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Thursday, 16 August 2018

RM SOTHEBY’S PRIVATE SALES PRESENTS 1963 FERRARI 275 P TWO-TIME 24 HOURS OF LE MANS WINNER ON VIEW AT RM SOTHEBY’S PRIVATE SALES STAND IN MONTEREY

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RM SOTHEBY’S PRIVATE SALES PRESENTS 1963 FERRARI 275 P
TWO-TIME 24 HOURS OF LE MANS WINNER ON VIEW AT
RM SOTHEBY’S PRIVATE SALES STAND IN MONTEREY
  • RM Sotheby’s announces presentation of 1963 Ferrari 275 P via its Private Sales division
  • 275 P is the pinnacle of Ferrari’s factory racing cars, having won overall at both 1963 and 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • Ferrari Classiche has confirmed the unique provenance of this car, though it has not yet been submitted for Classiche Certification
  • Ferrari is presented on RM Sotheby’s Monterey Private Sales stand, on view 22-25 August
  • Learn more about RM Sotheby’s Private Sales division at rmsothebys.com


Adding to what is already an unprecedented Monterey auction lineup, RM Sotheby’s has revealed that it will present one of the most historically important Scuderia Ferrari sports racing cars on its Monterey Private Sales stand—a 1963 Ferrari 275 P, chassis no. 0816.
One of just four Scuderia Ferrari works cars built to contest the World Sports Car Championship in 1963, the 275 P, chassis no. 0816, saw incredible success for the factory team in the period. The car was entered in just two works outings for 1964, taking overall victory at both the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella, and the 12 Hours of Sebring, driven by Michael Parkes and Umberto Maglioli. What makes this Ferrari all the more special, is the recently revealed fact that it also took victory in its very first factory outing a year earlier in 1963. Thanks to RM Sotheby’s close relationship with Ferrari Classiche, the Private Sales team has been able to further research the history of the 275 P, and while the car has not yet been submitted for certification by Ferrari Classiche, it has been confirmed via factory documentation that chassis no. 0816 is also the overall winner of the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it was driven by Ludovico Scarfiotti and Lorenzo Bandini.
While 0816 was not originally scheduled to compete at the 1963 edition of Le Mans, Ferrari Classiche’s detailed documentation on the Scuderia Ferrari Works cars has confirmed that the original entrant—0814—was severely damaged in a practice accident at the Nürburgring just one month prior to Le Mans. Factory documentation confirms that 0814 was still being repaired during Le Mans, and rather than submitting new paperwork for a replacement entry, Scuderia Ferrari simply sent 0816 to Le Mans, under 0814’s identity. This new information makes chassis no. 0816 the one and only Ferrari to have won the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, placing it amongst a mere handful of race cars to have done the same.

Following its Scuderia Ferrari racing career, the 275 P was sold to Luigi Chinetti’s famed North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T.), who campaigned the car a handful of times in the United States, including twice more at the 12 Hours of Sebring. In 1970, the 275 P was sold to renowned collector Pierre Bardinon’s world-famous Mas du Clos Collection in France, where it has remained for the last 48 years. Seldom-seen publicly over the course of the Bardinon family’s ownership, the 275 P is presented via RM Sotheby’s Private Sales division in highly original, never fully restored condition, retaining its matching-numbers engine, gearbox, and body.

“This 275 P is without question the most historically important sports racing Ferrari campaigned by the Works team and we are tremendously honoured to offer the car for private sale on behalf of the Bardinon family,” says Augustin Sabatié-Garat, European Auction Manager & Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “As the pinnacle of the Scuderia works cars, the 275 P offers the perfect juxtaposition to the 250 GTO on offer in our Monterey auction—which represents the pinnacle of Ferrari’s privateer GT cars. The other three 1963 Scuderia cars remain in long-held, significant private collections, and this is certainly the most important of the four built, making RM Sotheby’s presentation of the 275 P truly a once-in-a-generation opportunity.”


The 275 P is exclusively presented through RM Sotheby’s Private Sales division and will be available for viewing and inspection on the company’s Monterey Private Sales stand. Interested parties should contact the RM Sotheby’s Private Sales team to learn more about the acquisition process.
RM Sotheby’s Private Sales division will present an exceptional selection of the world’s finest motor cars on its exclusive stand at the Monterey Conference Center, from 22-25 August alongside the company’s Monterey auction. Additional highlights include:
  • 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I by Pinin Farina
  • 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 'Periscopio' by Bertone
  • 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo-Sport Avant-Garde by Saoutchik
  • 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico by Pininfarina
  • 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy by Scaglietti
  • 1930 Bentley 6½-Litre 'Speed Six' Sportsman’s Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
For further information on motor cars offered via RM Sotheby’s Private Sales division, please visit rmsothebys.com. Parties interested in buying or selling via RM Sotheby’s Private Sales are invited to contact an RM Sotheby’s specialist onsite at Monterey or by calling RM Sotheby’s Culver City, California office at +1 310 559 4575 or e-mail private@rmsothebys.com.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

BRILLIANT BRITS ON OFFER AT THE CCA SEPTEMBER SALE

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BRILLIANT BRITS ON OFFER AT THE CCA SEPTEMBER SALE

  • A spectacular selection of British classics on offer at CCA’s September Sale
  • A terrific Triumph TR5, a brilliant Bristol 411, a collection of exquisite Jaguar E-Types and a magnificent MG J2 Midget will all head to auction
  • They go to auction at the Warwickshire Event Centre on 15th September
An amazing collection of British classics including a 1968 Triumph TR5, a 1975 Bristol 411 Series 4, a 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster and a 1933 MG J2 Midget will head to auction at CCA’s September Sale at the Warwickshire Event Centre on 15thSeptember.

An incredible 1968 Triumph TR5 on offer at the September Sale is undoubtedly one of the best in the country, following a painstakingly millimetre-perfect rebuild on a brand new factory spec chassis. The six-cylinder 2.5-litre engine has been fully rebuilt, including a new head suitable for use with unleaded fuel, and a full tune-up to give maximum performance. The bodywork has been completely rebuilt with new inner and outer sills along with a multi-coat repaint in a wonderful shade of Signal Red. Along with the repaint, the TR5 comes with a brand new Mohair hood, tonneau cover and brand new chrome wire wheels. Purchased by the seller three years ago it comes to auction with an estimate of £50,000 to £60,000.
“We have always had a particular talent for sports cars here in Britain,” says Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist at CCA. “Despite the traditional British weather we have always had a love for the classic two-door convertible sports car, even going back before the war. The number of cars from Britain that has reached true classic status is staggering, we are lucky enough to offer many of them at our auctions. This selection from the September Sale is certainly one of the best.”

Also included in the sale is a brilliant 1975 Bristol 411 Series 4. Estimated at £28,000 to £32,000, it comes with an incredible 6.5 litre Chrysler V8. First registered on 1st March 1975 to the Bristol Tool Selection Company, this 411 Series 4 boasts a full-service history with Bristol Cars and Spencer Lane Jones. The car had a body off restoration and repaint in 1991, with the engine fully rebuilt at 110,000 miles having a new Edelbrock carburettor fitted, the cooling system upgraded and the ignition system renewed. Finished in Black over Tidal Sand Gold with a Black Connelly hide leather interior, this Bristol is a very special pampered car.

One of four E-Types in the sale, this 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster offered at the sale originally left the factory as a coupe before being converted to a roadster by Leaping Cats Ltd. Undergoing a full nut and bolt restoration in 1999, the big cat has only covered 1,783 miles since. The engine was rebuilt at that time and was converted for unleaded fuel. Coming with a fantastic set of stainless steel wire wheels and a straight through stainless steel exhaust system, the E-Type has been given an estimate of £45,000 to £50,000.
“Traditional British craftsmanship has always been some of the best in the world. Our love of cars spreads from the fantastic city cars of Mini and Morris through the sports cars of MG and Triumph all the way up to the ostentatious luxury of Bentley and Rolls-Royce. There’s a reason our brands are known around the world and it’s a pleasure to offer this selection at the September Sale,” concludes Richard.

A fantastic 1933 MG J2 Midget will also be on offer, estimated at £20,000 to £25,000, the pre-war car is coming from a 20-year ownership after a sympathetic restoration. The restoration consisted of a full body off respray during which, the chassis was shot blasted before being rebuilt and repainted. Boasting 36bhp from an 847cc incline four-cylinder, the car is finished in the traditional shade of British Racing Green with the interior retaining its well-earned patina built up over many, many years.
For more information on the September Sale and to view the full lot list please visit: https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-september-2018-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all

RM AUCTIONS ADDS 1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER TO AUBURN FALL WEEKEND FOUR DAYS OF AUCTION ACTION SET FOR 30 AUGUST – 2 SEPTEMBER AT AUBURN AUCTION PARK

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RM AUCTIONS ADDS 1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL ROADSTER TO
AUBURN FALL WEEKEND
FOUR DAYS OF AUCTION ACTION SET FOR 30 AUGUST – 2 SEPTEMBER AT AUBURN AUCTION PARK

  • RM Auctions announces additional highlights for Auburn Fall, led by two-owner Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

  • Labor Day weekend auction (30 August – 2 September) is a 48-year tradition held at Indiana’s Auburn Auction Park

  • What to expect: 750 quality collector cars, an assortment of memorabilia, swap meet, car corral, celebrity appearances, and fun for enthusiasts of all ages

  • Auburn Fall digital preview catalogue now available at rmsothebys.com

 RM Auctions is delighted to present final featured entries as well as the digital preview catalogue for its upcoming annual Auburn Fall collector car weekend at the Auburn Auction Park in Indiana. Set for 30 August to 2 September, the Labor Day weekend event is a 48-year long tradition that welcomes tens of thousands of enthusiasts to the Classic Car Capital of America annually during the renowned Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. This year’s auction is set to present another 750 quality collector cars and a wide selection of memorabilia across four days of auction action, in addition to an onsite car corral, swap meet, and automotive activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Latest star cars set for the Auburn Fall auction block are led by a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, chassis no. 198.042.7500184. A desirable first-year example, the 300 SL has spent time in the care of just two owners since new and has been with the current owner since the mid-1980s. Accompanied by a copy of the factory build sheet, this beautiful Roadster is presented in elegant cream over tan and is ready for its next enthusiastic caretaker (Est. $850,000 - $900,000).

Additional European highlights include a recently added 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 by Pininfarina, offered from long-term enthusiast ownership. Chassis no. 14969 has been well-maintained and stored by its current owner and is presented with its original tool roll and owner’s manual (Est. $225,000 - $250,000). For those with a penchant for something more modern, RM Auctions has also added a2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica to the Auburn Fall lineup. Offered just two owners from new, the 575 is finished in the rare colour combination of Nero over Nero and is equipped with the desirable GTC package and Scuderia shields. Offered with books, tools, and original window sticker, the 575 Superamerica is fresh from a comprehensive service and ready for the road (Est. $275,000 - $300,000). Adding to the modern collectibles on offer are a 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG presented in Obsidian Black over a Black and Red leather interior with painted brake calipers and AMG forged wheels (Est. $140,000 - $160,000), as well as a 2002 BMW Z8, equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and showing less than 12,700 miles (Est. $175,000 - $225,000).

“We are looking forward to another Labor Day weekend spent with fellow collectors and enthusiasts at Auburn Fall,” says Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s Group. “We’ve secured a fantastic lineup of cars, memorabilia, and attractions for this year’s event, and the 300 SL Roadster certainly adds to the diversity on offer, from the great American Classics found in the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg lineup offered from the Richard L. Burdick Collection, through to modern collectibles like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and everything in between. Auburn Fall is certainly a destination for those looking to add the first classic to their garage or the veteran collector.”
Further to the auction excitement, attendees and collectors at Auburn Fall can enjoy the traditional onsite swap meet and car corral, where hundreds of additional cars and treasures can be found. Automotive activities for the entire family include freestyle motocross (FMX) shows sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, helicopter rides for a bird’s-eye view of the 235-acre Auburn Auction Park, a Saturday morning Cars & Coffee fueled by Hagerty, a Kids Fun Zone, charity 50/50 draw, and more. Visitors can also look forward to an autograph signing by Cristy Lee—car enthusiast, biker, and star of Velocity’s hit show All Girls Garage, as well as an appearance by Addison Agen, local talent and runner-up on Season 13 of NBC’s The Voice. Complete details on all onsite attractions and events can be found at rmsothebys.com.
The Auburn Fall digital preview catalogue is now available here. For additional Auburn Fall event information, an updated list of all entries for the sale, and to register to bid, please visit rmsothebys.com. Advanced Auburn Fall tickets can also be purchased via rmsothebys.com. To speak with an RM Auctions car specialist about limited remaining consignment opportunities, please call +1 519 352 4575.
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BIG CATS IN SAFE HANDS THE JAGUAR EXPERTS BEHIND BARONS' NEXT SALE

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BIG CATS IN SAFE HANDS
THE JAGUAR EXPERTS BEHIND BARONS' NEXT SALE



Whether buying or selling, Jaguar enthusiasts can rest assured that they’ll be dealing with true ‘big cat’ experts at Barons’ Jaguar Heritage, Classic and Sports Cars sale at Kempton Park Race Course on September 15. 

Directors Tony Cavell and Peter Gascoigne have been with Barons since the company was founded 20 years ago and have some 40 years’ experience of this iconic British marque, as Tony explained: “Peter and I love and understand Jaguars. From childhood, I wanted a Mk II - when I was young they were new and the car to have. I finally achieved that ambition in the 1980s when I moved into a new house, opposite Peter. He had raced Minis in the 1970s, knew I was running a garage and asked if I’d act as a mechanic for him if he started historic racing. I also wanted to race, so we bought a 3.8 Mk II between us, prepped it and began what would be more than 25 years of racing together.”

As Tony and Peter’s race successes were notched up, they came to the attention of other Jaguar racers - and owners of other classic marques - who asked them to prepare their cars as well. Eventually, their expertise extended to restoring the ex-Roy Salvadori ‘1628 VC’, the only surviving ‘works’ Jaguar Mk II racing car. They finished it just in time for Tiff Needell to drive at the first Goodwood Revival in 1998.  The car then went under the hammer at Barons’ first-ever auction, just a week later.

Tony is happy to talk at length about what makes Jaguars so special: “From new, Jaguars were very competitively priced and much cheaper than their foreign opposition; an E-type was a fraction of the cost of a Ferrari, for example.  The build quality was great - the cars were good to look at and even better to sit in. It was all done by hand and it showed, sit in any Jaguar and you feel that you’re in something special. Even the mascot, that prowling Jaguar, was clever – elegantly sporty and so much more effective than a simple badge. That made a huge difference in the early days, and today the mascots are collectable in their own right.”

The legendary XK engine is another reason for the marque’s enduring popularity, as Tony commented: “Jaguar made a very good twin-cam engine and was one of the first manufacturers to do so. The XK engine was used in sports cars and saloons from 1948-1986 – they got it right from the start. It out-performed the opposition by a mile, was very reliable and had good power.  The XK120’s endurance and production car speed records of the late 1940s and Jaguar’s competition success with C and D-types in the 1950s are testaments to the engine’s qualities, and it took a long time for other manufacturers to catch up. The XK engine was even used in Scorpion tanks of the 1970s!”
What else contributes to the big cats’ popularity for classic car owners?
“The supply of parts is amazing, there are lots of very strong enthusiasts’ clubs who are active in racing, conservation and socially, and there are Jaguars for all tastes and budgets. One thing Jaguar did particularly well was to produce multiple variants of a model, and some are now very rare. And all perform well - you can’t really call any Jaguar sedate; even the ‘stateliest’ of Jaguar saloons has plenty of poke once you wind it up!”
Tony also advises that classic Jaguars are a sound investment: “Initially, because of the number of cars produced and people not always looking after them, prices slumped but then they started building – it seems to be a Jaguar pattern. Now almost all classic models are highly valued and sought-after.  The XJS was the one people said wouldn’t appreciate because too many were made, and at one point you could barely give them away, but now it’s following the pattern and values are on the up.  Series 3 Jaguars have started to do that as well. Mk VII, VIII and IX didn’t initially appreciate so well but good examples of those models are now commanding strong prices, witness the superb 1959 Mk IX we sold at Kempton Park in 2017 for £44,000.”
And what to watch out for the future? “The XJ40 is now starting to be accepted as a classic in its own right, and, amongst more recent models, the S-type is a huge amount of car for very little money. It’s a great and affordable way to get into Jaguar ownership and enjoy all the camaraderie etc. of belonging to an owners’ club etc, before plunging into full-on classic ownership.”
Barons’ Jaguar expertise has enabled them to achieve strong results at auction for the marque over the past 20 years. Recent notable results include £99,000 for a 1962 E-type Series I 3.8 roadster, £86,820 for a 1964 E-type Series 1 4.2 FHC, £45,650 for a 1966 E-type FHC restoration project, £56,650 for a 1963 E-type S1 3.8 roadster restoration project, £12,100 for a 1988 XJS V12 convertible, £35,860 for a 1959 XK 150 Coupe and £9,350 for a Sovereign V12.
For further information or to consign a vehicle to the Jaguar Heritage, Classic and Sports Cars sale on September 15 please visit www.barons-auctions.com.


Friday, 10 August 2018

POSH PORSCHE OUT TO PERSUADE BIDDERS AT PORSCHE SALE 2018

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POSH PORSCHE OUT TO PERSUADE BIDDERS AT PORSCHE SALE 2018



 Extremely rare 1963 Porsche 356 C Carrera 2 2000 GS Coupe for auction
One of only six right-hand drive coupes of its type built, estimated at £550,000 to £650,000
Heads to auction at the Porsche Sale in association with Porsche Club GB at the Dallas Burston Polo Club on 28th September

An extraordinary and extremely desirable Porsche 356 C Carrera 2 2000 GS Coupe will be offered for sale at the Silverstone Auctions Porsche Sale in association with Porsche Club GB on 28th September at the Dallas Burston Polo Club (DBPC), Southam.
This incredibly special car is one of only six right-hand drive examples of its type ever built and has been maintained in exemplary condition throughout its life. Rarely available on the open market, the auction house has given the classic Porsche an estimate of £550,000 to £650,000.
“Cars of this type don’t come to market very often, and right-hand drive models hardly ever appear,” comments Harry Whale, classic car specialist, Silverstone Auctions. “This is an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire one of the rarest Porsches on sale today and in concours condition, no less.”
Undoubtedly the top of Porsche’s product line in 1964 at virtually double the price of a standard model, the 356 C Carrera 2 (2000 GS) is powered a highly complex four-cylinder, 2-litre, quadruple-camshaft engine, originally destined for the legendary competition focussed 550 Spyders. Other features include front bumper guards, two small auxiliary oil radiators to improve engine cooling, larger fuel tank, and Porsche’s then-new ATE disc brakes at each corner, making it the first Porsche ever to feature four-wheel disc brakes.
The car was supplied new to successful 1960's Ferrari privateer racing driver, Chris Kerrison, finished in the special order colour of Bali Blue with a black leather interior and sunroof. He used the car to travel between European circuits where he raced his famous ex-Stirling Moss/Graham Hill Le Mans Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione #2735GT. In 1978, the car was acquired by its second owner, well-known Essex-based Porsche Club member, John Hearn, before changing hands again in 1982 to the respected German-based 4-cam Porsche engine specialist, Manfred Knebel. The car remained in Germany in the ownership of Knebel for over 20 years, during which time he maintained the car himself and fully rebuilt the engine in 2006.
Shortly afterwards, the car was imported into the UK and for the first time registered on British plates, by its fourth owner. Here it was regularly maintained by Porsche specialist Lee Maxted-Page and successfully competed in the 2007 Tour de España-Portugal, achieving 2nd place overall. The car went on to find its fifth and current owner in 2010, joining a significant private collection and going on to be entered into the 2012 Salon Privé Concours d'Elegance.
“This is without a doubt one of the most significant classics in this year’s Porsche Sale and I encourage interested buyers to contact the auction house directly to arrange inspections ahead of what is certain to be a highly anticipated sale,” concludes Harry.
Today the 356C presents in Concours condition reading 85,798 recorded miles and is accompanied by a fascinating history file as well as its original handbooks and manuals.
To find out more about the 1963 Porsche 356 C Carrera 2 200 GS Coupe on offer at the Silverstone Auctions Porsche Sale please visit: http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1963-porsche-356-c-carrera-2-2000-gs-coupe

COYS ANNOUNCES EXPANDED INTERCLASSICS MAASTRICHT (JANUARY 13TH 2019) AND LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW (FEBRUARY 17TH 2019)

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COYS ANNOUNCES EXPANDED INTERCLASSICS MAASTRICHT (JANUARY 13TH 2019) AND LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW (FEBRUARY 17TH 2019)

International classic car auction house Coys have announced that their auctions at the London Classic Car Show and in Maastricht Holland are to be expanded with more exciting formats which will be unveiled shortly.


Chris Routledge of COYS said, "Having worked closely with the organizers of Interclassics over many years, and having been both an exhibitor and auction partner with the London Classic Car show since the first event we feel the time is right to focus solely on these two major European specialist classic car events due to the exceptional quality of the historic automobiles that will be on show and the knowledgeable audience that will attend these two events."


He added: "We will be introducing new features at both shows that will really excite the European market."
“Sadly we will not be returning to Autosport International in Birmingham having been there for many years. The changes in ownership and management at Autosport are clear to see as is the direction the show is going with its mass-market approach to motorsport which we feel not compatible with our brand and clients, but nonetheless, we wish them well


Tuesday, 7 August 2018

BICESTER HERITAGE PLANS FIRST-OF-KIND HOTEL AS PART OF OVERALL VISION FOR WORLD’S LEADING AUTOMOTIVE RESORT


BICESTER HERITAGE PLANS FIRST-OF-KIND HOTEL AS PART OF OVERALL VISION FOR WORLD’S LEADING AUTOMOTIVE RESORT


  • Bicester Heritage plans a further expansion of former RAF Bicester with the proposed addition of a 344-room hotel on site
  • Building on the success of historic hub, hotel addition is next stage in a series of wider plans to create the world’s leading automotive resort
  • Track-side hotel will be adjacent to raised earth bank with Mille Miglia-style start line, ideal for rallies and other events Bicester Heritage is renowned for
  • Features expansive four-storey atrium to showcase rotating automotive-themed exhibitions and displays
  • Situated next to existing hangars whilst overlooking circuit and grass airfield
  • Broader plans for the site include gallery motor lodges, allowing enthusiasts to house their cars with accommodation above with access to the site track, nature reserve and expertise

Having successfully built a reputation and devoted following as a centre for historic automotive excellence, Bicester Heritage has submitted plans for its next stage in a vision to create a home for automotive past, present and future in a unique automotive resort.
Plans have been submitted for a 344-room hotel on the former RAF Bicester site, which, five years ago, was transformed from a state of disrepair to a thriving centre for over 35 classic and vintage car specialists.
Dan Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, commented “We very much look forward to welcoming enthusiasts to our motoring hotel, from which they will be able to experience a range of automotive destinations on a single site, from the existing centre of excellence for historic motorcars to private track, exhibition hangars, OEM brand centre and future technology.
Designed by leading British designer and car enthusiast Dexter Moren, the hotel will use materials inspired by existing pre-war RAF Bicester buildings and also use the dimensions and orientation as the 1936 C-Type hangars.
Designer Dexter Moren said “Hospitality specialist architects and interior designers, Dexter Moren Associates, are thrilled to have been selected to design a landmark hotel within a former RAF base, forming part of the Bicester Heritage master plan vision focusing on motorcars and aeroplanes. The design objective has been to respond in a contemporary manner to the site’s rich and unique story, drawing inspiration from its historic position at the forefront of aviation, engineering, and innovation while complementing the existing period buildings.
Subtle details, such as the expanded steel mesh covering the curve of the building in homage to RAF Bicester’s past as a camouflage training centre, keep the contemporary design in tune with the incredible heritage of the site, with the overall structure also following the lines of adjacent hangars. Alongside amenities such as a top-tier restaurant, bar, courtyard, gym, swimming pool and sauna, the hotel will offer an immersive experience for car enthusiasts.
The stunning four-storey atrium has been conceived to showcase rotating automotive-themed exhibitions and displays, and in line with the vision for the site as a whole will not only feature cars of the past but also the very best cars of the present and the future.
Further facilitating the extensive range of events held at Bicester Heritage, the hotel will be adjacent to a raised earth bank complete with Mille Miglia-style start line, making Bicester Heritage an ideal start point for rallies and offering guests an inimitable view from their luxuriously appointed rooms.
What’s more, the addition of the hotel will allow guests to spend more time within the Bicester hub and witness all the site has to offer, from the circuit, skills, airfield and events.
Situated in the heart of Motorsport Valley, a stone’s throw from numerous Formula One teams, Silverstone Circuit and several electric and autonomous technology firms, the hotel will also allow guests to experience the UK’s pioneering automotive industry beyond Bicester Heritage.
This hotel is the next stage in Bicester Heritage’s vision to become the world’s leading automotive resort. The first component of this was the successful execution of the historic section, and its fifty buildings, with further plans in motion to showcase the rest of the automotive world in an inclusive, experiential and innovative fashion.
Further, plans include the building of motor lodges, luxury leisure residencies allowing individuals to stay within the 425-acre resort with their car and adjacent to the private recreational driver’s circuit.