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Do you remember the Vauxhall Carlton Mk.1?

One of the side effects of the passage of time, apart from noticing how young police officers look, is that how certain once respected cars slowly vanish from our roads. In the very late 1970s and early 1980s, the Vauxhall Carlton was the vehicle of choice for sober-minded accountants and bank managers but now they look as fascinatedly dated as an episode of The Young Ones.

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40 Years of the Mazda RX-7

Many of you will have already heard the news that Mazda plans a return to rotary power next year. According to an interview with AutoRai.NL, Martijn ten Brink, the Vice President of Sales and Customer Service for the company's European division, the idea is to offer the company’s forthcoming electric car with a ‘range extender in the form of a Wankel engine’. And such an announcement is especially timely as 1978 marks the 40th birthday of the RX-7.

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Ten Great Sit-Com Cars

The passing of Bill Maynard on the 30th March has made me think of both a certain Rover P6B that was in some need of restoration – and of the many and various cars that made in an impact of so many viewers. Sometimes they were associated with the run of the series, sometimes they make, but one appearance but the memories abide after many decades…

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THE ORIGINAL GOLF GTI

When admiring Lancaster’s Golf, it is difficult to remember that only a decade before the first RHD GTis hit the British market, the idea of a front wheel drive VW was unknown.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE BMC LD VAN?

If you take a look at almost any brochure for a British light commercial vehicle of the 1960s, it will contain page after page of drawings featuring smiling and Brylcreemed tradesmen delivering bread or milk with a smile.

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Lancaster Insurance supports National Car Club awards for third year in a row

Classic car insurance specialist, Lancaster Insurance, has once again shown its commitment to the car club community, by supporting the National Car Club awards; and will be sponsoring four categories at the prestigious awards ceremony, ‘National Car Club of the Year’, Outstanding Online Presence by a Car Club (including social media, website and other online presence), National Car Club Judges Special Recognition Award and a new award for this year ‘National Car Club ‘Young Member’ of the Year’’.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE ALPINE AND THE SOLARA?

Texan chocolate bars, youths in shopping precincts desperately trying to look like Johnny Rotten or Captain Sensible, How on Southern Television - and the Chrysler Alpine. These are all everyday sights and experiences from the late 1970s that now seem impossibly remote in time, especially the Car of the Year 1976.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE LANCIA BETA HPE?

Some cars effortlessly exude an air of good living - fine wines, Belgian chocolates etc. – just as there are those vehicles that seem to have been created for the purpose of making the driver feel like a pauper.

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