Each issue is packed with the best down-to-earth advice, useful specialist information and news based on realistically priced classic cars, which will inspire you to buy, repair and restore your own classic cars. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies
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VAUXHALLS AT GAYDON • After an unsettled year of temporary homes, Vauxhall’s heritage fleet finds a new long-term home on display at the British Motor Museum.
IAIN AYRE PERSONAL AIRSHIPS • BIO: Iain Ayre’s automotive enthusiasms span everything from Minis to Bentleys. He has prototyped several car designs without commercial success, and has written 18 books on random motoring subjects. He continues to avoid getting a proper job.
ROD KER SPIDER MEMORIES • BIO: Having already spent a few years breaking lawn mower engines, from the age of 14 Rod concentrated on breaking motorcycles, often by falling off them. The inevitable move to cars followed, eventually leading to an accidental career in journalism.
PHIL WHITE SPREADING THE JOY • BIO: Phil White’s first job, at 15, involved restoring classic cars. A decade later he began writing about them in magazines. 35 years on, he’s still at it. He plans to grow up at some point, but in the meantime climbing rocks, running, cycling and, you know, writing about classic cars, seem to get in the way.
SOMETHING NEW FOR THE WEEKEND? • If you spent your working week fixing and restoring other people’s cars, you might be forgiven for wanting to do something else in your free time. However, for the Bland family in Manchester, restoring a Model T Ford was the ideal way to relax.
A MINT POLO! • Proper restoration takes technical skill, patience, financial commitment and dogged determination, but perhaps the most important attribute of all is an emotional attachment to the car. All those factors came together when Charles Whilems embarked on his VW Polo adventure.
THE ORIGINAL SOFT-ROADER • In the late 1970s, a Talbot Matra Rancho could cause a minor sensation in a High Street typically dominated by Vauxhall Chevettes and ageing Morris Oxfords. Today, Clive Nelson’s 1984 model may be one of just four surviving examples of this revolutionary car which anticipated the modern SUV.
FORD CORTINA MK3 PROJECT PART 2 • Last issue, we bought our South African import Mk3 Cortina from Car Cave in Scotland, and drove it down south to Lincolnshire. On the way we compiled an initial list of jobs to be done, but an MoT-style inspection showed up a few more tasks that will need to be tackled.
An automotive smorgasbord • An expat motoring author and journo resident in Vancouver, Iain was unable to resist the opportunities that comprise his fleet of projects, but is also unable to muster the focus, energy or organisational skills to complete them.
Goodbye – and Hello! • Peter Love is Kelsey Media’s group editor-at-large. He created its tractor and commercial vehicle titles starting with Tractor & Machinery some 25 years ago. However, he is also a keen steam and classic car owner and loves working in his workshop on his Allards when time allows.
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ENTER to WIN! • ONE OF THREE CLARKE CHDBG500 6 INCH HEAVY DUTY BENCH GRINDERS EACH ONE WORTH £119.98
Troubleshooting with Steve Rothwell • Our helpful Q&A hotline may be able to solve your classic-related problems, so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to help.
PROJECT PANDA • Having made the case for buying a Fiat Panda last issue, we can now assess the car that was...