Classics Monthly January 2022

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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Kelsey Publishing Group
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in this issue

2 min
editor’s note

I received an email from a reader this month that raised an interesting question, if not a new one. It came from Robert Lightfoot, who wrote: ‘Before COVID19, a lot of show organisers were taking the attitude that anything built after the late 1960s was too new and so you could not take your car to these shows. Now with the country getting back to normal and with the 2022 show season starting to get planned, perhaps it is time to ask what is and what isn’t a classic. I drive a 21-year old car daily, a Vauxhall Vectra from 2000, and would not touch a new car. There are thousands of people with 20+ year old cars who would love to go to shows without being told it’s too…

2 min
thank you everyone!

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 After the disappointment of 2020 and the cancellation of that year’s Classic Motor Show (along with so many other events), it was great to be back at the NEC over the weekend of 12th-14th November for this year’s event. We did feel that there was more room to move about the venue than there had been in previous years, but there was still more to see and do than could comfortably be covered in a day. Certainly, despite thinking that we'd seen everything on the Saturday, a return visit on the Sunday still turned up a number of automotive gems that we had missed…

1 min
volvo drag racer is hot wheels finalist

A Volvo P1800 Gasser drag racer has been selected as the UK finalist for the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, a competition that is seeking out the best in classic, modified and race cars from around the globe, with the overall winning vehicle to be made into a 1:64 scale die-cast model and released in Hot Wheels’ 2022 range. Nicknamed ‘Ain’t No Saint,’ the Volvo P1800 was unanimously selected as the UK finalist, the judges deeming it to be most fitting of Hot Wheels’ exacting standards of performance, authenticity and ‘garage spirit.’ Owned and built by Somerset-based Lee Johnstone, the Volvo is raced by him and his three daughters – Ellie, Tori and Sarah – with supportive wife Sue also part of the team, which competes under the name of JD Racing…

2 min
fantastic achievement for rootes archive trust

Back in 2015, The Rootes Archive Centre Trust (RACT) launched a building fund for the purchase of a freehold building to house their Rootes collection. The background to this was that the RACT had been formed in 2004 by the Association of Rootes Car Clubs to save the Rootes engineering archive, but after 10 years was struggling to afford rented premises. They were faced with four options: 1. To close the Trust and hand the material over to another museum for safekeeping. 2. To pack the archive material into a shipping container. 3. Reduce the rented space meaning limited or no access to the material. 4. Buy a freehold property. The fourth option was chosen, and a building fund to raise £185,000 was launched by Sir Stirling Moss at the NEC in 2015. Through generous…

1 min
new classic car club

The UK’s newest classic car club has just been launched by the UK’s newest car museum, the Great British Car Journey. It is a club that celebrates diversity, welcoming enthusiasts of any old cars regardless of age, value or country of origin. Richard Usher, founder and CEO of Great British Car Journey, explained: 'Having been a member of numerous clubs, I have noticed that younger enthusiasts – and even oldies like me – have become less fixated on a single make and that enthusiasm for old cars now covers a very broad spectrum of makes and models. I wanted to create a club which represented this. There are hundreds of excellent car clubs who are doing a great job encouraging interest in, and the use of, old cars,' he added,…

8 min

MORRIS MINOR SEAT FRAME ADAPTORS Price: £90 per pair These clever seat frame adaptors allow the direct and easy fitment of modern seats from almost any BMW MINI made from 2001-2021 into any model of Morris Minor or 1000, including van and pickup. With an abundance of MINI seats being available secondhand in many styles, colours and materials, there is a colour and style combination for everyone at an affordable price. These well-engineered frames are purpose-made and give safe and easy fitment in around 30 minutes per side. They pick up on the original Minor floor mounting, requiring just two 5/16in (8mm) holes to be drilled for the rear mounting. The MINI seat can then be screwed directly to the frame using its original mounting holes. Clear fitting instructions and all required…