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Two of the most popular and successful drivers of the iconic Super Touring era are set to roll back the years at Thruxton’s second Easter Revival meeting this weekend (19-20 April), as John Cleland and Patrick Watts prepare to renew battle in the inaugural rounds of the new Super Touring Car Championship.

Organised by the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC), the Super Touring Car Championship will reawaken memories of a golden era of saloon car racing, when a multitude of major manufacturers and leading drivers from all over Europe clamoured to compete in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

Commonly regarded as the period between 1991 and 2000, Super Touring made the likes of Cleland, Watts, Tim Harvey, Steve Soper, Will Hoy and Alain Menu household names. Not only did the BTCC attract capacity crowds, it also attracted guest appearances from Formula 1 stars including Nigel Mansell, whose performances at Donington Park in 1993 and 1998 have become the stuff of motorsport folklore.

Following a number of outings last year, 2014 will usher in the new Super Touring Car Championship – with Thruxton’s Easter Revival as its first stop. Amongst a grid of Honda Accords, Alfa Romeo 156s, Nissan Primeras, BMW 320s and M3s, a Williams Renault Laguna, a Zakspeed MkII Escort and a flame-spitting Ford Sierra RS500 will be two cars with very familiar names on the side – a Peugeot 406 and Vauxhall Vectra.

The former will be piloted by Watts, a man who earned legendary status during his touring car career as one of the most spectacular drivers in the field. A BTCC regular from 1983 to 1997, the Englishman tallied a sextet of podiums for Peugeot in 1994 and 1995. He will climb behind the wheel of a 1998 Peugeot 406 at the Easter Revival – and offers some insight into just what made the Super Touring heyday so special.


Spring Shower Driving Advice

April 15, 2014

Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, he advises on preparing yourself and your car for the April showers. Before you set off, set your heater controls – rain can makes the windows mist up in seconds. You don’t want to be fiddling [...]

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Volkswagen Golf GTE

April 14, 2014
Volkswagen Golf GTE

The Volkswagen Golf GTE, which made its world debut just last month at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, combines petrol and electric motors to produce 204 PS and giving a theoretical range of 580 miles. It is driven by two engines: a 1.4-litre 150 PS TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 102 PS electric motor. [...]

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Auto Express Reviews McLaren 650S

April 13, 2014

It was with some sadness that I heard McLaren was no longer going to manufacture the McLaren 12C (or as it used to be known the McLaren MP4-12C). Weird monikers aside, the 12C had everything you could ever wish for from a supercar. The only criticism that seemed to hold any weight when leveled at [...]

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Survey Shows Most Would Back A 20 MPH Speed Limit In Some Areas

April 12, 2014

Overwhelming public support for 20mph limits was revealed today by road safety charity Brake and Allianz Insurance, whose survey shows eight in 10 people (78%) think 20mph should be the norm around schools, on residential streets, and in village, town and city centres. The news comes as Brake takes its GO 20 campaign for safe, [...]

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Sir Chris Hoy Is Coming To Motorsport

April 11, 2014
Sir Chris Hoy with Nissan

Not all racers are fast off the track – yet Sir Chris Hoy is a legend on two (unmotorised) wheels! He’s now looking to turn his hand at motor racing. Hoy will compete in the 2014 British GT Championship in a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. The car has been a feature on grids around the [...]

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UK Summer Motorhome & Caravan Show Is Coming In May 2014

April 10, 2014

The UK Summer Motorhome & Caravan Show takes place on Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June 2014 at Kent Showground near Detling in Kent, with motorhome and caravan owners flocking to ‘The Garden of England’. Hundreds of campers from all around the UK will be converging at the event in their motorhomes and caravans [...]

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Beaulieu International Autojumble Success Is Recognised

April 9, 2014

Beaulieu’s premier outdoor event, the International Autojumble has been named as a finalist in the Tourism Event of the Year category of the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2014. As a finalist, Beaulieu now goes forward to the glittering Awards Ceremony, being held on Monday 12 May 2014 at Cheltenham Racecourse, when they will find [...]

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Drug Driving Offences Come Closer To Being Legislated

April 8, 2014

Plans to bring in drug-drive limits for the first time have moved a step closer. But the Government is looking again at the proposed legal limit for amphetamine following concerns expressed during the consultation process. In the meantime, following consultation, recommended limits for 16 different drugs have now been approved. This means eight generally-prescription drugs [...]

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Uncover A Classic At Silverstone’s First Restoration Show Sale For 2014

April 6, 2014
Arthur Dailey

A collection of over 80 stunning barn finds, restoration projects as well as fully restored classic cars are set to go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ first Restoration Show Sale on April 12th 2014. The auction is bringing together an eclectic range of cars spanning six decades and features some truly unique cars. Headlining [...]

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