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In this issue, we have a report on the VSCC Winter Driving Tests held at the Bicester Heritage Centre at the beginning of December. The little Austin 7 is a popular car for these types of events, but it was a Riley that was victorious at the end of the day. Bugatti and a locally built Morris Cowley also featured in the winners’ circle. The Austin 7 won its class while the Edwardian cars class was won by a 1912 Hispano Suiza Alfonso. Another unusual class winner was a 1925 Trojan Utility. Morgan 3 wheelers, Ford saloons and Alvis were among some of the other manufacturers represented at the event.
For faster-paced action, we have modern rally cars competing in the shortened Rockingham Stages rally held at Rockingham Motor Speedway. Snow caused the Sunday stages to be cancelled. It was still a convincing win for the modern Ford Fiesta R5, though the ever-popular Ford Escort still held its own with the more modern rally cars to take 2nd overall. All the modern rally challengers were present with Subaru, Citroën, Peugeot, Mazda and Suzuki all represented.
During the winter months, some of the hardy car meets still take place and we covered one held between Kidderminster and Stourbridge held on a cold but bright winters day. The New Unnamed Classic Car Group had a varied display, with more modern classic cars on show. There were a lot of modern MG sports cars and saloons in the line-up, but also a couple of real classic British sports cars with a Triumph Roadster and a Jaguar XK showing the best of classic British sports car design. As one of the most popular brands on the road today, Ford was well represented with Capris and Escorts, plus an eye-catching yellow Ford Model A Hotrod. There were a couple of vintage Morgan 3 wheelers which had braved the cold weather to attend as well.
We have a photo tribute to some of motor racings 2017 Champions, with the WEC, BTCC and HSCC champions on display.
Finally, something a little bit different, we have a report from the Motorcycle Live 2017 show, held at the NEC, near Birmingham. This is the annual show for all 2 wheeled fans to get up close and personal to the bikes and riders that have dominated 2017 as well as seeing new offerings for 2018.
Plus our usual News and other features.