The British Motor Heritage BMH stand at last year’s MGLIVE!
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British Motor Heritage (BMH) Presence at MGLIVE! 2016

British Motor Heritage (BMH) has been a strong supporter of MGLIVE! and this year’s meeting at Silverstone on June 4/5 will mark its most comprehensive presence at ‘the world’s largest MG event’ to date. The company’s stand will feature a range of vehicles built from BMH replacement body shells and a large sample of other parts for classic MGs. Complementing this quality hardware will be a major selection of motoring products available via the company’s ever-growing online brand, Motoring Classics. They will include: MG-branded leather cases, travel bags, driving gloves and key rings MG-branded leisurewear by Auto Club Racing Moto-Lita steering wheels EBC brakes Tex original equipment wash/wipe and mirror products Other items by such respected brands as: Samco Revotec Zircotec Visitors to the stand are assured of a warm welcome, where BMH’s comprehensive and illustrated 2016 parts catalogue, the […]

Aston Martin Qualifies in Pole Position for Spa-Francorchamps
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Aston Martin Qualifies in Pole Position for Spa-Francorchamps

Aston Martin Racing has qualified in pole position in the GTE Am class, with both GTE Pro entries also poised for a strong showing at the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship; the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Driven by Pedro Lamy (P) and Paul Dalla Lana (C), the #98 V8 Vantage GTE took the GTE Am pole with an average time of 2m20.351. After strong performances throughout all three practice sessions, their qualifying time was a full 1.851 seconds ahead of their nearest rival.

Book Release - Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow & Bentley T-Series
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Book Release – Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow & Bentley T-Series

The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow & Bentley T-Series were a revolutionary step forward when launched in 1965. This book tells the full story and gives details of models, history, and design of these classic British cars, including related coach-built cars, the Silver Wraith ll, Corniche & Camargue. Malcolm Bobbitt also uses his extensive motoring experience to provide valuable advice for buyers, owners and restorers. This new Fourth Edition has been fully revised and contains much new and updated information as well as several new pictures. Malcolm Bobbitt is the author of more than thirty marque histories and general automotive books, a number of which have been published as foreign language editions. As a regular contributor to several periodicals and newspapers, his work and photography have appeared worldwide. A member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, Society of Automotive Historians and Society of Authors, […]

MG GS Unveiled at London Motor Show
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MG GS Unveiled at London Motor Show

MG Motor UK has unveiled its all-new SUV, the MG GS, at the London Motor Show today and announced an automatic DCT gearbox will be available. At an exclusive preview event at the Battersea Park show, MG has proudly pulled back the cover on the GS to reveal the striking new addition to the UK model range. MG was also pleased to announce that the GS will come with the British manufacturer’s first automatic transmission. The SUV’s top specification model will be available with the option of a DCT gearbox; which will be more responsive and provide customers with a much smoother ride. The GS will also come with an agile 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine and will be available in three different trim levels.

Veloce Reprinting Classic Automotive Books
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Veloce Press Reprinting Classic Automotive Books

Available again after a long absence, Veloce Press is reprinting a number of classic automotive titles relating to MG, Jaguar, Rover, and Lea-Francis. All of the titles listed below are scheduled to be released on the 15th of this month and are available directly from the publisher, from Amazon, and many other sources. The MGA This book is the definitive study of the MGA, for the author has gone back to factory records and to the people who worked on the car in the ‘fifties, to find out how it was conceived, manufactured and marketed. Here is the real story of the MGA’s engineering, body styling and every aspect of the car’s development and production – including MG’s strategy to beat its competitors.In seven years of production, there were major successes and sad disappointments. The MGA was the car that […]

1994 Jaguar XJ220
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1994 Jaguar XJ220 at Pinehurst

Final pictures from the Pinehurst Concours, at least for now, from Leigh Gill. This installment is a beautiful 1994 Jaguar XJ220. Gordon Logan Georgetown, TX 1994 Jaguar XJ220 The 1994 Jaguar XJ200 (#128 of 281 produced) was the fastest production car in the world when introduced. Its original sticker price was $624,000. 3.5 Litre V6, Twin Turbocharged, 542HP, 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, 0-100 in 6.0 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph. XJ220s were not imported into the US by Jaguar; originally sold in Germany, this rare supercar was imported into the country in 2004 with only 296 miles on it.  

Royale Racing at Walter Mitty Challenge
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VotW – Royale Racing at the Walter Mitty Challenge

And now for something completely different … our video this week was only filmed a little over a week ago. What we have here is footage from the Walter Mitty Challenge by Classic Motorsports, April 23rd, 2016. Take ia ride in a Royale RP-4 with pro driver Elliot Forbes Robinson, around Road Atlanta’s 2.54 mile, 12 turn track. The onboard camera was mounted on the Royale RP-4 owned by our friend Gordon King. This footage is from the Group 3 Feature Race. The black and red RP-4 is Cliff Berry of Team Mean and the blue Lotus 23b is piloted by Doc Bundy of Team Regogo. Great driving by all.   This on Royale and the car from Gordon … Royale was a small race car builder in the 1960’s in England. Owned by Bill King. He built very successful Formula Fords […]

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1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster at Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance

Next up from the Pinehurst Concours we have a beautifully restored 1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster. Again, we have Leigh Gill to thank for these great photos. Samual Jordan Pinehurst, NC 1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster This Triumph is a limited production convertible with optional rumble seat, Black exterior, Butter Cream leather interior as well as well as a boot and black canvas top. 4 speed standard transmission. The Triumph Roadster was produced by Standard Motor Company from 1946 to 1949. It was first available as the Triumph 1800 Roadster (18TR) from 1946 to 1948 and then as the Triumph 2000 Roadster (TRA) from 1948 to 1949.

Jaguar Classic Challenge sees Thomas and Lockie win action-packed race at Donington - Field
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Jaguar Classic Challenge Open in Dramatic Fashion at Donington

The first race of the second season of the Jaguar Classic Challenge opened in dramatic style with the pair of Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie taking the chequered flag. The season opener at the Donington Historic Festival began in perfect conditions with bright sunshine and a warm track in the morning qualifying. Julian Thomas topped the time sheets in his E-type from Joaquin Folch-Rusinol joining him on the front row and Martin Stretton third fastest, both in E-types.

Triumph Italia 2000 GT
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1960 Triumph Italia 2000 GT at Pinehurst

Again, from the Pinehurst Concours this past weekend via Leigh Gill. This 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 GT is certainly something you won’t see at your average car show, and you definitely won’t come across one on the street. Alan Anspaugh Yardley, PA 1960 Triumph Italia 2000 GT The Italia 2000 GT marries Italian design with a Triumph TR3A drivetrain. Designer by Michelotti and coachbuilt by Vignale, the Italia was commissioned by distributor Salvatore Ruffino, who aimed to sell 1,500 worldwide. When a 1961 takeover of Standard-Triumph killed plans, Ruffino lost a fortune. This coupe, number 122 of 329 built, was restored to exacting original specifications and appears as it would have when it left Turin. Only about 100 Italias are known to exist.  

1936 MG PB at Pinehurst Concours
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1936 MG PB at Pinehurst Concours

This splendid 1936 MG PB is just one of the many gorgeous cars at the Pinehurst Concours this past weekend. Our trust photographer Leigh Gill attended and sent in these pictures. There will be more photos of other entries coming soon. Quoting from the display, Reed Tarwater Greenfield, IN 1936 MG PB This 1936 MG PB, a matching numbers car, has undergone a frame-up restoration using original factory build records. I has a duo-tone paint-scheme of Cambridge and Oxford blue. Of of approximately 400 2-seater PBs produced, it features a 939 cc engine with 42 bhp and 12 inch brakes. Many original components were restored and reused, including front fenders, chrome radiator shell, and engine and transmission. According to the owners, Reed and Jan Tarwater, who purchased the car in January 2011, work on the restoration of the car was […]

McLaren Automotive launches European Design Tour with opening event in Paris 5
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McLaren Automotive Launches European Design Tour in Paris

McLaren Automotive will open doors to the secretive design studio through a series of exclusive events held at a number of its European retailers throughout this year. The McLaren Design Tour commences on Tuesday, 3 May at McLaren Paris with an exclusive programme hosted by the team responsible for taking the thrilling designs from sketch to production. The invited guests will be provided with an unparalleled insight into the McLaren design philosophy and taken through a series of workshops covering various design aspects such as concept sketching or clay modelling. The exclusive programme will also include viewing opportunities of McLaren models, including the recently-launched McLaren 570S Coupé from the Sports Series. ‘Beautiful design has always been an integral part of McLaren DNA and I’m excited to explain its philosophy through the McLaren Design Tour,’ said Jon Pollock, Regional Director – […]