Motoring Classics- Summer 2013

According to Michael Ware, the former curator of the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, there are an incredible 143 car museums in the UK. No doubt they all have something interesting to offer, but we cut to the chase and persuaded him to pick his favourite five- see Curator’s Choice for the result.

The Issigonis-penned Morris Minor is one of the darlings of the classic car world and remains a pleasingly affordable passport to the joys of historic motoring. British Motor Heritage dealer ESM Morris Minors is now the UK’s largest specialist catering solely for this ever-popular model, and the company’s history makes interesting reading.

Both Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb and the Brighton Speed Trials date back to 1905, making them among the oldest surviving motorsport events in the world. We review their histories, as well as that of Whitney Straight who was an outright victor at both venues during his fascinating ‘Boy’s Own’ life of racing and flying.

Zircotec, for which BMH is a newly-appointed Authorised Distributor, is a plasma coating system that was developed in the power industry but is now working wonders in the automotive field. It is as successful at solving all manner of heat-incited problems on classic cars as protecting the carbon composite bodywork of today’s F1 machines. See page seven for further details of this seemingly magical process, and page 16 for the chance to win examples of the product.

The Fly Navy Heritage trust was the official charity at last year’s Goodwood Revival meeting and the display by their Hawker Sea Fury T20 was one of the airborne highlights of the event. Read about their tireless work on behalf of Britain’s naval flying past, present and future, and how you can support the trust’s activities. Enjoy!

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