Tag: classic motorsport

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Raced, Crashed & Abandoned – But now this Mini is back!

Sir William Lyons once said, “The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that is alive.” His words resonate with the story of Harrison Kirby’s MK2 Mini Cooper ‘S’. A car that seemingly has nine lives. The history of this Mini is a little hazy in places, but its story starts […]

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Track Attack – Five Track Day Essentials

Owning a classic car does not preclude you from getting out on track. In fact, there are scores of classics out there that have been built for the sole purpose of going fast whilst hunting for the next apex. Old cars still like to stretch their legs, they still like to go fast and they […]

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1994 BTCC Vauxhall Cavalier – Classified of the Week

We sometimes wonder what “normal” people do with their free time, what would we do if we weren’t busy finding these gems that have been listed for sale on Car & Classic? Either way, we’ve found a good one. It’s a tough job, but this is what we do! Back in the early ‘90s, a […]

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Race Retro 2020 – Motorsport Legends

Held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, the venue sits in the heart of England’s rural economy but its accessible location, exhibition buildings, facilities, mix of unmade tracks and tarmac avenues makes it the natural home for Race Retro. Now in its 18th year, Race retro has become synonymous with exhilarating live rally stages with 140 […]

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1938 Riley 16/4 – Racy Little Number

We’re spoiled today. Modern cars are simply too powerful, and that’s the norm now. It wasn’t so long ago that ‘performance cars’ earned that title because they boasted more than 150bhp. Today, most normal family hatchbacks have that. And then there are the modern classics that we pine over, cars like the mighty Sierra RS […]

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The Full Monte – Monte Carlo Historique

The Monte Carlo rally often conjures up images of rally Minis with snow tyres tearing up the icy hairpins of the Col de Turini mountain pass and it’s for this very reason why the rally still resonates with historic motorsport fans. The Monte Carlo rally is still a jewel in the crown for what is […]

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Trading Paint – The Origins of the BTCC

The idea of watching souped-up, race versions of our daily drivers compete head-to-head at local British tracks is an appealing and enduring concept that is ostensibly what drew people to this particular brand of racing in the first place. It’s all well and good watching Formula 1 cars tear it up at myriad international circuits, […]

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1937 Jaguar SS 100 – Still Racing

The rigours of racing make for, in most cases, a limited life expectancy. Admittedly, things are a little safer now, but back in, say, 1937 from when this Jaguar SS100 harks, motorsport was more dangerous. Many drivers almost proudly explained that if it all went wrong, they would be thrown from the vehicle. Yes, not […]

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Rover P5 – Something to Rally Around

Now, this might just be us, but stick a roll cage in a car and we’re instantly interested. It turns the excitement up to eleven, it gives the car some bite and some purpose. A car with a roll cage, if you ask us, transcends all others. It’s hard, it’s proper. Plus, and this is […]

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Chateau Impney Hillclimb 2019

Words and pictures: Seth Kennedy Last weekend was a particularly joyful one for many British followers of sport, particularly when it comes to bats and balls. There were other ways of spending time out in the gorgeous summer weather though. If the chatter of chain drives and valve gear and the occasional whiff of Castrol […]