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.
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.
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.
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