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The Classic Motor Show – A Chance To Dream…

  • Andy Roberts |
  • 16th November, 2016

It was the 1963 Class Winner of the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood. It was possibly one of the most exquisite designs ever created by Colin Chapman. And, best of all (for me at any rate) the 1958 Lotus Elite auctioned by Silverstone Auctions at the Classic Motor Show was originally the property of Chris Barber, that legend of British jazz and blues. - Written by Andy Roberts

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show – And The Power Of Nostalgia

  • Andy Roberts |
  • 14th November, 2016

Andy Roberts talks us through the power of nostalgia after attending the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show over the weekend.

Heroes of Motoring – The Stunt Professionals

  • Andy Roberts |
  • 9th November, 2016

It’s 1986 and you're watching a Bank Holiday revival of Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150AD on BBC1. The opening sequence features a familiar screen face... Surely the driver of the getaway Jaguar Mk. X evading the long arm of Bernard Cribbins was the same chap who crashed his S-Type in the pre-credit scene of Stoppo Driver, one of the finest episodes of The Sweeney? Indeed it was, in the form of the great stuntman Rocky Tayor. We look at the Heroes of Motoring – The Stunt Professionals. - Written by Andy Roberts

Lancaster Insurance Pride Of Ownership Top Twenty Battle For Visitor Votes

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 4th November, 2016

Out of 80 applicants, the final 20 cars set to battle it out in the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership at the NEC Classic Motor Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 11-13 November, have been selected – and it won’t be an easy decision for the visitors to pick the ‘Pride and Joy’ of the show.

50 Years Of The Jensen Interceptor

  • Andy Roberts |
  • 3rd November, 2016

The Jensen Interceptor, to put it frankly, does not look 50 years old. - Written by Andy Roberts

Design Icon – The Range Rover

  • Andy Roberts |
  • 3rd November, 2016

Many of us have a mental shortlist of those prime classic cars where form and function coalesce to create a genuinely ground-breaking vehicle. The sale on the 29th October by Coys of Kensington of the first production Range Rover for £115, 000 is a very timely reminder of an automotive design so magnificent that one was even exhibited in the Louvre as an ‘outstanding piece of modern sculpture’. - Written by Andy Roberts

The Top Five Horror Films (For Classic Car Enthusiasts)

  • Andy Roberts |
  • 31st October, 2016

Halloween beckons, and for those of us who wish to avoid trick-or-treaters there is the alternative of a good – or at least entertaining – film. And so we have carefully selected our top five horror films dating from the 1950s to the 1990s, each featuring at least one splendid motor-car. Happy nightmares… - Written by Andy Roberts

Club of the Month: November 2016

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 28th October, 2016

With the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show just a few weeks away it is only fitting that we dedicate our November ‘Club of the Month’ to one of the shows biggest attractions, The Sporting Bears Motor Club.

Man in a Suitcase

  • Andy Roberts |
  • 27th October, 2016

Many readers who grew up during the 1980s will recall how late on autumn nights ITV would screen re-runs of a spy programme concerning a prematurely grey-haired America private eye who drove a succession of Hillman Imps... - Written by Andy Roberts

‘Margo’ the Mini revs up support for Prostate Cancer UK

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 25th October, 2016

Silverstone Auctions will be offering a special ‘life saving’ Mini for sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at Birmingham NEC on 12th November to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

The Five Worst TV & Film Car Commercials Of All Time

  • Andy Roberts |
  • 20th October, 2016

"As film and television historian (my ‘day’ job), it has been a pleasure to endure some of the most endearingly poor advertisements for cars of the past sixty years. Here are five of my favourites..." - Written by Andy Roberts

Never judge a book OR a classic car by its cover!

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 20th October, 2016

It’s always a tricky business when buying a classic car as the previous owner of this Morris Minor Traveller found out, but it highlights the importance seeking professional and knowledgeable assistance when purchasing. We spoke to Dave Youngs, our very own Car Club Manager about the trials and tribulations of owning 'Nancy'!

The Austin Champ - The Land Rover Rival That Could Have Been a Contender

  • Andy Roberts |
  • 18th October, 2016

As the Land Rover Defender has recently passed into motoring history, it is timely to remember one of the British pretenders to its crown. The Austin Champ now seems to belong to a black and white past of National Servicemen in Pathé Newsreels and low-budget science fictions films about alien beings invading Chobham Common. - Written by Andy Roberts

Interview with Dave Youngs, our Car Club Manager

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 17th October, 2016

In the latest instalment of our Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show interviews, we speak to Dave Youngs, Lancaster’s Car Club Manager, on what makes the show special to him.