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Car of the Month: May 17

Regular readers of Lancaster’s ‘Car of the month’ feature might see a bit of a theme developing. With March’s COTM featuring the Peugeot 205 GTi and April’s looking back at the Escort XR3i, it seems only proper that we now look at the car which started off the whole ‘hot hatch’ movement.

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90 Years of Volvo

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Andy Roberts

On 14th April 1927, the first Volvo car left the factory in Gothenburg. To celebrate 90 years of this great marque here is my own, very personal, list of my seven favourite vehicles to bear the Volvo badge…

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Top Ten Affordable Coupes of the 1980s

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Andy Roberts

Some of these fine coupes may often be seen at car shows across the country while others are rarer than a Bugatti Royale. Here are, in my opinion, the Top Ten Affordable Coupes of the 80s.

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Top Five High-Performance Police Cars

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Andy Roberts

This is far from an exclusive list of the high-performance vehicles that police forces used for traffic cars, undercover pursuits or as a high-profile deterrent to would-be Nigel Mansells.

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John Surtees Remembered

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Andy Roberts

‘Try to imagine it today: a motorcyclist, a seven-time world champion admittedly, hopping into an F1 car and seizing the title four years later. It is motorsport’s equivalent of a concert pianist discovering that he can also play violin to the standard of Yehudi Menuhin’ – The Daily Telegraph.

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The Most Famous Van Ever?

In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem… if no one else can help… and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team.

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40 Years of Top Gear

At 10.15pm on 22nd April 1977, the BBC’s Birmingham studios transmitted the first episode of a new programme for car owners, presented by Angela Rippon and Tom Coyne. Top Gear was a half hour show that was broadcast in the Midlands region and one of the first cars featured was Ms Rippon’s own Ford Capri Mk. II.

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Hyundai Coupe Cup Rounds 1 & 2 Review

The first two rounds of the Hyundai Coupe Cup were held on the Silverstone National Circuit on the 25 -26 March. There was a record number of 18 coupes on the grid, so I’m anticipating this will be a tough and exciting season for all involved!

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The National Car Club Awards 2017

When it comes to the penultimate evening of the Practical Classic, Classic Car and Restoration show, there’s no greater place to be than at The National Car Club Awards. Great company, a fantastic dinner and the chance to mingle with the driving forces of the classic car industry, the club members themselves!

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60 Years of the Riley One Point Five and Wolseley 1500

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Andy Roberts

It must be said that the chap in the Riley brochure looks as jaunty as a young Nicolas Parsons or indeed any other actor who was prone to saying ‘gosh’ in a 1950s Technicolor comedy. And it is no wonder that he is tipping his hat to the new One Point Five, as it was – and indeed is – one of the most delightful British cars of the late 1950s.

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Club of the Month: April 17

Lancaster Insurance is pleased to reveal the XR Owners Club as April’s club of the month! We awarded the XR3i April’s the car of the month, following the launch of our #ClassicRumble charity initiative… so it’s only fitting that the XR marque takes the club award.

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Car of the Month: April 17

The XR3i is synonymous with 80’s hot hatch Britain and young men (and ladies) at the time were almost tripping over themselves to get into Ford showrooms to get their hands on this iconic car.

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