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Club of The Month -June 17

June’s club of the month award goes to The Volkswagen Type 2 Owners Club. A fitting club and marque for the summer months as the camping season is in full swing and campers/enthusiasts begin to take part in road trips across the country!

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Car of the Month: June 17

For June’s Car of the Month we’ll take a look at the Saab 99 Turbo. Unveiled at the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show, this was arguably the world's first successful turbocharged production car.

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Advert of the Week - Morris Minor

Written by
Andy Roberts

Every car brochure and advertisement is a window to the motoring of a past world, and some people (all right, me) have a fascination with charting the advertising of long-running models.

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The Chiltern Hills Rally 2017

Written by
Andy Roberts

Many of us have planned a wedding/graduation/anniversary party and found ourselves in the position of being a professional juggler – issuing invites, planning the venue, chasing up emails and receiving phone calls to name but a few parts. For many classic car shows, the unpaid organisers give up their time to perform these tasks on a mammoth scale.

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50 Years of the Aston Martin DBS - We Have All The Time in the World

Written by
Andy Roberts

There are those cars that try ever so slightly too hard to achieve a sense of presence. There are some cars that have a natural sense of absence, ones where you forget their launch, demise and general existence. Then there is the Aston Martin DBS, a prime example of a car that effortlessly dominates.

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Rare Mercedes-Benz takes centre stage at Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars - Sherborne Castle, weekend of 15/16th July

With Mercedes-Benz as the chosen marque feature for 2017 the event organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars - Sherborne Castle are delighted to announce that an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen replica, kindly loaned by Haynes Motor Museum, designed by Karl Benz and widely regarded as the first automobile ever will be showcased at the Dorset annual event.

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Gemini Events - Revving up for Ragley Hall Motor Show

May bank holiday saw the return of Gemini's Motor Show at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, for two-days of motoring action. Up to 1,500 vehicles spanning 70 years of motoring were on display over the two days.

The Motor Show featured two, four, six and even eight-wheelers from the 1920s right through to the 1990s. Great classic American cars lined-up alongside commercial vehicles of the past and an array of motorcycles in the stunning grounds of Ragley Hall.

Expect fantastic club displays from the likes of Jaguar, Mercedes Benz, BMW and Lotus, with different clubs attending each day to provide a glorious mix – such as the Rolls Royce Enthusiast Club, with a great selection of the iconic model on Sunday.

Local manufacturing was celebrated with the attendance of the Austin 10 Drivers Club and Metropolitan Owners Club, both made locally at the Longbridge plant. Royal Enfield’s from the old to the new were displayed on Sunday by The Royal Enfield Owners Club.

The interactive Live Arena brought motoring to life with parades throughout the day giving visitors the chance to get involved by choosing the loudest motor each day in the ‘Decibel Duel’, along with the Daily Driver and Pride of Ownership competition.

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Do You Remember? Ladybird Books

Written by
Andy Roberts

Classic car enthusiasm often begins at an early age. It can be prompted by literally any encounter with a car, the admiration for an Austin-Healey 3000 owned by a neighbour or via the library at your junior school. It was there that the seeker of automotive wisdom might discover Motor Cars – A Ladybird Recognition Book – where from the first page, you would be irresistibly hooked.

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Roger Moore 14th October 1927 - 23rd May 2017. A Tribute.

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Andy Roberts

As a devoted fan of Sir Roger Moore, I have been writing about quite a few of his television programmes and films for Lancaster Insurance. My aim, as many of you would have already guessed, was to pen a celebration of 40 years of The Spy Who Loved Me this July followed by a 90th birthday tribute in October. Instead, this is a tribute to an actor who always seemed to deprecate his talents but whose deceptively light touch, plus a succession of very fine motor cars helped to entertain and inspire millions of people around the world.

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50 Years of the Ford Cortina 1600E

Written by
Andy Roberts

The Paris Motor Show 1967 marked the debut of the latest version of the Ford Cortina Mk. II that instantly became the object of desire for many. Here was a car that felt as modern as the new Radio One pop station and Simon Dee’s chat show on BBC1, from the Ro-style wheels to the Styla steering wheel.

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Top Ten Fast Fords

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Andy Roberts

This could have so easily been a ‘Top 20’ or even a ‘Top 30’. For the moment here, in date order and in my opinion, are ten truly fabulous fast Fords – and if your favourite is absent, there will be another ‘Top Ten’ later this year!

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The Original Ford Capri

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Andy Roberts

Put simply, this is one of my favourite British Fords, a car from the last days of winklepicker shoes, DA hairstyles and British rock & roll. The fact that Heinz Just Like Eddie Burt once drove a Consul Capri 335 seems so appropriate, for this is a car of innate glamour, from its tail fins to the radiator grille decorated with five stars.

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Do You Remember The Bedford CA?

Before the Ford Transit debut, the UK’s premier light commercial was arguably the Bedford CA. When it launched in March 1952, it was the most advanced van in its class and for the next 20 years would dominate British roads. A Bedford might serve as a minibus for a thrilling school outing to the local shoe polish factory, deliver your milk in the morning and your Evening Standard on the way home from work.

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