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News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE THAMES 300E VAN?

In 1954 Ford unveiled its latest van – one that was ‘Sparkling with Good Points’. The nation’s fleet buyers and shop owners were promised that the Thames 300E would be ‘a credit to your business’, Not to mention that with such a fine vehicle, ‘driving ceases to be work and becomes a pleasure’

News: 60 Years of the Ford Thames 400E

In those distant days before the introduction of the Transit in 1965, a remote time when listening to Adam Faith’s records was regarded as evidence of mild decadence, the van of choice for many a builder, grocer or jobbing gardener was the Ford Thames 400E.

News: A DAY OF COWLEY CLASSICS

Nuffield Place nearly Henley-on-Thames is always worth a visit, but on Monday 25th February the front of the property was festooned with an array of very fine motor cars.

News: Drive-In - Or The Best of 1970s Motoring TV

Drive-In, for those readers who are too young to remember the great days of ITV, was Thames Television’s motoring programme and the editions posted to YouTube provide viewing that is not so much unmissable as totally addictive. Plus, there is a special guest appearance from a Womble - enjoy!

News: THE FIAT X1/9 - A CELEBRATION

When Tony Bastable took the Fiat X1/9 through its paces for Thames Television’s Drive In - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvLyqB8MPrQ - he reported ‘it’s got style, its lively and it handles beautifully’. At that time British motorists had been awaiting imports of the X1/9 for several years. By 1974 Radbourne Racing Ltd. offered a RHD conversion, but it would not be until January 1977 when Fiat would officially launch a UK-market version.

News: Drive In Revisited

Drive In was Thames Television’s prestige motoring programme, commencing in 1972. The footage kindly uploaded to YouTube by Pearson describes the changing face of motoring in the 1970s.

News: “Number Please” – The Post Office Telephones Mini Van

Picture the scene – you are in a telephone box, about to make an important call but either button “A” is refusing to function or that new-fangled “Pay on Answer” system has eaten all your 6d coins.

News: FIVE FINE LIGHT COMMERCIALS

Suppose you need a stylish yet practical wagon for your latest haul from an autojumble – then this quintet of fine vehicles perfectly fit the bill.

News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE ORIGINAL FORD ESCORT?

This year saw the 50th anniversary of the Escort as most of us know it, but back in early 1968, many British drivers would have been very familiar with the name.

News: DVD OF THE WEEK - DANGER MAN

As a devotee of ITC’s spy and adventure series, Danger Man has a pride of place in my DVD collection. This was the TV series that made Patrick McGoohan a star when the first episode was aired in September 1960 and four years later the show was extensively revamped.

News: THE FIAT 600 MULTIPLA – A CELEBRATION

Sixty years ago, contestants and officials at the Olympic Games were transported by a fleet of extremely distinctive Fiats.

News: Meet the Owner - Terry Temlett and his Ford Anglia 105E Estate

Several of our blogs have covered cars that were once as familiar as listening to Alan Freeman announce Pick of The Pops – and possibly none less so than Terry’s 1965 Anglia Estate. He came by it ‘on Facebook Marketplace; and purchased after inspection’. The condition was ‘minor fettling required’ and the Ford was a natural choice of classic as ‘I served my apprenticeship on 105Es’.