Accountancy firm and TIGOSE Preferred Partner Khan Thornton has an accountancy service specifically targeted for the motor trade. ‘Car Dealer Accountancy’ relies on Khan Thornton’s wealth of motor trade knowledge and 20-year experience, with accounting packages designed specifically for the motor trade. For more details, visit their website: http://www.khan-thornton.co.uk/specialist/car-dealers.html
Insurance broker and TIGOSE Preferred Partner Aston Scott has a range of trading brands, each focused on a specific sector of the market.
However, across all activities and areas of expertise, Aston Scott’s common denominator is personal, dedicated, one-to-one service. The insurance broker prides itself in knowing its clients and creating a rapport based on trust and care, not simply on business sense.
See more: www.astonscott.com and/or get in touch with TIGOSE for more information about what Aston Scott can do for TIGOSE Members.
Leading supplier of professional tools, equipment and web based learning, Automotive Toolzone, has teamed up with TIGOSE to offer Members a bespoke offer of an additional 10% discount on their already competitive prices.
Automotive Toolzone offer a range of tooling and equipment, from tooling for the new Apprentice on a limited budget to professional tools used by race technicians and the aircraft industry.
They offer Argo web-based learning which can be used by Apprentices and Technicians to upgrade their motor vehicle technology knowledge. As it is available in small units it is equally of use to provide not technical staff with basic motor vehicle knowledge to help them communicate with the knowledge customer.
Visit www.automotive-toolzone.co.uk for more information; or click on the TIGOSE logo on their home page and do not forget to use the promotional code “TIGOSE14” when completing an order.
Historic Racing Technology, the brand new magazine published by Race Tech, carries extensive features about TIGOSE in its first issue.
A story about the new Apprenticeship Scheme (which will please many of TIGOSE Members who have expressed a serious interest in getting an apprentice, and those for whom the process of getting one is well under way); the ‘Return of the Knobbly’ feature mentions TIGOSE Member Crosthwaite and Gardiner, including an intriguing quote by Lister Cars’ MD Whittaker about a Maserati engine sitting on one of C&G’s shelves; and a very comprehensive (seven-page long!) story on Tony Southgate, TIGOSE’s President.
It is a new world auction record (note that Bonhams is very careful to stress it is an “auction” record, not just a sale record): the Ferrari 250 GTO for sale at Quail Lodge, Carmel, almost made its higher estimate, and sold for $38,115,000 (£22,843,633). That, however, includes the Buyer’s Premium of 10% to Bonhams.
Forget the 1954 ex-Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196 R F1, also sold by Bonhams for $30m last year: this is the latest record.
Yet, cyberspace is awash with comments about what a ‘good buy’ the car was. There are always rumours about rare cars passing hands for $50m, but a private transaction of that value is unlikely to promote publicity from either party; this sale cannot be compared, and its absolute significance never proven. Of course finder’s fees could be equal to what Bonhams has charged.
Whilst Ferrari Berlinetta GTOs are indeed very rare, provenance and history add to the mystique. It looks like this one, 19th in production line, had a little less of both.
Other cars from the Maranello Rosso Collection (10 Ferraris) sold for a combined total of £39,522,440.
Complete details can be found at Bonhams.com/Quail.
A summary of the news from Pebble Beach/Monterey, August 2014.
Gooding did not manage to sell the Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Tre Posti ex-Chinetti (the maximum offer was for $22.5m, and was not accepted). Neither did it sell the 1962 250 GT SWB ($10m) or the 1995 McLaren F1 (Bianco Marlboro, $10.75m). Basically, out of four cars over $10m, Gooding only managed to sell one (the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, for $15,180,000).
There is a new world-record for the E-Type S1 3.8 Roadster flat-floor, with outside bonnet lock, hardtop, tool kit and welded louvres. The price: $528,000 (£316k).
Other records also for the Lamborghini Countach Periscopio ($1,870,000/£1,119,000), a 400GT Coupé ($869,000/£520,000) and a Miura SV ($2,090,000/£1,250,000).
Coming down the price list, the following records are also notable: Aston Martin DB5 ($1,650.000/£988,000), Ferrari Daytona ($ 962,500/£ 576,000), Dino 206 GT ($ 748,000/£ 448,000), Mercedes 190SL Roadster ($ 341,000/£ 204,000).
Special mention for RM Auctions: Steve McQueen’s 1967 275 GTB/4 was sold for $ 10,175,000 (£ 6,092,000) and a 275 GTB/C Speciale for $ 26,400,000 (£ 15,808,000).
TIGOSE Vice-President Peter Stevens features as CAR magazine’s cover story in its September issue.
Professor Peter Stevens has been posting his opinions over the past, present and future of car design on Facebook (and The International Guild of Specialist Engineers’ FB page) here: PeterStevens
Designer Peter Stevens’s website is www.peterstevensdesign.co.uk.
TIGOSE Member Techniques were at Laguna Seca the weekend before Pebble Beach and also at the main race event the following weekend (again, at Laguna Seca).
One of Techniques’ customers had his Morgan flown out to race there and the team was there to support the car. The Morgan in question has been a successful car in competition since it was built back in 1959 and has continuous racing history.
Techniques support racing Morgans throughout Europe and the UK, however Laguna Seca is certainly the farthest that they have been and are pleased to report that the car performed faultlessly to finish 5th, 4th, 3rd and – for the final race – 2nd.
It entered four races, for sports and GT cars built between 1959 and 1962, out of a strong field of 50 cars that included Ferrari 250 SWB, Maserati 3500GT, Alfa Romeo SZ, lots of Porsche 356s and many other interesting marques. To cap two terrific race weekends, Techniques’ customer was awarded the Bonhams Cup for Spirit of the event.
Techniques was founded in 1988 by Brian Gateson, specialising in Morgan Servicing and Repairs and soon established itself in a well equipped garage in Radlett. Excellent workmanship and the friendly and honest treatment of their customers result in a very loyal customer base.
Now based in Stotfold on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, Techniques attract not only local customers, but also Morgan owners from as far afield as Cornwall, Cumbria, Europe and even the USA.
Techniques is an appointed Morgan Service Dealer and Morgan Motorsport Dealer; services include buying a new or used Morgan, servicing and repairs, upgrades, supplying parts and support if the customer wishes to enter into Morgan Motorsport.
JD Classics celebrated its best ever showing at Pebble Beach Concours of Elegance and The Quail returning to the UK with three Best in Class trophies and a Special Award.
– Best in Class with the 1951 Geneva Show Prototype Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe in the Post-War Touring category
– JD Classics-restored Jaguar XK120 Jabbeke land speed record car won Best in Class in the Post-War Sports Racing category
– At The Quail, JD Classics won Best in Class in the Post-War Sports category with the Jaguar XKSS, newly restored by JD Classics
– Jaguar legend and chief test and development driver in period Norman Dewis received the awards for the Jabbeke car and the XKSS on behalf of JD Classics
– JD Classics also had a magnificent Alloy Body Ferrari 275 on the lawn at Pebble, post a full nut-and-bolt JD Classics Restoration
At the Pebble Beach Concours of Elegance, on Sunday 17th August, JD Classics was awarded Best in Class in the Post-War Touring category for the 1951 Geneva Motor show Prototype Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe. This very significant Jaguar, which is the first left hand drive FHC and was the original Jaguar press car, has been the subject of the most comprehensive restoration imaginable by JD Classics and was finished less than a week before the start of the event.
The second Best in Class trophy for JD was awarded to the Jaguar XK120 Jabbeke speed record car in the Post-War Sports Racing Category. This unique XK120 featuring the “bubble” canopy also picked up the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy special award, which is presented to the most significant car at the event of British origin, prevailing over some extraordinary Aston Marin, Bentley, Jaguar and Rolls Royce cars.
Jaguar legend Norman Dewis and the man who set the World Speed Record for a production car at 172.412 mph in 1953, in this very car, was at the wheel to receive the trophy on the Concours Stage, to warm applause from the massed crowds on the lawns.
The week started well at the prestigious Quail event where JD Classics won Best In Class in the Post-War Sports Category with the Jaguar XKSS. One of only 16 produced and being effectively a road going D-type making it arguably the world’s first supercar, the XKSS had been newly restored by JD Classics and returned to its original factory colours of Mist Grey with red leather.
JD Classics was also represented by the 1937 SS100 owned by Jeff Lotman. This famous Pruett Brooklands racing car has been the subject of a complete body off restoration by JD Classics. Also on the Pebble Beach lawn was JD Classics’ own Ferrari 275 GTB/4 alloy, which had been prepared at Maldon to full concours standards.
JD Classics is one of the world’s leading classic car companies and is based in Essex, England. Formed in the late 1980s, JD Classics now uses a team of 60 specialists who restore, race and sell classic cars to clients worldwide. Although most famous for its work with Jaguar and Jaguar Heritage Racing, JD Classics is developing a growing reputation for expert restoration, preparation and sales of high quality Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini models. See the company’s profile: www.jdclassics.co.uk
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