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Do You Remember The BMC J2

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Andy Roberts

In the 1970s and 1980s, it seemed to be an unofficial rule that any school trip had to be undertaken using a J2-based minibus.

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40 Years of the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

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Andy Roberts

Which current Mercedes-Benz model range has enjoyed a forty-year production history? It is, of course, the G-Class, yet it is still hard to believe that the first examples were launched in 1979.

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A DAY OF COWLEY CLASSICS

Nuffield Place nearly Henley-on-Thames is always worth a visit, but on Monday 25th February the front of the property was festooned with an array of very fine motor cars.

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CELEBRATING CAR CLUBS – THE FIAT MOTOR CLUB

For many years, I have been an enthusiast of Fiats of all ages, shapes and sizes. The sight of that police 2300 Berlina in a re-screening of After The Fox made me crave its tail-finned magnificence and one of the highlights of any 1970s “Poliziottesco” film is the sheer number of 124s in the background of the mean streets of Rome.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE SCAMMELL SCARAB?

In the background of British films and television programmes of the 1950s and 1960s such as The Ladykillers, The Baron or the Look at Life travelogues you will often see a three-wheeled delivery vehicle in the distinctive red and cream livery of British Railways.

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WHAT WAS THE AUDI 50?

In the 1970s there were many and various enigmas of modern life. Who actually liked the “Old English” flavour of Spangles? Why was Peter Clark’s Crime Desk on Southern Television so compulsive?

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MEMORIES OF A “CAPRI GIRL”

Car marketing techniques of the past have a fascination of their own, from the “Mars Bar” Austin Maxis of 1969 to the “Getaway People” who favour National Benzole fuel in their Gordon-Keeble and, of course, the Esso Tiger. Dagenham promoted the Anglia 105E via beer mats that celebrated ‘The World’s Most Exiting Light Car’, and Yugo cars were allegedly ‘In a Class of Their Own’.

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THE JON LANGFORD MG MAGNETTE

Picture the scene; a gentleman who resembles a younger version of the Major in Fawlty Towers is about to pen a stiff letter to his local newspaper recommending exile to the Falklands for The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits and everyone associated with Ready Steady Go.

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