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Classic & Sports Car

Classic & Sports Car May 2019

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

Two engineering masterpieces, separated by around 1850 years, as the four wheelarches of Pininfarina’s timeless Alfa Romeo Duetto meet the 167 stone arcs of the 800m-plus Aqueduct of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Towering up to 30m over the cars below, the aqueduct bisects the historic town and is believed to have been built towards the end of the first century AD under Spanish-born Roman emperor Trajan. Amazingly, it is held together only by its own mass, with no mortar or cement. No wonder we didn’t leave the precious Spider for too long in its shadow during our Spanish tour (see p110) – particularly when there were so many other interesting curves to explore in the sweet-handling Alfa on the incredible local roads.…

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There’s nothing quite like a really good road trip to reinvigorate your passion for classics. And escaping the UK’s congested network to experience the less populated – and often more scenic – routes available on the Continent always makes it particularly special. I was reminded of that fact when I had the good fortune to fly out to Spain and drive the gorgeous Alfa Romeo Spider for our cover story, which had almost everything to make it the perfect tour. Why almost? In part because I wasn’t driving my own car (much as I would dearly love to own the Duetto), but mainly because I wasn’t able to share it with friends and colleagues as part of an old-car convoy. Our biennial pilgrimage to the Le Mans Classic with a motley…

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classic & sports car

EDITORIAL EDITOR IN CHIEF Alastair Clements INTERNATIONAL EDITOR Mick Walsh DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT EDITOR Marc McLaren DEPUTY EDITOR Jack Phillips FEATURES EDITOR Greg MacLeman ASSOCIATE EDITOR Lizzie Pope ART EDITOR Martin Port SENIOR DESIGNER Mei Hau CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER John Bradshaw SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHERS Will Williams, Luc Lacey PHOTOGRAPHERS James Mann, Olgun Kordal EDITORIAL SECRETARY Olivia Pina EDITOR AT LARGE Simon Taylor SENIOR CONTRIBUTORS Julian Balme, Martin Buckley, Alain de Cadenet, Jon Pressnell, Tony Baker CONTRIBUTORS James Page, Malcolm Thorne, Richard Heseltine, Michael Ware, Paul Hardiman, Ross Alkureishi, Andrew Roberts, Malcolm McKay, Gaynor Cauter, Graeme Hurst, Simon Charlesworth, Mike Taylor, Giles Chapman, Gary Axon, Michael Milne, Chris Chilton PUBLISHING TEAM Charlene Harry (Marketing Manager), Lydia Banton (Publishing and Events Assistant), Connor Chappell (Newstrade Marketing Executive) GROUP EDITOR IN CHIEF Steve Cropley EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Jim Holder MANAGING DIRECTOR Rachael Prasher CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Kevin…

6 min.
jewels of the east

It might be called a Concours d’Elegance, but over the past 24 years Amelia Island has become so much more. It’s now a dazzling automotive festival that welcomes more than 300 diverse machines, from wrought-iron VW Beetle to ‘Blue Train’ Bentley, Duesenbergs to dragsters. The turnout on the fairway of the Florida golf course on 10 March was as spectacular as ever, and entrant and rock legend John Oates was even enticed to sing the American national anthem that traditionally opens the showfield. The sun-soaked 2019 event celebrated the remarkable racing career of Jacky Ickx, the Belgian legend better known as Monsieur Le Mans after his six victories. On Sunday morning, Ickx drove in to the show in the 1981 Le Mans-winning Porsche 936 to park with a superb group of…

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unique ’vette heads home

Not seen in America since Expo 1974, the Chevrolet Corvette XP-897 GT crossed the Atlantic for Amelia Island, where the little-known rotary-engined prototype mystified enthusiasts. Originally the project of GM executive Ed Cole, who was convinced that rotaries were the future in the early ’70s, XP-897 was built on a shortened Porsche 914 platform and powered by a mid-mounted two-rotor engine with a GM-styled body made by Pininfarina. The rotary programme was aborted after extensive testing and motor-show displays, and XP-897 – with the engine removed – eventually ended up in storage with Vauxhall in Luton. Thankfully, British Corvette specialist Tom Falconer was tipped off about its fate and, after calling GM designer Chuck Jordan, was allowed to save it from the scrapper. Now powered by a Mazda rotary, XP-897 was…

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porsche dazzles at home show

Porsche marked the 10th anniversary of the firm’s museum at this year’s Retro Classics from 7-10 March, with the manufacturer turning out an impressive display of freshly restored machines in its hometown of Stuttgart. Star of the show was undoubtedly the first of 25 917s, which had recently been rebuilt in celebration of the model’s 50th birthday. The 1969 example was never raced, instead used a testbed and promotional vehicle, and went through many mechanical and stylistic changes before being returned to the specification in which it made its debut at Geneva, complete with green-and-white livery. The factory stand also included one of the first eight 356 cabriolets, which was one of just two bodied by Austrian karrosserie Keibl. Like the 917, the car had been fully restored, the work completed…