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Classic & Sports Car February 2020

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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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1 min
the big picture

Has the B743 in Muirkirk, East Ayrshire, ever looked more picture-perfect? But it’s a deceptively tranquil scene, as the 1965 Porsche 911 of Stephen Owens and navigator Nick Bloxham tackles the 25th-anniversary Le Jog, HERO’s epic annual rally across Britain (see p27). Sadly, they just missed out on a gold medal, but battled through the fatigue to secure a silver. “At one point I thought I saw elephants at the side of the road,” said a sleep-addled Bloxham afterwards, “but fortunately they turned out to be rocks!”…

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The review of our favourite things from the past 12 months (p12) always puts me in reflective mood, and this year is no exception. There’s little doubt that we are in a time of change for the movement, and both we as enthusiasts and those who make their living from the industry face challenges from all sides. After a lengthy boom period, the market has been slowing down, as results from the usually buoyant auction houses confirm. Dealers are also reporting tough trading conditions out there, but with a silver lining for those of us who simply buy cars to enjoy rather than to make money: there are fewer pure investors and more genuine enthusiasts coming through their doors. The future for driving them can often seem bleak, with ever-increasing legislation to…

6 min
2019 highlights

GREG MACLEMAN CAR OF THE YEAR One I previously didn’t know existed: the Denzel 1300 (above). I spent a hot summer’s day thrashing the little racer around the hills south of Lisbon and fell in love with it. Sadly, I didn’t win the Euromillions, or it would have come home with me after RM Sotheby’s Sáragga sale. BEST DRIVE Returning the first privateer Healey to race at Goodwood to the circuit, for the first time since its restoration, was a privilege. It was also the first time I’d driven the track, making the drive even more special. BEST EVENT Far and away the most memorable event of 2019 was the De Dion-Bouton Club’s Grand Prix, during which I took the controls of a three-wheeler for a series of endurance races on the hallowed…

2 min
best of 2019: photographers’ favourite pics

LUC LACEY Mick Walsh’s period attire always adds to the imagery, transporting you back in time, and for me this picture captures Mick in his element. Shooting it tight allows for a closer look at all the wonderful details of the Scarab Mk1 sports-racer, while using a slower shutter speed helps to add some movement to the scene. JAMES MANN The Aston DB3S and Jaguar D-type back-to-back was a great shoot. We found a stretch of the old A40 that was broad and smooth, with not another car in sight, and riding in the DB3S for the cockpit shot with the D-type tearing by was an evocative moment that I hope I captured in my photograph… If only it had a soundtrack! JOHN BRADSHAW The Riviera was probably the biggest car we’ve…

2 min
paris awaits best of the best

The eight spectacular finalists for The Peninsula Classics 2019 Best of the Best Award have been revealed, and it is going to be a tough year for the judges. All of the contenders have already won best of show gongs at some of 2019’s most prestigious concours, three of them based in the UK, with the top prize to be revealed on 6 February at The Peninsula Hotel, Paris. At the same venue last year, Ginny and David Sydorick’s stunning 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C-2900B Touring Berlinetta landed the trophy. Having beaten all-comers at the 24th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier from The Keller Collection looks like being one of the favourites (C&SC, May ’08). Another former C&SC feature car in the running is Robert Kudela’s Figoni et…

1 min
cars meet fashion in palm beach

Yet more expensive names were added to Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida, on 8 December, as Bugatti, Mercedes, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce mingled with Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton for the inaugural running of the Palm Beach Concours. A catwalk of cars lined the street of fashion royalty, with some beautiful examples of the Mercedes 300SL – one of which was named Best European – sitting alongside Pagodas, while modern Ferraris met their earlier cousins, including numerous Dinos, Daytonas and F40s, plus a 275GTB. A 1992 F40 was deemed best of all the Prancing Horses, taking home the Ferrari Award, while a 1970 Dino was top in Ferrari Pre-1990. Rolls-Royces and Bugattis glistened alongside their American counterparts, with a 1925 Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster claiming the Best of Show. Best of…