Classic & Sports Car December 2020

Classic & Sports Car is the world's best-selling classic car magazine and the undisputed authority for all owners and enthusiasts. Whether your interest is Italian Exotica, British sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s or modern classics, every issue of Classic & Sports Car perfectly complements the sheer joy and nostalgia of owning a classic car.

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12 Números

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1 min.
the big picture

The Cadillac Allanté (p112) had a long gestation… 3302 miles long to be exact, from Carrozzeria Pininfarina in Turin, Italy, to GM’s Hamtramck plant near Detroit, USA. “The Allanté Airbridge represents the largest assembly line in the world,” said Cadillac general manager John Grettenberger upon the 1986 announcement of an agreement with Alitalia and Lufthansa to fly the completed roadster bodies across the Atlantic in specially modified Boeing 747s. Three flights a week carried 56 Allantés a time in bespoke aluminium cradles, before returning to Europe laden with parts to make the next batch, with 21,430 cars making the trip during seven years of production. AC…

2 min.

Standing on the banking on the outside of the first apex of Madgwick corner on 18 October, I was acutely aware of just how lucky I am sometimes. The coverage of Goodwood’s first SpeedWeek both online and on ITV was truly fantastic, but to be among the privileged few to be at the Sussex circuit in person was always going to be one of those ‘I was there’ moments – just as it was for the inaugural Festival of Speed in 1993 and the 72nd Members’ Meeting. (I was ill for the first Revival in 1998, and that remains one of my biggest regrets.) So why, when I should have been feeling smug, did I feel so bereft? It certainly wasn’t the racing, which was truly magnificent as ever, and it…

1 min.
where to pick up the next issue of c&sc

With local restrictions changing all the time as the world continues to face the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re well aware that not everyone is able to get out to the shops at the moment. Here’s how to make sure you can still get your fix of your favourite classic car magazine. The first route we’d recommend is subscribing, to ensure you get the latest copy delivered direct to your door. Our Christmas offer is now available, for you or as a gift for a friend or family member, with 12 issues for £39.99 – a saving of up to 42%. Turn to p44 for details. You can also buy single copies and back issues via or at Finally, if you fancy going digital there are several options, either…

6 min.
speedweek stands in and stands up

Rather than simply make the best out of a bad situation, Goodwood managed to do what it does most years: it pulled it out of the hat and struck it out the park with its hybrid SpeedWeek event, held all over the venue from 16-18 October. Ignoring the fact that three days does not a week make, the event was the only chance to see special cars at the Sussex track in 2020 following the cancellation of both the Members’ Meeting and the Revival, plus the new cars of the Festival of Speed. Even in the days leading up to the event there must have been concerned glances shared between organisers as the UK stepped up its defence against COVID-19, but it went ahead nonetheless. Understandably the sheer number of big…

1 min.
a view from the spectator bank

Standing alone on a deserted spectator bank is not alien to any club-racing regular. But doing it at Goodwood as recent greats go doorhandleto-doorhandle in ludicrously expensive (and often ultra-developed) cars certainly is. The atmosphere was different, naturally, with no security asking to see passes – instead they were telling people to wear masks between sips of coffee – and it was more relaxed in the paddock. But there was a sense of the frantic feet below the surface with live TV involved. Where normally you would head out to find a quiet spot, you could stand on the inside of the chicane with more than your mandated 2m and watch big V8s powerslide on to the straight. You could wander to Madgwick and watch Lotus 25s pierce through with car, driver…

1 min.
a view from the living room

It has forever been thus: those watching on TV have a much better idea of who’s doing what on track than those with a ticket. Goodwood had a task keeping the stream interesting for viewers, giving value to sponsors, and on time (not easy as drifters battered barrel and bale), so varied interjections promoted various things, and plenty of people were interviewed. While Rory Reid was specifying a McLaren you could take out the bins, and listen when Apple design guru Jony Ive discussed with Norman Foster and Marc Newson the merits of four pivotal cars. Most would ask people such as Gordon Murray, but the three meant it was different and meant more to more people. Accessibility was a theme: Dermot O’Leary and Siân Welby added wide-eyed wonder and entry for…