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Classics Monthly

June 2019

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

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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13 Issues


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The last few weeks have seen something of a juggling act being performed on the Goldsworthy drive. Not with flaming torches, knives or anything like that, but with cars – at various times there have been the two project MX-5s plus Kelsey’s rather fine Renault 21 Symphony vying for space alongside my MG TF and my wife’s Micra. That, of course, is in addition to the four cars I am able to fit in our extended garage.Now don’t worry, because I am not angling for sympathy here and I do realise that I am extremely fortunate to have the space and the opportunity to play with so many cars. I can certainly remember having no garage, no driveway and working on my only car in the street, and I…

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classics monthly

EDITORIAL Editor: Simon GoldsworthyEmail: classics.ed@kelsey.co.ukGroup Editor: Paul Wager Email: classics.ed@kelsey.co.ukDesign: Panda Media www.panda-media.co.uk WITH THANKS TO William Armston-Sheret, Iain Ayre, Andrew Everett, Rob Hawkins, Gez Hughes, Rod Ker, Martyn Morgan-Jones, Ivan Ostroff, Matt Richardson, Andrew Roberts, Graham Robson, Steve Rothwell, Chris Stacey, Mike Taylor, Iain Wakefield, Bob Weir, Phil White. ADVERTISEMENT SALES Tandem Media Managing Director Catherine RoweAccount Managers Peri Smith: 01233 228753 peri@tandemmedia.co.ukLaura Crawte: 01233 22854 laura@tandemmedia.co.ukTo advertise, call 01233 228750 PRODUCTION Production Supervisor: Amy J Proud kelseyclassic@atgraphicsuk.com 01733 362318 Melanie Cooper – Team Leader – 01733 362701 MANAGEMENT Managing Director: Phil Weeden Chief Executive: Steve Wright Chairman: Steve Annetts Finance Director: Joyce Parker-Sarioglu Retail Distribution Manager: Eleanor Brown Audience Development Manager: Andy Cotton Events Manager: Kat Chappell Publishing Operations Manager: Charlotte Whittaker Senior Print…

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rare stars shine at essen

The 31st Techno-Classica Essen ran from 10th-14th April, and as usual there was a huge variety of cars to admire. Essen is a relatively easy hop from the UK, and one of the benefits of making the effort to travel a little further afield is that you are treated to cars that do not normally grace a UK show field. For instance, Spanish car maker SEAT was showing the variety and diversity of its history with some of the most popular vehicles to have driven off the brand’s production line. Two versions of the 50-year-old 1430 were on show – a first series saloon as pictured top right and a more powerful estate – as well as a gorgeous example of the 850 Sport Spider. The Spider was…

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celebrating the unexceptional

The 2019 Festival of the Unexceptional Concours de l’Ordinaire – created and delivered by classic vehicle insurance and valuation specialists Hagerty – is back for its sixth successive year, this time on Saturday 20 July. Originally staged by Hagerty back in 2014 as the first event of its kind in Europe to celebrate the everyday cars that we all grew up with but which have now all but disappeared, the light-hearted Festival of the Unexceptional (or FOTU) has already become a must-attend event for admirers of the mundane motor cars of our past, and has achieved cult status around the world.For 2019, the location for this unique and fun event is the beautiful Claydon Estate in Buckinghamshire. The estate was built in the eighteenth century by Ralph, 2nd Earl…

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six figure sum for charity

Every two years Club Triumph holds its Round Britain Reliability Run, a gruelling 48 hours that sees club members driving their aging Triumphs non-stop for 2000 miles around Britain. The event was started in 1966, and was conceived as a way to demonstrate the reliability of the Triumph cars then in production. Just six cars took part in that first event – Herald 1200, Vitesse Six, Spitfire Mk2, TR4, FWD 1300 and a 2000 saloon.Today it is a very different matter, with up to 140 places being snapped up within days of the event opening for entries. Another change is that since 1990, entrants have been asked to raise money for charity through sponsorship. In that year £13,500 was raised for the British Heart Foundation, and by 2016 (the…

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the car years on tv

The first episodes of The Car Years, presented by Vicki Butler-Henderson and Alex Riley, hit TV screens on 7th May with a double bill on ITV4. Sponsored by Footman James, the new show for petrol heads celebrates some of the most important cars in automotive history, the format being for each episode to ask lead presenters Vicki and Alex to champion what in their opinion was the best car released in a certain year. Only one car can win, and adjudication comes in the form of three expert judges.A panel of famous faces and industry experts join the show’s cast, each doubling up as an expert commentator and helping tell the stories and backgrounds behind the stand-out cars. The first episode focused on 1964, while episode two will shine…