IN THE TRADE
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.