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Lancaster Insurance widens MG schemes

  • 29th September, 2020

Lancaster Insurance has further cemented its association with the MG marque by extending its specialist scheme for club members, meaning owners of the F and TF can enjoy a range of classic benefits. The classic car insurance specialist has widened its acceptance criteria to encompass these modern classics and it can now arrange cover for drivers from 19 years old providing they have held a full UK license for two years, dependent on usage and circumstance,

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, postponed to 2021 due to Covid uncertainty

  • 29th September, 2020

The organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, have decided there is no alternative but to postpone the 2020 event, due to be held this November, despite pulling out all the stops to try and make the annual season finale happen.

MEET THE OWNER – JOHN BALL AND HIS FORD ZEPHYR-SIX MK. I

  • 28th September, 2020

John became a devotee of the “Five Star Ford” back in 1967 when he bought a green Consul Mk. I – ‘and I passed my driving test in her’.

Car of the Month - Rick Burmingham and his Morris Marina 1.8 HL

  • Maxine Bowell |
  • 28th September, 2020

Mr. Burmingham never really noticed the Marina ‘until my dad bought a used 1.3 saloon in 1975.’ That Morris proved so reliable that four years later ‘he insisted on me buying a 1.3 Coupe to replace a rusting Mini’.

MEET THE OWNER – KEN COOKE AND HIS AUSTIN 101 VAN

  • 24th September, 2020

When Ken Cooke was a 17-year-old apprentice painter, one of the vehicles he was called on to finish was an early Morris-Commercial J Van.

How to research the history of your classic car

  • 23rd September, 2020

Has anyone interesting owned the car before you, are the manuals and other ephemera still lying in the glove box? All this adds value and is a great talking point at classic car events.

ALMOST EXTINCT – SEVEN RARE CLASSICS

  • Harry Brown |
  • 18th September, 2020

There is, as many of us are all too aware, a grim fasciation in perusing www.howmanyleft.co.uk for the numbers of once-familiar sights. Here are seven cars that are on the verge of vanishing from our roads.

The Ford Consul and Zephyr-Six Mk.I At 70

  • Maxine Bowell |
  • 18th September, 2020

Seventy years ago, two of the stars of the 1950 London Motor Show could be found at Stand 154. The Ford Consul and Zephyr-Six not only promised ‘motoring satisfaction at a minimum of cost’ they also appeared startlingly modern in comparison with the Anglia E494, the Prefect and the V8 Pilot.

THE VAUXHALL VIVA HC AT 50

  • Harry Brown |
  • 16th September, 2020

Sometimes age catches up with even the most alert of classic enthusiasts – not least the fact that on the 1st October the Vauxhall Viva HC celebrates its 50th birthday.

Diana Rigg 1938 - 2020

  • 15th September, 2020

As with many of my generation, I first encountered The Avengers in the 1980s, when Channel Four re-screened Series Five – and after just one episode, I was a devotee for life. There was the theme tune by Laurie Johnson and the villains played by Peters Bowles and Wyngarde, or Kenneth J Warren; eccentrics, mad scientists and bounders who try to maintain the status quo by any means possible. Of course, there were also the motor cars.

THE CITROEN GS AT 50

  • 11th September, 2020

On 24th August 1970, Citroën unveiled a car that redefined mass-motoring – the GS. Here are 20 facts concerning this most remarkable of cars:

Meet the Owner - Terry Temlett and his Ford Anglia 105E Estate

  • 11th September, 2020

Several of our blogs have covered cars that were once as familiar as listening to Alan Freeman announce Pick of The Pops – and possibly none less so than Terry’s 1965 Anglia Estate. He came by it ‘on Facebook Marketplace; and purchased after inspection’. The condition was ‘minor fettling required’ and the Ford was a natural choice of classic as ‘I served my apprenticeship on 105Es’.

The Original Sunbeam Rapier – A Celebration

  • Maxine Bowell |
  • 11th September, 2020

It is a testament to the Sunbeam Rapier that it managed to cause a stir at the 1955 Earls Court Motor Show despite competition from the Citroën DS, the Jaguar 2.4 and the MGA to the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Every detail, from the ivory-coloured steering wheel to the two-tone paint finish denoted ‘The car that has everything!’. Yes, here was an affordable grand tourer that was so up to the minute it even lacked a starter button.

MEET THE OWNER – MARK MCCLELLAND AND HIS VAUXHALL ASTRA GTE MK. I

  • 10th September, 2020

Many readers will immediately recognise Mark McClelland’s Astra GTE Mk. I as A 641 SPO won third prize at the 2016 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show “Pride of Ownership”. Incredibly,