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DO YOU REMEMBER THE BMC LD VAN?

If you take a look at almost any brochure for a British light commercial vehicle of the 1960s, it will contain page after page of drawings featuring smiling and Brylcreemed tradesmen delivering bread or milk with a smile.

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Lancaster Insurance supports National Car Club awards for third year in a row

Classic car insurance specialist, Lancaster Insurance, has once again shown its commitment to the car club community, by supporting the National Car Club awards; and will be sponsoring four categories at the prestigious awards ceremony, ‘National Car Club of the Year’, Outstanding Online Presence by a Car Club (including social media, website and other online presence), National Car Club Judges Special Recognition Award and a new award for this year ‘National Car Club ‘Young Member’ of the Year’’.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE ALPINE AND THE SOLARA?

Texan chocolate bars, youths in shopping precincts desperately trying to look like Johnny Rotten or Captain Sensible, How on Southern Television - and the Chrysler Alpine. These are all everyday sights and experiences from the late 1970s that now seem impossibly remote in time, especially the Car of the Year 1976.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE LANCIA BETA HPE?

Some cars effortlessly exude an air of good living - fine wines, Belgian chocolates etc. – just as there are those vehicles that seem to have been created for the purpose of making the driver feel like a pauper.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE DATSUN 120Y SUNNY?

For many, including myself, one of the most memorable aspects of the 120Y Sunny are its wheel trims. Before you had a chance to absorb the subtle beauties of its quasi-American styling, there were the hubcaps that resembled pie tin lids - yet another reason why the Datsun appeared so different from its British rivals.

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FIVE FANTASTIC FWD MGS

As any MG enthusiast will tell you, the Octagon badge is as much associated with fine saloons as it is sports cars, and so here is a quintet of FWD models from the 1960s to the 1980s that each made quite an impact on their debut.

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1980 FORD ESCORT XR3 TO BE AUCTIONED

In late 1980 there was one question constantly asked by the nation’s racing enthusiasts, fans of The Professionals , and, to be quite honest, boy-racers - how could any FWD hatchback possible match the RS Escorts?

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DVD OF THE WEEK - CHRISTINE

On the 23rd January, the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced, which prompted me to think of the many cinematic greats and near-misses with the name of the car in the titles.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THE HILLMAN SUPER MINX?

For many of us it is the smallest details of an old car that can evoke such powerful memories – the transmission whine on a Vauxhall Viva HB, the tip-up seats on a four-door Morris 1100 – and the oval shaped interior mirror on a 1965 Hillman Super Minx.

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1948 LAND ROVER SHOW CAR DISCOVERED

A major joy of the classic car world is the finding of a famous or historically important model in a barn, a field or even beneath some bramble bushes. The original Saint ‘Volvo’ and the Bullitt ‘Jump Mustang’ are two famous examples and seven years before Genevieve entered production, the 1904 Darracq was found in a London scrap yard.

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DVD OF THE WEEK – SCOTLAND YARD

One of my all-time favourite film series also features my all-time favourite car marque. In each edition of the Scotland Yard B-features made between 1953 and 1961 there often is at least one highly polished 6/80 and, after 1958, 6/90 arriving at a crime scene located conveniently near to Merton Park Studios.

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