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Motoring Classics Spring 2014

Thanks to the foresight and motivation of Mark Wilsmore, the infamous Ace Cafe was resurrected and turned into a mecca for all enthusiasts of two, three and four wheels. Through our cover story we recount a few snippets of its extraordinary history. If you’ve yet to visit, check out the website – there are events for all automotive tastes.

Motoring Classics Spring 2014
Motoring Classics Spring 2014

The first cafe to adorn the site was opened by entrepreneur Vic Edenborough in March 1938 as a truck stop.

Publication Information
Cover Price: Free
Page Count: 16 pages
Subject: Cars, Motorcycles, Motorsport, People
Format: Digital (pdf)
Frequency: Quarterly
Publisher: British Motor Heritage
The ACE Of All Clubs

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Motoring Classics Spring 2014

Thanks to the foresight and motivation of Mark Wilsmore, the infamous Ace Cafe was resurrected and turned into a mecca for all enthusiasts of two, three and four wheels. Through our cover story we recount a few snippets of its extraordinary history. If you’ve yet to visit, check out the website – there are events for all automotive tastes.

MG sports cars are a pillar of the classic scene and demand for specialist support is high. BMH dealer Steve McKie ably fills that role throughout Derbyshire and beyond – you can read about his eponymous company on the opposite page. The history of the Land Speed Record is as fascinating as any. Team Bloodhound’s aim to raise the bar to 1000mph is supported by a superb education programme that’s intended to inspire kids about science, technology, engineering and maths and, as you’ll read, is a project we can all get involved in.

Anybody who’s had their car’s interior trim renovated by an expert will know why it’s not a job for the weekend enthusiast, and our related feature explaining the somewhat magical process confirms the point. Singer is this edition’s Missing Moniker, and the decline and fall of what was once Britain’s third largest car manufacturer makes absorbing reading; as does the life of Leonard Lord, the motivator behind the merging of Austin and Morris to create BMC. Brooklands was effectively the birthplace of Britain’s motorsport and aviation industries. Hopefully our potted history will encourage you to visit the venue’s fascinating museum in 2014.

Talking of visiting – if you’re attending Race Retro, please do come and say hello –   you’ll find BMH in Hall 2.

Gordon Bruce, Editor

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Contents
Dealer Spotlight: Steve McKie Sportscars

An East Coast lad, Steve McKie was brought up in Bridlington but moved to Sheffield to study engineering, and it was while teaching the subject that he founded his eponymous company in 1977.

The Ace Of All Clubs

Truckers, rockers, hot rodders et al – the infamous Ace Cafe has hosted just about every type of road user in its time. Now, with related operations in China, Finland, Germany, Japan and the USA, this iconic brand apparently knows no bounds.

BMH Will Be On The Grid At Race Retro

The company’s MD John Yea reveals all.

Motoring Classics in Motorsport

Motoring Classics in Motorsport – British Motor Heritage MD John Yea looks ahead to the coming season.

From 0 – 1,000mph In 118 Years

There’s surely no more poignant example of man’s obsession with speed than the Land Speed Record (LSR). After years of British dominance in the ‘30s, the Americans made it their own. Then along came Richard Noble…

Missing Moniker: Singer

The rise and fall of Singer is akin to that of many other once great British marques – bicycle manufacture leading to that of motorcycles and motorcars, followed by financial woes, takeover and eventual demise. The legacy is, however, to be treasured and includes a number of landmark car models and a proud place in British motorsport history.

Classic Character: Leonard Percy Lord (1896-1967)

Leonard Lord (later Baron Lambury of Northfield) was born in Coventry, by then the heart of Britain’s embryo motor industry. Having received a technical education he briefly joined Courtaulds as a draughtsman before spending the majority of WWI working for Coventry Ordinance Works.

Don’t Try This At Home

Connollising is a process that was derived by Connolly Leather to rejuvenate tired or discoloured upholstery. The results can be magical, but we discover why it’s a job best left to the professionals.

You Can Bank On It!

Brooklands was the birthplace of Britain’s motorsport and aviation industries, and much more besides.

About British Motor Heritage
British Motor Heritage

British Motor Heritage Limited was established in 1975 to support owners and the marketplace by putting genuine components for classic British cars back into manufacture, using original tools wherever possible. Since 2001, when the company was acquired from BMW, it has been successfully run as an independently owned company.

British Motor Heritage is the largest organisation of its type in the world. With access to unparalleled knowledge, authentic production information and original drawings and patterns, the company manufactures previously unobtainable body parts for British classic cars.

It occupies a unique position since it assembles 32 derivatives of body shells and has built total production volume of over 7,000 for the MGB, MGR V8, MG Midget, Austin-Healey Sprite, Triumph TR6, Original Mini and Mini Clubman using original press tools and assembly jigs.

Website: https://www.bmh-ltd.com/

Tex Automotive

Tex Motor Accessories have been manufactured in England for over fifty years, and many of our products are still produced in our factory in Witney on the original tooling.

Since their first appearance on British cars in 1947, Tex products evolved over the years to keep in step with changing car designs. The current range includes wipers and mirrors that were original equipment on a huge range of Austin, Ford, Morris, MG, Triumph, Vauxhall, etc. from 1974 to 1983.

Tex are also major distributors of the Renovo car care product range (specialising in hood refurbishment) and Samco Silicone hose Kits.

Website: https://texautomotive.com/

Copyright Information

Motoring Classics is the printed and online publication of British Motor Heritage and its retail trading arm.

Motoring Classics reproduction in whole or any part of any text, photograph or illustration without written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited.

The publisher makes every effort to ensure the magazine’s contents are correct but can accept no responsibility for any effects from errors or omissions.

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