Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mathé Motor oil

Looks like there is some motor oil on the market that maybe we should try!
We prefer to run Motul 20w50 Mineral Classic in our motors, but with an Oldspeed Pedigree like Otto Mathé maybe we should try some :D

Friday, January 15, 2016

Le Mans Classic 2016

Once again this July Classic racing fans will head to a small town in the Northwest of France, the town in question is a legend in the hearts of all racing fans, non other than Le Mans home of the circuit of the 24 heures du Mans.
Run every two years on the full 13.65km circuit that is also used for the annual 24 hour race.
The 24 hour race was first held in 1923 and today incorporates part of a public road, which is specifically closed for the running of the 24 hours races.
The event consists of a series of races for cars that have competed at the 24 heures du Mans or for similar cars of the same model. 
Only cars built prior to 1979 are allowed to compete, with the cars being broken into six different eras. To compete the drivers must hold an FIA International competition licence, so often ex works drivers are seen driving at the Classic.
From the Bentley's and Bugatti's of the early years, the Porsche 356, Porsche 917 and Ford GT40 of the middle years and the Porsche 936, Porsche 911 RSR, Gulf Mirage and Alpine A443 of the later years, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Lavenham Vintage Volkswagen Meeting, 24th-26th June 2016

With up to 150 vehicles registered from all over Europe, previous Lavenham Vintage Volkswagen Shows in Suffolk have been a huge success.  Plans are now underway for the third which will take place over the weekend of 24-26 June 2016.  Organised by the Historic Volkswagen Club and with assistance from the Split Screen Van Club, expect the 2016 International Vintage Volkswagen Meeting to be an expanded event with greater participation from overseas visitors and the VW trade.

More info here: Lavenham International VW Meeting

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Oldspeed Etreme

Meet Oklahoma Willy who takes OldSpeed to the extreme! 
It is a wild custom project from Perrywinkle Customs in the UK. Besides air ride suspension, this creation features a 1986 Rolls Royce Viper 535 Jet Engine mounted in the bed that produces 3,450 pounds of thrust! Although you may never see this one cruising down the freeway (it sips 8.3 gallons of jet fuel per minute at full throttle), it would definitely be interesting to see on the strip ….. or at Bonneville in 2016 For more information on this project visit:

Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique 2015

A taste from last year of what is to be expected if you compete in "The Monty Historique"


Monday, January 11, 2016

Monte-Carlo Historique

It's mid January and that can only mean one thing!

The 19th edition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique is upon us, with the diversity of its course, concocted by the Organising Committee of the Automobile Club de Monaco, man and machine will need to pit their wits against what Mother Nature has in surprise for them! Like last year, in order to give all the cars entered the ability to figure respectively in the standings, there will be three averages to respect and maintain throughout the test.

This year's event  the race is open to cars that participated in the editions of the Rally Monte Carlo Automobiles between 1955 and 1980.

Motors TV will broadcast from 9:00 p.m. Friday, 20th February a 52-minute magazine dedicated to the 18th edition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique .

Lets hope the conditions this year aren't as bad as previous years

Who needs vision in snow and ice!

Thursday, January 7, 2016


On August 3rd 1935 the high alpine road, one of Europe's longest passes on Austria's highest mountain was officially opened to the public and just one day later the first of three prewar Grossglockner Races took place. The whole length of the road was 48 km, but the races always covered only 15 kilometers, which consisted of 92 curves and 14 hairpins.
The race started at 1000m and the finish was at 2500m, with inclines between 6.4% and 11%  both man and machine were pushed to the limits.

The races were legendary; marques such as BMW, MG, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, ERA, Auto Union, Fiat and Alfa Romeo were among the competitors. The mighty Silver Arrows from Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union showed up in 1938 and 1939. Richard John Beattie 'Dick' Seaman came in 1939 to race an ERA up the Grossglocker pass.

The first Race was won by Mario Tadini from Modena, driving an Alfa Romeo P3 for the young Scuderia Ferrari. In 1938 it was Hans Stuck who won with the Auto Union C Type in hillclimb specification and finally it was Hermann Lang for Mercedes-Benz who won in an W125 Silver Arrow in 1939. This would be the last race before the outbreak of war.

Although the Grossglockner Races ceased in 1939, the Grossglockner pass would continue to be used in Motorsport, incorporated in the International Austrian Alpine Rally's of the 1950's, which would be dominated by Denzel, Porsche and VW with the likes of Wolfgang Denzel, Otto Mathé, Paul Ernst Strähle and Dr Arnulf Pilhatsch behind the wheel.

A very colorful hillclimb racing pedigree was continued when a group of pre-war car enthusiasts started to bring the old race to life again in 2012. With support of the local authorities and many enthusiastic locals the "Grossglockner Grand Prix – Grand Prix of Austria" was created to be a revival-meeting of authentic and period cars from the old races in today's time.
2016 marks the 7th Grossglockner Hillclimb Meeting, the fourth of the present time, 92 bends, 14 hairpins and 13 km's with gradients of up to 11%.
A legendary Alpine pass awaits you and is definitely on our "to do list" in the near future...

More info here - Grossglockner Grandprix