Date: 10th March 2017

John Surtees CBE, 1934-2017 It is with great sadness that I am writing this tribute to a friend and motor racing legend John Surtees CBE, the only person to become world champion on two wheels and four. I am not sure when I first met John, but I was a trainee journalist working for the Sevenoaks Chronicle and got to attend the race meetings at Brands Hatch, because it was just about on our patch, and I got free press passes. I well remember how he spent time helping a trainee journalist get a story right, time that he could have spent elsewhere. Over the years we became friends although there would be long periods when we didn’t see each other. We had a mutual friend in Dion Pears, the ...

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Date: 6th March 2017

Back in 2016, from September 12 to 29, dozens of E-Types drove around Britain for the noblest cause. Organised by Philip Porter and the E-Type Club, in support of Prostate Cancer UK, all Jaguar E-Types owners were called in to drive on a circumferential coastal route of mainland Britain, split into approximately 180 -mile stages and be driven sequentially by groups of E-types, akin to a relay. It was the first time that something like this has ever been done, raising well over £60,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. Over 200 E-Types took part in the 18-day event with 70+ on the final day that concluded at Goodwood. Peter Neumark, CMC’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, took part in a ve ...

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Date: 26th February 2017

CMC returned to the London Classic Car Show for the third consecutive year with a stunning display of classic cars as well as two iconic Jaguar racers that wowed the crowds as part of the daily Grand Avenue parades. More than 37,000 people attended the Capital’s premier feast of automotive culture and nostalgia. On featured display at CMC’s stand was the first production inside bonnet lock right hand drive E-Type roadster. The car, a bit worn-down, has been off the road for 20 years, forgotten in a barn in Ireland until CMC found it and purchased it, and now requires a full restoration. Next to it in contrast was a pristine E-Type, part of a selection of our current stock of cars ...

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Date: 8th December 2016

Over 2020 learners to be supported by new employer-led advanced manufacturing training and development hub Detailed plans for a new state-of-the-art training hub in Shropshire were unveiled for the first time yesterday, with the aim of supporting ‘2020 learners by 2020’. More than 100 local businesses and stakeholders attended the £3m Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) launch event in Bridgnorth to find out how they can play their role in helping it reverse the region’s skills and competency gaps. The MCMT, which is led by a consortium of Classic Motor Cars, Grainger & Worrall, Salop Design & Engineering and training provider In-Comm, will ...

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Date: 6th November 2016

Apprentices and mechanics from world-class restorers Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth (CMC) teamed up with Total, the global energy company, to provide oil for the century-old engines and a full mobile welding service to support the veteran cars in their annual pilgrimage from London to Brighton. This year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, organised by the Royal Automobile Club, marked the 120th anniversary of the first ‘Emancipation Run’ and the mobile welding unit manned by CMC’s engine builder apprentice Ben Taylor and lead panel beater Luke Martin was a first in the history of the Run. The unit was in high demand already at the start in Hyde Park providing wel ...

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