Race Retro 2013

25 February 2013

Where can you see some great historic racing cars, fabulous old motorbikes, iconic Rally cars and some brilliant memorabilia and motor related artwork?

Where can you sit and chat with Sir Stirling Moss, Murray Walker and Tiff Needell, as well as spend time with like minded and knowlegable enthusiasts? well you can see and do all that and more at Race Retro.

And Race Retro 2013 was the best yet, and it seems that 29000 other petrolheads agree, as more people than ever attended this years show.

Other notable attendees were Barry Lee, Win Percy, Barrie Whizzo Williams, Bob Dancer, Len Terry, Norman Dewis, Stan Dibben, John Cooper and Ken Sprayson.

The live rally stage was superb, with Metro 6R4 on stage with Mini Coopers, Mark 1 and 2 Escorts, and even a Lotus Esprit rally car! the sights and sounds bringing back loads of memories.

For those wanting to add to their personal collection, or just browse, Silverstone Auctions offered some great road cars with nine competition cars also finding new homes.

Among the highlights of the road cars successfully sold were a stunning 1967 Aston Martin DB6 which sold for a premium inclusive £123,750, while an exceptional 1952 Land Rover 80” Series 1 sold for £32,850, more than double its pre-sale estimate.

The 1953 Connaught AL10 Historic Grand Prix Car, driven in period by legends such as Roy Salvadori, John Coombs, Kenneth McAlpine, Ron Flockhart and Bill Whitehouse, fetched £196,875. A 1985 Ford Sierra Cosworth Group N rally car, was the subject of a hard fought bidding battle, eventually selling for significantly £39,900. More unusual home-grown lots also finding new homes were a 1995 Austin FX4 London taxi and a 1962 Leyland Routemaster bus, which sold for £20,250.

Murray Walker said: “This is my first time at Race Retro and I’m so impressed, not only with what the show has to offer, but the passion of the enthusiasts attending. I’ve had a wonderful time meeting some of my dear old friends that I never thought I’d get to see again. In the immortal words of General Douglas McArthur, ‘I shall return’.”

Wise words from a man who knows about these things, and I for one look forward to seeing Murray again at what is a not to miss event in 2014. See you there.