Lotus launches new Certificate of Provenance programme

Lotus is launching a new Certificate of Provenance programme, revealing the first recipient as a stunning and celebrated Turbo Esprit that was the final ‘company car’ of Lotus founder Colin Chapman. The 1981 model, which was also driven by UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during a visit to Norfolk, has recently been acquired by Lotus. Following a sympathetic restoration it will join the company’s collection. The new Certificate of Provenance…

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10 of the greatest car movies set for new Bicester Festival

Ten of the best loved driving movies of all times will top the bill at the exciting new The Classic Car Drive In Weekend announced last week. Created to provide petrol-heads with a Covid-compliant outdoor event in these challenging times, the very first drive in dedicated to cars headlines at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire on 18-20 September. Two giant drive in cinemas will be at the heart of the innovative…

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Donkervoort D8 GTO-JD70 Bare Naked Carbon Edition announced

Donkervoort Automobielen has taken the clothes off its D8 GTO-JD70 with the long-planned Bare Naked Carbon Edition (BNCE). Available with either clear or coloured lacquer, the Bare Naked Carbon Edition gives the JD70 a stunning, high-art texture and highlights the precision of Donkervoort’s carbon-fibre expertise, all while making the 700kg car several kilograms lighter. JD70s with BNCE technology can be delivered in a raw, naked carbon look or with a…

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Rally the Globe is back on the road with Highland Thistle

Rally the Globe is revving up for a timely return to action. After a six month pandemic enforced hiatus, the indomitable spirit, camaraderie and thirst for automotive adventure among owners of historic and classic cars is revived with the Highland Thistle Rally – a magnificent 1,200-mile driving escapade through Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Starting and finishing at a luxurious five-star hotel in St Andrews, the legendary birthplace of golf on…

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Tolman restored Talbot Sunbeam Lotus set for London Concours

Tolman Motorsport has been granted an exclusive entry to the 2020 London Concours (19-20 August) with a beautifully restored Talbot Sunbeam Lotus. The London Concours is a luxurious automotive garden party in the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters in the heart of the City of London. A world-class collection of approximately 100 rare and stunning cars, all privately owned and carefully curated into features and classes by Octane…

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All smiles at a sunny Shelsley Walsh

A second weekend of 2020 track action took place at Shelsley Walsh with two meetings over the weekend of 8-9 August. The annual Vintage VSCC day was held on Saturday and was followed by the Reg Phillips Trophy meeting on Sunday, as drivers got back in the seat and sharpened their skills up the 115-year-old hill. Both events were held behind closed doors as the Midland Automobile Club ensured safety…

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Beaulieu announces Simply French record breaking 15th rally

Following a successful launch to the Simply rally season on Sunday 19th July, Beaulieu has today announced that Simply French will be the latest edition to this year’s ever-popular Simply Rally line-up. On September 6, all owners of vehicles built in France, or by a French manufacturer are invited into Beaulieu for what promises to be a superb day out for both owners and enthusiasts. From wonderful classics like the…

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Bonhams offers stunning 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet

Bonhams is offering a stunning 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet as part of its Quail Motorcar Auction on 14th August 2020. Described as being a highly original example of the legendary 8C Alfa Romeo, it retains its original Figoni Cabriolet coachwork and its Alfa matching numbers engine and gearbox. The iconic Alfa Romeo 8C was first introduced in 1931 and was a successor the successful 6C. Designed by the…

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First new Bentley Blower in 90 years starts production

Assembly of the first new Bentley Blower in more than nine decades has officially started in a bespoke Bentley Mulliner workshop. ‘Car Zero’ is the engineering prototype for the Blower Continuation Series, a run of 12 meticulously engineered, hand-crafted, supercharged 4½–litre Bentleys built to the unique design of Bentley’s own 1929 Team Car developed and raced by Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin. The 12 cars together form the world’s first continuation…

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Gooding & Company’s Auction joins Concours of Elegance 2020

One of the worlds leading automotive auction houses, Gooding & Company, will present the greatest classic car auction of the year at the 2020 Concours of Elegance. The “Passion of a Lifetime” auction, originally slated for April, marks the first time Gooding & Company has ever held an auction outside of the United States of America. The UK’s finest concours d’elegance event will be a fitting setting for the world’s…

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