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James Nicholls: writer; lecturer; broadcaster; Classic Car Consultant.

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Jan03

Book 2

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The New Edition of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook by Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi reports on the 2016-2017 Season with unprecedented statistics showing long-term gains and...

Jan03

Book Review

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2017 was of course the year of Ferrari, as one of the most recognised luxury brands on the planet celebrated its 70th glorious year. There were of course lots of illustrious...

Jan02

2018

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Happy New Year dear readers. I trust you have had a good Christmas and all the very best for 2018. I was on the water on Boxing Day for the start of the 73rd 628 nautical mile...

Nov28

Blowering Dam

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On the 40th anniversary of Ken Warby breaking the World Water Speed Record, his son David was out testing Spirit of Australia II, designed by Ken, for his own record attempt in...

Nov28

Crashlab!

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The other day I was lucky enough to pay an interesting and informative visit to Crashlab to watch an ANCAP crash test on a new vehicle. It was also quite intimidating, but...

Nov12

New and Blue!

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The Hong Kong Gold Coast Motor Festival showcased some 90 cars, from the prized classic and collectors’ cars in the Concours d’Elegance to the highly desirable and latest...

Oct26

Signature Luxury Travel

Posted on Oct 26 by

I am really excited about working with Signature Luxury Travel Magazine and hope to be doing lots more with them going forward in the future. Check out the latest issue with my...

Oct20

FOR SALE

Posted on Oct 20 by

  Every now and then I offer something special by Private Treaty . This 1925 Bugatti Type 35A Grand Prix was delivered to the Paris dealership in February 1926. Known...

Oct20

MOTORCLASSICA 8

Posted on Oct 20 by

The eight edition of Motorclassica, the Australian International Concours d’Elegance & Classic Motor Show was a great success with record attendance. The spring...

Sep25

Ferraris everywhere

Posted on Sep 25 by

Just two weeks after being a member of the jury for the Concorso d’Eleganza in Italy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, this time the Prancing Horses were closer...

Sep13

1947 – 2017

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To be invited to the celebrations for Ferrari’s 70th anniversary in Maranello was one thing, but then to be invited to be a member of the Jury of the Concorso d’Eleganza was...

Sep08

Hampton Court

Posted on Sep 8 by

Henry VIII’s appetites were said to be large in many areas of his life. He would certainly have been satisfied though with the extravaganza of automobiles laid out upon the...

Jul31

Il Sereno

Posted on Jul 31 by

Whilst in Italy recently I had to make time for luncheon at what is one of Europe’s hottest new hotels. I had heard lots about it and I am glad to report it is all good....

Jul31

Happy Birthday

Posted on Jul 31 by

They came from far and wide to celebrate ASDEC’s 30th anniversary. Entrants from Monaco, France, England, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the islands of Corsica and Sicily, and...

Jun23

Red, White and Blue Off-road

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Whoever says that Bentley cannot do off-road does not know what they are talking about. I have just been on a Bentley Bentayga Diesel Adventure Drive in the Hunter Valley, NSW....

Jun12

New Record

Posted on Jun 12 by

And here is the 1977 Holden Torana A9X Hatchback leaving the building after being sold for a staggering Aus$715,000! A new record for the marque and a new record for an...

May10

Roll up, Roll up!

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This car has certainly been causing a stir, having made an appearance on Channel 7, ABC radio (http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/breakfast/torana/8505814), and The...

Apr13

Requiescat In Pace

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The term legend is used too loosely these days. On April 10th, however, we lost a legend when the genius boat designer Carlo Riva, aged 95, went to the big harbour in the sky....

Apr13

Boys just wanna have fun!

Posted on Apr 13 by

With apologies to the lyrics of Cyndi Lauper, sometimes my job really is fun. What more do I really need to say about this image taken on a recent photography session with a 1964...

Mar10

India Rubber

Posted on Mar 10 by

Highway Masala! Being a Judge at the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally and Concours Show in Delhi, was indeed an honour and a privilege. Not only was the event,...

Feb11

Indiaaah!

Posted on Feb 11 by

This week I am off to Delhi for the seventh edition of The 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours Show. The three days of motoring indulgence should prove...

Feb10

Sydney Concours d’Elegance

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I was the Chief Honorary Judge at the 2017 Sydney Concours d’Elegance which took place recently at Darling Harbour Wharf in Pyrmont under the auspices of the ICJAG, the...

Jan10

PEACE AND LOVE IN ’17

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It has been a great Christmas and New Year period and I have been taking things pretty easily in readiness for a big year ahead. I did however manage to do a couple of stories in...

Dec12

Up, up and away!

Posted on Dec 12 by

I say it every year, but right about now, Sydney Harbour is a difficult place to beat if you love sun, sea and boats! The GC32 hydro-foiling ultra-light catamarans certainly made...

Dec12

Overdrive Video EP3

Posted on Dec 12 by

Welcome to Episode Three of Overdrive. It has taken us a while to do another episode, what with one thing and another – hopefully the wait was worthwhile as we look at a...

Nov30

Auction Result

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Mossgreen’s important Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia Auction, held on Sunday 27 November at Lorbek Luxury Cars showroom in Melbourne, achieved almost AUS$2.4...

Nov15

Important Cars at Auction

Posted on Nov 15 by

I am very excited about the prospect of being involved in the first auction with Mossgreen to which I have made a contribution, which will take place in Melbourne on Sunday 27th...

Nov10

The Common Pursuit

Posted on Nov 10 by

Those of you not lucky enough to live in Australia, and even some of those of you who do, may not have been able to view Car Chronicles which appeared on the Discovery Turbo...

Oct13

Beaux Arts

Posted on Oct 13 by

Motor car design and designers are fascinating topics. I just love those wonderful coach-built vehicles from the French and Italian masters, Saoutchik, Chapron, Vignale, Touring...

Sep14

Good Fun at Goodwood Revival

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A visit to the Goodwood Revival has to be on everyone’s motoring ‘bucket list’. A three day extravaganza of historic motor racing and related activities,...

Sep12

High Society

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It has been a busy week for the aristocracy in England. First it was to Blenheim Palace, where Sir Winston Churchill was born, for Salon Privé; then on to Windsor Castle to help...

Aug10

Perfect Day

Posted on Aug 10 by

A perfect day with a perfect 40 degree wake at the back of Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell is the first Fairey/Campbell Christina 23 ever made. Hull number 1 was built by Bruce Campbell...

Jul09

Happy Sailor

Posted on Jul 9 by

Some things never change and whilst holidaying visiting the islands of Hydra and Capri, I can gladly say that the water is as blue as ever. One thing that has changed recently...

Jun08

CAR CHRONICLES HAS ARRIVED

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We have been working on the Car Chronicles tv show for what seems like ages but at last it has made it on to tv. To see what all the fuss is about check the promo below. Car...

May26

The Four Graces?

Posted on May 26 by

Surely there can be no other car event as glamorous and aristocratic as the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza. Set amidst the amazing grounds of the hotel with a...

May26

Monaco Historic Grand Prix

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What a fantastic event the Historic Grand Prix held every two years in the Principality of Monaco is. I loved every moment of recording these fantastic classic racers going hard...

May26

1,000 miles to go!

Posted on May 26 by

They say that if it rains for the start of the Mille Miglia, as it certainly did again this year, that it is going to be a lucky run. Obviously some people have more luck than...

May26

Ferrari 488 GTB

Posted on May 26 by

Last week I was a guest of Ferrari and paid a visit to the factory. Of course it was very impressive indeed and even more so was the fact that they entrusted me with a beautiful...

May26

St Tropez

Posted on May 26 by

This year it is the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Riva Junior. What better way to celebrate than spend some time on the water in St Tropez at the meeting organised by the...

May12

Visit from a Wallaby

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This weekend it is the 10th Monaco Historic Grand Prix and I am very excited to be attending this event. Before heading for Europe though, this week when taking some rugby...

Apr13

Packing My Bags

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I am getting excited about my forthcoming trip to Europe. Not only will I be covering the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique for the first time, I will also be attending the big...

Mar12

Best of British

Posted on Mar 12 by

The Queen Mary 2 was in Sydney Harbour this week and what better backdrop for me to photograph this fabulous Aston Martin Vantage. Formerly the property of Jodhi Meares (also...

Mar11

New Novella

Posted on Mar 11 by

My new novella, “Signed, Sealed and Delivered”, has just been published by Vivid Publishing. If you live in Australia and are interested in ordering a copy please go...

Feb10

Coming Up in 2016

Posted on Feb 10 by

2016 is already well under way and although unfortunately I did not make it to Paris for Retromobile earlier this month, I have some exciting editorial planned from around the...

Jan09

Buque Escuela Guayas

Posted on Jan 9 by

It was a beautiful day on Sydney Harbour to welcome in the Ecuadorean Naval training ship, The Guayas on its ten month Vuelta el Mundo. They were lucky though to arrive to such...

Jan08

Overdrive Ep 2

Posted on Jan 8 by

As promised here is the second episode of Overdrive. In this episode we compare and contrast the Jaguar Mk II with the Citroën DS; take a look at quintessential English motors in...

Jan02

HNY one and all

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I could not be bothered taking any pretty pictures of New Year’s Eve fireworks, many more better things to be doing. I did though take some pretty pictures on Boxing Day at...

Dec12

Here Comes Summer (Down Under)!

Posted on Dec 12 by

Summer has officially started in Australia. That does not only mean soaring temperatures and lots of blue skies, nothing but blue skies, it also means the start of some serious...

Nov24

Driven not hidden

Posted on Nov 24 by

The Theodore Bruce Motorclassica Auction was the most successful classic car auction ever held outside of the USA and Europe. Whilst lot number 44, a 1963 Ford Falcon, was, by a...

Nov12

Five Days of Motoring Madness

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This is how the organisers described the Dubai International Motor Show to which I was invited as a guest speaker on the Ignition Live Talks. It was great fun and a great show....

Nov05

Bundtastic

Posted on Nov 5 by

The 2015 Bund Classic in Shanghai was a great event so I thought I should share a couple of images to give you a flavour. Look out for the upcoming story in Rewind Magazine...

Nov04

Record Auction Makes History

Posted on Nov 4 by

Theodore Bruce, Australia’s oldest auction house established in 1878, set a new Australian and indeed Southern Hemisphere record at its ‘Motorclassica’ sale held on Saturday 24th...

Oct04

Dubai International Motor Show

Posted on Oct 4 by

In November I am heading to the United Arab Emirates as a guest speaker for the Dubai International Motor Show  at the brand new UAE Motoring Museum. It should be a fabulous...

Oct04

China’s Premier Concours d’Elegance

Posted on Oct 4 by

October is shaping up to be a busy month. From the 22nd – 24th I will be running my big annual classic car auction at Motorclassica on behalf of Theodore Bruce,...

Oct04

Southern Hemisphere’s Largest

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          The online catalogue for the southern hemisphere’s largest and most prestigious classic car auction is now available...

Aug31

Flick the switch

Posted on Aug 31 by

As I did not get a call from the BBC to appear on the new Top Gear, nor did I receive a call from Mr Clarkson to be part of his new venture, I thought I might as well plough my...

Aug13

Overdrive

Posted on Aug 13 by

It is always hard getting back into the swing of things after you have been travelling. Having been to Europe three times so far this year there has been plenty to catch up on...

Jul14

It’s a small world…

Posted on Jul 14 by

I am busily consigning cars for the Theodore Bruce ‘Motorclassica’ Auction (www.theodorebruceauctions.com.au) taking place on October 24th at the Royal Exhibition...

Jun12

The Prop Set

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Whilst in Italy recently I visited the ex-Caproni aeroplane factory which has now been turned into a museum, Volandia. It is right next to Malpensa airport, Milan and incredibly...

Jun12

The Jet Set

Posted on Jun 12 by

Attending the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este as a member of the media is probably about as close to the jet set as I am going to get, but at least I am getting...

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