Category Archives: Classics

Classic Car Race Festivals: 2022 Goodwood Revival

After a year of mind-blowing car events, it was fantastic to return to Goodwood Motor Circuit for the 2022 Goodwood Revival. As ever, the first thing that hits you upon entering the UK’s foremost classic car festival is the atmosphere.

With pristine vintage metal and immaculately prepared period outfits swirling around Goodwood’s picturesque grounds, the only giveaway that we weren’t in fact back in the 1960s was the flurry of smartphones held aloft to capture the weekend’s most unforgettable moments. Of course, we had to join in ourselves, and so we present to you our favourite memories from this year’s Revival.

This year, Ferrari celebrated its 75th anniversary, and what better place could there be to showcase Scuderia’s finest race cars than the Goodwood Revival? Lining up on the grid this weekend were some of the greatest racing machines of all time, including two Le Mans winners – the Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta that won the 24 Hours in 1949 and the Ferrari 275 P that claimed an overall win at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 1963 and 1964.

As part of the tribute, Graham Hill’s son and fellow F1 World Champion, Damon Hill, took to the track in ‘Old Faithful’, the 1962 title-winning BRM P578, among a cavalcade of cars from Graham Hill’s illustrious motorsport career. A fitting tribute to one of history’s greatest drivers, especially as Saturday was Damon’s birthday!

Italian Classics: The ‘Myth’ Behind Riva Aquaramas

During Italy’s post-war boom years, Riva’s glamorous wooden boats were the pinnacle of “la dolce vita” – the Ferraris of motorboats, owned by movie stars, tycoons and royalty. Correspondent Seth Doane takes a spin on the water in a classic Riva; checks out a new edition of the famed Aquarama boat; and learns how the company is working to keep Riva’s spirit alive.

Alberto Galassi is raving about his Riva, a 1970 wooden Aquarama, formed of cedar from Lebanon and mahogany. The CEO of the Ferretti Group, which now owns the Riva boat brand, he took correspondent Seth Doane on a ride on Italy’s picturesque Lake Iseo, racing past Riva’s factory.

“Riva is beyond boating; Riva is a myth,” Galassi said of the classic Riva speedboats, which have been in the hands of royalty, movie stars, rock stars and tycoons. “Let’s be honest. I mean, when you say, ‘I have a Ferrari,’ you need to say you ‘have a car’? Everybody knows what a Ferrari is. Riva is the same thing.”

Classic Italian Cars: 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Spider

The American sports car racing scene of the 1950s was a time like no other, when fiercely independent, deep-pocketed men could acquire ex-factory racecars and campaign them with some of history’s most legendary drivers. Admirably pure in its essence, this was a golden era of racing that fielded some of the decade’s most beautifully sculpted and ferociously specified competition machines.

One of the most significant purpose-built Ferrari “big block” sports-racing prototypes from the 1950s, this 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Spider by Scaglietti is one of just two factory-campaigned 410 Sports equipped with a 24-spark plug 4.9-liter V-12 and is one of a select few Ferrari models with coachwork both designed and built by Sergio Scaglietti.

0598 CM was the Scuderia Ferrari team car driven by Juan Manuel Fangio at the 1956 1000 KM Buenos Aires and later piloted by Carroll Shelby during his landmark 1956 and 1957 seasons when driving for the renowned Southern California-based team principal John Edgar. Shelby won more races as a driver in 0598 CM than any other car in his racing career, with eight wins and ten podium finishes.

There seemed to be no race it could not win as Shelby told a Los Angeles Times reporter, “Nothing can touch this Ferrari if it runs” and decades later he added, “It was the best Ferrari I ever drove.” Also raced in-period by legendary drivers Phil Hill, Eugenio Castellotti, Masten Gregory, Richie Ginther, Joakim Bonnier, Bruce Kessler, Jim Rathmann, and Chuck Daigh, 0598 CM is, without exaggeration, one of the most important and colorful Ferraris to compete in racing during the 1950s. It is among the most successful of all even-numbered sports-racing Ferraris, entering nearly 40 races in-period with 11 victories and 19 total podium finishes from 1956-1958.

As it remains a highly original example retaining the matching-numbers engine, chassis, and body, and fitted with the original fuel tank inscribed by Shelby, “Mr. Ferrari told me that this was the best Ferrari he ever built,” this example offers an unparalleled opportunity to acquire a purpose-built, even chassis-numbered racing sports car of unequaled provenance. Faithfully presented in its period livery and desirably maintained, including the recent engine rebuild by a team of Ferrari experts, this 410 Sport can expect an enthusiastic welcome at the most exclusive vintage racing and exhibition events worldwide and will go to its new owners with the first (1956) and last (1958) trophies won by Shelby driving 0598 CM, along with the original 1957 Nassau racing license plate.

Like the famed men who rode it to such success in-period, the illustrious John Edgar and the inimitable Carroll Shelby, this Scaglietti-built spider is a powerful and nuanced character that cannot be repeated—and will never be forgotten.

Classic Cars: 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Grand Prix Racer

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Racing towards Villa d’Este in a rather royal Bugatti 59

One of the absolute stars of this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will be the Bugatti 59 once owned by King Leopold III of Belgium. We met the remarkable car and its owner for a last shakedown in the Swiss Alps.

There is no doubt that this will be the star of the next Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, taking place on the shores of Lake Como from 20 to 22 May 2022. But what is it? The car before you is nothing less than the very first of the six Type 59 Bugatti Grand Prix cars, and the one that’s considered the most desirable of all, due to its remarkable race records, its captivating history, and its extraordinary condition. 

1950’s British Racing: A V16 At BRMA Track Day (2022)

A BRM V16 at the 2022 BRMA Track Day, held at Blyton Park.

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The V16 is very much still in development and despite Raymond Mays protestations, the V16 makes its racing debut at Silverstone in 1950 in front of a record crowd of over 150,000 and Their Majesties the King and Queen. The V16 shears a driveshaft and the Alfas dominate. It is later established that it failed due to the steel not being to specification. The Trust sells BRM to Sir Alfred Owen (the great Midlands industrialist) in 1952. Regulations are changed to F2 rules (2 litre un-supercharged) leaving the V16 with no long term Formula One race prospects just as its development was providing positive results on the track. Parnell wins the Goodwood Trophy in the V16. The last of the front engine BRMs and the birth of the new P25 with a 2.5 litre straight 4-cylinder engine. The P25 was to herald a change in BRM’s fortunes with Jo Bonnier winning their first Grand Prix at Zandvoort in 1959.

Views: A 1978 MGB Electric ‘Car S.O.S.’ Conversion (UK)

Tim and Fuzz are taking on their 100th car: a 1978 MGB, which is also going to be their first electric conversion. The car formerly belonged to family man, Jeff. When Jeff sadly passed away, he left his unfinished MG project to his daughter, Caroline, who promised her father she would complete the restoration of his car. Can the Car S.O.S team help Caroline fulfil her father’s last dying wish? For more incredible car renovations, amazing engineering and heartfelt stories, watch brand new episodes of Car S.O.S. Thursdays at 8pm, on National Geographic UK. 📺

Classics: A 1951 Ferrari 500 F2 Exhibited At Lake Como

Envisioned by Enzo Ferrari and driven to victory by Alberto Ascari, this modest Ferrari 500 F2 paved the way for Maranello’s racing glory. Once gifted by ‘Il Commendatore’ to the MAUTO museum in Turin, the iconic race car will star at this year’s FuoriConcorso Open Museum exhibition at Lake Como.

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British Cars: Morgan Motor Factory Tour (4K)

Welcome to Pickersleigh Road, the historic home of the Morgan Motor Company. For the first time, we’ve flown an FPV (first-person view) drone through our workshops, giving viewers a one-take insight into our factory like never before.

Immersed in the production line, watch as you are transported through each shop including wood, sheet metal and trim. For eagle-eyed viewers, there might even be a special project or two to see. To book your own tour of the Morgan factory, head to https://www.morgan-motor.com/factoryt…

Views: Top Classic Electric Car Restorations (Video)

Humans are notorious for not being able to let go, so even when carmakers jump head first into the manufacturing of electric cars, we continue clinging to the models of the past. This fascination with classic designs is expected to flourish into a multibillion-dollar industry where old internal combustion cars would be retrofitted into EVs. Today we will show you the latest sprouts of this emerging class of electric cars, that combine the iconic gas guzzling looks with innovative powertrains and tech of tomorrow.

Video timeline of cars: 00:00 Introduction 00:44 Lunaz Aston Martin DB6 lunaz.design/cars/aston-martin The 1965 DB6 was the evolution of the legendary grand tourer driven by James Bond and arguably one of the most iconic shapes ever conceived in metal. The British EV builder Lunaz Design sees that this classic would be accepted on the emission free public roads of the future. 01:42 Ford F-100 Eluminator media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2021/11/02/all-electric-f-100-eluminator-concept.html This 1978 F 100 recreation demonstrates Ford’s capability to provide owners of their past models with a functional electric conversion solution. Fitted with a drivetrain from the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance, the Ford F-100 Eluminator gets a 68 or an 88 kWh battery and 2 electric motors. 02:48 Superformance MKIII E superformance.com/factory-models/mkiii-e Under this name hides a full replica of the third generation 427 Shelby Cobra, this time, however, without the usual V8 engine. Instead, Superformance works with the Florida-based GoTech Performance to turn the roadster into a bullet fast EV. 03:53 Bronco Electric zerolabs.com Starting from 2022, any classic can be electric thanks to the skateboard platform designed by the LA Zero Labs. They demonstrate the capabilities of their EV chassis by reviving the 1960s and 70s legend, the original Ford Bronco. 05:13 Porsche 356 Electrogenic electrogenic.co.uk The British electric-vehicle conversion specialist Electrogenic delivered the first fully electric example of the Porsche 356. 06:20 Ava Defenders studioava.com/arctic Hidden in the wilds of the Wicklow mountains of Ireland, the Ava Studio follows the path of transforming the world’s most desirable classic cars to electric. At the core of their portfolio are original Land Rover Defenders in 90 and 110 bodies. 07:30 Electrogenic Karmann Ghia electrogenic.co.uk/about-us/what-we-do Made for one of the company’s founders, Steve Drummond, the Electrogenic Karmann Ghia builds on the 1970 VW Karmann Ghia. First, the model was restored to the perfect condition by another UK-based shop, Type 2 Detectives. 08:28 E-Legend EL1 e-legends.de E-Legend EL1 is not a simple retrofit or a restomod, but an all-new supercar that borrows inspiration from the rally-bred Audi Sport Quattro from the 1980s era. The EV is the creation of a former VW designed Marcus Holzinger, and it is built in cooperation with German technological specialist Roding Automobile. 09:35 Lingenfelter eLcamino EV facebook.com/lpehp/posts/4776373869075599 One of classiest and most popular models of the past gets a new life with the help of the US tuner Lingenfelter and Chevrolet Performance. eLcamino EV relies on a new electric powertrain, that looks nearly identical to the setup showcased by GM at the 2020 SEMA show. 10:30 Hyundai Grandeur Electric hyundai.com/worldwide/en/brand/heritage-series-grandeur Introduced to the market in 1986, Hyundai Grandeur was a flagship executive sedan that was offered to buyers with 4-cyllinder and V6 power. To mark its 35th anniversary, Hyundai is reimagining the car as an EV with original chassis, minimal bodywork changes, and a modernized interior.