Vauxhall Heritage has a large stand at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. It’s just as well, as they’re bringing some huge cars for the Luton Goes Large display, including a Big Six BXL limousine, a trio of Crestas, a Royale coupe and a Lotus Carlton; street machines, the lot of ’em. They’ll also be celebrating 60 years of the Victor nameplate. Catch the show at Birmingham’s NEC from November 10th-12th, see www.necclassicmotorshow.com for details.
Here’s a rock star car if ever there was one – a 1985 Porsche 911 Turbo SE. Bought new from the Stuttgart factory in 1985 by Judas Priest lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, this is the car he claims inspired him to write the single ‘Turbo Lover’, from the album ‘Turbo’. With just 14,000 miles on the clock, it’s up for auction in the Silverstone sale on October 21st, while this mag is at print, and is expected to fetch a mighty £200,000. See www.silverstoneauctions.com.
On The Piste
Jaguar set a new world record on October 3rd at Land Rover’s Revi test centre in Sweden, by towing British Olympic skier Graham Bell at an average top speed of 117mph behind the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Sounds like a game for some of next summer’s rod runs…
On The Piste II
As we begin the downhill plummet towards Christmas party season, here’s a timely reminder that October 8th marked the 50th anniversary of the first use of the roadside breathalyser test, pursuant to the 1967 Road Safety Act. In 2015, police carried out more than 500,000 roadside breath tests. Don’t be a Rooney – keep the drinking and driving separate this Christmas.
This November marks another 50th anniversary: that of the gruelling Baja 1000 desert race. The first four-wheeled vehicle to finish the 1967 Baja was a Meyers Manx buggy, and, from then on, ‘Baja Bugs’ have been a staple of the race. Even now, the SCORE Baja 1000 has several classes for air-cooled VW-engined competitors.
Following on from Ford’s recent similar announcement, Chevrolet celebrated 100 years of Chevy trucks at the very tail end of September. The first, the 1918-model One-Ton, was simply an open chassis-cab for buyers to build their own bodies onto; the first closed-cab model didn’t come along until 1929. They’ve come a fair way since then…