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CHAMPIONS TO DEFEND MPG MARATHON CROWN

MPG Marathon champions, Nick Chapman and Rosemary Homer from Leicestershire County Council, have confirmed they are to defend the crown they won in last year’s eco-driving event. Chapman and Homer, who achieved an amazing average of 88.69mpg over the total route of 339.3 miles, drove a Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 diesel-engined Titanium model, and out-performed the field of 23 other vehicles with a dazzling array of lean-driving skills. They have now confirmed they will be entering this year’s...
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MPG Marathon champions, Nick Chapman and Rosemary Homer from Leicestershire County Council, have confirmed they are to defend the crown they won in last year’s eco-driving event. Chapman and Homer, who achieved an amazing average of 88.69mpg over the total route of 339.3 miles, drove a Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 diesel-engined Titanium model, and out-performed the field of 23 other vehicles with a dazzling array of lean-driving skills. They have now confirmed they will be entering this year’s event to try and retain their hard-won title – a feat which has only ever been achieved once before. Event organizer, Ross Durkin, said: “We are delighted that Nick and Rosemary have decided to defend the title they so ably won last year in the country’s leading eco-driving event. “Eco-driving remains an important aspect of fuel management due to the continued high pump price.  And councils, and other fleet operators, can save substantial sums by implementing eco-driving techniques which have been shown to cut fuel costs by up to 10%. “On a typical fleet of 500 cars doing around 25,000 miles a year and reimbursed at 15p per mile, that amounts to an annual saving of more than £187,000, figures that can make a real difference to the cost of operation.” This year’s MPG Marathon event, which is again being sponsored by ALD Automotive and Shell Fuel Save and organized by Fleet World magazine, is already attracting a huge amount of interest. In previous years, the UK’s most prestigious lean-driving challenge has attracted celebrities, motoring journalists, academics and senior figures from the automotive industry, all striving to see if they could complete the chosen route using as little fuel as possible. This year’s event is again open to fleet managers, representatives from fleet services, contract hire and leasing and fleet management companies, and from the motor industry, plus anyone associated with it. The fourteenth MPG Marathon takes place on Wednesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 9, when it will be based at the luxurious Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. This year’s 360-mile route begins at Cirencester and takes in the Brecon Beacons in Wales plus a number of points in between, but contestants are allowed to plan their own routes, provided they include a number of pre-agreed, fixed points, which makes keen navigational skills very important. For the first time this year, electric and hybrid vehicles are being included in three new classes: for pure electric vehicles, for range extenders and for plug-in hybrids. They will be joining the more familiar diesel and petrol engined cars and vans that traditionally take part in the event. There are eight main classes of passenger cars and vans, restricted to a maximum carbon ceiling of 190g/km, and five classes of light commercial vehicles, which will not have a carbon ceiling. Ross Durkin added: “We have introduced three new vehicle classes to this year’s event in order to reflect the growing relevance of electric and alternative fuelled vehicle. “It will be interesting to see how the very latest developments in alternative fuelled vehicles fare against the more conventional but increasingly fuel-efficient internal combustion engined models. “This year’s MPG marathon will again demonstrate how both vehicle and driver can make a massive difference to fuel costs and emissions and just how effectively that cost can be managed by achieving exceptional fuel consumption. “This year’s course will again have a minimum, straight-line distance of around 360 miles in total, but navigators will be allowed to choose a longer route if they feel it will result in a better fuel-saving performance – by avoiding congested town centers, for example. “All cars will again be fitted with Tracker tracking equipment, so we will know exactly where each car has been and how far it has travelled. “Entries are now starting to come in and we look forward to welcoming a varied but highly competitive field to this year’s event,” said Durkin. For more details of the MPG Marathon please phone 01727 739160, or visit the event website at http://www.thempgmarathon.co.uk/

THE ILLUSTRIOUS BRITISH SUPERCAR SHOW SPEEDS INTO LONDON ON 5TH SEPTEMBER 2014

HOLD ON TO YOUR WALLETS  . . . ! THE ILLUSTRIOUS BRITISH SUPERCAR SHOW 2014 SPEEDS INTO LONDON ON 5TH SEPTEMBER SEE SOME OF THE MOST EXOTIC SUPER & LUXURY CARS ON THE PLANET INCLUDING: Abarth 695 biposto BMW i8 Ferrari F12 TRS Ferrari California T Lamborghini Hurácan Lister Knobbly Maserati – Ghibli Diesel, Quattroporte Diesel, GranCabrio MC    Overfinch Range Rover Sport (event debut) Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection Spyker Venator Tesla Model S Salon...
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HOLD ON TO YOUR WALLETS  . . . ! THE ILLUSTRIOUS BRITISH SUPERCAR SHOW 2014 SPEEDS INTO LONDON ON 5TH SEPTEMBER SEE SOME OF THE MOST EXOTIC SUPER & LUXURY CARS ON THE PLANET INCLUDING: Abarth 695 biposto BMW i8 Ferrari F12 TRS Ferrari California T Lamborghini Hurácan Lister Knobbly Maserati – Ghibli Diesel, Quattroporte Diesel, GranCabrio MC    Overfinch Range Rover Sport (event debut) Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection Spyker Venator Tesla Model S Salon Privé 2014: 3rd to 5th September, Syon Park, London With the crème de la crème of the automotive industry once again converging on the stunning lawns of Syon Park, this year’s Salon Privé delivers another jaw-dropping selection of the world’s most exotic and rare supercars to experience and buy!  The stunning line-up of cars, some of which are listed above, will be making a three day pit-stop in London culminating in The British Supercar Show on Friday 5th September where the hotly contested ‘People’s Choice’ awards will be presented after three days of voting by visitors to the event. “This is still the only automotive event in the UK that focuses purely on the premium automotive sector and allows cars to be openly and safely displayed without the need for barriers – very few events in the world offer such accessibility to the kind of priceless one-offs we have on display at Salon Privé.” DAVID BAGLEY Sales Director – Salon Privé Now in its 9th consecutive year, the event continues to grow as more and more automotive brands look to present their latest models and yet it successfully retains the boutique ambience that it has become so renowned for. A fantastic selection of models awaits our guests this year with several brands participating for the first time and a number of models making their event & public debuts. With manufacturers attending from the UK, Netherlands, Germany, India, Italy and Sweden, it is a truly international affair. The 3 day Salon Privé spectacular incorporates the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance, Boodles Ladies’ Day, The British Supercar Show as well as The Salon Privé Sale, Royal College of Art ‘Concours of the Future’ design exhibition, EFG Art Fair and Luxury Retail Village. Salon Privé is a boutique automotive Garden Party which opens on Wednesday 3rd September with the rarest and most valuable classic cars from around the world competing in the internationally-renowned Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance. Tickets to Salon Privé 2014 are available now and can be purchased either by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0808 100 2205 or online at  www.salonprivelondon.com/product-category/full-hospitality/ Entry is fully inclusive of Pommery champagne, lobster luncheon, complimentary bar, English afternoon tea and full access to all areas.

Cathers Caps off Weekend with Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge Win

WILMINGTON, Ohio (July 29, 2014) – James Cathers, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, took home the winners hardware by becoming the Top Eliminator in the Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo® Super Challenge this past weekend at Wilmington Airport. Laura Campbell, of Madison, Alabama, was the sole driver remaining at the conclusion of competition in the Ladies Challenge bracket. The Wilmington competition site is one of the most highly prized of any on the National Tour calendar. A smooth concrete surface...
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SCCA.com WILMINGTON, Ohio (July 29, 2014) – James Cathers, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, took home the winners hardware by becoming the Top Eliminator in the Tire Rack® SCCA ProSolo® Super Challenge this past weekend at Wilmington Airport. Laura Campbell, of Madison, Alabama, was the sole driver remaining at the conclusion of competition in the Ladies Challenge bracket. The Wilmington competition site is one of the most highly prized of any on the National Tour calendar. A smooth concrete surface with loads of grip is one thing that makes the competitors come out in droves. The Sam Strano-designed course was a hit among the drivers, with some deeming it the best they had experienced in years. It was well balanced making the course entertaining and challenging for many classes and types of cars. The 267 entrants were treated to unseasonably cool temperatures, as Friday’s high in the low 80s proved to be the warmest of the race weekend. Rain was a threat for Sunday, but held off until the entire event was completed. Aside from a great course and good weather, the meet was also very well run. The even chairs, Shari McCoy and Nathan Roberts, had never even seen a ProSolo event before. However, with the help of Cincinnati Region members, the entire meet went off without a hitch including the customary Friday night welcome party. Cathers (SP/SM Index A, Chevrolet Corvette) was a class winner before heading into the single-elimination Super Challenge bracket. As a result of his margin of victory in that portion, Cathers was the fifth seed overall. In round one, Cathers drew first blood by beating Mike Kline (Kart Modified, 15th Row?! Honda CRG Road Rebel). In the second round, Cathers met Chris Raglan (Race Tire Index 2, Westers Garage/Mode Racing Pontiac Solstice). Cathers ended Raglin’s day after eliminating him from the Super Challenge bracket. In the quarter-finals, Cathers lined up against Mark Andy (C Street, Mazda RX-8). Cathers was able to take the win over Andy, allowing him to move to the semi-finals where he met Chris Harvey. Cathers extinguished the hot streak that Harvey (C Street, Tire Rack Mazda MX-5) had compiled. Harvey was the CS class winner, but now could do to better than third in the Super Challenge. Mike Johnson (Street Index RWD, Evolution/BFGoodrich Tires/MCS Chevrolet Corvette) was the other Super Challenge finalist. In the third round of the bracket competition, Johnson beat Grant Reeve (Super Street R, iRacing.com/G-Fab Racing Corvette Z06). Johnson then ousted Andrew Pallotta (Street Touring X, Slevinparts Scion FRS) to punch his ticket to the final matchup. In the final, Cathers proved to be too much for Johnson, as Cathers was the first to cross the line in the head-to-head duel. That left Harvey and Pallotta to battle for third. In that instance Pallotta had enough to outlast Harvey, which allowed Pallotta to claim the final podium position. This was the first ProSolo win for Cathers. In fact, he has started making an impact in the national Tour events just this season. Earlier in the year, he was the class winner at the Toledo ProSolo meet. Campbell (Ladies Class 3, Outdoorsolutions4u.com/MINIUSA.com Honda S2000) started the Ladies Challenge in an enviable position as the top qualifier. Campbell kicked off her challenge-winning tear with a win over Tara Johns (Ladies Class 1, Tweakit/ABC Plumbing Mazda Miata) in the opening round. In the quarter-final round, Campbell dispatched with Holly Schwedler (Ladies Class 3, Stranoparts.com/Thanks Don! Scion FR-S). That win moved her to the semis where she met, and defeated, Jackie Mutschler (Ladies Class 3, Chevrolet Camaro). The win over Mutschler put Campbell into the final matchup where she met the formidable Shelly Monfort (Ladies Class 1, Strano Performance Parts BMW 330 Ci). Monfort’s path to the Ladies Challenge final started with a win over Heidi K. Ellison (Ladies Class 2, JWRacing Mazda MX-5). She then took out Rachel Baker and Chris Peterson during the next two rounds of the bracket, in that order. When it came down to the final, Campbell proved she had what it took to win by downing Monfort. Mutschler completed the podium positions after beating Peterson in the third-place runoff. Crissy Weaver (Ladies Class 1, FattBoyz of Dayton/Muffler Pros Chevrolet Corvette), of Beavercreek, Ohio, took home top honors in the Bonus Challenge. Like Cathers, this was Weaver’s first bracket win at a ProSolo event. The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo season wraps up at the ProSolo Finale scheduled for August 30-Sept. 1, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Information on the Wilmington ProSolo event, including full results, can be found at http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6990. More information on the entire Tire Rack SCCA Solo program is available at www.scca.com/Solo.

MOTOGP RETURNS TO INDIANAPOLIS WITH RECORDS ON THE LINE

  INDIANAPOLIS, July 29, 2014 — The eyes of the motorcycle racing world will be on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week as the Red Bull Indianapolis GP returns for a seventh year. The Red Bull Indianapolis GP is the 10th round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, the most prestigious motorcycle road racing series in the world. On the 16-turn, 2.591-mile IMS road course that incorporates a portion of the famous 2.5-mile oval, Marc Marquez will be looking to continue a run to hi...
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  INDIANAPOLIS, July 29, 2014 — The eyes of the motorcycle racing world will be on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week as the Red Bull Indianapolis GP returns for a seventh year. The Red Bull Indianapolis GP is the 10th round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, the most prestigious motorcycle road racing series in the world. On the 16-turn, 2.591-mile IMS road course that incorporates a portion of the famous 2.5-mile oval, Marc Marquez will be looking to continue a run to history. The reigning world champion from Spain, 21 years old, is halfway to the first perfect season in the modern era of MotoGP. He has won the first nine events and a win at Indianapolis would continue his run of perfection as well as tie Australian legend Mick Doohan for the most consecutive wins (10) in a season in the modern era. Marquez won at Indianapolis in 2011 and 2012 in the Moto2 class, and once again, Moto2 and Moto3 races will be contested over the weekend. Also racing is the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series, featuring highly skilled riders on specially modified Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles. Fans will find plenty of action off the track as well, with concerts, XDL Street Jam, Red Bull Trials stunt performances by 10-time champion Geoff Aaron, shopping and interactive fun the entire weekend on the popular Moto Midway and the Vendor Marketplace sponsored by Westfield Powersports. On Friday night, the Riders For Health Charity Auction gives fans a chance to bid on prized memorabilia. Saturday evening’s Pit Walk allows fans to get an up-close look at the finely tuned million-dollar machinery of MotoGP. And after the gates close at IMS on Friday and Saturday, motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to attend Motorcycles on Meridian in downtown Indianapolis

GEICO Honda rider Osborne named to U.S. Enduro team

SAN JUAN, Argentina (July 29) — For the second time in his illustrious career, GEICO Honda 250 rider Zach Osborne was honored with one of six spots on the U.S. World Trophy Team for the 89th International Six Days Enduro event, Nov. 3-8, in San Juan, Argentina. “It’s an honor to be chosen a second time to compete in this event,” Osborne said. “I think this year will be even better for me because last year was my rookie year. I feel like I was a little bit green to ...
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SAN JUAN, Argentina (July 29) — For the second time in his illustrious career, GEICO Honda 250 rider Zach Osborne was honored with one of six spots on the U.S. World Trophy Team for the 89th International Six Days Enduro event, Nov. 3-8, in San Juan, Argentina. “It’s an honor to be chosen a second time to compete in this event,” Osborne said. “I think this year will be even better for me because last year was my rookie year. I feel like I was a little bit green to the event and everything around me. Hopefully, this year I will be more prepared knowledge-wise for what to expect. I’m really looking forward to having this opportunity again.” Even though this is only his second year on a GEICO Honda, Osborne has an abundant amount of professional riding experience internationally. Before returning to the U.S. full-time, Osborne competed in Europe for five years of his career trying to capture an MX2 championship. “I think my past international riding experience will work to my benefit,” Osborne said. “I’ve been fortunate to experience many different cultures throughout my career. That, paired with my adaptability, should really help me. “This year the event is being held in South America. I’ve actually been there a few times already, and I definitely think that gives me a little bit of an advantage.” After suffering a left-thumb injury in the motocross season opener and sitting out the entire 2014 season so far, Osborne looks to make his return to the motocross circuit this year at the Unadilla National, Aug. 9, in New Berlin, N.Y., where he will finish out the AMA Pro Motocross season. “I think I’ve used my time off this summer wisely to train and be prepared for my return to the outdoor motocross series,” Osborne said. “I hope to use the end of the season to show everyone what could have been this season and lead me up into the International Six Days Enduro on a positive note.” GEICO Honda rider Zach Osborne was named to the U.S. World Trophy Team that will compete at this year’s International Six Days Enduro event in San Juan, Argentina.

Chevrolet Volt Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick + Award

DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Volt with available Forward Collision Alert was the only vehicle out of 12 small cars tested to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2014 Top Safety Pick + award. It also received an acceptable overall score in IIHS’ challenging small overlap front crash test.   The results in the most recent round of testing put it ahead of its competitors, both in the electric and small car segments. “The Volt’s crashworthiness performance puts it in th...
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DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Volt with available Forward Collision Alert was the only vehicle out of 12 small cars tested to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2014 Top Safety Pick + award. It also received an acceptable overall score in IIHS’ challenging small overlap front crash test.   The results in the most recent round of testing put it ahead of its competitors, both in the electric and small car segments. “The Volt’s crashworthiness performance puts it in the top tier for small car safety,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research. “GM should be commended for the Volt’s performance in the small overlap front test because this car was designed before that challenging test was introduced.” The Volt earned a “good” rating – the highest the IIHS awards in its tests – in four of the six categories monitored during the small overlap front test. In the Structure category and the Restraints & Kinematics category, the Volt earned an “acceptable” rating. Altogether, the scores gave the Volt an overall acceptable rating in the test. “These outstanding results demonstrate our commitment to the highest levels of safety performance in our vehicles,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety. ”Achieving the IIHS Top Safety Pick + is a key endorsement which is valued by our customers.” According to IIHS, the small overlap front crash test is considered the most difficult of any of the head-on tests performed by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the IIHS. It was introduced in 2012, and replicates a collision with another object, such as a tree, on the very front corner of the vehicle at 40 mph. This means the vehicle’s front bumpers and crumple zones are avoided, making the rest of the car distribute crash energy.

Automatic Parking Assist Standard on Every SS

DETROIT – The SS Sedan is Chevrolet’s first and only vehicle to offer standard Automatic Parking Assist.   The technology uses sensors on the front and rear bumpers to detect the width and depth of parallel and reverse right-angle parking spaces to provide hands-free parking help. “Even some of the most experienced drivers in the world loathe parallel parking,” said Scott Hollopeter, vehicle dynamics engineer for the SS. “Automatic Parking Assist is designed to help alleviate tha...
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DETROIT – The SS Sedan is Chevrolet’s first and only vehicle to offer standard Automatic Parking Assist.   The technology uses sensors on the front and rear bumpers to detect the width and depth of parallel and reverse right-angle parking spaces to provide hands-free parking help. “Even some of the most experienced drivers in the world loathe parallel parking,” said Scott Hollopeter, vehicle dynamics engineer for the SS. “Automatic Parking Assist is designed to help alleviate that anxiety in situations where more experience is required to park a vehicle.” The system can detect obstacles, gauge the size of a parking space, assess distance to the curb and calculate optimum steering angles for each parking space. The driver, following instructions on the Driver Information Center, controls the accelerator and brake while the Automatic Parking Assist controls the steering. Signals sent from the sensors in the bumpers to the electric power steering rack allow the vehicle to steer itself into the space. “Technologies that provide help in parking and even vehicles that can park themselves started, as most technologies do, on luxury cars but they have proliferated to more mainstream vehicles,” said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for AutoTrader.com. “They have broad appeal from newly licensed young drivers to older drivers and are also are attractive to people who live in increasingly congested urban areas.” For parallel parking, the driver pulls alongside a parking space until the vehicle’s rear bumper passes the rear wheel of the car parked in front of the open space.  The driver then shifts into reverse and the car steers itself into the space. The backup camera provides a visual indication of how close the SS is to surrounding cars. The reverse perpendicular parking process works in a similar way. The driver presses the Automatic Park Assist button twice and follows instructions in the Driver Information Center to safely park the vehicle. Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

AUTOMOTIVETOUCHUP READY TO SPRAY PAINTS FOR DO IT YOURSELFERS CUSTOM-FORMULATED FOR EXACT COLOR MATCH

NEW ORLEANS – DIYers can easily restore their vehicle’s showroom finish with Automotive Touchup’s ready to spray products available in pints, quarts and gallons.  Custom-formulated from the most comprehensive library of OEM colors in the industry to ensure an exact color match, these high-quality, easy to use products are designed for professional-looking results at a fraction of the cost. For invisible repairs and visible savings, AutomotiveTouchup offers a full line of rea...
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NEW ORLEANS – DIYers can easily restore their vehicle’s showroom finish with Automotive Touchup’s ready to spray products available in pints, quarts and gallons.  Custom-formulated from the most comprehensive library of OEM colors in the industry to ensure an exact color match, these high-quality, easy to use products are designed for professional-looking results at a fraction of the cost. For invisible repairs and visible savings, AutomotiveTouchup offers a full line of ready to spray products including urethane and acrylic lacquer primers, urethane basecoat colors, and acrylic urethane and acrylic lacquer clearcoats.  Support products including spray guns, respirators, paint preparation and body repair materials are also available. AutomotiveTouchup products are direct shipped to customers to provide the highest quality products at the lowest cost possible. A user-friendly online color selector makes ordering easy, using the car’s year, make, model and paint code or color name for accurate selection. Responsive, expert customer support helps DIY users achieve cost-effective, professional-looking results, and detailed how-to instructional videos are available on the website. About AutomotiveTouchup Headquartered in New Orleans, AutomotiveTouchup is a division of Microfinish LLC, which produces coatings for vehicular and industrial equipment repair and refinishing in a state-of-the-art facility. By manufacturing its products to exacting standards, Microfinish has reduced volatile organic compound levels to below Department of Environmental Quality regulations and industry standards. For more information call 1.888.710.5192 or visit AutomotiveTouchup.com or Microfinish.com.    

Gallery of Speed, The New AMERICAN CAR CULTURE Experience OPENS AT: THE WALLY PARKS NHRA MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM

  The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California announced today the opening of its new interactive exhibit hall Gallery of Speed, which vividly recreates historical moments in American motorsports and car culture. The Gallery of Speed brings to life the humble beginnings of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and how motorsports have impacted the world through innovation, engineering and design. “The new Gallery of Speed is not just an e...
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  The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California announced today the opening of its new interactive exhibit hall Gallery of Speed, which vividly recreates historical moments in American motorsports and car culture. The Gallery of Speed brings to life the humble beginnings of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and how motorsports have impacted the world through innovation, engineering and design. “The new Gallery of Speed is not just an exhibit but an entirely new learning experience with a unique look into the fascinating world of hot rodding and motorsports,” the NHRA Museum’s Executive Director Larry Fisher said. “Here we will begin to tell the stories of the great American hot rod and, those who built and raced them, in a new light. We will not only celebrate the cars but the people, the engineering, the science, and the sheer audacity of those who pushed the limits in their pursuit of speed.” The Gallery of Speed features five new focal areas: the origins of hot rodding, land speed racing, the early days of the NHRA and the influence of custom car design. The eye-opening exhibit offers a unique collection of historical vehicles, artifacts, interactive touchscreens, images, oral histories, life-sized sculptures designed by Weldon Exhibits and other memorabilia. The Gallery of Speed will spark the visitor’s quest for knowledge. The exhibit is designed to be a fun learning experience sprinkled with hands-on activities and touchscreens focused on S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Visitors can customize their own hot rod, learn the ‘language of hot rodding,’ and listen to candid stories from NHRA Founder Wally Parks and other motorsports legends. “We wanted to develop a new approach to learning about the history of hot rodding, motorsports and the individuals who influenced American car culture,” said Greg Sharp, curator of the NHRA Motorsports Museum. “I believe that the new Gallery of Speed will capture the visitor’s imagination and inspire all ages for years to come. It’s an exhibit our Founder Wally Parks would be very proud of.” Visitors will also want to browse an assortment of gifts and keepsakes in the museum’s newly renovated and expanded retail store. Take home a distinctive reminder of your visit to NHRA Motorsports Museum. Also, learn about upcoming events and sign up to become an exclusive museum member. Many museum gifts are available to purchase online at www.nhramuseum.org. Plan your visit with us! The NHRA Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Become a member and enjoy free NHRA Museum admission year round. General admission tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors (60 and up), $8 youth (6-15) and free for children ages 5 and under. AAA discount is available. For more information, call (909) 622-2133 or visit www.NHRAmuseum.org.  Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to NHRA Museum on YouTube. The NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona, Calif. on the Fairplex grounds. From the 10 West, exit Fairplex Drive. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California is an independent California non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to celebrating the impact of motorsports on American culture. Neighboring the historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the vehicles, stories and artifacts that represent America’s affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. For more information, visit our website: www.nhramuseum.org.

JD CLASSICS AT THE SILVERSTONE CLASSIC

JD Classics entered four cars into the Silverstone Classic, one of the world’s biggest classic motor racing festivals The line-up featured JD Classics’ 1974 Cologne Capri Works, 1959 Costin Lister and 1954 Cooper T33 Jaguar There were class wins for the Cologne Capri Works plus an excellent second place for the Costin Lister In 2014, JD Classics has now scored victories at the Monaco Historique, Goodwood 72nd Members’ Meeting, Donington Historic Festival and Snetterton Autosport Three Hou...
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JD Classics entered four cars into the Silverstone Classic, one of the world’s biggest classic motor racing festivals The line-up featured JD Classics’ 1974 Cologne Capri Works, 1959 Costin Lister and 1954 Cooper T33 Jaguar There were class wins for the Cologne Capri Works plus an excellent second place for the Costin Lister In 2014, JD Classics has now scored victories at the Monaco Historique, Goodwood 72nd Members’ Meeting, Donington Historic Festival and Snetterton Autosport Three Hour Race Meeting   IN DETAIL Maldon, Essex, Wednesday 30th July: One of the world’s biggest classic motor racing festivals, this year’s Silverstone Classic was better than ever with over 1,000 historic racing cars taking to the track over three days of high-octane competition. JD Classics was once again delighted to be invited, and brought a stunning line-up of historic racers including a 1974 Cologne Capri Works, which competed in the Jet Super Touring Car Trophy with none other than Touring Car legend Steve Soper at the wheel. JD Classics’ Costin Lister competed in the Stirling Moss Trophy for pre-1961 Sports Cars, driven by historic ace Chris Ward, while the Cooper T33 Jaguar was entered in the RAC Woodcote Trophy, driven again by Chris Ward, joined by John Young. As ever, the expert JD Classics race team backed up the cars and drivers. Having started from third in the Stirling Moss Trophy race, Chris Ward piloted the Costin Lister to a brilliant second place, while in the Jet Super Touring Car Trophy races, the Ford Cologne Capri competed in a 41-car field of more modern Super Tourers and Group A Touring Cars. In the first race, Steve Soper battled to finish 10th overall and first in class – a fantastic result given the field – while in the second race, John Young drove brilliantly to finish 12th overall and again first in class. From pole position in the RAC Woodcote Trophy race, the Cooper T33 suffered a mid-race puncture, but re-joined and completed a succession of fastest lap times to finish in a brilliant fourth place, just 1.5 seconds off a podium position and third in class. Derek Hood, JD Classics’ Managing Director, commented: “Now in its 24th year, the Silverstone Classic just gets better with so many incredible historic cars and, of course, one of the world’s best circuits to race on. “Congratulations to Steve Soper in our Cologne Capri Works who showed off a touring car driving master class in a very competitive field. With great drives in our Costin Lister and Cooper Jaguar, Chris Ward and John Young once again showed why they are so well respected in historic racing. “All of this wouldn’t be possible, though, without the passion and expertise of the JD Classics race team. As ever, they excelled themselves.” JD Classics would like to send its deepest condolences to the family and friends of historic motor racing driver Denis Welch, who died at the weekend following an accident in the second Jack Brabham Memorial Trophy race at the Silverstone Classic. The 69-year-old was an experienced racer, founder of a Healey specialist business and a very popular character at historic events. Derek Hood said: “We’ve all known Denis for such a long time; both in terms of a working relationship but more importantly as a friend. He always had time for us. From everyone at JD Classics, our hearts go out to his family at this very sad time.”