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Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost re-enacts triumphant London-Edinburgh run 110 years on

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost re-enacts triumphant London-Edinburgh run 110 years on

  • 20-Ghost Club re-enacts historic London-Edinburgh Trial of 1911 with the winning Silver Ghost, chassis number 1701
  • Starting from the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, the two-day run replicated as much of the original route along the Great North Road as possible
  • Trip ends with a celebration at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Edinburgh
  • Gearbox locked in top gear for the entire journey to Edinburgh, as required in the original event

“The Silver Ghost is arguably the most famous Rolls-Royce model of all time. It was through its success in the early trials of speed, reliability and endurance that it earned Rolls-Royce its reputation as ‘the best car in the world’. Winning the 1911 London-Edinburgh Trial was a landmark moment for Silver Ghost 1701: that the same car, now a priceless collector’s item, can repeat the endeavour 110 years later is testament to its remarkable engineering, materials and build quality. Our sincere congratulations to our friends at the 20‑Ghost Club on this fantastic achievement.”

Andrew Ball, Head of Corporate Relations, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

History literally repeated itself recently, as Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1701 re-enacted its astonishing run in the 1911 London-Edinburgh Trial.

The car, designed as an ‘Experimental Speed Car’, won the original event locked in top gear for the entire 799-mile return trip between the two capitals. Given the primitive state of Britain’s Edwardian roads, its average speed of 19.59 mph was highly impressive – and its then unheard‑of fuel efficiency of over 24 mpg even more so. To prove that the car had not been modified in any way, it achieved 78.2 mph on a half-mile speed test conducted immediately after the Trial; it also became the first Rolls-Royce to exceed 100 mph in a later test at the fabled Brooklands circuit in Surrey.

The re-enactment was as faithful to the 1911 event as possible. The car, now a priceless collector’s item and wearing registration R-1075, departed from the Pall Mall headquarters of the Royal Automobile Club (which oversaw the original Trial) at 06.00 on Sunday 5 September 2021, then travelled to Edinburgh on a route that followed the old Great North Road as closely as practicable – locked in top gear just as it was 110 years before.

To add to the spectacle and sense of occasion, 1701 was accompanied by a further nine Rolls‑Royce Silver Ghosts, all of a similar age and in equally magnificent condition, from the 20-Ghost Club. And to complete the pageant, the cavalcade was escorted all the way to Edinburgh by a brand-new Ghost, handbuilt at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood and finished in Tempest Grey.

The run concluded with a grand reception at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Edinburgh on Monday 6 September 2021.

Andrew Ball said, “Silver Ghost 1701 has a unique and special place in the marque’s history and affections. It’s difficult to think of many machines that can still perform exactly as they did 110 years ago; this extraordinary car is a remarkable tribute to our predecessors who designed, engineered and built it. We’re proud to continue their work and uphold their values in today’s Rolls-Royce motor cars – which are still the best in the world.”

Gearing up for the Goodwood Revival – Entry List and Timetable Published

Gearing up for the Goodwood Revival – Entry List and Timetable Published

With just over a week to go until the 2021 Goodwood Revival returns (Friday 17 – Sunday 19 September, we are delighted to share the Entry List and Timetable for the event.

This year, the event’s ‘Revive and Thrive’ ethos will be brought to life with a new ‘Make-Do & Mend’ area showcasing a host of restoration projects, as well as the inaugural Car Boot Sale on the Sunday of the event, celebrating circular fashion.

The on-track action remains at the heart of the event, with another weekend of unrivalled historic racing, including the newly renamed Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy, returning favourites like the RAC TT Celebration and Whitsun Trophy, and the John Whitmore Trophy – a 45-minute two-driver race for Mini Coopers, with a star-studded line-up.

Image credit: Jayson Fong

Goodwood Revival, Friday 17 – Sunday 19 September.

Tickets
Tickets for the Revival are still available and can be purchased via goodwood.com or by calling the Ticket Office on 01243 755055.

For an extra special day out, hospitality is also available across the event and can be organised by emailing hospitality@goodwood.com or calling 01243 755054.

Goodwood wants customers to be able to book with confidence and if it is deemed that Goodwood events cannot take place on advice from the UK Government due to the ever-changing pandemic, the ‘Ticket Guarantee’ means customers can transfer their ticket to the following year or receive a full refund.

Covid-19
Goodwood’s number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved, whether working behind-the-scenes, at the wheel, or attending the spectacle. Goodwood continues to work closely with Public Health England and UK Government advisory groups and all events will be run strictly in accordance with the Government’s Covid-19 guidelines.

Classic Suzuki Sunday finally returns to the Super Sausage Café

Classic Suzuki Sunday finally returns to the Super Sausage Café

After a year’s sabbatical following the Covid-19 pandemic, the Classic Suzuki Sunday is set to return the Super Sausage Café on 19 September.

Previous years’ events have seen packed crowds at the biker-friendly café off the A5 near Towcester, as Suzuki – through its popular Vintage Parts Programme – and Team Classic Suzuki display a range of 1970s, 80s, and 90s road and racing machinery.

Displayed at this year’s event will be the Team Classic Suzuki Katana endurance racer, which John Reynolds and Pete Boast raced to victory at Oschersleben. Sticking with the Katana theme, the outfit’s project Katana, based on world superbike underpinnings, will also feature.

Added exotica comes courtesy of a factory RGV250 racer from the 1997 Japanese championship, as ridden by Noriyasu Numata in its orange Rizla Suzuki livery.

Suzuki GB will also show off the GSX-R1100 and Bandit 600 rebuilt by apprentices on its Apprenticeship Programme, plus an RGV250 and the 1985 GSX-R750F restored at Motorcycle Live in 2015, as part of the model’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Aftersales marketing co-ordinator, Tim Davies, said,“We are so incredibly happy that we’re able to put this event on again. It’s not far from Suzuki HQ and feels something like a home event, and after the year we had in 2020 we’re really excited to get back to the Super Sausage Café and bring our vintage fleet along with us. As well as the bikes we’re bringing, however, we are always keen to see what other people bring to the event, from GSX-Rs to GTs and everything in between. Traditionally there has always been a fantastic turnout, and being an outdoor event we’re hoping to see the bike park filled again this year.”

The Super Sausage Café can be found off the A5, between Towcester and Potterspury, Northampton, NN12 7QD.

For information on Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme, click here.

Alfa Romeo flies the Italian flag at the Monza Grand Prix

Alfa Romeo flies the Italian flag at the Monza Grand Prix

  • Made at the ‘Centro Stile Alfa Romeo’, a new F1 car livery and race suit designed as a tribute to the unbreakable bond between Monza and Alfa Romeo
  • Exclusive series of events at the Museum in Arese to bring to life the Italian Grand Prix for Alfisti taking place across the weekend

To celebrate the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, the Alfa Romeo ORLAN racing car will take to the track in a livery produced specifically for the event by the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo. 

The Monza circuit is not only the venue of the Italian GP, it is also the track where Alfa Romeo won the first title in Formula 1 history on 3 September, 1950, in the Alfetta 158 with Nino Farina at the wheel.  An unbreakable bond ties Alfa Romeo and Monza, and has been forged once again this year.

The star of the livery is the logo, celebrating the brand’s 111-year history, with the colours reflecting those of the Italian flag, while the upper part of the engine cover has been turned ‘Quadrifoglio’ green, to complement the red and white of the official livery. This use of the colours provides a horizontal outline to the Italian flag, making it the dominant theme of the livery.

The creative contribution of the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo is not limited to the car, but also the design of the Alfa Romeo drivers’ race suits. On these, the Italian flag is also brought to life in the 111 year logo on the upper part of the suit, providing a vertical outline on the driver’s leg, metaphorically all the way down to the tarmac.           

At the museum In Arese
Decked out in this special livery to celebrate the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the Alfa Romeo F1 showcar will be the ‘special guest’ at the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese throughout the weekend.  The brand’s home will also be the place to experience the emotions of the GP, with a live stream of the qualifiers, practice sessions and of course the race itself being broadcast on the big screen in the Giulia Hall.

The showcar itself will offer the opportunity to explore ‘behind the scenes’ of Formula 1. Visitors can take part in a virtual experience, including a livestream with the drivers from the garage at Monza.

The weekend will be filled with Formula 1-themed events, from scale models to actual Alfa Romeo cars, plus two flashmobs from the Alfisti in attendance. The first – the Mini flashmob – will take place in the Giulia Hall at 4:30pm CEST on Saturday, 11 September, on a 1:43 scale reproduction of the track surrounding the museum, featuring Alfa Romeo model cars brought in and displayed by Alfisti. On Sunday, 12 September comes the turn of the ‘real’ Alfa Romeo cars, stepping out on the circuit surrounding the museum. A special tribute will be made to the Alfa Romeo AR51, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Models of the iconic car known as ‘Matta’ (‘crazy’) will star in the flashmob, to make up a huge, celebratory Italian flag. The tribute to the ‘Matta’ will continue on Sunday afternoon with a special parade and an in-depth lecture, part of the backstage series, after the checkered flag at the Grand Prix.

For the Alfisti of the future, the museum has organised an educational workshop where children and young people can try their hand at designing the livery of a single-seater.

For children of all ages, there will be the 1:23 Scale exhibition, featuring scale models by Togi. Since the late 1950s and with only a few very rare exceptions, this brand has exclusively produced models of Biscione-brand cars, in a non-standard format. On display will be the brand’s most iconic models, in different versions, colours and trim levels, with a special focus on the Giulia.

All the events at the museum are free, included in the entrance fee. Reservations are required, by email to info@museoalfaromeo.com. The Green Pass is required to enter the museum.  For the full schedule please visit www.museoalfaromeo.com.  

Bond left Fast and Furious in film franchise driving battle

Bond left Fast and Furious in film franchise driving battle

  • As the latest instalment of James Bond, No Time To Die, draws closer, TrackDays.co.uk has pitted the franchise against the popular Fast and Furious series
  • TrackDay.co.uk’s Aston Martin Thrill Experience accounted for 15% of movie car bookings
  • But Fast and Furious took the movie car crown, attracting 22% of bookings

Villains, exotic locations, and gadgets are synonymous with James Bond, but it’s often the cars that steal the show in one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time. 

So as the premiere of the latest instalment of James Bond, No Time To Die, draws ever closer, Trackdays.co.uk has decided to point the goldfinger at the cars of Mister Bond and the racers of Fast and Furious, to see which of their movie car experiences is the biggest hit with fans.

Fast and Furious faces stiff competition. Fans seemingly never say never to Trackdays.co.uk’s Aston Martin Thrill experience, which includes six miles in the V8 Vantage, as seen in Pierce Bronsan’s Die Another Day.

Dan Jones, operations manager at TrackDays.co.uk, commented: “Clearly our Aston Martin Thrill Experience has an unbreakable bond with fans of agent 007, as it attracted 15% of all bookings in the three months to the end of August.”

And yet, Fast and Furious is the first to see the chequered flag in the battle of the film franchises, leaving 007 to the fate of the furious. TrackDays.co.uk’s Triple Fast and Furious Blast with High-Speed Passenger Ride accounted for approximately 22% of all their bookings in the same period.

With this package, fans have the chance to drive a range of vehicles, including the Nissan Skyline GTR R34, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Dodge ‘Dom’s’ Charger R/T and Toyota Supra 2JZ.

Dan added: “It’s unsurprising that fans have flocked to our Fast and Furious offering.

The series is full of iconic vehicles, many of which are the centre point of some of the most memorable scenes from the movies, including Paul Walker’s emotional final scene in the seventh iteration, and the Toyota Supra, the vehicle which sealed the bond between Brian and Dom at the conclusion of the original film.”

To book your chance to take these movie cars, and many others, for a spin around a track near you, visit www.trackdays.co.uk

Triumphant return for Beaulieu’s International Autojumble

Triumphant return for Beaulieu’s International Autojumble

The greatly-anticipated International Autojumble returned to Beaulieu on 4th and 5th September for a busy weekend of non-stop buying and selling, attracting over 25,000 showgoers who turned out in force despite the impact of Brexit and Covid restrictions on international visitors.

Following the show’s postponement in 2020, its return was welcomed by traders and bargain hunters alike, who were delighted to be back on the Beaulieu event fields to trade elusive spares for their automotive projects, as well as essential tools, books, automobilia and retro lifestyle items such as clothing, picnic sets, classic toy cars and more. With stands spread across two busy fields, this cornerstone of the events season really was a must-see.

A show tradition, the Best Stand Award is presented at every International Autojumble to the stallholders whose pitch truly captures the spirit of the show. Winning the coveted prize were Mark, Andy, Sarah and Jamie Burnett of Burlen Fuel Systems, whose vibrant stand promoting the newly-formed J40 Motor Company caught the eye of judge Danny Hopkins, editor of event media sponsor Practical Classics magazine.

Although show regulars Burlen have exhibited at Beaulieu since the 1970s, this was the first show that the family-run firm had attended since recently launching their new venture, devoted to remanufacturing high quality spare parts for the iconic Austin J40 pedal car. From wheels, tyres and braking components, to bumpers, lights, steering wheels and seats, the J40 Motor Company has plans to offer even more spares over the coming months for these pint-sized classics, which were originally built from 1949 to 1971 by Austin.

“Winning the award really does mean quite a lot to us,” said Managing Director Mark Burnett. “Although we know the classic market and the people in it, when we took on the business which had been started by Roy Halford almost 40 years ago, we didn’t know if people would be unsure about the J40 Motor Company. But the welcome we have received has been unbelievable. People really love it!”

The Burnetts were presented with their award by Lord Montagu and Lolly Lee, who donates a trophy every year in memory of her late father and autojumbler Terry Lee.

The Bonhams MPH sale across the weekend had many buyers reaching for their chequebooks, as a staggering selection of historic vehicles and automobilia went under the hammer. Turning many heads were a 1959 Bristol 402 Drophead Coupe, originally owned by actress Jean Simmons, which sold for £159,750 including premium, and an elegant 1948 Delahaye 135M which sold for £153,125 including premium.

Much smaller but equally eye-catching was a 1933 American Austin ‘woodie’ station wagon, a rare transatlantic version of the Austin Seven, which fetched £16,312. Those who preferred to build their ideal Austin Seven had four chassis and accompanying kits of parts to choose from, which fetched between £637 and £2,040 each.

While a 1928 Bentley 4½-litre tourer went for £157,500, £42,187 would have bought a recently restored 1978 Ford Escort Mexico. Just £843 secured a fascinating Bond Equipe prototype, built after Reliant took over the company and was considering creating a junior Scimitar; never fitted with an engine or road-registered, this unique machine was in need of restoration.

The line-up of cars for sale in Automart was equally impressive. An Austin Mini Countryman which had covered just 16,000 miles from new and had spent 43 years stored in a barn, sold quickly on the Saturday, as did a 1964 Ford Anglia 123E Super. As different as chalk and cheese was a rare 1959 Ginetta G2, a minimalist sports car built using Ford Prefect running gear, and a huge 1975 Dodge Power Wagon 4X4 firefighting vehicle, which had recently been imported from Scandinavia.

£8,500 would have bought a Jaguar XJ-S V12 with 67,500 miles on the clock, while an Austin A30 with just 10,000 miles under its belt was priced at £9,250. A range of high-quality classics was also up for grabs in Dealermart.

Brand new for 2021 was Forgotten Favourites, a display celebrating ordinary everyday cars of the past which are now rarely seen on the roads. From a 1980s Volvo 480ES, Citroen CX and Opel Astra, to a 1970s Austin Maxi, Citroen Dyane and Australian-built Leyland P76, to a 1960s Triumph 1300 and a low-mileage Austin 1100, there was plenty to appeal to the nostalgic side of showgoers.

Joining Forgotten Favourites was a line-up of concours cars from Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional. “I can’t remember the last time I saw one of those!” was often heard as showgoers took a closer look at the Nissan Bluebird, Renault 10, Volvo 340, Daewoo Espero and Nissan Micra on show. While a display from the Morgan Sports Car Club showcased a number of these popular British sports cars.

International Autojumble media sponsors Practical Classics were at the show, sharing advice and motoring stories with enthusiasts, before setting off on a mammoth round-Britain trip in their newly restored VW camper.

Beaulieu’s Spring Autojumble will be returning on 14th and 15th May 2022, with the dates for next year’s International Autojumble to be announced later this autumn. In the meantime, Simply French will be taking place on Sunday 12th September, followed by Simply BMW on 19th September, Simply British Classics on 26th September and Simply Smart on 7th November. Visit www.beaulieu.co.uk for more information.