Nuts & bolts

  • Faux amis

    03 Jun 2011

    Latest additions to Gabriel de Meurville's stable of exciting figures are Barry Sheene and Jenson Button. They cost £160 each (plus £10 for delivery within UK). See www.excitingfigures.co.uk

  • Patrick cars for sale

    03 Jun 2011

    Bonhams is offering two cars from the Patrick Collection at its annual sale of Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia at Goodwood Festival of Speed on 1 July 2011. With one owner from new and minimal mileage on the odometers, the 1986 Lancia Delta S4 ‘Stradale’ and the 1990 Alfa Romeo SZ Coupé have attracted pre-sale estimates of £80-100k and £20-25k respectively. See www.bonhams.com/cars

  • Fiat facts

    03 Jun 2011

    A new French-language 200-page book on the Fiat 124 family has been launched. With preface by designer Tom Tjaarda and written by Julien Lombard, it is priced at €48. See here for details.

  • Enigmatic show

    03 Jun 2011

    On Sunday 7 August, Bletchley Park, home to the codebreakers of WW2, will again be holding aClassic Car and Motorbike Picnic in the grounds of the 19th Century Mansions.A discount on entry will be offered to owners of classic vehicles: entry will be £5 per car and £3 per motorbike, regardless of how many people are in each vehicle. Click here for details.

  • Top Brits... again

    03 Jun 2011

    No sooner has C&SC completed its complex, hanging-chad-fest poll of the top five Brit sports cars, than the Silverstone Classic is doing exactly the same thing but different. The Northamptonshire festival (22-24 July) has made it a bit easier by whittling the contenders down to a shortlist: AC Cobra, Aston Martin DB5, Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite, Austin-Healey 3000, Jaguar XK120/150, Jaguar E-type, Lotus 7, Lotus Elan Sprintl, MGA, MGB, Morgan Plus 8, Triumph TR3A, Triumph TR6, Triumph Spitfire, TVR Griffith.

  • Mascot show

    03 Jun 2011

    An exhibition of Lalique car mascots / Bouchons de Radiateur will be staged by Penman Antiques Fairs  at the Old Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea, London from  21 to 25 September. See here for details.

  • 24 Hours from the 'Ring

    01 Jun 2011

    Nordschleife. the company pumping out accessories celebrating the legendary race track has launched a 1927 Signature Line 24-Hour watch. Details of the €109 timepiece here.

  • Baby booming

    01 Jun 2011

    Cotswold 500, the Moreton-in-Marsh based hire company which rents out classic Fiat 500s including one formerly owned by PM David Cameron, has won an award of excellence from TripAdvisor after only a year of trading.

  • Polishing kits

    13 May 2011

    Gunson has recently introduced two buffing and polishing kits: an 18 piece-kit (part no: 77097, pictured) is designed for use with an electric drill (shank size 1/4") and costs around £34.22. A 14-piece Buffing Mop Kit (part no: 77098) is also designed for an electric drill and costs around £50.96. details here.

  • Guide's name change

    13 May 2011

    Dave Kinney's Cars That Matter – steadily growing since 2006 – is now known as the Hagerty Price Guide and hs had a comprehensive revamp. See details here.