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
THANK YOU EVERYONE! • Clubs, traders, organisers and enthusiasts all pull together to make the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show a highlight of the classic year.
VOLVO DRAG RACER IS HOT WHEELS FINALIST • GOT A STORY TO SHARE? EMAIL IT TO CLASSICS.ED@KELSEY.CO.UK OR POST IT TO CLASSICS MONTHLY NEWSDESK, KELSEY MEDIA, THE GRANARY, DOWNS COURT, YALDING HILL, YALDING ME18 6AL
FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR ROOTES ARCHIVE TRUST
NEW CLASSIC CAR CLUB
PRODUCTS • DO YOU HAVE A PRODUCT OR SERVICE YOU’D LIKE FELLOW CLASSIC CAR ENTHUSIASTS TO KNOW ABOUT? GET IN TOUCH BY EMAILING: CLASSICS.ED@KELSEY.CO.UK
MY LOTTERY WIN GARAGE
ROVER SD1 V8-S FOR THE BOSS
AUTOMATION AND ALL THAT JAZZ
PROTOTYPE ALVIS 3-LITRE?
USEFUL BOYS' TOYS • 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.
WHEN MINIS WERE £50 • 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.
HEART OF THE MATTER • 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.
MUSIC, MOTORS AND A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN • Mike Taylor talks to Mary Mitchell-Gogay, owner of a 1967 Morris Minor Traveller, about her experiences with the car.
TOP HAT TALES • It would be fair to say that Michael Wall is a devotee of the Hillman Avenger. His fleet includes what is believed to be the earliest known example, registered on the 5th of March 1970, while his daily driver is an L-registered estate. And if that were not enough, his fleet also includes a 1972 Top Hat Special, a limited-edition version guaranteed to bring glamour to any suburban driveway.
GETTING THE BUG • Nothing else on the road looks quite like the Bond Bug from Reliant, but its wacky looks belie a surprisingly practical car. We meet an owner who used his as a daily driver before carrying out a total restoration.
10 THINKS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT… THE VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER • With decades of potential progress to cover, we are limiting this tour of VW trivia to the rear-engined models that started the legend. That still gives us loads of ground to cover though, so we have had to be selective!
FORD CORTINA MK3 PROJECT PART 4 • Our ex-South African Cortina makes huge strides along the path towards naturalisation in the UK.
FIXING THE LIGHTS
DASHBOARD AND COSMETIC TRIM
Water leaks and rev counters
The Blue Lady goes to Silverstone
New front end for the Lowlight Tourer
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 PART 4 • This issue we have a liquid theme on the Panda as we tackle issues with its...