Hay Ho, Let’s go
A recent announcement from the organisers of the Hot Rod Hayride stated: “Having listened to your feedback and after much discussion with The Detonators and our many helpers, we all feel it will be impossible to deliver a really first-rate Hayride at Headcorn in the future due to limitations that we found with the site. It was always going to be difficult to move a much-loved event once Bisley was no longer available, and we certainly gave it our best shot, but there will be no Hayride in 2018, or in the foreseeable future.” A shame; however, they can meet you halfway – the popular Atomic Festival has moved dates to the Hayride’s slot at the end of July, and offers many of the same ingredients: drag racing on a concrete runway alongside the Fifties control tower; free camping; five music venues and an awesome line-up of bands and DJs; a pre-1966 showfield; the Death Do Us Part Danger Show (!); markets, food outlets, and The Soapbox Derby! It all happens at the usual Sywell Aerodrome venue over the weekend of July 28th-29th, so see www.atomicfestival.co.uk.
Caterham recently celebrated the 60th birthday of the first Seven’s introduction – at the Earl’s Court Motor Show on October 16th, 1957 – by announcing another record sales year, plus a couple of limited-edition birthday models, the Sprint and SuperSprint, the latter of which sold out in just seven hours… appropriately. It’s come a long way since Colin Chapman’s first sidevalve-powered Seven.
The Bond In Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum already has a few iconic James Bond vehicles, but there’s now an additional display of cars driven by 007’s female co-stars, too. This includes Eve’s Land Rover Defender double-cab from Skyfall, Camille’s Ka from Quantum Of Solace, and Jinx’s Thunderbird from Die Another Day. Find details at www.londonfilmmuseum.com, and enter code GP001 for two-for-one tickets. Did you know that Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallett) was the first Bond actress to drive a car? The Mustang she drove in Goldfinger was a pre-production car acquired from Ford for the film, and part of the display includes an original 1964 production memo requesting driving lessons for Tania…
The current generation of TX4 black cabs is coming to an end, as the manufacturers get ready to switch to the new all-electric version, and get ready to move from their Coventry factory to a new plant on the outskirts of town. The city centre plant has turned out more than 130,000 cabs over the last 60 years. One of the last ones made, however, has been transformed into a mobile art gallery by Ian Cook, better known as the artist behind Popbangcolour, who paints his works using everything from tyres to radio-controlled cars. The taxi, part of Coventry’s bid for the 2021 City Of Culture, is available for pre-booked free tours of the city.
Banque PSA Finance and BNP Paribas completed the acquisition of Opel Bank, Opel Financial Services and Vauxhall Finance on November 1st, when these three smiling chaps signed the papers. This completes Peugeot Citroen’s takeover of GM’s European arm, Opel/Vauxhall. Vauxhall is now … French.
At around the time this mag goes on sale, Jeep will be debuting the latest all-new version of one of the motoring world’s longest-running designs, the Jeep Wrangler. They reckon that most of the iconic design features will be carried over, plus one significant return – a fold-down windscreen. The debut will be at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 29th.
Oil Be Back
One of the most iconic names from Britain’s motoring heritage made a return at the NEC Classic Motor Show in mid-November – Duckhams! Re-launched as a line of oils aimed at the classic market, rest assured, it’s still green…