February 20, 2024

The Classic Car Show at Culford

We are very excited to be returning to The Classic Car Show at Culford in 2024 after the enjoyment we experienced last year. The highlights from 2023 can be found here. The team will be on a stand once more and will be on hand to chat to you about our current projects as well as our competition cars. We will also be wandering around the show so if you see us, do say hello.

For more details on how to get tickets, head to the event website

Weekend at Manor Park Classics

What a fantastic weekend we had at Manor Park Classics for their February 2024 classic auction. It’s the first time I’ve been and the second trip for Gordon and I must say, I’m super impressed with the venue and set up.

Being very interested in the media side of a business I was amazed, initially, on the broadcasting equipment and lighting they had set up in preparation for the live auction and the social media coverage going out throughout the two days. But let’s get down to business…the classic cars!

Check out the video of day 1 where I spent the afternoon having a look through the 3 halls of vehicles on display.

Then on the Saturday was big day itself, Auction Day.

We registered early doors to get our bidding card and whether the fact we were the first to register or the fact that we were mega important VIP’s, we got card number 1 which seemed to be the highlight of the weekend for Gordon.

We were greeted at the door by a very familiar face in the classic car world, Mr Paul Cowland from Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars who welcomed us with open arms and took us on a brief tour of the facilities.

We were here to buy and the 5hr trip was well worth it as the collection of cars on offer were very impressive. A total of 6 we had our eyes on…

We weren’t lucky enough to buy all 6 but that did mean we came back a little richer than we expected so it wasn’t a failure as we managed to grab 4 fantastic vehicles, 3 of which will be coming to a competition near you very soon.

Lovely to meet the team at Manor Park Classics, a special thank you to Paul Cowland for a personal guided tour which happened to start out in the men’s toilet of all places! Also, great to meet and have a brief chat with another legend in the world of classic cars, Drew Pritchard. We missed out on successfully winning his Beetle but there’s always next time!

Led Zeppelin Manager’s Ferrari 246 Dino GTS Heads To Auction

If you ever wanted to combine rock ‘n’ roll and classic cars; you’d probably end up with this…a 1973 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS purchased from new by Peter Grant, the manager of legendary rock group Led Zeppelin – and that’s exactly what’s going up for sale through an online auction with Car & Classic this week.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Pedigree Meets Italian Craftsmanship

Peter Grant, the man who played a huge role in Led Zeppelin’s meteoric rise to fame and record-breaking success, ordered his Dino as one of only 235 right-hand drive versions brought into the UK between 1972 and 1974. Its configuration alone makes it a rare classic but, with its time living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle added in, this is one special car.

Delivered in a striking Rosso Bordeaux colour (a non-standard, non-metallic option) paired with brown leather upholstery, this Dino was one of just 114 ordered in this colour specification.

A Meticulously Maintained Car

Over the years, the Ferrari 246 Dino GTS has been well maintained by Ferrari specialists. From rebuilt suspension and brakes to the installation of a high-torque starter motor, no expense has been spared in preserving this dream classic. Now MOT-exempt due to its classic status, this Dino still offers an authentic driving experience, remaining mechanically original in most respects.

More Than Just a Car

Dale Vinten, head of editorial at Car & Classic said “With many members of Led Zeppelin known to enjoy their fair share of supercars, including many Ferraris, this Dino, formerly owned by Peter Grant, is a cherished, usable example with a proven history. It’s not just a car; it’s a piece of rock history, a fantastic piece of Led Zeppelin memorabilia, and a lovely example of a collectable 246 Dino GTS – it’s something that everyone can hopefully appreciate carries significant importance.”

The Auction

The auction will begin on 22nd February 2024 and run until 29th February 2024. Car & Classic estimates that the car will sell for between £275,000 – £350,000 and invites all interested parties to register their pre-bids here. 

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