August 2019 GLOBAL NEWS


Sir Jackie Stewart Celebrates First World Championship…

Famed racecar driver Sir Jackie Stewart celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first British Grand Prix victory at the Silverstone Classic held at the Northamptonshire, England, racetrack, home of British motorsports.

Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart recently returned to Northamptonshire, England, the home of British motorsports, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first British Grand Prix victory, which came at the track in 1969.

To mark the golden anniversary of that milestone—the first of his three world championships—Stewart was back behind the wheel of his race-winning blue Matra MS80-02 for some laps during this year’s Silverstone Classic, July 26 – 28.

“The Matra is a special car to me, and it’s always a real thrill to be back in it,” said Stewart, who noted that the racecar has been kept in its original condition. “Over the years, I have driven it from time to time, but to have the Matra back here on the Silverstone circuit 50 years after that win really brings back so many happy memories. It seems just yesterday sometimes!”

The Silverstone Classic is a three-day car and race event held annually at the UK’s Silverstone circuit, home of the British Grand Prix. First established in 1990, the event—which draws more than 100,000 visitors—is billed as a major historic motorsports festival featuring vintage vehicle displays and historic F1 races, including Grand Prix cars dating back to the  sport’s heyday between 1966 and 1985.

This year’s festival also include a charity fundraiser close to Jackie Stewart’s heart.  Following his wife’s diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia, he founded Race Against Dementia in the belief that Formula 1 technology and philosophies could produce earlier solutions to the condition. To support the effort, all funds raised at the Silverstone Classic by the festival’s charity partner, Alzheimer’s Research UK, are going directly to Race Against Dementia Felllowships.

“I am extremely grateful to the organizers for supporting Race Against Dementia,” said Stewart. “Helen and I will be truly proud of what we’re doing to challenge her illness and the challenge dementia poses to us all.”

Jackie Stewart, shown here with his race-winning Matra MS80-02. The iconic car—in which he scored his legendary win in 1969—has been kept in its original condition. 


Organization Asserts ‘No Deal’ Presents Risk To Auto Industry…

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), recently issued the following statement in relation to the ongoing Brexit saga.

“We welcome the Exiting the European Union Committee report and its categorical finding that a ‘no deal’ Brexit would be a fundamental risk to the UK automotive industry’s competitiveness and jobs. We have always been clear about the devastating consequences of ‘no deal,’ and as the report says, planning for such an outcome has already had a chilling effect on investment in the sector,” stated Hawes.

SMMT is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the U.K. It supports interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad, promoting a united position to government, stakeholders and the media.

“UK and EU automotive industries are deeply integrated,” added Hawes, “and it’s vital we maintain all the conditions that have made us globally competitive. As echoed in the report, at the very least, this means tariff-free trade, frictionless borders. ‘No deal’ must be avoided at all costs or risk irreversible damage to this vital sector.”


Car Wash Show Europe To Showcase New Innovations, New Connections…

The third edition of the Car Wash Show Europe is set to take place on September 18 -19 at De Kromhouthal, an industrial-style event center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The event, presented by the International Carwash Association, is open to car-wash professionals interested in learning about the latest high-tech equipment and technology and in making new connections to grow their business network.

Car Wash Europe will feature more than 60 exhibiting companies, offer more than 10 workshops on various timely topics and include car wash tours, as well as inductions into the Car Wash Hall of Fame and networking events.  Past shows drew attendees from more than 17 countries, and, according to show organizers, U.S. attendees will have ample opportunities to broaden their perspective and bring new ideas back to their business.  For more information and to register, visit

De Kromhouthal, an industrial-style exhibition center in Amsterdam, will host the Car Wash Show Europe on September 18 – 19.

Two other events are on the Carwash Association’s fall calendar. Splash! 2019, an immersive, 24-hour conference, is slated for October 10 -11 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Second Annual Women’s Leadership Experience—designed to encourage women to engage and hone their skills—is set for November 18 – 19 at the Hotel Lincoln and The Second City in Chicago, Illinois. For details, visit the association website.


World-Leading Rolls-Royce, Bentley Specialists To Star At Salon Privé…

P & A Wood was established more than 50 years ago in the Essex Village of Moreton, England. The company is renowned as one of the world’s leading Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists in restoring, servicing and selling cars of both marques, dating from 1904 to the present day.

So, as Salon Privé gears up for the UK’s most elaborate centenary celebration for Bentley, it’s fitting that P & A Wood will support the event with its display of exceptional motorcars. Included among the pristine examples: a Bentley 3-1/2-liter two-door Coupe by Hooper, finished in Brewster Green and Black with tan upholstery. A highly desirable Bentley Continental S Convertible LHD was converted to Bentley specs by P & A Wood—complete with an engine modified with a Zetec engine management system for enhanced performance as well as the latest braking system.

Other vehicles include a Rolls-Royce Phantom by James Young and a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost that completed the London to Edinburgh top gear trial in 1911 Fitted with a rare underslung rear suspension, it is one of the most famous Rolls-Royces in the world.

“We at P & A Wood are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Salon Privé as an exhibitor, particularly due to the Bentley Centenary celebrations. We have attended the event with various customers and their cars over the years and are very much looking forward to a closer working relationship with the team at Salon Privé,” said Georgina Wood, managing director.

In honor of Bentley’s 100th anniversary, P & A Wood, world-renowned Bentley and Rolls-Royce specialists, will display four exceptional motorcars—two Bentleys and two Rolls-Royces—during the 14th annual Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace.   Shown here, P & A Wood headquarters in Moreton, England.

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