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Zoute Grand Prix 2016, indian summer on the Belgian coast

Last week, Knokke-le-Zoute was hosting the Zoute Grand Prix 2016. This event is similar to Spa Rétrofolies. However, it is a little more posh, allowing the visitors to enjoy rarer cars scattered between the beach, the seawall and the town centre.

The Zoute Grand Prix 2016 is split in three events:

  • Zoute Rally: It’s a rally dedicated to cars built between 1930 and 1965. For two days, drivers could enjoy regularity races and nice rides.
  • Zoute Concours d’élégance: Evenything is in the name.
  • Zoute Sale by Bonhmans : Auctions in Knokke are on the rise. We will talk about that sale in another article.

Modern cars also have a dedicated rallye, the GT Tour, but it’s not our point, let’s focus on the classic cars.

The Zoute Rally

Last year, the Zoute Rally headed to Bruges, this year, the drivers could discover the area around Courtrai, including the Castle of Nokere. There, the drivers could enjoy a lakefront aperitif after a morning driving. On the Friday, they drove in plains that used to be battlefields during WWII.

The grid gathered astonishing cars once more. However the Porsche 356, Jaguar E-Type and Mercedes SL “Pagoda” made half of it. Fortunately, some manufacturers brought some of their most iconic cars, like BMW with a 328, that ran the Mille Miglia, or Audi, who brought Auto-Unions that ran Liege-Rome-Liege.

There was a lot of Italian cars as well. The more noticeable were a Lancia B24 Spyder America, several Ferrari 275 GTB and a couple of Maserati 3500 GT. Jochen Mass was driving one of the numerous Mercedes 300 SL there.

Zoute Concours d’élégance

The Sunday was dedicated to the Concours d’Elegance that took place in the Royal Zoute Golf. It was one of the main events of the Zoute Grand Prix 2016. From pre-war to 1975, the cars were just astonishing. It was also hosting both the Spider and Coupe versions of the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante designed by Touring in 2013.

The jury was more demanding than it was in previous years. The criteria were similar to Villa d’Este or Pebble Beach ones, ensuring a higher quality. Here are the results:

POST-WAR CLOSED 4 SEATER CLASS
Winner: 1955 – LANCIA AURELIA B12

COMPETITION CLASS
Winner: 1967 – PORSCHE 911 R

POST-WAR CLOSED 2 SEATER CLASS
Winner: 1954 – PEGASO Z102

POST-WAR CLOSED 2+2 SEATER CLASS
Winner: 1961 – ASTON MARTIN DB4 SERIES III ‘GT’ SPORTS SALOON

SPECIAL DISPLAY CLASS
Winner: 2016 – SUPERLEGGERA DISCO VOLANTE

SPECIAL AWARD BY THE JURY “COUP DE COEUR”
Winner: 1965 – OSCA 1600 GT COUPÉ

FERRARI 275 GTB – 365 GTB/4 CLASS
Winner: 1968 – FERRARI 365 GTB4 ‘DAYTONA’ PROTOTIPO

MOST ELEGANT OR SPECIAL INTERIOR
Winner: 1949 – LANCIA APRILIA FARINA CONVERTIBLE

OTTO VU CLASS
Winner: 1953 – FIAT 8V BERLINETTA RAPI

MOST SPECIAL & UNIQUE BODYWORK
Winner: 1938 – LANCIA ASTURA CABRIOLET 4TH SERIES

MOST EXCITING DESIGN
Winner:1972 – LAMBORGHINI MIURA SV

MOST ICONIC CAR
Winner: 1956 – MERCEDES 300 SL GULLWING

BEST PRESERVED CAR
Winner: 1925 – BUGATTI TYPE 35 GRAND PRIX TWO-SEATER

MOST SENSITIVE RESTORATION
Winner: 1953 – FIAT 8V SUPERSONIC


ENGINEERING AWARD

Winner: 1968 – TOYOTA 2000 GT

PROTOTYPE AWARD 
Winner: 1952 – MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL PROTOTYPE ‘AIRBRAKE’

PRE-WAR CLASS 
Winner: 1939 – TALBOT-LAGO T120 CABRIOLET

POST-WAR OPEN CLASS
Winner: 1961 – 1951 – ASTON MARTIN DB2 DHC

The Zoute Grand Prix 2016 is now a must-see in Belgium, like the Spa Six Hours, the Legend Boucles or Spa Classic. If you want to go next year, it will be from the 5th to the 8th of October 2017.

Thanks to Gaultier Vilour for his pictures, you can look at his photos on his Facebook page or on Instagram.

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Goodwood Revival 2016, still amazing

We already brought you to Le Mans Classic and Silverstone Classic this year. This time, let’s head to what is probably the reference of classic car races: Goodwood Revival 2016.

Al the picture we can provide you were made by Charles. He was one of the exhibitors, with the Galerie Stradale.

Goodwood and its unique atmosphere

That’s probably the trademark of Goodwood Revival 2016. To enter the event, you have to comply with the dress code, and unlike Le Mans Classic, the visitors do it.

From the audience to the organizers every one is dressed like people were in the 50s and 60s. The atmosphere is just wonderful. The location makes it even better, it feels like nothing has changed for all these years…

And if ever you get fed up with cars, you can enjoy even bigger, just as legendary, vehicles. The Goodwood Revival 2016 takes place on the Goodwood Circuit, which is a former airfield. So, you can find Crusaders, DC3s, Hurricanes or even Spitfires. Even if there is no Rolls-Royce on the track, you can see a lot of them in the air!

The car park is almost as astonishing as the paddocks. Some cars are there just because they don’t join in the races. You can even find modern supercars.

The accessible paddocks of Goodwood Revival 2016

Here, an Alfa Romeo 6C wearing Enzo Ferrari’s Cavalino, there an Aston Martin DP112. The mechanics work on the ground on a single-seater, and you can look over their shoulder! You can get access to almost everywhere at Goodwood Revival.

You are struck by the cars you can find here, Ferrari 250 GTOs and 250 LMs share the space with a horde of E-Types and Cobras.

On track, Goodwood Revival 2016 offered a real show

You could find these cars on the track. In the driver seats, there are a lot of famous names. Goodwood Revival is the only event where you can see David Coulthard driving an Austin A35! Win a race inj such an event raises the value of a car. The driver, sometimes hired by the owners, throw themselves in the race wholeheartedly. Sometimes, it’s even a little too much: seeing an E-Type having a brush with the rear wing of a 250 GTO is definitely impressive!

To sum it up, Goodwood Revival 2016 kept its promises. Some of the most beautiful cars in the world, in an appropriate setting. It’s a unique recipe, and it’s definitely enjoyable.

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Back in time at the Northleach Steam & Vintage Show 2016

Last Friday, we were traveling back to the future with the come back of the DeLorean. On Sunday, we took our ticket to the past, the real one. We went to the Northleach Steam & Vintage Show 2016.

Northleach has been related to steam rallies since the 1950s. A few years ago the event became the Northleach Steam & Vintage Show. It gathers a lot of full size and scale steam engines along with stationary engines. But they are not alone, you can also see vintage tractors, military and commercial vehicles, and obviously classic cars.

We avoided the rain on Saturday and came on Sunday, when the sun was shining, for the pleasure of the audience. The demonstrations of old machinery were just astonishing. It was the perfect event for children to discover what their grand parents and even their parents life was like.

Here is a little sample of all the beautiful pieces we could see at the Northleach Steam & Vintage Show 2016, you can see all our pictures on our flickr gallery.

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A lovely Sunday at Tetbury Classic Car Show 2016

Last Sunday, we headed to Tetbury for the Tetbury Classic Car Show 2016. Despite the cloudy weather, there were hundreds of cars to see and a lot of people came.

You might think I spend my time in the Cotswolds. It’s true, I won’t deny it. But with such lovely events, it would be a shame to avoid them. This week, the Tetbury Classic Car Show 2016 was raising funds for Allsorts and several local causes. Once again, a lot of people came to show their car for such an event, and the audience was there as well.

From the popular Vauxhall Nova to the quite rare (2 cars registered in the UK) Lamborghini Islero, you could enjoy almost any kind of car ever made. You can find a little sample below, and all our pictures in our flickr gallery.

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Lovely cars gathered for Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival

Last Sunday, we headed to the Cotswolds, for the Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival. It gathered several hundreds of classic cars, for our greatest pleasure.

The Rotary Club of Tewkesbury organised this event in order to rase funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, and what a show! Over 700 cars and more than 200 bikes were there. From the early eras to the latest dream cars, you could enjoy anything.

Like in Mark, Milton Keynes or even Gloucester, it was possible to admire all the finest Birtish cars From the humble Austin Seven to the gigantic Rolls Royce 28HP, you could enjoy almost any car that marked the debut of British automotive History. You could also enjoy some far younger Fords or Jaguars.

However, if you enjoyed more exotic cars, there were a lot of cars from Europe and abroad as well. The Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival mixed them with the British ones.

Anyway, whatever car you liked the owners were there to talk about it and share their passion. It was really enjoyable for me, since I was there to write this article. But I was also showing my car. And definitely passion has no borders. People were even pleased to see that foreigners were allowed like anyone else.

The Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival was definitely a welcoming event, with a lot of cars and market stalls. It’s a perfect family event and we can not wait for next year!

You can have a look at all our pictures in our flickr gallery.

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