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MG Midget

The MG Midget – A Celebration

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 5th May, 2021

When MG introduced ‘the new Midget’ in June 1961, some Abingdon traditionalists were decidedly unhappy. A Mr. R. Gowring ranted in a letter to Motor Sport: “I am one of numerous MG Midget owners who regard the ‘New Midget’ with an air of disdain. I say the ‘New Midget.’ Mr. Courtenay Edwards, the motoring correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph, calls it “the Austin Healey Sprite wearing a false moustache and dark glasses,” which I feel is a much better description.”

MG Steering Wheel

How to get back behind the wheel after a break

  • 28th April, 2021

Driving is just like riding a bike; you never forget how, but after a bit of a break, you may be a little rusty. However, you don’t want that rustiness to lead to an unwelcome incident out on the road, which could cost you dearly.

Ulverston

What is the Lakeland Motor Museum?

  • 28th April, 2021

For many fans of classic cars, planning a trip to the Lakeland Motor Museum is a dream come true! This unique place is truly devoted to all things motoring. From getting up close to classic vintage cars and motorbikes to immersing yourself in some of the greatest moments in UK motoring history, there’s really no place quite like it.

Vauxhall Dealership

Our favourite classic Vauxhalls

  • 28th April, 2021

Vauxhall is not often spoken about as a brand that builds great cars. But as the UK’s oldest surviving car brand, with models rolling off its production line as early as 1903, its motors really stand the test of time.

4x4 Insurance Update

4x4 Insurance Update

  • 27th April, 2021

With lock down restrictions on travel being gradually eased within the four nations, albeit it at differing rates, we’re receiving queries regarding 4x4 insurance and what is covered as people look ahead to getting back on the open road. Here Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, talks about what is covered with our 4x4 policies.

A classic car coming onto a straight on a race track with the sun setting behind

All about the Nürburgring

  • 21st April, 2021

The Nürburgring is a bucket-list destination for just about every petrolhead on the planet. It attracts some two million visitors each year and is, without doubt, one of the premier automotive attractions in the world.

A blue VW Beetle parked in the middle of a road with rows of trees either side

8 fast facts about the VW Beetle

  • 21st April, 2021

The VW Beetle has claims to be one of the best cars to ever go into production. Designed to be the ‘people’s car’, its appeal spanned cultures and generations, going on to become one of the best-selling cars of all time. It remained in production for more than 80 years, with Volkswagen eventually calling time in 2019.

UK Distillery

Best UK distilleries to visit by campervan

  • 16th April, 2021

Did you know that the UK boasts more than 300 distilleries, producing gin, vodka and whisky? A trip to one of these can make for a very nice day out – you just need to find somewhere safe to leave the campervan so you can properly enjoy your tipple!

Vauxhall Cavalier SR

MEET THE OWNER – MARTIN HUGHES AND HIS VAUXHALL CAVALIER SR

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 16th April, 2021

It is hard to believe that the Vauxhall Cavalier Mk. II is fast approaching its 40th birthday, and even more difficult to appreciate how rare they now are. There are just two examples of the SR on the road and Martin Hughes’ 1982 four-door is believed to be the last Jamaica Yellow model in the UK.

Greek Taxi

ONE FAMILY FROM NEW – A MORRIS OXFORD TAXI IN GREECE

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 16th April, 2021

Any Morris Oxford Series VI is a car worthy of great respect – especially this 1969 example owned by Costas Georgopoulos. His father acquired it new, and the Farina served the family and the Peloponnese seaport town Nafplio as a taxi for many years.

Green Fiat 127

THE FIAT 127 AT 50

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 16th April, 2021

To celebrate 50 years of the 127 – 27 facts about this ground-breaking Fiat:

Two Morris Marina's

20 FACTS ABOUT THE MORRIS MARINA

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 16th April, 2021

The Morris Marina will celebrate its 50th birthday later this month, and we plan to feature an exceptional example on the actual date. For now, here are twenty fascinating facts about a much-misunderstood car:

RARER THAN RARE – THE RENAULT 20 TX

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 15th April, 2021

According to How Many Are Left?, just 15 examples of the Renault 20 TX Automatic remain on the road in the UK. Forty years ago, they were regarded as desirable transport – well-appointed, versatile, extremely comfortable and with a certain degree of panache. More importantly, this example, co-owned by Chris Salter and Reg Duffett, was once the daily driver of a great friend to the classic community.

Fiat 130

THE FIAT 130 COUPE AT 50

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 15th April, 2021

50 years ago, Fiat unveiled one of their most beautiful cars: the 10 Coupe. It was not just a belated heir to the 2300S and the Lance Flaminia Coupe but a car fit to rival the BMW 3.0CS and the Mercedes-Benz 280CE. Famous owners included (but of course) Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.