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News: The 2018 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show – Part 1

My first impression of the 2018 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show was merely this – any Austin Maxi will now turn heads, but a Maxi with a fawn vinyl roof and a Webasto is not so much eye-catching as utterly decadent.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE VAUXHALL VENTORA FE?

Forty-five years ago, I regarded the FE-Series Ventora as one of the most handsome cars you were likely to encounter in the not very mean streets of Fareham. The vaguely Pontiac-style lines, the quad headlamps, the vinyl roof and the sound of that 3.3-litre straight-six engine denoted a car of modest but genuine distinction.

News: THE CITROEN 2CV6 SPECIAL – AN APPRECIATION

My next door neighbour recently gained custody of a 1987 2CV6 Special, which gave me the opportunity to experience true economy motoring of the 1980s. Anyone who complains about the sheer amount of distracting luxuries in modern smalls cars would surely appreciate the Citroën, as here is a car that proudly lacks nearly everything.

News: “Forgotten Favourites” at the Beaulieu’s International Autojumble

As any visitor to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will tell you, the cars that often attract the crowds are the now rarer than rare family saloons of bygone years. Think Ford Cortina Mk. IV 1.6 GL, Austin Mini Metro L, the Hillman Super Minx Series III or the HB-series Vauxhall Viva SL.

News: GEMS FROM THE SAINSBURY’S ARCHIVE - SOUTHAMPTON 1977

The year is 1977, and the people of Southampton are still amazed by the recently opened Sainsbury’s hypermarket in the Lordshill district. Some say that this is the biggest news to hit the city since the Silver Jubilee celebrations or the FA Cup Victory of the previous year.

News: FIVE 1970S ENTRY-LEVEL LARGE SALOONS

Or, how to achieve style and comfort with a minimum of outlay. Austin/Morris 1800 “Wedge”. When BL unveiled their replacement for the “Landcrab” in March 1975 -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxgdRAuDsTEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxgdRAuDsTE - the focus was inevitably on the flagship Wolseley, but the four-cylinder Austin and Morris was equally important.

News: 50 YEARS OF THE HILLMAN AVENGER

The Hillman Avenger is one of the most uber-1970s cars that you are likely to encounter - one that firmly belongs to the realm of Fletcher Maths, How We Used To Live on ITV “Schools Television” and those strange “Pink Panther” chocolate bars from the corner newsagent.

News: MEET THE OWNER – BARRY DAVIES AND HIS VAUXHALL VX2300

‘I wanted a car from my teenage years ... something my father had’.

News: TEN PIONEER BRITISH HATCHBACKS

The forthcoming 50th anniversary of the Austin Maxi is a reminder of its pioneering role as a British five-door saloon.

News: SIX SPLENDID ACCESSORIES

Travel back with us to a time of Spangles, Texan Bars and when these accessories would make your Austin Maxi 1500 look like a Lincoln Continental. Almost.

News: THE CAR FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE – THE CHRYSLER HUNTER

There are some cars which seem to hail from a strange twilight zone of motoring; those models that enjoy a form of afterlife for quite a period after they were believed to have ceased production.

News: Car of the Month - Ben Venis and his Peugeot 404

‘Most people are shocked as they think it's a Morris Oxford at first glance, and then realise it's a French car - but they do think she's elegant!’.