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To restore a Land-Rover Fire Engine is a significant achievement – especially one that was once used by your father. Lees Fell worked for the Aylesbury printing firm Hazell, Watson and Viney where 16 members of its staff doubled as part-time firemen.

News: Meet The Owner - Adrian Fell and his 1964 Land Rover Fire Engine

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the Land-Rover and to celebrate, we have the story of a very distinctive version.

News: The Ultimate Company Car? - Adrian Bowler's Ford Cortina GL MK.V

‘Petrol station trips can be interesting and long’, remarks Adrian Bowler, but this is only to be expected when you are the proud owner of a Ford Cortina 1.6 GL Mk. V.

News: Meet the owner - Adrian Pascu-Tulbure and his Dacia 1310

In the wake of our recent blog on the Dacia 1300/3010, the Romanian interpretation of the Renault 12, we are pleased to introduce Adrian Pascu-Tulbure, the owner of one of these fine cars.

News: Meet The Owner – Adrian Miller and his Vauxhall Viva HB SL90 Crayford Convertible

Last year we featured Adrian’s Viva De Luxe “Brabham” but, incredibly, this is not the rarest car in his collection. In March 1968, Crayford Engineering transformed five of the HB range into dropheads. Each was based on the SL90, finished in white and wore Cosmic Mk. I alloy wheels’. Luton officially approved the conversion, and they were distributed solely by the Leeds Vauxhall dealership Wallace Arnold.


Some vehicles take on an almost mythical quality; such is their rarity; the Morris-badged Metro Van, the basic-specification Austin A110 Westminster and, of course, the Brabham Viva HB.

News: Paddy Hopkirk MBE to attend Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show

Organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show are absolutely thrilled to announce Paddy Hopkirk will be attending this year’s show. Taking place on 15th July at Sherborne Castle, Paddy will be welcomed by the team following an invitation from his close friend and ex-team mate, patron of the show and fellow rally driver, Brian Culcheth.

News: Car of the Month - Richard Snowdon and his Ford Capri 280 Brooklands

When Richard Snowdon was a teenager he craved a new Ford Capri Injection but after leaving school he put aside such dreams together with Depeche Mode records. However, 12 years ago ‘I was collecting my daughter from a party and the host invited me to take a look at the classic car in his garage. On seeing those four headlamps, I fell in love with the Capri all over again and asked the chap “are you selling?”’.

News: Be Safe on Drive It Day

On 24th April, classic car fans up and down the country will be celebrating as the annual ‘Drive it Day’ is set to return. It’s an opportunity to throw off the dust covers and make the most of meeting fellow enthusiasts

News: Mercedes- Benz 450 SE 1979: An interview with Gavin Nettmann.

Not many people can say that they own their dream car: this is not the case for Gavin Nettmann. Since 1974, aged 5, Gavin fell in love with cars. At the age of 5, his next door neighbours (an orthopaedic surgeon)and a civil engineer) living across the road both owned a Mercedes-Benz ‘S-Class’ 350SE. It’s a love affair that has spanned 42 years. Here in an interview exclusive to Lancaster Insurance, Gavin tells us when his dream of owning a classic Mercedes, finally became a reality.

News: Best car shows to visit in 2022

There’s a wealth of wonderful car shows scheduled for 2022 across the UK. These events make a wonderful day out for any car enthusiast: aside from the rows of beautiful vehicles, there's the chance to meet and chat with fellow enthusiasts and perhaps pick up that bit of essential advice or elusive part you've been hunting for.

News: Meet The Owner – Jeremy Darvill and his 1971 Fiat 124 Special T

“When I was 17, I drove one and fell in love with it, they are so beautifully balanced and understated. Simple lines but a delight to drive it started a lifelong love affair with all things Italian.