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WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE CLASSIC?

I have a theory, which may well be entirely inaccurate, that your favourite classic is frequently dictated by seeing it on screen while at an impressionable age. For some, it was watching a Polar White Ford Escort RS2000 Mk. II speed through Buckinghamshire with a perm-haired CI5 agent at the wheel and for others it was the Jaguar S-Type coming to grief in the pre-titles sequence of Stoppo Driver, one of the finest episodes of The Sweeney.

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50 YEARS OF THE MORGAN PLUS 8

Just suppose that it is 1968 and you are in the fortunate position of having £1,500 to spend on an open-topped car. Then, flicking through the current issue of Motor, you read of a vehicle that ‘has no real rivals but occupies its own little niche in the market’ and moreover one with a V8 engine that costs £1,475 with seat belts an extra £12 12s 9d.

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE HYUNDAI PONY?

If you take a look at an early to mid-1980s photo of almost any high street or shopping precinct car park, you will notice a) the often-dire fashion sense b) some grim cafes that make Little Chef resemble The Ritz and c) the Hyundai Pony.

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Lancaster Insurance backs Morris Register Younger Driver Initiative

Lancaster Insurance, classic car insurance specialist, is thrilled to be supporting a fantastic initiative by Morris Register to encourage younger drivers into the community. The club is loaning a superb 1939 Morris Eight Series E Tourer to a non-member, from March - October 2018, to help spark a lifelong interest in pre-war motoring.

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12 GREAT EVERYDAY CARS

This list comprises FWD and RWD, two-door saloons, hatchbacks, rear engine and transverse-mounted power plants – but what they do have in common is their blend of affordability with flair.

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SIX SUPERB SALES FILMS

These films are not adverts per se but the genre of short feature that a car or component manufacturer would commission to show potential trade clients or train their sales teams. For me, the six examples here all stand out for the simple reason that each is so memorable:

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FIVE STAR FORDS AT THE NEC

Last year all four generations of Dagenham’s big saloon were represented at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show and there was also a rare opportunity to see a complete ‘Mk. I’ line-up on the ‘Five Stars’ club stand.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST FORD SIERRAS?

Imagine settling down one evening to watch 3-2-1 on an autumn evening only to encounter this vision of the future during the commercial break - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7jiTlv9wwI. After experiencing just 30 seconds of the new Sierra, even Dusty Bin would pale into insignificance.

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