Studio434 Acquires Sir George Martin’s Rolls-Royce Wraith
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Studio434 Acquires Sir George Martin Rolls-Royce Wraith

One of only nine bespoke Rolls-Royce Wraith models, produced by Rolls-Royce to celebrate the global success of British popular music and one dedicated to the “fifth Beatle” the late Sir George Martin, has been acquired by the owner of Studio434, Rodger Dudding and has now joined Rodger’s extensive collection of cars at his facility in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. The Sir George Martin’s signature Wraith has a number of important detailing elements including a celebration of Sir George’s 30 number-one hit singles with embroidery of each song title in the rear “waterfall” and the producer’s signature stitched into the headrests.

Jan Oliver Named Jaguar Land Rover Top Technician
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Jan Olivier Named Jaguar Land Rover Top Technician

Jaguar Land Rover’s top technicians from around the world gathered at the company’s Learning Academy last week putting their skills to the test in the annual Global Technician of The Year event, and Jan Olivier landed on top. The best of the best from retailers in 27 countries were put through a grueling three-day challenge to see who could demonstrate the best technical knowledge, skill and customer service.

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Event Recap – Charleston British Car Day 2017

British Car Day 2017 in Charleston, SC, was held at Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park. Nearly 100 cars were in attendance, and a great time was had by all. The club was founded in 1983 and this was the 33rd annual British Car Day, and it won’t be the last. Thanks to Dave Rosato of the British Car Club for this aerial footage.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Tom Brady Signature Edition_01
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Tom Brady Signature Edition Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante

Record-breaking National Football League star, Tom Brady, has collaborated with Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin bespoke service to produce the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante ‘Tom Brady Signature Edition’. This stunning version of the Vanquish S is strictly limited to just 12 examples. Tom Brady said: It was an easy decision to go with the Vanquish S for the special edition – it is an incredible car to drive and is truly a work of art. Going through the process of curating a unique Aston Martin has been fascinating. We started with a blank canvas and finished with this beautiful car. It’s been great to see it all come to fruition and I’m proud to share a name with it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HERALDS THE ARRIVAL OF THE ROLLS-ROYCE NEW PHANTOM
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British Ambassador to US Heralds Rolls-Royce New Phantom

The Rolls-Royce New Phantom made its debut in the nation’s capital yesterday at an event hosted by Sir Kim Darroch, the British Ambassador to the United States at his official residence in Washington D.C.  New Phantom is the pinnacle offering from Rolls-Royce, the world’s leading luxury brand. As the longest existing nameplate in motoring history, Phantom has defined British luxury craftsmanship for more than 92 years. Every modern Rolls-Royce is handcrafted exclusively at The Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England.

GOMW - Guild of Motoring Writers
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GOMW Jaguar / Sir William Lyons Awards Open

The prestigious Jaguar / Guild Of Motoring Writers (GOMW) Sir William Lyons Award is now open for entries, offering aspiring motoring journalists aged 17-23 their first step on the career ladder to becoming a professional writer. After celebrating 50 years of the award in 2016, the 2017 prize will once again be presented at the Royal Automobile Club during the Guild Annual Dinner and Awards. It gives the winner their first chance to network with potential employers and PR colleagues.

ADRIAN HALLMARK APPOINTED CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF BENTLEY MOTORS – AND THREE NEW BOARD LEVEL APPOINTMENTS MADE AS BENTLEY GAINS NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM
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Bentley Appoints Adrian Hallmark as Chairman and CEO

Bentley Motors today announces the appointment of Adrian Hallmark as its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, starting on 1st February 2018. Hallmark’s appointment marks one of four senior leadership changes at Bentley Motors with new Board Members for Engineering; Sales and Marketing; and People, Digitalisation and IT. Hallmark, 55, joins Bentley from Jaguar Land Rover, where he held the role of Global Strategy Director. He brings more than 18 years of automotive board level experience from the US, Europe and Asia with Porsche, Volkswagen, SAAB and Bentley Motors. During his time at Bentley, he held the role of Board Member for Sales, Marketing and PR and played an integral role in the introduction of the sector-defining Continental GT in 2003.

Rule Britannia - When British Sports Cars Saved A Nation by John Nikas Banner
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Rule Britannia – When British Sports Cars Saved A Nation by John Nikas

Traditional car books tend to be sleep inducing for those uninterested in the automobile. How refreshing then that John Nikas’s new tome underpins the absorbing histories of Britain’s most famous sports car manufacturers by chronicling their invaluable role in reviving the country’s decimated post-war economy. Rule Britannia conveys in fascinating detail how the national resolve created vehicles that not only earned desperately-needed foreign currency but established a humble but exciting category of motorcar that continues to captivate the imagination of enthusiasts the world over. Exhaustively researched and written in an easy-flowing but authoritative style, Rule Britannia is also lavishly illustrated with a delightful mix of carefully-selected period images and stunning studio photography contributed by master lensman Michael Furman. This then is a book as alluring for anybody interested in Britain’s post-war social history, as those inspired by the indelible mark made on the world […]

Elliot Paterson Claims AR Motorsport Morgan Challenge Championship
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Elliot Paterson Claims AR Motorsport Morgan Challenge Championship

Elliot Paterson has claimed his second AR Motorsport Morgan Challenge Championship, at the wheel of a new Morgan ARV6. The Scottish racer dominated this year’s championship, wrapping up the series with 2 races to go. He was officially crowned champion at the final Morgan Challenge race of the season at Snetterton last weekend. Paterson finished ahead of fellow Revolutions Morgan racer, Tim Parsons.

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Granite State Getaway: The British Reliability Run Invades New England

“I’ve never seen one of these before. What kind of car is it?” the police officer asked, his cruiser parked behind us on Massachusetts’ Route 13 to provide some protection against the stream of commuter traffic rushing north, toward the New Hampshire border. “It’s a Rover,” I replied. “An SD1. It’s a British car.” “Rover, huh? Never heard of those,” he said. This didn’t surprise me, given that he probably had not yet been born when Rover made its last stab at selling cars in the U.S. in 1980. “You know Land Rover and Range Rover?” I asked, employing my standard response. He nodded. “Well, the same company that made those built cars, too, going all the way back to the early 1900s.” He found this surprising. People always do. The car’s owner, my friend Dirk Burrowes, is far more […]

Jamie Oliver Discovery - HERO IMAGE HIGH RES
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Jamie Oliver’s Dream On-The-Go Kitchen is a Discovery

Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) worked with lifelong Land Rover fan and customer Jamie Oliver to bring his vision to life. The result is truly unique – it’s the only Discovery in the world that has a toaster in the center console and a rotisserie driven by the power take off. Other ingenious features include a slow-cooker that sits beside the engine, a pasta maker, a gas hob and a deployable dining table and worktop. There are even a herb garden and spice rack in the rear windows.

Olympic Skier and Jaguar XF Hit 117mph Towing Record 2
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Olympic Skier and Jaguar XF Hit 117mph Towing Record

Former British Olympic Skier Graham Bell has set a new Guinness World Records title for the ‘fastest towed speed on skis’, pulled by the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake. After only a couple of practice attempts it was clear that Graham and the XF Sportbrake were more than up to the challenge and he went on to smash the target set by Guinness World Records by over 47mph, achieving an average top speed of 117mph at Jaguar Land Rover’s Arctic Revi Test Centre in Arjeplog, Sweden.

Rolls-Royce announces partnership with Rockbund Art Museum to support installation by American Artist Asad Raza
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Rolls-Royce Partners with Rockbund to Support Artist Asad Raza

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to announce that as part of its Art Programme it has entered into a benefactor relationship with Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), Shanghai. As part of this arrangement, the partnership will bring American artist Asad Raza’s work Root sequence. Mother tongue, to the Rockbund Art Museum. The installation will now form part of ‘RAM HIGHLIGHTS 2017: DISPLACE’, a project which aims to transform the museum into a boundary-breaking experimental space, fostering a diverse and yet open viewing experience. The installation will mark the Chinese debut for the work, which was first shown at the Whitney Biennial, 2017.

Keith Martin Moderates at Atlanta Concours
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Keith Martin Moderates at Atlanta Concours

Keith Martin, head judge for the Atlanta Concours, host of Velocity Channel’s ‘What’s My Car Worth’ and publisher of Sports Car Market magazine, will be adding another role to his list of outstanding accomplishments, as moderator of the upcoming ‘Market Trends’ panel discussion on Saturday, September 30th, from 9:30 am – 10:30 am in the Celebrity/Tech Session building at Chateau Elan, to kick-off the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance weekend of festivities. However, it will be the insight gleaned from each of Martin’s panelists: Corky Coker, Melanie ‘Lilly’ Pray, John Merritt and Jim Grundy, where the real learnings will be provided – as the commonality for each – beyond their own acknowledged industry stature – was gained through each of their own entrepreneurial roles within the industry and the key learnings they have fostered to find success through the past decades. 

ROLLS-ROYCE’S PARTNERSHIP WITH FONDATION BEYELER BRINGS ARTIST PIPILOTTI RIST’S WORK TO THE PUBLIC IN UNIQUE IMMERSIVE EVENT
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Rolls-Royce Partners with Fondation Beyeler and Artist Pipilotti Rist

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has partnered with Fondation Beyeler (the Beyeler Foundation) to present an artistic concept by internationally renowned Swiss artist, Pipilotti Rist, for the institution’s famed Summer Night’s Gala 2017, held on 16 September. Normally the reserve of Fondation Beyeler’s esteemed guests, Rolls-Royce’s patronage ensured that the installation was seen and experienced by the public on Sunday 17 September. Visitors to Fondation Beyeler were treated to a sensorial feast within Rist’s highly complex work. Curated by Fondation Beyeler’s Director Sam Keller, the installation was created for the museum’s Summer Night’s Gala. The artistic concept which was supported by the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, is part of an initiative that sees the marque serve as a benefactor in creating new works in partnership with prominent art institutions.

Prince William, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Visits McLaren 2
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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Visits McLaren

Prince William, HRH The Duke of Cambridge today visited McLaren Automotive, the pioneering British creator of luxury sports and supercars. He was given a tour of the McLaren Production Centre, in Woking, led by Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive Chief Executive Officer. Along the way, The Duke met some of the company’s 2,100 workforce who designed and hand-assembled a record 3, 286 cars last year, the majority exported around the world.

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Passing of Dick Knudson, MG Evangelist

It is with a heavy heart that I must let you know of another passing in our ranks. Dick Knudson, MG evangelist and recent inductee into the British Sports Car Hall of Fame, has passed away last Friday, September 1st. Services will be held Friday, September 8th, in Schenevus, New York. The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Knudson was a co-founded the New England MG ‘T’ Register in 1964 and has been the register’s backbone ever since, guiding the register and its many events over the years. He was editor of the Register’s “Sacred Octagon” magazine for many years. He became an “MG Expert”, even traveling to England to do MG research. He authored a number of books on MGs, including “MG – The Sports Car America Loved First”. Although I had been a fan of the man and his work for […]

Passing of Syd Silverman
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Passing of Syd Silverman, Vintage Racer

Very sad to hear of the passing of Syd Silverman. Syd was very involved in vintage racing in a number of respects for many years.  He was a strong supporter of the MG Vintage Racers and he raced his MGTC with us a number of times. In fact, his MGTC was the TC that was Carroll Shelby’s first race car.  He was the recipient of SVRA’s “Collier Cup” in 2003.  We will miss him. Syd Silverman was the owner and chairman of Vintage Motorsport from 1990-2012. He was a staunch supporter and participant in the preservation, presentation, and celebration of motorsports and its history for nearly four decades. Syd died of a sudden illness Sunday, Aug. 27 in Boca Raton, Florida. He was 85

Bentley Appoints Peter Bosch as Board Member for Manufacturing
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Bentley Appoints Peter Bosch as Board Member for Manufacturing

Bentley Motors today announces the appointment of Peter Bosch as its new Member of the Board for Manufacturing, starting on 1st November 2017. Bosch joins Bentley from Volkswagen Group’s Wolfsburg headquarters where he held the role of Head of Production Strategy, Processes and Structure. He succeeds Michael Straughan who is leaving Bentley to pursue other career opportunities.

Roger Daltrey CBE Donation with Rolls-Royce Tommy Car
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Roger Daltrey’s Tommy Car Rolls-Royce Proceeds to Charity

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and ‘Global dealer of the Year’ Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Sunningdale, have made a charitable donation to Teenage Cancer Trust. The donation was made from the proceeds of the sale of Roger Daltrey CBE’s unique ‘Tommy’ car, created earlier this year as part of a series of highly-Bespoke Wraith ‘Inspired by British Music’ cars. A check for £208,945 (approximately $270,000 USD) was handed over yesterday in London by Roger Daltrey CBE to Teenage Cancer Trust’s Chairman David Hoare. Daltrey is Honorary Patron of the charity, which supports young people aged 13-24 diagnosed with cancer, and the driving force behind Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual fundraising concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. He collaborated with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars designers to create two Bespoke cars to mark the musical legacy of The Who.