabulous classic cars enhanced by some of the greatest classic car movies – and all set in a Covid-compliant drive in experience at one of the UK’s most iconic and accessible motoring destinations.Redesigned for these challenging times, The Classic Car Drive In Weekend is an all-new and exciting car-themed event designed specifically to provide enthusiasts with an outstanding outdoor, socially distanced visitor experience.


The ground-breaking show – the very first drive-in dedicated to cars – is the brainchild of Brand Events, the award-winning team behind a raft of innovative experiential successes including The London Classic Car Show, Top Gear Live, CarFest and a new series of Drive & Dine events, and will be staged at Bicester Heritage, the Home of Historic Motoring, in Oxfordshire over the weekend of 18-20 September.


All show-goers will be treated to a drive in movie plus the added pleasure of savouring the sights and sounds of some of the world’s finest classic and competition cars performing live in thrilling and evocative action. Films already confirmed include some of the best car movies ever to hit the silver screen. Lovers of epic car chases can choose between blockbusters such as The Italian Job, Gone In 60 Seconds, Fast and Furious 7and Baby Driver while the billing is equally impressive for motor sport fans with Rush, Senna, Le Mans 66 and Days of Thunder all on the line-up. With two drive in cinemas and three screenings each and every day, no fewer than 18 different viewing options will be available.


As well as the memorable drive in cinema experience, visitors also will be offered a full day’s entertainment topped by dramatic demonstration runs on a specially constructed on Bicester Heritage's existing track, which will also stage colourful motoring parades. Other highlights will include gatherings of more than 25 of the UK’s leading car clubs, eye-catching displays by top dealers, a host of car-related traders and retailers plus a live Bonhams MPH car auction hosted on-site. Adding to the spectacle and magical atmosphere, classic car owners are also being encouraged to drive into the event and display their own personal pride and joy to the world.


Bicester Heritage is the perfect home for the first major new Covid-compliant classic car show. Located on the UK’s best-preserved WW2 RAF Bomber Station, it is one of the UK’s most significant motoring destinations and home to the first Centre of Excellence for Historic Motoring. Moreover, the huge event location, comprising 444 acres not only provides extensive airfield perimeter roads for eye-catching automotive action but also acres of outdoor space for this exciting new socially distanced event.


Daniel Geoghegan CEO of Bicester Heritage commented: "The Classic Car Drive In Weekend is the perfect excuse to throw open the doors again at Bicester Heritage and to share the vibrant spirit here, we look forward to welcoming enthusiasts to our Centre of Excellence for Historic Motoring."


All the elements add up to the ground-breaking show for which the classic car community has been eager ever since the lifting of lockdown regulations and the arrival of the summer season. It is also a welcome boost for the entire classic car industry.


“With so many of our traditional motoring attractions being postponed, cancelled or run behind closed doors, we were determined to create a wonderful event for the new normal – and, with The Classic Car Drive In Weekend, we have done just that,” enthused show director Bas Bungish. “In these challenging times our priority will always be to provide a safe and secure environment for all our visitors and exhibitors but that doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy a fabulous day out with friends and family if the right precautions are in place. Indeed, that’s exactly what so many of us have been yearning for.”


The birth of The Classic Car Drive In Weekend also endorses Bicester Heritage’s ambition to create the UK’s principal destination for anyone who wants to experience motor cars from all eras. “This exciting new partnership with Brand Events certainly furthers our ambitions to share our passion with the wider motoring community,” said Shaun O’Hara, Event Director at Bicester Heritage. “Clearly launching a new classic car show in the current climate isn’t without its challenges, but we believe that the team at Brand Events have created something really special and safe, which many car enthusiasts and movie buffs will relish after so many months of relative inactivity.”


Further details of The Classic Car Drive In Weekend including news of stunning static and demo display cars, a full schedule of epic drive in movies, listings of notable cars being auctioned by Bonhams MPH plus all the latest news of other mouth-watering attractions will be announced in the next few weeks via the www.theclassiccarshowuk.com website and associated social media platforms.


The website also provides full information on all the Covid-compliant procedures being put in place to provide all-comers with a secure environment.


Show tickets – priced at just £25 for adults and £15 children (aged 5-15) – will automatically give visitors access to one drive in film of their choice. For those looking to drive in, park up and just enjoy a film, a movie screening ticket is also on offer priced at £10 for adults and £7.50 for children.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: www.theclassiccarshowuk.com

CANOSSA TOURS NORTH AMERICA


Canossa Events, Europe’s pre-eminent luxury automotive touring provider, which expanded to North America in 2019, is launching several private – and safe – small-group road-trip excursions that will explore America’s most majestic corridors. Beginning in Fall 2020, Canossa Events North America will offer a series of exclusive, highly curated automotive tours for discerning car enthusiasts. Guests will explore picturesque drives, indulge in one-of-a-kind gastronomy experiences, enjoy luxury accommodations and rediscover la dolce vita – all curated via Canossa’s signature values of beauty, elegance, taste and personalized service.

Canossa Events North America is also applying its white-glove service to its safety protocols. All excursions are limited in size, and the staff and hosts along each tour adhere to strictest safety and social distancing guidelines to deliver a carefree and pleasant experience for guests whatever the prevailing COVID-19 sitiation might be.


Canossa Events North America is currently accepting reservations for its Fall Rallye New England, and will soon announce additional excursions, including:


Grand Tour of California, which will highlight the coastal byways, wine country and farm-to-fork culture of California’s Central Coast.


Rallye of Enchantment, which will explore some of America’s most iconic landscapes of New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona and Utah.


Canossa Events began in Emilia Romagna, Italy’s culinary and automotive epicenter – and home to Europe’s most awe-inspiring drives. Known as Food Valley, the region is home to Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma Prosciutto and Modena Balsamic Vinegar, among other delicacies. Emilia Romagna is also referred to as the Motor Valley, thanks to its illustrious supercar and motorbike houses, such as #Ferrari, #Lamborghini, #Maserati, #Pagani, #Dallara and #Ducati.


“We have longed to bring Canossa’s version of la dolce vita to North America,” says Canossa’s Founder, Luigi Orlandini. “And in this current climate, we have the opportunity to deliver our experiences to our fans who are unable to leave North America. With Canossa Events North America, we will safely celebrate the freedom to drive, indulge in culinary delights, and soak in the beautiful sceneries amongst old and new friends.”


Founded in 2010 in Italy’s Motor Valley and Food Valley – Emilia Romagna – Canossa Events is Europe’s preeminent provider of luxury automotive rallies and motorsport events for the discerning enthusiast. Canossa Events offers Canossa Grand Tours, which furnishes guests with their own Fiat 500 Abarth and guides them on highly curated tours of Italy’s most storied regions to fully indulge in la dolce vita. Canossa Events, a Motorsport Network company, launched Canossa Events North America in 2019.



KOP HILL CLIMB FESTIVAL DATES FOR 2021


The Kop Hill Climb organising committee has pleasure in announcing that the 2021 Kop Hill Climb Festival will take place over the weekend of September 18/19 on the famous climb near Princes Risborough in England’s beautiful Chiltern Hills.


Next year marks the 110th Anniversary of the first-ever Kop Hill Climb held in 1910, so we will be celebrating both the return of an event which has become an established favourite of so many in recent years and the long and distinguished history which lies behind it. We all look forward to next year with rather more anticipation than usual.



Meanwhile, we renew our call to all of you who have fond memories of the event to donate to this year’s KHC Appeal, the first-ever of its kind. The people who benefit from the charities we support need your help more than ever in these difficult days. You can donate directly by going to https://www.totalgiving. co.uk/mypage/khcappeal


Another way in which you can support our Appeal is to buy a copy of our commemorative magazine, published last year. It is a 68-page, full colour glossy publication with over 80 illustrations which celebrate the spirit of the event since 1910. For those that think ahead, it makes a thoughtful Christmas present! Simply go to our website www.kophillclimb.org. uk select “shop” on the far right of the toolbar and follow the instructions. Every copy sold contributes directly to the Appeal. Finally, we are now going to do an online virtual event via our Facebook page on Sunday September 20. Seven hours of video from 10.00 onwards and chat covering the event and its history.


TEN GREAT DRIVING MOVIES AT CLASSIC DRIVE-IN WEEKEND  

Ten of the best loved driving movies of all times will top the bill at the exciting new The Classic Car Drive-In Weekend. Created to provide petrol-heads with a Covid-compliant outdoor event in these challenging times, the very first drive-in movie experience dedicated to car films headlines at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire on 18-20 September. Two giant drive-in cinemas will be at the heart of the innovative festival and, with three screenings every day at 11am, 4pm and 8pm, visitors are being offered an amazing choice between 18 different screenings. These special screenings fire up on Friday morning with a true sixties classic: The Italian Job, the much-loved heist caper starring Michael Caine plus, of course, a trio of patriotically painted Minis.


The curtain then comes down on Sunday evening with the action-packed Fast & Furious 7. Marking Paul Walker’s final appearance, the seventh film from the hugely popular street racing series is widely hailed as the multi-billion dollar franchise’s absolute pinnacle. 

The choice bridging these two seminal driving movie icons is equally star-studded with Hollywood heroes such as Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, Burt Reynolds, Will Ferrell and Matt Damon all gracing the two silver screens at the former RAF base in Bicester. For those who love a car chase there is Gone in 60 SecondsSmokey and the Bandit and, from more recent times, the multiple Oscar nominated Baby Driver.



What’s more there is an equally outstanding selection of blockbuster motor sport movies, too. For Formula 1 fans, Senna and Rush share the afternoon billing on all three days, while Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights: The Ballard of Ricky Bobby both bring the thrills and spills on US-style NASCAR racing to the state-of-the-art LED screens.



The incredible movie roster is completed by Le Mans ’66 (aka Ford v Ferrari) – a much celebrated Academy Award winner from earlier this year.


The Classic Car Drive-In Weekend 'Full Experience' tickets give access to one of these box office films plus the outdoor Classic Car show, or visitors have the option to select the Drive-In experience alone. On arrival, cars will be parked up in socially distanced bays. Sound will be provided either via either a dedicated FM radio channel or via pre-sanitised speakers. Covid-compliant food, drink and toilets are also provided.  “Drive-in cinemas have become the somewhat unexpected saviours during these strange times and there could be no better way to bring car lovers back together than by the creation of an unmissable Classic Car Drive In Weekend,” enthused show director Bas Bungish.  “At Bicester we will have not one but two of these massive drive-in cinemas and we will be screening a stunning selection of mind-blowing car-themed movies. It’s going to be double the delight and a truly memorable experience for all those attending.”  While the power-fuelled movie festival will be the undoubted highlight for many, The Classic Car Drive In Weekend also combines a more traditional classic car show featuring 500+ classic cars on show, a live Bonhams MPH auction, demonstration runs and parades on Bicester Heritage’s track, dealer displays, traders plus a host of enthusiastic car clubs. There really will be something for everyone to savour. Full Experience show tickets – priced at just £25 for adults and £15 children (aged 5-15) – will automatically give visitors access to one drive in film of their choice as well as all the full show site.  For those looking just to drive in, park up and enjoy a movie, a Film only ticket is also on offer priced at £10 for adults and £7.50 for children. With numbers restricted to 10,000 over the weekend to guarantee social distancing – and some of the screenings certain to sell-out swiftly – visitors are strongly advised not to delay their purchase. For more information and to purchase tickets visitwww.theclassiccarshowuk.com

The website also provides a full film schedule plus comprehensive information on all the Covid-compliant procedures being put in place to provide all-comers with a secure environment.

ROD SHOWS 2021 DATES


California show organisers, Rod Shows Inc. have announced new springtime dates in April and May for their two major events in the hope that the current COVID-19 virus problems will have significantly abated by then.

The Grand National Roadster Show at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona will move from its traditional late-January date to May 14th – 16th and the Sacramento Autorama will move from mid-February to April 9th – 11th.

BRITISH MOTOR MUSEUM FREE TUESDAY NIGHT GATHERINGS’!


The British Motor Museum is delighted to announce it is to host a series of brand new monthly evening gatherings aimed at motoring enthusiasts. The first ‘Gaydon Gathering’ will take place on Tuesday 15 September from 5:30pm to 8pm and the next on Tuesday 13 October. The Gaydon Gathering will then be a regular feature of the 2021 events programme, on the second Tuesday of every month starting on the 13 April 2021.


These informal events will be held outdoors on the Museum’s arenas and are free to attend. Visitors can just turn up on the evening, with no pre-booking required. At 7pm the Museum will present the ‘Gaydon Garage’ feature when the Museum’s workshop doors will be opened to reveal one of the fantastic vehicles from the collection that are not often seen out of the Museum. The vehicle will be driven out onto the apron and introduced over the PA system.

Display vehicles will be parked in front of the Museum whilst there will be separate free parking for those that arrive in modern everyday vehicles. On the night visitors can also enjoy refreshments including burgers, beers, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Gaydon Gatherings will take place in the grounds but the Museum itself will not be open during these evenings.



Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum stated “Our casual gatherings are open to everyone. It doesn’t matter if your vehicle is British or not, if it’s a car, commercial, military, bus, motorbike, scooter, tractor or any other interesting vehicle, just bring it along. Be it classic, veteran, vintage or a modern classic – all are welcome. And if you don’t have any of the above, you are still welcome to come along and enjoy the evening! It’s an opportunity for petrol heads to indulge their passion with like-minded people - whilst having a burger and a drink. We hope these events will appeal to our enthusiast friends who would like an early week alternative to staying at home watching TV!”


In addition, the Museum hopes to launch some evening indoor events for enthusiasts over the winter months; more information on this will follow on its website and via social media. The Museum will continue to monitor the Government advice and keep visitors informed of any changes. Names and contact details of all arrivals will be taken to comply with NHS Test and Trace and visitors are asked to observe social distancing.

For more information on the Gaydon Gatherings please visit https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/whats-on/gaydon-gathering-september


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