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News: BUILT TO LAST – THE FORD CORTINA

‘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.

News: CAR SPOTTERS BEWARE – AUTOMOTIVE ERRORS IN FILM AND TELEVISION

Life can be challenging for the classic car enthusiast when they are watching a film or a television programme. For those of you who are berated by their family or friends for kindly and selflessly pointing out a glaring automotive error in a production – I share your pain.

News: 60 YEARS OF THE MINI VAN

The British Motor Corporation unveiled the Austin and Morris Mini Van in 1960, and when production ceased twenty-two years later, they were as much part of everyday life as ageing punks mooching around the local Wimpy Bar.

News: THE CAR FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE – THE CHRYSLER HUNTER

There are some cars which seem to hail from a strange twilight zone of motoring; those models that enjoy a form of afterlife for quite a period after they were believed to have ceased production.

News: CAR OF THE MONTH - JOHN SIMPSON’S SUNBEAM ALPINE GT SERIES V

In 1981 John Simpson read an advertisement in Exchange and Mart for a 1966 Alpine Series V GT. The price was just £150, and the Sunbeam was located ‘only eight miles from my house’ but to suggest that it had enjoyed better days was a mild understatement.

News: Five Splendid British Estate Cars Of The 1960s

It would be fair to say that this BMC duo mainly appealed to drivers who were not especially interested in “Swinging London” and who regarded Edgar Lustgarten crime films as ‘too thrilling for words’.

News: Meet The Owner - Elliot Dunn and "Black Bess"

This is the tale of a rather significant Vauxhall Wyvern, one that goes by the name of “Black Bess”.

News: SIX SPLENDID ACCESSORIES

Travel back with us to a time of Spangles, Texan Bars and when these accessories would make your Austin Maxi 1500 look like a Lincoln Continental. Almost.

News: Phew - What a scorcher!

As the nation braces itself for what could be the hottest day on record, here are a few memories of past heatwave motoring

News: 50 YEARS YOUNG

On the 20th December, I reach my half-century. So, in celebration of my great age, here are some totally random recollections: My First Automotive Memories: It all began with the paternal Vauxhall Viva HB De Luxe – a two-door model finished in Turquoise.

News: Genevieve - A Celebration

As the London – Brighton Veteran Car Run 2019 takes place this Sunday - https://www.veterancarrun.com/ - we are proud to present (cue Tim Turner-style jolly voiceover), a tribute to one of Britain’s greatest films; Genevieve

News: 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.