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As part of the celebrations of the National Motor Museum’s 50th anniversary, they have planned three special treats for classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts. This summer, there will be three after-hours events to introduce its new Classic Grille evenings scheduled on June 22, July 20, August 24.

Owners of cherished classic cars and bikes are welcome and attendees gets free admission to the events. Each Classic Grille evening is a great opportunity for automotive enthusiasts to drive into the Beaulieu grounds to interact with National Motor Museum curators, chat with other enthusiasts, see exciting vehicles from the collections being started up, while also enjoying some delicious food.

Those who are interested in a unique after-hours perspective of the cars and motoring objects can enter the National Motor Museum by upgrading their ticket at £10 per adult. Children 16 years old and blow have free access.

Chief Executive of the National Motor Museum Trust Dr. Jon Murden shared, “As part of a range of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the National Motor Museum in 1972, I’m delighted that we are introducing our new Classic Grille nights. The atmosphere inside the Museum is totally different and quite magical in the evening, and we wanted to be able to share that with people in a way that hasn’t been possible before.”

Murden added, “Combined with the potential to take your own classic car or bike on a run to the Museum through the stunning New Forest, something tasty to eat from our BBQ, and witnessing some amazing historic vehicle start-ups, we think Classic Grille will appeal to a wide range of enthusiasts – especially those who’ve maybe never had the chance to visit the National Motor Museum before.”


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There are a lot of activities that can be done in the National Motor Museum. Check out the historic motoring objects from the reserve collections in the museum. There are also the interactive ‘Meet the Curator’ sessions, as well as special activities for the family. The curatorial and workshop experts who are responsible for looking after the 1.7 million items in the museum are happy to talk about their work. These are the same people who are tasked with preserving the nation’s motoring heritage and draw up exciting plans for the future.

On June 22, Wednesday, at 6:30 pm, hear the roar of the engine come to life as the National Motor Museum fires up their iconic 1930 Bentley 4.5 Liter Supercharged. There will also be other motors on display courtesy of the team that gave us the British Motor Show.

On July 20, Wednesday, motorbikes will take center stage as the legendary ex-Mike Hailwood 1961 Honda RC162 will be on the spotlight. See and listen to the impressive sounds of the TT race-winner as it roars into life. Royal Enfield, Aprilia, and Moto Guzzi will also be setting up trade stands, so be sure to check their latest motorcycles on offer.

For August 24, Wednesday, it is the turn of the gigantic 18-liter engine of the 1920 Sunbeam 350 hp. One hundred years after the racer recorded its first Land Speed Record of 133.75 mph, enthusiasts can again listen to its aero engine as it is brought to life.

In all three evenings, the Barbazon restaurant and a ‘Pit Stop BBQ’ will be open to serve delicious food and barbecue snacks. There will also be hot and cold drinks available.

With a limited capacity for the event, it is best to book the free ticket for the evening at their website. For those planning on getting upgrade tickets to enter the National Motor Museum, tickets can be purchased at the event for only £10 per adult. Children are admitted for free.

The rest of the Beaulieu attraction will be closed for these events.

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Title: Classic Grille Evenings Events Announced By National Motor Museum
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THE WINNING EDGE: The Ferrari F12 TDF is a Gorgeous Grand Tourer with a Competition Soul

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THE WINNING EDGE: The Ferrari F12 TDF is a Gorgeous Grand Tourer with a Competition Soul

Written by indepedent automotive journalist Steve Statham


Ferrari doesn’t do anything halfway. When the company releases a new model, almost inevitably the state of the sports car art is advanced. Each new Ferrari calls to mind past glories while setting the stage for new ones.

A perfect example is the 2017 Ferrari F12 TDF shown here, offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28, 2024. Finished in Bianco Fuji with Livrea Nero Stellato stripes, this Ferrari is a striking and purposeful balance of Grand Touring and competition influences.

The “TDF” in this case stands for Tour de France, an automotive endurance race held over several days across France, much like its bike-racing namesake. The origin of the race dates to 1899, although the race was held only intermittently in the early years. The race enjoyed a postwar revival starting in 1951, with a Ferrari 212 Export taking the victory. The following 13 years proved to be a golden age for sports car racing at the Tour de France, with Scuderia Ferrari usually taking the checkered flag. The 250 GT Berlinetta and 250 GTO were the dominant cars from 1956-64. Lucien Bianchi, a future 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, won the race three times in Ferraris during that span with his co-driver Olivier Gendebien, and a fourth time with co-driver Georges Berger.

It’s a rich part of Ferrari history worth remembering, and the F12 TDF pays proper homage. In keeping with that racing heritage, the F12 TDF has several performance enhancements over the F12 Berlinetta on which it is based. Aerodynamics are improved with a competition-inspired front splitter, as well as a longer and higher rear spoiler. Racing-derived strakes on the underbody channel air. Louvres on the quarter-panels extract air from the wheelwell, improving efficiency, and the rear defuser incorporates active flaps to aid stability at speed.

The F12 TDF saw the debut of Ferrari’s Virtual Short Wheelbase system, which utilizes an active rear axle to allow the wheels to pivot around a vertical axis. As Ferrari explained it, “The Virtual Short Wheelbase improves the car’s responsiveness to make it feel more agile, with instantaneous turn-in that can be best appreciated on twisty roads and on more technically challenging tracks while, at the same time, improving stability at high speed.”

The improvements in aerodynamics and chassis dynamics will be put to good use, given the pure thrust available. The F12 TDF is powered by a 6262cc V12 producing 770 horsepower and 520 ft/lbs of torque. The engine was designed for the outer limits of performance, with an 8,900 rpm redline, and has the ability to take the F12 TDF from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and on to a rated top speed of 211 mph. As with every Ferrari engine, the V12 is a visual work of art, with red manifold accents that further tie this modern sports car to classic Ferraris from the past. The V12 is teamed with a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox specific to the F12 TDF, with shorter gear ratios that deliver faster upshifts and downshifts.

Delivering that power to the pavement are 20-inch forged Matte Black racing wheels, accented by blacked-out brake calipers. The F12 TDF comes with a high-performance anti-lock braking system with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. Additional advanced electronics include F1 Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control and E-Diff 3, a third generation of Ferrari’s electronic differential.

The cockpit is suitable for extended periods on track or on the highway. The Nero with Bianco stitched interior is enhanced with carbon-fiber accents, part of Ferrari’s plan to shave every excess ounce of weight. In keeping with the minimalist competition theme, the glove compartment was eliminated in the F12 TDF and replaced by knee padding.

The Ferrari F12 TDF offered at Scottsdale is one of only 799 built. Included in the sale are a build book and unopened luggage set. The luggage is as beautifully detailed as every other aspect of the car, decorated with prancing horses and F12 TDF emblems.

The F12 TDF celebrates a glorious racing heritage, but in a package that employs leading-edge technologically teamed with beautiful and modern, yet functional, design. That’s the combination that has always set Ferrari apart, both then and now.

For a chance to own this remarkable supercar, register to bid today.

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Title: THE WINNING EDGE: The Ferrari F12 TDF is a Gorgeous Grand Tourer with a Competition Soul
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UNLEASHING POWER AND PASSION: The Frank Tiegs Collection Roars into Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Scottsdale Auction

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UNLEASHING POWER AND PASSION: The Frank Tiegs Collection Roars into Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Scottsdale Auction

Enthusiasts and collectors alike are in for an unforgettable showcase of automotive history with the Frank Tiegs Collection at Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Scottsdale Auction, set to unfold January 20-28 at WestWorld. Frank Tiegs may not be a name that you are familiar with, but the world will know his collection when the auction concludes in January. This extraordinary collection features 28 muscle cars hailing from the late ’60s and early ’70s, each representing a chapter in the rich tapestry of American muscle. From the legendary Camaros to the rare Thunderbolt and the Hollywood-starred Oldsmobile, every vehicle in this showcase narrates a distinctive tale of power, performance and unbridled passion. Each will be auctioned with No Reserve, providing a unique opportunity to own a slice of the muscle-car legacy.


One standout in the Frank Tiegs Collection is the Daytona Yellow 1969 Chevrolet Yenko COPO Camaro. Don Yenko himself sold this one, and it’s the only survivor, according to COPO Connection. The lineup also includes a black 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS and a silver one, adding more muscle to the mix. This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 finished in silver is packing the original COPO ZL1 aluminum-block 427ci engine. This ride, #9 out of the 69 produced, went through a thorough restoration that used plenty of new-old-stock parts and a GM factory-assembled body shell to correct the body mods from its drag-racing days.

Completing the Chevrolet lineup in the collection, is a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6. It packs an LS6 454ci engine mated to an M22 4-speed manual Rock Crusher transmission. Holding on to its originality, it sports a CRV-code 3.31 posi-traction rear axle assembly. Also making its mark is a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Chevelle and a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS, one of the 4,475 LS6 cars built in 1970. These Chevrolets add a diverse touch to the already impressive collection.


Adding more color to the offering is the 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III, famously dubbed the “Psychedelic Judge.” Painted in Mint Turquoise, this GTO boasts a distinctive exterior adorned with factory Judge decals in blue, orange and pink, paired with a red bucket-seat interior. What makes this ride truly unique is its deviation from the standard color combo for a factory WT1 Judge option, a move not typically permitted but somehow realized by GM of Canada. Classified as one of the 75 GTO Judges finished in Mint Turquoise in 1970, this particular model stands out as a one-of-one “error,” as Mint Turquoise GTOs were intended to have black or Sandalwood interiors. Under the hood, the Psychedelic Judge is powered by a documented Judge 400ci Ram Air III engine, factory-rated at 366 horsepower and 445 ft/lbs of torque. It’s mated to a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission with a 3.55:1 posi-traction differential.

The collection also includes other Pontiac GTOs, such as a 1964 Pontiac GTO featuring a 389ci engine with a rating of 360 horsepower and finished in its original Silver Mist Gray color. Additionally, there’s another 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III in its original Starlight Black over a red interior, complete with full PHS paperwork and its Pontiac Division Window Sticker.


The Blue Oval brand is well-represented in the Frank Tiegs Collection with a lineup of impressive Mustangs. Leading the pack is a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 boasting a matching-numbers engine and rear end, with the added distinction of its VIN ending in 429. Another standout is a Grabber Green 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, preserving its original interior and factory options as detailed in the Marti Report and still rocking its matching-numbers engine along with original body panels and Ford factory parts.

Another Ford offering in the collection is a 1971 Mustang Boss 351, one of 1,806 Bosses built in 1971. Painted in the unique Bright Blue Metallic shade, this Boss 351 is one of seven featuring Magnum 500 chrome wheels, with five equipped with power steering, and only four produced with consoles and AM radios – making this Mustang one of the select three with this combination. Additional Mustangs in the collection include a meticulously restored, matching-numbers 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and a 1969 Ford Mustang 428 SCJ R-Code equipped with the R-code 428ci Super Cobra Jet engine, 4-speed transmission and Drag Pak, and featuring a W-code axle.


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Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale

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Ex-Hans-Otto Butenuth BMW RS 500 at the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.

1907 Quadrant at the Bonhams February auction
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.

This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.

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Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
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