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Classic & Sports Car

March 2019

Classic & Sports Car is the world's best-selling classic car magazine and the undisputed authority for all owners and enthusiasts. Whether your interest is Italian Exotica, British sports cars of the 1950s and 1960s or modern classics, every issue of Classic & Sports Car perfectly complements the sheer joy and nostalgia of owning a classic car.

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the big picture

Today he is more famous as the father of 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson, but long before that the late John Button was a motorsport star in his own right, as one of the heroes of British rallycross (see p154). In 1976, Button drove his highly modified Volkswagen Beetle to the runners-up spot in both the RAC British Rallycross Championship and the TEAC/ Lydden Rallycross Championship, and here he is at Lydden Hill, tackling the former in September of that year – the series’ first official season. His car was affectionately known as the ‘Colorado Beetle’ due to its striking black, yellow and red livery.Almost as captivating as Button’s attacking driving style is the car park behind, featuring such gems as a Lancia Fulvia Coupé, Alfa GTV and…

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This month’s coverline is nothing unusual in isolation, but put it in context with the image beneath and it becomes rather controversial. For a start, can we really claim to have tested the ‘Greatest ’50s sports cars’ when there are only English cars featured? That one is easy to dismiss: aside from a few super-rare jewels – BMW 507, Lancia Aurelia – and the odd borderline supercar (Merc 300SL), we’re confident that we Brits were largely responsible for the post-war sports-car obsession, particularly across the Atlantic.But once that question is out of the way, there’s the job of narrowing down that Brit list to our test group. This was done via the traditional method of group argument over the C&SC Christmas lunch. The low-volume specialists were dismissed fairly early…

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records scrambled

Born five years ago among the green shoots of what would blossom into Bicester Heritage, the Sunday Scramble at the former RAF airbase in Oxfordshire has quickly become an unmissable date in the classic diary. There are now three per year and the first of 2019, held on 6 January, drew a record attendance of some 7000-plus enthusiasts (nearly double last year’s total) and more than 1500 classics scattered around the evocative venue.“We were overwhelmed and delighted by the turnout,” said Dan Geoghegan, managing director of Bicester Heritage. “Our first Sunday Scramble was in 2014 and started with a couple of hundred cars; when it doubled in size a few months later, we were slightly taken aback! A number of visitors have said that the Sunday Scramble is now…

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scramble good eggs

SIMON HINSON 1932 BUICK SERIES 50 This 3.7-litre straight-eight tourer caused a real stir as it rumbled into the vintage and veteran display in the C-type hangar, because so few onlookers knew what it was. And that’s no great surprise when you hear about its history, as Hinson explained: “It was built in Canada and shipped over as a chassis, then bodied by the Carlton Carriage Company in Willesden, London, as a three-position drophead.“My dad bought the car from a scrapyard in 1962, but never got it on the road. He did the chassis in the 1960s and was away in Birmingham buying springs on the day I was born – I still have the receipt! The body was painted in the ’90s and the trim and…

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classics unite to welcome 2019

New Year’s Day has become an important date on the UK classic car calendar, and for those who don’t overdo it the night before there is now a wide selection of events to choose from. Relatively mild conditions this year encouraged many to make the effort, and by late morning the sun was shining brightly on the righteous, which seemed only right.Brooklands set new records for both cars on display and bodies through the gates at its traditional New Year’s Day gathering. More than 1700 classics were on show, not counting the hundreds more supercars and interesting moderns to turn out. And just shy of 8000 people joined in – the queues to enter were long, but all reckoned the wait worthwhile.Brooklands’ big secret seems to be its ability…

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three-wheeled party

The BSA Front Wheel Drive Club will mark 90 years of the three-wheeler with a rally at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, on 6-7 July. It hopes to welcome more than 60 cars. Contact Peter Cook for details: peter@cookbsa.com ■…