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Bits and Pieces, April 2020

MAGAZINE  >  BITS & PIECES > New-Look Zandvoort

Niek van Gils did a track day at the renewed Zandvoort Circuit and loved it!

 

Bits and Pieces, April 2020

MAGAZINE  >  BITS & PIECES > Coyote and Peter Auto

Historic motor racing, even if it could be described as a leisure activity, is a branch of motor sport that has to comply with regulations ensuring the safety of all those involved.  In particular, the regs impose the deployment of a safety car in the case of an accident or breakdown to ensure that a low speed is maintained to make the circuit safe during activity by marshals or rescue vehicles.  On long circuits like Le Mans, the arrival of the safety car can signal the end of a race for the drivers.  This is why slow zones were introduced in 2016 at Peter Auto events enabling circuits to be divided up into several sectors thus isolating the zone at risk where an intervention is taking place.

Rally News , March 2020

After an 19th edition marked by five intense days of racing that saw no fewer than six different leaders with a single second separating the first two crews, all eyes are on the 20th anniversary of the Tour de Corse Historique.  From Monday 5 to Saturday 10 October aficionados of the Corsican rally stages will travel 900kms from Porto Vecchio to Bastia, Calvi, Ajaccio and back to Porto Vecchio including 20 special stages - to mark  20 years of the event - totalling nearly 350 stage kilometres.  See www.tourdecorse-historique.fr for all the details.

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Bits and Pieces, March 2020

The promoters of the Silver Fern Rally in New Zealand have confirmed more details of the November 2020 marathon rally.  The rally will be based in Rotorua and will start on Sunday November 22 before finishing back there on Saturday 28.  Overnight halts will be in Gisborne, Napier, Palmerston North and Ohakune.  Peter Martin of the Ultimate Rally Group confirmed that the seven-day gravel rally, will cover 650 stage miles amongst the breathtaking scenery of the North Island.  “We’re aiming at a field of 70 cars and we need to get at least half of them from overseas,” said Martin.  “This year we will be supplying stage route notes and a DVD eight weeks before the rally.”  The move to notes is aimed at encouraging European crews to enter.   See https://silverfernrally.co.nz for entries.

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Rally News , March 2020

MAGAZINE  > RALLY NEWS > 1000 Mile Trial 120th Anniversary Edition

The Royal Automobile Club and rally organisers, HERO took a break from running the 1000 Mile Trial last year, in order to better plan an event worthy of the 120th anniversary of the original Trial this year. 

Photo Francesco & Roberta Rastrelli / Blue Passion Courtesy HERO

Starting from Preston and promising to be something special, there will be more emphasis on the social side of things, as the pre-war cars travel some 800 miles up to Edinburgh over flowing roads, amusing regularity sections, rousing tests, quirky stopovers and luxury overnight hotels for the final gala on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Bits and Pieces, March 2020

MAGAZINE  >  BITS & PIECES > New Sponsor for U2TC Offering R&D Tax Relief for Preparers and Other Small Businesses

 Offering R&D Tax Relief for Preparers and Other Small Businesses

U2TC has found a new sponsor in the form of Prospect Brigstock Services, a firm specialising in corporate tax relief.  While this may sound esoteric, it is, on the contrary, very pertinent to many of the small businesses and workshops that supply the technology to run the cars.  Ria Goff of Prospect Brigstock explains, “Most of our clients will say they are NOT eligible for tax credits and cash and absorb R&D costs because they see the expenditure as day to day running costs.  Because of this only a small number of companies are making the most of the R&D tax reliefs available to them.  We’ve listed three questions to ask yourself below, if you answer yes to any of them you could be eligible:

Did you encounter problems that required unique solutions?

Have you worked on a project that was a challenge to resolve, and could you explain the challenges you faced and how you attempted to overcome them?

Have your designs involved innovative or creative ideas, perhaps around more sustainable, more efficient or durable products?”

This includes the scientific or technological uncertainty of turning something that has already been established into a cost-effective, reliable and reproducible process, material, device, product or service, or an advance in science or technology.  Simply put there must be an improvement.  Whether that’s in the form of a service or manufacturing of a product.

Sounds like a lot of preparers we know.  Contact Ria Goff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see if you qualify.

MAGAZINE  >  BITS & PIECES > New Sponsor for U2TC Offering R&D Tax Relief for Preparers and Other Small Businesses

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