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The BMW Baroque Angel – a Celebration

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 16th November, 2020

If you were reading the 11th October edition of Autocar in 1957, you might have noticed an advertisement headlined ‘For the Discerning Motorist’. Naturally, you read on, as this clearly referred to a driver such as yourself, one who appreciated ‘Sober elegance of line, outstanding performance, admirable road holding and first-class craftsmanship’.

DO YOU REMEMBER – THE SIMCA 1501?

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 12th November, 2020

A Simca 1501 was not exactly a rarity during the 1970s, yet it always seemed faintly exotic in comparison with its near contemporary, the Hillman Hunter. The styling, although clearly dating from the previous decade, was an intriguing blend of French and Detroit while the interior had the chintzy decor of a suburban living room. Besides, a fine example of the Simca had pride of place in the 1972 edition of Motor Cars; A Ladybird “Recognition” Book.

Season review from Brian Chandler and the BC Car Motorsport team

  • 12th November, 2020

Here the Lancaster Insurance sponsored BC Car Motorsport team give us an insight into how the 2020 Mazda season was for them. “Well 2020 turned out to be a strange year at BC Cars Motorsport. Covid 19 changed everything. When we were allowed to get back on track on 1st July, we had to work with our partners, race organisers, mechanics and drivers to get everyone ready and make the most of what would be available to us and we still got some surprises! For 2020 we would end up supporting nine Mazda MX5s across a reduced calendar of four rounds. The plan was Cadwell Park, Anglesey, Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

What can you see at Haynes Motor Museum?

  • 12th November, 2020

Before your trip, do check that all exhibits you want to see are open, book your ticket, and make sure you’ve got great insurance to cover your own vehicle for any mishaps along the way!

What is a classic car Breakfast Club?

  • 11th November, 2020

What better excuse than to have a hearty breakfast waiting for you at the end of your drive, followed by a display of incredible cars at some of the UK’s finest motoring destinations. What more could you ask for on a Sunday morning?

THE STERLING – THE ALL-AMERICAN ROVER

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 11th November, 2020

‘Such a timeless sense of freedom, such effortless motion, can only come from a land where traditions of craftsmanship and luxury are skilfully combined with the precision and power of modern engineering’.

7 ways to personalise your classic campervan

  • 10th November, 2020

The options for adding personality to your campervan are limitless. Here are a few tips and insights to get you started on making your cherished camper truly feel like a home on wheels.

DO YOU REMEMBER – THE FIAT 124 SPORT COUPE?

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 10th November, 2020

When Fiat launched their 124 saloon in 1966, few observers would have been surprised to learn that they were planning a two-door high-performance version. However, when the 124 Sport Coupe made its bow in 1967, it immediately became an object of desire. In the UK, the new Fiat seemed far removed from half-day closing on a Wednesday and Z-Cars in the evening.

How to choose the right leisure battery for your motorhome

  • 9th November, 2020

Whether you’re a fan of wild camping far away from civilization or prefer a full-service campsite with all the mod cons, a reliable source of power is a must. After all there’s nothing better than a nice cup of tea on a sunny morning or a light to see by during a stormy night.

THE SUNBEAM FROM ITALY – THE VENEZIA

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 9th November, 2020

At first sight, it could be a car that belongs to the world of La Dolce Vita; transport for Marcello Mastroianni or Sophia Loren to Rome’s finest nightclubs. Almost every detail is reminiscent of 1960s European glamour - until you notice the grille’s similarity to the Humber Sceptre Mk.I and the Sunbeam Rapier Mk. V. And while the coachwork was indeed the work of Carrozzeria Touring, the running gear hailed from Coventry.

The best classic two-seater convertibles

  • 9th November, 2020

Convertible cars let us squeeze every last bit of warm weather from our summers. What else gives you that wind-in-the-hair sensation? And when you buy a classic convertible, it’s the kind of investment that just keeps on giving.

The Slough Citroën DS Pallas – A Celebration

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 6th November, 2020

As a Citroën devotee of many years standing, there is one model in particular that I crave – the Slough-built DS Pallas. Here are my impressions from a Classic & Sports Car feature from five years ago:

Car auction myths busted!

  • 5th November, 2020

Whether it’s a bargain in need of some TLC or a beautifully preserved original, there are plenty of ways a seller can entice a would-be buyer. However, there are many car auction myths floating around, among both buyers and sellers, that need busting!

MEET THE OWNER - JERRAMY TOPPING AND HIS 1950 FORDSON E83W

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 4th November, 2020

In the 1950s, no line of traffic would have been complete without an example of the E83W range en route to delivering coal, laundry, milk or, in summer, ice cream cornets. Their rate of progress could never be described as ‘rapid’ – there appears to be no instance of an E83W getaway vehicle in a British B-film – but they were almost guaranteed to reach their destination.