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The Five Worst Screen Car Chases

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Andy Roberts

There are those films with car chases that thrill and inspire – Bullitt, The Italian Job, Brannigan - but there are also those pictures with such wayward pursuit sequences that the viewer eventually begins to wonder if he/she dreamt them. Here are my five such memorable moments:

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30 Years of The Peugeot 405

Written by
Andy Roberts

Park Gate in the 1980s was a Hampshire village in which, generally speaking, nothing happened. The local newspaper’s headlines were usually variations on the theme of ‘Jar of Robinson’s Marmalade Stolen from Post Office’. But, one day in July 1989, excitement arrived – my father’s Ford Orion Ghia was replaced by a red Peugeot 405 1.9 GR.

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60 Years of The Vauxhall Victor

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Andy Roberts

The year is 1957; the time is the 7th February, and the event is a musical show at the Kilburn State Theatre in London celebrating the launch of a new Vauxhall.

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Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership - Restoration Favourites

There is a common theme amongst the first finalists selected for the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition – they all have fantastic restoration stories to share. Ideal then that the competition will be held at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show at Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April.

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40 Years of the Chrysler Sunbeam

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Andy Roberts

Last year I wrote about how, back in the summer of 1977, Petula Clark advised all ITV viewers to put a Chrysler Sunbeam in their lives. Such is the sheer unabashed cheesiness of this commercial – I would personally rate it as ‘Prime Stilton’ - that the achievement of the actual subject is sometimes overlooked...

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Top Five Vanishing Family Cars

Written by
Andy Roberts

"There comes a moment in the life-cycle of many previously popular cars when they almost vanish overnight and looking at the ‘How Many Left’ website is almost as depressing as watching Take the High Road. Then you start to think when you last saw a Rover 600, a Vauxhall Cavalier Mk.2 or a Citroen BX?" - Written by Andy Roberts

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This Week’s Star Prize! – 1980s Quiz Show Cars

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Andy Roberts

"Ah, the lost world of the 1980’s ITV quiz – glitter, tinsel and the chance to win a Ford Fiesta Popular. On a BBC game show, victors might have left with ‘a selection of board games’ and even on the commercial channel there was heavy restrictions on prize values until 1993. Happily, for the motoring enthusiast, this frequently resulted in a splendid array of Lada 1200s and the like." - Written by Andy Roberts

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So Macho? 40 Years Of The Matra Rancho

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Andy Roberts

"To start 2017 in style, I’d like to mark the 40th anniversary of one of my all-time favourite classic cars, one that mesmerised my younger self... The Matra Rancho" - Written by Andy Roberts

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That Was The Year That Was: Classic Memories of 2016

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Andy Roberts

"What, you may reasonably ask, does Carry On Cabby have to do with any end-of-the-year classic round up? The answer is simply that today I was thinking about the moment that I first became interested in the world of old cars, which I can trace more or less directly to the 7th and probably best, in my opinion, Carry On ever made being screened on BBC2.... Here is That Was The Year That Was: My Classic Memories of 2016" - Written by Andy Roberts

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Five More Terrible Motoring Ads

Written by
Andy Roberts

Just when you thought it was safe to come out from behind the sofa, here’s another five of the most ill-judged motoring commercials of bygone days. Don’t say that we didn’t warn you… - Written by Andy Roberts

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Heroes of Motoring – Raymond Baxter

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Andy Roberts

"On 19th September 1976, Hero of Motoring Raymond Baxter appeared in The Goodies’ episode It Might As Well Be String, clad only in his underwear and uttering his lines with the straight-faced aplomb which only Ronnie Barker could have equalled." - Written by Andy Roberts

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Heroes of motoring – Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert

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Andy Roberts

"One of the most intriguing aspects of pictures of motoring of the past, aside from the telegraph wires and transport cafes that made the establishment in Hell Drivers look like The Ritz, are road signs. Which is where two of the heroes of motoring – Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert - come in." - Written by Andy Roberts

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Morris Minor Owner Club member is the winner in our 2016 ‘Lifetime ticket’ competition at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show

For the past few years, we’ve offered our customers and friends the opportunity to win a pair of ‘Lifetime tickets’ to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. This year’s winner was Mike Dean, a Morris Minor Owner Club member, and we’re thrilled the tickets have gone to someone who is as passionate about the show as we are!

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Forgotten Cars Of The 1970s – The Polski Fiat 125p

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Andy Roberts

"She looks winsome. They look like bit actors from Man About the House. The fashions look as though they were created in the dark. And the car in the middle of the frame is the Polski-Fiat 125p which, for many years, was second fiddle in the British market to the Lada." - Written by Andy Roberts

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