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  • February 16, 2023

    The Aintree Phantom

    By Michael Kliebenstein How I came to own what was likely the first safety car in Formula 1 Above: The gargantuan Rolls-Royce Phantom I, chassis 84FH, was converted in 1940 for the RAF into a shooting brake to carry spares...

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  • February 14, 2023

    Ghost Story

    Peter Burn recalls a wonderful little memory from September 1965, just four months after he first joined Autosport.

    'Before I even had a company car, I was – rather at the last minute – despatched to Crewe, by train, to meet up with John Bolster to photograph the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow at its launch.'

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  • Porsche 917 meets 963 at Daytona
    February 2, 2023

    Porsche 917 meets 963 at Daytona

    By Wayne Batty There’s even earlier history here, but the last time Porsche went top-tier endurance racing in both the North American IMSA series and the FIA’s WEC (née World Sportscar Championship) in the same season was all the way...

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  • February 1, 2023

    France in the '70s: Part 2

    By Michael Kliebenstein Read part one of France in the '70s A year later, I returned to Dijon, again buying myself a very cheap Citroën Traction Avant 11 Légère to travel around in. I think it was 150 francs. Cruising...

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  • January 11, 2023

    A Bugatti for Christmas

    By Wayne Batty At the tender and still impressionable age of 13, Philip Porter received, as a birthday gift from his parents, a veritable tome on Bugatti written by the great expert Hugh Conway. Poring over those pages again and...

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  • January 10, 2023

    France in the '70s: Part 1

    By Micheal Kliebenstein Of all the amazing places I’ve experienced over the years, my most fond memories are of France in the seventies. Yes, I belong to a generation that grew up with the images of France’s La Nouvelle Vague...

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  • December 16, 2022

    Bugatti Baby 2.0

    When you are Ettore Bugatti and you need a birthday present for your son who is turning four years old, you don’t pop off to the department store for some die-cast trinket. No sir, you get your factory to build a half-scale version of your phenomenally successful Type 35 motor car instead.
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  • December 16, 2022

    In The Manner Of Voltaire

    In 1757, the French writer and playwright ‘Voltaire’, wrote, of poor wronged Admiral John Byng who was executed on board his own ship for supposedly disobeying orders, ‘...in this country, it is found good, from time to time, to kill one admiral pour encourager les autres (to encourage the others)’.
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  • December 16, 2022

    JLR C-type Replica Court Case - The First Witness

    STOP PRESS (23/03/23): We are exceptionally pleased to say that the Magnussons have won their appeal against the lower Swedish court's decision in favour of JLR with regard to their C-type replica which JLR were insisting they must destroy. Not only have the...

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  • December 16, 2022

    An unexpected Cooper SuperFind

    By Michael KliebensteinWhenever I see a very significant race car still sporting its original steering wheel, racing seat and instruments, it always affects me. I feel it especially when I know that a great name once sat on that seat in...

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  • SS Jaguar 100
    November 22, 2022

    The Twists and Turns of Research

    Part of the fun of writing and publishing is the research, and the occasional surprise.

    Chas Parker is currently working on our next Exceptional Cars book, this one featuring the famous SS Jaguar 100, Old No. 8.

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