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Spring has truly sprung as the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 22-24 March for its biggest show yet with over 170 classic motoring clubs and over 1,300 cars on display.
On Sunday 31st March, Windsor was visited by an icon of British cinema. To a casual observer, the Austin 12/4 Low-Loader with Strachan coachwork was a wonderfully preserved example of the sort of taxi that you so often see in newsreels of London.
Christmas came early for John Williams from Cheltenham as he received the keys to our prize-giveaway Mazda MX-5. Following our 2019 competition, which ran from March up until the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery in November, John beat thousands of other entrants to be randomly selected as our winner!
News: Ten Great Sit-Com Cars
The passing of Bill Maynard on the 30th March has made me think of both a certain Rover P6B that was in some need of restoration – and of the many and various cars that made in an impact of so many viewers. Sometimes they were associated with the run of the series, sometimes they make, but one appearance but the memories abide after many decades…
Our 2018 Hyundai Coupe Cup kicked off at Silverstone on 24th-25th March 2018, with the first two rounds held on a very wet national circuit. After hustling for pole position in qualifying and ultimately getting 2nd for race one, I was confident I had the pace to defend my 2017 Coupe Cup crown.
The passing of Sergio Marchionne on the 25th July had many of us thinking about Fiat and how he was instrumental in the marque’s future and even survival. It would be easy to create a “Top 10” or even a “Top 100” of the company’s finest vehicles and still have room to spare.
To many people of my vintage age (i.e. born the year of the Mini Clubman) those pictures of Howard Hargate’s Avenger Super in the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership at the Practical Classics Restoration Show in March 2017, will prompt countless memories. The Hillman Avenger is an uber-1970s car, one forever to be associated with Spangles, Wimpy bars, packets of Vesta Chow Mein and, in my case, Sussex Constabulary patrol cars.
News: Car of the Month: May 17
Regular readers of Lancaster’s ‘Car of the month’ feature might see a bit of a theme developing. With March’s COTM featuring the Peugeot 205 GTi and April’s looking back at the Escort XR3i, it seems only proper that we now look at the car which started off the whole ‘hot hatch’ movement.
Before the Ford Transit debut, the UK’s premier light commercial was arguably the Bedford CA. When it launched in March 1952, it was the most advanced van in its class and for the next 20 years would dominate British roads. A Bedford might serve as a minibus for a thrilling school outing to the local shoe polish factory, deliver your milk in the morning and your Evening Standard on the way home from work.