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  • Alfa Romeo launches Classiche

    News Alfa Romeo launches Classiche Thursday, 20 October 2022 at 9:15:00 UTC By Al Suttie New Classiche programme for classic Alfas Alfa Romeo has joined the expanding number of car manufacturers offering their own heritage services with the launch of its Classiche programme. The Alfa Romeo Classiche service will offer owners the chance to add to the existing Certificate of Origin for their for car with a Certificate of Authenticity and Restoration. To obtain this certification each car goes through a rigorous inspection and evaluation process which is carried out by the specialised team, verifying the authenticity of the car, its components and the functioning of the main mechanical parts. The vehicle can be examined at the Officine Classiche in Mirafiori, Turin, or at the customer’s home if requested. The company is also set to offer its own in-house restoration service, which will include everything from simple maintenance to full nut-and-bolt rebuilds. Jean Philippe Imparato, Alfa Romeo’s CEO, said: ‘Alfa Romeo is going through a key phase in its history. The historical period we are going through is a genuine evolution. While planning for the future, our heritage is always our main source of inspiration. ‘For us, the Alfa Romeo Classiche heritage programme aims to enhance our historic automotive heritage by certifying the authenticity of vintage Alfa Romeos and giving new life to marvellous examples that still captivate and excite car enthusiasts around the world.’

  • Beaulieu fits Tracker

    News Beaulieu fits Tracker Wednesday, 9 February 2022 at 0:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie National Motor Museum partners with Tracker The National Motor Museum has fitted Tracker vehicle locating devices to many of the most valuable cars in the collection at Beaulieu. Doug Hill, Museum Manager and Chief Engineer of the National Motor Museum, said: ‘At Beaulieu, we have the ultimate privilege of being home to some of the most iconic examples of worldwide automotive design. With that privilege comes the responsibility of protecting these priceless vehicles. Tracker’s police partnership combined with its unrivalled technology gives us the ultimate peace of mind that we are truly safeguarding our collection.’ Clive Wain, Head of Police Liaison at Tracker said: ‘Classic cars are a lucrative market for organised crime gangs and professional thieves who steal to order. However, many of these older vehicles lack today’s inbuilt sophisticated security systems and identification marks, which makes them particularly vulnerable to theft. Our solutions overcome these security weaknesses. ‘The National Motor Museum holds numerous events at Beaulieu and across the UK each year, where the public enjoy seeing some of the country’s finest classic vehicles. We’re really proud to be involved in helping protect these iconic vehicles, playing our part in keeping the best of British automotive history safe when on the road, and secure when at home at the National Motor Museum.’

  • Olympia return for London Classic Car Show

    News Olympia return for London Classic Car Show Tuesday, 15 November 2022 at 14:30:00 UTC By Al Suttie London show returns to Olympia on 24-26 February The London Classic Car Show will return to Olympia in 2023 and the show runs from 24-26 February. Kate Woodley, Show Director at organiser Brand Events, said: ‘We are thrilled to be bringing The London Classic Car Show back to Olympia. “It’s a truly spectacular venue which provides us with the perfect backdrop for wonderful displays of iconic cars from throughout the ages. Olympia already feels like our spiritual home, and we have a truly great show planned for 2023.’ Among the exhibits already confirmed for the show is a display of Porsche 911 models and another highlighting barn finds. Tickets for the London Classic Car Show go on sale on 24 November.

  • Management changes at MPC

    News Management changes at MPC Thursday, 10 November 2022 at 10:30:00 UTC By Al Suttie Manor Park Classics announces revised management Manor Park Classics has announced that Managing Director Roger Nowell is stepping down from his position, though he will remain as a part-time consultant. James Gregory will assume the role of managing the business as part of his job as Sales Manager, along with Operations Director Rik Askins. Stephen Ashworth, MPC’s Chairman, said: ‘Over the last two years, Manor Park Classics has become a widely recognised national brand in the industry with an unrivalled reputation for quality, performance, honesty and first-class customer service. Roger has been a fundamental part of creating this and I want to thank him for his hard work and professionalism. I am pleased that he has decided to stay on with us as a consultant.’ MPC is looking to expand in 2023 and recruit a further member to its classic car sales team, as well as a classic motorcycle specialist.

  • Ford Escort tops online searches

    News Ford Escort tops online searches Thursday, 3 March 2022 at 10:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie Ford Escort is most searched for classic The Ford Escort has been named as the most popular car for online searches in 2021 by Car & Classic. A top 10 of searches of cars for sale by the online classifieds and auction website also showed a shift towards more affordable classics from the 1980s. The Escort displaced the Porsche 911 as the most popular search on the website, pushing the 911 into second spot. In third place, the Triumph Stag has seen searches more than double, while the BMW E30 3 Series is in fourth place with searches up by 20% on 2020’s figures. The Ford Mustang took fifth place. Other cars in the top 10, in order of search numbers, are the Jaguar E-type, Ford Capri, Volkswagen Beetle, MGB GT, and MGB roadster. Showing the rising demand for Japanese sports cars, the Toyota Supra and MR2, Mazda RX-7, and Datsun 240Z all appeared in the top 20 searches of 2021. The Supra’s rise showed a surge from the edge of the Top 50 to nearly edging out the MGB.

  • Dave Youngs becomes Peter James Partnership Director

    News Dave Youngs becomes Peter James Partnership Director Friday, 22 July 2022 at 9:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie Insurer appoints new Partnership Director Classic car insurer Peter James has appointed Dave Youngs as its new Partnership Director. Youngs will head up the implementation of a new, innovative and value-adding club proposition to car and bike clubs across the UK. He has 15 years’ experience in the classic car insurance field. The company says this new proposition will offer increased benefits to clubs by providing ongoing financial support, adding value to club membership, and working with partners to design bespoke products and tailored pricing for insurance for club members. Peter James is also keen to support the future of classic car clubs through the development of insurance schemes for younger classic vehicle enthusiasts. Garry Carlin, Head of Classic at Peter James Insurance, said: ‘I’d like to welcome Dave to the team. We look forward to forging closer relationships with our club partners by offering bespoke support solutions. The appointment demonstrates the commitment by Peter James to be the insurance provider of choice for classic vehicle clubs and their members.’

  • Mazda museum in Japan reopens

    News Mazda museum in Japan reopens Thursday, 21 April 2022 at 15:30:00 UTC By Al Suttie Mazda reopens museum at Hiroshima factory Mazda is set to reopen its museum in Hiroshima on 23 May after a complete renovation of the facility. The layout of the museum’s displays has been completely revamped to create more space for visitors to see the exhibits. There’s also a new colour scheme to help the cars stand out more from their background. Mazda has divided the displays into 10 zones, each one with its own theme. An online tour of the company’s museum has also been launched and is now live.

  • DB5 Junior unveiled

    News DB5 Junior unveiled Wednesday, 2 March 2022 at 9:30:00 UTC By Al Suttie Little Car Company reveals Aston Martin DB5 Junior The Little Car Company has added an Aston Martin DB5 Junior to its model line-up and it comes with official approval from Aston’s factory driver Darren Turner. Developed with input from Aston Martin, the DB5 Junior is a two-thirds scale replica of the real thing from the outside. A genuine DB5 was 3D scanned to create accurate drawings for the Junior. Under the skin, power comes from a 6.7bhp electric motor that can be used in three modes. The Novice setting restricts power to the rear wheels at 1.3bhp to keep top speed to 12mph. Or, it can be used in Expert mode to give a top speed of 30mph, though the Junior can only be used on private land. A Competition set-up gives full performance. There is also a DB5 Junior Vantage model on offer, which comes with a Vantage mode that increases power to 13.4bhp. It’s accessed using a hidden ‘missile’ switch. This model also has a carbon-fibre body to reduce weight and increase performance. Only 1059 DB5 Juniors will be built, each costing from £35,000, or £45,000 for the Vantage.

  • Concours adds pioneering women feature

    News Concours adds pioneering women feature Monday, 11 April 2022 at 12:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie Levitt Concours honours leading women in automotive field The Concours of Elegance has announced it is adding the Levitt Concours to honour pioneering women in the automotive world. This new feature is named in honour of Dorothy Levitt who was a Land Sped Record holder. Thirty rare vehicles owned and driven by women will make up the Levitt Concours, which will be held as part of the Councours of Elegance and Hampton Court Palace on 2-4 September. Among the cars confirmed to take part in this new feature are an Austin Healey 3000 and Ferrari Daytona. Dorothy Levitt was nicknamed ‘The Fastest Girl on Earth’ and began her racing career in 1903 in a 12hp Gladiator.

  • Hagerty looking for intern

    News Hagerty looking for intern Friday, 27 May 2022 at 10:00:00 UTC By CCB staff 12-month internship offered with Hagerty Hagerty is looking for an intern to work across its departments. Run in association with StarterMotor, the 12-month paid internship will give the right candidate the opportunity to learn many aspects of the classic car industry. The successful candidate must be at least 18-years old on 1 January 2023 and have five GSCEs or equivalent in English and Maths at Grade 4/C or above. Mark Roper, Hagerty International Managing Director, said: ‘For many enthusiasts, the barriers to entry to the classic car industry can be daunting, but the Hagerty Intern program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable experiences across a variety of industry disciplines. I look forward to meeting the candidates throughout the year and encourage everyone who is interested to enter, as they may become our chosen intern.’

  • Caton reveals A-H 100 reinvention

    News Caton reveals A-H 100 reinvention Wednesday, 13 April 2022 at 8:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie Only 25 Healey by Caton to be built Caton has revealed its first hand-built car with the launch of the Healey by Caton. The Austin-Healey 100 reincarnation is built in the UK and only 25 examples will be produced. The Healey by Caton will be shown to the public at Salon Privé and has been made using the latest technology to ensure accuracy of reproduction. Power comes from a 2954cc four-cylinder engine that produces 185bhp. It’s based on an Austin-Healey block and upgraded with high compression pistons, race camshaft, and twin H8 carburettors. The engines are being built by specialist JME Healeys. Darryl Scriven has directed the design of the Healey by Caton and he said: ‘Donald Healey got so much right when he designed the car originally. We wanted to pay homage to the original vehicle while making it more comfortable to live with, more fun to drive and even more dynamic and beautiful to look at.’

  • Enzo still in its wrapper for sale

    News Enzo still in its wrapper for sale Wednesday, 1 March 2023 at 9:15:00 UTC By Al Suttie RM Sotheby’s offers Ferrari Enzo still in factory wrapping A unique Ferrari Enzo that is believed to be the lowest mileage example in existence is being sold by RM Sotheby’s through its Sealed service without reserve. The 2003 Enzo has just 141 miles on the odometer and is finished in Argento Nürburgring 101/C silver with Cuoio leather interior. It’s thought this is the only Enzo in this colour combination. Delivered new to its owner in Japan, the V12 Enzo has remained in the same ownership until now. It still has much of the original factory plastic protective wrapping, making this a real time-warp opportunity. The sealed bid process opens on 15 March and ends on 17 March at 12pm EDT.

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