History of A168VGE :
Registered in Glasgow in 1984 & sent to Strattons of Wilmslow for the addition of AMG trim exterior & interior. Also lowered suspension & ‘Penta’ wheels. Total cost £85,000 which in those days would have bought a house.
George kept the car for sixteen years until August 2000. This is longest he kept a car. During this time he covered about 30,000 miles. A168 VGE has a 5 litre V8 engine producing 228 BHP. The car always sat in the open at his Friar Park Estate because there was only one garage.
In a video clip of George driving the car in November 1991 he is surprised by a Japanese film crew at the Bray Studios, near Windsor. They are filming a promo for George’s Japanese Tour in December. He says to the cameramen :”I’m sorry it’s not a Honda”.
In another video clip from The Beatle’s Anthology in 1995 the remaining Beatles can be seen exiting the car at Paul’s recording studio in Sussex. Poor quality photo extracted from video attached.
After George’s ownership it was given to his good friend Ray Cooper, the famous percussionist , who also managed ‘Handmade Films’ for George.
Wanted – owner of a 1950’s Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing to offer his car for special display in the Mercedes-Benz Marque Feature at the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show at Sherborne Castle, Dorset on 15th/16th July. This show is organised by Rotary Clubs and supports a variety of charities. From last year’s event £53,000 was donated and our target for this year is £70,000. Overall it is expected that some 2,000 classics and supercars will be displayed with an estimated 15,000 people in attendance.
We have already secured some very special Mercedes cars for this prestigious display but are anxious to feature the iconic 300 SL Gullwing model. The car would be securely displayed in a marquee and would be required on site on Friday 14th July and remain in position until the show closes at 4.00pm on Sunday 16th. Security will be in place throughout this period.
If you are able to help with this request please contact the Show Secretary on Tel: 01460 77256 or email; email@example.com
For further information visit our website; www.classics-supercars.co.uk
With Mercedes-Benz as the chosen marque feature for 2017 the event organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars – Sherborne Castle are delighted to announce that an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen replica, kindly loaned by Haynes Motor Museum, designed by Karl Benz and widely regarded as the first automobile ever will be showcased at the Dorset annual event.
In addition a rare 1928 Mercedes-Benz 36/220 S Type Tourer, now housed at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu and kindly loaned by them, will also be featured. The S Type Tourer was designed by Ferdinand Porsche and this particular car was once owned by the actor Sir Peter Ustinov. There were only 146 examples of this model ever produced and they are famous for being incredibly successful on the race track. With the many other Mercedes-Benz cars on display, covering the whole spectrum from 1886 to the present day, the show will provide a comprehensive display of both historic and rare cars.
As ever the show will provide a feast of classic cars spanning some 80 years from early 1900’s chain driven race cars to popular modern classics. Motorsport, both race and rally will be represented, along with American, Custom and Hot Rod cars and of course a wide collection of Supercars including Lamborghini, McLaren, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Bentley, Shelby and Porsche.
Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, comments: “This event is synonymous with showcasing some of the best classic, motorsport and supercars there are. These Mercedes-Benz vehicles are a fantastic addition to the weekend line-up of around 2000 cars and I’m sure they will delight show visitors and exhibitors alike – we certainly can’t wait to see them!”
Stuart Annett, Show Secretary of ‘Classic & Supercars Sherborne Castle’ comments: “We are absolutely thrilled to have secured these rare and unique Mercedes for the event. The marque feature changes yearly and it’s fantastic to have this calibre and stature of vehicles in the display.”
This ex Peter Ustinov 1928 Mercedes-Benz 36/220 Tourer, kindly loaned by the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, will be part of our special marque feature.
We are delighted to announce that Lancaster Insurance, sponsors of the UK’s largest Classic Car Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, has agreed to be the Headline Sponsor for Classics and Supercars, Sherborne Castle.
This prestigious sponsorship recognises that the charity event, now in its 14th year, is regarded as one of the premier classic and supercar shows in the South of England. For the first time the show will be a two-day event, with over 2,000 cars exhibited from chain driven-veterans to the latest supercars. This year’s Marque Feature will be Mercedes-Benz, a comprehensive display of historic and classic cars will be presented. There will be auctions from Charterhouse Auctioneers, live Jazz and performances from the 1930s girl group Hotsie Totsies throughout the weekend, so there’s something for everyone.
The recent Lancaster Insurance national press release stated:
‘Lancaster Insurance is thrilled to be extending its event sponsorship portfolio by announcing its headline sponsorship of the ‘Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars’ – Sherborne Castle. Taking place at this famous Dorset Castle, the annual event will be held over two days (15th/16th July) for the first time due to demand and will once again be raising money for a range of national and local charities including Cancer Research UK.’
Richard Morley, Divisional Head at Lancaster Insurance, comments: “When we were asked to be involved with this event, it seemed a perfect fit for us and a great one to add to our existing sponsorship. The event showcases a great variety of models and marques and with this year’s new elements, is truly interactive for the enthusiast. Knowing the event makes an incredible amount for charity, tops it off.”
Stuart Annett Show Secretary of ‘Classic & Supercars Sherborne Castle’ comments: “We’re delighted to have Lancaster Insurance on board; together we have great experience putting on events and this year’s show is set to be bigger and better. For 2017, visitors will be able to purchase tickets in the run up to the event and we’ll announce details in due course.”
Brian began rallying in 1960 and retired at the end of the 1979 season. He was probably best known for his long association as a works driver with BMC/British Leyland. So as you might expect Brian is already planning our rally car display for 2017.
Brian considers his most notable achievements 2nd Overall in the 16,500 mile London-Mexico World Cup Rally, Class win in Finland’s 1000 Lakes (the first ever by a non Scandinavian driver) and winning his class in all seven rounds of the 1978 British Open Rally Championship for Opel.
He competed in 112 International rallies through 53 countries and also had works drives for BMC, Opel, Mercedes, Lotus, Rootes, Triumph and Rover pre BL days.
Funds raised at the 2016 Classic and Supercar show, were distributed at our presentation event at Sherborne Castle on Friday 11th November.
A beautiful autumn day provided the background when our Presidents, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, beneficiaries and others who contributed to the success of the event, arrived at Sherborne Castle for our official cheque presentation.
Cancer Research UK, as our headline sponsor received a total of £21,300, making this their biggest fund raising event in the area.
Other local charities who shared the remaining £31,700 were:
These beneficiaries where chosen by show organisers, The Rotary Clubs of Sherborne Castles, Yeo Vale and Brue Valley, and the Yeovil Inner Wheel Club.
In November, nine charities will be presented a total of £53,000 from the 2016 Sherborne Castle Classic & Supercar event.
Organisers, The Rotary Clubs of Sherborne Castles and Yeo Vale are delighted with the success of this year’s show which has achieved a record sum for donation to charity. Since the clubs have been running the show, a total of £88,000 has been donated to charity.
Presidents of the Show and Owners of the Sherborne Castle Estate, Edward and Maria Wingfield Digby say –
‘We are thrilled that the Show held in July has been a huge success and is able to donate such an astonishing amount to charity from a one-day event.
As Presidents it gives us enormous pleasure to host this event, which is not only unique in the South West but has evolved into an occasion that appeals to owners of an eclectic mix of treasured Classics in addition to fabulous and priceless Supercars.
By attracting in excess of 10,000 visitors and having the focus on raising funds for Charity the Show exactly matches the ethos of the Castle Estate in being able to share its wonderful location and facilities with the public at large.
This event goes from strength to strength and Sherborne Castle Estate is thrilled it will again be staged at this venue on 15th/16th July 2017, when the first two-day Show will take place’.
….have we got something for you. The World Rally Championship Simulator will be at our show on Sunday.
Experience what it is like to be a co-driver in a world championship rally car.
Experience the speed and handling from the co-driver’s seat. From the German tarmac sections to the gravel tracks of Finland and the snow of Sweden and Monte Carlo, feel what it is like to be seated next to the world championship drivers in the top WRC rally cars
The WRC Simulator is licenced to use actual in-car footage of real WRC rally sections to bring you close to the action.