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Posted by on Oct 20, 2017

The eight edition of Motorclassica, the Australian International Concours d’Elegance & Classic Motor Show was a great success with record attendance. The spring sunshine in Melbourne brought the crowds to the UNESCO heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building to celebrate 110 years of Lancia, 70 years of Ferrari, 50 years of AMG and, the end of an era, 100 years of coach building by local Australian marque Holden. My favourite car of the event was the 1947 Lancia Aprilia Sypder Grand Sport Ghia, one of just three ever built. The judges also saw sense this year with the Concours d’Elegance Best in Show award going to the 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London to Edinburgh Continental Tordpedo Tourer by Peel of Brisbane. Other cars to catch the eye  were an incredible Lancia Flaminia Zagato Sport 3C, the 1970 Monteverdi 375L High Speed (just love that name!) and  the 1914 Delage Type S Grand Prix 2-seater, the only one surviving. The Delage has just undergone the amazing process of having a perfect 3D digital print of its original engine block made to original 100% detail and arrived and departed under its own steam. Next I am off to the Hong Kong Gold Coast Motor Festival and then it is the Targa Florio Australian Tribute in Victoria. Should be fun…    ...

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Ferraris everywhere

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017

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 to home in Australia. The local Ferrari club gathered together 105 of Enzo’s finest Down Under for a fab display at Manly Beach to commemorate 1947 –...

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1947 – 2017

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017

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 something else. As we all know, Enzo Ferrari (1898 – 1988) was the man who gave his name to the production of some of the world’s fastest and most beautiful sports and racing cars ever built. The leading Italian coachbuilders, Carrozeria Touring, Pininfarina, Vignale and Ghia competed to make ever more desirable bodies for these amazing Ferrari chassis. Ferrari’s history is imbued with legendary automobiles of style and performance. It was fitting then that to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the marque established by Il Commendatore, that the automotive world gathered together in Italy to pay tribute to these magnificent masterpieces of...

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Hampton Court

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017

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 gardens of his erstwhile home, when in the first few glorious days of September, the Concours of Elegance, now in its sixth year,  returned to Hampton Court...

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Il Sereno

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

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. Next time you are on Lago di Como make sure you drop in to Il...

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