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HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY PRACTICAL CLASSICS!

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 15th April, 2020

In the spring of 1980, a new motoring title hit the W H Smiths and Martins of the nation. The front cover featured an Austin A40 “Farina” and a Riley 4/47 while the name of this new publication was Practical Classics. And, in the words of the 2020 editor Danny Hopkins ‘the 40th anniversary edition is the May issue which goes on sale on 15th April’.

Sir Stirling Moss 17th September 1929 – 12th April 2020

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 15th April, 2020

Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss passed away on the 12th April at the age of 90. His racing career commenced in 1948 as an 18-year-old racer in a Cooper 5000 and ended 14 years later with his crash at the International 100 race at Goodwood. During that time, as Giles Richards wrote in The Guardian, he went on:

Mazda MX-5 winner joined Brian Chandler on track day

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 15th April, 2020

On Friday 6th March John Williams, the winner of our MX-5 competition last year, joined Lancaster Insurance and Brian Chandler at Donington Park to test the Mazda at one of the most internationally renowned and historically significant circuits in the world.

10 of the best American muscle cars

  • 14th April, 2020

Just as with cinema, food and literature, every country has its own unique take on car manufacture. Historically, the Europeans and Japanese have highlighted handling, while the traditional American approach was to go for power. And they don’t get much more powerful than the American muscle cars of the 60s and early 70s.

Meet the Owner - Georg Dönni and His Daimler Ladbroke Avon Estate

  • 8th April, 2020

‘People usually believe that the car is a hearse. As almost every car is now a hatchback, she does not generate that much attention anymore, but Jaguar folks are all highly amazed that there was ever a five-door XJ’. And this is quite understandable for the marque expert Georg Dönni owns one of the most exclusive cars ever to wear the famous Daimler fluted grille.

Classic car rallies around the world

  • 7th April, 2020

There are some quite incredible classic car rallies to be found out there. As long as your classic car is up to the challenge (rallies can be quite the endurance test), you should really consider participating in one. But where?

Coronavirus and your car insurance - Lancaster Insurance is here to support you

  • 2nd April, 2020

For many, spring signifies starting the engine of our classics and looking forward to the season ahead. This year, however, we understand enthusiasts will be unsure when they’ll be able to do this. We’ve been receiving a lot of queries from club members during this time, so Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, answers a number of these questions.

THE RAREST CARS IN BRITAIN - THE CIMITAN FAMILY'S FIAT 127 GT 1300

  • 31st March, 2020

‘When we bring her out the amount of people that come up and start asking about it…’ remarks Chris about the Cimitan family’s Fiat. And this is hardly surprising, as any 127 is now a very unusual sight – let alone the third-generation GT 1300.

CAR OF THE MONTH – STEPHEN PARRISH AND HIS 1934 CITROEN ROSALIE

  • 30th March, 2020

The public reaction to Stephen’s Citroen Rosalie 10CV (who, of course, goes by the name “Rosie”) is often one of surprise – ‘most people have never seen one or didn’t realise that Citroen’s were ever built in the UK and the fact it is a RWD surprises most’.

PHIL CAUNT AND THE PRISONER MOKE

  • 27th March, 2020

On the 29th September 1967, ITV screened the first episode of The Prisoner which featured an unusual taxi cab - one that offered a ‘local service’ only.

MID-BEDS VEHICLE RESTORATION AND THE SWEENEY FORD CONSUL GT

  • 27th March, 2020

The 2nd January 1975 saw the first episode of a new police series entitled The Sweeney and the major automotive star was a Ford Consul GT.

TONY POUNDER AND HIS 1954 STANDARD TEN RALLY CAR

  • 27th March, 2020

It would be fair to say that Tony Pounder is quite the fan of the  Standard Eight family and one prize member of his fleet is a 1954 Ten that was ‘built by the works for pre-war racer Leslie Brooke it took part in the 1955 Monte Carlo and RAC Rallies and the 1956 Monte Carlo Rally – alas without much success!’

AUBONE BRADDON AND HIS 1967 FORD ANGLIA PICK-UP

  • 27th March, 2020

Aubone Braddon is a gentleman who clearly appreciates the Anglia 105E family as his fleet comprises twelve examples of “The World’s Most Exciting Light Car”.

TONY BROOKS AND HIS ROVER P5B MOTOR CARAVAN

  • 27th March, 2020

This  P5B 3.5 Litre Motor Caravan owned by Tony Brooks goes by the name “Apollo”, and it is one of the most distinctive classics you are ever likely to encounter.