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  • Norton starts heritage collection

    News Norton starts heritage collection Wednesday, 4 May 2022 at 9:30:00 UTC By Al Suttie Norton buys 55 motorcycles to start collection Norton Motorcycles has bought 55 motorcycles to start its heritage collection. The bikes range in age from 1916 to 1992, and the entire collection was bought from noted Norton enthusiast Ian Loram (pictured on the left). Loram started his collection in the late 1990s. A small number of the bikes acquired by Norton will be displayed in the company’s reception area at its new headquarters in Solihull. Robert Hentschel, on the righ, is CEO of Norton and said: ‘It is highly unusual for any major manufacturer to have the chance to purchase such a large, high quality, collection that represents the history of your brand, all in one go. When the opportunity arose through Ian, we jumped at the chance to buy the collection and bring 55 classic motorcycles home. ‘Norton has a near 125-year history that is unrivalled in the motorcycle world and one we want to celebrate now and in the future. While it’s a hugely exciting time for us looking ahead with the recent opening of a new factory, an exciting product road map and the £100 million investment from TVS, it’s vital that we continue to celebrate the great products of our past because they will impact and steer our future.’

  • Brabham moves to Bicester

    News Brabham moves to Bicester Thursday, 10 February 2022 at 9:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie New Brabham Branding hub at Bicester Heritage Brabham has established a new headquarters at Bicester Heritage for its Branding global operations. David Brabham, owner of the Brabham racing name, said: ‘As a team, we are excited to move to such an historic and forward-thinking location. Bicester Heritage not only synergises with our past, it also provides us with the opportunity to grow Brabham Branding and our ambitions to support pioneering organisations within the motorsport, automotive and future green-tech mobility sectors.’ Daniel Geoghegan, the Chief Executive of Bicester Motion, added: ‘The Brabham name is synonymous with excellence in motorsport, but is now taking on impressive new relevance in present and future automotive technology. We very much welcome Brabham Branding, the latest affirmation of the strength and vision of our community at Bicester.’

  • Theon opens new factory in motorsport valley

    News Theon opens new factory in motorsport valley Thursday, 19 May 2022 at 9:30:00 UTC By CCB staff Uprated Porsche specialist opens new facility Theon Design has opened its new factory in Oxfordshire’ ‘motorsport valley’ due to rising demand for its uprated Porsche restorations. The new factory gives the company three times the space to develop and it has doubled its workforce in the past 12 months to deal with demand. Theon has retained its original site as a base for body restoration work. Company Adam Hawley said: ‘When growing the company, we’ve been utterly focused on ensuring that additions to the team are hugely capable, detail obsessed automotive experts – those not only with a passion for perfection, but also for Porsches, who can help drive Theon Design to new heights. ‘Whatever the role – designer, engineer, fabricator, technician – all new hires share the focus of Theon as a company, our unique Purity of Purpose. As a team, we remain united around a singular objective: creating the ultimate-air cooled 911.’

  • Lanchester Archive showcases restoration skills

    News Lanchester Archive showcases restoration skills Friday, 2 September 2022 at 8:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie Unique chance to meet restoration experts and skills providers The Lanchester Archive based at Coventry University is holding a unique event to show off the restoration skills and heritage skills providers on 11 September. Run alongside the Coventry Moto Fest, the Lanchester Archive is putting on a display to highlight the skills, knowledge and engineering that has helped preserve its cars. It is also a chance for organisations and training providers to demonstrate what they offer. Coventry-made cars will be on display that have been restored, renovated and repaired. Their owners, mechanics, engineers and students that have worked on them will also be on hand to share their fascinating stories. The event will run from 11am to 4pm in Sunday 11 September at the Lanchester Library, Coventry University, Gosford Street, Coventry. Among the exhibits will be one of the Archive’s most recent additions to its collection with a fully operational 1932 Lanchester 15/18, one of only sixteen in the world that are known to be still in the use today. Paul Nolan, Outreach Worker for the Lanchester Archive based at Coventry University’s Frederick Lanchester Building, said: ‘We hold the largest archive collection in the world dedicated to British engineer, physicist, mathematician, and entrepreneur Frederick Lanchester. ‘The project has created a space where you can view part of the collection, sit inside a Lanchester car, and explore displays giving interpretations of his creations and how they still influence modern technologies.’

  • Classic digital art

    News Classic digital art Thursday, 13 January 2022 at 0:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie NFTs reach classic memorabilia market Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) artwork has reached the classic car memorabilia market with the launch of a partnership between Mike Turner and Jens Mueller. The pair are offering digital artworks which they describe as Crypto-Carz Low Poly Car Classics. The block-like pixelated style of the images, which is similar to early computer graphics, were inspired by the pair’s love of video games. All of the collection will be sold at auction to raise money for charities. Previous sales of the pair’s work have sold out. An NFT is a unique digital artwork that exists in the virtual world and the owner has sole rights to its property.

  • Lunaz adds 250 workers to meet classic Range Rover EV demand

    News Lunaz adds 250 workers to meet classic Range Rover EV demand Thursday, 10 November 2022 at 14:45:00 UTC By Al Suttie Employment surge as EV Range Rover reaches 45% of Lunaz’s production Electric classic car convertor Lunaz has reported that demand for its Range Rover Classic models now accounts for 45% of its total production. To fulfil its order book, Lunaz has employed a further 250 staff. At present demand is running at a ratio of 70/30 for the company’s two models, the Town and the open-top Country. David Lorenz, CEO of Lunaz, said: ‘The dramatic surge in demand for clean-air classic Range Rovers is significant proof of concept for Lunaz Design. The market has confirmed that re-engineering, electrifying and upcycling the most significant cars in the world will secure their relevance for generations to come. To satisfy this demand, we have recruited 250 experts to join us at Lunaz headquarters in Silverstone, England - the largest upcycling campus in the world. ‘We have drawn on the extraordinary talent pool that exists in Silverstone, Britain's automotive and technology manufacturing heartland. We are proud to fly the flag for our nation’s leadership in cutting-edge zero emissions technologies and more traditional automotive engineering skills on the global stage.’

  • Tetre Rouge Assets listed on London Stock Exchange

    News Tetre Rouge Assets listed on London Stock Exchange Thursday, 15 December 2022 at 9:45:00 UTC By Al Suttie SPAC lists on London Stock Exchange Tetre Rouge Assets has listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange and the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) will invest in classic cars and motorcycles. This is the first time that collectable vehicles have been recognised as an alternative asset class on a major stock exchange. Headed by Steven Schapera and André Ahrlé, Tetre Rouge is also joined by David Coulthard, Mika Hakkinen, and Allan McNish. Tetre Rouge is looking to acquire exceptional high-end classic cars and motorcycles with a view to short- and long-term investment. André Ahrlé, CEO of the company, said: ‘Our mission is to build a business that creates generational wealth through access to exceptional tangible assets, with full liquidity, and proper regulation. With this team, we are very confident we can achieve it.’ Mika Hakkinen added: ‘I’ve spent my whole life around cars, and I see immense value in investing in these tangible assets. Top-of-the-line cars and motorcycles, with a unique history, are known to be stable investments and are well insulated from the market’s volatility. I’m looking forward to putting my knowledge to good use and collaborating with the TRA team to offer more people the opportunity to diversify their asset portfolios.’

  • Hagerty says market will remain stable

    News Hagerty says market will remain stable Tuesday, 19 July 2022 at 13:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie New Hagerty report concludes classic market has stable future The latest UK Hagerty Price Guide ask whether the classic car market could be heading for a 1980s-style bubble and burst situation. Its conclusion is the market is now more mature and stable, driven by enthusiasts and knowledgeable collectors. Compiled by John Mayhead, Editor of the UK Price Guide, it believes Generation X buyers, who were born between 1965 and 1980, are now reaching their peak buying power. This is powering the desire in the market for cars built in the 1980s and 1990s that these buyers remember from their youth. Mayhead said: ‘It may seem odd – and unnecessarily gloomy – to flash back to the darkest moment in our industry at a time when classic car values are soaring. Our latest UK Hagerty Price Guide, published earlier this month, shows widespread gains, and over in North America the Market Rating is at a record high of 78.22. Looking ahead, we are anticipating one of the finest crops of collector cars we’ve ever seen will be on offer during Monterey Car Week. The good times are still rolling.’ Max Girardo contributed to the guide and added: ‘There is much more to do with classic cars than there was back in the 1980s, from motorsport to Facebook groups. The events and the lifestyle make a difference to the market. There is a much bigger community now, look at social media, cars and coffee, the list goes on and on.’

  • Flying Spares adds bespoke PHC anti-freeze to range

    News Flying Spares adds bespoke PHC anti-freeze to range Tuesday, 17 January 2023 at 16:45:00 UTC By Al Suttie New anti-freeze developed for Rolls-Royce and Bentley classics Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist Flying Spares has added a specially developed anti-freeze to its range. Produced by PH Components with a new formula specifically for classic Rolls and Bentley models, the anti-freeze/coolant was developed in response to customer demand. Neil Arman, Director of Flying Spares, said: ‘PHC is a great British brand known for top quality hard parts, but classic enthusiasts were calling for a new premium antifreeze/coolant, so they partnered with one of Europe’s leading aviation solvent suppliers to create one. The new formula is a mix of borate, nitrite and organic acids, with a sophisticated silicate stabilisation system to protect against extreme cold and heat. ‘We’ve tested the new PHC antifreeze/coolant extensively, both in our Technical Services Division workshop here in Market Bosworth, and out on the road in our Silver Spirit test car. We’re confident that it solves the seal degradation issues associated with low grade and incorrect formulas, and will meet the exacting standards of heritage Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners. Like all our PHC products, we back it with a market-leading three-year warranty.’

  • New members for FIVA

    News New members for FIVA Thursday, 9 December 2021 at 0:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie FIVA welcomes new member countries The Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) has expanded its membership with seven new member countries. The new members are Iran, Macau, Montenegro, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. They join almost 80 countries representing FIVA’s pledge to protect, preserve and promote historic vehicles. John Alcantara, FIVA’s vice president, said: ‘In many of these nations, there is already a large and vibrant community of historic vehicle enthusiasts, from whom existing FIVA members can learn – and with whom we can share ideas.’ FIVA is also looking to attract new memberships from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

  • Vintage motorcycle guide published

    News Vintage motorcycle guide published Wednesday, 16 February 2022 at 0:00:00 UTC By Al Suttie Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Guide now available in UK The US ‘bible’ for vintage motorcycles is now available in the UK. The Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide for 2022-23 costs £25 and is published in the UK by Mortons Books. The pocket-sized book runs to 480 pages, covering more than 100 motorcycle makes, and has 150,000 prices, which are arranged in six condition grades. This new version has been adapted specifically for the UK market and covers bikes made up to 2003. Guide editor Jayson Matthews said: ‘Each year, the guide has grown as we meet more enthusiasts and experts in more of the “obscure” marques. We have about 200 more marques waiting to add to the guide, and as we get complete data for these, we add several more marques to each subsequent issue.’

  • Hagerty Marketplace online auctions launched in US

    News Hagerty Marketplace online auctions launched in US Friday, 4 November 2022 at 11:15:00 UTC By Al Suttie Hagerty adds online auction to portfolio Following Hagerty’s acquisition of the Broad Arrow Group auction firm earlier in 2022, the company has announced its new Hagerty Marketplace online auction platform in the US. The company says its aim is to offer sellers and buyers a more trusted and easier to use platform. Each seller will have a dedicated auction team member to provide support with the sale and logistics. Buyers using the Hagerty Marketplace will provide a US government-issued identification and credit card before bidding to ensure there is a genuine person behind each bid. Kenneth Ahn, President of Hagerty Marketplace, said: ‘Over the past few years, the collector car industry has seen exceptional growth in demand for online car auctions, driven by the convenience of bidding from practically anywhere. But when car collectors are buying and selling five, six, or seven-figure cars online, we believe there are areas for significant improvement over the status quo. ‘Our goal is to provide an online auction platform that is differentiated by trust, with unparalleled level of service and data-driven expertise. We are excited to launch Hagerty’s Marketplace online auctions and we are committed to continuing to innovate and grow along with this emerging market.’

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