Lancaster News

Latest news

Latest news

Welcome to Lancaster Insurance News

Keep up to date with the latest news and events from the world of classic cars.

TOP 12 BRITISH CINEMATIC CAR CHASES

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 8th January, 2018

I’ve excluded The Italian Job as this will be the subject of a special feature next year - and so here is my not-at-all biased list:

WHAT WAS THE GREATEST EVER BRITISH MOTOR SHOW?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 8th January, 2018

What was the greatest ever Motor Show to be held in the UK? Well, apart from the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, of course, I am willing to wager that almost everyone will have their own strongly-held views.

TEN BRITISH CARS MADE OVERSEAS

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 8th January, 2018

As a younger classic enthusiast, one of my favourite books was the World Car Catalogue, not least because of its array of overseas-built British cars. Here is a sample of just ten such vehicles:

TOP ELEVEN ROVER V8 POWERED CARS

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 8th January, 2018

Fifty one years ago, Rover updated their P5 range with new wheels, even more standard equipment – and a new engine. Here are 11 cars powered by that famous alloy V8 plant.

OLD ADVERTS – THE FORD CORTINA MK. I

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 8th January, 2018

If some 55 years ago, you were in the market for family transport that could seat five, carry a large quantity of samples cases and have looks that were trans-Atlantic without being exaggerated, this short film would have provided a few ideas.

OLD ADVERTISEMENTS – THE FORD CORSAIR

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 8th January, 2018

I have long had a soft-spot for the Corsair, the Ford that once bridged the gap between the Cortina and the Zephyr. It has an agreeably mid-Atlantic air, with an appearance faintly reminiscent of a 1961 Thunderbird but dimensions more suited to British roads.

DO YOU REMEMBER – FAB 1?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 8th January, 2018

Of all the great and wonderful cars to bear the Spirit of Ecstasy, one coach built Rolls-Royce achieved immortality. Road conditions in the year 2060 were often challenging, especially as The Hood was prone to make commuting a tiresome business with his fiendish plans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrtzV8R6AGE.

DO YOU REMEMBER – THE ALFA ROMEO ARNA?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 8th January, 2018

A little over 37 years ago, Nissan and Alfa Romeo signed an agreement that eventually produced one of the most notably unsuccessful cars of its generation. Even now, the question is often asked in motoring circles – ‘was the Arna a Nissan Cherry with the build quality of the average Alfa?’

DO YOU REMEMBER THE RENAULT 8 & 10?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 5th January, 2018

Back in the mists of time, when The Goodies on BBC2 represented a highlight of the week, our family car was a very second-hand 1964 Renault R8.

EIGHT CAR-BASED OFF-ROADERS

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 5th January, 2018

With the prospect of certain local authorities being unprepared for the concept of frozen water falling from the skies, here are eight vehicles that will make snow-bound commuting a more entertaining prospect:

DO YOU REMEMBER THE ‘PRE-FARINA’ AUSTIN CAMBRIDGE?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 5th January, 2018

If, like me, you are a devotee of 1950s and 1960s British cinema, there is one model of car that so often appears in the background. A GS5-series Austin A40/A50/A55 Cambridge Mk. I is almost as ubiquitous a sight as a cameo performance from Sam Kydd, reflecting its popularity.

SEVEN SPLENDID BOX SETS

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 5th January, 2018

Some of these shows will be reviewed in greater depth next year – but all of them merit a place in anyone’s DVD collection:

Conspiracy: was diesel doomed to fail?

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 5th January, 2018

Diesel vehicles are under the spotlight now, and not for good reasons. But is that hounding from the authorities really justified?

TOP TEN NEWSREELS OF THE WEEK: SAFETY FIRST

  • Lancaster Insurance Services |
  • 5th January, 2018

The mode of delivery, the cars, the street scenes, the clothes and the cinematography may all inevitably seem dated - but the message of so many of these newsreels remains very relevant: