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MEET THE OWNER – THE JACK BARNES FORD ESCORT MK. I

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 27th November, 2019

Jack Barnes is the owner of a car that can be truly called a ‘time warp’ vehicle. He came by his 1968 Escort 1100 De Luxe Mk. I three years ago when there were a mere 18,000 miles on the clock and every detail reminds you of why the ‘small cars that aren’t’ made such an impact on British motorists

THE ORIGINAL AUSTIN-HEALEY

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 27th November, 2019

One of the most famous stories about the 1952 London Motor Show is that the new Healey 100 was parked behind a post as Donald Healey was so dubious about the appearance of the radiator grille.

40 YEARS OF THE TALBOT SUNBEAM LOTUS

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 27th November, 2019

“By any standards the first new model to bear the Talbot name has superb performance; by the standards of any other small three-door hatchback saloon — even the Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HS — the performance of this 2.2-litre, 150 bhp Lotus-engined Sunbeam is absolutely sensational.”

Club of the month – Enthusiasts of British Motor Vehicles before 1985

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 26th November, 2019

Enthusiasts of British Motor Vehicles is a non-subscription Facebook-based group founded in 2014 and they have a worldwide membership of more than 25,000 and growing.

MEET THE OWNER - ERIC CHRISTOFFERSEN AND HIS VESPA 400S

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 25th November, 2019

A few weeks ago, we featured a blog about the Vespa 400 – and Eric Christoffersen is the proud owner of two examples. Few people in the UK are familiar with this splendid machine and so when he is out and about, the public reaction is often one of confusion.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE CHRYSLER SUNBEAM?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 25th November, 2019

In the late 1970s, a new Chrysler Sunbeam was the sort of car that cut a dash, one that seemed to belong in the same world as the hostess trolley and the Goblin Teasmade. A few people admiring one in the local shopping centre car park would have guessed it was developed at breakneck speed.

A MINI ALTERNATIVE? – THE VESPA 400

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 25th November, 2019

In the aftermath of the Mini’s 60th birthday, it is always interesting to consider some of its alternatives from 1959 – such as this gem. When the Piaggio company created the original Vespa scooter in 1946, it literally revolutionised Italian mass-transport.

ENTHUSIASTS REJOICE AT NEC CLASSIC’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 21st November, 2019

Once again motoring enthusiasts flocked to Birmingham’s NEC in their thousands to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. Over 71,000 attendees joined the three-day celebration and grand finale to the classic motoring show season.

5 great British classics

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 21st November, 2019

We might be slightly biased, but we believe that British automotive engineering is the best in the world. So, trying to pick out just five great British-built classics is no mean feat.

Which campsites in the UK are open all year round for motorhomes?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 21st November, 2019

With the colder season now drawing in, it’s time to think about putting the motorhome away until it warms up again… or maybe not! A winter tour can be a lot of fun – you just need to know what campsites are open at this time of year.

35 YEARS OF THE TOYOTA MR2

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 21st November, 2019

Signs That You Feel Old: Lesson Number 489 – when you realise the MR2 is now 35 years old. Virtually anyone who visited the 1984 Motor Show will remember the interest and the sheer excitement on seeing Toyota’s first mid-engine sports car – and the first mass-produced mid-engine car from Japan.

THE MG 1100 – A CELEBRATION

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 20th November, 2019

1962 was the year of two crucial new MGs – the B and the marque’s first FWD car. The 1100 made its bow in October of that year, introducing motorists to the delights of the ‘Most Advanced MG of All Time'.

40 YEARS OF THE VAUXHALL ASTRA

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 20th November, 2019

If you paid a visit to the Scottish Motor Show back in 1979, you might well have encountered a very significant new model from Vauxhall, in the forms of an Astra 1300S GL Hatchback – ‘Aerodynamics in Action’ - and 1300S L Estate – ‘Designed with Flair, engineered with quality’.

Where are the best motorhome destinations this winter?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 20th November, 2019

As a motorhome owner, you have complete freedom over where you go this winter. But, of course, you want to ensure you end up somewhere that’s going to make for a good time.