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Classics Monthly

Classics Monthly

Spring 2020

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

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
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13 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
editorial

As you can read in this issue from p34, I have now bought that Volvo 340 which I mentioned wanting a couple of issues back. The impetus for this was simply to see if it would waft me back nearly 40 years to when I passed my driving test and a Volvo 343 was our family car. The answer is that it doesn’t make me feel 17 years old again, but it is a very enjoyable trip down memory lane – you can’t live in the past (however much you may want to!), but it is a great place to visit and a classic car makes that possible. That is probably why I love trawling through old photographs for our Press Pictures series. The latest instalment of that is on pages…

1 min.
mg & triumph show

The MG and Triumph Spares Day at Stoneleigh on Sunday 9th February was battered by Storm Ciara, and attendance was inevitably affected as a result, but not by anywhere near as much as you might have expected given the weather warnings – MG and Triumph owners are clearly a hardy bunch! As the name suggests, this show majors on spare parts, both new and secondhand, plus all the usual automobilia and autojumble. It is, however, well supported by the clubs as well, and their members braved the elements with some particularly fine display cars to add interest for the visitors. The Best Triumph award went to Matt Field with a fine 2000 Mk1 he inherited from his dad, while the Best MG went to Ray Cotter's YB, which was being…

1 min.
the 58 th  austin 7 rally

The 58th National Austin 7 Rally will be held on Sunday 5th July at Beaulieu in Hampshire. For those who own these iconic little cars, those who would like to own one and those who just love looking at them, the national rally is the most anticipated annual event on the calendar. Hundreds of cars will take part, and there will be much to see and do over the weekend – all of it centred around the diminutive ‘Motor for the Millions’ created by Sir Herbert Austin in 1922 and produced up until the outbreak of war in 1939. This year’s special theme is ‘Coachbuilt and Fabric-bodied Austin Sevens’ and many fascinating examples will be on display around the arena, in the grounds of the National Motor Museum. In 2019, the…

1 min.
pre-66 saloon race

British Motor Heritage and the MG Car Club have announced an all-new 58-car race for MG Live! at Silverstone on 13th-14th June. It will be for pre-‘66 classic saloons, and it is being staged on the Grand Prix circuit – the track on which F1 was born 70 years ago this year. The regulations are basically the same as those for the Goodwood St Mary’s Trophy, the only other stipulations being a requirement for the cars to run on Dunlop Historic Race tyres and pump fuel. The event will be of 40 minutes duration, allow entries from either one or a pair of drivers, and will be preceded by a 20-minute qualifying session. Said BMH’s Managing Director John Yea: 'The criteria have been specifically chosen to ensure a truly mixed field…

2 min.
endangered species

Some of the most popular cars of the 1980s and 1990s are in almost terminal decline according to the latest DVLA data collated by Retro Cars, the magazine dedicated to accessible modern classic cars from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. According to the figures, the most endangered car of the 1980s and 1990s is the Lada Riva, once the butt of many a Blackpool comedian’s joke, but now rarer than a Pagani Zonda. If you want exclusivity and prestige, perhaps now’s the time to hunt down a Riva 1500 SLX? After all, just 49 Rivas are known to survive. Slightly more upmarket but no less at risk, the Alfa Romeo 146 is on the danger list. Once described by Jeremy Clarkson as ‘the only small hatchback I’d be seen dead in,’…

1 min.
alfa romeo reprises gta theme for 2020

This June, Alfa Romeo will have been in business for 110 years, and to mark its 110th birthday, the company will pay tribute to one of its most emblematic vehicles – the Giulia GTA. The acronym GTA stands for ‘Gran Turismo Alleggerita’ (alleggerita being the Italian term for lightened), and it originated in 1965 with the Giulia Sprint GTA, a specific version derived from the Sprint GT. The body of the Giulia Sprint GT was replaced with an identical version in aluminium, giving a total weight of 745kg compared to the 950kg of the road version. The new interpretation of this GTA theme will be available in two versions, the Giulia GTA with four seats and the Giulia GTAm with two race seats, roll-bar and six-point harnesses. They will both…