Here’s Why You Should Follow Michael’s Vintage Racing!!

In the world of motorsports, it is very easy to get caught up in different styles of racing. Whether that be NASCAR, Rallying or even the LeMans 24hr that happens every year. Out of all the different kinds of motorsports out there, one stands out above the rest and for very good reasons and that is vintage racing.

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Not just are the cars fantastic and the racing even more intense due to having way more wheel-to-wheel action, the drivers are on a completely different level to others. There’s nothing like seeing a classic & expensive ’60s Aston Martin DB4 GT go toe-to-toe with a multi-million pound Ferrari 250 SWB or even a Jaguar E-Type Lightweight. Watch any footage from the Goodwood Revival over the years and you’ll see exactly what I’m on about.

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One thing that isn’t really brought to attention in all of the racing & atmosphere is the crews behind the drivers & all the beautiful cars and this is where Michael’s Vintage Racing come into play. Ran by a father & son crew out in the New York region, Michael’s Vintage Racing is a race-shop that has been running for well over 20 years and there whole ethos is very simple. To keep vintage race cars out of barns and garages and to have them racing on the tracks where they ultimately belong.

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Every car they go out and buy, they both celebrate & study the history of the vehicle as well as it’s prowess in the sport. Whether that be with their ’66 Lotus 41 Formula B or with their ’66 Lotus Cortina MK1, each car gets the same treatment when it comes to celebrating & studying the history & prowess of the disciplines these cars were in.

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As already mentioned, Michael’s Vintage Racing is a Father & Son ran company, this is good for two reasons. First of all there’s more of a connection involved with customers being it’s a family ran business and secondly, Both father & son are very well schooled when it comes to Vintage Racing.

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Mike Clifford Sr. has been involved with cars since he was a teenager and he draws on decades of experience with both road and race cars from all different motorsports disciplines, including working with the N.A.R.T.’s Luigi Chinetti way back in the early ’70s. By the ’90s, he took everything he knew and applied it into the vintage racing scene & has stayed there ever since, due to this, he has unparalleled knowledge & history of vintage race cars as well as a deep rooted appreciation for them as well.

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Due to this love for the vintage racing scene, when Mike Clifford Jr. came along it was only right that he followed in his father’s footsteps and that he did. His first build was a Triumph Spitfire 1500 that he fixed up with help from his old man. When it comes to racing, Mike Jr. has achieved numerous wins in Lotus Cortina’s as well as having a proven track record in a Ginetta G4. On top of all of that, he has a lot of mechanical knowledge to keep all the cars race ready. With all of this, he is more than capable of taking the company into the modern era.

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Mike Jr. has a lot on his plate when it comes to looking after the fleet of cars. Unlike most people who may have at most 5 cars to go through depending on space, Mike has 16 race cars to and what a list he has as well. From a 1956 Lotus 11 S1 to a a 1974 Datsun 240Z and everything in between, the garage is both amazing and eclectic to say the least. All of the cars race too and are always race-ready as well, they’re not used for showing off and I like that.

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On top of the cars they own and the history both Mike Sr. & Mike Jr. have, they also provide services as well and these include: Vintage race car restorations on pretty much everything and everything, whether it be a saloon, coupé or a formula car they’ll restore it. They also race-prep cars as well and these include: all facets of the engine, brakes, suspension and drivetrain service and repairs, chassis inspections and repairs, suspension inspections, crack testing and repair work, shock and spring testing, alignment and suspension geometry to dial the car in for racing, fluid and filter changes, a brake system service and service as well as a complete tyre test.

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They also deal in Transport and Trackside services so if you find yourself needing help with either getting to events or needing help getting the car setup, these guys are on hand to help you every step of the way over a full race weekend. They can either pick the car up or you can have it delivered to them; either way, it’ll reach the track safe & sound. If you go for their arrive-and-drive service, they’ll take care of everything to make sure that all you have to do is drive the car and have fun and at the end of the day, having fun is what it’s all about in vintage car racing.

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Driver training is also a service they do as well so if you’ve never driven a vintage race car before or if you haven’t had a lot of seat time in a race car before, these guys are once again on hand to help you out. With every single classic race car feeling different, it can be very easy to be thrown by the way one car drives to another and with the driver training service being available, these guys make sure that they can get the most out of the drivers performance.

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With history in motocross as well as over 20 years in vintage racing, Mike Sr. has achieved many race wins and track records in various types of cars. While Mike Jr. is still a student of racing, he also has a proven track record for driving fast in multiple kinds of classic race cars and currently holds a track record in a Ginetta G4. He has won many races and awards while being behind the wheel of a Lotus Cortina.

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Like many others, I love watching classic cars go wheel-to-wheel racing regardless of value or history and while I respect people buying these cars as either an investment or to keep it around for people to see, It’s even better to see them where they belong – on the track and with Michael’s Vintage Racing and all the services they do, they are keeping the vintage racing scene alive and kicking and it is great to see. Go check them out and see for yourself how amazing they really are!

 

Hope You Enjoy!

By Alex Jebson

I’m Now Part Of The Motorheads International Team!!!

2020 hasn’t exactly been a fantastic year so far. With everything from the Australian Bushfires back in January to the COVID-19 pandemic that is still currently happening, whether we like it or not, this year has affected pretty much all of us in one way or another. Even for someone like me, all the stuff that has happened so far this year has affected me in one way or another, whether that be involving ProjectC70 or even current personal issues, it’s safe to say that 2020 hasn’t been the best year yet but while it may it be a very dark tunnel, these last few weeks and especially these last few days for me at least, there seems to be a fairly bright light at the end of the very dark tunnel.

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Anyone that has been around for a decent amount of time following these blogs will have probably read the article I done last year about ‘MotorHeads International‘ and why you should join it. In that article I mentioned about how there is pretty much no hate in the group considering the size of it as well as mentioning how it was originally started and how it has grown into a group of over 22K members as of when this article was written. I also included in that article how I originally joined the group and how I myself have found the group as a fellow member.

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For those that haven’t read it yet, I suggest you give it a read because since writing it things have started to happen recently and even I myself can’t quite believe what’s happened. Since writing that article, I have remained a fairly active member and for obvious reasons, it’s a really good group to be a part of. I will admit, I haven’t posted that much in there due to being in so many different groups but that is al about to change now.

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The other day, I was aimlessly scrolling through Facebook going past post after post when all of a sudden I noticed a little something from the Motorheads International page and it instantly made me stop what I was doing and I couldn’t say why but there was just something saying to give it a read and I’m glad I did because It read thusly: “We currently have spaces for Admins going, preferably from Australia region so we can have a 24/7 look over of the group, for anyone who’s interested get in contact” Now, some of you may think, “Wait, aren’t you from the UK?” and to those who ask I say yes, I am indeed from the UK and when I first read that I’ll admit I was hoping it wasn’t location based but hey ho, I don’t make the rules.

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Alas to that, I decided to leave a comment saying that whoever gets the position will be an Admin to a fantastic group and I wish them all the best. Thinking nothing of it, I decided to scroll on by to go laugh at the internet and everything it has to offer when all of a sudden I noticed that my Facebook started to light up like a badly maintained VW’s dashboard. Upon clicking onto my notifications, I was fully expecting to be tagged in something screwed up by my mates or even a notification that someone had posted something into groups I’m in but no. I had a notification letting me know that a reply had been made to the comment I made on the MHI post. Surprised, I clicked on it and read it out and even though it was originally offered to people in Australia, They were willing to take little old me on as part of the team.

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After asking for a little bit of information, I got a message from a fellow member running me through the gist of what to do as well as ow to compose myself if anything was to arise into a full on argument. After answering everything and putting across my enthusiasm for joining the team, I was given the green light to join and I am now officially a Moderator. I have been told that I’ll become an Admin in time once I learn the ropes and show my commitments to the group but even now I’m really happy with the outcome.

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As a moderator, it’s my job to go through pending posts as well as comments and delete any that might make the group look bad or cause issues for fellow members. This could be anything from hate to name calling or even a post full of not-so-great comments & shenanigans. Alongside doing that, I also have the perk of recruiting people with lovely cars into the group as well as going through Youtube Videos to check for both content as well as any bad language.

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Just today, I’ve already sent a invite to a guy with a beautiful Volvo 780 Bertoné. On top of that I was able to watch a Youtube video of a guy who is building an EV Nissan 350Z build using Tesla batteries and motors and while the language wasn’t that acceptable of the group, It was different to see a 350Z build using Electric motors and batteries instead of the VQ that is usually found in those cars.

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So far, being a moderator/admin is a really good thing to be, especially for a group like MHI. Now I’m a part of the team behind it, expect a lot more posts and maybe even articles from the group and people in the group. As a member who has been in that group for a couple years now, I’m glad to be able to shape the future of MHI and help build it into a group known the world over. Thanks goes to everyone who let me become a part of the team, I really appreciate it.

 

Hope You Enjoy!

By Alex Jebson

DNA Collectibles Are Creating A C70 Coupé!!!

As a lot of you on here know already, I am always happy to see a MK1 Volvo C70 Coupé get some much needed recognition from the motoring press and from fans alike, especially considering that even the early ones are hitting 20+ years old. To see recognition being given once again to a car that most have forgotten about, as an owner It has to be celebrated and applauded and in my opinion, one of the best ways to do that is by having a really well made & detailed scaled-down model of the car in question. This is where DNA Collectibles come in.

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For those that may not of heard of DNA Collectibles, they are a company based out in Switzerland that build highly detailed Resin models of cars. Think of them as a competitor to AutoArt if you so wish. DNA Collectibles have only been around since 2017 but ever since launch they have made a good handful of very good models, those of which include the Peel Engineered P50 as well as the Bond Bug. Since launching the company, DNA Collectibles have won numerous UK Diecast awards in the 1/18th scale category for a good handful of their models, with the latest being awarded to their Volvo P1800 ‘Jensen’.

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Over the last few months and well over the last year they have been making a good few well-known Volvo & Saab models for us Swedish car nuts to go mad over with some of these including the Saab 9-3 Turbo X, the Volvo 780, the Volvo V70 P2R and recently both the Saab 9-4X and the Saab 9000 Aero. Within that lot, DNA decided to create a P80 MK1 Volvo C70 Convertible and it sold really well in the Volvo Community and ever since then, they have been inundated with requests for a C70 Coupé for the rest of us C70 owners and after months of requests, they have finally gave in and are in the process of making a 1/18th scale model of the C70 Coupé and I couldn’t be happier!

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Why am I happy you may ask? Well, It’s simple really. Not a lot of model car companies create scaled down models of Volvo’s, let alone C70’s so to get the chance to own a 1/18th scale model of the vehicle you have in real life is honestly an incredible yet weird feeling. Now DNA Collectibles are not the first to ever recreate the C70 as a scaled down model, in fact numerous model companies have made models of them for Dealership networks and collectors the world over. So far, the French company Minichamps have been the only real company to get the detailing right. The only issue for 1/18th scale fans, the Minichamps model was only available as a 1/43 scale model as it was intended for multiple Dealership networks around the world for both salesmen and customers.

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Now DNA have stepped up to the plate, from my knowledge, this new model they have planned will be the largest C70 Scale model available for us Model Car collectors. Out of all the scales available for model cars, I am a big fan of 1/18th scale models simply due to the size of them. unlike a 1/43 scale model that has very small & delicate parts, 1/18th scale models of course don’t have that issue. On top of that, if you are one of those model collectors that like modifying their cars, a 1/18th scale model is the perfect size for that!

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With news that DNA are creating a C70 Coupé, I’ll definitely be getting one for a good few reasons. First of all, the model in question will be painted the same colour as ProjectC70 – Saffron Orange Pearl. Secondly, as mentioned earlier, It’ll be a great feeling to have a scaled down model of the car you own IRL. Thirdly, I’ve never had a DNA Collectibles model before so this’ll be my first entrance into the world of DNA products and their renown build quality. It’ll also be nice to see any potential for modifications to said model to recreate a 1/18th scale model of the actual ProjectC70 – wheels and everything!

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Recently I myself have been wanting to create a glass cabinet to hold all of the models I currently have and while I have many models, one of which I’m not going to release too much info about, to have a C70 in my favourite scale of models would be a brilliant thing to get a hold of regardless of how much it’ll cost. DNA products aren’t entirely cheap but considering the amount of detail that goes into each and every model, It’s no surprise that a good majority of DNA customers go back to buy more models off of them each time a new one is released.

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Owning a model like that also brings in a new side into being a car guy. While I have done numerous jobs and changes to ProjectC70, not once have I ever contemplated on modifying or even changing up a model due to the amount of work that is involved with such a thing but with this new one in the works, it looks as if that’ll soon be changing. In the 1/18th scale market, there is a lot of parts and bits and pieces that can be bought for them for modifying so it shouldn’t be too difficult to change around. Best bit as well, If I feel that I can’t do the job myself due to the risk of breaking something, there’s a lot of people that modify scale models for a living so I shouldn’t be stuck If I wanted to create a smaller replica of ProjectC70.

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Dates and prices haven’t been released just yet but I assume it to be released sometime later this year and by going off of other items DNA sell, I expect it to be over £100 but considering the detailing that goes into them, I personally feel as if It’s worth the wait for one. I for one can’t wait to buy one to add to my collection and if you, like me, have a penchant for both model cars as well as a love for the MK1 C70, I’d be on the lookout for when it officially drops so you as well can buy one!

Hope You Enjoy!

By Alex Jebson