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Classic Ford Spring 2021

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Classic Ford is rammed full of expert technical features, the best feature cars from across the world, a dedicated motorsport section plus all the news, products and information you'll need from across the entire classic Ford scene. 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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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

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1 min.
this issue

ADE BRANNAN CONTRIBUTOR Longtime Classic Ford photographer, Ade has photographed 100s of features for the mag, but there’s one that stands out for him... Page 21. JAMIE ARKLE Jamie’s put together the story behind one of the best Mk1 Fiesta competition builds yet for this issue — read it starting on page 64. CONTRIBUTOR MIKE JOHNSON CONTRIBUTOR Five years is a long time to be off the road, but Mike is pleased to reveal that the Fiesta is now back firmly where it belongs. Page 60. How To Contact Us Telephone: 01959 541444 Email: classicford.ed@kelsey.co.uk Write to: Classic Ford, Kelsey Publishing Ltd, The Granary, Downs Court, Yalding Hill, Yalding ME18 6AL, UK…

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Iwasn’t working on Classic Ford when it first hit the newsagents’ shelves back in 1997, but I was employed by the same publishing company, and I can well remember the buzz in the office when the first copies came back from the printers. We all knew it was going to be a success. Both the magazine and the scene have changed immeasurably since those days, but looking back through all the old copies to put together the 300th Issue special feature for this issue, it’s good to see the one thing that drives both the mag and the scene hasn’t changed — our enthusiasm for these old cars that take up too much of our time and money. Everyone who works on Classic Ford is proud to be part of one of…

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split decision

Turning your hobby into your job does have its plus points. For Rich Bishop, who set up fabrication and restoration workshop, Bishop’s Bespoke Builds three years ago, that means surrounding himself with some pretty ace classic Ford projects on a daily basis. There is a downside, though — none of the projects are his. So while helping a customer turn their vision into reality is immensely satisfying, once the car leaves his workshop for the final time, all Rich is left with is an empty space and a few photos on his phone. The solution, of course, is to have a project of his own. But it’s not as simple as that — with a constant stream of work (at the time of our visit, Rich was working on two Mk1 Escort…

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permitted to drive

Good news if, like us, you’re a fan of heading outside of the UK in your classic Ford — especially on our annual Classic Ford Tours. In a welcome update, transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed motorists do not need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive abroad for short stays. The UK government has secured agreement with all 27 EU member states to recognise UK driving licences without an IDP. However, a small number of drivers may still need an International Driving Permit (IDP) for trips in the EU and Norway if they still have a paper driving licence or a licence that was issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man. In these cases, the government advises to check with the embassy of the country you…

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black ’plate changes

Changes to the UK rules surrounding silver-on-black numberplates have been introduced. Before January 1, any vehicle registered in the Historic taxation class (applicable once it reaches 40 years of age) could be fitted with black numberplates rather than the regular yellow rears and white fronts — but this rolling scheme will no longer apply. The DVLA commented: ‘Following the change in definition of a historic vehicle for vehicle tax exemption purposes in 2015, an issue was identified in the regulatory requirements for the valid display of a black and silver numberplate. This resulted in the unintended consequence where any vehicle over 40 years old and registered in the Historic tax class would be permitted to display an old-style black and silver numberplate,. This was despite the law previously requiring all vehicles…

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2022 classic ford tour

Our four-day, three-night 2022 Classic FordTour will take place over the long weekend of May 6-9, 2022, and will be to the Medieval city of Bruges. Known as the Venice of the north, Bruges, is a well-preserved city where the entire historic centre has been recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site. This looks to be a great tour including a day at leisure in Bruges to sample the local breweries or chocolatiers, with the option to display your car in the historic city. On the other day, there’s an optional drive into Holland, following the Dutch Coast for some great photo opportunities, followed by an afternoon in the charming Dutch town of Sluis.The hotel has a great indoor/outdoor car park and is only a short drive or 30 minute…