Hammond to auction off vehicles to fund car restoration business

Behind-the-scenes look at the new business is expected to be filmed and released on TV later this year

Richard Hammond has put up eight of his vehicles to be sold by Silverstone Auctions at The Classic at Silverstone on Sunday 1 August.

All proceeds are to support his new business venture The Smallest Cog, a classic vehicle restoration business that will be documented in Richard Hammond’s Workshop, a brand-new original docuseries airing on discovery+ UK later this year.

Hammond said: “The irony of me supporting my new classic car restoration business by selling some of my own classic car collection is not wasted on me.

“It is with a very heavy heart that they go, as they have a great deal of personal sentimental value, but they will be funding the future development of the business and giving life back to countless other classic vehicles.”

Several of the classics are personal favourites of Hammond, with classic and limited-edition motorcycles he bought himself for his 40th and 50th birthdays on offer, as well as a much-loved family heirloom in the 1959 Bentley S2.

The other lots include a stunning 1969 Porsche 911T, a 1927 Sunbeam Model 2 motorcycle, a classic 1999 Lotus Esprit Sport 350 which is number 5 of 48 built, a 1932 Velocette KSS Mk1 and a highly collectable 1977 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk1.

The entire collection is being offered without reserve.

Separate to his private collection, a widely publicised and beautifully restored Ford RS2000 was also due to go under the hammer the same weekend, but Hammond has deferred the release of this vehicle until the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show Sale in September 2021 which will be hosted by Silverstone Auctions’ sister company, Classic Car Auctions (CCA).

This is to allow more time for The Smallest Cog to complete the car to their exacting standards.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said: “We are delighted to have Richard both attending our sale on 1 August but also joining us on the rostrum to introduce the collection.

“These vehicles clearly have a special place in his heart, so I’m sure it is going to be a day of mixed emotions for him, but we are confident we can deliver a keen bidding audience that will do his new business proud, we wish him the best of luck.”

The Classic Sale at Silverstone is taking place from Friday 30 July through to Sunday 1 August in The Wing Building at Silverstone.

The Richard Hammond Collection will be offered from 2pm during the Sunday auction.

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“Unprecedented summer” expected on UK roads

RAC urges drivers to make sure cars – and anything they might be towing – are ‘road ready’ or risk breakdown

This summer will see unprecedented levels of traffic on UK roads due to drivers planning in excess of an estimated 29m staycations – 16m of these in the school holidays alone – according to a new study of 2,500 drivers conducted by RAC Breakdown.

The number of drivers making firm staycation bookings has surged 20 per cent since April, with the RAC figures suggesting the West Country – Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset – will receive the largest numbers of holidaymakers (30 per cent), followed by Scotland (14 per cent), Yorkshire (8 per cent), the Lake District (6 per cent) and East Anglia (6 per cent).

And while many drivers have already decided which week they’ll be going away, a sizeable fifth (18 per cent) are yet to commit to a week.

Drivers were also asked how far from home they’ll be holidaying in the UK, and results suggest many of us will be travelling much further than usual.

The majority (57 per cent) say they’ll be more than 150 miles from home, with 17 per cent of these more than 300 miles from home.

A third of drivers (33 per cent) who had a staycation in 2020 say they’ll be driving greater distances in the UK this year, perhaps to explore new corners of the country.

Uncertainty around foreign travel could also have the effect of boosting the volumes of traffic on the UK’s roads even further, particularly as Office of National Statistics’ data shows as many as 9.4m overseas trips were made in August 2019.

Just 7 per cent of drivers expect to take a summer holiday elsewhere in Europe, down from 10 per cent in April.

Of those drivers who are still holding on for a foreign trip this summer, 34 per cent say they will end up holidaying in the UK instead if pandemic restrictions affect their plans.

While the car on its own is the most popular means of going on holiday this year, accounting for 90 per cent of trips that will be made by personal transport, 5 per cent will involve towing a caravan or trailer, and a further 5 per cent will be in a motorhome.

When it comes to the types of accommodation drivers will be staying in, self-catering is the most popular (46 per cent of drivers), followed by hotels and B&Bs (22 per cent) and camping or touring sites (17 per cent).

RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “Our research shows that while most people have already made their plans, if – as expected – travel restrictions limit the numbers taking foreign holidays, then those booking last-minute trips in the UK will likely soar, adding to what we expect to already be an extremely busy summer on the roads.

“This summer, perhaps more than ever, the last thing anyone wants while they’re away on a well-earned break is a breakdown.

“Busier roads, especially in the heat, can mean a sudden sharp increase in breakdowns, so we’re calling on every driver to check their car is ‘road ready’ and isn’t about to let them down.”

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Valeo to reveal major innovations at IAA Mobility 2021

Six new advancements for safer and cleaner mobility

Valeo has announced that it will present its latest innovations at the IAA Mobility 2021 from September 7 to 12.

2021 has already been a historic year for mobility, marking the launch of the first car in the world to reach level 3 autonomy – equipped with Valeo’s LiDAR technology.

Level 3 autonomy can only be achieved using 3D LiDAR technology combined with a series of sensors.

At the IAA Mobility 2021, Valeo will present an autonomous parking system (Automated Valet Parking) developed in collaboration with BMW, which allows a car to park itself in a parking lot.

Valeo will also showcase its Valeo Drive4U autonomous car, which will drive in automated mode on open roads in and outside the city of Munich (on the Blue Lane), reaching level 4 autonomy.

It is equipped exclusively with Valeo sensors that are already in series production (LiDARs, cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, etc.).

This prototype vehicle can handle urban and suburban traffic, traffic jams, intersections, traffic circles, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and road works.

It is equipped with two other safety-enhancing features: a Valeo Drive4U Locate system, which pinpoints the vehicle’s location on the road with centimeter-level precision, whereas the margin of error with a standard GPS system is up to five meters; and a Valeo MovePredict.ai system which, using artificial intelligence, anticipates the movements of vulnerable people around the car and brakes before they have even moved.

Valeo is presenting a series of technologies in Munich that transform vehicles into a sort of “health shield”.

It will also demonstrate a brand new system for monitoring vital signs, which can be used to assess health risks.

Visibility systems such as lighting and wiper systems, areas in which Valeo is world leader, are also a powerful driver of improved road safety.

Valeo’s new smart lighting systems are becoming valuable driving assistance features.

These headlamps are capable of tracing the shape of the road and indicating upcoming turns in the driver’s field of vision, making driving at night or in the rain safe and easy.

The rear lamps, which are connected to the vehicle’s cameras and surroundings via the 5G network, signal hazards by displaying safety messages visible to all road users.

The other major challenge of mobility is protecting the environment.

CO2 emissions reduction and protecting the environment are part of Valeo’s DNA.

Valeo has invested more than 10 billion euros in this field over the past 10 years.

As the European Commission formalizes new measures to further reduce carbon emissions and mark a radical transformation in mobility, Valeo is already in the starting blocks.

Valeo can electrify all types of vehicles, including cars, as well as all kinds of new urban mobility solutions: bikes, scooters, delivery droids etc.

Valeo’s technological electrification platforms cover all segments and uses, from affordable 48V solutions to the most powerful systems – thanks to the products it has developed as part of the Valeo-Siemens eAutomotive joint venture.

The IAA Mobility 2021 will feature the flagship vehicle from the premium German automaker’s electrified range, powered entirely by a Valeo-Siemens eAutomotive system (motors, transmission and inverter).

The car’s thermal system, for batteries and air conditioning also come from Valeo.

At the Munich event, Valeo will present the world premiere of new charging stations suitable for all types of electric vehicles, regardless of their voltage, and that offer intelligent energy management features (charging when electricity is cheapest or when it comes from a green source such as solar panels or wind power).

Innovation is at the heart of Valeo’s strategy.

In 2020, 94 per cent of Valeo’s original equipment sales were generated by technologies that reduce CO2 emissions and increase road safety, while 56 per cent of the orders received were for technologies that did not exist three years ago.

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Ivor Searle offers single source for all Ford Transit EcoBlue major units

Manual gearbox range covers all front- and rear-wheel drive versions of Transit EcoBlue

Remanufacturer Ivor Searle offers a full range of major units for the Ford Transit EcoBlue, including gearboxes, engines, turbochargers and cylinder heads.

Costing up to 40 per cent less than OE, the full range of quality UK remanufactured products aims to provide workshops with a single source of supply when tasked with keeping Britain’s bestselling van on the road.

The Ivor Searle manual gearbox range covers all front- and rear-wheel drive derivitives of the Transit EcoBlue built from 2012 to 2019 and all power outputs which range from 77 to 125kW.

Applications include specific units for vehicles equipped with and without Stop/Start systems, electric starter motors and digital tachographs.

Ivor Searle gearboxes undergo an intensive remanufacturing process which involves a complete strip down and thorough cleaning.

Bearings, seals and gaskets are replaced, while all other components are meticulously examined and checked against OE specifications.

Any non-conforming items are replaced with brand new parts sourced for their quality, reliability and durability.

All gearboxes are also fully tested prior to final inspection, painting and dispatch.

Alongside gearboxes, Ivor Searle remanufactured engines also cover all versions of the Euro 6 Transit EcoBlue powered by the 2.0-litre direct injection diesel engine equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emission control technology.

Available with power outputs of 105 and 130bhp, EcoBlue engines are remanufatured to exceed the BS AU257:2002 Code of Practice for remanufacturing engines and are supplied to the workshop with comprehensive pre-installation instructions.

To help customers avoid the expense of component replacement, Ivor Searle also provides a fast-turnaround DPF cleaning service that delivers as new levels of performance by removing all soot and ash deposits.

For peace of mind, all Ivor Searle gearboxes, engines and cylinder heads, are covered by a 12-month unlimited mileage parts and labour warranty, while a two-year warranty covers all turbochargers.

Professionally-cleaned DPF’s are also covered by a no quibble, 12-month unlimited mileage warranty.

Ivor Searle also offers free next day UK mainland delivery for stock items ordered before 3.30pm.

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NGK-backed Teemu claims best result in Estonia

Fourth top-six finish in the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship

The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team scored its fourth top-six finish in the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship as Teemu Suninen claimed his best result of the season with sixth place on Rally Estonia in his NGK-equipped Ford Fiesta WRC.

Gus Greensmith also showed strong form on Sunday’s deciding leg with a flurry of promising stage times in the EcoBoost powered Fiesta WRC, which is fitted with NGK spark plugs and NTK Lambda sensors.

He achieved his objective of building his limited experience at World Rally Car level by reaching the finish following his retirement on leg one.

Adrien Fourmaux fought hard for the final WRC2 podium spot but settled for fourth, one place ahead of team-mate and 2020 Junior WRC champion Tom Kristensson in an identical EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta Rally2.

Teemu Suninen said: “The first stage this morning was quite tricky with the grip level changing a lot.

“Sometimes it felt like you were on Tarmac because the grip was so high, but sometimes it was super-slippery so I was glad to finish.

“I had a moment on SS22 when the car just jumped from the ruts to the inside but nothing serious happened.

“Then on the last stage, I was struggling on the ruts and somehow I got to the inside of the ruts on a right-hand corner and had to go back.

“But we were able to finish after a difficult weekend.”

M-Sport Team Principal Richard Millener said: “It’s fair to say this wasn’t the result or performance we were hoping for after Safari Rally Kenya, but we leave Estonia with a top-six finish, while our four drivers all gained important experience and showed their obvious potential.”

Mark Hallam, marketing manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “The M-Sport Ford WRC Team always fights hard and it was a highly creditable performance by Teemu to achieve his best result of the season.”

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Pensioner ran over by own car as AA worker changed battery

Owner became trapped against tree before being thrown up on to car roof during frantic rush to gain control

The AA has launched an investigation after a vehicle that one of its employees was repairing rolled away and knocked down its owner.

Robert Crichton called for assistance when his battery died before moving his car to the side of the road, parking it on a kerb so the wheel was wedged and wouldn’t move while awaiting for a patrol to arrive because the electronic handbrake was failing to function without power.

The AA patrolman arrived and to replace the battery but, according to Robert, leaned on the car, causing it to begin rolling.

Robert chased his Volkswagen Passat but became trapped against a tree before being thrown up on to the roof of the car.

Speaking to the Daily Record, he said: “We were told to stand away from the car – me and my wife.

“The car was in his charge.

“I was still standing with my wife and he leaned on the car to take the battery out – his weight must have given the wheel momentum to move.

“There were hundreds of kids about. I ran after the car to try and get into it but I ended up sandwiched between the driver’s door and a tree.

“Then I was thrown knocked off my feet and over the top of the roof.

“My wife said I was out cold for around three or four minutes.”

After Robert gained consciousness he told the AA employee not to phone an ambulance.

The technician then replaced the car battery and said it should get the couple home, Robert claims.

The next day, a trip to A&E revealed a broken rib and Robert was given morphine to administer at home.

His damaged car, which he believes is now unsafe to drive, is awaiting the outcome of an AA investigation.

An independent quote from Lothian Car Care has estimated it will be £3,635.73 to repair the vehicle.

Robert added: “It’s now two weeks later they still haven’t sorted my car. I’m disabled, I need my car. I have hospital appointments, doctors appointments and clinics to get to.

“I’ve been in a bit of pain since. The AA has not been helpful at all.”

A spokesperson for the AA said: “We are aware of the case and are liaising with the member directly regarding his claim.

“As this is an ongoing investigation we are unable to comment further.”

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Banned mechanic crashes customer’s car on test drive

Technician ran away from scene and asked customer to claim he was driving

A mechanic who had been banned from driving has crashed a customer’s Audi S3 at “high speed” while on a test drive, Nottingham Magistrates Court has heard.

Michal Romanowski was driving the car in Nottingham with the customer in the passenger seat when he crashed into a Renault Clio, and rolled into a wall on November 2, 2020.

He shouted, “Get out of the car,” and his customer, assuming the car was on fire, got out, said prosecutor Sanjay Jerath.

Romanowski told him: “Tell them you were driving the car,” before he ran back to the garage.

The court heard he has one previous conviction for two counts of driving with excess alcohol and driving without a licence, from July 27, last year.

He received a suspended sentence and is banned from driving until July 2023.

James Buckley, mitigating, said Romanowski “runs a substantial risk of getting a custodial sentence.”

But he argued the order he received last July was “setting him up to fail.”

He added: “The sentence he got didn’t address issues raised in the probation report like his alcohol consumption.

“He had started that day as a mechanic. A lot of repairs these days use laptops for diagnostic work.

“He took the job hoping to stay entirely within the garage environment.

“He was put under pressure by his boss to do it.

“Nobody was injured. He would have to accept he knew there was an accident and left the scene. He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”

Romanowski, 32, admitted driving while disqualified, failing to stop after an accident, driving without insurance, and driving without due care and attention, when he appeared in court on May 28.

Magistrates imposed an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, with 15 rehabilitation days to “address his issues.”

He was fined £230, with a £128 surcharge and £85 costs. He was also banned for 42 months.

“You’ve been very lucky on this occasion,” he was told. “Please take this opportunity to get yourself sorted.”

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Valeo set to host air conditioning webinars

ClimFill machine range and five common A/C issues to be discussed

Valeo has announced that its next webinar is set to take place on Wednesday 21 July at 10.00am.

Technicians can register now to watch the online training entitled ‘Valeo A/C ClimFill machines and five common A/C issues’.

A Valeo spokesperson said: “In the last few years, the air conditioning market has been very dynamic.

“Air conditioning systems have almost become a standard, 90 per cent of new vehicles sold in Europe are now equipped with air conditioning.

“In parallel, the A/C garage equipment business states an increasing demand for maintenance and repair work.

“In order to make the most of a growing market and to bring more productivity, Valeo has developed a comprehensive and competitive range of ClimFill air conditioning service stations that allows speedy recovery and replacement of AC refrigerant gasses.

“In this webinar, we look at each ClimFill machine in the range, the best in class technology they incorporate as well five common air conditioning issues we see each season at Valeo Service UK.”

The 20-minute webinar explains the difference in design and operations between Valeo ClimFill Easy, Pro and Maxi machines, the technology and components available that make automatic refrigerant replacement easy and common issues seen when using a A/C regas station, including vehicle issues and wider automotive sector issues.

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Man admits slashing 100 tyres in ‘revenge attack’ on dealership forecourt

More than £5,000 worth of damage caused during outburst

A man who slashed 100 tyres at a used car dealership has been handed a suspended jail sentence after admitting to the “revenge attack” and pleading guilty to criminal damage.

Darren Kent, 42, damaged the tyres of 25 cars and caused £5,800 worth of damage at Carpoint UK, Mill Parade in Newport.

Claire Pickthall, prosecuting, last week told Cardiff Crown Court how CCTV cameras had captured the defendant slitting the tyres on May 18.

The court heard how Kent climbed over metal gates which had been locked by the owner the night before.

She said when officers arrested him, Kent made “full and frank” admissions to police.

Kent had 15 previous convictions for 25 offences including criminal damage.

Stuart John, representing Kent, said his client’s “most compelling” mitigation was “the timing of his guilty plea – which he did at the first available opportunity”.

Mr John added that the defendant had “taken it upon himself” to address a drug issue and had been free from heroin for the last six months, as well as having stable accommodation.

The judge, Recorder Sean Bradley, told Kent: “I find it difficult to accept that your issues with drug misuse and mental health excuse or justify what you did, but they are relevant to my decision.

“You said you did it because the owner had arranged to have people assault you.

“This was an incredible misjudgement by you.

“It was a very foolish thing to do. You say you wanted revenge but you have just landed yourself in real trouble here with the courts.

“I don’t know what you were thinking that night or how you could get away with this.

“You caused a significant amount of damage and difficulties for this business.”

Kent was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months and ordered to complete a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

He also to be subjected to a four-month electronically monitored curfew between 8pm and 6am and must pay £180 prosecution costs and a £156 victim surcharge.

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BG Automotive releases latest ‘insider’ publication

22-page document outlines range updates alongside tips and advice for technicians

BG Automotive has released its latest ‘BGA Inside’ publication.

Inside, BGA technical manager Gary Barber shares insight into one of the many testing procedures of BGA’s
Timing Chains before release to market.

New-to-range parts are featured in BGA’s timing, transmission, gasket, oil pump, crankshaft pulley, steering and suspension ranges.

Select ‘more details’ below to see the the latest issue of BGA Insider.

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