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Keep up to date with the latest news and events from the world of classic cars.

CLUB OF THE MONTH - THE "BEARS"

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 27th May, 2020

The “Bears”, as they are affectionately known, are a dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts. Since the club was formed in 1989, their primary aim has been to raise money for children’s charities through their own social, dream rides and touring events, and to support other charitable events.

REFLECTIONS ON THE 1970S CAR SHOW

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 27th May, 2020

Our mission, should we decide to accept it, was to create an online event on the Classic Car Enthusiasts Forum – Powered by Lancaster Insurance that people could engage with throughout the Bank Holiday Weekend. It would embrace all forms of 1970s motoring life, from Dr. A.F. Kendal’s Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II and Peter R.

MEET THE OWNER – LEWIS BUCHAN AND HIS 1964 SCAMMELL SCARAB

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 19th May, 2020

In the 1950s and 1960s, you were as much likely to see a Scammell Scarab in red & cream British Railways livery as a Lyons Corner House or a police constable on point duty.

Meet the Owner - Rich Philpot and his Triumph Herald 1200 Coupe

  • 15th May, 2020

‘The original Herald design sketch was of a coupé. To my mind, it is the best-looking body style for a Herald, and the two-tone red and white paint is also my favourite colour combination’. And Rich Philpot’s 1963 example is the epitome of the Triumph that you could ‘Park With Pride!’

MOTORING – 1955 STYLE

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 13th May, 2020

As road traffic is now reduced to 1955 levels, here is a glimpse into a lost world.

MEET THE OWNER – SHANE FENTON AND HIS 1958 BEDFORD CA

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 13th May, 2020

‘I restore cars as a hobby and intended to give it a makeover, but to be honest, it’s too original, and I love it the way it is like a time machine’.

THE ISETTA – THE BMW FROM BRIGHTON

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 13th May, 2020

In the 1950s there were three British towns or boroughs associated with the assembly of overseas vehicles – Acton for Renault, Slough for Citroën and Brighton for the BMW Isetta.

Can I drive my classic car during the coronavirus pandemic?

  • Lancaster Insurance |
  • 12th May, 2020

UPDATE: the latest advice from the government makes it clear that non-essential travel in England over greater distances is now allowed. We have been receiving a lot of enquiries so have put together the guidance below to ensure you stay within the law as you take your classic car out again.

THE TALBOT SOLARA – AN APPRECIATION

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 7th May, 2020

Gavin Bushby is not only the Chairman of the Fiat Motor Club; he is also the proud owner of a very unusual Coventry-built saloon: a Talbot Solara Rapier. ‘Beautiful gold, with brown, brown, beige, and brown velour’. And the colour scheme was not the only attraction of this fine car as it presented the driver with plush ‘inserts on the door trim pads and ‘front hockey-stick armrests’.

MEET THE OWNER – PATRICK BRADLEY AND HIS AUSTIN MONTEGO HL

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 4th May, 2020

Thirty-four years ago, Patrick Bradley’s Austin Montego HL was as familiar a sight as people fleeing from Sigue Sigue Sputnik on Top of The Pops. He came this now rare car ‘last year as my dad had Maestros and Montego when I was a kid. I wanted to get one to remind me of my childhood. These cars were everywhere when I was growing up in the 90s – now there is hardly any left sadly.’

Affordable classics from the 90s

  • 30th April, 2020

Nostalgia for the 90s is in full swing at the moment – it’s enough to make those of us old enough to vividly remember the decade feel very old indeed.

CLUB OF THE MONTH - The Fiat Motor Club

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 30th April, 2020

The Fiat Motor Club (GB) is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the motoring enjoyment of its members. You don’t have to own a Fiat to join, just a love for all things Italian such as cars, food and lifestyle.

Ways you can save money when taking out insurance

  • 30th April, 2020

If your insurance is up for renewal, we’d encourage you to give the team a call directly to discuss your circumstances. As a specialist classic broker, we truly understand the industry and can offer a number of benefits with our policies including a two year agreed value option, vital protection such as salvage retention options and choice of repairer are available.

CAR OF THE MONTH - IAN QUARRY’S MORRIS MINI TRAVELLER

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 29th April, 2020

Ian Quarry remarks that his 1965 Morris Mini Traveller is often 'smiled at and noticed…'. This is not surprising, as the car that represented 'Wizardry at work again!'