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News: NEC SHOW REPORT

It is always a pleasurable challenge to encapsulate the experience of attending this years’ NEC Practical Classics Car & Restoration Show– especially after such a long absence. Here are just a few impressions but there could be so many others

News: THE BMW 5 SERIES AT FIFTY

And so to another anniversary this April newsletter, as the iconic BMW takes centre stage. Form temporary, class permanent so the saying goes, as Andrew Roberts explains.

News: THE RELIANT SCIMITAR GTE – A CELEBRATION

When Reliant announced the GTE to the press in August 1968 there was, quite simply no other British car like it. The MGC GT may have been over £400 cheaper and had a similar sized engine to the Scimitar’s 3-litre ‘Essex’ unit, but it was less well-appointed.

News: THE MANY JOYS OF THE AUTOCAR ARCHIVE

Many of you have probably already heard about The Motoring Archive which will eventually access the back catalogues of many titles from Classic & Sports Car, Motor to What Car and Autosport.

News: 20 rear-wheel drive classics

Front-wheel or rear-wheel drive? That's been one of the liveliest debates over the course of motor manufacturing history. Each format brings its own advantages. For example, front-wheel-drive (FWD) cars tend to have slightly simpler engineering than their rear-driven counterparts.

News: 27 fast facts about the Ford Fiesta

Now in its seventh generation, the Ford Fiesta has been Britain's most popular supermini for most, if not all its 45-year life. Introduced in 1976 (and on our shores from 1977), the car made an instant impact, clocking up a million sales before the 1970s were out.

News: THE MG METRO AT FORTY

On 5th May 1982, British Leyland announced the latest version of the Metro – one bearing a name not seen on a new car since 1979. As the advertisements promised, it was time to “Fasten Your Seat Belts”.

News: THE TRIUMPH ACCLAIM – AN APPRECIATION

This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most important cars to bear the Triumph badge. When the Acclaim made its bow on the 7th October 1981, it pioneered Japanese involvement in the British motor industry. It was also the right car launched at the right time – an accolade not shared by many other BL products.

News: THE VW TREKKER – A CELEBRATION

The year is 1974, Volkswagen GB has initiated a competitor to re-name their latest import, the 182. The winner was a Mr. Nigel Purden of the Midlands with his suggestion of ‘Trekker’ – and it would be fair to say it was virtually sans rivals in the UK.

News: THE GREAT BRITISH CAR JOURNEY

Many of us are old enough to remember when a family picnic tended to involve egg and cress sandwiches, explosive bottles of R Whites lemonade and an overheating Morris 1100 De Luxe just outside of Weymouth.

News: FIVE ENTRY LEVEL CARS

Aka who needs electric windows, a fuel gauge, windscreen washers, a boot floor?… 1953 Ford 103E Popular. Sixty-eight years ago, Ford proudly boasted that for just £390, you too could own the cheapest ‘full size’ new car in the UK.

News: 10 classic car checks to do before your next drive

We were intrigued by the recent news that around 20 per cent of UK classic cars were failing their MOT. A slightly concerning statistic, you might think – until you remember that many of these cars are not legally required to submit to an MOT in the first place. That's because UK legislation states that cars over 40 years old no longer have to take the MOT test. This is, in fact, one of two exemptions that cars acquire when they reach the big four-zero: the other, of course, is road tax.