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Modern Classics Magazine

Modern Classics Magazine May 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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1 min.
cut-price supercars

There's no denying that £30k is a significant sum of money. However, if you go out looking to buy a brand-new performance car you'll find it doesn't stretch very far. OK, so you could net yourself a Golf GTI or a Focus RS – but wouldn't you rather have a supercar? We took this fictional pot of cash and did our favourite thing – searched the classifieds for secondhand bargains. The result was two of our three cover stars, the Nissan GT-R and the Audi R8. The Porsche 911 Turbo (997) will set you back £50k but it's here because it's the benchmark fast 911. A gruelling day was spent hurling the trio around glorious North Yorkshire roads to find out if one stood out (sympathy cards welcome). It turns out that…

1 min.
the team’s month

JOHN-JOE VOLLANS EDITOR After visiting Retro Classics Stuttgart, he now wishes he could grow a mullet and eat bratwurst without serious consequences. NATHAN CHADWICK ASSISTANT EDITOR In the confusion after his 166 crash (p84) our man managed to lose the only set of keys to his 147 GTA. Just £420 to replace. SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR Got his daily serviced. Always tinged with worry of what else they may find, Si breathed a sigh of relief when it came back okay. JETHRO BOVINGDON COLUMNIST Got back into sliding with Porsche 992 GT2 RS for Motor Trend. Doubt he needed to wear special monitoring pants (unlike some...). TIFF NEEDELL COLUMNIST Formula E’s latest decision amused – indoor racing at Excel. Organisers must have gone to the London Classic Car Show. LEWIS KINGSTON MARKETS EXPERT Two very different temptations battled for wallet-worrying supremacy: Mazda 323 Turbo or Chevrolet Corvette? KEITH…

1 min.
behind the scenes at modern classics...

Up in my grille The ed is a German-car perv so a trip to Retro Classics was, for him, akin to a wander through Amsterdam after dark. We still don’t know how, but he got this 190 grille on to the plane home! Sunny delight? When we told Japanese car aficionado Jordan he’d be snapping a rare ’80s Nissan, he couldn’t wait to say yes. This month’s Endangered Species wasn’t what he had in mind, though. Suffer for your art Yes, it was every bit as bleak as it looks – the conditions on the morning of our front cover shoot this month were awful, yet photographer Mark still managed a wave. Bless. Feeling sheepish While shooting the Mitsubishi Evo, Adam found himself with what he thought was a fan club. Turns out sheep can be quite…

1 min.
contributors this month

MARK RICCIONI PHOTOGRAPHER Mark returns to MC inbetween shooting for Top Gear magazine. He’s just bought a V12 AMG S-Class from Japan, so we were happy to help with running costs. JOE BREEZE WRITER Took time out from production editing Classic Cars magazineto tame the Mitsubishi Evo FQ-400. His spine still hasn’t quite forgiven him. Worth it, though. ADAM SHORROCK PHOTOGRAPHER Adam’s either found in the design chair at MC when Si’s away or behind the camera, though this month he provided a very able bum in seat for Audi R8 driving duty. JORDAN BUTTERS PHOTOGRAPHER After shooting our Nissan Sunny, we bumped into Jordan and Dean Smith while shooting our supercars cover feature. They were in Dacias. The envy was palpable.…

3 min.
retro classics

We've made the trip over to Stuttgart for the annual Retro Classics event for a few years running now and really enjoy it. The glimpse of the German old-car scene is always fascinating and offers something of a palate-cleanser to the same old shows on the UK calendar. The event organisers have made a concerted effort this year to attract a younger audience by including Neo Classics. These are cars less than ten years old that are of special interest to enthusiasts. There weren't many of these machines on display this time, because the category was only announced this year, but it’s a concept that has the potential to add yet another layer of attraction to an already packed event. Manufacturer support from home marques came in the form of BMW for…

2 min.
retro classics cars for sale

'Next year, I'm leaving my credit card.' Not content with hoovering up some rare parts in the autojumble, JJ spent a lot of his time in Stuttgart furiously trying to convert Euros to pounds, dreaming of coming home in the ultimate souvenir, a left-hand drive classic. Ten halls of the Messe Stuttgart are crammed full of mega rare and concoursquality machines. Despite all these, it was the private cars for sale that set this show apart. It's a trend that hasn't really translated to the UK, but many German dealers book an empty pitch and fill them at the show. Which would you have?…