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Classic & Sports Car

Classic & Sports Car June 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

One of Britain’s greatest engineering achievements, the Railton Special, takes shape in the Brooklands workshops of Thomson & Taylor in early 1938. Future Land Speed Record holder John Cobb (centre) surveys progress on the secret project, codenamed Q-5000, as the team checks the fit of the hand-formed Alclad body. Built in two sections by talented T&T metalsmiths George and Jack Grey (far right), its top half could be removed between runs by six well-drilled mechanics. Designed by the brilliant Reid Railton and developed in the wind tunnel at the National Physical Laboratory, this remarkable machine broke the record three times, the last in 1947 at 394.2mph. Still highly original, it is now the star of Thinktank, Birmingham (see p116).…

1 min.
welcome

Congestion is rarely a thing to be pleased about, yet a new form has emerged that is enriching the lives of car enthusiasts across the UK: the diary logjam. Even the headline events have expanded, such as Goodwood with its marvellous Members’ Meeting (p10) – a fixture that has now become as firmly circled on the C&SC calendar as the Festival of Speed and Revival. But, if anything, the smaller affairs offer more intrigue. Whatever your particular automotive specialism – from vintage specials to modern classics, air-cooled cars to hairshirt Eastern Bloc machinery – there’s something for you. And perhaps most refreshing of all are the allcomers gatherings – the Sunday Scrambles, Breakfast Meets and the endless variations on Cars, Coffees & Cakes. Gone are the days of “you can’t bring that…

8 min.
racing by invitation

The 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting on 6-7 April delivered two full days of entertaining racing from the moment the first flag fell. Such instant action is hardly a surprise, given that the event kicked off with the opening heat for the Mini-only Betty Richmond Trophy – so oversubscribed it had to be split into two qualifying rounds. Polesitter Ian Curley took the early advantage with a superb start, while the pursuing Tom Blomqvist and Bill Sollis tangled at Madgwick. Sollis retired, but Blomqvist fought back to third place, 1.1 secs clear of fellow World Endurance Championship GT racer Darren Turner. Goodwood debutant Curley converted his pole into victory, with runner-up Lars Ekorness keeping him honest throughout. No sooner was one grid of Minis cleared before another lined up for heat two –…

1 min.
our top picks

FORD GALAXIE 390 V8 My liking for cars always starts with seeing myself driving them home. This terrific Ford Galaxie 390 in sky blue with all brightwork intact, a fantastic period interior and an all-round aura of capability could have carried me away in perfect rumbling comfort – barring fuel-buying discomforts from the wallet. SC AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 COUPÉ This 1953 car, driven by Richard Woolmer in the Tony Gaze Trophy, is one of only two built, and the other looks very different. Woolmer hoped it would be quick – and pole from F1 ace Coulthard in the IWC Gullwing was a super result for the small family team. JM BENZ 200HP ‘HORNSTED’ For a car that has as much wow-factor when stationary as when on track, look no further than this 1913 Brooklands double World…

3 min.
record-setters star in essen

‘The pick of the pre-war cars was a 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Berlinetta Aerodinamica’ The 2019 Techno-Classica Essen proved to be a record-breaking affair from 10-14 April – but not due to vast square metreage or high visitor numbers. Instead, a stunning array of streamlined rarities from the Mercedes-Benz Museum stole the show, shining a spotlight on the German manufacturer’s often-overlooked speed-record history and experimentation with unconventional power sources. Taking centre stage were all six variants of the C111, starting with the sleek 1966 Designstudie SLX and including both Wankel-engined C111 and C111-IIs that followed in 1969 and 1970. Perhaps most interesting was a trio of later cars comprising the diesel 1976 C111-II D that clocked an average speed of more than 155mph during an epic 64-hour drive at Nardò, the 1978…

2 min.
essen highlights

1986 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SEC BB MAGIC TOP Rainer Buchmann was a forward-thinker in many regards, pioneering advancements in automotive electronics such as the multi-function steering wheel long before it was adopted by mainstream firms. The bizarre ‘bb Magic Top’ was his take on the Mercedes-Benz 500SEC, with a retractable hardtop that disappears at the touch of a button – well, almost. At a time when a standard 500SEC cost DM80,000, Buchmann’s Magic Top would have set you back more than DM250,000! 1957 CITROËN DS ‘FANTÔMAS’ Just when you thought Citroën’s sublime ‘Goddess’ couldn’t get any more enticing, you stumble across one that’s rocket-propelled with folding wings! Sadly, the DS-Club’s replica doesn’t fly – but it does a very good impression of the original car that starred in the 1965 French film Fantômas se déchaîne,…