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Formula Ford

For the first time in a while, qualifying saw all the Formula Fordsters on track at the same time meaning it was busy! I managed a decent time on one of the first laps putting in 4th. On my last lap I had a green first sector but unfortunately came across traffic and couldn’t put the lap together so finished P6 on the grid.

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Do You Remember – The Yugo?

Back in 1981, a time when ownership of a Sony C7 Betamax video recorder was your passport to social success, motorists on a restricted budget were offered a new form of an economy car.

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Pathe Newsreels – Happy Camping!

Rain, tinned Goblin beef burgers, UHT milk and Carry On England being screened in the club house. Those are my memories of caravan holidays during the 1970s, so it should come as no surprise that at least one holidaymaker was rumoured to have attempted a Steve McQueen style escape, albeit while riding a Honda PC50 moped.

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Automotive Genius – The Panhard Dyna Z & PL17

On the 17th June 1953, a time when the flashing indicator was greeted as dangerously radical in many parts of Britain, one of the world’s oldest automotive marques, launched a truly ‘groundbreaking’ model. The Panhard Dyna Z was a fairly large front wheel drive saloon with an aluminium body that had the lowest drag coefficient of any mass-produced car of its era.

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Do You Remember – The Humber Sceptre?

1963 saw the Rootes Group introduce two high -profile cars, one entirely new and the other based on its existing lineup of medium-sized cars. The former was, of course, the Hillman Imp and the latter was the Humber Sceptre, one of the most downright agreeable cars to hail from Coventry.

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Top Ten 007 Cars

The recent announcement by Daniel Craig that he will be starring in the 25th 007 film has prompted me to think of my top ten favourite Bond cars.

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The 50th Birthday of the NSU Ro80

It is almost impossible to believe that the NSU Ro80 will be celebrating its 50th birthday this year for even if it has been launched in 1977 it would still have looked as though it was anticipating the future.

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10 MORE NEWSREEL MOMENTS

10 more gems from the archives of British Pathe and Movietone, from the days when newsreels were as much as a part of an evening at the cinema as flat Kia-Ora and teddy boys heckling the screen from the back-row seats -

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE MONTEGO?

One of the most enjoyable journeys I have ever experienced in a classic car was in a friend’s late-model Montego Countryman to Elstree Studios. Anyone can arrive at such a venue in a hired stretched limousine, but I think being chauffeured in the Rover Group’s finest shows a particular sense of style - especially if said car was eventually parked by Dame Judi Dench’s private bay.

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Old Adverts – Austin A30 & A35

In the days before the launch of ITV in 1955, advertising a new car in cinemas was a very popular practice. And during the interval between the B-film and the main feature, who would not be enthused by this promotion for the Austin A30? Mere words cannot describe how wonderful this commercial is, from the script to the scenes of this splendid little car in action, especially as it reassures the viewer about the efficiency of the hydro-mech brakes. Another major sales asset was Dick Burzi’s styling of the monocoque coachwork (a first for Austin) and it can be seen to its best advantage in this Pathe footage celebrating the A30’s launch in 1951.

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE FORD 100E?

The 100E is the epitome of a car that could never fall into the category of ‘Forgotten Classic’. Today there is a thriving owners’ club for the Ford that was once as much a part of British motoring as traffic lights on black and white striped poles. On a personal note, when growing up in the 1970s, I saw a good many customised examples, often driven by gentlemen whose look was inspired by Les Gray, the lead singer of Mud.

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE CITROEN AMI?

Watching an Ami 6 negotiate a roundabout was one of the most alarming, yet fascinating, sights ever experienced by my younger self - at one point it looked as though the body was at a 45-degree angle to the tarmac as its engine sounded like an irate banshee. A Citroen Dyane looked dramatic enough when cornering but the Ami 6’s distinctive styling made the entire process even more entertaining.

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DO YOU REMEMBER – THE VAUXHALL ASTRA Mk. I?

I imagine nearly everyone will recall the original Astra; the first Vauxhall-badged car with front wheel drive and one of the defining cars of the early 1980s. The Astra was more than a very worthy competitor for the VW Golf and the soon to be launched Ford Escort Mk. III, it was as typically early 1980s as listening to Madness’ House of Fun on a Sony Walkman while hiring a Betamax tape of Jaws 2 at your local video library.

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Car of the month - Citroen AX GT

For this month’s ‘Car of the Month’ I look back fondly through my own car history and the only car I have ever owned twice, my Citroen AX GT. Sadly, DVLA records show that H220 TUB disappeared off their radar and was probably scrapped early in 2002 so I’m unlikely to own it for a third time.

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Club of the month – Porsche 924 Owners Club

Being a 924 Owners Club member brings far more benefits than just events; for a start there's the first class, full-colour, club magazine, 'TwoFour', which has been 'club magazine of the month' in Classic Car Weekly twice and also received an honourable mention at the Classic & Sports Car awards!

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