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NEC CLASSIC THEME REVEALED AS ‘BUILT TO LAST’

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 8th June, 2018

The theme of this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, has been revealed as ‘Built to Last’.

‘And Glynn Edwards as “Dave”’

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 8th June, 2018

What are the elements that you mainly associate with Minder? There are the cars of course – Terry’s array of slightly down-at-heel Capris, the Daley Jaguars and Daimlers, Detective-Sergeants Chisholm and Rycott attempting to fight crime in a Vauxhall Cavalier Mk. II or a Talbot Solara.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE COMMER FC/PA/PB/SPACEVAN?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 7th June, 2018

How many of you remember this TV licensing warning from 1977 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRau5ysqrXY? There is the stern voice-over from Edward Judd, the idea that watching Columbo is to be utterly condemned - and that blue-grey Commer.

The Top Ten Car Rules for Great 1960s and 1970s Television

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 6th June, 2018

After many years – decades even - of viewing some of the finest spy/thriller shows to hail from the ITC empire I feel that I have identified the vital ingredients behind their success.

My First Classic Experience with Yvonne Gosney

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 6th June, 2018

My love for classics stems from my family, like so many in our industry. My dad was, and still is, a massive motor enthusiast and he and I share this passion today.

Alex Cursley Mallory Park Review

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 6th June, 2018

My Lancaster Insurance Hyundai Coupe headed for Mallory Park for rounds 7 and 8 of the Cup, our mid-season meeting, and the sun was shining! We were without a win so far this season and there’s been a fair amount of head scratching at previous meetings as to why we were almost, but not quite, on the pace.

It’s Not A DAF! – Graeme Aiken’s Volvo 66GL

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 5th June, 2018

Graeme Aiken is not only the proud owner of one of Britain’s rarest cars, he also delights in the confusion it often causes. ‘My best overheard conversation was in Sainsbury's car park: Wife: What's that little yellow car dear? Husband: It's a DAF love, rubber band gearbox. Wife: But is says Volvo on the back... Husband sighs No Dear, it's a DAF...’

CULT VEHICLES

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 1st June, 2018

This is a sweeping question but what are the ingredients for a “cult” vehicle? What are the elements that are guaranteed to draw onlookers to a car, whether it is parked on the street or attending a classic show?

50 Years of the Citroen Mehari

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 31st May, 2018

There is one very important aspect of the Citroen Mehari – i.e. it is not a car for a poor climate and indeed it was never officially marketed in the UK. It belongs under the Mediterranean sun and indeed I first encountered it in Santa Ponsa some 36 years ago.

The Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 31st May, 2018

When you are visiting a car show, the first vehicle that you immediately head towards often says a great deal about your classic-related tastes. On Sunday 20th May, I visited the splendid Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally and my initial call was not to the Austin A110 Westminster, looking resplendently municipal, the Pontiac with the famous silver streaks decorating its bonnet.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE TRIUMPH MAYFLOWER?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 30th May, 2018

I suspect that for many people their first glimpse of the Triumph Mayflower was not in the metal but in late night re-runs of the 1970 film version of Loot.

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING – THE AMC PACER

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 30th May, 2018

Some cars are genuinely individual but in ways that are not entirely to be recommended. We are talking about the automotive equivalents of taking off all your clothes and dancing the twist in the tinned soup aisle of Asda or having Albert Steptoe as a sartorial role model for a crucial job interview. In other words, vehicles such as the AMC Pacer.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE ORIGINAL MAZDA 323?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 29th May, 2018

Such is the association between the Mazda brand and rotary engines that it is sometimes easy to overlook that for many British drivers their first experience of the brand was not in a RX7 but a slightly more mundane form of transport.

THE ULTIMATE ESTATE CAR? THE CHECKER AEROBUS

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 29th May, 2018

If you need a low-key and discreet form of transport, a Checker Aerobus is probably not the ideal choice. For starters, it is over 22 feet long, has eight side doors and seating for 12 occupants on four rows of bench seats.