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THE TALBOT SOLARA – AN APPRECIATION

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 7th May, 2020

Gavin Bushby is not only the Chairman of the Fiat Motor Club; he is also the proud owner of a very unusual Coventry-built saloon: a Talbot Solara Rapier. ‘Beautiful gold, with brown, brown, beige, and brown velour’. And the colour scheme was not the only attraction of this fine car as it presented the driver with plush ‘inserts on the door trim pads and ‘front hockey-stick armrests’.

MEET THE OWNER – PATRICK BRADLEY AND HIS AUSTIN MONTEGO HL

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 4th May, 2020

Thirty-four years ago, Patrick Bradley’s Austin Montego HL was as familiar a sight as people fleeing from Sigue Sigue Sputnik on Top of The Pops. He came this now rare car ‘last year as my dad had Maestros and Montego when I was a kid. I wanted to get one to remind me of my childhood. These cars were everywhere when I was growing up in the 90s – now there is hardly any left sadly.’

Affordable classics from the 90s

  • 30th April, 2020

Nostalgia for the 90s is in full swing at the moment – it’s enough to make those of us old enough to vividly remember the decade feel very old indeed.

CLUB OF THE MONTH - The Fiat Motor Club

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 30th April, 2020

The Fiat Motor Club (GB) is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the motoring enjoyment of its members. You don’t have to own a Fiat to join, just a love for all things Italian such as cars, food and lifestyle.

Ways you can save money when taking out insurance

  • 30th April, 2020

If your insurance is up for renewal, we’d encourage you to give the team a call directly to discuss your circumstances. As a specialist classic broker, we truly understand the industry and can offer a number of benefits with our policies including a two year agreed value option, vital protection such as salvage retention options and choice of repairer are available.

CAR OF THE MONTH - IAN QUARRY’S MORRIS MINI TRAVELLER

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 29th April, 2020

Ian Quarry remarks that his 1965 Morris Mini Traveller is often 'smiled at and noticed…'. This is not surprising, as the car that represented 'Wizardry at work again!'

Top tips for reversing a motorhome

  • 28th April, 2020

Manoeuvring a motorhome on Britain’s busy roads can be a challenge at the best of times. Narrow, congested lanes can mean getting your motorhome from A to B takes a fair amount of skill and precision.

The Alfa Romeo 1900 Berlina – A Celebration

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 27th April, 2020

May 1950 saw the debut of a car with a fair claim to being the most important post-war Alfa Romeo. The 1900 was both their first with unitary bodywork and their first with LHD. The Italian rule of the road had changed from left to right in 1924.

Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars show 2021 date revealed

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 23rd April, 2020

Organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show have announced the 2020 event has been cancelled, due to the on-going climate, but can confirm the date for the 2021 show is Sunday 18th July.

When did you last see - a Ford Consul "Base"

  • 22nd April, 2020

It would be fair to say that Dan Godley is a dyed in the wool Ford Granada enthusiast. ‘After I passed my driving test in 1994 I bought a 2-Litre for £40’.

JASON JORDAN’S ESSEX POLICE FORD GRANADAS

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 21st April, 2020

‘I’ve always had retro or classic cars. I was just looking for a new project and found the Granada. The fact it was an old police car was an added bonus, and it’s just opened up a whole new world’. B 457 AHJ is ‘a 2.8 Automatic’, and the mileage is just under 104,000.

The Renault 4CV - A Celebration

  • 20th April, 2020

The 4CV is, without any sense of hyperbole, one of Renault’s most famous cars. It was their first to sell more than a million units, and it was developed in circumstances that are hard to envisage.

MEET THE OWNER – BRIAN HALL AND HIS MG 1100

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 16th April, 2020

An MG 1100 has to be one of the most attractive cars of its generation - especially when finished in Connaught Green. Brian Hall came across his 1967 example five years ago – ‘it appeared at local shows having just been bought from the original owner who had kept it for 40 years, I had the first refusal on it, but I thought he wanted too much for it so I didn’t buy it’

MARK CLINTON’S FIAT 130 BERLINAS

  • Ellie Priestley |
  • 16th April, 2020

As a child growing up in rural Hampshire in the early 1970s, there was a select group of cars that seemed to exemplify an impossibly remote world of glamour. Admittedly, I was raised in a village where Marty Wilde was still regarded as a young Teddy Boy and watching BBC2 a sign of dangerous radicalism. The fact that my family ran a succession of near wrecks also shaped my views concerning automotive excellence. At that time I classed any vehicle where the passenger door did not actually fall off as a “luxury car”.