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The first issue of Retroleum - a classic car magazine designed for a wider audience than just hardcore enthusiasts. Created by Richard Geary for 307MC at Coventry University.

Transcript of Retroleum Magazine - Issue 001



    SAAB 96Explore this Swedish road-going racer

    FERRARI TESTAROSSAAn icon unleashed

    JAGUAR XJ-SWe take Jags 70s superstar across the Moors

    Its more than just metalThis painstaking rebuild of a family treasure is what classic car ownership is all about

    PLUS Jaguar XK120 Subaru SVX Range Rover

    3.50ISSUE 001

    MAY 2016


    WHAT RETROLEUM IS ALL ABOUTFirst of all, thank you for purchasing, or at the very least turning over the front cover of, the first issue of Retroleum.

    Retroleum has been produced with a goal to include everyone with an interest in classic motoring, regardless of their age,

    background or finances. Its our goal to have something for everyone, whether that be vintage, modern classics or mid-century cars, we want everyone in the classic car community to feel included, irrespective of why theyve come to love old cars.The classic car community is growing more and more, with younger and younger people coming to love retro motors that they never would have seen on the road as daily drivers. Our aim is to remove the stereotypical

    phrases so often found in classic car magazines, with comparisons being made to what was in the day - just try and find an article on the Volvo P1800 without a reference to The Saint.

    Were here to share experiences - after all, classic motoring grants so many experiences, it would be a crying shame to bottle them up for ourselves.

    Well explain what theyre like to drive, their quirks and characteristics, as well as the technical specifications that go alongside. Well advise what to look out for when buying them, as well as how to keep them in top condition.

    Richard Geary - Editor, writer & photographer

    A SPECIAL THANKSId like to extend my eternal gratitude to all who have helped Retroleum come to fruition. An enormous thank you to James and the team at Classic and Sportscar Centre for their help and generosity for offering vehicles and hospitality.

    I offer my thanks to all others involved with offering vehicles and advice, as well as thank fellow automotive

    journalist Quentin Willson for his insight and expertise.

    A final thank you must also be sent in the way of my parents and fiance for their continued support, as well as a special acknowledgement to my dad for starting me on this slipperly slope known as classic car ownership.

    My wallet shall never forgive you.


    If you want to get in touch, heres how:

    email: [email protected]: 07875 502445instagram: richardtgearytwitter: @richardtgeary





    Silverstone Classic

    Goodwood Festival of Speed

    Les Grandes Heures Automobiles



    McLaren 675LT Spider

    Porsche 718 Cayman

    SEAT Ateca


    Jaguar XK120

    Rolls Royce Corniche

    Jaguar XJ-S

    Saab 96

    Range Rover Classic

    Daimler V8-250

    Ferrari Testarossa

    ADVICETop 5 Affordable Mid-Engine Cars

    Subaru SVX Buyers Guide

    The story of this Daimler V8-250 is what classic car ownership is all about

    This Rolls Royce Corniche just oozes class

    The Range Rover Classic is probably the perfect vehicle

    Forget Imprezas - this mad Saab is the road going rally car to lust after

    Relive Jags silky V12 as we take it over the Yorkshire Moors

    We analyse if the Testarossa will be the next big thing

    Nothing makes you feel like a 1950s film star quite like this


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  • As one of Britains premier events on the historic racing calendar, the Silverstone Classic is gearing up to become one of the largest classic car festivals, with last years record-breaking silver jubilee extravaganza attracting more than 100,000 visitors for the very first time.

    Judging by the attendance and fever around Media Day, 2016s follow-up, from the 29th to the 31st of July, is gearing up to be even bigger and better, with the Home of British Motor Sport primed to host the ultimate celebration of classic cars.

    With the variety of on-track action matched by a plethora of off-track entertainment, the sheer scale of the event is astonishing and it is continuing to grow year-on-year, as the vast Silverstone estate is given over to a full-on festival of flat-out fun for all the family.

    Some of the worlds finest cars are set to take to the track and the paddocks in a fantastic celebration of historic marque and model milestones this summer, which include the 50th birthday of the iconic Lamborghini Miura and 25 years of the charismatic Nissan Figaro.

    Its not just cars set to star at the event either, with plenty of big names supporting. Freddie Hunt is set to be there, as the event prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of his father James Hunts Formula 1 World Championship crown. Other

    big names to lend their support were actor and renowned car fanatic Philip Glenister and his co-presenter Ant Anstead from TVs For The Love Of Cars, Nic Hamilton brother of World Champion Lewis and former England international footballer Luther Blissett, who is an ambassador for new event charity partner Prostate Cancer UK.

    Touring Car legends such as Steve Soper, Jeff Allam and Patrick Watts are also set to be racing the historic touring cars, so expect plenty of fast-paced, bumper-to-bumper action and maybe even the odd crash if the drivers get their way.

    For the first time at the Silverstone Classic, there will be four separate touring car grids the JET Super Touring Car Trophy (1990-2000), Historic Touring Car Challenge (1967-1989), Big-Engined Touring Cars (Pre 66) and Under 2-Litre Touring Cars (Pre 66) bringing together more than 200 of the nations best-loved cars.

    n another exciting innovation, in addition to the ever-popular Group C twilight race, FIA Masters Historic Formula One, Legends of Modern Formula One and Stirling Moss Trophy amongst many others, the new Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge will stage its season finale at the Classic. These extreme machines will provide an awesome soundtrack to the event as they celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2016.



  • Extending the events appeal to two- and three-wheeled fans as well as car connoisseurs, this summers Classic will also welcome to the bill World GP Bike Legends off the back of a successful debut at Jerez in Spain last year and the Sidecar Salute, with 1987 500cc World Champion Wayne Gardner and ten-time ten FIM Sidecar World Champion Steve Webster both in attendance at Media Day.

    Away from the racetrack, the impressive infield display will include live music concerts from chart-toppers The Boomtown Rats, The Stranglers and Reef, more than 120 car clubs exhibiting classic models from through the decades, Silverstone Auctions, aviation displays, a live Range Rover restoration with new event partner eBay and for the first time a Concours dElegance.

    In a special feature to commemorate Englands victory over Germany in the 1966 Football World Cup Final, meanwhile, a car football match with the Classics official courtesy car partner SsangYong UK will be held exactly 50 years to the day on Saturday, 30 July.

    All tickets for the 2016 Silverstone Classic must be purchased in advance. Adult admission starts at just 42 and sticks to the Classics access all areas policy, thus providing admission to both National and Wing race paddocks, trackside grandstands, the vintage funfair, air displays and the live music concerts.


  • The 2016 Festival of Speed theme has been announced as Full Throttle The Endless Pursuit of Power, celebrating the most epic machinery ever to grace the race tracks of the world.

    Since its pioneering days, motorsports insatiable thirst for increased speed has been underscored by a parallel quest for power. This years Festival will feature the racing machines that, more than any others, have pushed the power envelope, and the intrepid pilots who tamed them.

    From monstrous aero-engined leviathans to flame-spitting turbo F1 cars, titanic pre-war Silver Arrows to thundering Can-Am monsters, and fearsome two-stroke Grand Prix bikes to brutal Group B rally cars, the 2016 Festival will feature cars and motorcycles which prove beyond doubt that, where power is concerned, bigger really is better.

    Alongside this central theme, the 2016 Festival will pay tribute to BMWs rich motorsport heritage, as the German manufacturer marks its centenary, with an amazing line-up of cars and bikes. Also celebrated will be 50 years since the inaugural Can-Am championship and the first of the GT40s four Le Mans win, and 40 years since James Hunts World Championship victory.

    Thursday 23rd June will launch the Festival with Press & Preview Day, when the Moving Motor Show will see many cars revealed by their manufacturers in this country for the

    first time, giving Press and visitors the rare opportunity to get behind the wheel on a drive up the infamous Goodwood Hillclimb.

    Festival of Speed founder Lord March said: This years Festival will see the wildest, fastest, craziest, baddest cars and bikes ever to ascend the Goodwood Hill. Not to mention of course the heroes that tamed those mighty machines. There will be lots of noise, speed, colour and, of course, power. Thats what the Festival of Speeds all about. Im really excited about it and hope it will be an absolutely spectacular and memorable weekend.