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CAR OF THE MONTH – TONY PENMAN’S TOYOTA MR2 MK. II TURBO

  • Harry Brown |
  • 2nd November, 2020

Back in the early 1990s when Tony passed his driving test, he craved a Toyota MR2 Mk. II – “but the bank manager thwarted this ambition”. A few years later, he came close to owning one of these fine machines – “but my wife talked me out of it as it was not a practical machine for work purposes”. However, two years ago the Penman fleet was, at long last, joined by a 1990 turbo-charged Revision 1 –“a private import from Japan”.

DO YOU REMEMBER - THE TRIUMPH 2500S?

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 2nd November, 2020

Some cars – no names – merely peter out at the end of a long run. A few conclude their career in a morass of special edition versions, festooned with stripes and wheel trims. And a select few ceased production on a high note – the Ford Capri 280 Brooklands, the Mini in 2000 and the Triumph 2500S.

THE SUNBEAM ALPINE GT – A CELEBRATION

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 30th October, 2020

The clocks have changed, and there is a certain crispness in the air – in short, it is that time of the year when many classic sports car enthusiasts start considering a coupe rather than a convertible. However, the Sunbeam Alpine GT, with its detachable roof and soignée lines, really was the best of both worlds – assuming you only required two seats.

A TRIBUTE TO GENEVIEVE

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 30th October, 2020

As we all know, this year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run has been cancelled due to COVID-19 - https://www.veterancarrun.com/. As a tribute to this great event and to anticipate its return in 2021, here are twenty facts about Genevieve – one of the greatest films of all time:

Club of the Month

  • Harry Brown |
  • 29th October, 2020

At Lancaster Insurance, we have worked closely with Sporting Bears for a number of years. We are a huge supporter of the club and wanted to shine a light on the fantastic work they do for charity and show how we can all get involved.

2020 Hyundai Coupe Cup – review so far by Alex Cursley

  • Harry Brown |
  • 28th October, 2020

The 2020 Hyundai Coupe Cup season has been shorter than normal due to the current situation. With racing starting in August, we talk to our sponsored driver, Alex Cursley, as he looks back on the season ahead of the Championship decider at Oulton Park this Saturday (31st October).

A TRIBUTE TO ABINGDON

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 23rd October, 2020

On the 24th October 1980, one of the world’s most famous car factories closed its doors. Here we pay tribute to just some of the cars that were made in Abingdon.

Can you drive a motorhome on prescription medication?

  • 22nd October, 2020

All drivers know it’s illegal to drive if they’re impaired by alcohol or illegal drugs. But did you know the rules also apply to prescription drugs?

MEET THE OWNER – DUNCAN HURST AND HIS ROVER P4 110

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 21st October, 2020

A few days ago we featured the Ledbury Maestro owned by Glyn Andrews - but it is far from the only classic Rover in the family. Only last month, his son Duncan became the proud owner of a last-of-the-line 1964 P4 110.

Classic car road tax explained

  • 19th October, 2020

There are many benefits to be had from running a classic car besides being both fun and a useful investment. Classics can be surprisingly economical, as some essential items like Read this guide to classic car road tax and get informed.

LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVERY, GOES ONLINE FOR CELEBRATION OF MUCH MISSED SEASON FINALE

  • Harry Brown |
  • 16th October, 2020

The organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, will celebrate the much-missed season finale with a free-to-attend online event held on Saturday 14 November.

DO YOU REMEMBER – THE TOYOTA CROWN SUPER SALOON?

  • Harry Brown |
  • 15th October, 2020

Six years ago, while attending a Classic & Sports Car shoot, I had the great pleasure of encountering a car that had fascinated my ten-year-old self. The S110-series Toyota Crown Super more than fulfilled my expectations, being a vehicle of charm, presences and, yes, style.

MEET THE OWNER – RICHARD HANLON AND HIS RENAULT 17TS

  • Harry Brown |
  • 15th October, 2020

Back in 2009 Renault enthusiast, Richard Hanlon ‘was geared up to go over to Ireland to buy a pale metallic green 15 which I had been hankering after for a long period. I had a flight booked in the outbound direction, and a ferry booked home again; when the news came that it had been unexpectedly sold locally’.

Should you buy a left-hand drive classic car?

  • 15th October, 2020

Whether you’re desperate for the American muscle of a Ford Mustang from the late Sixties or the pretty Italian charms of a Fiat Barchetta from the mid Nineties, there’s a lot to consider when poring over left-hand drive classics.