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  • Westfield and Chesil bought from administration

    News Westfield and Chesil bought from administration Thursday, 1 September 2022 at 17:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie British sports car firm back from brink Westfield Sports Cars Ltd and Chesil Speedsters have been bought out of administration to form new company Westfield Chesil Ltd. The new business has acquired the names, intellectual property and other assets of the previous firms to form Westfield Chesil Ltd. Nigel Trilk confirmed the move and said: ‘'We are pleased to have been able to secure all the assets including the trade names, know-how and stock from the administrator. ‘Over the coming weeks we will be working with suppliers, customers, dealers and Westfield and Chesil owners’ groups to understand the best way to revitalise the famous brands. We will be recruiting experienced and loyal Westfield employees to make sure we have the earliest possible return to production, sales and customer support. ‘Westfield Chesil Ltd will continue to explore development of the iconic sports cars and further updates will be released in due course.’

  • Silverstone Auctions predicts cars to watch in ’23

    News Silverstone Auctions predicts cars to watch in ’23 Friday, 6 January 2023 at 2:45:00 UTC By Al Suttie Hot hatches and pre-war cars tipped to do well Silverstone Auctions has released its list of cars tipped to do well in the classic car market in 2023. Among the cars selected by the auction firm are hot hatches such as the Ford Fiesta XR2 and Citroen Saxo VTS. Cars of a similar age also chosen by the company include the Mercedes 190E Cosworth and BMW M3. Other cars singled out by Silverstone Auctions are the Porsche 964 Turbo and the GT3 RS. Japanese classics are also predicted to see rises in 2023. Pre-war cars are also being tipped and Rob Hubbard, Sales Director at Silverstone Auctions, said: ’We may also see a resurgence of interest in the pre-war market, as collectors can see the amazing early engineering and have access to many events to enjoy.’ The firm’s Lionel Abbott added: ‘the old rule still applies – best of breed cars made in limited numbers, in high quality condition and with genuine provenance will always achieve great results. There is still a robust demand for the right cars and the Princes Diana Escort, that Silverstone Auctions sold at the Silverstone Classic Sale back in the summer is the perfect example of the power and value that a specialist auction house can add to a sale. ‘It was a one of one car with special provenance, marketed globally, presented to view at a well-attended and high-profile event which helped create the special atmosphere in the room and the result of all this was a price achieved that will go down in the record books.’

  • New TR6 throttle linkages

    News New TR6 throttle linkages Friday, 19 November 2021 at 0:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie Enginuity launches new TR6 throttle linkage A billet aluminium and stainless steel throttle linkage for the Triumph TR6 has been launched by Enginuity. The company has developed the kit over several years and has already installed three on customer cars. Using adjustable rose joints, the kit is designed to give a smoother and more responsive throttle feel. It also claims to give better idling as all three inlet manifolds will be closed at idle, so the metering unit has the correct vacuum reading. During driving, Enginuity says the kit also delivers more power as the new set-up allows for fully open throttles where the original system rarely opened fully. Prices start from £325 plus VAT.

  • Advertise | Classic Car Business

    Advertising Contacts Alfie Brown Tom Keenan Claire Warman Telephone 01727 739160 Email Why advertise with Classic Car Business? Unrivalled market insight Communicate directly with the industry Expert account management Classic Car Business is the only publication aimed specifically at the classic car sector. With more than 100,000 people employed in the industry in the UK alone and with an annual turnover of more than £18 billion, CCB delivers an unrivalled channel to communicate with the industry. CCB is the only publication that lets you speak directly to the classic car industry across print and online to ensure your message reaches the right people, from the largest companies to niche suppliers. We track the latest trends to keep readers informed and ahead of the competition. Our expert account management team are specialists in the classic sector and work with you to provide the most effective solution for your needs. Advertising solutions Bespoke advert creation Dedicated creative team Maximise impact for your business Industry-wide reach There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution in the classic car industry, and we believe the same applies to your advertising requirements. This is why we help you create tailored advertising with impact, from a single advert to a series of advertorials and sponsored features. Classic Car Business can also deliver unique creative and bespoke content in print and online. The CCB creative team are the most experienced and talented you will find. Working with you, they will consult, design and deliver all your advertising needs, including print and online ads, campaigns and one-off projects to the highest standards. CCB magazine Double page spread Single page Half page Quarter page Eighth page Classified Outside Back Cover Inside Front Cover Inside Back Cover Gatefold, insert, supplements and other special positions: CCB website Leaderboard Banner MPU Double MPU Skyscraper Video Slideshows CCB newsletter Sponsorship Button advertising Recruitment advertising Industry-wide reach Find the right candidate quickly Save time and money Find the perfect candidate to enhance your business with CCB Recruitment. It’s the only recruitment section to reach the entire classic car industry to make sure you are targeting the best individuals to save you time and money when recruiting.

  • Gonzalez joins Petersen board

    News Gonzalez joins Petersen board Tuesday, 12 April 2022 at 9:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie Juan Gonzalez appointed to board of Petersen museum The Petersen Automotive Museum has appointed Juan Gonzalez to its board. Gonzalez also holds positions as Chairman and CEO of GRUMA, and the museum has appointed him to help forge its future direction with his commercial business experience. Gonzalez is noted for his passion for motorsport and motorcycles, as well as classic cars. He has built the extensive Car Amigo Collection, which consists of many race cars and motorcycles, including the Formula 1 cars currently on exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges said: ‘Juan Gonzalez brings a unique mix of business skill and automotive enthusiasm to our board of directors. His passion for collecting automobiles and racing combined with his business knowledge makes him a valuable addition.’

  • Kingsley switches to cryo blasting

    News Kingsley switches to cryo blasting Tuesday, 22 March 2022 at 12:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie Range Rover restorer using dry ice stripping Kingsley Re-Engineered has moved to using dry ice to remove rust from vehicles it’s preparing for restoration. The company says the new method that uses a carbon dioxide granulate can help it save up to 70% more of the original panels and chassis than traditional sand blasting. It will also offer the cryo dry ice blasting service to other specialists. Damon Oorloff, founder of Kingsley Re-Engineered, said: ‘Rust is one of the biggest challenges we have to overcome being Range Rover Classic specialists, but also an issue we’re keen to solve. We’re introducing cryo cleaning to the stripping process as it’s not only a safer, more gentle way to rid cars of corrosion, it’s also less abrasive and that leads to having a better chance of saving original panels and chassis parts that would otherwise be condemned. ‘I’m a big believer in working with other specialists but also opening the doors of Kingsley to others. That’s why we’re not just offering this service for our customers and Range Rovers in particular, but any other specialists are welcome to see the process and request a quote from us to assist with their projects.’ The company has set up a dedicated website for this service to other companies.

  • Paul Wood 1946-2022

    News Paul Wood 1946-2022 Thursday, 26 May 2022 at 8:30:00 UTC By Al Suttie Paul Wood passes away Rolls-Royce specialist Paul Wood passed away suddenly on Sunday 22 May. A statement from his family says: ‘Paul was so very grateful to spend his whole life doing what he loved, his enthusiasm for all things automotive was infectious. As well as a legend in our community, he was a kind and loving family man, our consort and our hero. ‘Paul was a much-loved husband, father, uncle and of course twin brother. This has come as a huge shock to us all. Please bear with us as we make sense of what has happened and try to come to terms with our significant loss.’ The statement adds: ‘Paul had spent many years future proofing P & A Wood for an eventuality such as this. Not only does he leave behind his family but an expert workforce that he and Andrew have spent years training, he was incredibly proud of what they had both achieved over the years. We know that he would want nothing more than for the business to continue working hard to produce fantastic work to the highest standards and ensure that his legacy lives on here at P & A Wood. Paul’s brilliance will be sorely missed but his determination, dedication and passion for motor cars will forever be held dear in our hearts. All future work will be produced in Paul’s honour.’ Our condolences to Paul’s family, friends, and colleagues.

  • Electrogenic expands EV programme

    News Electrogenic expands EV programme Wednesday, 12 October 2022 at 9:15:00 UTC By Al Suttie EV conversions to be more widely available Electric vehicle conversion specialist Electrogenic is making its EV kits more widely available through selected partners. These partners will use Electrogenic’s ‘drop-in’ conversion kits that have already been developed for cars such as the Land Rover Defender, Citroen DS and Jaguar E-type. Steve Drummond, co-founder of Electrogenic, said: ‘Each kit will incorporate the latest technology, while also drawing upon the accumulated experience from the cars we’ve converted - cars that our customers, in many cases, drive every day. ‘The expansion of our B2B technology business means we will be able to help further accelerate the move to a low-carbon future, getting our EV conversion technology into more vehicles more quickly. It also facilitates exports and will create more jobs in the UK automotive sector. ‘Powered by Electrogenic will be delivered to customers through key partner relationships, so keep an eye out for further announcements.’

  • TORQUE | Classic Car Business

    ABOUT US FLEET WORLD GROUP CYCLING INDUSTRY .NEWS TORQUE Established in 2015, Torque uniquely focuses on the distribution market; covering hand and power tools, fasteners, fixings and adhesives, hardware and ironmongery, DIY products, locks and security, trade displays and shopfittings, work clothing, consumables, IT and software and related markets through its comprehensive and responsive editorial. Read by thousands of key decision makers, Torque magazine provides you with a platform to communicate with a highly targeted readership of potential new clients. Torque Magazine is also distributed to visitors at industry exhibitions and promoted through the Torque-Expo website and social media platforms, raising awareness and further expanding the readership. Advertising in Torque Magazine Advertising in Torque Magazine presents a simple and cost-effective opportunity to reach thousands of potential customers, communicating specific messages to a highly targeted audience on a regular basis. A continuing campaign will establish the value of your company, product range and services in the customer’s mind. The content of the magazine balances editorial and advertising in a way which provides a topical, readable format.

  • David Brown apppoints US importer

    News David Brown apppoints US importer Thursday, 24 February 2022 at 10:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie Bespoke Imports is US importer for David Brown Automotive David Brown Automotive has appointed Bespoke Imports as its partner to serve both the US and Canada for the company’s Mini Remastered and Speedback models. Rising demand in the US for the company’s products have driven this move and Bespoke Imports will operate from its Naples, Florida base to serve the whole of North America. Michelle Gay, Sales and Marketing Director at David Brown Automotive, said: ‘We are thrilled to formally extend our uniquely British, ultra-high-end product offering to North American customers, in partnership with Bespoke Imports, building upon our previous sales success in both the United States and Canada.’ Ryan Watson, Bespoke Imports Group CEO, said: ‘Bespoke Imports was founded out of a belief that the North American markets should have the ability to appreciate and experience quality bespoke, artisan vehicles from British and European small volume, niche and exotic automotive brands, providing a gateway to one of the world’s leading performance, high-end-car markets. ‘We’re delighted to partner with David Brown Automotive. Our values are perfectly aligned; there is a shared commitment to offer an automotive outlet for a customer’s individuality, delivering a vehicle that encapsulates who they are.’

  • Hagerty teams with Classic & Sports Finance

    News Hagerty teams with Classic & Sports Finance Thursday, 10 March 2022 at 10:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie Partnership to focus on events and insurance incentives A new partnership between Hagerty and Classic & Sports Finance has been announced by the two companies. The partnership aims to offer both firms’ customers a range of benefits, including events, client activation, insurance incentives, and online quotation opportunities. Mark Roper, Managing Director of Hagerty International, said: ‘Intelligent finance is important to the collector car market. Both brands are committed to providing the highest levels of service, with an unrivalled overview of the collector car market, and I look forward to working together on a range of activations.’ Robert Johnson, Managing Director of Classic & Sports Finance, added: ‘The provision of an appropriate insurance product when financing historic and motorsport cars is paramount to our service offering. ‘Hagerty have been pioneers, as we have, in this sector for many years making a firm relationship a natural fit and will ensure our clients have a full range of experienced products and people to support them. We are excited and looking forward to working together.’

  • Zero Petroleum opens Laboratory at Bicester

    News Zero Petroleum opens Laboratory at Bicester Wednesday, 12 October 2022 at 9:45:00 UTC By Al Suttie New fuel tech centre at Bicester Zero Petroleum is setting up its Laboratory Zero at Bicester Heritage to develop fossil-free synthetic fuels. The new 10,000sq ft laboratory and engineering base is set to produce synthetic aviation fuel within the next few months. The creation of the new facility follows the recent announcement of an RAF contract and the completion of a second round of funding in July, in which a very high level of interest was shown by professional investors and global commercial partners from the aviation and automotive industries. Zero will now bolster its core team of talented individuals with 25-30 new technical experts, from technicians to run rigs to performance and chemical engineers to develop the synthetic fuel technology. The creation of the new facility follows the recent announcement of the RAF contract and the completion of a second round of funding in July, in which a very high level of interest was shown by professional investors and global commercial partners from the aviation and automotive industries. Paddy Lowe, Zero Petroleum founder and CEO, said: ‘We have decided to position our technology centre at Bicester Heritage due to the abundance of highly skilled local labour and industries, which are directly relevant to the research facility we are building, as well as the site community’s forward-thinking initiatives such as the Scrambles, which will allow us to present our programme to the public. We are looking forward to integrating with the other interesting and relevant businesses at Bicester Heritage.’ The company’s synthetic ZERO® SynAVGAS® and ZERO® SynAVTUR® fuels for aviation and its ZERO® Syn95® petrol are direct drop-in replacements for existing fossil-based fuels. The fuels have the potential to fill a crucial gap in the power requirements for the future as they deliver the same performance and range as existing products, but are entirely sustainable and fossil-free. They are manufactured by extracting hydrogen from water and capturing carbon from atmospheric carbon dioxide, a process that is entirely sustainable when using renewable energy sources such as wind or solar. When burned they emit exactly the same amount of carbon as is used in their production, creating a fully circular process that maintains the balance of the environment. Daniel Geoghegan, Chief Executive of Bicester Motion, commented: ‘We have followed keenly the developments by Paddy and his team and are excited for them join our site. The work that Zero Petroleum is doing is a positive step towards sustainability in the mobility sector alongside many other industries and we look forward to seeing their project develop and grow.’

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