Today in the classic-vintage-enthusiast car news…Good news Englanders…no more MOT for your classic, the man behind Polo and the wheel of some really great classics, some rumbling in Ontario, and Watkins Glen gets some vintage action. Here’s a curated list of the stories making the headlines today.

The Knights that say ‘MOT’

Great news for you England…you’re about to be able to drive a whole lot unsafer on the roads.  This is especially good news for those owning rotted out Defenders and ABS failed Range Rovers, just to name a few.  The Ministry of Transport has announced plans to exempt most vehicles over 40 years old from the MoT, an annual road-worthiness test required of all vehicles to legally be driven on the road.  Currently, only vehicles registered before 1960 are MoT exempt. Changes go into effect in May 2018.

New legislation will allow for cars 40-years and older to be exempt from both MoT and the road tax. Only vehicles that have been ‘substantially changed’ will be subject to an annual test. ‘Substantial change’ has not been defined yet, though it was proposed to use the same eight-point rule used today to determine whether a modified vehicle should be re-registered. The change will result in an additional 293,000 vehicles exempt from the MoT, in addition to the 197,000 vehicles currently meeting the required criteria. There is an option for owners to voluntarily submit their vehicles to MoT testing if they are exempt though…we’re guessing those will be some short lines.  Rover On guys!

Ralph Lauren is More than Just a Great Dresser

*Photo credit to Style Aficionado

When your net worth exceeds $5Billion (with a “B”), life can afford you many luxuries, literally. Designer Ralph Lauren takes full advantage of his endless income to enjoy some of the world’s best second dailys. Tucked away in a private warehouse in the outer reaches of Bedford Hills, NY is a collection commensurate with the man behind it.  His first car was a Morgan that he was later forced to sell because he couldn’t afford the repair bills. Along with that same Morgan which he acquired back later, sits a 1958 Ferrari Testarossa, a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia, a 1929 Bentley Blower, a 1956 Mercedes 300SL, a 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic coupe, and a 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi” roadster, of which only one was ever made…just to name a few. He also had the #1 of 500 NAS Defender 110’s, and he ordered it in black instead of the Alpine White the other 498 came in. Why 498 and not 499?  Because international financier Marcos J. Soto also wanted one in Henry Ford Black.

How much is it all worth? “It’s not about the money,’’ he says in a recent NY Times expose on him. “That’s why I hesitate to give numbers. Cars and clothes and everything I’ve ever done come from passion. It’s how I built my business. I had no training for this.”

So you want to do some crusin’ eh (actually it’s Ontario California but couldn’t pass on that)?

Classic cars ranging from a ’22 Ford Model T to a 1975 C3 Corvette will be rolling into downtown Ontario, CA this weekend for the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion. About 1,000 classic cars built in 1975 and earlier will be on display on a stretch of Euclid Avenue, between I Street and Holt Boulevard, for the three-day event. This is the fifth year of the event, attracting car owners from all across Southern California, Arizona and even Nevada. On-Site Vehicle Registration is available.

Watkins Glen Racing – Vintage Style

*Photo credit to WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

Watkins Glen International traveled back in time last weekend for the U.S. Vintage Grand Pix, one of the largest vintage races in the nation.  More than 400 vintage and historic cars competed in eleven vintage race groups. Among the race groups were the likes of vintage Porsche’s, Ferrari’s, Jaguars and Shelby.  Jim Hamblin took home the win in one series in his ’68 Porsche 911. More information can be found here.

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[…] North American Spec Defender 110’s produced in black from the factory. Those went to designer Ralph Lauren and international financier Marcos J. Soto. This one was originally Alpine White like the other 498 NAS Defender 110’s brought into the […]

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