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An Overlooked Classic? – The Austin Maxi

The Austin Maxi is a car that deserves to be better remembered – a FWD hatchback with a transversely mounted OHC engine and a five-speed gearbox was a truly radical idea for a family saloon in 1969. This was a new BMC offering that was launched at a time when the Vauxhall Victor FD 1600 could still be ordered with a three on the column and, even more incredibly, it was intended to replace the A60 Cambridge. - Written by Andy Roberts

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Club of the Month: December 2016

With Christmas almost upon us and the wintry weather setting in, it is only fitting that our feature club of the month for December is 4x4 Response UK, who really are ‘The Fourth Emergency Service’.

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Man buys Lancaster’s 1969 Mini as Christmas present for wife, raising £13,000 for Prostate Cancer UK

Lancaster Insurance has announced that it’s raised a whopping £12,938 for Prostate Cancer UK. The specialist insurer auctioned its Mini restoration project on Saturday 12th November at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show through Silverstone Auctions, and after a thrilling bidding war, Mr Davies from Wales became the new owner.

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The Protectors

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Andy Roberts

The recent passing of Robert Vaughan on November 11th was my cue to re-watch a British television series that the actor did not much care for: 'The Protectors'. - Written by Andy Roberts

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Top Five British Sitcom Cars

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Andy Roberts

This is an absolutely personal, biased and subjective list of British sitcom cars that made an impact on the younger me... Here are my top five British sitcom cars! - Written by Andy Roberts

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30 Years Of The Rover 800

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Andy Roberts

Little can seem as remote as the recent past and this is certainly true when seeing an early Rover 800 at the Classic Motor Show - a car to conjure an era of ‘yuppies’ and ‘Filofaxes’. We celebrate 30 years of this classic car. - Written by Andy Roberts

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The Bond Bug - May the Force/Farce Be With You

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Andy Roberts

In cinemas nearly 40 years ago, audiences marvelled at the sight of Luke Skywalker at the controls of his Landspeeder, little realising its connections with Tamworth. The careful use of angled cameras and mirrors meant that a rather familiar wheel layout was never visible. Besides, the fact that the Bond's rear axle was a mere four inches from the floor meant that it really did seem to skim the ground. - Written by Andy Roberts

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VIDEO: Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show 2016

Motoring enthusiasts flocked to the NEC, Birmingham over 11-13th November 2016 for the UK’s biggest indoor classic motoring celebration, setting a new record as around 71,000 people attended this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. Watch our video here!

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The Original Alfa Romeo Giulia

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Andy Roberts

In June of last year Alfa Romeo launched their Tipo 952 Giulia but many of us recall the original car to bear that name, a vehicle that was the automotive embodiment of the post-war Italian ‘economic miracle’. - Written by Andy Roberts

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Top Ten British Film Car Chases

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Andy Roberts

This is a deeply personal top ten, one borne of television viewing during my formative years; others of my vintage might have cited 11 Harrowhouse, The Mackintosh Man, Villain or Get Carter while I have left out The Italian Job as it is so well known... - Written by Andy Roberts

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My Car Of The Show

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Andy Roberts

Virtually everyone who visited the Classic Motor Show last weekend will have almost certainly bestowed their own ‘Car of the Show’ award on exhibits that captured the eye and the emotions. Here is mine. - Written by Andy Roberts

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The Classic Motor Show – A Chance To Dream…

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Andy Roberts

It was the 1963 Class Winner of the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood. It was possibly one of the most exquisite designs ever created by Colin Chapman. And, best of all (for me at any rate) the 1958 Lotus Elite auctioned by Silverstone Auctions at the Classic Motor Show was originally the property of Chris Barber, that legend of British jazz and blues. - Written by Andy Roberts

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Heroes of Motoring – The Stunt Professionals

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Andy Roberts

It’s 1986 and you're watching a Bank Holiday revival of Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150AD on BBC1. The opening sequence features a familiar screen face... Surely the driver of the getaway Jaguar Mk. X evading the long arm of Bernard Cribbins was the same chap who crashed his S-Type in the pre-credit scene of Stoppo Driver, one of the finest episodes of The Sweeney? Indeed it was, in the form of the great stuntman Rocky Tayor. We look at the Heroes of Motoring – The Stunt Professionals. - Written by Andy Roberts

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Design Icon – The Range Rover

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Andy Roberts

Many of us have a mental shortlist of those prime classic cars where form and function coalesce to create a genuinely ground-breaking vehicle. The sale on the 29th October by Coys of Kensington of the first production Range Rover for £115, 000 is a very timely reminder of an automotive design so magnificent that one was even exhibited in the Louvre as an ‘outstanding piece of modern sculpture’. - Written by Andy Roberts

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The Top Five Horror Films (For Classic Car Enthusiasts)

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Andy Roberts

Halloween beckons, and for those of us who wish to avoid trick-or-treaters there is the alternative of a good – or at least entertaining – film. And so we have carefully selected our top five horror films dating from the 1950s to the 1990s, each featuring at least one splendid motor-car. Happy nightmares… - Written by Andy Roberts

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