Come on people – we need money

Just noticed that Bloodhound Programme Ltd, the company behind Project Bloodhound, the initiative to break the land speed world record, has entered into administration with the appointment of Andrew Sheridan and Geoff Rowley, partners at specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory LLP, as joint administrators.

Project Bloodhound was founded in 2007 and aims to hit speeds of 1,000 mph at a specially built, 18km long, 1500m wide race track at Hakskeen Pan in the deserts of the Northern Cape of South Africa.

In addition to seeking to break the land speed world record, the project is a major R&D catalyst and the focal point for a STEM education campaign which has reached over 2 million children since its launch, including 120,000 UK schoolchildren per year.

To date the project has operated on a partnership and sponsorship model, with support from a variety of partners including Rolls Royce and Rolex as well as the Ministry of Defence which has lent prototype jet engines for the car, and the Northern Cape Provincial Government in South Africa, which has supported the creation of the track. Individual donations from members of the public have also supported the development of the car and the global education programme.

The project has already successfully built a viable racing car which has been tested to 200mph, whilst developing or testing propulsion, aerodynamic and telecommunications technologies with the potential for far reaching applications outside of the project. The team is now seeking around £25m in investment to provide guaranteed funding and see the project to completion.

So, hands in pockets UK investors. Interested parties should contact the FRP Advisory LLP Bristol office on 0117 203 3700

The rarest ever Jaguar?


For the last two years 13 staff at Classic Motor Cars (CMC) have been working on a top secret project – the restoration of a one-off Pininfarina bodied XK120 SE which is to be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours on Sunday 20 August.

On Friday 4 August, the team, which had been supported by everybody on the company’s 60+ workforce, were pictured with the car – “under wraps”.

The car was first delivered to a Mr Max Hoffman and unveiled at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show. Hoffman was an Austrian-born, New York-based importer of luxury European automobiles into the US during the 1950s. He was a real petrol-head and inspired the production and refinement of several vehicles from the main manufacturers, which earned him entry into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2003.

There is little trace of the car’s history, but CMC is certain there was only one XK120 by Pininfarina produced, which makes this one of the rarest Jaguars in existence.

CMC purchased the car from a German gentleman who bought it in the US in 1978 with the intention of restoring it. Unfortunately, he never got round to it and eventually decided to sell, CMC took on the challenge and has spent thousands of hours carrying out a full nut and bolt restoration.

Slight aside, but it’s important

Williams Advanced Engineering has received the Consultancy of the Year award at the 2016 British Engineering Excellence Awards.

Sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Consultancy of the Year is awarded to an organisation demonstrating innovative and timely solutions to engineering problems posed to them by their customers.

WAE has delivered on a number of high profile projects over the past 12 months, including supplying the batteries to the Formula E racing series, creating the Jaguar C-X75 hypercar for the Bond film SPECTRE, and developing the fully electric Aston Martin RapidE and Nissan BladeGlider concept cars. What’s more, the company has seen its Formula One-inspired technologies and know-how introduced into a growing range of sectors such as automotive, motorsport, energy, defence, and healthcare.

It’s healthy, and only right we acknowledge engineering excellence. Many congratulations to the whole team.

Race of Champions

Jenson Button

Jenson Button


Drivers competing at ROC 2015 include Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Nico Hülkenberg and Felipe Massa, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen, reigning World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, reigning Formula E Champion Nelson Piquet Jr, Williams Martini Racing’s Official Test Driver Susie Wolff, British Touring Car great Jason Plato, 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, ROC Champion of Champions David Coulthard plus MotoGP world champions Mick Doohan and Jorge Lorenzo.

Jenson Button will race for one of two separate teams representing the home nation England in the ROC Nations Cup. Button will partner his friend Alex Buncombe, the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series Champion, on one of the English teams – while the other will be made up of BTCC great Jason Plato and an as-yet-unnamed partner.

The Race Of Champions is an annual end-of-season contest which has been running for over 25 years. It brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.

The event is run over two days: first comes the ROC Nations Cup (on the evening of Friday 20 November) when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. Then on the afternoon of Saturday 21 November it’s time for the Race Of Champions itself, when teamwork goes out of the window and it’s a flat-out battle for individual glory as ‘Champion of Champions’.

Tickets for ROC 2015 in London are now available via

London-Brighton: no rain for a change

6c537bdf-dd1e-4fda-b61d-7f727abb7dcb 75240537-538d-43b7-8995-9b048b3239ff


As tradition dictates, the 119th anniversary run set out from Hyde Park at day break and headed 60 miles south through a misty London and on to a sunny Sussex seafront. For only the third time in more than half a century, this year’s route took the intrepid participants – all driving pioneering cars from the pre-1905 era ­– past Buckingham Palace and down The Mall before heading past Big Ben and over Westminster Bridge. The capital’s early morning mist added to the period Victorian atmosphere.

The first few cars began to arrive on Maderia Drive shortly after 10am – the 1903 Berliet driven by John Bentley just pipping the 1904 Fiat of Dutchman Jan Bruijn to the honour of being first past the finishing post.

Among the others turning back the clock were Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Formula 1 team principal Ross Brawn and multiple Le Mans winner Jochen Mass. They were joined en route to Brighton by three classic coaches driven by BBC Radio broadcasters Chris Evans, Alex Jones and Ken Bruce raising nearly £350,000 for BBC Children in Need thanks to the generosity of their 40 passengers.

The annual Run is now the only event anywhere where so many veteran cars parade in such numbers.

Other entries included Genevieve from the eponymous 1953 film, a large number of cars from the US celebrating this year’s American theme and significantly the 1901 Isotta Fraschini – chassis number one – the very first car to wear the famous ‘IF’ badge which was making its VCR debut this year.

Mass, Mason and Brawn all made it to Brighton, too. Brawn needing all his engineering skills – and several tie-wraps – to overcome a broken flywheel on his 1904 Wilson Pilcher. “It’s such a fabulous event, we just had to make it to the finish,” he said.

Another impressive finisher was the steam-powered 1888 Truchutet driven by Daniel Ward – the oldest car on the run – believed to be one of the earliest vehicles to have ever completed the event.

In total 342 of the starters managed to complete journey from Hyde Park to the Sussex coast before the 4.30pm deadline, thus receiving their finisher medal.



Drivers cross Westminster Bridge during the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 1, 2015. As many as half a million spectators will line the route of the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run this November, when the longest running motoring event in the world sets off on its annual adventure from London to Brighton. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Regent Street Motor Show

3bfd4b15-39a7-4057-87ba-d66a15a1ab4e 9a03ca20-a4a2-4964-9225-18469768e208


Supercars are not uncommon in Central London but, even by the capital’s lofty standards, today’s Regent Street Motor Show was very, very special.

The city’s world famous West End shopping street was closed for a very special ‘mile of automotive style’ stretching between Piccadilly and Oxford Circuses as the UK’s largest free-to-view motor show showcased a glittering display of more than 200 cars from past, present and future generations.

Savouring the unseasonably warm weather, hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts, shoppers, London residents and even rugby followers bound for the World Cup Fanzone in near-by Trafalgar Square all relished a huge variety of eye-catching machinery. This year’s Show embraced everything from motoring’s early pioneers to the latest plug-in hybrids with the futuristic Aston Martin DB10 from the new James Bond film Spectre drawing huge crowds.

Representing the dawn of motoring, and right at the heart of the display, was a remarkable collection of 100 pre-1905 machines. As a curtain raiser to Sunday’s running of the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, these were partaking in the EFG International Concours d’Elegance. This year’s judging panel included F1 team principal Ross Brawn and TV personality Edd China. The remarkable 1901 De Dion Bouton Vis- à-Vis owned by Mr and Mrs Gigi Baulino was awarded the overall prize. The outstandingly original machine has been in storage in Italy for nearly a century and is making its VCR debut this year.


9bac0534-98f2-4414-8b30-fb6a02e5a016 79df7a1f-6beb-4baa-876d-91288f9d0a82

There was the chance for those present – as well as further afield – to vote online for their own favourite – the Spectators Special Award, sponsored by Renault going to the gleaming 1903 Mors of Mr Bernard Holmes.

Further north on the packed street and close to Oxford Circus, the focus was very much on motoring today. A team of four technicians from Caterham created a brand new Seven sports car from a pile of parts and amazingly drove the car off the stand at the end of the show. Close by was a special Race Of Champions display promoting the end of season motor sport spectacle, which is back in the UK at the former Olympic Stadium, Stratford on the 20-21 November.

The Go Ultra Low campaign together with Transport for London (TfL) were also busy, with a huge line-up of the latest plug-in and fuel cell vehicles including several zero-emission electric and hydrogen cars. Of particular note was the first UK public viewing for the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota’s new hydrogen-powered Mirai. Visitors were also given a great opportunity to test-drive some of these increasing popular cars on a near-by street.

Both the Top Gear Experience and McLaren Honda F1 Experience simulators were also busy all day.


791281ac-aa0a-441d-93a0-52fe1e7d65a6 Crowds viewing the Aston Martin DB10 from the new James Bond film Spectre at the Regent Street Motor Show, London 31/10/2015 f212d09a-1d90-4c37-84f3-a5546d77ec61

London to Brighton run

(All images c. Oliver Edwards)

(All images c. Oliver Edwards)

BRITAIN VETERAN CAR RUN IN PHOTO - Salvesen (steam) 1896The start in Hyde Park of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Press Association Photo. Picture date Sunday November 3rd, 2013. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Salvesen (steam) 1896 at the start in Hyde Park


As dawn breaks on Sunday (1 November) 400+ intrepid drivers and their hardy passengers will deal with whatever the weather has in store to drive 60 miles from London to Brighton. They will be at the wheel – or the tiller – of hundreds of horseless carriages, many of which were built while Queen Victoria was still on the throne.

The first car will leave Hyde Park at 6.54am and for the next couple of hours a huge variety of three and four wheel veterans will stream down Constitution Hill, alongside Buckingham Palace and on to The Mall before heading through Parliament Square and past Big Ben on their way to the coast.

The Harrods Stop at Crawley, the official half way point, will provide a welcome refreshment break in a warm, dry environment with ample parking at the Honda dealership for the veteran cars. Honda will be emptying its forecourt and service bays of modern cars to allow drivers to work on their veterans with assistance from RAC Motoring Services and specialist lubricants from Total.


384ea224-d3bf-48b9-8577-3ccb5c2971a8 982ea4e1-47f8-4b21-9d46-6d7f32bf0d10

There are ample viewing opportunities along the way, notably in Crawley High Street where a knowledgeable commentary team will give some background on the veterans on their passage through. A time control check has been established which will provide the perfect opportunity for photos as the cars stop to have their cards stamped. The first cars are expected to pass through Crawley from 8.15 with the last leaving at about 1.45. Brighton expects its first arrival just before 10am with the last finishers ‘putt-putting’ in at 4pm.

As well as cars powered by petrol and some by steam, there will also be a few battery-powered electric vehicles making their way to Brighton. This year’s Run has an American theme – around one in four cars on the Run was built in the Land of the Free.

There are some familiar names in the driving seats, too. Look out for Jochen Mass, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and Ross Brawn, DJs Chris Evans and Ken Bruce, along with Alex Jones from The One Show and Zoe Ball.

More information on the Run can be found here.


d15614b7-5bf2-4fd9-852d-b22dc3bda0d3 d9280198-51a6-45a8-be0d-5a7f40ed21f0 f25801ff-b077-4e45-93c4-8585e4f16c0c

Concorso Italiano



Forgotten about this. Italian automobile enthusiasts from around the world descended on the Black Horse Golf Course in Monterey, California recently for the 30th anniversary of Concorso Italiano, the annual must-attend event for classic gear-heads, centered around as many as 1,000 collectible Italian automobiles.

It’s also the convergence of sophistication, taste and affluence embracing all the cultural elements of Italian style, including music, cuisine, fashion, and travel. The Concorso emphasises display and appreciation over competition, and although the cars are truly magnificent, this event is as much about the people who attend as it is about the finely engineered cars.

The passionate and discerning enthusiasts attending this event represent a highly desirable demographic group from around the world. Eighty per cent are entrepreneurs or professionals and 70 per cent are in the highest income bracket. Concorso Italiano is also a major contributor to several local, national and international charities. Print, web, film and television media from around the world constitute the more than 400 media passes requested each year.

Must go sometime…

Digital transformer

Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile)

Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automob


The Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) is two cars in one: an aerodynamics world champion with a Cd value of 0.19 and a four-door coupé embodying irresistible design. The study, which is celebrating its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, switches automatically from design mode to aerodynamic mode when the vehicle reaches a speed of 80 km/h, whereby numerous aerodynamics measures alter the shape of the vehicle.

Inside, the “Concept IAA” continues the design line of the S-Class and S-Class Coupé, offers new touch-based functions and provides an idea of what the interior of a business saloon might look like in the near future.

At the touch of a button, or automatically on reaching a speed of 80 km/h, the Concept IAA performs a fascinating transformation in which the four-door coupé turns into an aerodynamics world champion: eight segments extend at the rear, increasing its length by up to 390 millimetres; front flaps in the front bumper extend by 25 mm to the front and 20 mm to the rear, improving the air flow around the front end and the front wheel arches; the Active Rims alter their cupping from 55 mm to zero; and the louvre in the front bumper moves 60 mm to the rear, improving the underbody air flow.

Equally, the Concept IAA exemplifies the fundamental technological changes which are taking place in the automobile industry. The primary driving force behind this process of change is digitisation – commonly referred to in a business context as “Industry 4.0”. For Mercedes-Benz, a continuous digital process chain from research and development through production to marketing and sales, logistics and the service area is already becoming reality.

The design and aerodynamic shaping of the Concept IAA would not have been possible without the systematic digital networking of different specialist departments. The designers have employed the latest algorithmic design methods to handle the complex geometric design. The individually adapted software enables dynamic design in three-dimensional space. This dynamic modelling makes it possible to display and model different states simultaneously. The resulting highly complex geometries were turned into reality with the aid of innovative production technologies (rapid prototyping).


Mercedes-Benz “Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile). Die Studie schaltet ab einer Geschwindigkeit von 80 km/h automatisch vom Design-Modus in den Aerodynamik-Modus und verändert durch zahlreiche aktive Aerodynamik-Maßnahmen ihre Gestalt. Das Fahrzeug erreicht dadurch einen cw-Wert von 0,19.  The study switches automatically from design mode to aerodynamic mode when the vehicle reaches a speed of 80 km/h, whereby numerous aerodynamics measures alter the shape of the vehicle with a Cd value of 0.19

The study switches automatically from design mode to aerodynamic mode when the vehicle reaches a speed of 80 km/h, whereby numerous aerodynamics measures alter the shape of the vehicle with a Cd value of 0.19

The aerodynamics was developed in parallel with the aid of numeric flow simulation. In around one million CPU hours, the aerodynamics experts from Mercedes-Benz simulated the flow characteristics, calculating some 300 variants. This roughly corresponds to the scope of work involved in developing a production model.

The Concept IAA also offers a look into the future in areas which are not apparent at first glance. The study features Car-to-X technology, for example, which enables the study to communicate with other vehicles or other sources of information. This represents a major advance in helping to avoid accidents, as obstacles or events which are not visible to the vehicle itself can be detected – the Concept IAA is able to look around the corner, as it were. With this and its interior and operating concept, the Concept IAA also offers a foretaste of the business saloon of the near future.


The interior: touch-based operating philosophy

The interior: touch-based operating philosophy

Porsche sports car concept: Mission E



This is what it might look like – the Porsche of tomorrow. Together with the new 911 Carrera, Porsche is presenting the “Mission E” concept car at the IAA in Frankfurt from 17 to 27 September.

In the Mission E, an entirely new spread is experienced between performance and efficiency – supplemented by a futuristic display and control concept. The joint premiere with the new generation 911 Carrera has symbolic character. The first all-electrically powered four-seat Porsche of the 21st century represents the future of a concept that made the 911 the most successful sports car ever for over 50 years.

The 911 Carrera and Mission E share one clear statement, namely that excellent sporty performance can be combined with maximum efficiency – the traditional Porsche values. In the new generation of the classic 911 Carrera sports car, innovative turbocharged engines stand for these values. The message of the concept car is E performance. This means that even an electrically powered Porsche naturally fulfils all requirements related to performance, range and driving dynamics.



The Mission E concept car shows how Porsche envisions the future of the electric sports car. The design of the four-door car with four seats bears many references to the 911 while revealing the Mission E to be a Porsche at first glance. The passionately designed sports car with all-wheel drive develops a total power of over 600 hp, which can be conver ­ted into typical Porsche driving dynamics.

The driving range of the Mission E is over 500 kilometres, and the 800-volts battery charging system Porsche Turbo Charging reduces charging time to just slightly longer than it takes to fill a car’s fuel tank today. At the quick charge station, it takes just over 15 minutes to provide enough charge for around 80 per cent of the total range.

The new generation 911 Carrera makes its debut at the IAA with new turbocharged engines, optimised chassis and the entirely new Porsche Communication Management system with online navigation. The turbocharged three-litre flat engine in the 911 Carrera has a power output of 370 hp (272 kW). In the 911 Carrera S it even generates 420 hp (309 kW), thanks to such features as modified turbochargers. Also excellent is the significant increase in torque together with an improvement of just around 12 per cent in fuel economy.

The 911 Carrera has a maximum torque of 450 Nm and the 911 Carrera S even has 500 Nm. This torque is available from a low 1,700 rpm over practically the entire engine speed range. At the same time, the new engines with their maximum speed of 7,500 rpm are very free-revving.



Bond – and there’s more…



Crickey. I only had to mention Bond and Aston. Now I’ve had my hands smacked and must also say that Jaguar Land Rover has a line-up of vehicles featuring in Spectre. These will include the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and Defender, which have been provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.

The Jaguar C-X75 will feature in a spectacular car chase sequence through Rome alongside the Aston Martin DB10. The C-X75 vehicles used in filming have been built with the help of the Williams Advanced Engineering facility in Oxfordshire. I’ll wager not many people know that. I certainly didn’t. Well done Williams.

Scenes including the heavily modified versions of Land Rover Defender and Range Rover Sport SVR (filmed in Austria). The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest and most powerful Land Rover the company has produced with 37in diameter off-road tyres to tackle the extreme terrain. They also feature bespoke suspension systems and enhanced body protection.

Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles have been involved in a succession of Bond films. Most recently, in 2012, the rugged Defender 110 Double Cab Pick Up was driven by field agent Eve Moneypenny in the opening sequence to Skyfall.

Bond Aston update

DB9 GT Bond Edition Front


DB9 GT Bond Edition Rear



Honestly, things move so fast. I completely forgot to mention that the DB9 GT Bond Edition was released on 2 September with 150 being made.

The 6.0-litre V12-engined grand tourer features special Spectre Silver paint; sterling silver Aston Martin badges front and rear; and discreet ‘007 Bond Edition’ exterior badging.

These features build on the styling of the DB9 GT which includes 10-spoke gloss black diamond turned 20in alloy wheels; bright aluminium bonnet vents, side strakes and grille; carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, and grey brake calipers.

Inside, the DB9 GT Bond Edition continues its subtle homage to James Bond with unique numbered sill plaques featuring the familiar 007 logo; gun barrel embroidery on the 2+2’s rear seat divider and a special Bond Edition start-up screen on the new model’s AMi II touch-sensitive Aston Martin infotainment system.

These embellishments add to the car’s already luxurious interior environment which includes unique fluted leather; an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a satin carbon fibre centre console surround.

The DB9 GT Bond Edition’s 6.0-litre V12 engine is capable of generating 547 PS at 6750 rpm, and 620 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm.

The all-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve 5,935 cc front mid-mounted V12 is mated to the proven rear mid-mounted Touchtronic II six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system. It carries the car from rest to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 183 mph, no doubt with Her Majesty’s constabulary trying to keep up.

There’s an all-round independent double wishbone suspension while the three-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) offers distinct Normal, Sport and Track modes for the broadest possible breadth of dynamic characteristics.

I won’t witter on about the accessories. You need to get inside one and experience it. The new DB9 GT Bond Edition costs £165,000.



DB9 GT Bond Edition Sill Plaque

Sill plaque

DB9 GT Bond Edition Stitch Detail

Stitch detail

DB9GT Luggage Detail

Luggage… obviously

James Bond’s Aston out soon



Not long now until we see Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 in Spectre.

On this occasion, it will be a model developed specifically for the film and built in-house by the brand’s design and engineering teams. Led by Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, the design team worked closely with the film’s director, Sam Mendes, to create ‘the ultimate car’.

Celebrating the great British brand’s half century with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins.

Says Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO: “In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that we have a wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond.”

Production will be strictly limited to 10 of the bespoke sports cars, developed and built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters.

Spectre is due for general release on 6 November.

Salon Privé kicks off tomorrow



Arguably the UK’s most exclusive automotive and lifestyle extravaganza, Salon Privé, is shaping up for its 10th year. Newly hosted at Blenheim Palace, the three-day event from the 3-5 September has something for everyone from car collectors and enthusiasts to fashionistas. The event features 21 premium motor manufacturer displays; 69 Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance entries; a further 69 Pirelli Prestige & Performance entries; and 23 luxury brand retail marquees, forming just part of an automotive and luxury spectacular covering 17,000 sq m.

Chubb Insurance Concours D’Elégance

Attracting the iconic as well as the ultra-rare, the roster of entries appeals to the enthusiast as well as the connoisseur. Held on Thursday 3 September, the Concours is a sociable, glamour-packed occasion where collectors and friends meet to indulge their automotive passion.

Once again, this year’s Concours includes some of the best and rarest classic cars and motorcycles from around the world. One of the top three global Concours events, cars enlisted include the Bentley Speed Six (Old Number Three), an exquisite Ferrari 250 “Tour De France” and a beautiful E-Type famously owned by Diana Ross.

Boodles Ladies’ Day

Salon Privé holds the popular Boodles Ladies’ Day on Friday 4 September. Combining stunning jewellry, elegant dresses and magnificent hats and hair pieces, the Boodles Ladies’ Day is a glamorous celebration amid the automotive wonders.

Salon Privé Supercar Show & Pirelli Prestige and Performance

This year the introduction of the Pirelli Prestige and Performance competition on Saturday 5th is a supercar competition showcasing 69 supercars dating from 1975 to the present day. This new element will be hosted in the Great Court of Blenheim Palace.


Tickets are now on sale at

CarFest went well



It was back in 2012 that Laverstoke, owned by 1979 F1 World Champion Jody Scheckter, was home to the very first of these entertainment-fuelled, fund-raising weekends conceived and hosted by Radio 2 broadcaster, Chris Evans.

Between then and the start of this year, the six CarFests had raised more than £3.5m for BBC Children in Need.

As tradition now dictates, this weekend’s CarFest South again combined the magical worlds of eye-catching cars, pulsating live music and mouth-watering food. Scheckter’s personal collection of Grand Prix racers topped the daily Track Sprints alongside Evans’ own ‘Dirty Dozen’ classics.

Many celebrities took part in the hill climb show. Scheckter himself blasted several of his own F1 icons up and down what is the Laverstoke Park Farm drive for 362 days a year. The track show also featured a selection of rally cars, supercars, hot rods and even a road-legal powered sofa driven by Edd China.

Following recent tragic events, there was no air display programme. A fly-past by the Gnat Display team honouring Kevin Whyman who lost his life during a display at CarFest North did go ahead as planned on Saturday afternoon and was accompanied by a minute’s silence in honour of Kevin and the victims of the Shoreham Air Show.



Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn. ITMA – didn’t I see you at Brighton?

%d bloggers like this: