Each year, Classic & Sports Car gives away a free classic calendar to its readers with the January issue. This annual event not only showcases the very best of the beautiful photographs that have appeared in the magazine over the previous 12 months, but also includes details of the hundreds of great upcoming classic events so that you can plan your motoring year. Here are the pictures that featured in the 2014 calendar.
This wild white machine that was driven around Bologna by deputy editor James Page is no ‘ordinary’ Lamborghini Countach – if a 375bhp bewinged supercar can ever be ordinary – but the LP400S that was first owned by founder Ferruccio Lamborghini and used as his personal car. Photographed by Malcolm Griffiths.
There is a rather large giveaway that this Porsche 911 is something a bit special: the huge ‘roo bars’ that wrap the front end of the ex-East African Safari Rally S/R were fitted ahead of the car’s entry on the gruelling 1968 London-Sydney Marathon. Art editor Martin Port got to grips with it before it was returned to ’67 Spa 24 Hours spec. Photographed by David Shepherd.
Senior contributor Julian Balme is a lifelong fan of two-time F1 World Champion Jim Clark, so the change to get behind the wheel of the Jaguar D-type in which the Scot began to make his name was a chance of a lifetime. The fact that he got to enjoy it on Borders roads for a pilgrimage to meet Clark’s mentor Ian Scott Watson made it a dream come true for Balme. Photographed by Tony Baker.
Any enthusiast, even those suffering from ‘McQueen fatigue’, can’t help but love the epic chase in Bullitt between our hero’s Ford Mustang 390GT and the bad guys’ sinister black Dodge Charger. Editor in chief Mick Walsh reunited perfect replicas of both for a tyre-smoking re-enactment. Photographed by Tony Baker.
What better car to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini in 2013 than the sublime Miura? Frustrated by the ongoing controversy over who really designed this Bertone masterpiece, contributor Gautam Sen decided to find out the truth – while lucky James Page got behind the wheel. Photographed by James Lipman.
C&SC marked the centenary of Aston Martin in some style, with a 36-page pull-out supplement paying tribute to one of the world’s best-loved and most desired brands. Our April 2013 cover shot featured three of the marque’s post-war greatest hits: the stunning DB5, a V8 Vantage Volante in rare ‘Prince of Wales’ trim, and the brutal Vanquish. Photographed by Tony Baker.
Once overlooked in favour of its more celebrated F40, F50 and Enzo successors, the 288 Gran Turismo Omologato was the car that kick-started the modern ‘hypercar’ trend and the classic market has finally woken up to the twin-turbo V8 titan, which is now a £1m car. Magazine editor Alastair Clements braved the 400bhp ‘middie’ for a memorable blast. Photographed by James Mann.
Is this the most controversial restoration of all time? ‘NOJ 393’ has one of the most impressive competition records of all of the Austin-Healey 100S racers, yet it will be forever remembered for its unfortunate part in the 1955 Le Mans disaster. Group editor James Elliott is leading the campaign for its rehabilitation. Photographed by Malcolm Griffiths.
Finding a bone fide classic among the cars of the past decade isn’t always easy but, says contributor Steve Sutcliffe, the Noble M12 and Lotus Exige are copper-bottomed examples. These masterpieces of British ingenuity achieve their outrageous performance through a combination of humble proprietary parts and careful consideration of weight. And on the road they feel like Group C racers in miniature. Photographed by Julian Mackie.
Fast but fragile, the outrageous Lancia LC2 was the most visually arresting entrant into Group C sports cars. Contributor Richard Heseltine is a huge fan of the Turin firm’s twin-turbo V8 campaigner, which made its debut at Monza in 1983 and is sadly remembered as much for its poor reliability as its successes on the track. Photographed by James Mann.
Recent auction results have only added to the mystique surrounding the legendary V12 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa but, argues Mick Walsh, its little brother 196S, powered by a jewel-like V6 with surprising punch, could be even better to drive. That chassis 0776 was also campaigned by the Rodríguez brothers only adds to its appeal. Photographed by James Mann.
The revival of the famous Grossglockner hillclimb gave Mick Walsh an enticing challenge, to find the perfect pre-war car in which to take part in the Alpine retrospective. And what better to tackle the breathtaking Austrian mountainside course than the mighty supercharged Mercedes SSK, following in the wheeltracks of the brilliant Rudi Caracciola? Photographed by Harry Steninger.