The Classic Racing Line

Bluebird and the Campbells (Part 2)

Like his father before him, Donald Campbell lived for speed - achieving 7 world speed records on water and 1 on land after harnessing jet propulsion. As many will know he was killed in 1967, shortly after reaching 328 mph in his Bluebird K7 powerboat on Coniston Water. Read more about Campbell's pursuit of speed in the concluding part of this article.

Bluebird and the Campbells (Part 1)

Sir Malcolm Campbell set no fewer than 9 land speed records between 1924 and 1935 in a variety of aero-engined cars all named 'Blue Bird'. Not content with being the first person to drive at over 300 mph with his last record, he turned to the water and set 4 more speed records in Blue Bird K3 and K4 hydroplane powerboats.  Read more about Campbell's pursuit of speed in Part 1 of this article.

HSCC Thundersports

We're very pleased to be sponsoring the Historic Sports Car Club Thundersports race series in 2021. The series provides competition for various classes of sports, GT and touring cars that would have competed in endurance events prior to 1980. Read more about the series and our involvement.

Claude Storez: A prince among racers

Considered one of the best French racing drivers of the 1950s but largely unknown today, Claude Storez was most accomplished in endurance racing and long distance road rallies. Tipped for even greater things, Storez was tragically killed 62 years ago this month going all out at Reims in his Porsche Zagato, whilst chasing down the race leader. This is his story.

Burt Munro (1899-1978)

Burt Munro was a motorcycle racer from New Zealand whose speed record exploits on the salt flats of Bonneville late in life were immortalised in the 2005 film The World’s Fastest Indian starring Anthony Hopkins. Read more about his life and record-breaking exploits.

Creating the Spirit of Ecstasy

In February 1911, the Spirit of Ecstasy figurine was first presented to Rolls-Royce by the sculptor Charles Sykes. It quickly became the marque's official bonnet mascot and today is recognised world-wide as a symbol of perfection. We take a look at why the ornament was created and what, or who, was its inspiration.

Board Track Racing

Popular in the United States in the 1910s and ‘20s, board track motor racing was conducted on a steeply banked circular or oval race track surfaced with wooden planks. Based on European velodrome designs, the board tracks were originally constructed for motorcycle races and later adapted for racing cars. Read more about this exciting but dangerous era of American motor sport.

Monte Carlo or Bust!

On this day, 110 years ago, twenty-three cars converged on the Principality of Monaco to compete in the first Monte Carlo Rally. We take a look at why this blue riband event was created and how it has evolved over the decades.

January On Speed

Whilst the pursuit of speed in a motor car is almost as old as the motorised carriage itself, excessive speed in the wrong setting is never clever and will often attract the attention of the law. January is an interesting month from a speeding point of view, as during this month in history a number of notable speeding events occurred. Here are just five of them.

Motor Racing Under The Influence

There is a long-standing but tricky relationship between motor racing and alcohol that continues to thrive despite efforts by the World Health Organisation and others to outlaw the promotion of any so-called ‘sin substance’; as they have with tobacco. Although clearly the consumption of alcohol is incompatible with driving and racing safely, let’s take a look at some of the ways that they have happily and successfully co-existed.

Wing Commander James Nicolson VC DFC

Wing Commander James Nicolson VC, DFC joined the RAF as a fighter pilot in 1936 and went on to see action flying Spitfires and Hurricanes during the Second World War. In one particular battle, he stayed with his burning aircraft to shoot down another enemy fighter before baling out to fight another day. Read more about this action and the only award of the Victoria Cross to a RAF fighter pilot.

Gregory Percival - Sculptor

Sculptor Gregory Percival achieved his pilot’s licence at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, formerly RAF Westhampnett, nicely combining his two passions of motor racing and flying. Hear how he gets his inspiration and turns these ideas into magnificent works of art.
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