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Thornley Kelham’s Restoration of Mercedes Icon

‘NOT ANOTHER SILVER GULLWING’ – RESTORING A MERCEDES ICON WITH THORNLEY KELHAM
 

  • Classic and vintage restoration specialist Thornley Kelham has revealed the story behind its restoration of a Mercedes icon, the rare 300SL Gullwing
  • The Gullwing was delivered to Thornley Kelham by a renowned collector and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance judge for a full restoration
  • The tired-looking silver Coupé came fitted with unusual Roadster lights front and rear, and was totally transformed into period-correct Horizon Blue by Thornley Kelham

Award-winning classic and vintage car specialist, Thornley Kelham, has revealed the full transformation of a rare Mercedes 300SL with a highly knowledgeable and critical owner. The owner’s direction to the Thornley Kelham team was simple: it should be perfect, period-correct and finished in anything but silver…

The 300SL was the result of Mercedes-Benz’s decision to develop a sports-racing car in 1952. Using the engine, transmission, suspension and steering from the existing 300 luxury saloon, it was built around an innovative new chassis frame and clothed in one of the most beautiful bodies ever created. The result was the new 300 Sport Leicht or SL, informally known as ‘Gullwing’ because of its upwards opening doors. 

This particular 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing arrived at Thornley Kelham’s HQ in the Cotswolds, following a spell in France during its early days and having resided in the UK since 1981. Its early history isn’t all that well documented, but an inspection carried out on the car in 1971 as it transferred owners revealed it to be ‘in perfect condition’. 

Immediately obvious on arrival to the Thornley Kelham team were the Roadster headlights and taillights fitted to this Coupé. By 1957, Mercedes was focusing mostly on building Roadsters and there was a suspicion that this car could have been a special hybrid commission. However, a thorough inspection of the car revealed a more ordinary truth; accident damage at the front and rear had led to the car being rebuilt with Roadster parts.  

Thankfully, the tubular chassis was in good condition, but years of wear and tear meant that many of the Gullwing’s mechanicals, including its 3.0-litre straight-six engine were in need of rebuilding. Thornley Kelham’s in-house engine-building team set to work cleaning, crafting from scratch or replacing parts of the Gullwing’s drivetrain to ensure it runs reliably and to its optimum performance for years to come.   

Outside of restoring all the mechanicals, the team were also in a position to begin painting and trimming the car to the client’s specifications. Adamant to not have ‘another silver Gullwing’, the owner opted for a striking shade of period-correct Horizon Blue, with an interior finished with a blue plaid non-leather option. But perfecting the finish meant challenges at every corner; the complex doors take hours of careful adjustment and the ‘eyebrows’ above the wheelarch were a particularly delicate operation. Later Gullwings had an almost-invisibly different eyebrow design to earlier cars, and it was crucial to get it correct.  

As the car began to come together, the Thornley Kelham team were tasked with sourcing a large number of original parts, including things as difficult to find as the interior lights. In total, buying parts alone was more than six-figures-worth of expense. Two pieces they didn’t require, however, were the bumpers – the client wished to do without, preferring the visual of a de-bumpered Gullwing.

Simon Thornley, co-founder of Thornley Kelham, said: “Restoring a Gullwing is a huge responsibility, and restoring a Gullwing for a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance judge like our client also comes with a fair bit of pressure. When you’re working with a car as rare and iconic as this, originality and accuracy is absolutely crucial. We spent hundreds of hours getting the details of this car exactly right, while making sure it adheres to the same standard that every car we work on does – it has to look good, drive well and is made to last. This car has been enjoyed for over 60 years now, and we’re delighted to have extended its lifetime for many more years of pleasure for its owners.”

About Thornley Kelham:

Founded in 2009, Thornley Kelham Ltd is a specialist in concours restoration, maintenance, servicing, rally preparation and support of iconic vintage and classic cars. From its Cotswold headquarters, the team of 36 manage, restore and prepare examples of collector cars for global concours and motorsport events from a state-of-the-art 32,000 sq/ft facility.

With in-house bodywork, paint, engine and fabrication shops, Thornley Kelham is widely regarded for the quality of its restorations of historically significant, often unique vehicles across a variety of marques including Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lancia, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce and Porsche as well as Amilcar, Bizzarrini and others. 

Its prize-winning restorations are frequently shown at top-tier concours such as Pebble Beach, the ‘Royal Concours’ at Hampton Court Palace, Chantilly and Salon Privé, while a dedicated motorsport team supports clients at rally events worldwide including the Mille Miglia, Tour Auto, Targa Florio and Peking to Paris. 

Thornley Kelham strives to create an enjoyable, informative and collaborative restoration process for the customer, with customer service as important as the restoration itself.

Thornley Kelham is also well known for the creation of the limited-edition, bespoke ‘Outlaw’ Lancia Aurelia B20GT project, details of which can be found at www.fuorilegge.co.uk.

Restored Defender in Fungus Green | OMEGA D110

Defenders are synonymous with working the land. Tough, durable and dependable; a workhorse supporting the industry as old as time. Omega is completely at ease with nature and its ever-changing cycle. The glossy Fungus Green silhouette is unmistakable, featured here in our local rape seed fields which have been farmed by the same family for generations.

The iconic form is perfectly balanced with a touch of luxury, adorned with sumptuous brown leather trim and a flexible eight-seat configuration.

EXTERIOR

Body color: Fungus Green
Wheels: Steel 16″ (Black)
Tires: BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2
Suspension: Arkonik Cellular Dynamic
Grille: OEM
Bumper: Standard with end caps and DRLs
A-bar: Arkonik
Winch: WARN® Zeon 12-S
Steering guard: Raptor Black
Headlights: Duo-Lux LEDs
Side steps Fire & Ice (Ebony)
Roof rack: Front Runner® Slimline II with rear ladder
Rear badgeS: Solihull Heritage & Defender
Rear step: NAS with 2″ square receiver

INTERIOR

Seating trim: Cavalier Brown Vintage Leather
Front row seats: Modular (heated)
Front storage: Lockbox
Center row: 2 premium high-back with lockbox
Load area seats: Inward facing tip-ups
Steering wheel: Evander wood rimmed 15″
Gear knobs: Alloy
Geargaitor: Matching leather
Door cards: Matching leather
Headlining: Black suede
Sound system: Alpine® head unit with Bluetooth & USB port & 4 speakers

Quinoaplex

Quinoaplex, a product made of hydrolyzed quinoa protein that protects hair before and after coloring/bleaching. Quinoaplex resolves the issue of thinning hair, split ends, hair breakage and damages. The reason why quinoaplex works is because h air is made up of 85% protein and as we get older, we expose hair to chemical products and gradually lose this protein. Without enough protein in your hair, you damage it even washing with regular shampoo and conditioner strips it of essential protein . B enefits for Quinoaplex:

-Hydrolyzed quinoa protein (mother of all grains) has the same structure of the protein that is in our hair, naturally. By applying the quinoa protein to the hair, we give it the protein required through the molecules of the organic, natural quinoa protein. Because of the size of the hydrolyzed protein, it enters the bulb where hair is produced, under the scalp, feeding the hair. Therefore, the hair that is produced by the body, grows stronger and reduces hair loss.

-You can carry and travel with the Quinoa Protein (the smaller 1.7oz – and for home 4oz) and spray and quickly massage throughout the day. It will not only provide volume, but also make the hair manageable without gels and sprays, which block the cuticles and increase hair loss.

-Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein comes in one bottle treatment that supplements the hair from the inside out, with the protein that the hair lacks. Throw it in your gym bag or your purse or travel with it. For more information, please contact me and visit quinoaplex.com

New Offering From Classic Car Studio

Classic Car Studio Sells 1971 Land Rover Series IIA  

The 1971 Land Rover Series IIA  is ready to go for $59,900.

After a complete frame-off restoration this striking Poppy Red off-roader carries a rebuilt 2.5L engine- including new water and fuel pumps, a new alternator, and a new radiator. It also has updated wiring, restored gauges on the dash, a completely-new suspension, and a bunch other great features making this vehicle overlanding-ready.  

About Classic Car Studio

Classic Car Studio is a St. Louis based auto shop specialized in building and selling high performance machines – the shop also had hit TV show on Velocity Channel for two seasons called, “Speed is the New Black.”

6 Choices to Make Your Mental & Physical Goals a Success in 2019

According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week in February. Why? Because dramatic and immediate changes are not sustainable long-term.

So this year, make 2019 not a year of resolutions or diets but one of incremental changes to instill habits that create real long-lasting results. Here are 6 tips:

Do What You Enjoy:

Commit to trying new things or even old things to remind yourself of what you enjoy. This is especially true for keeping active and fulfilling your body’s desire for movement and exercise. This can be taking frequent walks through nature, biking, dancing, hiking, or yoga. Start taking ballroom dancing lessons that you promised yourself you would try years ago. Take a barre method class where you can let your inner ballerina shine. Better yet, put that music on full blast while you are preparing dinner and dance like no one’s watching. It is not about perfection, it is about finding what you love to do and what brings a smile to your face, then it becomes fun and not something you want to do.

Add Things, Don’t Remove Them:

If your goal is to improve your nutrition to lose weight and improve your energy levels, try adding foods into your diet like vegetables. Find fun ways to prepare them to fit your taste buds. Often times if you start with a deprivation statement like, “I am going to stop eating all carbs,” then the only thing you will think about is carbs. When you introduce something new and start noticing the benefits of that change, then you are often inspired to move on to add the next change. Think addition not deprivation!

Stop Eating by 6pm:

If you want to encourage the body to burn fat for energy, stop eating by 6 or 7pm. This allows the body to put most of its energy into rejuvenating and restoring the body for the next day. It also gives the body all time it needs to use up all the sugar storage in the liver so then it can start burning the fat cells for needed energy.

Take 5 Minutes to Stop & Breathe:

If one of your goals is to start being more mindful or to simply start incorporating some relaxation techniques to help you react to stressful events with more ease then perhaps going from not meditating to promising to meditate every day for 45 minutes a day may be a bit overwhelming.

Try this simple strategy, wake up in the morning take a deep breath, record in a journal or on your phone one thing you are grateful for, appreciate or just makes you happy. Read it out loud and then follow with 5 slow breaths and really feel that joy. This way you are starting the habit and getting your body used to what relaxation and being in a state of gratitude feels like. During the day when things get hectic, pull out that book or play that recording and take 5 deep breaths. Fast, easy and often times very effective for decreasing the effects of those stress reactions.

Go to Bed 15 Minutes Earlier:

Work on getting a good night’s rest. A healthy amount of sleep helps you to be more alert, make better decisions, maintain a healthier weight and helps you to look and feel younger. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier each week for a month so you total an hour more of sleep. Remove all electronic devices in the bedroom that gives off artificial light and creating a bedtime routine that signals the body that it is time for bed.

Spend Your Time with Like-Minded People:

Make an effort to spend more quality time reconnecting with family or friends.  Individuals who have social connections suffer less symptoms of depression and may live longer healthier, lives. Also, establishing a support group can help to stay on track with our goals. This may look like once every two weeks to a month spending some time with your girlfriends or skyping or face timing them to catch up.

Making these gradual changes can help you to create habits that will help to feel more energized, feel less stressed, think more clearly and make better choices for you. With each choice comes the opportunity to be the person you have always envisioned.

Eudene Harry MD is the medical director for Oasis Wellness and Rejuvenation Center, a wellness practice devoted to integrative holistic care. She is a veteran physician with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Harry earned her medical degree and performed her residency at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Harry is the author of three books designed to empower the individual to get started on their path to optimal health. She has published extensively on the topics of reducing stress, healthy lifestyle choices, and regaining youthfulness. Her most recent book, Be Iconic: Healthy and Sexy at Any Ageis now available on Amazon.

PARALLAX D90 × ARKONIK

PARALLAX D90: Add another dimension to your daily driver

Why not change the shape of your transport? A soft top Defender from Arkonik has all the ability of a hard top but adds another dimension with its removable canvas roof. This urban-looking truck would look equally at home weaving through New York’s urban jungle as it would cruising along Sunset Boulevard.

For a closer connection to nature, order your own PARALLAX Edition and start planning your open top adventures.

1) Exterior Spec – Santorini Black bonnet, tailgate and wheel arches | KAHN® 1983 18″ alloy wheels | BFGoodrich® AT tyres | Front bumper DRLs | Satin Black chequer plate | KBX Signature grille & wing-top vents | Raptor-coated steering & front differential guard | Fire & Ice ebony side steps | NAS rear step

2) Interior Spec – Black leather trim | Elite Sports front seats | Elite Loc-box | 4 tip-up seats in the load area | Arkon X Leather steering wheel | Alloy gear knobs & door furniture | Air conditioning | Pioneer® premium sound system with Apple® CarPlay

NYRP 21st Annual Hulaween Event

SAVE THE DATE! 

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project to Host 21st Annual Hulaween Event

October 30th at NYC’s Majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine

JOIN NYRP FOUNDER BETTE MIDLERMUSICAL GUEST JON BON JOVI & FRIENDS, AND SPECIAL GUEST DITA VON TEESE

As one of the City’s Most Iconic Cathedrals Transforms Into a Garden of Earthly Delights!

*HOSTED BY COMEDIENNE JUDY GOLD, WITH COSTUME JUDGE MICHAEL KORS & MUSIC BY DJ RUNNA*

 

Evening Will Honor 

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman Alphabet, Inc. and David Evans Shaw, Managing Partner, Black Point Group

     

   

 

New York Restoration Project (NYRP), founded by award-winning singer, entertainer, actress and green activist Bette Midler, will celebrate over two decades of beautifying New York’s urban environment with its annual Halloween party, Hulaween. On Monday, October 30th, one of New York City’s most iconic cathedrals – Cathedral of St. John the Divine – will be transformed into a Garden of Earthly Delights, brought to life by mastermind Douglas Little, the visual storyteller behind Bergdorf Goodman’s most spectacular windows. Dita Von Teese will perform one of her signature burlesque pieces during the cocktail hour.Comedienne Judy Gold is the host for the evening, which will feature special entertainment by Jon Bon Jovi & Friends. Fashion Phenom Michael Kors will once again judge the always popular costume contest, and DJ Runna will provide music throughout the night. This year’s honorees are Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman – Alphabet, Inc. and David Evans Shaw, Managing Partner, Black Point Group, both of whom exhibit exemplary environmental stewardship and the ability to affect innovative change.


Tickets and more info can be found by calling Buckley Hall Events, 914-579-1000

 

ABOUT NEW YORK RESTORATION PROJECT

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since its founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, NYRP brings private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods. To learn more, please visit http://www.nyrp.org .

Reborn To Explore

Unleash your inner explorer with SHACKLETON, our latest D110 Adventure Edition.

This Luxor Beige and Copper Black beast definitely demands respect, thanks to her carefully chosen options, but she brings more to the table than just good looks.

Fuelled by the ever dependable 200TDi power plant, this capable machine boasts Black Steel modular wheels with beadlocks wrapped in chunky BFGoodrich AT tyres and comes equipped with a Front Runner roof rack with ladder and spotlights, as well as a WARN 10K-S winch for some serious pulling power.

For this shoot, we teamed up with The Apprentice Store near Bath, as seen on season 9 of Channel 4’s Grand Designs. Not only did this make for a stunning backdrop but we love the synergy between our own process and the intricate restoration that The Apprentice Store underwent over a two year period.
 
1) Exterior Spec – Black Steel modular wheels with beadlocks | BFGoodrich AT tyres | Copper Black KBX signature grille and wing top vents | Copper Black chequer plate | A-Bar | Fire & Ice ebony side steps | NAS rear step | Rear LED work lamp| WARN 10K-S winch | Front Runner roof rack with ladder and spotlights | Brushed Aluminium steering and front differential guard

2) Interior Spec – Cocoa leather trim | Modular heated front seats | Elite Loc-box | 3 Premium high back center row seats | 4 Tip up seats in the load area | Headrest with custom embroidered logo | Leather door cards | Evander rim 15” wooden steering wheel | Alpine premium sound system with Apple CarPlay | Black suede headlining and side panels | Sunroof

Leading independent Land Rover Defender specialists, Arkonik, have been bringing the British classic to clients in North America and across the globe since 2007. Working with D90 and D110 models, each vehicle that receives the Arkonik treatment will be of a 15-25 year old vintage, depending on its destination. Arkonik perform a full restoration whilst retaining as much of the original vehicles as possible, to render a ‘better than new’ vehicle tailored to clients’ exact specification.

Now offering three levels of service, Arkonik cater to all Land Rover enthusiasts. Choose Origins for an immaculately restored, authentic Defender, enjoy enhanced features with the handpicked Editions, or commission a completely custom build with the Bespoke service.