'Steady Special' in Octane magazine May 2014

The May issue of Octane magazine carries a major feature on the Lancia Astura 'Steady Special'  (nicknamed the 'Short Astura' by Steady himself), a restoration project which was entrusted to Thornley Kelham by owner Michael Scott. Michael bought the car from Steady Barker, the two men having been friends for over 50 years. Steady himself has been an inspiration to us from the start of our business, and has had close ties with Wayne for over 20 years. The magazine feature is completed by a portrait of Steady, the legendary Autocar test driver who originally owned the Lancia, and on whose original drawings the current car is based.  

Posted on 28 March 2014

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1937 Frazer Nash BMW 328

This wonderful 328 has just arrived for a full but sympathetic restoration, with the emphasis on preservation where possible. The harsh reality is that in order to ensure this car is usable for the next 60 years major work is required. But wherever possible we will reuse original parts and panels, and try to save some of the patina of the car. Work starts in May 2014...

Posted on 14 March 2014

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'Steady Special' in Octane

Michael Scott and Steady Barker, (ex- motor racing journalist whom Wayne has known and worked with for over 25 years) have been friends for over 50 years. Michael decided a couple of years ago that he wanted to restore/rebuild the car he had bought off Steady - twice - in time for the car's 80th birthday - and Steady's 94th birthday.

Posted on 13 March 2014

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11th WinterRAID

Our Race Mechanic, Colin, supported and was co-driver in a gorgeous Porsche 356B Super 90 on the 11th WinterRAID Rally from Switzerland to Cortina D'Ampezzo in Italy - in January! 

Posted on 13 March 2014

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Lancia Aurelia Series 1 ex - Bracco car

Chassis B20-1010, one of 490 first series cars, came second in the 1951 Mille Miglia a matter of days after leaving the factory. This was followed by a class win (by over a lap) at Le Mans that year, various Italian race wins including the Pescara, and in November of that year, entry into the second Carrera Panamericana. In all cases it was driven by Giovanni Bracco, a wealthy privateer with close connections to Gianni Lancia. Unfortunately it crashed out on the fourth day of the Panamericana, having been in a strong position. It was subsequently sold by Bracco to a Mexican architect, Peredo, who rebuilt the car and drove it in the ’52 race, finishing 9th in class.

Posted on 13 March 2014

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POSITIONS VACANT

Posted on 12 November 2013

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Amilcars at Monthléry

After many hours of hard work by the team here, and particularly our chief mechanic Paul Woodward, the first of the glorious C6 Amilcars has been completed. Chassis number 11052 (the white car) is the ex-Louis Devaud/Georges Grignard 1928 Amilcar C6, a veteran of a number of French Grand Prix in the 1920s and 1930s including impressive second places at the 1935 and 1936 ‘Bol d’Or.

Posted on 19 April 2013

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Two “new” cars for sale, more on the way. And an 8C Alfa arrives.

Well it’s been a very busy few weeks here and it is not looking like it will slow down…

Posted on 28 March 2013

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A Truly Continental Experience

During the first week of February each year Paris is awash with motoring enthusiasts who are there to attend Retromobile – a vintage and classic car ‘salon’ or show. 

Posted on 20 March 2013

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A cold day at Goodwood in the Frazer Nash Le Mans Rep and Vauxhall 30-98….

During January TK received an invite from Rob Barrie to join a small group at Goodwood on the 22nd February for a track day.

Posted on 27 February 2013

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