A PLACE FOR QUIET CONTEMPLATION

A PLACE FOR QUIET CONTEMPLATION

You know that discussion experts have on a Friday night after they have been to the pub about who the greatest racing driver is ? All sorts of facts and figures are quoted and debated. Some might say Senna or Prost, some Schumacher and of course there's Hamilton,...

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FROM AC TO ZAGATO

FROM AC TO ZAGATO

I am exhausted. I had no idea that a classic car show could be so big. You can spend all three days there and still not see everything. This might seem like a bold claim but if you like classic cars there is absolutely nothing you can’t see, learn, or buy at The...

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This is not the James Bond car company

This is not the James Bond car company

Perhaps this isn’t quite how Sir David Brown made the announcement but in 1955 Aston Martin moved from Feltham in West London to Newport Pagnell, a small and sleepy market town 50 miles north of London. This was before modern motorways so Aston Martin’s new home...

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The London Concours

The London Concours

I don't know if you are familiar with London but if you come out of Old Street tube station and wander down the City Road towards Moorgate you pass what looks like the entrance to a medieval castle. This is the home of The Honourable Artillery Company who are the...

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Everyone loves a rascal and the hierarchy of the Cad

Everyone loves a rascal and the hierarchy of the Cad

The problem we’ve all spent many sleepless nights wrestling with is the hierarchy of the cad. The journey from little rascal to a likeable rogue is easy to trace but the downward spiral from scoundrel to cad is more difficult to understand. The journey into darkness...

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Shape-shifting the cars he loved as a boy

Shape-shifting the cars he loved as a boy

Pierino Scalco is a retired panel beater who now spends his days re-creating many of the cars that he dreamed about as a young boy. And in his late teens, one of the most formative moments of his young life, was working in the pits at Kyalami, assisting the famous...

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The Ultimate Road Tripper

The Ultimate Road Tripper

The most collectable Volkswagen Kombis were built between 1950 and 1967, and these are nowadays known as split-window versions. They came in a number of guises, such as buses with varying numbers of windows, panel vans, and pick-ups. Officially, within Volkswagen...

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Neil rules the Regent Garage

Neil rules the Regent Garage

Neil Twyman was always destined to work with pre-war Alfa Romeos and classic racing cars. As he showed me around the workshop of the Regent Garage, a company he runs with his brother and son, I wondered how he had got to the position where if you own a pre-war Alfa...

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Will’s Wonderful Wheels

Will’s Wonderful Wheels

Napoleon said the British were a nation of shop keepers. I think what he probably meant was the British are a nation of entrepreneurs who start small businesses. Will Tomkins fits this description perfectly. Like his father Will started life as a farmer but was always...

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Goodwood Revival 2021

Goodwood Revival 2021

After a full year’s delay due to Covid the Goodwood Revival returned 17th-19th September for what has become not just the best historic race meeting in the world but a firm fixture on the social scene. Goodwood even has its own radio station for the event, with...

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Had I stopped we’d all be dead

Had I stopped we’d all be dead

Beirut, the breakup of the Soviet Union, Kashmir, Chad, Libya, if something was happening then Charles would be there. From the late 1970s to the mid '90s Charles organised emergency aid for war zones. Drinking tea in a rural English sitting room I noticed a...

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You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down

You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down

Article originally published in Russian on 16 Oct, 2020 YOU CAN’T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN.  The Duke of Richmond discusses the next exciting event from Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit and the effect Covid 19 has had on his...

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