Mario would like to wish all his readers a very Happy New Year and lots of great motoring in 2014. We’ve had a good year with some exciting highlights, especially appearing in the Telegraph and on TV for Goodwood, Mario’s celebrity is spreading and we have made lots of new friends around the world. Our readers obviously thought the same as September the 26th, the day the TV programme was shown was the busiest ever on the blog.
In 2013 Mario’s blog received over 6000 views which is almost double that in 2012, hopefully we will soon get our 10,000 view ever, so please spread the word. We have been viewed from 88 countries which is pretty awesome, the UK was the most popular followed by the US and Germany but we also got a lot of attention from Russia, Brazil and Argentina plus even a visitor from Mongolia!
We apologise for the lack of blogs over the last few weeks but with preparations for Christmas, not helped by a 19 hour power cut on Christmas Eve and the newest member of the family – Birkin, a four month old kitten, named after Sir ‘Tim’ Birkin the famous ‘Bentley Boys’ racing driver. (our other cat is called Bentley!).
The 1929 Birkin Bentley pictured on our Christmas card, was the most expensive British car sold at a public auction when it went under the hammer for £5.15m at Goodwood in 2012, to an anonymous bidder from outside the UK. An export ban was placed on the car by the UK government allowing Brooklands Museum time to co-ordinate an attempt to raise the £5.15m to purchase it for the nation.
We were hoping to take Mario to the Classic Car Meet at Elstead tomorrow on New Years Day but the weather forecast is showing more of the appalling wet and windy weather we have been experiencing so it looks like he and us will be staying tucked up warm and safe. It’s a shame as last year it was a great event with a wide selection of vehicles. There are quite a few traditional New Years Day events taking place tomorrow, maybe there will be some brave souls out there who will brave the elements, so they won’t be a total washout. Hopefully we will have some better winter weather in the near future and we will be able to take Mario out soon.
There are already several motoring events on the calendar including the new 72 members meeting at Goodwood and of course the Haslemere Classic Car Show and Tour which we organise on Sunday 25 May. We have been researching several interesting blog topics and now the festivities are almost out of the way we will be busy posting them. Please keep reading and pass the blog on to others who might be interested.
Happy New Year from Mario x