May 3, 2023

Classic Cars News: What’s Going On?

Whether it’s an interesting classic car auction or a great show, we’re always keeping our eyes open for what is happening in the world of vintage vehicles over the next few months at White’s Bodyworks. We’re passionate about old cars, whether they’re in good condition or need some loving restoration

Here’s our roundup of the latest news and some upcoming events to watch out for. 

New Classic Car Meet for Silverstone Museum

A thrilling new event celebrating classic cars and bikes is set to take place at Silverstone every month for the foreseeable future, showcasing an impressive collection of iconic vehicles. 

The Silverstone Museum Classic Car and Bike Meet is poised to become a highly anticipated event on the motoring calendar, attracting enthusiasts and petrolheads alike. If you’re a fan of classic cars and bikes then it’s not only going to be fun to attend but is a great way to network and get to know other enthusiasts. 

The first meet is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10th from 5 pm to 9 pm, and tickets are now available for purchase. Alongside British classics, the event promises to feature an exhilarating blend of vintage and supercars, as well as modern and historic motorbikes. Whether you're a fan of performance vehicles or simply appreciate the beauty of classic cars and bikes, it is not to be missed.

The Silverstone Museum is working with a team from Classic Car and Bike Meets who have more than a decade of experience organising this type of event. You can find out more here

Classic Car Rally a Roaring Success

Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast was the scene at the end of April for a whole host of amazing vintage cars and motorbikes. The event that has been run for the last few years includes the Race the Waves classic car rally that took place in South Beach. 

Hundreds of competitors took part and thousands were watching as we saw some fine post-war vehicles taking to the sands. What was amazing about this event was the sheer range of different vehicles on display – a real dream for classic car enthusiasts of all persuasions. 

Falkirk Classic Car Show

Since its inception in 2005, the Stirling and District Car Club has been dedicated to supporting small local charities, including through their annual Falkirk Classic Car Show. Thanks to the generosity of classic vehicle owners, local businesses, and the public, the club has donated over £100,000 to a variety of causes.

Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the club successfully ran their show first in 2022, with 43 clubs and over 600 cars registered to attend. The event last year was well-attended, with many visitors passing through the gates on the day. As a result, the club was able to donate funds to three deserving local charities.

Preparations are now well underway for the 2023 show, which is set to take place on Sunday, May 14th at the Games Park in Bridge of Allan. The Stirling and District Car Club is excited to continue its tradition of supporting local charities while showcasing a stunning display of classic vehicles from the local area and around the UK.

 

Sotheby’s Classic Car Auction

There’s nothing that gets classic car owners excited and talking among themselves than a good old-fashioned auction. When it’s a rare model, they’re even more engaged. 

A Sotheby’s auction of cars at the upcoming Villa Erba auction on May 20th has certainly caught our attention. The 56-vehicle line-up includes some of the most sought-after vehicles of the last century, including a 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and a 2004 Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT.

The auction is a regular Sotheby's outing and has been held in Lake Como every two years since 2011. This particular one will include several cars with intriguing ownership histories. For example, a 250 GT SWB Berlinetta that was once owned by collector Jack Nethercutt in 1961 and later became a star of the 1968 Disney film, The Love Bug.

The value of the cars at auction varies quite considerably. You have a 1920 Fiat 501 Tourer that is expected to fetch between £8,500 and £13,500. At the higher end, there’s a 1972 Ferrari 312 PB valued at between £12m and £15.5m. While that may be beyond most of our bank balances, it’s fun to watch how much these cars actually end up selling for. 

You can find out more about the auction here

Police to Use Drones to Spot Bad Drivers

Finally, if you like nothing more than getting in your classic car and heading out onto the road, you might want to keep an eye on the skies as you’re taking those hairpin bends in the country. 

To enhance road safety, police in Devon and Cornwall have launched a new Drone Unit to record driving behaviour and identify potential hazards. According to the RAC, the aim is to discourage dangerous driving and illegal activity. The unit's new fleet is equipped with innovative technology that enables them to function in various weather conditions and temperatures.

The drones can detect a vehicle's speed on the road and record any incidents that could be used as evidence against drivers who violate the speed limit. Additionally, they can also verify a vehicle's insurance, MOT, and road tax status and even track stolen vehicles. 

Astonishingly, these drones will be able to record vehicles up to four miles away and can quickly be deployed in areas with a high frequency of accidents. The new unit is part of the police’s Vision Zero South West campaign, which aims to eliminate road fatalities and injuries.

Classics Getting Ready for the Summer at White’s Bodyworks

If you own a classic car and you want to make sure it is in tip-top condition for the summer ahead, it helps to take it to a garage that has a great track record. At White’s Bodyworks, we’ve developed a strong reputation for working on vintage vehicles, providing services from restoration and repairs to annual servicing. 

Want to find out more? Contact our amazing team today. 


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