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DVD OF THE WEEK - CHRISTINE

On the 23rd January, the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced, which prompted me to think of the many cinematic greats and near-misses with the name of the car in the titles.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE HILLMAN SUPER MINX?

For many of us it is the smallest details of an old car that can evoke such powerful memories – the transmission whine on a Vauxhall Viva HB, the tip-up seats on a four-door Morris 1100 – and the oval shaped interior mirror on a 1965 Hillman Super Minx.

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1948 LAND ROVER SHOW CAR DISCOVERED

A major joy of the classic car world is the finding of a famous or historically important model in a barn, a field or even beneath some bramble bushes. The original Saint ‘Volvo’ and the Bullitt ‘Jump Mustang’ are two famous examples and seven years before Genevieve entered production, the 1904 Darracq was found in a London scrap yard.

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DVD OF THE WEEK – SCOTLAND YARD

One of my all-time favourite film series also features my all-time favourite car marque. In each edition of the Scotland Yard B-features made between 1953 and 1961 there often is at least one highly polished 6/80 and, after 1958, 6/90 arriving at a crime scene located conveniently near to Merton Park Studios.

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50 YEARS OF THE ESCORT

One of my favourite automotive brochures of the 1960s features a very disgruntled looking Hugh Futcher (Carry On support actor, panicking Sapper in Quatermass & The Pit and more recently the star of a Specsavers ad) aboard a pedal car.

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No More Little Chef?

As I write this piece, there are any number of online reports that once-familiar sight on our roads is going the way of the RAC telephone box, the AA salute and police Wolseleys with bells – the Little Chef.

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NEWSREELS OF THE WEEK – SIR STIRLING MOSS

The recent news that Sir Stirling Moss ‘will finally retire, so that he and my mother can have some much deserved rest and spend more time with each other and the rest of the family’ prompted me (and, I suspect, countless years) to re-watch the footage of his racing career.

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60 YEARS OF THE AUSTIN GIPSY

During the 1970s and 1980s, you might have encountered a well-used off-roader that, from a distance, at any rate, resembled a Series II Land Rover. On closer scrutiny, it turned out to be the far rarer Austin Gipsy, the British Motor Corporation’s highly ambitious bid for the 4x4 market.

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WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE CLASSIC?

I have a theory, which may well be entirely inaccurate, that your favourite classic is frequently dictated by seeing it on screen while at an impressionable age. For some, it was watching a Polar White Ford Escort RS2000 Mk. II speed through Buckinghamshire with a perm-haired CI5 agent at the wheel and for others it was the Jaguar S-Type coming to grief in the pre-titles sequence of Stoppo Driver, one of the finest episodes of The Sweeney.

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50 YEARS OF THE MORGAN PLUS 8

Just suppose that it is 1968 and you are in the fortunate position of having £1,500 to spend on an open-topped car. Then, flicking through the current issue of Motor, you read of a vehicle that ‘has no real rivals but occupies its own little niche in the market’ and moreover one with a V8 engine that costs £1,475 with seat belts an extra £12 12s 9d.

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