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How to spot a gem when buying a classic car

Buying a classic car should be one of the most exciting purchases of your life. These cars are treats for most people - a significant investment of money, time and emotion. Yet the reality is that many people find it a process fraught with danger and risk.

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Formula Ford

For the first time in a while, qualifying saw all the Formula Fordsters on track at the same time meaning it was busy! I managed a decent time on one of the first laps putting in 4th. On my last lap I had a green first sector but unfortunately came across traffic and couldn’t put the lap together so finished P6 on the grid.

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Do You Remember – The Yugo?

Back in 1981, a time when ownership of a Sony C7 Betamax video recorder was your passport to social success, motorists on a restricted budget were offered a new form of an economy car.

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Pathe Newsreels – Happy Camping!

Rain, tinned Goblin beef burgers, UHT milk and Carry On England being screened in the club house. Those are my memories of caravan holidays during the 1970s, so it should come as no surprise that at least one holidaymaker was rumoured to have attempted a Steve McQueen style escape, albeit while riding a Honda PC50 moped.

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Automotive Genius – The Panhard Dyna Z & PL17

On the 17th June 1953, a time when the flashing indicator was greeted as dangerously radical in many parts of Britain, one of the world’s oldest automotive marques, launched a truly ‘groundbreaking’ model. The Panhard Dyna Z was a fairly large front wheel drive saloon with an aluminium body that had the lowest drag coefficient of any mass-produced car of its era.

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Do You Remember – The Humber Sceptre?

1963 saw the Rootes Group introduce two high -profile cars, one entirely new and the other based on its existing lineup of medium-sized cars. The former was, of course, the Hillman Imp and the latter was the Humber Sceptre, one of the most downright agreeable cars to hail from Coventry.

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Top Ten 007 Cars

The recent announcement by Daniel Craig that he will be starring in the 25th 007 film has prompted me to think of my top ten favourite Bond cars.

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The 50th Birthday of the NSU Ro80

It is almost impossible to believe that the NSU Ro80 will be celebrating its 50th birthday this year for even if it has been launched in 1977 it would still have looked as though it was anticipating the future.

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10 MORE NEWSREEL MOMENTS

10 more gems from the archives of British Pathe and Movietone, from the days when newsreels were as much as a part of an evening at the cinema as flat Kia-Ora and teddy boys heckling the screen from the back-row seats -

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE MONTEGO?

One of the most enjoyable journeys I have ever experienced in a classic car was in a friend’s late-model Montego Countryman to Elstree Studios. Anyone can arrive at such a venue in a hired stretched limousine, but I think being chauffeured in the Rover Group’s finest shows a particular sense of style - especially if said car was eventually parked by Dame Judi Dench’s private bay.

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