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

THE OTHER JAMES BOND CARS

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 2nd June, 2020

In this blog we’re not focusing on the major “Bond Cars” but the sort of vehicles that were within reach of the average cinema patron.

Are you planning on buying a new classic?

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 29th May, 2020

With lockdown being gradually eased and from Monday, car show rooms in England being able to trade, people appear to be turning their attentions to purchasing a new car.

CAR OF THE MONTH – DAVID BROOKS AND HIS 1961 FORD PREFECT 107E

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 29th May, 2020

Since we last met David’s Ford Prefect 107E, it has been treated to new main bearings and a fresh coat of paint. There have also been ‘little repairs’ to the off-side wheel arch and the bottom corner of the bonnet – and last year the Prefect appeared on the Boston Classic

How to spot a gem when buying a classic car

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 29th May, 2020

Buying a classic car should be one of the most exciting purchases of your life. These cars are treats for most people - a significant investment of money, time and emotion. Yet the reality is that many people find it a process fraught with danger and risk.

DO YOU REMEMBER – THE ORIGINAL FORD CORTINA GT?

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 27th May, 2020

‘Pure Ford fire, neatly packed into the race-bred, over-square engine’. That is how Dagenham marketed their first post-war car to bear the “GT” badge.

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’.