Rover P6 Classic Car Film

It’s been almost two years since I produced a classic car review for my #CarFilms YouTube channel, so it seemed like the right time to rectify the situation.

Cue: The iconic Rover P6 3500; a British classic with a thumping V8 engine.
An engine, in fact which went on to be one of the most famous eight cylinder motors motoring has ever seen. And with good reason.

Here’s my take on ‘a very British muscle car’.

Paul

Can classic motoring legends be reborn? Ford thinks so

The impact of Ford’s apparently global focus on performance has had on its iconic brands; Mustang and RS, is clear to see.

Classics DrivenBut aside from building impressive cars – and no-one could argue the new generation Focus RS and Mustang GT aren’t impressive – Ford had the complex, and arduous task of positioning two very important cars within different markets, generations, and heritage centres.

For the first time in motoring history, Mustang and RS co-exist. And while it’s poetic to imagine a Focus RS cold-staring a Mustang GT when the lights go down in a Ford Store dealership, the reality is the two brands need each other now, more than they ever have.

In the UK, the providence in the RS brand might need proving to return to the hay day of the RS Escorts, the new car has all the attributes to at least lay the foundations; finally measuring up to, and in most cases trampling the competition.

Classics DrivenMeanwhile, the Mustang did for America what the Mini did for Britain; characterising a generation of motorists, and motoring enthusiasts. That it spawned a series of performance-focused muscle cars, and this new car emulates this part of the Mustang story is almost irrelevant. Almost.

What definitely isn’t irrelevant, is that the teams behind both the Focus RS and the Mustang seem Classics Drivento have re-found their passion for the brands, and Ford now seems to want to share this passion with the world.

For the first time since the ’90s for Ford, and arguably long before that for the Mustang, Ford seems to understand what these models mean to their respective audiences. In turn, the company appears to have been rewarded with global acclaim.

This latest film brings to life these two reborn legends of classic motoring…

Jewel in the industrial desert

This early fifties Ford Customline has rolled through eleven US Presidents, trundled in and out of eight states along Route 66, and now finds itself clashing fenders with British rep mobiles in Corby, Northamptonshire.

Classics DrivenSpotted parked at Rockingham Raceway, you couldn’t help but be mesmerised by the Patina on this evocative V8 American dream machine. With “Las Vegas” faintly visible on the front doors, this rumbling relic obviously has some stories to tell.

The question is, how long will the salty UK roads allow the story to continue? A bumper sticker on the pitted chrome work reads “No, I ain’t gonna paint it” so perhaps not too much longer.

What a beauty – I seriously wanted to take this home.

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Car Films: A classic motoring adventure

Wow – what an adventure we’ve been on so far, with Paul Woodford’s #CarFilms series. The Car Filmsbest part though, has been taking you all on that journey with us.

With over thirty films, featuring classic cars spanning seven decades – as well as some modern and future classics – there’s plenty for you to choose from in the series.

And let’s face it, as petrolheads, we love nothing more than wasting a bit of time with some YouTube motoring entertainment. Right?

READ MORE about our latest car films projects here.

A new way to look at historic racing cars

With the news that Paul Woodford will host SSTV’s brand new historic motor racing television series, he’s been exploring the art and soul of historic race cars.

Having been the face of leading UK rally TV series Special Stage for the best part of a decade, we recently took a slightly new direction with one side of the broadcasting, swapping the forests for the race circuits.

Our first historic motor racing show went down well with fans and competitors, and I’m hoping we’ll be given the go ahead to make more shows in the series, but for the time being you can watch the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) 50th anniversary race programme here…

My live grid walk, surrounded by iconic – and in some cases priceless – racing machinery inspired me to bring my Twitter followers a snap shot of what stirs my soul when I’m filming these shows.

Here’s the series of historic racing cars under moody skies, you can see the rest of the series by follwing me on Twitter – @PaulWoodford84.

Historic sports car racing – behind the scenes of SSTV

This weekend saw myself, and the team behind the Special Stage Rally TV series launch a new series, focusing on UK motor racing. For the launch, we joined the Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) for their 50th anniversary races at Croft.

Classics DrivenWith action covering championships from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, the paddock was both priceless, and staggering, featuring everything from classic touring cars, to historic Formula Ford and GT cars.

The seductive combination of fat historic racing tyres, iconic liveries, and the smell of Castrol-R hanging in the air reminded me of my childhood, visiting various motorsport events with my family.

Watching the race crews at work readying their cars for the various races seemed somehow reminiscent of the scenes you’ll find in a ’70s copy of Car and Car Conversions magazine. The sights, sounds, and of course action on track served as a reminder of what I love so much about motor racing.

Classics DrivenBig names from the world of motor racing, including Ray Mallock, and one of my all-time inspirations Tiff Needell, both of whom will feature alongside me in our first SSTV programme in a few weeks’ time, on Sky channel Motors TV, and in HD online.

The event marked 50 years of historic sports car racing, with Castle Combe the venue for the launch race back in 1966. One of the highlights of the weekend was a recreation grid, and demonstration race, featuring 15 cars, some of which – along with their drivers – featured in that original race.

As well as filming for the TV show, I broadcast a live show from the grid walk and onboard the lead D-Type Jaguar; a dream come true, and an experience I’ll never forget. You can relive the action over on my website, HERE.

For now, here’s a selection of photos taken behind the scenes – on and off the track – as we filmed the TV show. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for the latest updates, HERE.

The pot of gold at the end of a race track

From being a kid, visiting races and rallies with my Dad, the first treat of the day was always the spectator carpark. 

Classics DrivenWatch any rally video (yes – VIDEO, like VHS) from the ’70s and ’80s and you’ll be able to feast on a selection of motorsport inspired creations that started life as Mk1 Escorts, Minis and Lotus Cortinas.

These days, invariably you’ll have to fight your way through a swathe of Skoda Yetis, Subaru Forresters and Honda Civics before you find the odd gem. But at times, this is not necessary – like, for example the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship round at Cadwell Park.

There were Gartrac G3 Escorts, Mk1s Escorts, Minis, Lotus Cortinas and Lotus Elans among the classic motoring exotica on display before you even made it as far as the service area.

So I thought I’d share a few of them here for you. Just like the good old days. Enjoy!