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NEWSREELS OF THE WEEK - ON THE BUSES…

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 18th July, 2018

The year is 1959, the month is October and the weather may be best described as ‘wet’. Some of the cars in this shot taken near Earls Court - the Austin A55 Cambridge Mk. I, the Rover P4 and the Ford 100E Anglia - will almost certainly be heading for the Motor Show, lured by the opportunity to see this strange new small car from BMC, one where the engine is mounted sideways.

50 YEARS OF THE VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 4

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 17th July, 2018

During the 1970s there were two forms of Volkswagen that, in the UK at least, were rarely seen outside of major dealerships – the K70 and the Type 4 411/412.

Sarah Sullivan review – MGOC Championship, Thruxton meet

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 17th July, 2018

Not only was it a really hot weekend but coupled with the World Cup and F1 it meant there was a very small grid of 14 cars - there is usually double that!

MY FAVOURITE CONVERTIBLE – THE FORD ZODIAC MK. II

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 13th July, 2018

As the decent weather continues (fingers crossed), my thoughts have been turning to that vital topic – what it the greatest convertible of all time? And after much deliberation and thought – plus some very subjective and biased decision-making- my convertible of choice had to be the Ford Zodiac Mk. II.

DO YOU REMEMBER - THE ORIGINAL FIAT PANDA?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 13th July, 2018

The Panda is now well into its third generation but when did you last see one of the original versions? Once experienced, this was yet another Fiat could never be forgotten – the boxy yet attractive styling by Giugiaro, the flat windshield with its single wiper, the rear bench that could be arranged to form a hammock and the front ashtray that could be slid across the fascia.

50 YEARS OF THE RELIANT SCIMITAR GTE

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 13th July, 2018

The place is outer London, the year is 1971 and the venue is a chase in a forgotten thriller entitled Universal Solider. The law is in a Jaguar S-Type Traffic Car and they are pursuing a red sporting estate car that positively exudes both elegance and menace - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhP-xPlaqYw. N.B. Fans of Browns Lane classics might want to avoid viewing this scene.

PADDY HOPKIRK AT THE LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC & SUPERCARS SHOW

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 13th July, 2018

The news that Paddy Hopkirk MBE will be attending the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show at Sherborne Castle on 15th July has prompted me to re-watch some of the footage of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally.

ENTRIES OPEN FOR LANCASTER INSURANCE PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP AUTUMN FINAL 2018

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 12th July, 2018

Enthusiasts are invited to enter their classic car into the coveted Autumn Final of the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership, held at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, at Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November.

Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show 2018

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 12th July, 2018

This Sunday (15th July) is the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show 2018 which is taking place in the picturesque grounds of Sherborne Castle. Once again we’re thrilled to be headline sponsor.

BUILT TO LAST – THE FORD CORTINA

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 9th July, 2018

‘How?’, you might fairly ask, can certain versions of the Ford Cortina be ‘built to last’. Some of them – the Mk. IV comes to mind – are now exceedingly rare but to see any cherished survivor at a car show or on the road is to be reminded of their impact.

50 YEARS OF THE BMW 2002

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 6th July, 2018

Some great motor cars immediately draw attention to themselves, be it at shows, in dealerships or when overtaking you on the M3. Others adopt a more low-key approach and exude a quiet sense of confidence - cars such as the BMW 2002.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance revealed as headline charity for Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show 2018

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 4th July, 2018

The Trustees of the Sherborne Classic and Supercars CIO are thrilled to announce the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance as its Headline Charity for this year’s Show.

60 YEARS OF THE CARRY ON FILMS

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 3rd July, 2018

On the 31st August 1958, Anglo-Amalgamated released a low-budget National Service comedy film starring William Hartnell, Bob Monkhouse and Shirley Eaton. The title was Carry On Sergeant and it was the supporting cast who would become world-famous so, in tribute, here are ten examples of prime car-related moments in the series

My First Classic Experience with Rowena Stanyer

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 3rd July, 2018

Despite attending the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show every year, marvelling at the incredible classics on display and wondering which one I would choose if I won the lottery, I had never had the opportunity to drive a classic car.