• The UK’s world famous Pre-war Aston Martin preparation and restoration specialists, Ecurie Bertelli of Olney, celebrated the completion of their newly renovated showroom and facilities by inviting customers and guests to an open day where many brought their own particular Aston to enhance the display of historic cars. Mr. Tony Riseley cut a ceremonial ribbon after owner Andy Bell said a few brief words of introduction and welcome. “I thought it only appropriate for me to invite Tony to cut the ribbon today,” said Bell. “He is one of the oldest members of AMOC (Aston Martin Owners Club), although retired from racing pre-war Astons today.” Bell also thanked those who started the business, Judy Hogg, Derrick Edwards and Nick Mason, and looked to the future when Robert and Ali Blakemore will be the “new generation” taking over the business. The day concluded with a “Tulip” style rally around the nearby Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire villages and countryside. The convivial occasion was enjoyed by all, and plans are afoot to make it an annual event, especially as 2016 will be Ecurie Bertelli’s 40th Anniversary. For further details please visit www.ecuriebertelli.com
• A significant 1978 March BMW 782, owned by the BMW museum AG, has been restored and race prepared by Cars International prior to it being run at Goodwood Festival of Speed and then returned to Munich. Having impressed the BMW engineers at a rainy Silverstone test, the car was slated to run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where guest driver Marc Surer, who was 2nd in the 1978 F2 Championship, would pilot the car up the famous hill. March competed with some success in Formula One from 1970 to 1977 and in 1978 teamed up with BMW as an engine supplier to enter the F2 European Championships; they couldn’t have had a more successful season. The BMW Junior Team, with drivers Bruno Giacomelli and Marc Surer dominated throughout, finishing 1st and 2nd respectively.
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