2 December 2015

Hagerty News- 2nd December 2015

Steve McQueen, The Man & Le Mans

Hagerty recently wrote about Porsche’s first success at Le Mans when Porsche 917-023 was triumphant in 1970 (read it here: Porsche 917 Le Mans).  At the same time the feature film Le Mans was in production, featuring unrivalled footage of a number of Porsche 917s.

The film was a work of passion, conceived and created by Steve McQueen. The film, although now a cult classic, was panned by the critics, and it almost destroyed him.

A new documentary, Steve McQueen, The Man & Le Mans by directors Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna, went on general release in the UK on 20th November.  Check your local cinema listings for showings, or see the trailer here: Steve McQueen Le Mans Trailer.

Hagerty Announced as HRCR Clubmans Road Rally Championship Sponsors

Hagerty are delighted to announce that we will be the title sponsors for the Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) Clubmans Road Rally Championship for 2016-2018. Not only will we provide financial support, but we’ll also get involved- we have a team and car that will compete in a number of rounds. Watch this space for more details early next year.

The HRCR website is in the process of being rebuilt, but visit their Facebook Page here to find out more: HRCR Facebook page.

2015 International Historic Motoring Awards

We recently reported that Hagerty had been shortlisted for the Industry Supporter category in this year’s International Historic Motoring Awards. We were delighted to attend the ceremony, but were unfortunately pipped to the post by the very worthwhile winners, the McPherson College Automotive Restoration Programme. The US college is the only establishment to offer a bachelor’s degree in Restoration Technology.

The other winners were:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Dan Gurney
  • Car of the Year: Fiat S76 ‘The Beast of Turin’
  • Club of the Year: Benjafield’s Racing Club
  • Motoring Event of the Year: Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille
  • Motorsport Event of the Year: Rennsport Reunion
  • Museum or Collection of the Year: Mercedes-Benz Museum
  • Personal Achievement of the Year: Julius Thurgood
  • Publication of the Year: The Magnificent Monopostos: Alfa Romeo Grand Prix Cars, 1923-1951 by Simon Moore
  • Race Series of the Year: Classic Endurance Racing
  • Rally or Tour of the Year: The Royal Automobile Club 1000 Mile Trial and The 2015 Highland Tour
  • Restoration of the Year: 1971 Porsche 917, Porsche Historic Motorsports, Weissach
  • Specialist of the Year: 3D Engineers

Gaydon to become The British Motor Museum

The Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon will change its name to the British Motor Museum when it reopens on Saturday 13th February.

The new name reflects the ‘Designated’ status of the Museum’s collections and is the first step in a multi-million pound redevelopment to showcase the world’s largest collection of historic British cars.

The Museum is now closed for this major refurbishment, and will re-open, along with the new Collections Centre, on Saturday 13 February 2016. Click here for the new website of the British Motor Museum.

Do you have any news you’d like us to cover? Email us at: uknews@hagerty.com

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