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A tale of two old Bentleys

TWO Bentleys, parked side by side at a recent classic car auction, could almost have been before and after photos of a major restoration job. One was a gorgeous scarlet convertible, listed as a 1949 Bentley Mark VI Sports Special, and it drew many admiring looks as it waited for the auctioneer’s hammer at the … Continue reading

Simply American at Beaulieu

A GATHERING of stunning American vehicles glinted in the sunshine at the inaugural Simply American event at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Owners drove through the beautiful New Forest to Beaulieu and displayed their American vehicles in the grounds of the museum, enjoying the all-American atmosphere, the warm weather and all the delights of the … Continue reading

Rare car collection could make £8m

A RARE car collection once owned by Britain’s most famous watchmaker is expected to sell at auction for £8 million. The fleet of seven classics was put together by horologist George Daniels and is due to go under the hammer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this Friday. Probably the most prestigious lot is an … Continue reading

Great results from DVCA summer sale

DORSET Vintage and Classic Auctions’ summer sale of historic cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and memorabilia was a resounding success, with 75% of all vehicles sold. The DVCA team welcomed hundreds of motoring enthusiasts who braved the inclement British weather to attend the sale at the Gartell Light Railway in Yenston, near Templecombe, Somerset. The auction … Continue reading

Aston Martin in town

PARKED in Blandford market place on Sunday morning was this beautiful old powder-blue Aston Martin – a DB2, probably.

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Golden oldies to go under the hammer

THERE is a good selection of vintage and later classic cars and motorcycles due to go under the hammer when Sherborne-based auctioneers hold their next specialist auction of classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday July 15. Among them are a fully restored Volvo 1800 ES (estimate £10,000-£12,000); two Bentley Turbo Rs (from £6,500); a Triumph … Continue reading

Petrol attendants make a comeback

FORECOURT attendants are to be reintroduced at British petrol stations this summer in a welcome excursion ‘back to the future’. Decades after being phased out and replaced with automatic self-service pumps, an army of attendants is being recruited by fuel giants Shell. The company will initially employ people at 300 of its sites this summer … Continue reading

DVCA classic car auction, June 2012

SOME of the vehicles that went under the hammer at the Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions spring sale, held at Yenston, near Templecombe, on June 14, 2012.

Red support for Alfa gathering

RED Motori, the Italian car specialist garage based at Spetisbury, near Blandford, are to sponsor this year’s Concours gathering by the Wessex branch of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club. Dubbed the ‘Show and Shine’ event, the Concours will be held at the Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton, near Blandford, on Wednesday 4th July, starting at 7.30pm. … Continue reading