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CLEAN AIR ZONE CHAOS

Clas­sic car tourists face con­fu­sion over whether they can drive into the clean air zones pop­ping up across Europe, risk­ing a fine of more than £100. Says FBHVC leg­is­la­tion di­rec­tor Bob Owen, ‘There is no com­mon pass for Europe be­cause each coun­try and, in some cases, lo­cal au­thor­ity does its own thing.’ An­neka Kroehn­ert of Green­zones.eu, which of­fers an app that iden­ti­fies the zones and al­lows passes to be bought – where pos­si­ble – said, ‘In most coun­tries, vin­tage cars ei­ther do not re­quire an en­vi­ron­men­tal sticker, or can­not ap­ply for one due to their age.’ Ex­emp­tion de­pends on each coun­try’s def­i­ni­tion of a his­toric ve­hi­cle.

BENT­LEY’S HIGH ROLLERS

Bent­ley has com­mis­sioned Bon­hams to auc­tion eight Crewe-built Rolls-royces from its her­itage fleet, re­tained since the com­pa­nies were di­vided in 2000. The cars will be in the Good­wood Re­vival sale on Septem­ber 8. Lots in­clude the last Rolls ever built at Crewe – a 2002 Cor­niche Con­vert­ible – but the star is a 1950 Phan­tom IV State Lan­daulette with Hooper coach­work, es­ti­mated at £1m-£2m. The reg­is­tra­tion plate ‘RRO 1’ is also to be of­fered. See bon­hams.com/cars

BICES­TER’S HO­TEL PLANS

Bices­ter Her­itage plans to add a 344-room ho­tel to the site, over­look­ing the test track. The new struc­ture has been de­signed to match di­men­sions of ex­ist­ing hangars and use ma­te­ri­als in­spired by the Thir­ties build­ings. The for­mer bomber train­ing sta­tion’s re­stored RAF build­ings are al­ready home to 35 clas­sic and vin­tage spe­cial­ists.

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