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UK motoring events and festival in 2020 (part 4)

JapFest Silverstone

Date: May 3

Venue: Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire

Prices: Advanced ticket prices from £22.50 to £27, on the day £32. Free for two children aged 14 or under enter with paying adult.

The biggest Japanese car show of Europe is back at Silverstone Circuit this year. Experience non-stop high-speed Japanese track action such as spectacular drifting displays and more than 4,000 of Europe’s best Japanese cars displayed from the thriving club scene of the UK.

Simply Ford at Beaulieu

Date: May 3

Venue: National Motor Museum, New Forest, Hampshire

Prices: Adults £12.50, children 5 to 16 years old £6. Children aged under-5 enter for free. Standard entry: adults £24.75, students and senior citizens £23.75, children 5 to 16 years old £12.50.

All Ford owners are invited to drive their cars into Beaulieu on 3rd May and then park up in the complex for a superb day out for all Ford owners and enthusiasts. From restored Mk1 Escorts, custom Fiestas to the odd Transit, Beaulieu’s Simply Ford show is one of the premier Ford events of the UK. It is set to provide a great chance to admire a stunning range of vehicles as well as to connect with fellow enthusiasts.

Gaydon Land Rover Show

Date: May 9-10

Venue: British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire

Prices: Adults from £11.50, children 5-16 years old from £7, under five enter for free.

The event dedicated to the iconic Land Rover marque that featues hundreds of Land Rovers from 1948 to present. More details are going to be soon announced.

Masters Historic Festival

Date: May 23-24

Venue: Brands Hatch Circuit, Longfield, Kent

Prices: Adults from £18, children 13-15 years old from £12, under-13s for free.

Formula One’ s glorious past will be revisited at the Masters Historic Festival of Brands Hatch in May including hot race action from the Masters Historic Formula One Championship with mouth-watering machinery from the 1970s and 1980s.

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UK motoring events and festival in 2020 (part 3)

Simply Audi at Beaulieu

Date: April 19

Venue: National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN

Prices: adults £12.50, children aged 5 – 16 £6. Standard entry: adults £24.75, children aged 5 – 16 £12.50, students and senior citizens and £23.75. Children aged under-5 for free.

Audi owners are invited to drive their cars into Beaulieu on 19th April and then park up in the complex for a superb day out for all Audi owners and enthusiasts.

Bicester Heritage April Scramble

Date: April 26

Venue: Bicester Heritage, Buckingham Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire

Founded in 2014, the Sunday Scramble started as a ‘cars and coffee’ get together amidst our restoration works. The Sunday Scramble is an event of national repute, which attracts enthusiasts from both the UK and Europe, offers the chance to explore the former RAF Bicester base, the specialists businesses based here, and the restored wartime buildings. It is really an open day and car meet that is different from any other.

Donington Historic Festival

Date: May 1-3

Venue: Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby, DE7 4BN

Prices: Adults from £10, teenagers aged 13 – 15 from £6. Children aged 12 and under for free

The Donington Historic Festival is the ultimate historic motorsport celebration in the Midlands, and one of the biggest events for all things classic motoring in Europe. A top notch line-up including hundreds of sports cars, saloons, single-seaters and much more spanning nine decades will return to the track across three days, recreating the sounds, sights, and smells of the golden eras of motorsport, such as the legendary pre-war races at Donington in the 1930s.

Robert Llewellyn’s Fully Charged Live

Date: May 1-3

Venue: Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, ETPS Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 6FD

Prices: Standard tickets £27.50, Tickets for pensioners and students from £23.38.

On the first three days of May, Fully Charged Live will land at Farnborough International. The show of this year will bigger with more attractions and exhibits than ever before. Information on our visitor attractions, including the live sessions, exhibitors and sponsors will be published prior to the event.

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UK motoring events and festival in 2020 (part 2)

Race Retro

Date: February 21-23

Venue: Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ

Price: Advance discount — adults and senior citizens from £23, children aged 5 to 15 from £8. Children aged under-5 enter for free

Race Retro showcases every discipline, from formula and circuit racing to rallying, hill climbs, single marque series, touring cars, motorcycling, and GT cars. All from classic to retro and historic to vintage vehicles are all covered here. Welcoming more than 24,000 visitors to Stoneleigh Park in Feb, drivers, riders, team managers, manufacturers, mechanics, and enthusiasts all come together ahead of the coming season.

Goodwood Members Meeting

Date: March 28-29

Venue: Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0PX

Price: (not including Goodwood Road Racing Club membership) Advance discount — adults from £76, young persons aged 13 to 21 £19. Children aged under-12 enter for free

Goodwood’s motorsport opening weekend remakes the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC Meetings which was held at Goodwood through the ‘50s and ‘60s. Access all areas across the two-day thrilling racing and demonstrations from the best historic cars, along with more modern machines never seen at the Motor Circuit. Additional, buzzing food markets and the biggest outdoor party of Goodwood on Saturday evening, with stunning fireworks and live music.

Simply Aston Martin at Beaulieu

Date: April 5

Venue: National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN

Price: adults £12.50, children aged 5 to 16 £6. Standard entry — adults £24.75, senior citizens and students £23.75, children aged 5 to 16 £12.50. Children aged under-5 enter for free.

Aston Martin owners are invited to drive into Beaulieu, Hampshire,on Sunday 5th Apr and park up in the museum complex for what promises to be an outstanding outing for Aston Martin owners and enthusiasts.

Festival of Power

Date: April 10-12

Venue: Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northants, NN29 7XA

Price: Adults from £17.50, under-16s enter for free

An action packed weekend of Drag Racing entertainment consisting of Jet Cars, Top Fuel Dragsters, National Drag Racing, and Nitro Funny Cars. Plus all things powerful astray such as Monster Trucks, Stunt Displays, and more.

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Motoring events

UK motoring events and festival in 2020 (part 1)

What highlights of the UK motoring events you should be looking out for this year? Here is a list of top events where you can see sights such as the unveiling of new models, or the teasing of cutting-edge concepts, as our industry rushes to innovate. You can also see upgrades to existing automotive favorites, get the opportunity to rediscover some of the world’s classic cars, or see some of the world’s best drivers in competition.

Autosport International

Date: January 11-12

Venue: National Exhibition Center, Marston Green, Birmingham

Prices: Advance discount – adults £34, children aged 6 to 15 £21. On the day – adults £37, children aged 6 to 15 £23. Children aged under-6 enter for free.

On Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th of January 2020, the Autosport International doors are opened for motorsport enthusiasts of all ages to see the fastest cars, biggest stars, as well as adrenaline-spiking live action. Star drivers such as Lando Norris, Jenson Button, Billy Monger, and more have made a pit-stop on the Autosport Stage, allowing members of the public to get autographs, ask questions, and watch on as unanswered questions from the last F1 season are tackled head-on.

London Classic Car Show

Date: February 20-23

Venue: Olympia London, Hammersmith, London

Prices: Advance discount – adults from £25, children aged 6 to 16 from £20. On the day – adults from £30, children aged 6 to 16 from £22. Children aged under-6 enter for free.

The premier classic car event of London will come back on 20‐23 February 2020, at its new home of Olympia London, Kensington, marking the new chapter in the history of the show. In its sixth year, London Classic Car Show is firmly established as one of the top must‐attend events for discerning classic car owners, experts, collectors, and enthusiasts.

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Luxury Cars

Two of Rolls-Royce’s super-luxury cars

The legendary maker of some of the most super-luxury cars you can buy has had a reputation of exemplary engineering since its introduction in 1906. Although the vehicles are still built in England, today Rolls-Royce is actually owned by BMW. The most expensive Rolls-Royce is the Phantom; for the ultimate in top-down motoring, there are also the Dawn, the Wraith, as well as the Cullinan.

Rolls-Royce Phantom

The grandest and greatest luxury conveyance in motordom was replaced by Rolls-Royce in 2017 and given a glittering five-star road test welcome by our road testers shortly thereafter.

Owners will love it at least as much for the extravagant statement of wealth and status it endows and for the unmatched sense of occasion you enjoy when travelling in one. But, while many won’t ever know as much, the latest Phantom is also an utter joy and a rare pleasure to drive.

Its superbly comfortable and singularly isolating ride comfort can be sampled from the back seats, of course, and is like nothing else you’ll encounter in a car: gently loping and deliciously indulgent-feeling but also supremely quiet and smooth, despite Rolls-Royce’s fitment of the latest run-flat tyre technology.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Goodwood’s Marmite addition to the super-luxury segment arrived in 2018, in response to a significant amount of Rolls-Royce customer feedback that a more daily-usable, all-surface-capable, family-practical model would be a very welcome way to augment the firm’s showroom range.

The Cullinan has been met by enough criticism of its design, from all quarters, to have set in aspic a sense that its maker has taken a significant risk in introducing a car that some have described as awkward and unlovely and others have slammed in even less sympathetic terms. But if Rolls-Royce’s market research holds true, and a year’s worth of confirmed orders is a good sign that it will, the collective revulsion of those who wouldn’t have bought a Cullinan anyway will do little to prevent it from becoming a commercial success.

There is certainly as much to like about life onboard this car as there might be to dislike about either the idea or the appearance of it. This is a true Rolls-Royce, and among its dynamic strengths are outstanding mechanical refinement, unimpeachable ride comfort and excellent drivability.

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Car racing

Gordon Murray Wants to Use His New Supercar at Le Mans

The T.50 is the successor to the McLaren F1, and Gordon Murray wants to race it in the world’s greatest sports car race.

In an interview by Motor Sport magazine earlier this month, Gordon Murray revealed his intention to use his new T.50 supercar at Le Mans.

Murray conceded that sports-car racing has significantly changed since 1995 when Lanzante Motorsport entered a racing McLaren F1 development chassis and scored a surprising overall win. However, Gordon Murray Automotive is a company full of racers, and now they want to see what the T.50 can do on the track.

That engine is a brand new naturally aspirated Cosworth 3.9-liter V-12 producing 650 hp and revving to more than 12,000 rpm. We also want to hear it on the Mulsanne.

The biggest problem is weight since the LM-GTE cars racing at Le Mans have a weight requirement of at least 2745 pounds. Although that is lighter than the production-based cars that compete in that class currently, it would represent quite a weight gain for the T.50, which Gordon Murray intends to bring to production at only 2160 pounds.

He is hoping that Gordon Murray Automotive and the ACO and FIA can come up with some agreement to allow the T.50 to race without all that ballast, maybe with less power than the competition. We asked if Murray would consider competing in the upcoming Le Mans Hypercar class. “We could be, but it depends on the regs,” he said. “I still haven’t seen any sort of final regs. They still appear to be a bit fluid.”

“I’d like to do some form of racing,” Murray added. “If the worst comes to the worst, we’re building 25 track cars – we can race them ourselves. In which case we can run the fan.” Those 25 track cars are intended to weigh less than 2000 pounds and will be built after Gordon Murray Automotive produces the planned 100 examples of the T.50.

Murray has pitched the T.50 as the successor to the McLaren F1, and a big part of that car’s legend was its startling win at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans. It would only be fitting to see its spiritual successor at the same place, V-12 howling through the night.