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05/05/2017 9:25

Finland's Timo Mäkinen was one of the original 'Flying Finns' of the rallying world. He is most famous for his hat-tricks of wins in th RAC Rally and his exploits in the MIni Cooper.

Mäkinen's first international rally was in the 1959 1000 Lakes Rally, in a Triumph TR3. He later drove works Austin Healeys and Minis. In the big Healey, he finished fifth in the RAC Rally in 1963. Mäkinen drove Minis during most of 1964 but came second in the RAC Rally in a Healey, at the end of that year. He returned to the Mini Cooper S in 1965, winning the Monte Carlo Rally and the 1000 Lakes, and capturing a Coupe des Alpes at the Alpine Rally.

In 1967, Timo Mäkinen drove his Mini at a high speed through the famous Ouninpohja stage of the 1000 Lakes with the car's bonnet open. Leather straps holding the bonnet were not strong enough to cope with the terrain. He tried to put his head out of the side window but his helmet was too big and he could only stick his head halfway out. So he had to skid the car sideways continuously to see the road ahead. Even so, Mäkinen was third fastest on that stage and he also won the rally overall, for the third year in a row.

In 1975, Mäkinen won the RAC for the third time in a row, this time driving a Ford Escort RS1800. Mäkinen won the Finnish Rally Championship, the ice track championship six times and the saloon car race championship three times.

In 1969, Mäkinen changed sports and competed in the very first Round Britain Powerboat Race, which he won. In 2010, he was among the first four inductees into the Rally Hall of Fame, along with Carlsson, Hopkirk and Aaltonen.

A true great of the motorsport world. we will be sadly missed.

28/03/2017 14:56

This month saw the passing of John Surtees, a true legend of motorsport.

The only person to ever win the world championships on two wheels and four. He won seven motorcycle world championships, riding for the Milan based MV Agusta team before starting to switch to cars making his debut in 1960 at Goodwood. An accomplished start led to being approached by Lotus chief Colin Chapman to race in F1. He immediately underscored his world class by finishing second in the British grand prix at Silverstone and took pole position for the Portuguese race over the tramlines and cobbles of the challenging Oporto street circuit.

In 1963 he moved to Ferrari and started to achieve major success, winning the German grand prix at the Nürburgring in decisive style with the V6-engined 1.5-litre Ferrari 156. However, injury and illness were to slow his progress and in 1969 he retired as a driver to create his own F1 team.

The early Cosworth-engined Surtees cars were promising, and the team performed well enough for Mike Hailwood to win the 1972 European Formula Two championship. Yet the team was always underfunded and finally closed its doors at the end of 1978.

From 1980 to 2000, Surtees developed a property business and restored cars and motorbikes. As vice-president of the British Racing Driver's Club he continued to encourage British involvement in international motor sport into the new century.

In 2009 his son Henry was tragically killed after being hit by a tyre in a freak accident while driving in a relaunched F2 event at Brands Hatch. In his memory John developed and supported the Henry Surtees Foundation for accident care and training for young people. Last year he was appointed CBE.

28/02/2017 10:33

Ten teams will contest the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship with Mercedes looking to retain its 2016 World Constructors title against fierce competition from the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams.

With pre-season testing now underway in Barcelona, 2017 brings some notable changes to the technical regulations. Among these, fewer restrictions on aerodynamic design. This means bodywork and tyres will be wider, boosting downforce and grip. Making the cars more physically demanding to drive, it is also likely to result in faster times. Maybe as much as 3 to 5 seconds per lap.

With 20 Grand Prix on the calendar, the season will open on 26 March in Australia; concluding in Abu Dhabi on 26 November. The British Grand Prix will take place at Silverstone on 16 July.

Among the driver changes, there are two notable absences. Nico Rosberg retired at the end of last season and Jenson Button, missing from the grid for the first time in 17 years.

All the ingredients for a thrilling season and who knows, it may just re-shuffle the field.

10/01/2017 14:14

The 85th Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo, Round 1 of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship, promises to be an outstanding event as world class carmakers Citroën and Toyota return to the series to compete alongside Ford and Hyundai in WRC. To celebrate the occasion, the organising committee of the Automobile Club de Monaco has concocted a particularly inspiring route, more than 85 percent of which will be new compared with the 2016 event. 

The 85th running of the sport’s longest-standing fixture will start officially at 6:15pm on Thursday, January 19, in Monte Carlo’s celebrated Casino Square. That will be followed by two challenging night-time stages, namely Entrevaux-Val de Chalvagne-Ubraye (SS1, 21.25km) and Bayons-Bréziers (SS2, 25.49km) in France’s Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region. 

The competition on Day 2 – the longest of the rally – on Friday, January 20, will take crews north of Gap for 160km of against-the-clock driving with two attempts at a lengthy, yet compact suite of three stages in France’s Hautes-Alpes and Isère administrative regions. The three stages are Agnières en Dévoluy-Le Motty (SS3/6, 24.63km), Aspres lès Corps-Chaillol (SS4/7, 38.94km) and Saint Léger les Mélèzes-Ancelle-La Bâtie Neuve (SS5/8, 16.83km). 

Survivors face an equally gruelling third day on Saturday, January 21, which will feature a new-look loop comprising Lardier et Valença-Oze (SS9/11, 31.17km) and La Bâtie Monsaleon-Faye (SS10/12, 16.78km), both to be contested twice each. After the week’s second visit to Bayons-Bréziers for SS13 (25.49km), crews will service in Gap for the final time before driving to the Principality of Monaco where the first cars are due to arrive early evening. 

The opening round of the season will conclude with Day 4 on Sunday, January 22, when four more stages totalling 53,72 km are scheduled – with no opportunity to service – in the Alps that tower over the French Riviera. Competitors have to run twice Luceram-Col Saint Roch (SS14/16, 5.50km) and La Bollène Vésubie-Peira Cava (SS15/17, 21.36km) – the version of the famous Col de Turini used in 2016. This one will be the Power Stage. 

The traditional prize-giving ceremony will start at 3pm in front of Monaco’s Palais Princier.

Three days later the 20th edition of the Rally Monte-Carlo Historique will pay tribute to the participation in the 1967 Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo of French rock icon Johnny Hallyday and Henri Chemin in a Ford Mustang. Half-a-century on, the event promises to attract another strong entry.

As usual, the 2017 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique will be open to cars that took part in the actual event from 1955 until 1980. To give all competitors a chance to target an honourable result, there will once again be a choice of three average speed levels to comply with during the competition.

The rally will start on Wednesday, January 25, with starts in Stockholm, Glasgow, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Bad Homburg, Barecelona and Reims. The routes of the different Concentration Runs will convene in Digne les Bains from 10:00am on Saturday, January 28, before moving on to Saint André les Alpes – near the spectacular Verdon Lake and Gorges. Competitive hostilities will then kick off with the first Regularity Section between Entrevaux, Val de Chalvagne and Entrevaux. After this appetiser which takes in the Col de Félines (altitude: 930 metres), the field will head to the end-of-day halt in the Principality of Monaco.

The rally will resume at 06:00am on Sunday, January 29, with the beginning of the Classification Run. The first test will be a classic of the modern-day event, namely a visit to the Col de Corobin (1,211m) as part of Chaudon Norante-Digne les Bains (18.63km) which will be used for the very first time as a Regularity Section. It will be followed by another legendary test – Thoard-Sisteron (35.74km) – which is famed for the eternally complex conditions found at the Col de Fontbelle (1,304m). After a halt in front of the Town Hall in Sisteron competitors will head for the nearby Baronnies Provençales Natural Park for Orpierre-Laborel-Saint André de Rosans which is another classic that is familiar to regulars. The day’s fourth and last Regularity Section will be Vassieux en Vercors-Saint Jean en Royans via the Col de L’Echarasson which could well spring a few surprises before the overnight stop at Valence.

From there, the first part of the Common Run will strike out to France’s Ardèche region on Monday, January 30. The day will begin with La Croze-Saint Julien du Gua-Antraigues sur Volane (50.64km, 8:00am), followed immediately by the mandatory ‘gourmet’ halt at the Jouanny family-owned La Remise restaurant! The competition will continue with Burzet-Le Chambon.

The lunchtime break in Saint Agrève where the sampling of local produce is always a popular moment for all. Unlike in 2016, when the afternoon saw the rally head for France’s Haute-Loire department, competitors will stay in the Ardèche this time, with a run through Saint Pierre sur Doux-Col du Buisson (22.36km,  before the day ends with Lamastre-Gilhoc sur Ormèze-Plats (36.00km) which has featured since 2015. The drive back to Valence will take in the traditional and ever-popular stop in Tournon sur Rhône (Quai Farconnet).

The second part of the Common Run on Tuesday, January 31, which begins at 05:00, will mark the return of Col de L’Echarasson (1,146m)-La Cime du Mas (17.96km) chased by a classic in the Drôme Provençale region (Saint Nazaire le Désert-La Motte Chalancon, 21.60km) and the awesome Verclause-Laborel-Eygalayes test (37.70km). The last Time Control before parc ferme in Monaco will be set up in La Turbie (Place Neuve) with the first crew due to check in at 2:50pm.

The Final Night Run (January 31-February 1) will start in Monaco at 9:00pm and features two notorious tests: Luceram-Lantosque (26.89km, 10:00pm) in the Vésubie Valley, and La Bollène Vésubie-Moulinet-Sospel (52.78km) which includes the celebrated Col de Turini (1,604m). After the event’s last against-the-clock sections, survivors will head back to Monaco (Port Hercule) for the finish where they are due to arrive at 1:20am.

The 20th Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique will conclude on Wednesday, February 1, with prize-giving and the Gala Evening in the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club’s Salle des Etoiles

21/09/2016 14:24
Founded in Argentina in the 1930’s, Suixtil capitalised on the popularity of motorsport to become the ‘must have’ clothing brand for racing drivers across the world. Originally as sponsors of the Argentinian national racing team – Escuderia Suixtil, the popularity of the brand spread across Europe and Fangio, Moss and Gonzalez were just a few of the famous and extremely successful drivers who proudly wore the Suixtil brand in the 1950s and ‘60s.
06/08/2016 5:55

Me and My Car are delighted to announce that they are now official distributors for Suixtil, the racing brand made famous as sponsors of the Argentinian National racing team in the 50’s and 60’s. The current range reflects the style, racing heritage and quality which made Suixtil so popular. Our initial range includes the Nassau Polo £70, as worn by Sir Stirling Moss, the Avus Belt in national colours £50, the linen cap £38, Grand Prix Gloves £70 and bags from £50.

06/07/2016 5:34

Officially licensed by Lamborghini, the bright yellow Ridaz Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 travel suitcase is designed for children as a suitcase and also as a pull along toy. 

10/06/2016 5:06

Well known for our Personalised Tax Disc Cufflinks Me and My Car are delighted to launch two new personalised designs for our car loving customers. The Gear Stick Cufflinks feature a six speed gear configuration and carries a date vertically to follow the movement of the gear stick. Our Personalised Speedometer Cufflinks have been updated to create better visibility of the personalised mileage gauge and we have extended the range to include a retro cream option. A modern speedometer design is currently in development and will be launched later this summer.  

06/03/2016 5:39

Me and My Car have introduced the newly, improved model of the Titanic into their range for Spring 2016. Amazingly detailed, the model captures the glamour and opulence of this famous liner. Fully assembled, all you need to do is unpack and enjoy.