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2024 Mustang Dark Horse

Hennessey, the Texas-based hypercar manufacturer and high-performance vehicle creator, has revealed performance data for its supercharged ‘H850’ Mustang Dark Horse, which is now in production at its

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Safe and Sound

A selection of our private classic motorcycle collection have been moved to their new home at our secure storage facility, the hangar. the team have

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AC Cobra GT Roadster

AC Cars, Britain’s oldest active vehicle manufacturer, has started the first dynamic demonstrations and experience drives of the new AC Cobra GT Roadster. This highly

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Future Proof Classic Cars

Last week, Mark Harper, Secretary of State for the Department for Transport, addressed an event hosted by the Historic & Classic Vehicles Alliance (HCVA) at

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Manor Park Classics – The May 2024 Preview Day

Today, I challenged the bank holiday traffic, experienced the overturned tractor on the A14 and met every traffic jam as I headed up the M6 to Runcorn for tomorrow’s Manor Park Classics May 2024 auction. My 7 hour trip meant I arrived with just over an hour to take a look around the cars that’ll be on offer tomorrow.

An early start tomorrow but I look forward to catching up with the Manor Park team and see what some of the beautiful classics on show will reach under the hammer.

Work begins on our 2003 MG ZT V8

The workshop here at Bridge Classic Cars is always busy! But this week we’ve had the pleasure of having this 2003 MG ZT V8 on the centre ramp under the careful eye of our technician Jon.

Jon noted that the car had lost some coolant after a road test. After leaving the car to safely cool down, Jon carried out a chemical block test to see whether any hydrocarbons from the exhaust had made their way into the coolant which signifies a leak somewhere in the system. All was ok and nothing was contaminated, Jon reports that he believes the seal on the radiator cap had gone bad.

Next, Jon turned his attention to the brakes on this V8 super saloon. He began by stripping down the front brakes, blowing out the handbrake shoes and fitting a new seat of discs. While there, Jon also quickly repainted the caliper after adjusting the handbrake shoes.

Jon then began work on the front end of the car. This involved removing the front wheels and the stripping down the front brakes. Whilst in there, he also removed and cleaned up the Ohlins struts back to their former glory before fitting them with new springs and fitting back onto the car. Like the rear, Job took the time to repaint the calipers to make this early 2000’s muscle saloon look the absolute business. However, upon rebuilding the offside front caliper, he found that it had seized.

After that, Jon head inside the car to fix a couple of small issues such as a blocked washer jet and a 12v power socket not working – both of which were fixed. Then, he began to work on the exhaust of the car. He removed the offside rear silencer, removing the mounting straps and then fitted the new silencers to the car except he found that new silencer didn’t fit quite as it should so the original unit had to go back onto the car, but whilst there he repositioned the central rear mount as it was contacting the axle of the car under articulation.

2024 Mustang Dark Horse

Hennessey, the Texas-based hypercar manufacturer and high-performance vehicle creator, has revealed performance data for its supercharged ‘H850’ Mustang Dark Horse, which is now in production at its Sealy HQ. Hennessey’s engineers have transformed the performance of America’s iconic pony car with a 70 per cent power upgrade, achieving 850 horsepower, alongside boosted torque of 650 lb-ft.

The 2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse is the performance version of the acclaimed ‘S650’ Mustang. The stock Dark Horse has a naturally aspirated Gen-4 Coyote 5.0-litre V8, to which Hennessey adds a high-performance supercharger, high-flow air induction system, upgraded fuel injectors and fuel pump, plus Hennessey’s rigorously developed engine management system.

From the factory, Ford’s Dark Horse has 500 bhp and can hit 60 mph from stationary in 3.7 seconds, in 10-speed auto form. Hennessey’s uprated H850 Mustang hits the same speed in just 3.2 seconds. The standard Dark Horse completes the ¼ mile in 12 seconds at 118.4 mph. Hennessey betters this benchmark too, with the H850 auto achieving the same distance in 10.9 seconds at 133 mph.


John Hennessey, company Founder, and CEO“Our supercharged H850 Mustang Dark Horse builds on Ford’s commitment to provide automotive enthusiasts with passion products like the snarling V8-powered S650 Mustang. We’re excited to unleash Hennessey’s passion for performance on America’s most iconic muscle car with all the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations that get our blood pumping!”

To complement its potent powerplant, Hennessey ‘H850’ Mustang owners can visually enhance their Dark Horse with optional Hennessey Heritage Graphics and forged performance wheels in gloss anthracite. Setting the Hennessey apart further, each model features Hennessey and H850 badging, Hennessey embroidered headrests, and a serial-numbered engine plaque.


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Checking Parts on our 1956 Jensen 541 Restoration

Our technician Paul has been making good progress on our 1956 Jensen 541 project. Recently, Paul has been checking that the various brackets and auxiliary parts fit up where they should.

To begin with, Paul tested the fitment of the radiator into the car to make sure its brackets were correctly placed on the frame before the moving onto the bump irons etc.

Then, he worked alongside of fabricator Clinton to begin getting the exhaust for the classic GT started and in the right place before it’s production is started.

Repairing the Chassis of our 1972 Ferrari 246GTS

The fabrication team at the Bridge Classic Cars HQ have been working their magic underneath the Ferrari 246.

Several spots in the cars space frame had rusted and deteriorated to the point where they were no longer supporting the structure of the car how they should do. So, our fabricator Chris has worked his magic to sympathetically repair this handmade sports car with individually fabricated gussets to get the strength back into the car.

Work on our 1972 MGB Roadster

Our 1972 MGB Roadster has been getting a few bits and pieces to do before the car could be yours through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions.

First off, the car has been fully inspected by the team to determine what needs doing the classic roadster.

After the inspection, Steve got his list of jobs together to get this classic back on the road. First up – Steve replaced the fuel pump.

Next up, Steve inspected some of the rubber mounts which hold the subframe to the car. After checking them thoroughly, he found they had perished and will require replacement.

Upon inspection, Steve found that they coolant hoses on the car had gone hard and begun to crack. Because of this, he ordered replacements and got them fitted up to the car before testing can begin.

Parts painted on the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe

The paint and body team at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ have been working on getting many of the suspension and chassis components for our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe.

Finished in heavy duty black and silver, the parts will cure and then be wrapped up and put into storage awaiting the cars reassembly.

Safe and Sound

A selection of our private classic motorcycle collection have been moved to their new home at our secure storage facility, the hangar.

the team have been busy recommissioning our two-wheeled wonders to get them back running and roadworthy before our transport team loaded them up and took them over to their new home in the ‘bike room’ at the hangar.

Our 2002 Ducati 900SS finds its new home!

Our 2002 Ducati 900SS has made its way to its new home with its lucky new owner, Nic.

Nic recently won our limited edition superbike last week and we wish him many happy miles with this incredible machine.

Work on the 1980 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus

The Bridge Classic Cars team have welcomed back a previous project into our Suffolk HQ to carry out a couple of bits on this beautiful classic.

Our technician Julian has removed all fuel lines and the fuel tank in order to carry out work on the fuel system. Whilst the fuel tank was out, he could replace the filler neck seal and gaskets before beginning to fit the new fuel lines underneath the car and then refit the tank back into the car. With the new fuel lines in the car, Julian could route them up to the carburettors around the front of the engine, this required a small custom bracket to be made to keep them away from the alternator pulley and safe from any damage.

While there, Julian also removed and resealed the temperature sensor in the inlet manifold and replaced the alternator belt as it was showing signs of wear.

AC Cobra GT Roadster

AC Cars, Britain’s oldest active vehicle manufacturer, has started the first dynamic demonstrations and experience drives of the new AC Cobra GT Roadster. This highly anticipated sports car is being showcased to clients and VIP guests, giving them the opportunity to experience its performance firsthand.

A New Chapter at Donington Park

The dynamic demonstrations mark a significant milestone in the production of the AC Cobra GT Roadster. Held at AC Cars’ headquarters and R&D centre at Donington Park, these events allow attendees to see, hear, and feel the capabilities of this new sports car.

Unleashing the Power

The new Cobra is powered by a 663bhp supercharged engine, housed within a sleek carbon-fibre body. The iconic AC Cobra design has been seen driving on the public roads surrounding Donington Park, demonstrating its potential to clients and car enthusiasts alike. This stage of development is crucial as AC Cars continues to fine-tune the vehicle, ensuring it meets the high expectations set for its performance and styling.

An Insider’s Look at Cutting-Edge Design

During these exclusive events, members of the engineering and production teams are available to discuss the car’s design and features. This direct interaction highlights AC Cars’ commitment to keeping its clients informed and engaged as the project progresses. The feedback from these demonstrations has been overwhelmingly positive, reinforcing confidence that the AC Cobra GT Roadster will deliver on its promise of unmatched style and performance.


A Legacy Reimagined

The new AC Cobra GT Roadster is built on a unique aluminium spaceframe chassis, complemented by a full carbon-fibre body and a powerful 5.0-litre V8 engine. It stands as a worthy successor to the legendary AC Cobra of the 1960s, combining classic aesthetics with modern design and engineering advancements.

Modern Comfort Meets Classic Style

One of the notable improvements in the new GT Roadster is its larger size and modern ergonomics. Unlike its predecessor, the updated cabin comfortably accommodates drivers over six feet tall. Additionally, the vehicle features a modern drivetrain and advanced control technologies, solidifying its status as a grand tourer.

Versatility and Exclusivity

The AC Cobra GT Roadster is available in both left and right-hand drive configurations, with options for an automatic or manual gearbox. This is all part of the plan to create a driving experience tailored to individual preferences, all within a highly limited-production model.

A Unified Production Hub

AC Cars has recently announced a new brand centre at Donington Park. This facility joins their expansive 100,000 sq ft site on the UK’s south coast, which will serve as the assembly centre. Bringing all necessary crafts and disciplines under one roof, the new centre aims to streamline production and maintain the marque’s legacy of excellence.

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Working on our 1977 Triumph TR7

The Bridge Classic Cars team have been working on carrying out a few jobs on our classic TR7 ahead of its live draw and eventual delivery to its lucky new owner.

First up, Julian worked on the rear suspension of the classic sports car. He replaced the upper and lower trailing arm bushes before removing the prop shaft in order to replace the input seal which he noticed had a slight weep. After this, all components were fitted back up to the car and it was road tested ahead of it being handed over to our other technician Jon for final sign off.

The car then was handed over to our other technician Jon, who carried out the cars pre-delivery inspection ahead of the cars live draw on Tuesday.

Body on and progress with our 1975 Cobra Replica

Our technician Julian has been hard at work with the rebuild of our 1975 Cobra Replica.

With the engine back in the newly painted frame, he could begin to get the various system test hit and then fully placed into the car such as the cooling system, as well as some of the various brackets and braces needed to support the bodywork and driveline. Then, the team carefully lowered the fibreglass body onto the frame making sure everything fit up as it should.

Brakes are on our 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4

Our technician Steve has been working on fitting up the brakes to our 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4.

The first step in the process is for Steve to make up the new metal pipework and fit the necessary flexi-hoses to the system.

Hurst Of Retford Living Wagon

Between the 12th and 16th of June 2024, there will be a sale of vintage fairground rides and vehicles. Announced by Joby Carter, there are some extraordinary items that will be available to purchase and I have no doubt it will attract a wide range of collectors and enthusiasts.

Perhaps the main event of the sale is the 1955 Hurst of Retford Living Wagon.

The Wagon

This striking van, believed to have been built in 1955 by Hurst of Retford for the Proctor family, has a fascinating yet somewhat complex history. Hurst, a respected joinery business, transitioned into the showman trade during World War II when Joe Ling enlisted them to repair his Moonrocket ride after a fire. This venture led Hurst to specialise in building living wagons, producing several impressive models over 20 feet long. One such wagon was even advertised to include three bedrooms, a lounge, and a kitchen!

The current owner of the 1955 Hurst of Retford Living Wagon, Joby Carter, acquired the wagon from Gerry Cottle, who had intended to use it as an office for his circus. An extensive restoration was started to bring the wagon back to life. During the restoration, as the beige paint was stripped away, the original aluminium was revealed. Upon further investigation, it was found that the sun had etched the original scroll pattern into the aluminium belly boxes. This discovery allowed Joby Carter to repaint the van in its authentic, original design.

Details:

  • 28ft long
  • Recently re-painted and coach-lined in gold leaf
  • Exceptionally well-built and original wagon
  • Brilliant cut glass throughout
  • Bedroom, lounge, kitchen and shower room
  • This was Joby Carter’s primary residence from the early 2000’s until 2014.

£75,000


Other Items For Sale

  • The Lightning Skid – Noisy and fast, and beautifully and intensely decorated, the Skid is a very popular ride dating from the 1960s. £200,000
  • 1957 Scammell Highwayman Mr Plod (number 2) – Built in 1957, but not registered until 1962, No.2 was pressed into service by Esso as a tanker lorry. £15,000
  • Full sale details

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Future Proof Classic Cars


Last week, Mark Harper, Secretary of State for the Department for Transport, addressed an event hosted by the Historic & Classic Vehicles Alliance (HCVA) at Bicester Heritage. He called on the classic car industry and its enthusiasts to assist in safeguarding the future of historic vehicles.

During his speech, MP Harper announced an eight-week consultation period, open until July 4th, aimed at finding the best ways to support Britain’s classic car sector, which contributes £18 billion annually to the economy. This comes following criticism from the HCVA and the broader classic vehicle community regarding the DVLA’s handling of classic cars.

The DVLA, responsible for the UK’s vehicle registration system, centralised its operations 10 years ago and closed its 39 local offices, which were often staffed by teams with extensive knowledge of classic cars. This change led to numerous issues for classic car owners who now struggle with registering their restored or modified vehicles due to complicated and unclear forms.

Since 2019, the situation has worsened, with many owners receiving Q-plates for legitimate classic cars and others facing long delays and cumbersome processes to re-register newly restored or upgraded classics.


Now, Transport Minister Mark Harper has reached out to the classic car industry and community for assistance in ensuring the future of classic vehicles.

This appeal for support follows three years of efforts by the HCVA, which has collaborated directly with the DVLA and ministers, as well as through the Historic Vehicle User Group. As Mark Harper emphasised, the success of this initiative relies heavily on the full backing of the classic vehicle community.

The HCVA reiterates the importance of submitting clear and constructive individual responses. The Call for Evidence is complex, featuring 46 specific questions, many of which tend to steer respondents towards agreeing with the existing arrangements and categories.

To assist those interested in crafting a robust response, the HCVA will release its own draft detailed response on Friday, May 24th. They urge all potential respondents to thoroughly review this draft and consider its contents when preparing their individual submissions.

Guy Lachlan, Executive Director of the HCVA said: “The DVLA’s current system treats restoration and rebuilding of historic vehicles as having a negative impact on their historical record and UK registration, a misconception that must be corrected. Maintaining the same registration number is a vital part of the history of the UK’s vehicles and is a viewpoint consistent with those applied to historic buildings, fine art, and other protected heritage industries.”

“Our detailed response to the Call for Evidence will reduce DVLA workload, help to avoid counterproductive legal actions and remove uncertainty around vehicle restoration that currently hinders the UK specialist industry. And it is now vital the classic car industry, and UK enthusiasts come together to do all we can to protect the future of our cherished classic vehicles for future generations.“

HCVA Chairman, Mark Roper said: “We must all act on this hard-fought and welcomed opportunity to respond, as classic vehicle owners and enthusiasts now have a unique opportunity to offer a clear response to Government and the DVLA on the challenges we face. Doing so will enable a bright and confident future for the industry, owners and enthusiasts alike and I ask anyone interested in responding to read our own guidance and draft response first, to ensure the industry and our passionate community delivers effective and concise feedback to Government.“

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Newspress Awards 2024

The shortlist for the Newspress Awards 2024 has been announced, revealing who is in the running to be recognised as the stars of the UK’s automotive journalism and PR industries. 

We have made the shortlist in 3 separate categories – me in the Automotive Rising Star (Journalist) of the Year sponsored by Suzuki, Nick in the Automotive Photographer of the Year, and the Bridge Classic Cars team in the Automotive Video of the Year sponsored by the Marcus Rutherford Foundation.

While the competition is extremely tough in all categories, making the shortlist is an achievement we are all proud of and we look forward to sharing the results when they are announced soon.

Awards CategoryShortlist
Commercial Vehicle Writer of the Year –
sponsored by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
 George Barrow
 Jack Carfrae
 Richard Gooding
 Tom Webster
Automotive Business Journalist of the Year Jack Carfrae
 Tom Geggus
 Richard Gooding
 Jonathan Manning
 John Maslen
 Natalie Middleton
 Tim Rose
Classic Car Writer of the Year Jesse Billington
 Trinity Francis
 Simon Hucknall
 Karl Ludvigsen
 Charlotte Vowden
Automotive News Journalist of the Year Jack Carfrae
 Ellis Hyde
 Ray Massey
 Tim Rose
 Shazhad Sheikh
Automotive Business Publication of the Year Automotive Management/AM Online
 Automotive Testing Technology   International
 Autovista24
 Crash Test Technology International
 Fleet World
 Tire Technology International
Automotive Consumer Journalist of the Year Stephen Dobie
 Graham King
 Ray Massey
 John Mayhead
Automotive Feature Writer of the Year –
sponsored by Kia 
 John Barker
 Giles Chapman
 Stephen Dobie
 Will Dron
 Maurice Hamilton
 Sean Rees
 James Taylor
 Charlotte Vowden
Automotive Photographer of the Year Jayson Fong
 Ben Midlane
 William Neill
 Aston Parrott
 Adam Shorrock
 Nick Skinner
 Nick Williams
Automotive Video of the Year –
sponsored by the Marcus Rutherford Foundation
 Yousuf Ashraf
 AutoEV
 Bridge Classic Cars
 Deutsche Welle REV
 Tim Rodie Drives Stuff
 CAR
Automotive Rising Star (Journalist) of the Year –
sponsored by Suzuki
 Jesse Billington
 Dino Buratti
 Rob Harvey
 Tom Hooker
Road Tester of the Year Yousuf Ashraf
 Stephen Dobie
 Will Dron
 Richard Gooding
Automotive Technology Writer of the Year Jack Carfrae
 George Barrow
 Rachel Evans
 Richard Gooding
 Paul Horrell
 Karl Ludvigsen
 James Taylor
Automotive Website of the Year Autovista24
 Fleet World
 The Car Expert
EV Writer of the Year –
sponsored by Kia
 Erin Baker
 Jack Carfrae
 Tom Geggus
 Ray Massey
 Sarah Tooze
EV Publication of the Year AutoEV
 Auto Trader
 Electrifying.com
Automotive Rising PR Star of the Year Sam Buckingham (Honda)
 Filip Czajkowski (Isuzu)
 Emma Illman (Hyundai)
 Milissa Ordona (Kia)
 William Rees (Kia)
Automotive Press Office of the Year Kia
 Isuzu
 Mazda
 Nissan
 Stellantis
Automotive Consumer Publication of the Year Classic Car Weekly
 Free Car Mag
 The Car Expert
Automotive PR of the Year –
sponsored by WOMAC
 Simon Branney (Genesis)
 Graham Fudge (Mazda)
 Jessica Grimditch (Suzuki)
 Alun Parry (Suzuki)
 Dan Sayles (Kia)
 Simon Wells (Paperchase)
Automotive Editor of the Year Erin Baker
 Stuart Masson
 Tim Rose
 James Ruppert
Lifetime Achievement Award To be announced

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RM Sotheby’s Cliveden House Auction

RM Sotheby’s first auction at Cliveden House is fast approaching. On the 12th of June 2024, in the beautiful Berkshire countryside, just a short distance from London, some incredible cars are going to be on offer. Set to be an annual fixture, the Cliveden House Auction perfectly complements RM Sotheby’s London sale in November.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti

The main event looks to be the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti. This model, one of the most celebrated from Maranello, has a shorter wheelbase than the 250 GT TdF, a lighter chassis, and more aerodynamic bodywork.

Powered by a 3-litre Colombo V-12 engine and fitted with disc brakes all around, this Ferrari was a powerhouse in motorsport. The specific car up for auction is the 34th of just 165 examples built, fully restored by Carrozzeria Autosport in 2009, and comes with Ferrari Classiche certification and documented ownership by marque historian Marcel Massini.

Estimated sale price – £5,000,000 and £6,000,000.


2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitess

The Cliveden House auction isn’t just about classic supercars from the 1960s though. One of the standout modern cars up for grabs is a rare 2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. As one of only 92 ever built, this Bugatti made headlines in 2015 when it set the record for the world’s fastest open-top production sports car, reaching a staggering 254.04 mph.

This particular Grand Sport Vitesse has a striking Blue-Black exterior paired with a vibrant Tangerine Leather interior. With 2,500 miles on the clock and a documented service history with HR Owen Bugatti London, it’s in pristine condition.

Estimated sale price – £2,000,000 and £2,500,000.


1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina

Another Ferrari available at Sotheby’s Cliveden House auction is the 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina. Known as one of Ferrari’s most beautiful high-performance open-top cars from the 1960s, this particular example is number 75 of only 99 ever built. It underwent a body-off restoration by GTO Engineering between 2016 and 2017, costing over £120,000. Powered by a Colombo V-12 engine, this open tourer comes with an extensive history file and Ferrari Classiche certification. Offered after 12 years of ownership, it’s now ready to find a new home.

Estimated sale price – £1,300,000 to £1,600,000.


1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso by Fantuzzi

Equally impressive is the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso by Fantuzzi. This car features early coachwork modifications by Fantuzzi in the style of the 330 LMB and was originally delivered to Luciano Pederzani, co-founder of the Tecno Formula 1 team.

It later became part of the collection of radio and TV broadcaster Chris Evans. DK Engineering carried out a comprehensive restoration in 2011, and the car has since been maintained by GTO Engineering. With its rare and unique early coachwork by Fantuzzi, this one-of-a-kind Ferrari offers a truly unique ownership opportunity.

Estimated sale price – £1,100,000 to £1,500,000.


1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

Another open-top classic being offered at the Cliveden House auction is the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible. Believed to be the penultimate example of the 123 Aston Martin DB5 Convertibles ever built, this car has had just four owners since new. It is presented in a stunning shade of Platinum with a red Conolly leather interior and a matching red Everflex soft-top. In 2016, it underwent a restoration costing over €80,000 at German workshops.

This DB5 Convertible represents Aston Martin’s flagship tourer in its most desirable high-performance, open-air form.

Estimated sale price – £800,000 to £1,000,000.


Additional highlights

  • 1939 Bentley 4-¼ Litre ‘MX Series’ Sedanca Coupé by Park Ward, offered without reserve (estimate:£80,000 and £140,000)
  • 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Two-Door ‘Faux Cabriolet’ by H.J. Mulliner (estimate: £30,000 to £50,000)
  • 1990 Mini Margrave by Wood & Pickett. The last one built by Wood & Pickett of London (estimate: £40,000 and £50,000)

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Morgan And Pininfarina – Midsummer

Morgan Motor Company and Pininfarina S.p.A. have joined forces to create Midsummer, an incredible tribute to the golden age of European barchetta designs. This exclusive model, limited to just 50 units, combines the shared vision and craftsmanship of these two legendary coachbuilders.

The Genesis of Midsummer

Midsummer represents a unique collaboration between Morgan and Pininfarina, aimed at creating limited-run specials based on Morgan’s CX-Generation Bonded Aluminium Platform. This partnership was born from a chance conversation between colleagues from both companies, who quickly realised their shared passion for unique sports cars. The result is a vehicle that not only honours the rich heritage of both brands but also previews the future of Morgan’s design language infused with Pininfarina’s flair.

A Showcase of Craftsmanship

Every element of Midsummer is hand-formed, demonstrating the flexibility and artistry inherent in Morgan’s design philosophy. The car features a six-cylinder turbocharged engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, all built on Morgan’s latest aluminium platform. The Barchetta design emphasises exposure to the elements, ensuring a raw and immersive driving experience.

Eccentric Elegance

Midsummer’s design is a blend of eccentric elegance and modern functionality. The rear three-quarter view highlights its delicate proportions and new surfacing, reminiscent of iconic Pininfarina designs from the late 1930s and early 1940s. The introduction of a shoulder line and exposed wooden structures adds a distinctive touch to Morgan’s recognisable silhouette.

The side profile reveals subtle aerodynamic optimisations, informed by Pininfarina’s expertise, which enhance performance while maintaining aesthetic appeal. The lightweight 19-inch forged wheels, exclusive to Midsummer, weigh just 10 kilograms and feature a more period-appropriate tyre profile, furthering the car’s unique character.

Massimo Fumarola, Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Motor Company, said: “We are incredibly proud to present Midsummer, a limited-run special project that celebrates two centuries of coachbuilding and represents the embodiment of Morgan’s core values and the pinnacle of craft skills of its talented workforce.

“Midsummer is dedicated to enthusiastic individuals who will enjoy an unconventional, sensory, and analogue driving experience. By identifying and re-interpreting Morgan’s admired ideals, Midsummer turns our legacy into a charming, sophisticated, and timeless aesthetic.

“The success of Midsummer demonstrates what is possible through collaboration with like-minded individuals, and it has been both memorable and rewarding to work with Pininfarina to help bring this special project to life. Pininfarina, underpinned by an incredible legacy of coachbuilding and design, has introduced the latest design and visualisation expertise, as well as fresh ideas at a time when Morgan is on its own exciting journey.

“It has been a pleasure to welcome new and existing customers to see Midsummer ahead of the public reveal, and we have been overwhelmed by the positive reception achieved so far. This unique example of coachbuilding, which exists between art and design, goes to the heart of what Morgan does best. With two traditions, two cultures, and two hundred years of experience united by a deeply held belief in the principles of craftsmanship, that heart beats stronger than ever.”

Giuseppe Bonollo, SVP Sales & Marketing, Pininfarina, said: “Alongside Morgan, we take great pride in spearheading the Coachbuilding movement. This remarkable collaboration blends Morgan’s 115-year coachbuilding philosophy with Pininfarina’s nearly 95-year tradition of designing and crafting bespoke vehicles. The already unique legacy of the two car makers, once combined, produces an unparalleled result in our industry. Through the seamless synergy between our teams and the shared passion of both brands, a new masterpiece emerges, blending British heritage with the timeless Pininfarina design. The forthcoming Midsummer, adorned with the ‘Pininfarina Fuoriserie’ badge, an absolute first for a production car, is destined to attain cult status.”


From the front, Morgan’s new signature headlight units and horseshoe grille with a half-moon shape improve airflow and cooling. The stainless-steel lower sills and new rear lights integrated within half-chamfered light pods reflect early Pininfarina designs.

Inside, the cockpit features handmade analogue dials finished in off-white, a re-sculpted steering wheel with a solid forged aluminium centre, and an enhanced Sennheiser audio system. These all combine to provide a luxurious yet functional driving environment.

Driving Dynamics

Midsummer delivers the visceral driving experience that Morgan is known for. Its barchetta style ensures a close connection to the surroundings, with a target dry weight of just 1,000 kg enhancing agility. Adjustable Nitron dampers, specifically tuned for Midsummer, further refine its dynamic capabilities.

Jonathan Wells, Chief Design Officer, Morgan Motor Company, said: “Midsummer demonstrates the flexibility of the Morgan silhouette, presenting a vehicle that is striking in its appearance and unmistakably a Morgan. A celebration of coachbuilding that combines the expertise, story and creativity of both Morgan and Pininfarina in delivering a seamless balance of tradition and progression.

“Morgan proudly practices the art of coachbuilding; uniting art, engineering, and craft to deliver story-rich experiences in everything we do. Midsummer has allowed us to celebrate these values through collaboration with another likeminded creator. Following a series of enjoyable conversations, visits to one another’s studios, and during time spent driving Morgan cars around the Malvern Hills together, the Pininfarina team and our own designers quickly began drafting initial concepts.

“It was energising to witness the way in which our creative teams worked together. Collaboration throughout all stages of the development was complemented initially by Pininfarina’s incredible immersive digital design technology and later by Morgan’s inherent understanding of coach-building lightweight sports cars.  This extended design resource, healthy creative collaboration and seamless digital-to-physical evaluation enabled us to go from ‘conversation to concept’ in less than one year.

“Midsummer – whilst also being Morgan’s first exterior-form collaboration – represents a significant milestone in our product design history. Our product portfolio offers an intriguing diversity; from the elegance of Plus Four and Six to the adventurous Super 3 and CX-T. As we look towards broader visual experimentation across our model range – it has been an enriching experience to collaborate with Pininfarina, who’s teams have challenged our thinking and introduced new ideas in line with our design journey.”

“I am most pleased with the rear three-quarter proportions and how the car sits thanks to obsessive attention-to-detail to refine the wheel-to-body relationship. The introduction of the elegant dropping shoulder line is accentuated by an eccentric swept tail, fuller bodied aesthetic is complemented by intelligent surfacing detail, and carefully defined creases control highlights as they move across the gently crowned surfaces. Midsummer establishes design foundations to build upon for future Morgan models.”

Felix Kilbertus, Chief Creative Officer, Pininfarina, said: “The design of the Midsummer is the product of an immersive journey between two brands, building on the essence of Morgan’s DNA, encompassing its centenary heritage, company culture and a remarkable community of passionate devotees. This endeavour was also a rare and unique opportunity to investigate our own past with the fresh eyes of a new generation of designers, and to rediscover our company’s very origins in coachbuilding. While Pininfarina’s spirit of constantly looking forward is most manifest in the aerodynamic solutions directing airflow over the cabin or in the functional ventilation elements, the innate sculptural sensitivity of the Italian tradition shapes the low and essential silhouette, producing a beautifully surfaced and sensationally proportioned roadster, celebrating the ideal of light-hearted motoring.

“Complementing and learning from each other, the two teams engaged collaboratively across all stages, from an inspirational “what if..?” in an English ‘Pub’ to colour and material discussions over Italian coffee – and many more encounters in between. Refining all aspects of design, a fully digital development phase based on Pininfarina’s extensive expertise in VR/AR modelling and visualisation blended seamlessly with the art and craft of truly hand-built automobiles.” 

Visible Wood: A Nod to Tradition and Innovation

Midsummer’s barchetta style allows for an innovative use of wood. Inspired by marine applications, sculpted teak structures surround the cabin. Each section is hand-formed from high-quality, durable teak, with hundreds of individual layers laminated together, each no more than 0.6mm thick.

Each Midsummer car features nine individually crafted teak sections, requiring over 30 hours of crafting and utilising 83 square metres of sustainably sourced teak. The dashboard tops alone have 126 layers of teak, while the door tops feature 120 layers!


21st Century Coachbuilding

Midsummer demonstrates Morgan’s blend of traditional craftsmanship and modern technology. The engineering and production of this limited edition, with just 50 units to be made, required creative solutions to overcome design challenges.

The hand-formed aluminium body panels, taking over 250 hours to produce, reflect the complexity involved. Production of these exclusive vehicles is set to begin in the third quarter of 2024 at Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road factory.

Matt Hole, Chief Technical Officer, Morgan Motor Company, said: “Midsummer embodies Morgan’s 21st century coachbuilding philosophy and showcases the talent and capability of our engineering and production teams. To achieve such a striking design has required immense craft skill, blended with industry leading technology, that surpasses that of any previous Morgan.

“Achieving a balance between craft and technology, ensuring both are enhancing the other and not detracting, is what has helped to make Midsummer so special. We have witnessed first-hand during the development process, instances where the skill of the artisan is informing the latest Computer Aided Design software, and vice versa. There is an honesty to this process which we believe is reflected in the finished product.

“Morgan is continuing to elevate the quality, perception, and integrity of its vehicles, Midsummer is a testament to this evolution. I believe this project has raised the bar for Morgan, and in doing so will help to elevate the integrity of all future Morgan models.”

The Inspiration Behind Midsummer

The name Midsummer is a celebration of the season and the perfect weather for enjoying an open-top barchetta. It also references Midsummer Hill in the Malvern Hills, a place permanently linked with Morgan’s history. From these hills, you can view significant locations related to Morgan’s origins, including the birthplace of HFS Morgan and the site where the first Morgan car was invented.

The Pininfarina Fuoriserie Emblem

Midsummer features the Pininfarina Fuoriserie emblem, a mark of its unique status. Positioned just behind the front wheels, this emblem indicates the extremely special nature of Midsummer. Typically, Pininfarina uses the ‘Design by Pininfarina’ emblem, but the ‘Fuoriserie’ brand mark, meaning ‘out of series,’ has been selected for Midsummer, marking its first application to a production car in Pininfarina’s history.

Limited Run and Exclusive Customization

Only 50 Midsummer cars will be produced, all of which have already been sold during exclusive preview sessions. Each customer will work closely with Morgan’s designers to tailor their Midsummer, ensuring every vehicle is a unique reflection of its owner’s vision. Production begins later this year, Morgan’s 115th anniversary year, and will conclude in 2025. The first public showing of Midsummer is anticipated to be at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.


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Press Release – A Suffolk Barn Find – 1952 Austin A40

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

May 2024

Ipswich, May 2024 – Several members of the Bridge Classic Cars team recently set out to investigate a rumoured barn find. What they found was a 1952 Austin A40 Cabriolet bodied by Jensen that had been securely stored away in a locked metal shed since at least 1987.

The team was warmly welcomed by the car’s owner, Jenny, to her Kesgrave home before she guided them down a picturesque garden path to a small, padlocked structure at the bottom of her property. The condition of the vehicle was unknown, as the doors had been shut for many years with slabs and wood leaned against them.

After some effort, the team managed to open the doors and got their first glimpse of the car inside. The Austin A40 was housed in a structure just large enough to fit the car, making it difficult to assess its overall condition from its resting place. However, the front of the car appeared to be in excellent shape, giving hope that the rest of the vehicle might have similarly withstood the test of time.

As the car was carefully moved out of storage for the first time in decades, the team was delighted to find it in fantastic condition. It was evident that Jenny’s late husband, a dedicated classic car enthusiast, had perfectly prepared the car for its long hibernation. Grease had been applied to the body, and the interior remained remarkably well-preserved. Notably, four spare tyres and the original hubcaps were found neatly stored in bags in the boot.

Following a brief on-site inspection, the 1952 Austin A40 was loaded into a trailer and transported safely to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in Pettistree, near Woodbridge, Suffolk. Now at its new home, the vehicle will undergo a thorough cleaning and recommissioning process.

“We are incredibly excited about this find,” said Craig Ranson, Managing Director of Bridge Classic Cars. “The Austin A40 Cabriolet is a rare and beautiful piece of automotive history. We look forward to getting it back on the road where it belongs.”

For more information and to follow the car’s progress, keep an eye on the Bridge Classic Cars website.

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About Bridge Classic Cars

Bridge Classic Cars is a leading name in the classic car restoration industry, known for our dedication to preserving automotive heritage and providing exceptional services to classic car owners. With the launch of the Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club and The Classic Lounge, we continue to expand our community and enhance the classic car experience for enthusiasts across the UK.

For more information about membership and upcoming events, please visit our website at www.bridgeclassiccars.co.uk or contact us Lily by email – events@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk 

Contact:

Rob Harvey
Marketing Manager
Bridge Classic Cars
rob@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

01473 742038
www.bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

Final Checks of our 1991 Jaguar XJS Le Mans

Our 1991 Jaguar XJS Le Mans is soon to be honest way to its lucky new owner after being through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions just over a week ago.

Jon, one of our restoration technicians, has been going through the car to check everything over. Before carrying out the final road tests, Jon a loose connection in one of the headlights before correctly torquing all wheels and making sure the tyre pressures were at spec. Then, it was a case of filling up the car with 10-litres of petrol so its new owner can enjoy the car straight away.

Then it was handed over to Tony from our Transport team to get it safely loaded into our covered trailer ahead of its journey in the morning.

Carburettor Strip and Set Up on the 1955 MG TF

Steve has been working on the 1955 MG TF in the workshop of our Suffolk HQ.

To begin with, Steve stripped down the carburettors on the 1500cc 4-cylinder as the front unit was leaking and had a sticking piston. With a new set of seals and gaskets, Steve worked his magic to get both units rebuilt and back on the car to begin setting them up to get this 1950s sports car running better than ever.

Once back on the car and going through visual checks, Steve discovered that the top of the piston in the front unit was not sitting central and causing it to stick and because of this will require replacement.

Press Release – The World’s Only 1905 Riley 9HP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

May 2024

Historical Rarity: 1905 Riley 9hp, Believed to be Experimental Design, Offered for Sale

Bridge Classic Cars are offering collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a true piece of automotive history: a meticulously restored 1905 Riley 9hp, believed to be an experimental design from the pioneering days of British motoring.

This remarkable vehicle, believed to predate even the earliest prototypes of Riley’s first four-wheeled chassis, has been brought back to life following a painstaking four-year restoration by the Pettistree-based restorers. The 1905 Riley 9hp, registered as CW151, is a unique example of early British automotive engineering and innovation.

Originally discovered hidden on a farm, presumably for safekeeping during the destructive years of the World Wars, CW151 was nothing more than a collection of scattered car parts and metal debris. Undeterred by the challenge, the restoration team at Bridge Classic Cars started the painstaking process of bringing the unique vehicle back to life.

Geoff Haviland, representing the Riley Cars Archive Heritage Trust, has personally inspected the car and strongly believes it to be an experimental precursor predating even the prototypes of Riley’s first four-wheeled chassis. The chassis details, although similar to those of the 1907 production model, exhibit distinct variations such as a longer front end, unique door and seating configurations, and other subtle differences that suggest its experimental nature.

“This 1905 Riley 9hp is believed to be an experimental design, produced for the test programme of Riley’s first four-wheeled chassis,” explains Rob Harvey, Marketing Manager at Bridge Classic Cars “There aren’t many times in life when you get the opportunity to be close to a vehicle that genuinely changed automotive history but, without this car, our cars would all likely be very different today”

“Three-wheeled cars (2 wheels at the front and 1 at the back) were the most popular of vehicles back when this was thought up. If it wasn’t for Percy Riley building this mock-up to refine his design, who knows how long it would have been before four-wheels became the norm.”

“As sad as we will be to see this one-off car leave the workshop, I’m excited to think that it will end up in a special collection where it can be appreciated and admired as much as it deserves to be.”

This exceptionally rare vehicle, one of only four surviving examples of the Riley 9hp, and the only experimental model believed to exist, is now going up for sale in the hope it will find its way into a collection worthy of its historical significance.

The sale of this extraordinary 119-year-old vehicle presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for automotive enthusiasts and collectors to acquire a true piece of motoring history.

Key Highlights of the 1905 Riley 9hp (CW151) Include:

  • Meticulously restored by Bridge Classic Cars over four years
  • Hand-painted by renowned sign writer, Joby Carter
  • Restoration focused on preserving and reusing original components, with a high percentage of the vehicle being authentic
  • Comes with a professionally framed original roof and seat cover, adding to its historical authenticity

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Media Pack

For media inquiries, please contact:

Rob Harvey

Marketing Manager

rob@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

01473 742038

www.bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

About Bridge Classic Cars:

 Bridge Classic Cars specialise in the restoration and maintenance of vintage and classic vehicles.

Established in 2004, a full in-house service is provided by a skilled and experienced team of technicians.

Built on a passion for classic cars, the team have restored rare and one-off vehicles in their state-of-the-art workshop.

In addition to their award-winning restorations, Bridge Classic Cars also encourages a new audience to join the world of classic car enthusiasts. With their successful competitions, everyone has the opportunity to win their dream classic car for just a few pounds.

Bridge Classic Cars has created a hub for the classic car enthusiast community and, with a growing audience and client base, they are making sure vintage and classic vehicles can be enjoyed and admired by future generations.

Press Release – Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club

For Immediate Release

16th May 2024

Bridge Classic Cars Unveils Exclusive Members’ Club at Their

Brand New Venue – The Classic Lounge

Woodbridge, UK – May 2024 – Bridge Classic Cars is thrilled to announce the launch of the Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club, an exclusive community for classic car enthusiasts across the UK. This exciting new venture is based out of the Pettistree-based brand-new facility, The Classic Lounge, located right next to the company’s award-winning restoration workshop.

The Classic Lounge: A Hub for Enthusiasts

The Classic Lounge is a bespoke venue designed exclusively for members. It offers a stylish and comfortable space for car lovers to gather, share their passion, and enjoy a host of exclusive events and activities.

Exclusive Events and Experiences

Members of the Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club will have access to a curated calendar of unique experiences, including factory tours, wine tasting, live music, track days, and more. Some highlights of the 2024 calendar include:

  • July: A tour of Lotus Heritage and the Lotus factory, complete with lunch.
  • August: Live music from the 1940’s trio, The Three Chordettes.
  • September: Webbs of Weybridge, The Classic Driving Experience at Brooklands Museum.
  • November: An overnight stay and a day at the Classic Car Show held at the NEC.
  • December: A very special Christmas party to bring the year to a memorable close.

Membership Perks

In addition to access to The Classic Lounge and exclusive events, members will enjoy a variety of benefits, including:

  • 20% discount on all purchases.
  • A thriving online and in-person community.
  • Exclusive members’ clothing.
  • An updated membership pack featuring a specially designed pin badge every year.

Join the Community

The Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club is open to anyone in the UK with a love for cars. Membership provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the classic car culture, meet like-minded individuals, and participate in unforgettable experiences.

About Bridge Classic Cars

Bridge Classic Cars is a leading name in the classic car restoration industry, known for our dedication to preserving automotive heritage and providing exceptional services to classic car owners. With the launch of the Bridge Classic Cars Members’ Club and The Classic Lounge, we continue to expand our community and enhance the classic car experience for enthusiasts across the UK.

For more information about membership and upcoming events, please visit our website at www.bridgeclassiccars.co.uk or contact us Lily by email – events@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

Contact:

Rob Harvey
Marketing Manager
Bridge Classic Cars
rob@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

01473 742038
www.bridgeclassiccars.co.uk

Rear Seats Installed in the 1985 Citroen CX25 GTi

The Bridge Classic Cars trim team have been working on finishing up the interior of our 1985 Citroen CX25 GTi.

Lydia has installed the recovered rear seats in place, and at the same time changed over the armrests and and centre console to match the rest of the interior in the correct fabric.

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. This might seem like an odd way to start an article on a classic car website but, over the last 18 months, we have been working to build a community of enthusiasts that not only assist each other with car-related issues, but also offer support in times of struggle.

This got me thinking that, actually, the classic car world could be exactly what people struggling with their mental health need to help them on the road to recovery.

Restoration

There’s something special about bringing a classic car back to life. It requires focus, care, and patience—all qualities that can help occupy your mind. For many people, their garage or workshop becomes a safe place where worries, anxieties, and other feelings are less hurtful than they are elsewhere.

Car Shows And Events

One of the best things about the classic car community is the people within it. Car shows and events are the ideal locations for people to meet up with others and spend time talking to people who share their passion.

Loneliness is a huge factor in the mental health crisis and the network we have managed to build has proven itself to be a place where loneliness can be overcome (even temporarily) and things can seem a little bit better for a while.


Small Wins

Each obstacle overcome in the restoration of a classic car can provide a lift for the person completing the work. This can help build confidence and reduce anxiety around talking to other people in a similar position. The classic car community is a supportive group that can offer support and camaraderie when you need it the most.

Driving Forward Together

Recognising the impact their passion has on mental well-being, many people in the classic car community have steered their efforts towards supporting mental health causes. Events are now not just about showcasing cars but about promoting mental health, with workshops and talks that emphasise the importance of community support.

The classic car community shows us how a shared passion can help strengthen our mental health. It’s a reminder that in the right company, with the right support, we can deal with mental health issues and help each other on the road to recovery.

As we recognise Mental Health Awareness Week, I think it is important to recognise the positive impact of community, whether it’s based on the beauty of a classic car, friendship, restoration, or the importance of our mental health.

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Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run

Every year the Ipswich Transport Museum runs an event that sees 500 cars drive in convoy from Christchurch Park in Ipswich all the way to Felixstowe seafront where they park up for the afternoon. The entire journey is through streets lined with people all waiting to catch a glimpse of their favourite classic, for many families in the area this has become somewhat of a tradition through the generations.

There are a few rules when it comes to the display cars, they must be pre-1994, not modified and road legal. Several of the Bridge Classic Cars team went along to see this years offerings and they were not disappointed. The variety of cars is always astounding. Here is last years visit for even more photographs.

UK’s Used Car Market Enjoys Robust Growth in Early 2024

The UK’s used car market has kicked off 2024 with an impressive first quarter, experiencing a 6.5% increase in sales. 1,967,923 used cars were purchased, marking the strongest start to a year since the pre-pandemic heights of 2019. This update comes from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), indicating a positive trend that’s been building for 16 consecutive months.

This growth can largely be attributed to the recovery of the new car market, which has enhanced the variety and availability of second-hand vehicles. Despite this uptick, the total sales for this quarter are still 2.6% below the levels seen before the pandemic.

One of the standout trends in the market has been the significant increase in sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). With a record 71% jump in purchases, 41,505 BEVs were sold, now accounting for 2.1% of the market. This surge is due to the growing appeal of electric vehicles, which offer both cost savings and environmental benefits. Hybrids and plug-in hybrids are also seeing a rise in popularity, with sales increases of 49.3% and 42.5% respectively.

Despite the growth in electric and hybrid vehicles, petrol engines remain the most popular choice, with sales up by 7.7%. However, diesel vehicles have seen a slight decline of 1.3%. Together, traditional powertrains represented 92.9% of all used car sales this quarter.

In terms of vehicle types, superminis were once again the top sellers, with a 7.2% increase in transactions, followed by lower medium vehicles, which saw the largest volume growth. Dual-purpose vehicles also performed well, maintaining their market share and showing a robust growth of 10.3%.

As for colour preferences, black continues to dominate the market, representing 21.3% of all used car sales. Grey and blue follow closely behind, with grey showing the most significant growth among the top ten colours.


Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “A reinvigorated new car market is delivering more choice and affordability for used car buyers and, increasingly, they are choosing to go electric. To enable even more drivers to enjoy the benefits of zero-emission motoring, ensuring both supply and demand remains robust is essential. Incentivising new EV uptake and investing in a chargepoint network that is accessible, available and affordable to all will drive the nation’s net zero transition.”


All used car data published by SMMT is correct based on information available at the time of publication. SMMT used car data is derived from information supplied by DVLA, which periodically revises historic data, which can therefore result in variations on data previously reported.

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Lotus Heritage & Factory Tour

Since 1966, Hethel (a quiet part of Norfolk) has been home to the development of some of the most exciting and innovative cars of our time.

The Bridge Classic Cars team have organised a very special trip to Hethel to experience, first-hand, what goes on at the Lotus factory. You will get to see the entire production process up close as well as pay a visit to the test track where the Lotus cars are signed off as ready to go.


We will tour the factory, led by a knowledgeable Lotus product specialist to see the end-to-end build process, from bare chassis to completed sports car. We will then head to the local pub, The Bird in Hand for lunch and drinks.

Menu
Bird in hand burger
2 x 4oz patties of specially selected cuts of beef by the master butcher at Clarke’s, topped with extra mature cheddar and American cheese served in a brioche bun with beef tomato, lettuce, red onion and burger sauce. with house slaw, skin on fries & crispy onion rings. (gfa)
Traditional butcher’s sausage and mash
Three chunky Clarke’s of Hevingham butcher’s sausages served on a bed of creamy mashed potato with seasonal vegetables and rich onion gravy topped with pea shoots (gfa)
North Sea Haddock
Prime 7oz – 8oz fillet deep-fried in a traditional golden batter served with our gourmet chunky chips, garden peas, homemade tartare sauce and lemon wedge (gf)
Katsu Style Curry
Oven-roasted sweet potato, aubergine and courgette bound in a medium spiced katsu style curry sauce served with coriander infused rice (vg) (gf)

A choice of arrival drink also included!

Also included is a tour of Classic Team Lotus – a bespoke operation just across the road from the main Lotus HQ, it’s a separate business that’s dedicated to preserving and promoting the Lotus racing legend.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see a unique collection that includes some of the most historically significant race cars ever.

“Experience, first-hand, the production process. Witness the track, where the class-leading sports cars are put through their paces. Walk in the footsteps of the F1 greats, who so admirably filled the Lotus trophy cabinet.”

£195 per person – members will receive a 20% discount

Tickets will be available soon but, in the meantime, contact Lily via events@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk for more information.

Factory and Heritage Tours involve walking for up to 2 and 3 hours respectively but we can accommodate wheelchair users also.  Please let us know in advance if you require any assistance.

Please note, visitors must be 10 years or older. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult at a ratio of 1 adult for every 2 children.

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A Special Delivery – Our Alfa Romeo Spider Winner

Last week, the Bridge Classic Cars transport team loaded up our 1989 Alfa Romeo Spider and headed off to its new owner – Lee.

Lee won our Alfa Romeo Spider a couple of months ago but the car has been in our safe and secure storage facility, The Hangar, whilst Lee organised a space for his new pride and joy. Previously, Lee won a Mercedes SL63 AMG from us but this is his first classic!

We wish Lee many happy miles with this stunning Italian droptop.