End of Year Newsletter
December 2013

End of Year Newsletter

by Simon Kidston

2013: a vintage year?
Probably, given the memorable anniversaries we've celebrated in the motoring world, the number of records which have fallen in the marketplace and the recent appearance of a new generation of supercars which have every chance of becoming future classics. Who knows, 2013 may be the 1930, 1963 or 1973 vintage of our era.

High speed Mille Miglia in convoy with Team Goldfinger High speed Mille Miglia in convoy with Team Goldfinger
Our route had gastronomic flavour Our route had gastronomic flavour

We'd like to thank our friends, clients and supporters for their trust and loyalty throughout the last 12 months. It's been an honour to handle some wonderful motorcars on your behalf including several of our favourites, ranging from a Ferrari 250GTO, two McLaren F1s and an Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale yet not forgetting smaller historic gems such as a Le Mans class-winning 1933 MG. It's not all about exalted values: the backstory is what brings cars to life.

'On Days Like These': Villa d'Este road trip with McLarens old and new was epic 'On Days Like These': Villa d'Este road trip with McLarens old and new was epic

Of course, nothing beats getting behind the wheel. Highlights this year have been a wet but comfortable Mille Miglia, proof that Mercedes-Benz got the design of the Gullwing spot-on 60 years ago, and a brief but memorable Miura drive down Highway One, close to the ground and with a glorious soundtrack, during the Pebble Beach Tour. The Goodwood Revival by Austin Healey was a fun slice of 1960s Cool Brittania, and the view from the middle seat of another British sports car en route to Villa d'Este has become something of a tradition. A word of thanks to our film crew for their efforts too, and we hope you enjoyed the videos we shot this year (including the one released today) as much as we did making them. We have ambitious plans for 2014.

Norfolk today, Hollywood tomorrow Norfolk today, Hollywood tomorrow
If he's on the phone, who's flying the 'plane? If he's on the phone, who's flying the 'plane?

Everyone seems to have their own view on what the future holds, but most publications will only share one with you. For this end of year wrap-up and look ahead we've asked the most knowledgeable people in the business to share their opinions, and I hope you'll appreciate our balanced, informed approach. Whatever the road ahead holds, the journey is never dull if you're driving something 'proper'. Bonne route!

Images courtesy of Tom Wood, Shamrock Motoring Images, Corsa Research, Steve Wakefield, Bianchi-Piras and Peter Marshall 

Pebble Beach preservation class is always a breath of fresh air Pebble Beach preservation class is always a breath of fresh air
Emanuele finds a new career as a college lecturer Emanuele finds a new career as a college lecturer
Goodwood Revival by Austin Healey: Cool Britannia Goodwood Revival by Austin Healey: Cool Britannia
Goodwood guests - thanks for coming! Goodwood guests - thanks for coming!