Porsche builds its one-millionth 911

Porsche builds its one-millionth 911The Mazda MX-5 may be the world’s best-selling sports car, but the Porsche 911 is the most iconic. And today, after 54 years in production, the company built its one-millionth 911.

Dr Wolfgang Porsche unveiled the milestone car in Zuffenhausen, where it begins a promotional world tour that includes the Scottish Highlands, Nurburgring, USA and China – ending up as part of the collection at the Porsche Museum.

Porsche builds its one-millionth 911The 991 Carrera S has a distinctly retro theme, with many details that evoke the 1963 original. Spot the Irish Green paint (a special order colour since 1965) chrome window-surrounds, old-style Porsche bonnet crest and – oh yes – gold badges.

Inside, there’s liberal use of mahogany on the steering wheel and dashboard (no, us neither), plus ‘Pepita’ houndstooth trim on the trad-911 ‘tombstone’ seats. A plaque marks this car out as number 1,000,000 off the production line.Porsche builds its one-millionth 911A visibly proud Dr Porsche said: “Fifty-four years ago, I was able to take my first trips over the Grossglockner High Alpine Road with my father. The feeling of being in a 911 is just as enjoyable now as it was then. That’s because the 911 has ensured that the core values of our brand are as visionary today as they were in the first Porsche 356/1 from 1948”.

Although the 911 is easily outsold by Porsche’s Macan and Cayenne SUVs today, it remains core to the German brand: a halo car that shines brighter than perhaps any other. Porsche builds its one-millionth 911

Amazingly, more than 70 per cent of all 911s ever built are still on the road, and over half of Porsche’s 30,000 race wins can be credited to the car, too.

We don’t expect this very special 911 will be racking up the miles – it’s already too valuable for that – but devotees can buy an Irish Green Porsche Design watch, with a strap using the same leather as the 911’s interior. 

London Classic Car Show

In pictures: highlights from the London Classic Car Show 2017

London Classic Car ShowThe London Classic Car Show – the self-proclaimed ‘capital city’s premier showcase for the thriving classic car community’ – is now in full swing. Last year, some 33,000 people walked through the doors of Excel London, and a similar number is expected this weekend.

The doors opened on Thursday, but you have until 5pm on Sunday 26 February to feast your eyes on the array of expensive and exotic classic cars. To whet your appetite, we have the highlights from the opening day.

Derek Bell and Emanuele PirroLondon Classic Car Show

The show was opened by Le Mans legends Derek Bell and Emanuele Pirro. Both drivers won the 24-hour race on five occasions, and were on hand to declare the London Classic Car Show open at 3pm.

Jacky Ickx and Derek BellLondon Classic Car Show

Earlier, six-time winner Jacky Ickx – seen here on the left – had opened the show’s sister event, Historic Motorsport International. A special display included a Porsche 956 that he shared with Derek Bell at Le Mans. “Seeing these cars here brings back so many memories. Good times,” he said.

Dario FranchittiLondon Classic Car Show

Providing the proof that you can never have too many show openings, Dario Franchitti cut the ribbon on a Ferrari Tribute featuring 21 iconic Ferrari roads cars worth an estimated £120 million. The display, curated by Ferrari specialist dealer Joe Macari, brought together Ferraris old and new, from the 375 MM of the early fifties to its latest hypercar, LaFerrari.

Ferrari F40London Classic Car Show

Arguably one of the finest, but undoubtedly one of the most famous Ferraris of all-time, this is the iconic F40 blazing a trail along the Grand Avenue and under the lights of Excel.

Dino on the Grand AvenueLondon Classic Car Show

Event director Bas Bungish said: “With these spectacular machines on display, the centrepiece of the London Classic Car Show will be a veritable ‘red sea’ of Ferraris showing the evolution of the marque over its seven decades.” Not that this Dino contributed to the sea of red.

Lamborghini MiuraLondon Classic Car Show

Given that Ferrari is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017, it has every right to take centrestage at the London Classic Car Show. Meanwhile, the Lamborghini Miura – which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1960 – is perhaps the most beautiful car on display at Excel London.

The Grand AvenueLondon Classic Car Show

Unique to the London Classic Car Show, the Grand Avenue runs through the centre of the exhibition hall. This year’s theme is ‘The Perfect 10’, where the best examples of classic cars in 10 different body styles are paraded on the ‘catwalk’. This MG Metro 6R4 is representing the hatchback.

Ford Capri 3000 GXLLondon Classic Car Show

Meanwhile, this Ford Capri 3000 GXL is representing the coupe. The ‘car you always promised yourself’ was launched in 1969 as the European version of the Ford Mustang. According to the DVLA, this 1973 car – complete with a rather apt registration mark – has just 4,897 miles on the clock. If you’re a fan, Corgi produces a model version the same number plate.

Aston Martin LagondaLondon Classic Car Show

Sadly, the show’s organisers have failed to include a ‘wedge’ category, leaving this Aston Martin Lagonda to represent the saloon. Other cars in this category include the rotary-engined NSU Ro80 and Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9.

Ford EscortLondon Classic Car Show

Not all saloon cars are created equal, as demonstrated by this ex-works Ford Escort. Seven works Escorts were built for the gruelling 1970 London to Mexico Rally, four of which were prepared at Boreham. ‘FEV 1H’, driven by Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm, emerged victorious in the 16,000-mile test of endurance and reliability.

Land Rover: shooting brake?London Classic Car Show

What is a shooting brake? As far as we’re concerned, it should be a sporting two-door estate car, built for the country gent. That the London Classic Car Show features an Audi RS2, Morris Mini Traveller and Land Rover suggests that the organisers don’t agree with our definition.

Austin Healey 3000London Classic Car Show

No debating the Austin Healey 3000’s slot in the sports car category. Also under this banner you’ll find a Lotus Elan and its modern equivalent: the Mazda MX-5. The model on display is the Le Mans special edition, built to celebrate Mazda’s victory at the Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1991.

Crosslé Car CompanyLondon Classic Car Show

Established in 1957, Crosslé claims to be the world’s longest-established race car manufacturer, building cars from its factory in Northern Ireland. The Crosslé Car Company was founded by former champion motorcyclist John Crosslé. The grin suggests he knew a thing or two about sports cars.

Ferrari 250 GTOLondon Classic Car Show

Away from the Grand Avenue, this Ferrari 250 GTO is the star attraction on the Ferrari Tribute stand. At £45 million, it’s the most valuable car at the London Classic Car Show. No surprise to find it cordoned off, safe from sticky fingers. Touch with your eyes only, etc.

Jaguar XJR-9 LMLondon Classic Car Show

In 1988, this Jaguar XJR-9 LM finished first in the Le Mans 24-Hour race. Powered by a V12 engine and driven by Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace, the car finished ahead of Porsche, completing 394 laps in the process.

Jaguar E-TypeLondon Classic Car Show

The E-Type is another icon of Jaguar’s past, but this one is in need of attention. That said, even in this condition, the E-Type retains a level of beauty many cars cannot reach.

Lotus 21 ClimaxLondon Classic Car Show

This Lotus 21 was only ever raced by Jim Clark and was involved in a tragic accident at Monza when a Ferrari driven by Wolfgang von Trips clipped its rear wheel and was launched into the air. The German driver was killed, along with 15 spectators, and the Lotus was impounded by Italian authorities.

The London Classic Car ShowLondon Classic Car Show

The 2017 London Classic Car Show continues throughout the weekend, with doors open from 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost £20 for children and £27 for adults when paying on the day. For more information visit

Crash for cash: leaders of £1.1m car crash scam jailed

An elaborate ‘crash for cash’ scam in south-east England has been foiled by the Metropolitan Police. The fraud involved 19 people, including a company boss, and generated £1.1m in fake personal injury claims.

The criminals staged deliberate collisions with innocent drivers so they could then sue for injuries. Mohammed Zubair Jamil masterminded the scheme, processing false insurance claims through his accident management company, based in Hertfordshire.

The Met Police estimates that, in total, Mr Jamil and his accomplices have caused around 300 car crashes.

Telematics data used to catch fraudsters

The gang were caught after a telematics box  installed in the ‘lead’ car provided data on a fake crash. The data was analysed by fraud investigation experts, APU Ltd, who concluded the crash must have been intentional.

Neil Thomas, director of investigative services at APU Ltd, said: “We have been hard on the heels of crash for cash fraudsters for years now. The depth of data available via cutting edge telematics systems necessitates a scientific approach to interpret crucial information into meaningful evidence, then it needs to be presented in court so that the layman can understand it.

“This particular criminal network caused hundreds of fake accidents, all of which were planned, but any of which could have gone badly wrong. He and the other men were putting lives at risk.”

Five members of the gang jailed

Sentencing five of the gang to jail terms ranging from 16 months to four-and-a-half years, Judge HH J Barrie said: “The idea that crash for cash frauds are victimless crimes has to be rebuffed immediately. The impact of this offending on the insurance industry is substantial and this in turn leads to routine increases in insurance premiums for the wider public.”

“Moreover no regard is had at all for the occupants of those cars or their vulnerability. In short, the risk to innocent members of the public of serious injury or worse cannot be underestimated in this type of fraud involving deliberate dangerous driving.”


New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

An A-Z of cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016The biennial Paris Motor Show opens its doors to the public on 1 October, but Motoring Research will be reporting live from the press days on 29 and 30 September.

Plenty of new cars will make their debuts at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre, including the Land Rover Discovery, Skoda Kodiak and LaFerrari Spider. Here’s an A-Z guide of what to expect.

Audi Q5New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Q5 has been a great success for Audi. Indeed, even after six years on sale, it still boasts some of the strongest residual (resale) values in the second-hand market. The car pictured is the current model; no photos of the 2017 Q5 have been released yet.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Engines for the new Q5 include a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol, plus 2.0 and 3.0 TDI diesels. Bahn-storming SQ5 and RS Q5 versions will follow in due course, along with an E-tron plug-in hybrid.

Citroen C3New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Citroen has finally rediscovered its joie de vivre. The new C3 supermini borrows styling cues from the C4 Cactus – including energy-absorbing Airbumps on the sides – for a bold look that’s practical and utilitarian, rather than sporty.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Inside, the C3 gets broad, comfortable seats and an interesting mix of materials (including the ‘luggage strap’ door handles from the Cactus). An optional ‘ConnectedCam’ behind the rear-view mirror records footage of your journey and could help prove your innocence after an accident.

Citroen CXperienceNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Having launched DS as a standalone luxury brand, Citroen is referencing another of its former glories – the 1974 CX – with the CXperience concept. The large, plug-in hybrid hatchback offers clues about Citroen’s future design direction.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Centrepiece of the CXperience is undoubtedly its interior. The seats are made from memory foam and each passenger gets his/her own tablet. A single-spoke steering wheel harks back to the CX, too. Come on, Citroen – build this car!

Ferrari LaFerrari SpiderNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Now we’re talking. Yes, it’s basically just a LaFerrari without a roof, but when the car in question is a V12-engined, carbon-bodied, hybrid-enhanced weapon, we still count it among the highlights of Paris 2016.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

We don’t know exactly how many Spiders will be built – only that the entire production run has sold out in advance. Oh, and the car may actually be called the ‘LaFerrari Aperta’, like the drop-top 458 Speciale. There’s no word from Ferrari on that yet either.


Honda CivicNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

You’d be forgiven for thinking this is the new Type R; even the ‘cooking’ 2017 Honda Civic looks seriously sporty. These official photos actually show the US-spec Civic, but the European version will look very similar. Good.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Civic will come with efficient 1.0 and 1.5 petrol engines, plus Honda’s familiar 1.6 diesel. And the Type R? That’s expected to follow in 2017.

Hyundai i10New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Looking somewhat less radical is the updated Hyundai i10. The budget Korean supermini gets a larger front grille with LED daytime running lights, a new rear bumper and, er… that’s about it – on the outside at least.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The most interesting changes are inside the i10, which now offers a 7in touchscreen media system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Automatic emergency braking is available, too.

Hyundai i30New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The new Hyundai i30 is a much bolder effort, with styling that offers more than a hint of ‘premium’ (spot the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series cues). Bizarre shutlines around the A-pillars aside, we rather like it. Will Volkswagen Golf owners feel the same?New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Buyers can pick from three petrol engines and three diesels, with the cleanest diesel emitting just 94g/km CO2. Opt for the 8in touchscreen media system (pictured) and you’ll get wireless phone charging included.

Kia RioNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Turning to Hyundai’s sister-brand, meet the new Kia Rio. This Fiesta-sized supermini also looks to have taken a step upmarket, with smart – if rather unadventurous – styling that reeks of Germanic solidity and sobriety.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Despite releasing these official pics, Kia is still reluctant to say much about the new Rio. Apparently the dashboard is angled towards the driver, BMW-style, which bodes well for more engaging dynamics. We’ll find out more in Paris.

Land Rover DiscoveryNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

After years of being a boxy 4×4, the Discovery has morphed into a sleek SUV. Styling that evokes the, er, Evoque shouldn’t impact too heavily on practicality: this still a seven-seater. An all-aluminium body should reduce weight and boost fuel economy.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Again, technical details on the new Discovery are sparse. A recent stunt with Bear Grylls showcased the car’s clever seats, which can be folded remotely using a smartphone app. Off-road ability should remain best-in-class.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT roadsterNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

We don’t have pictures of the convertible AMG GT yet, so you’ll have to make do with the coupe. But just look at it. An open version of Mercedes’ flagship sports car can’t fail to stop traffic.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The AMG GT will be available with a 462hp twin-turbo V8, stoked to 510hp in the GT S. Will we see a drop-top version of the 585hp GT R, which was revealed at Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer? Let’s hope so.

Mitsubishi Ground TourerNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

This teaser shot shows Mitsubishi’s Ground Tourer concept, which will be revealed in full at Paris. Its sleek styling gives clues about the next Outlander SUV. Mitsubishi calls its new design language ‘Dynamic Shield’.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The current Outlander PHEV has been a sales hit for Mitsubishi, largely thanks to its low tax liability. The Ground Tourer will follow the same plug-in hybrid template, albeit with improved efficiency and performance.

Nissan MicraNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Does thinking about the Nissan Micra send you to sleep? Time to wake up. The Sway concept, seen here, points to how the new, more sophisticated Micra – due to be revealed at Paris – will look.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

With a huge number of rivals, including the Fabia, Fiesta, Jazz, Rio and Polo, the new Micra certainly needs to up its game. We’ll give you our first impressions from the show floor at Porte de Versailles.

Peugeot 3008New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Peugeot 3008 has transformed from ugly MPV into, well, slightly-more-handsome SUV. Because nobody buys MPVs anymore, right? Just don’t tell Renault that.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Sales start in November and engines will include Peugeot’s thrifty 1.2-litre PureTech petrols and BlueHDi diesels. A five-setting traction control system should give the 3008 a modicum of off-road ability. There won’t be a four-wheel-drive version at launch, however.

Peugeot 5008New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Big brother to the 3008 is the seven-seat Peugeot 5008. It looks slightly blander and boxier than the smaller car, but is still a vast improvement on the outgoing 5008.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

A big car doesn’t necessarily need a big steering wheel; Peugeot is clear on that. The 5008 seen here has the optional i-Cockpit virtual display in place of conventional dials. There’s also an 8in touchscreen atop the centre console.

Porsche PanameraNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Here’s another car that started life as an ugly duckling but is now passably handsome. The latest Porsche Panamera still seats four and still looks a bit like a 911 (if you squint). However, it’s now a lot sleeker, lighter and, of course, faster.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Like, how fast exactly? Try a Nurburgring lap time of 7min 38sec for the Panamera Turbo – as quick as a 997 GT3. There will also be diesel and petrol/electric hybrid versions, along with a new eight-speed PDK auto ’box.

Porsche Panamera Sport TurismoNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

This one isn’t confirmed, but there are strong rumours Porsche will show a coupe or shooting brake (estate) version of the Panamera in Paris. Let’s hope for the latter – and that it looks exactly like this Sport Turismo concept, seen at Paris in 2012.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Sport Turismo concept had a hybrid powertrain, but a production version would share engines with the regular Panamera. This could be the ultimate dog-carrier – and so much cooler than a BMW X6.

Renault AlaskanNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

If the Alaskan looks slightly familiar, that’s because it’s based on the Nissan Navara. Renault’s first pick-up will come in a variety of configurations, including the five-seat double cab seen here.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Alaskan is quite capable of hard work: four-wheel drive and a 3.5-tonne towing weight see to that. However, it’s not devoid of luxuries either. A touchscreen media system, Bluetooth and surround-view parking cameras are all available.

Skoda KodiakNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Has there been a more anticipated ‘mainstream’ car in 2016? Skoda’s seven-seat SUV looks like an oversized Yeti (the car, not the monster) and should offer good value for money. Fingers crossed it’s fun to drive like the Yeti, too.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Just look at that interior: Skoda’s leaving its budget-brand roots further and further behind. Automatic emergency braking and Trailer Assist (for reversing with a trailer) are standard, while adaptive cruise control and a 10-speaker audio system are on the options list.

Suzuki IgnisNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Once a typical supermini, the Suzuki Ignis has also fallen victim to the crossover craze. This latest version (seen here in concept form at the Tokyo Auto Salon) will take on the likes of the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The Ignis features Suzuki’s SHVS ‘mild hybrid’ system, which stores energy from decelerating and braking, then uses it to boost power when accelerating. We’ll find out more about the new Ignis in Paris.

Suzuki SX4 S-CrossNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Suzuki has taken a knife to its SX4 S-Cross, and the results are… controversial. Grafting a grand-looking chrome grille onto an otherwise-humble hatchback is a trick as old as the Austin Allegro Vanden Plas. And usually just as successful.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Here’s the old SX4 S-Cross for comparison. Yep, definitely better looking. At least the latest model benefits from Suzuki’s excellent new Boosterjet petrol engines, in 1.0- and 1.4-litre sizes.

Vauxhall InsigniaNew cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

Vauxhall must long for the old days, when a Cavalier could be spotted on every suburban street. Nowadays, the Insignia only really sells to fleet buyers, but it’s still a popular company car. This is the current version, as no photos of the 2017 Insignia have so far been released.New cars at Paris Motor Show 2016

The next Insignia won’t rip-up the rulebook, although it should be lighter, more efficient and more spacious inside. Will that make anybody want to spend their own money on one? Not unless it looks like the Opel GT concept from earlier this year, no.

Goodwood Revival 2016 preview

Goodwood Revival 2016 preview

Goodwood Revival 2016 preview“The Revival is the only historic race meeting to be staged entirely in period dress and is a return to the halcyon days of Goodwood as the spiritual home of British motor racing.” If that doesn’t whet your appetite, you probably haven’t got petrol pumping through your veins. Yes, it’s time for the Goodwood Revival, which takes place over the weekend of the 9th to 11th September 2016.

150,000 people in period clothingGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Held every September since 1998, the Goodwood Revival is said to be the world’s largest historic motor racing and vintage culture event, with 150,000 people attending in period clothing each year. The question is: what can you expect to see in 2016?

Kinrara TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

New for 2016, the Kinrara Trophy is a 60-minute, two-driver race, taking place as the sun goes down on the Friday evening. The grid will be filled with GT cars of a type built before 1963, with Goodwood claiming it’s “the most glamorous addition to the Revival’s entry list since the event began in 1998”. Expect the field to include Ferrari 250 GT SWBs and GTOs, Aston Martin DB4 GTs and Jaguar E-Types.

Sir Jack BrabhamGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Also celebrated at the 2016 Goodwood Revival will be the life and career of Sir Jack Brabham. The event coincides with the anniversary of his final world championship win. Brabham was a former Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic who went on to become F1 world champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966.

1966 and all that05_Goodwood_Revival

The Goodwood Revival will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup win, with ‘Life in 66’ featuring a parade of vehicles from the 1960s.

70 years of the bikini06_Goodwood_Revival

Meanwhile, 70 years of the bikini will be brought to life “in ways only Goodwood can”. We’re an itsy bitsy teenie weenie bit intrigued by this one.

Barry Sheene Memorial TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Two stars of the Isle of Man TT will be making their debut at the Goodwood Revival, with John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop doing battle in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. The 1950s style races will be in the spirit of the ‘Goodwood Saturday’ meeting in 1951 – the only time motorcycles raced at Goodwood in period.

Riders and driversGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

As usual, you can expect a rich and varied lineup of riders, drivers and celebrities, including F1 stars, sports car legends, touring car heroes and TV stars. Which means everybody from Tiff Needell (pictured) to David Coulthard, and Theo Paphitis to Steve Soper.

St. Mary’s TrophyGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

The event organisers are expecting the St. Mary’s Trophy to be the most closely fought race in Goodwood history, with a battle of 30 identical Austin A35s. There will be two races: one for VIPs, the other for owner-drivers. All cars will have the same engine, gearbox, brakes, fuel tank, dampers, front and rear springs, interior and body panels. So it all comes down to driver talent.

100 years of BMWBMW

The Goodwood Revival will celebrate BMW’s centenary with a grid of BMW-engined cars competing in the Lavant Cup. Speaking about the race, Lord March said: “… the Lavant Cup will feature a stunning lineup of BMW-engined sports cars of the 1930s-50s”.

Aston MartinGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

A special selection of classic Aston Martins are set to do battle on the famous West Sussex track, with the highlights including a 1959 DBR1, a 1961 DB4 GT Zagato and a pair of DB3s from 1953 and 1955. The present day is represented by the new Aston Martin DB11.

Settrington CupGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

The Settrington Cup, in which youngsters do battle in Austin J40s, is likely to be another event highlight. Look out for the pedal-powered racers on Saturday and Sunday.

Freddie March Spirit of AviationGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Now in its tenth year at the Revival, the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation celebrates Goodwood’s links with aviation. The concours d’elegance for aircraft built up to 1966 will feature everything from a 1947 de Havilland Chipmunk and a Ryan SCW-145 – the only one of its type still flying outside of the USA.

Britain Can Make ItGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

If you’re in need of some retail therapy, the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition will include 5,000 items on display across 32 main sections. You’ll find everything from leather briefcases to an atomic cooker. An eclectic mix at the end of the High Street.

Other highlightsGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

But if that’s not enough, the 2016 Goodwood Revival will take a nostalgic look at the 1966 F1 season which saw the introduction of a new 3-litre formula. ‘Return to Power’ will see a grid of ground-breaking F1 cars taking part in high speed demo runs throughout the weekend. Also look out for the Richmond Trophy, Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration, Glover Trophy, Sussex Trophy, Madgwick Cup and Whitsun Trophy.

Goodwood Revival by busGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

New for 2016, Goodwood has partnered with Fanzone to provide a bespoke transport service to and from the Revival. A website has been created to source and book buses, taxis and car-sharing opportunities from selected venues in the south of England. Should avoid lengthy queues on the A27 and the inevitable search for a parking space.

Tickets pleaseGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

That said, if you haven’t secured your entry tickets yet, you might be out of luck. General admission tickets are no longer on sale, with only hospitality packages available at the time of writing. These cost upwards of £295. Grandstand passes are also close to sell out.

Social mediaGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

But don’t worry, because the Goodwood Revival will be streamed via its website, with regular updates on social media. It’s the next best thing to being there, but if you want to feel closer to the action, you could always hunt down some period clothing from your local charity shop. Sorted.

Best Dressed CompetitionGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

Unfortunately, if you’re sat at your kitchen table, iPad in hand, you won’t be eligible for Best Dressed Competition, which is held on each day of the Revival. Judges award prizes for the most glamorous and authentic outfits. Time to break out your miniskirt and eyeliner?

Goodwood Review reviewGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

We’ll be there to bring you the latest news from the 2016 Goodwood Revival, so stay tuned for our review gallery. We’ll bring you everything from the historic car races to fish finger and Walls ices! Yes, really.

Black and white photographGoodwood Revival 2016 preview

We’ll leave the last word to Rowan Atkinson, who, when describing the Goodwood Revival, said: “It’s like a period painting or black-and-white photograph brought wonderfully to life.” Quite.


Uber trials fleet of all-electric Nissan Leafs in London


Car-hailing service Uber and Nissan are to embark on a ‘new, major electric vehicle project’ that involves a fleet of Nissan Leaf EVs in the nation’s capital.

Nissan has supplied 20 all-electric Nissan Leafs to Uber for use as part of an extensive EV trial. It’s the first time pure EVs have been available for hire through the Uber app in London. To-date, the greenest cars on the Uber fleet have been hybrid vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius.

Run in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust (EST), the study will look at the feasibility of running large numbers of electric private hire cars in the UK, with one eye on the introduction of the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone in 2020. Around 60% of Uber journeys are made in hybrid vehicles, but the company is keen to go further.

Jo Bertram, regional general manager of Uber in the UK, said: “People already associate Uber with hybrid cars, but we now want to go a big step further with fully electric cars on the road from today.

“We are determined to use technology to help tackle the challenge of air pollution in London and across the UK. Our car-sharing service has already saved 1.2 million miles and 211 metric tonnes of CO2. With electric vehicles – and more people sharing their journey and leaving their own cars at home – there’s even more we can do.”

Nissan recently introduced a new 30 kWh battery for the Leaf that delivers 26% more range versus the previous-generation model: up to 155 miles of driving on a single charge. The average London commute is 7.9 miles, which means a 30 kWh Leaf could tackle a number of journeys before it would need to be recharged.

Gareth Dunsmore, head of electric vehicles at Nissan Europe, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with Uber on what is a very exciting project that could ultimately lead to major improvements in air quality in London and across the UK.

“With the impact of poor air quality remaining a cause for concern, the trial could prove to be a pivotal moment for tackling the challenges in London.”

This isn’t the first time a cab firm has taken a drive down electric avenue. Earlier this year, Nissan supplied a fleet of 110 Nissan Leafs to La Ciudad del Taxi, a Madrid-based taxi company. At the time, Nissan claimed it was “the world’s largest 100% electric taxi fleet deal”, going on to say it has sold almost 800 EVs to taxi operators across Europe.

Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 previewSalon Privé is billed as ‘the UK’s most exclusive automotive garden party, as well as one of the most glamorous social occasions on the calendar’. Set in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, this is a distinctly well-dressed car show. So grab a glass of champers and wipe the lobster thermidor from your chin as we take you through what you can expect.

‘See it, test it, drive it’Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

The big news for 2016 is the introduction of an all-new ‘see it, test it, drive it’ programme. It allows guests to get behind the wheel of some of the world’s most luxurious and prestigious cars, including Abarth, Bentley, BMW, Lamborghini, Lexus, Morgan, Overfinch and Tesla.

Test drives and passenger ridesSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Alongside the Lamborghini Huracan, Tesla Model S, BMW i8 and Abarth 124 Spider will be the new Bentley Bentayga. In standard ‘if your name’s not down…’ style, test drives are open to those who have bought a hospitality ticket, something that will cost in the region of £300. Bentley will be hoping to add ‘buy it’ to ‘see it, test it, drive it’.

Best concours show field ever?Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Of course, the main focus of Salon Privé is the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance, with the event organisers claiming it could be ‘its best concours show field ever’. A standout entry is a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico. This car was shown on the Pininfarina stand at the 1962 Turin Auto Show.

Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe AerodinamicoSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Later in 1962 it was sold to American racing driver Erwin Goldschmidt, who added a leather bolster between the front seats for his children, along with a grab handle for his wife. Other Ferraris on show at Salon Privé include a 250 Europa Short Chassis Prototype, 250 GT Series II Pininfarina Cabriolet, 275 GTB/4 and a 365 GTB/4.

Maserati A6 GCS BerlinettaSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

This 1954 Maserati A6 GCS Berlinetta is the third of just four cars built and the only one remaining in authentic, original condition. This very car was exhibited at the 1954 Paris Motor Show and competed in the Mille Miglia in 1955. To add to its provenance, it was awarded Best of Show at the 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza, Villa D’Este.

BMW 507Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Elvis Presley famously owned a BMW 507 while on military service in Germany and that very car – fresh from restoration – was on display at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Meanwhile, at Salon Privé, BMW UK will be displaying a 507 of its own, which was also treated to a full restoration.

Concours d’EleganceSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

The Concours d’Elegance is split into a number of classes, including ‘European Grand Tourers’, ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘80s Dream Machines’ and ‘The Great V12 Ferraris’. Eighteen of the world’s foremost automotive professionals will be judging the entries, headed by chief judge and five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell.

50 Years of the Lamborghini MiuraSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Salon Privé will also celebrate 50 years of the Lamborghini Miura with a special class in the Concours d’Elegance. On display will be the original Miura SV shown at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, along with two other Miuras. The event organisers will be advising drivers to avoid tunnels, whilst giving bulldozers a wide berth.

Lamborghini Centenario CoupeSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

The Lamborghini Centenario Coupe will make its UK public debut at Salon Privé. Built to mark what would have been Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday, only 20 examples will be built, along with 20 roadster versions. The Centenario features the most powerful V12 engine in the firm’s history and can sprint to 62mph in just 2.8 seconds.

Bristol BulletSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Another car making its UK public debut is the new Bristol Bullet. The V8-engined roadster marks 70 years since the birth of Bristol Cars in 1947 and only 70 will be made. The 375hp Bullet weighs just 1,250kg and has a top speed of 155mph. Expect to part with around £250,000 if you fancy getting your hands on a Bristol.

Morgan 1909 Edition EV3Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

The Morgan 1909 Edition EV3 will make its global debut at Salon Prive. Just 19 of these bespoke electric three-wheelers will be available, each one fitted with a bespoke driving kit from Alexander McQueen, Dents and Belstaff. Launched in conjunction with Selfridges, the name signifies the birth years of both brands.

Pirelli Prestige and Performance CompetitionSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

The Pirelli Prestige and Performance Competition features 80 different models from 25 automotive brands. Acting as a centrepiece to the Supercar Show on Saturday 3rd September, the event is a modern-day twist on a Concours d’Elegance, with a range of different classes. These include ‘The Best of Group B Rallying’, ‘To the Track and Back’ and ‘How Fast is Fast Enough?’.

Tribute to the Lamborghini DiabloSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Ten of Sant’Agata’s finest vehicles will line up in the Tribute to the Lamborghini Diablo, including a 6.0 VT Final Edition, limited edition SE30 and the chassis number 001 SVR.

The Best of Group B RallyingSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Lining up in ‘The Best of Group B Rallying’ class will be two Lancia 037s, two Ferrari 308 GTBs, an Audi Sport Quattro and an MG Metro 6R4. Meanwhile, in the ‘Rival Supercars from the 80 and 90s’ class, you can expect to find the likes of the McLaren F1, Jaguar XJ220, Lamborghini Countach and Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Combined ticket availableSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Judges include Quentin Willson, automotive designer Matthew Humphries, journalist Steve Cropley and Pirelli’s Matteo Barbieri. Visitors wishing to take in the Pirelli Prestige and Performance Competition and the full range of supercars, hypercars and classic cars within Salon Privé can buy a special combined ticket for £114. This allows guests access to Salon Prive from 14.30 onwards.

Koenigsegg Agera RSSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

A rather special Koenigsegg Agera RS will make an appearance at Salon Prive. Not only is it the first European car, it also features a host of modifications, including a carbonfibre tub chassis painted in the same finish as the exterior. You’ll also find blue Alcantara and gold highlights in the cabin. Alongside the Agera RS (pictured here at the Geneva Motor Show), you can expect to see the last ever Agera R and a One:1.

Citroen D Super 5Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

Not to be confused with a Citroen DS, the D Super was actually a rebadged version of the lower-spec ID and was introduced in 1970. This 1973 Super 5 is one of the star lots at the Silverstone Auctions Salon Privé Sale and is expected to fetch between £75,000 and £90,000.

Other highlightsSalon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

If that’s not enough, Tesla will showcase its Model X in P100D guise, while JLR will be exhibiting SVR versions of the Range Rover Sport and Jaguar F-Type. But in truth, the main attraction is the Concours d’Elegance, where you’ll find anything from a Ferrari F40 to a BSA Gold Star, or a Bentley Streamliner to a Porsche 911 2.7 RS Touring.

Tickets still available…Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2016 preview

At the time of writing, tickets are still available online. Thursday is the Concours d’Elegance judging day, Friday is Ladies’ Day, while Saturday is Supercar Show Day. Guests are advised to ‘dress smartly’, with ladies asked to wear a hat, headpiece or fascinator ‘if you want to be considered for a prize’ on Ladies’ Day. Remember, the event kicks off on 1st September 2016.

McLaren owner awarded damages for ‘deprived enjoyment’ after tractor crash

McLaren owner awarded damages for ‘deprived enjoyment’ after tractor crash

McLaren owner awarded damages for ‘deprived enjoyment’ after tractor crash

A McLaren driver who was involved in a collision with a tractor just weeks into ownership has successfully claimed compensation for the enjoyment he was deprived of while his supercar was being fixed.

Charles Gow demanded a like-for-like replacement from the tractor driver’s insurers, NFU Mutual, after he was deemed not to be at fault for the crash involving his McLaren MP4-12C.

Although Gow said he was willing to accept a Ferrari, no courtesy car was forthcoming from the insurance company for the weeks his McLaren was off the road.

Despite owning two Aston Martins, a Range Rover and a BMW 5 Series, Gow eventually hired a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG to drive instead of the McLaren.

Gow’s barrister, Guy Vickers of Exchange Chambers, accepted that insurance companies generally only need to provide a replacement car if they can establish a need for a replacement.

However, he said: “In most cases this is a straightforward matter of simply pointing to the fact that the damaged car was the only car the claimant had the use of before the accident… but in [this case] the defendant argued that, because of his other vehicles, Mr Gow could not establish need.”

NFU Mutual refused to pay for the hire of the Mercedes, pointing out that damage to the McLaren was minimal and Gow had use of a number of other cars.

But Gow argued that he should be entitled for a like-for-like car, and his own Aston Martins were older and not as special as the McLaren.

Vickers added: “Mr Gow successfully argued that, in this context, need was to be assessed not in some objective utilitarian sense, but by considering what type of vehicle the claimant had the use of before the accident and whether any of the other cars he already owned could replace that use.

“So although he had other cars, some of them objectively highly desirable, none of them was a supercar like his McLaren and the defendant, having to take his victim as he found him, was obliged to recompense him the cost of hiring an equivalent to his own.”

The judge agreed, concluding that the £190,000 McLaren was a ‘particularly special’ car – and nothing in Gow’s car collection made up for the enjoyment he was deprived of while it was off the road.

As such, he ordered NFU to compensate the McLaren owner for the Mercedes SLS AMG hire car – and even reimburse him for general damages caused by having to use his older Aston Martin for the two months before hiring a car.

The classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

The classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

The classic cars you should have bought 21 years agoHindsight is a wonderful thing. A little like Cher but without the makeup, we wish we could turn back time to snap up and store away the future classics of yesterday. This thought was triggered by the discovery of a newspaper cutting from August 1995, which listed the values of old cars then and a prediction for the turn of the millennium. It makes for strangely compelling reading.

Raising expectationsThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

The feature, which appeared in the Daily Mail, was based on data from Birmingham’s Aston University and looked at how depreciation, design and charisma could combine to “lift future value above expectations”. You’ll be amazed at how little some cars were worth in 1995 and how much they could be worth today. We’ve used the Hagerty classic car valuation tool for today’s valuations, with values based on excellent examples.

1982 Alfa Romeo Alfasud SprintThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £2,213. 2000 forecast: £4,052. 2016 value: £8,800

Take the Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint. Back in 1995, you’d have paid around £2,213 for a good, clean 1982 example, but Dr. Robert Tinsley of Aston University predicted an increase of around £1,800 by the year 2000.

1981 Alfa Romeo AlfettaThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £1,110. 2000 forecast: £1,247. 2016 value: £5,900

The forecast for the Alfa Romeo Alfetta 2000 may have been a touch pessimistic. You could buy a 14-year-old Alfetta for little more than a ‘bag of sand’ in 1995, but today you’d need to part with around £6,000.

1981 Aston Martin LagondaThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £17,609. 2000 forecast: £35,528. 2016 value: £41,200

You don’t need the appliance of science to predict an increase in the value of an Aston Martin, but oh – for the chance to buy a wedge-tastic Lagonda for £17k! In 1995, you could have snapped up a Lagonda for the price of an entry-level Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but today, you’d need to fork out £40,000.

1983 Aston Martin V8The classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £27,855. 2000 forecast: £41,522. 2016 value: £80,600

It’s a similar story for the Aston Martin V8. In 1995 you could choose to spend circa £28,000 on a brand new TVR Chimaera or a 12-year-old AM V8. Fast forward 21 years and if you opted for the latter, you could be sat on an £80,000 fortune. As for a 1995 TVR, around £12,000 would be closer to the mark.

1981 Audi QuattroThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £5,960. 2000 forecast: £10,468. 2016 value: £18,600

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past year, you’ll know that 1980s cars – and in particular, performance models – are hot property right now. We think Aston University got its forecast spot-on, because an Audi Quattro worth £5,960 in 1995 would be worth around £18,600 in 2016. Note, this figure is based on an early left-hand-drive model. You’ll pay considerably more for a late 20-valve car.

1981 BMW 635 CSIThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £7,236. 2000 forecast: £14,636. 2016 value: £8,300

Dr. Tinsley, who originally prepared the data for Maxim magazine, had high hopes for the BMW 635 CSI, predicting it would be worth twice as much by the year 2000. The fact that it’s priced around £8,300 in 2016 suggests that, while the car has risen in value, it’s not the gold mine predicted.

1979 Citroen CX PallasThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £1,500. 2000 forecast: £1,662. 2016 value: £4,500 (estimated)

In truth, you might be able to buy a Citroen CX Pallas for £1,500 in 2016, but it’ll need a considerable amount of work to bring it up to concours standard. The article was predicting a tiny increase in value, perhaps noting the fact that big French cars are a hard-sell in the UK. With DS and SM values heading north, the CX could be the next big thing.

1981 De Tomaso DeauvilleThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £5,476. 2000 forecast: £8,462. 2016 value: £24,300

In 2016, your biggest challenge might be finding a De Tomaso Deauville, rather than the £24,300 you’ll need to secure a mint example. To think you could buy one for less than the price of a Fiat Panda in 1995.

1982 Ferrari 400iThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £20,109. 2000 forecast: £34,535. 2016 value: £41,500

The 400i isn’t the most desirable car Ferrari has ever built, which might help to explain why the price you’ll pay today is just £7,000 more than the forecast for the year 2000. Should have bought that De Tomaso.

1984 Ferrari Mondial QVThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £19,495. 2000 forecast: £42,136. 2016 value: £29,300

No, sorry Dr. Tinsley, you got this one wrong. Even in an age when the values of 70s and 80s classics are going through the roof, a Ferrari Mondial QV is still worth less than £30,000. You’d have been better off buying a mint Peugeot 205 GTi and dragging that out of storage.

1987 Ferrari TestarossaThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £43,818. 2000 forecast: £45,977.  2016 value: £133,800

We suspect the boffins at Aston University never watched an episode of Miami Vice or had a poster of a Testarossa on their bedroom wall. The days of an affordable Ferrari Testarossa are long gone. To provide some context, the 1995 value is roughly half the price you’d have paid for a brand new Ferrari F355 Berlinetta with a couple of options.

1983 Fiat X1/9The classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £4,104. 2000 forecast: £8,406. 2016 value: £6,300

It’s fair to say the X1/9 hasn’t appreciated at quite the same rate as a Ferrari, but if you’re after a pocket-size Ferrari on the cheap, the little Fiat is a good start. Amazing to think that production of the Marcello Gandini-designed sports car began in 1972 and very nearly made it into the 90s.

1977 Ford Capri 1600 GLThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £1,155. 2000 forecast: £1,309. 2016 value: £6,000 (estimate)

In 1995, it was a real struggle to sell a four-cylinder Capri, with even the six-cylinder versions unlikely to attract much attention beyond enthusiast circles. This explains the modest forecast for the 1600 GL. You’ll pay a fair amount more for a Mk2 today, although Hagerty’s £30,000 valuation for a 280 Brooklands makes for grim reading for anyone who sold one before they became hot property.

1981 Ford Escort XR3iThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £1,534. 2000 forecast: £2,112. 2016 value: £5,000 (estimate)

The Ford Escort XR3i isn’t listed on the Hagerty valuation tool, but £5,000 is a rough estimate for a good example. Like the Capri, the XR3i wasn’t blessed with the best image in the mid 90s, which explains the low cost and pessimistic forecast. Storing one away in 1995 won’t have generated a fortune, but now could be the time to think about selling.

1987 Lamborghini CountachThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £66,036. 2000 forecast: £120,000. 2016 value: £255,000

In 1995, a Lamborghini Diablo would have set you back around £144,000 – a price that could get you not one but two Countach LP500S QVs. Right now, that Countach is probably worth a cool quarter of a million.

1984 Lamborghini JalpaThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £25,001. 2000 forecast: £69,967. 2016 value: £69,400

The Jalpa isn’t as iconic as the Countach, and values reflect this, but it’s rather uncanny that Aston University’s forecast for 2000 is almost exactly the same as today’s Hagerty valuation. The Jalpa was the Countach’s more affordable sibling and only 410 were built.

1981 Lotus EclatThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £6,715. 2000 forecast: £10,748. 2016 value: £6,500

Well would you look at that: today’s valuation for the Lotus Eclat is actually less than the price you’d have paid in 1995, proving that not all future classics are a sound investment.

1984 Lotus EspritThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £10,643. 2000 forecast: £20,300. 2016 value: £20,000

There’s slightly better news for Lotus Esprit owners, although the ‘double your money’ forecast was well wide of the mark. In fact, the 2016 valuation is less than the 2000 forecast.

1982 Maserati KhamsinThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £16,255. 2000 forecast: £29,226. 2016 value: £98,200

Another Marcello Gandini masterpiece and another Italian gem that has rocketed in value. The 4.9-litre V8 Maserati Khamsin was launched at the 1973 Paris Motor Show, with 435 units built before production ceased in 1982. In 1995 it could have been yours for little more than the price of a Fiat Tipo 16v. Today, it’s nudging £100,000.

1981 Porsche 911 TurboThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £20,536. 2000 forecast: £33,062. 2016 value: £45,400

Looking back, the £20,536 being asked for a 1981 Porsche 911 Turbo in 1995 was an absolute steal, not least because a new one would have cost in excess of £91,000. That same car today is worth more than double. Dare we suggest that price is likely to continue heading north?

1982 Porsche 924 TurboThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £7,214. 2000 forecast: £12,092. 2016 value: £10,500

Finally, Porsche 924 prices are on the up, but not at the brisk rate predicted in 1995. An excellent 924 Turbo will set you back around £10,000, which is £2,000 more than the 2000 forecast. Of course, the one you really want is the 924 Carrera GT – a snip at around £47,000 – £60,500.

1975 Range RoverThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £2,891. 2000 forecast: £3,836. 2016 value: £34,800

Not even the brains at Aston University would have predicted the demand for the Range Rover Classic. Back in 1995, the Classic was being sold alongside its replacement – the P38A, but early models weren’t exactly in demand. Little surprise then that the 2000 forecast was so low. Oh to be able to find a 1975 Classic for £2,891…

1975 Triumph Dolomite SprintThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1975 value: £2,837. 2000 forecast: £5,388. 2016 value: £6,000

Based on these figures, the Triumph Dolomite Sprint hasn’t exactly rocked the classic car world. But it’s rather refreshing to find such a credible and desirable classic available for such a relatively low price. Will the same be true in another 21 years?

1984 TVR 350iThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £9,906. 2000 forecast: £19,009. 2016 value: £8,000 (estimate)

The TVR 350i was essentially a Tasmin powered by a 3.5-litre Rover V8 engine, although it doesn’t appear to be as desirable as Aston University predicted. Indeed, though a £19,009 valuation was forecast for 2000, you can now pick up a 350i for less than the 1995 value.

1979 Volkswagen Golf GTIThe classic cars you should have bought 21 years ago

1995 value: £2,500. 2000 forecast: £4,165. 2016 value: £13,300

In 1995, the memory of the Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTi was still fresh in the mind, not least because the then-current Golf GTI was a more lacklustre affair. If you bought a Golf GTI on the strength of the Daily Mail article, we applaud you, especially if you still own the same car.

Listen to Katie Hopkins fall for M25 closure prank

Listen to Katie Hopkins fall for M25 closure prank

Listen to Katie Hopkins fall for M25 closure prank

No, the M25 isn’t going to close for a week – despite Katie Hopkins reporting on her LBC radio show that London’s orbital motorway would be closed for the ‘ultimate fitness event’.

Following an on-air discussion about this weekend’s RideLondon cycle event, the controversial presenter told listeners: “The M25 motorway is due to close for one whole week in August as the Department of Health and sports officials are organising a fitness event which is being billed as the ultimate endurance race.

“So that’s to close the M25 motorway for one whole week in August and that will take place the 1st to the 8th of August 2016.

“Teams of four people are invited to walk, jog or run to complete the 117 miles that make up the second longest orbital motorway in the world.”

Hopkins, who shot to fame after appearing on The Apprentice in 2007, had fallen for a spoof article published in April.

She added: “Well I’m up for that if only to go and mock people that are causing such chaos and havoc.

“I wonder if that’s going to go down very well, shutting the M25 motorway.”

The satirical article, published on, said: “The Orbital Committal, a race intended for only those crazy enough to have a go, is due to take place from 1-8 August 2016, and teams of four people are being invited to walk, jog or run the complete 117 miles that make up the second-longest orbital motorway in the world.

“Although it is hoped that most teams will be able to complete the course within seven days, those who go beyond this time will be allowed to continue on the hard shoulder.”