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BUILT TO LAST – 50 YEARS OF THE PEUGEOT 504

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 20th August, 2018

It was the Car of the Year for 1969, defeating the BMW E3, the Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina and the Jaguar XJ6. It was a car that would be seen across the world – from Paris to Sydney and from Nairobi to Lagos.

MY FAVOURITE FIATS – THE 2300 FAMILY

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 16th August, 2018

The passing of Sergio Marchionne on the 25th July had many of us thinking about Fiat and how he was instrumental in the marque’s future and even survival. It would be easy to create a “Top 10” or even a “Top 100” of the company’s finest vehicles and still have room to spare.

70 YEARS OF THE AUSTIN A90 ATLANTIC

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 15th August, 2018

Imagine you were paying a visit to Earls Court in 1948, revelling in Britain’s first Motor Show for a decade. Naturally, your head would have been turned by the Jaguar XK120, the Morris Minor, the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 and the other new vehicle while on the Austin display is an open tourer which featured a power-operated top.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE AMPHICAR?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 14th August, 2018

In Time magazine of last year Dan Neil very rudely referred to the Amphicar Model 770 as a ‘vehicle that promised to revolutionize drowning’ and went on to argue that ‘Its single greatest demerit — and this is a big one — was that it wasn’t particularly watertight.

Brian Chandler - Silverstone Report

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 10th August, 2018

BRSCC Mazda Racing – Round 5 For Round 5 of the BRSCC Mazda Season the team took the 90 mile trip from Haverhill to the home of the British Grand Prix (Silverstone).

Alex Cursley - Rockingham Report Rounds 9-10

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 9th August, 2018

After a long summer break the Lancaster Insurance Hyundai Coupe headed for Rockingham for rounds 9 and 10 - hoping to continue our success from the last race at Mallory Park and also to try and remain a contender for the series winner.

Do You Remember - The Rover V8-S?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 1st August, 2018

August 1979 – the weather was good, there was no holiday homework to be completed, and Quatermass and the Pit was going to the screened on BBC2.

HOW MANY SURVIVE? - THE MORRIS “ITAL” 575 VAN

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 1st August, 2018

Michael Carpenter is a young man with a mission and his most recent challenge was the restoration of a vehicle now so rare as to make the Jaguar XK120 appear positively common and one that is sure to draws crowds wherever it goes. It is, of course, a 1984 Morris “Ital” 575 Van.

Top Ten Tail-Finned British Cars

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 1st August, 2018

There is an inherent problem with owning a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, asides from the fuel bills – it is not exactly designed for the roads of the UK. So, here are ten local alternatives – a sort of British Graffiti...

Do You Remember - The Leyland Sherpa Van

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 30th July, 2018

The words “Leyland Sherpa” and “glamour” go together about as well as Love Island and “programmes that do not make you want to throw your TV set out of the window” – but the sober-looking commercial is a part of so many people’s lives.

BUILT TO LAST – THE VOLVO AMAZON ESTATE

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 27th July, 2018

During my primary school years, one of our close neighbours owned a dark grey 1966 Amazon Estate and compared with the Ford Cortina Mk. IIIs and Datsun 120Y Sunnys that populated the village, the Volvo looked far older than its years.

CAR SPOTTERS BEWARE – AUTOMOTIVE ERRORS IN FILM AND TELEVISION

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 25th July, 2018

Life can be challenging for the classic car enthusiast when they are watching a film or a television programme. For those of you who are berated by their family or friends for kindly and selflessly pointing out a glaring automotive error in a production – I share your pain.

CARS FOR SUMMER – THE TRIUMPH TR4

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 24th July, 2018

The TR4 is, in my ever so humble opinion, an exceptionally handsome motor car; purposeful, commanding even, and beautifully proportioned. The coachwork blends the ruggedness of the previous TRs with such refinements as winding windows that 1961vintage sporting motorists were already starting to crave.

MG Owners’ Club – Club of the Month

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 24th July, 2018

Formed in 1973, The MG Owners’ Club is the World's largest single marque car club. Based at its headquarters in Swavesey, the Club caters for all MG types, but with the emphasis on 1950's models through to the present day.