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Not corporate at all, is what they are saying at Longstone Tyres about themselves. And indeed, what a joy we had when we looked at this 'test'- film. They are making sure, we will be safe. Heroes, they are! Most people probably have seen the Longstone crew at some event. You can see they are definitely having fun in their lives. After seeing the movie, it is clear their marketing is not the standard what we are used to. What a difference with the normal videos.

Have a nice Wednesday and we hope you will roll (or slide) your tyres today as well. If you won't be out driving, please send us your favourite movie links!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Brightwells Bonanza at Bicester.

Brightwells Bonanza at Bicester.
There is an auction coming soon (24 June) held by Brightwells at their new Bicester Heritage premises offering an interesting choice of vehicles from Austin Sevens to Wolseley.
a7specialThis Austin was discovered in a shed after some diligent detective work and as the description says, it is ALWAYS worth following up every lead.  There are still plenty of cars to unearth!
It is a special with the middle section of an original Ulster body - enough to expect some spirited bidding by budding sports Austin enthusiasts.
Or perhaps we will see a lovely oily rag Austin 7 special brought back to life.
austin7chummy1928Regular readers will know we love Austin Seven Chummies and two 1928 examples have returned home from the antipodes to find new owners .
We hear from those ' in the know' that 1928 is the best year to look for.
The pictures suggest both cars are in good condition and we fully expect the new owners will have them running in no time.

delageD8-1930Cars used in films often have a certain status in some peoples' eyes and that can often be reflected in the price.
This Delage D8 has starred on the silver screen and you might remember seeing it in 'Brideshead Revisited' pretending to be a Hispano Suiza!
The gearbox suffered damage at the hands of an actor who struggled with the concept of reverse gear being located through and beyond first!

REO1935The 1935 REO Flying Cloud is an unusual attractive RHD 3.7 litre four door saloon with a 3.7 litre straight six side valve engine.
The description boasts ..."it is guaranteed to bring traffic to a standstill wherever it goes"    Hmmmmm.  We know what they mean - it is a very good looking car - but since this writer has owned a notoriously slow Trojan, we are reminded of our responsibity to do our best not to hold up traffic.
The REO will have no such problem.

vauxhall-14-40There are two 1927 Vauxhall 14-40 Tourers to choose from - this one wallowing in the glory of having appeared in the TV series 'Dad's Army' and a couple of Hammer horror films!
The 14-40 was introduced in 1921 at around half the price of its big brother, the 30-98, in whose shadow it was to spend most of its life.
The price difference is still about the same so here's your opportunity to taste fine vintage motoring in a high quality car at an affordable price.

The opening picture is of a 1924 Hotchkiss AM with high quality coachwork by Melhuish of Camden Town who, according to the auction catalogue,  were famous for supplying traditional styles for the *well-healed* motorist. Perhaps one of the many foreign trips the owner has made in this car was to Lourdes?

wolseley1921You have to be good at spelling to get 'Wolseley' right first time and this 1921 2 seater Coupe has won our hearts.
Good quality and beautiful Edwardian lines just crying out to join the merry band of VSCC enthusiasts who make up the Light Car and Edwardian Section .
Their events are always over subscribed and the members firmly believe in using their cars regularly.
Much the same as most of our readers we hope!

Text Robin Batchelor, pictures courtesy Brightwells.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Roch-Brault, a family of motoring pioneers

Roch-Brault, a family of motoring pioneers


Roch-Brault is one of these names you could regularly come across in the pioneer years of the motor car in France. Early 1897 Maurice Roch-Brault was 'constructeur' of the Fisson. He participated in the Paris-Dieppe race in July 1897 with a....

Monday, 19 June 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Brooklands finishing straight re-opens for the first time since 1940

Brooklands finishing straight re-opens for the first time since 1940
Precisely 110 years after the grand opening of the banked racing circuit of Brooklands, the famous Finishing Straight is due to be re-opened to motorsport as part of the venue’s Double Twelve event this weekend.  
After decades of hotly contested racing and record-setting, the 2 ¾ mile circuit in Weybridge closed to motorsport after a Bellman Hangar was constructed across the circuit’s Finishing Straight in-order to facilitate increased aircraft production on site.  Thanks to these activities during WW2, Brooklands suffered a bombing raid in September of the same year.
Having acted as home to several rare aircraft, including a Wellington Bomber recovered from Loch Ness, which made up the aircraft collection at Brooklands Museum, the Bellman Hangar has recently been relocated elsewhere on site to unveil the Finishing Straight which hasn’t seen use in over seventy-six years. 
The work is part of a multi-million restorative plan, known as the Brooklands Aircraft and Race Track Revival Project, which has been partly subsidised by the UK Heritage Lottery Fund.  In recent weeks, substantial areas of the Finishing Straight have been uncovered in remarkably good condition, with painted floor markings and wartime modifications to the sloped surface of the track revealed.
Photos: Brooklands Museum
Text: Gillian Carmoodie
Sunday, 18 June 2017 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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