To be truly collectable, classic cars need both rarity and the X Factor. The same is true of historic aircraft, and with about 50 airworthy examples remaining worldwide and a matchless CV, the Supermarine Spitfire is arguably the most sought-after such machine on the planet, as well as one of the dearest.
R J Mitchell’s immortal Supermarine Spitfire is still exceeding the expectations of young and old alike after nearly 80 years.
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|Page Count: 16 pages|
|Subject: Aviation, Cars, Motorsport, People|
|Format: Digital (pdf)|
|Publisher: British Motor Heritage|
|Reach For The Sky|
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Motoring Classics Winter 2013
To be truly collectable, classic cars need both rarity and the X Factor. The same is true of historic aircraft, and with about 50 airworthy examples remaining worldwide and a matchless CV, the Supermarine Spitfire is arguably the most sought-after such machine on the planet, as well as one of the dearest. As all but a handful are single-seaters, it had become inevitable that only a few of us would take to the skies in one – until recently! Access pages 4-5 to discover how the Boultbee Flight Academy is quietly making dreams come true!
The classic car market has also been creating smiles, with events bursting at the seams, auction houses working overtime and values for the best of the breed rising at an extraordinary rate. We talked to a range of experts to quantify what’s been happening and why. One of many marques that’s attracting strong interest is Triumph, and our profile on BMH dealer TRGB shows they’re at full capacity in all departments; not least that of parts supply, for which they draw orders from all continents.
This edition’s Classic Character is Tony Gaze, a man so relatively unheard of that his biography is entitled ‘Almost Unknown’. We investigate how anybody with a war record that merited three DFCs and so enviable a motorsport career could remain so untrumpeted; especially when he also represented Australia in the World Gliding Championships and was primarily responsible for the creation of Goodwood’s race circuit.
There was much to say about Healey even before Austin came along, as this issue’s Missing Moniker shows. And, with Christmas on the horizon you won’t want to miss our report and competition on the amazing Powertraveller products or details of the desirable Motoring Classics range.
Gordon Bruce, Editor
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