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Over the past few months, we here at Sports Car Digest have been expanding beyond just covering classic sports cars into how they are bought, sold, auctioned, and/or traded around the world. As part of this, we have covered a couple of auction sites, and a classic car event that is making waves in the Concours d’Elegance scene. However, one thing that we have never really touched upon is what goes on behind the scenes of all these sites and sales.

That is, until now.

We were contacted by CarAndClassic.co.uk (alternatively CarAndClassic.com), the second largest classic car sales site in the world, and the largest of such sites in the UK and EU, with an offer we couldn’t refuse. That offer? A one-on-one interview with CEO and Director Tom Wood, about what makes his site work so well, and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of a major sales and auction site.

Brief History Of Car & Classic

Car & Classic Logo

Car & Classic Logo

Around the turn of the century, after the dot-com bubble had burst, the internet had settled down a little, and a tiny company called Google had just started their search engine site, Car & Classic was formed. From the very start, it was intended to be a quick and easy site for buyers, sellers, and fans of classic cars in the United Kingdom to visit to either list their cars, look for one to buy, or simply peruse the listings with dreams in their heads.

Little did they know at the time what Car & Classic was going to grow into. By the 2010’s, not only was the site pulling over 1.25 million unique views per month, it had grown beyond being UK based and was now serving the entirety of Europe, the Baltic States, and Scandinavian Arc. Millions of dollars worth of classic cars were being bought, sold, and traded through the site each year, and it now had a dedicated staff of customer service agents, network development professionals, and a dedicated server infrastructure to keep the site highly available.

In 2017, Tom Wood, an engineer by trade and a classic car collector by hobby, after a few years of continuous attempts, was finally able to buy the site and company. He had seen it stagnate a little in its development, and bought in at just the right time to reinvigorate the site, add the auction element to it, and take the site global. To say that he and his team of employees is a mild understatement, as under his guidance, Car & Classic is now the second largest classic car sales and auction site in the world.

Meeting Tom Wood, CEO & Director of CarAndClassic.com

Tom Wood has had many titles in his time. Engineer. Automotive tech pioneer. CEO many times. He’s even been referred to as “the next Richard Branson” when it comes to tech entrepreneurship. Yet, besides all that, he is one thing above all else: Absolutely mad for classic cars.

Tom Wood, CEO & Director of Car & Classic

Tom Wood, CEO & Director of Car & Classic
Tom Wood, CEO & Director of Car & Classic

This is because throughout his developmental years, he was exposed to classic cars almost daily. He developed this perfect madness in one particular memory, that of helping his dad change the engine, not just the oil, the engine of a 1931 Austin Seven when he was 8 years old. He also started to learn how to drive at about the same age, and as he puts it, “It’s in the blood now.”

He bought Car & Classic in 2017, and hasn’t looked back since. It has grown exponentially under his leadership, and we were more than happy to be able to have a one-on-one with him regarding the inner workings of one of these massive sites, as he is a man with the same passion that anyone reading these lines today shares.

Interview with Tom Wood of Car & Classic

Our interviewer for the day was Simon Bertram, a content writer for Sports Car Digest and sister

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: Car & Classic: A Deep Dive Behind The Classics Scene With CEO Tom Wood
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/interview-with-car-and-classic-ceo-tom-wood/
Published Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2022 01:45:07 +0000

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1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS5 SS: An Icon Roars to Life at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction

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1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS5 SS: An Icon Roars to Life at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction

Written by Nicole Ellan James

1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS5 SS – NO RESERVE

Born during the golden age of American muscle, Chevrolet’s 1970 Chevelle, produced from 1968 to 1972, defines the second generation of the model. This legendary machine embodies the essence of cool in the realm of muscle cars; its very mention conjures images of clean lines, thunderous engines and the open road beckoning for adventure.

One of the defining aspects of the 1970 Chevelle was its range of potent engine options, including the monstrous 454ci V8, bearing the legendary monikers LS5 and LS6. With its powerful engines and robust chassis, the 1970 Chevelle was capable of impressive acceleration and top speeds, making it a favorite among drag racers and street racers alike.

Ready for the drop of the gavel at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, where it will be selling with No Reserve, this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS5 SS 454 stands as a beacon of muscle car history. With a 454ci LS5 engine delivering a commanding 360 horsepower under the hood, paired with a period-correct Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission, this powerhouse of a car is sure to offer an exhilarating ride, whether it’s around town or across the country.

After a professional rebuild, this Chevelle’s engine now features a new crankshaft, roller lifters and roller rockers for enhanced performance. The car’s exhaust system boasts 2-inch stainless-steel long-tube headers paired with 3-inch stainless-steel pipes, exuding both power and authenticity with original-looking tips. A 12-bolt posi-traction rear end sporting 3.73 gears provides formidable traction and acceleration, while power front disc and rear drum brakes supply reliable stopping power. Rolling on iconic 15-inch SS wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich radial T/A tires, this example of American muscle offers both style and substance on the road.

Exuding an aura of boldness and aggression, the 1970 Chevelle embraced the quintessential design elements of its muscle-car era. Characterized by a lengthy hood and a compact deck profile, it features classic proportions synonymous with the era’s automotive prowess. Its wide stance and flowing lines contributed to its formidable and muscular aesthetic, commanding attention wherever it roared. Adorned in a vibrant red basecoat/clearcoat finish accented by bold black SS stripes and a sleek black vinyl top, this Chevelle’s striking exterior showcases a factory cowl induction hood secured with hood pins, hinting at the power lurking beneath the surface.

Inside the cabin, black vinyl bucket seats offer both comfort and style. The center console features a distinctive horseshoe shifter, while an AM/FM radio provides entertainment on the road. Restored to its former glory, the factory air-conditioning system now utilizes R134 refrigerant for optimal cooling performance. Power steering ensures effortless maneuverability and control behind the wheel.

Enhancing this Chevelle’s appeal is that it’s been driven less than 2,000 miles since its recent engine and transmission rebuild, and has clocked a mere 51,018 actual miles in its lifetime. Register to bid today for an opportunity to get behind this iconic American muscle car’s wheel and answer the call of the open road.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE LS5 SS: An Icon Roars to Life at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/1970-chevrolet-chevelle-ls5-ss-an-icon-roars-to-life-at-the-2024-palm-beach-auction/
Published Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2024 19:46:03 +0000

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Best 600cc-ish Sportbikes of 2024

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Substantial upgrades for 2024 have made Kawasaki’s ZX-6R a powerful and comfortable companion either on the street or racetrack.
Substantial upgrades for 2024 have made Kawasaki’s ZX-6R a powerful and comfortable companion either on the street or racetrack. (Kawasaki/)

Has the death of 600cc supersports been greatly exaggerated? A couple of years ago it sure seemed like the class was going belly-up, but recent upgrades and new motorcycle model launches have rekindled consumer interest in the sportbike group, and 2023/2024′s crop of track-ready middleweights are still well-positioned to carve a local apex near you. Of course, some of the bikes here haven’t changed with the times or are better equipped for street rides, but they’re still formidable weapons on a circuit. We’ve narrowed our choices to a few perennial (if aging) standard-bearers, some newer crossover models, and bikes with commensurate performance, price, and otherwise race-ready attributes.

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Light weight, livable ergonomics, and a 659cc parallel-twin engine good for nearly 90 hp makes Aprilia’s RS 660 a top pick.
Light weight, livable ergonomics, and a 659cc parallel-twin engine good for nearly 90 hp makes Aprilia’s RS 660 a top pick. (Aprilia/)

2024 Aprilia RS 660 | 401 lb. | 89.16 hp (as tested) | $11,499

The RS 660′s 659cc parallel-twin engine makes it one of the punchiest and most powerful bikes here, and that 270-degree crank gives it a sound unlike any of the others. Not quite a designated supersport, the bike is nevertheless supremely flickable, comes equipped with excellent components, and is less intimidating than some inline-four supersports while still offering a sporty experience. During our track test, we said it offered “engaging engine performance, nimble handling, a relatively low seat height, and roomy ergonomics,” and to keep things in check, the RS 660′s top-shelf electronics include the Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) suite, which is accessed via a full-color TFT display. These IMU-based traction control, wheelie control, engine-brake, and ABS settings are offered in five preset riding modes, and while suspension adjustment is limited to spring preload and rebound damping fore and aft, the standard electronic quickshifter is bidirectional. Throw in the approachable ergonomics, and it adds up to a versatile machine that’s appropriate for day-to-day as well as track riding for seasoned veterans and beginners alike.

Honda’s CBR inline-four has ruled this list for many moons now, and it’s still a competent performer on both track or street.
Honda’s CBR inline-four has ruled this list for many moons now, and it’s still a competent performer on both track or street. (Honda/)

2024 Honda CBR600RR ABS | 434 lb. | 97.7 hp (as tested) | $13,199

Although Honda just brought a substantially revamped CBR600RR to the European market for 2024, there’s no such luck for the US. In its infinite wisdom, Big Red decided to give us the same CBR sportbike we’ve had for 11 years now, so we’ll focus on that older-gen model’s good points. For one, the CBR600RR’s 599cc inline-four is still good for a healthy 100 hp in stock trim at the rear wheel, and we took note of the “well-calibrated throttle response that is neither too sluggish nor too sensitive…” which was “peppy for a 600, especially off the bottom and through the midrange.” Furthermore, the bike has well-calibrated Showa suspension components with three-way adjustability fore and aft, and dual radial-mounted floating 310mm discs with four-piston calipers offer powerful stops. The Honda remains an agile yet sure-footed steed, but hopefully we’ll see the upgraded model come Stateside as well, because more power and a quickshifter would really be welcome. Although it’s one of the pricier bikes here, Big Red’s offering is still an effective sport riding tool on the track as well as the street.

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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: Best 600cc-ish Sportbikes of 2024
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/best-600cc-sportbikes/
Published Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:00:01 +0000

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Super-tracker: A custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto steeze

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Custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto style
The traditional definition of a street tracker is a motorcycle that has all the trappings of a flat tracker, with the addition of lights, street-biased tires, and a front brake. But what if you took the concept a step further, and sprinkled some supermoto ingredients into the mix? You’d probably end up with something like this spicy custom Sportster 1200.

The bike belongs to and was built by Xavi Garcia—a Barcelona-based enthusiast who loves café racers, streetfighters, and supermotos in equal measure. With a couple of custom builds already under his belt and a KTM 990 SMR in the garage, the desire to create a street tracker with supermoto underpinnings began to buzz around in Xavi’s head. So when he stumbled across a 2003-model Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 in good nick, he figured that it would be the perfect bike to do it with.

Custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto style

“When I bought my first big bike, a BMW R65, I customized it into a café racer,” Xavi tells us, “but deep down I wanted to do it with a Sportster, to replicate the Harley-Davidson XLCR 1000. Since then, I’ve always had a certain love for the Sportster.”

With help from his good friend, Franc, Xavi tore into his recently-acquired Sportster 1200 until all that remained was its rigid-mount engine, frame, and swingarm. The guys then built it back up with a laundry list of well-judged mods and parts.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Super-tracker: A custom Sportster 1200 with supermoto steeze
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-sportster-1200
Published Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2024 22:22:24 +0000

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