November Auto News

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Gordon Murray Automotive and Goodwood were delighted to announce that the renowned British marque showcased its ground-breaking T.50 supercar for the first time in public at the 78th Members’ Meeting (16-17 October).

All pics of the T.50: Rebecca Thomas

Over the weekend, the 3.9-litre V12 650bhp T.50 took to the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit for a five-lap run, marking its dynamic debut. Also, on display was the track-focused T.50s Niki Lauda show car. Alongside the T.50 and T.50s Niki Lauda, Gordon Murray Auto-motive also displayed a collection of prestigious heritage vehicles that highlight Gordon’s light-weighting ethos, an attribute that he still applies to vehicle design today.

These included:

  • 1975 Brabham BT44B
  • 1967 IGM Ford (T.1)
  • 1972 IGM Formula 750 (T.4)
  • 1992 LCC Rocket (T.21)
  • 1972 Duckhams Ford LM (T.3)

Gordon was in attendance, at the first-ever Festival of Speed in 1993 when the light-weight, high-performance Rocket made its world debut. Now, nearly 30 years later, Good-wood was delighted to be hosting the dynamic debut of the T.50 at the most intimate of its three headline motorsport events.

Professor Gordon Murray CBE “There’s no better place to show and demonstrate the T.50 than the Goodwood Members Meeting. It’s been frustrating not to be able to show our supercar before, but for everyone who visited Goodwood, it was certainly worth the wait. I was really looking forward to it – and it sounded superb.

The Duke of Richmond said, “Gordon Murray is one of the most influential car designers of our time and has been part of our motoring events since the beginning. I am thrilled that the T.50 was launched at the Members’ Meeting, the perfect backdrop to bring two iconic British brands together.”

1965 ‘The Prisoner’ Mini Moke to go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions sale at the NEC Classic Motor Show

One truly remarkable car going under the hammer at the Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show Sale is this 1965 ‘The Prisoner’ Mini Moke. This Mini Moke is one of the two surviving Mokes used in the 1968 ‘Cult’ TV series starring Patrick McGoohan and, of course, driven in the series by the man himself. This exceptional example was customised for the programme by Wood and Pickett along with three others in the summer of 1966 for the Prisoner series and transported to Portmeirion in September 1966.

This Moke (HLT) is the only one that is, beyond any doubt, used on screen! In 2011 the car was then rediscovered in a bad state and was then purchased at auction by current owner and vendor of Silverstone Auctions, Phil Caunt. Phil started on a restoration adventure – the whole restoration process has been documented and indeed the ‘story’ has been well covered in the motoring press including a multi-page feature in ‘Mini World’ magazine, a spot on the cover in the same publication in September 2018, a six-page article in ‘Classic & Sportscar’ (March 2018) as well as numerous other magazine articles.

The UK market leading classic car auction house can be contacted on 01926 691141, by email The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale will run from 12th – 14th November 2021.

Majority of car owners miss regular oil checks – increasing the likelihood of lower engine efficiency and higher emissions.

A new nationwide survey has found that just 24% of UK car owners say their car’s engine oil level is checked once per month.

The new research was commissioned by Castrol as part of its ‘Oil Check Challenge’ campaign, which highlights the importance of regular monitoring of an engine’s oil level. Castrol is launching a competition to win free oil top-up kits – and is sharing simple online guidance on how motorists can quickly and easily assess the oil level of their car themselves. Find out more at:

In addition, many Castrol-branded workshops across the country that have signed up to the campaign will offer drivers free oil checks. Customers can find their local Castrol branded workshop at:

Castrol’s survey found that some cars on UK roads go for extended periods without any check of the engine’s oil level, with 30% of owners saying they leave it to mechanics to do as part of the vehicle’s annual service. 32% of respondents stated that they did not know the frequency with which oil checks should ideally take place.

19% of car owners polled said that they would check the oil themselves, but only if the car were to alert them with a warning light. However, according to Castrol, the oil warning light on most cars illuminates only when the oil reserve is at or below the minimum, and at this point the engine can already be at serious risk of damage.

A minority of UK car owners (32%) have never topped up the engine oil on their current car or any previous car, and 12% say they wouldn’t know how to perform a check on their current vehicle. Many stated that they are not confident in doing an oil check themselves, with almost a third (32%) agreeing with the statement “I would prefer a technician / mechanic to check as they would do a more effective job.” Only 45% say they typically check the oil level themselves, with the remainder instead asking for it to be done by a partner, spouse, neighbour, relative or work colleague.

Castrol estimates that 21% of vehicles on European roads are currently low on oil, and 8% are at immediate risk of damage because the oil level is at or below the minimum recommended level**.

“It’s clear from our survey that there is still some work to do in making car owners aware that their vehicle oil levels should be checked regularly, and to build their confidence in doing so”, comments Shailendra Gupte, Marketing Director EMEA, at Castrol. “Many of our Castrol Branded Workshops will offer customers free oil checks to help ensure their car engines are running efficiently and effectively.”

“Drivers can also view simple step-by-step instructions on Castrol’s website showing just how quick and easy it is to check and top-up engine oil. By doing this monthly, drivers can dramatically reduce the risk of running low, which can severely impair engine performance and efficiency, and potentially lead to engine damage and failure.”

Drivers can also visit this site to sign up for timely oil check reminders to avoid their car’s oil level becoming critically low. Those who register will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a free Castrol Edge top-up kit.

From runway to motorway: Volvo Cars teams up with 3.1 Phillip Lim for sustainable weekend bag

Volvo Cars and 3.1 Phillip Lim, who share a commitment to sustainability and the use of materials made from bio-based and recycled sources, have joined forces to develop a new luxury fashion accessory made from Volvo interior materials.

As one of the leading pioneers in responsible fashion, world-renowned fashion brand 3.1 Phillip Lim has collaborated with Volvo Cars on the passion project to curate a limited-edition weekend bag for the eco-conscious traveller.

From a carbon-neutral dress made from algae to elevated recycled materials, 3.1 Phillip Lim is well known for pushing the boundaries in sourcing alternative materials to create conscious luxury and effortless style, revolutionising the modern fashion industry.

The designer weekend bag is made from a new sustainable material for Volvo interiors called Nordico and follows the announcement earlier this year that, starting with the C40 Recharge, all new fully electric Volvo models will be completely leather-free. This commitment reflects Volvo Cars’ ambition to actively find high-quality and sustainable sources for many materials currently used in the wider car industry.

Nordico is a new, high-quality and innovative material created by Volvo Cars, which will make its debut in the brand’s next generation of fully electric cars. Consisting of textiles made from recycled material such as PET bottles, bio-attributed material from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, and corks recycled from the wine industry, Nordico sets a new standard for the future of premium car interior design.

The perfect companion for a weekend getaway, the bag has been inspired by the essence of Scandinavian design, and features discreet storage, a double strap and a special signature pouch.

The eco-conscious bag will also take inspiration from luxtainability: a trend identified in ‘The rise of conscious design’, a report by Volvo Cars and leading trend forecasting company The Future Laboratory to investigate tomorrow’s materials. The emerging trend is driven by the design world’s desire for sustainable materials – without compromising on quality.

While the bag is not available for purchase due to the exclusive limited-edition run, people may have opportunities to get hold of a limited number of bags through local market initiatives such as competitions, charity auctions and giveaways.

Phillip Lim, Co-Founder and Creative Director of 3.1 Phillip Lim, said: “Sustainability has been a part of the 3.1 brand from the beginning; working to achieve a sustainable balance in everything we do. Our brand mantra is to make less, mean more. Connecting with Volvo Cars on this sustainability project was an instant alignment of values. I strongly feel that in our collective current state of mind, we have the freedom to find sustainable solutions with new materials, while still being able to achieve high design, which is the ultimate luxury.”

“We have a vision of where we need to go in the future, with the first step to ensure we harness sustainable, natural and recycled materials,” said Robin Page, Head of Design at Volvo Cars. “The collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim, to create a bag inspired by tomorrow’s materials, solidifies both our ambitions to challenge the wider design industry to reconsider the materials we use. From creating runway collections to the interiors of cars, we have a shared responsibility to find sustainable material alternatives.”

Borgo Panigale Experience: the Ducati Factory tours are back

Ducati continues on its path of reopening to the public and, after restarting the visits to the Museum in May, the long-awaited tours of the factory in Borgo Panigale will also resume from 11 October.

During the factory tours, visitors, accompanied by an expert guide, will have the opportunity to walk through the production lines, observing what goes on inside the factory where Ducati motorcycles are created.

Guided tours of the factory can be booked on Monday and Friday, choosing between three visiting shifts in the morning (9.15am – 9.45am – 10.15am) and three in the afternoon (2.30pm – 3pm – 3.30pm). Online booking is required for both factory tours and Museum visits.

In order to ensure the safety and health protection of visitors and workers, access to the facility will be possible by reservation only during the hours indicated with a limited number of entries. The presentation of a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate is mandatory, with the exception of children under 12 years and people unfit for vaccination with a medical certificate.

The ticket price for the Ducati Museum entrance only is € 17, while the ticket with combined entrance to the Ducati Museum and guided factory tour is available at € 32.

For more information on visiting hours and days at the Ducati Factory and Museum, visit the website.

Bentley Electrical Engineer Lindsey Tough recognised in the 2021 Inspiring Automotive Women Awards

With the Automotive 30% Club Inspiring Automotive Women Awards now in their third year, Bentley is delighted that Electrical Systems Engineer, Lindsey Tough has been identified as one of this year’s 30 award winners.

The Automotive 30% club recognises and champions female talent in the automotive sector and is committed to changing outdated perceptions of the industry. The awards aim to acknowledge hard work and achievement across all levels of the business, at the same time as shining a light on the wide-range of opportunities available to women across the industry.

Award winner, Lindsey joined Bentley in 2014, having previously worked as an Electrical Engineer in the water industry.  She initially worked on mechatronics projects such as the aircraft-style seats on the Mulsanne and the “Flying B” mechanism, as well as the deployable rear seat picnic tables in the Flying Spur.  She has played an instrumental role in driving change by improving processes and designs in her own department, including the introduction of four new electrical control units (ECUs). When she returns from maternity leave in early 2022, she will be part of the Systems Engineering team working on the next generation of electrified Bentley models.

Dr. Karen Lange, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Human Resources, commented:
“As part of our Beyond100 strategy, we’re working towards a target of 30 per cent diverse candidates in management roles by 2025. Enhancing the visibility and appreciation of our female colleagues is an important part of this strategy and I’m delighted to see Lindsey recognised in this way.”

Lindsey’s manager, Nigel Lockett, added:
“Lindsey is a tenacious and talented Electrical Engineer who is full of conviction and is constantly looking for improvements. Not only is she a role model who is inspiring other female colleagues to progress and develop their skills, she also inspires everyone around her to develop a stronger gender balance and an inclusive culture.”

Commenting on her achievement, Lindsey Tough, said:
“This recognition came as a surprise to me, but the timing is fantastic as I now feel personally inspired to achieve even more. I’ve benefitted from gaining a wide-range of experience during my time at Bentley, which is really important, because it’s much easier to inspire others when you are enjoying your role and what you are doing.”

Bentley Motors is committed to creating an inclusive environment that is accessible to all talent, regardless of their gender, background or ability. Recognising the fundamental importance of diversity and inclusion, earlier this year the company set out a five-step strategy to accelerate its progress. This was linked to the reveal of the Unifying Spur that embodies the diverse power inclusivity holds and has helped to drive this message across the globe.

Bringing female colleagues who inspire into the spotlight is an integral part of this strategy to develop and attract more women into the business, with a target of 30 per cent diversity in leadership by 2025.

Welcome Back to Motorcycle Live 2021 – Adventure and Adrenaline Awaits

Excitement levels are high for the return of Motorcycle Live in association with Bikesure Insurance, as they look forward to welcoming back visitors to the UK’s biggest bike show, taking place from Saturday 4 – Sunday 12 December at The NEC, Birmingham.

There are 60 motorcycle and scooter manufacturers showcasing their extensive product ranges and brand-new models for 2022, alongside two bustling retail zones, display features and nine exciting opportunities to ride a bike.

For those looking for the ultimate show adrenaline rush, there’s Experience Adventure!

Experience Adventure is a feature dedicated to giving a first taste of off-road riding, across varied terrain and obstacles, all under the watchful eye of specially trained instructors, and completely free of charge!

Supported by HondaRoyal Enfield and Triumph, visitors will experience first-hand the capabilities of adventure bikes in an area offering a safe environment to get comfortable with the riding technique and balance required for taking the bikes off road, as well as experiencing how these amazing, versatile bikes cope with challenging terrain away from asphalt.

With full protective riding gear from Bell Helmets and RST, specially designed for adventure riding, visitors will have great quality kit to ride in, allowing them to focus on the challenging, but rewarding side of adventure riding.

Motorcycle Live 2021 at The NEC, Birmingham opens its doors at 09:00am Saturday 4 December. Discounted advanced tickets are now on-sale and available from










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