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I don’t know what you have planned for this weekend, but on
Sunday those living in Southern England will have a chance to see
the annual running of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally.
Held almost continuously over the years, on the first Sunday in
November, it celebrates the repeal in 1896 of the “Locomotive
Act”, the notorious “Red Flag Act” which limited
the speed of motor vehicles to quite literally walking pace. As
the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, for so long the guardians
of the event, say ‘a more vocal British public demanded that
motoring be recognised as a force for the good’. Well, nearly
110 years on that sentiment rings truer than ever across the world
where the motorist is under ever greater pressures on the issues
of noise, economy, environment and speed. There is a concours tomorrow
(Saturday, 1st November) at which many of Sunday’s runners
can be seen close-up. The article in ‘Classic Inside’
will give you all the details - and I hope to see you there.
More matters RAC. This week saw the presentation of the Club’s
Dewar Trophy (an annual award for excellence and innovation in automotive
technology) to Jaguar for their aluminium shelled new XJ Saloon.
Present in the rotunda of the Pall Mall Club was a semi-cut away,
bare polished aluminium bodyshell of the car which shows the lengths
to which modern manufacturers go in order to satisfy international
demand for greener, more fuel efficient cars. The new XJ is longer,
wider and more spacious inside - yet the bodyshell weighs around
200kgs less than the outgoing model.
Chatting to one of the Coventry company’s directors over lunch
he enthused about the version he was driving, the XJR 4.2 Supercharged.
Interestingly Jaguar have a diesel on the stocks which when tested
in the big car has demonstrated astonishing performance with the
excellent economy associated with the type.
Proof of the constant development in motor vehicle technology that
has occurred since the early days of motoring to be celebrated this
WEEK IN CLASSIC DRIVER
receives the 'Luxury Briefing Award for Excellence'
27 Oct 2003…Bentley Motors is delighted to have received the
Luxury Briefing Award for Excellence. The company won the award for
its strategy, drive and product innovation following the launch of
the Bentley Continental GT – the world’s fastest four
seat coupé, the first all-new and unique Bentley design for
over 70 years...
Seven goes Down Under
legendary Seven sportscar returns Down Under to Australia next month
for the first time in six years. The Surrey based firm has received
the green light to begin exports of the two-seater after meeting
the latest Australian Design Regulations...
the complete article
A8 L 4.0 TDI quattro
is presenting the long-wheelbase version of the A8 4.0 TDI quattro.
This touring saloon combines the dynamic qualities of the world's
most powerful eight-cylinder diesel car with spacious first-class
the complete article
Sport & Racing launch MG XPower SV
Sport & Racing has today announced the sales launch of the MG
XPower SV, a car which catapults the Company into competition with
the best of the world’s performance vehicle manufacturers...
read the complete article
at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London SW1 Oct 2nd 2003 - Review
report a significant number of cars sold at their Oct 3 Auction in
London’s historic Horticultural Halls, a stone’s throw
from Parliament Square. Top seller was the 1931 Invicta Low Chassis
S Type which went for £238,000. The 1952 Allard J2X Historic
Competition Car sold for £85,575, as did the 1959 Cooper T51
Maserati (£103,500). One of our favourites, the 1975 Alfa Romeo
Montreal also sold at a top-of-estimate £6,700...
to Brighton Run 2003 - Concours in London on 1st November before Sunday's
week-end fifty of the world’s finest veteran cars will be on
display for the first time in central London. The public will be given
a chance to savour the runners and riders for this Sunday’s
London to Brighton Veteran Car Rally. Situated at Waterloo Place (bottom
of Haymarket outside the Institute of Directors) this Saturday 1st
November 11.00 a.m. the public will also be able to see the cars undertake
mini exhibition runs...
Le Mans 2002 - the DVD. A personal experience from film maker Alexander
long-time contributing photographer (and film director), Alexander
Davidis, joined Nicholas Mee’s “Club Tertre Rouge”
trip to the inaugural ‘Le Mans Classic’ last year. Turning
up with fellow film maker Nick Wrathall, Alexander surprised the
rest of the party, that included members of the Classic Driver and
Aston Martin ‘Works Service’ teams, with a boot loaded
with vintage camera gear...
the complete article
fifth 911 to come to the UK. Finished in Heron grey with red leatherette
this five-speed car has wood veneer trim finish, chrome dial bezels,
and a Blaupunkt Breman radio. This is an opportunity to buy a very
important car that we believe will see its value increase in the
years to come.
colour Heron Grey
interior colour Red Leather
price 24.000 GBP
Market Flat Lane, Scotton, Knaresborough,
North Yorkshire, HG5 9JA
Phone +44 (0) 1423 865600
GTR 6.7 Chevy
6.7 Chevrolet engine, total spec. car as new.
y ear 1999
Water Hall, Wixoe, Stoke By Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8UA
Phone +44 (0) 1440 714884
to Brighton Run, UK
see further event details
2nd November 2003
Tour d’Espana Auto, Spain
5 – 9th November 2003
International Classic Motor Show, NEC, UK
8 – 9th November 2003
Bonhams Auction, London Olympia, UK
1st December 2003
Christie's Auction, The Jack Barclay Showroom, UK
2nd December 2003
Barons Auction, Sandown Park Exhibition Centre, Esher,
2nd December 2003
Coys Auction, The Royal Horticultural Halls, London
H&H Auction, Buxton, UK
9 – 10th December 2003
Bonhams Europe Auction, Gstaad, Switzerland
19th December 2003
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