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Classic & Sports Car

July 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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Haymarket Media Group Ltd
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the big picture

Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin’s team of three supercharged 41/2 Litre Bentleys roars away from the start of the 1930 RAC Tourist Trophy at Ards, near Belfast, with Bertie Kensington Moir in YU 3250 (car no 2) getting the jump on Dudley Benjafield (3) and Birkin (1). Competing in his first race since 1925, as a late replacement after original pilot Beris Harcourt-Wood fell ill, the 17-stone, 56-year-old Kensington Moir appreciated the width of the long-chassis YU 3250 (see p112), now famed as the first of the ‘Blowers. He came home a creditable 11th, at a 63.78mph average, after team leader Birkin spectacularly crashed out.…

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The ages of Bentley make for fascinating reading. Right from its foundation under Walter Owen ‘WO’ Bentley on 10 July 1919, it became responsible for countless heroic tales of derring-do, when racing was everything and winning swiftly became a habit for the mighty machines from Cricklewoood. Times weren’t always easy, of course.WO didn’t have much fun after his firm was acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1931, and left to join Lagonda. The early years at Derby and later Crewe under R-R control went well, with important cars such as the Continentals arriving as craftsmanship and luxury joined the founder’s tenets of speed, quality and competition success. A lengthy decline followed, however – still building exquisite cars, but via badge-engineering rather than the individual spirit of the past. That was finally recaptured by…

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classic & sports car

EDITORIAL EDITOR IN CHIEF Alastair Clements alastair.clements@haymarket.com INTERNATIONAL EDITOR Mick Walsh mick.walsh@haymarket.com DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT EDITOR Marc McLaren marc.mclaren@haymarket.com DEPUTY EDITOR Jack Phillips jack.phillips@haymarket.com FEATURES EDITOR Greg MacLeman greg.macleman@haymarket.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR Lizzie Pope lizzie.pope@haymarket.com ART EDITOR Martin Port martin.port@haymarket.com SENIOR DESIGNER Mei Hau mei.hau@haymarket.com CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER John Bradshaw john.bradshaw@haymarket.com SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHERS Will Williams, Luc Lacey PHOTOGRAPHERS James Mann, Olgun Kordal EDITORIAL SECRETARY Olivia Pina olivia.pina@haymarket.com EDITOR AT LARGE Simon Taylor simontaylor@stoveboltspecial.com SENIOR CONTRIBUTORS Julian Balme, Martin Buckley, Alain de Cadenet, Jon Pressnell, Tony Baker CONTRIBUTORS James Page, Malcolm Thorne, Richard Heseltine, Paul Hardiman, Michael Ware, Ross Alkureishi, Andrew Roberts, Colin Goodwin, Malcolm McKay, Gaynor Cauter, Graeme Hurst, Mike Taylor, Chris Chilton, Simon Charlesworth, Giles Chapman, Ben Barry, Vladimir Harizanov ADVERTISING EMAIL ads.csc@haymarket.com TEL 020 8267 5937 HEAD OF SALES Tahir Saleem SALES TEAM Claire Henderson (Dealer Account Manager), Nabila Moughal (Display Account Manager), Neil Dummer (Euro Account Manager), Dougal Macdonald…

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niki lauda 1949-2019

Niki Lauda, three-time Formula One World Champion and titan of the sport, died at the age of 70 on 20 May 2019. The Austrian, who spent two months in hospital following a lung transplant last year, passed away peacefully. His was a life that merged with fiction, as Ron Howard’s depiction of his rivalry and friendship with James Hunt hit Hollywood in Rush. But his real story was more than worthy of the silver screen. In 1976 he survived a fiery crash at the Nürburgring that should have taken the life of the reigning World Champion and then championship leader, at a time when tragedy was still a common feature of F1. The fast work of fellow competitors – notably Guy Edwards, Arturo Merzario, Harald Ertl and Brett Lunger – fighting through…

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what he said

“You do things; you take the best tyres, you f ** k people: it’s racing, you have to win. You have big rows, big arguments, you push. Anyone tells you different, they’re full of s ** t.” “A lot of people criticise Formula One as an unnecessary risk. But what would life be like if we only did what is necessary?” “You must always be faster and better than the others. The less you talk, the more time you have for the essential things.” “I only had surgery to improve my eyesight. Cosmetic surgery? The only thing it could do is give me another face. I had the surgery so my eyes could function, and as long as everything functions I don’t care.” “As a pragmatic Austrian, the whole sense of Ferrari drama was…

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join our revamped reader run

If you’ve ever read about the antics of the C&SC team and fancied joining our ‘Poor Boys’ Tours’, now’s your chance. We’ve teamed up with specialist Travel Destinations for a new and improved Reader Run to the Le Mans Classic 2020. As ever, we’re offering the opportunity to join the Our classics posse in a private, well-equipped campsite on the Porsche Curves, but for the many who prefer the idea of sleeping in a little more comfort, there are two new options: the pop-up ‘Flexotel’ village in the Antares Sud area of the track; or an en suite room in the fully equipped Ibis Pontlieu hotel, just 10 minutes’ drive from Tertre Rouge. We’ll be meeting on 2 July 2020 in Portsmouth, before catching the overnight Brittany Ferries sailing to Caen. The…