Classics Monthly November 2021

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

in this issue

2 min
editor’s note

Welcome to what I hope you’ll find is a bumper issue of Classics Monthly, thanks largely to our major feature pitching 11 MGs against 11 Triumphs in an epic battle for superiority. Of course, rivalry between the MG and Triumph camps has been fierce in the past, sometimes to the point of acrimony, but these days while that rivalry is alive and well, it tends to be far more relaxed, a little light-hearted ribbing to add spice to a shared passion for classic cars. And it is in the spirit of fun rather than confrontation that we approached the subject, so hopefully it won’t bruise too many egos along the way. I like to think that I am reasonably impartial in this particular fight. After all, I edited MG Enthusiast magazine…

9 min
vauxhalls at gaydon

After what can best be described as an unsettled 12 months, Vauxhall’s famous Heritage Collection has now been put on display at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warkwickshire. Last year, the imminent sale of Vauxhall’s former Luton site meant that the Collection was taken north to an interim home at the company’s Ellesmere Port factory, where a converted 8000 square-meter building had been set aside for the 60-strong collection that featured representatives from every decade of Vauxhall’s 117-year history. Plans were said to be in place to create an all-new publicfacing Heritage Centre at some point in the future, but now the 50 remaining cars and vans in the collection have made the journey back south to Gaydon. There, 30 of them (still covering each decade starting with the very…

3 min

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4 min
first love

Thanks for the consistently high quality of your magazine, which I await with eagerness each month. The article on the Hillman Imp a while ago stirred up some fine memories of this underrated compact car. The Imp had been below my radar as a young lad who was more tempted by the trendy celebrity of the Mini. Yet a test drive in a locally-advertised C-reg 1965 Super Imp selling for £130 (this was 1973) revealed it was nippy, cornered on rails, had a top speed of 90mph and fuel consumption of 40-45mpg. I was won over and parted with the cash, equivalent to two month’s take-home pay. My joy was unconfined, until someone said to me: 'Isn’t that Liz’s old Imp? Did she have trouble with that!' I then embarked on a…

5 min
iain ayre personal airships

Ionce met a man called Reg who used to stand on his head. He was one of the intriguing eccentrics who inhabited the sometimes wildly creative British kit car business before the dead hand of the clerks crippled it with incompetent and unnecessary testing. All cars should pass an annual MoT, but that’s all we need. The people who inhabited that endlessly entertaining little world saw production cars as merely a source of useful bits, and insisted on making their own cars instead. The ones who insisted on designing as well as making their own cars were the most eccentric of all. One of them I knew lived in a de-consecrated church with a pet polecat called Sid. These people didn’t even know or care where the box was, never mind…

4 min
rod ker spider memories

Call me old-fashioned, but I find cinema largely a waste of two expensive hours, one that has a bad effect on the eyes and ears. However, if you throw in a few interesting cars and bikes, then I’m game. Take The Graduate, for example. When the film was released in 1967 it was all a bit risqué and naughty, even if it doubled as a RomCom. But it also featured two redeeming qualities – a small Italian car, and a memorable sound track by Simon and Garfunkel. The film starred Dustin Hoffman, playing 21 year old Benjamin Braddock who had just graduated from college and returned rather aimlessly to his parents' house in Pasadena, California. This was something of a stretch as Hoffman was in reality about to turn 30. His…