Modern Classics Magazine December 2019

This is Modern Classics magazine: the UK’s first car magazine devoted to the best cars of the 1980s, 90s and 00s. Each issue Modern Classic magazine brings you: - Hero cars driven and rated, with a view to them being fun to own and drive today - Big group tests, spinning the modern view of classic rivalries - Detailed and entertaining buying guides - Great modern classic events, news, trends and gadgets - Market trends and buying advice All combined with edgy and exciting automotive photography, interesting features, buying tips, investment and owners’ views. Modern Classics sets a new standard for younger classic cars. It will help you in your journey from choosing to driving, and enjoying your modern classic car…

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in this issue

1 min
the urban outlaws

In the late 1980s London's orbital motorway was used as an unofficial race track. Owners of fast metal would meet late at night in service stations and airport carparks before setting off at three-figure speeds to try and beat a lap record that has never appeared in a Guinness publication. We're not condoning street racing, it's dangerous and stupid, especially in the era of the track day. But back then, the machines of choice were varied and fabulous. The only qualifying criteria? You had to have huge stones and a car that could top 150mph. Thirty years later the capital is about as car-friendly as a monster truck driver. Regardless we braved its tolls and speed cameras to bring our favourite four-door outlaws back to the scene of the crime. Prefer your performance…

1 min
the team’s month

JOHN-JOE VOLLANS EDITOR Fixed his V8 BMW so he could spend an afternoon with even hotter V8 BMWs. It hasn’t thrown a strop since either. NATHAN CHADWICK ASSISTANT EDITOR Maserati Ghibli Cup obsession led to him buying old copies of Performance Car off eBay. Someone please send help. SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR Got close to buying a new Ducati until nursery fees scuppered his plans. Instead he’s now trawling ads for any bike under a tenner. JETHRO BOVINGDON COLUMNIST Spent part of the month in a BMW heritage fleet M3 E30 in southern France. Which was a chore (not that we’re jealous, oh no...) TIFF NEEDELL COLUMNIST Was dismayed to find out Autosport is focussing on its digital platform rather than print. The mag played a big part in his career... LEWIS KINGSTON MARKETS EXPERT Fell in love with a rare Toyota Corolla (see Trade News), bought…

1 min
behind the scenes at modern classics...

Greatest view in London? No, not the back of JJ’s bonce. We won’t tell you where because the locals (understandably) complained. Still, we were quieter than the drunks and local drug dealer’s AMG C63... Widowmaker, really? Slimy roads in an ‘80s aircooled Porsche? What could possibly go wrong? Not much, really, though JJ did return from his trip to Yorkshire with a pair of red braces and a briefcase. Is it coming or going? Snapper Simon Thompson got some close attention from some Welsh wild horses. This one appears to be either an optical illusion or Wales has another legend – horses with polycephaly. It’s all plaid out It’s been three years since our last team photo so we thought it best to get another one done. You can almost count the wrinkles since then. Who looks…

1 min
contributors this month

ENRICO FUMIA CAR DESIGNER The Alfa Romeo GTV 916 is one of the best-looking cars of the 1990s, but the story of its route to the showroom is less than pretty. Its designer tells the inside story. MARK RICCIONI PHOTOGRAPHER Shooting in London is a difficult task at the best of times. At night? It’s enough to send even the most mild mannered mad. Happily, Mark was a true professional. MARINO FRANCHITTI RACING DRIVER What car does a former 12 Hours of Sebring winner drive to and from the circuit? Marino’s choice was a MkV Golf GTI Edition 30. Find out why on page 75. WILL BEAUMONT WRITER The Volkswagen Golf GTI MkV is a great car but it only reveals its brilliance when shown a great road. Will came back from his trip to Wales with a huge grin.…

3 min
caffeine & machine bmw m5 (e39) gathering

he time has come for the third T generation of BMW's 5 Series. We have sung the praises of the E39 ever since issue two of Modern Classics and it seems that we were on point. You can still pick up a running example for the £10k we quoted back in January 2016, though we certainly wouldn't recommend you do so now. Today you'll need at least £15k for an M5 worth keeping and values continue to only go one way. As a result, Midlands-based M5 (E39) owners have been teasing each other over WhatsApp with the prospect of a meet for a while now but this was the first time they actually managed it. 'There has never been an M5 (E39) meet, ever,' said event organiser Ramesh Kumar. 'After becoming…

2 min
concours south africa

South Africa's leading concours event brought out fascinating examples of versions of European machinery tuned for local motorsport. For a long time, car exports to South Africa were under strict embargoes due to apartheid. This led to the creation of home-market specials. Concours South Africa had three examples of a car we love, the Opel Kadett Superboss. Essentially, it's a GTE on steroids. It looked the part too, with a bodykit as aggressive as its 170bhp thump. We loved the Ferrari 328 as well, though were slightly nonplussed by a weird Rolls-Royce (see below). All in all, a great show.…