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Classic Car Buyer 10/02/2021

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Classic Car Buyer is Britain’s leading weekly newspaper for classic car enthusiasts. On-sale every Wednesday, it is packed with the biggest and most comprehensive news section plus auction reports and events - anything related to the classic car scene, you can read about here first. In addition, you’ll also find in-depth features covering all aspects of owning a classic car – buying, maintaining, driving and – crucially - enjoying. There are comprehensive buying guides, informative road tests, a nostalgic pull-out spread depicting a scene from the halcyon days of motoring, staff car sagas, guest columnists, market reviews, a detailed club directory and a regularly updated price guide. The publication is also packed with hundreds of cars and parts for sale in its Free Ads section, making it THE place to buy or sell your classic. There is a dedicated classifieds spread on classic commercial vehicles and machinery. Classic Car Buyer provides the best insight into bread and butter classics – every week! Edited by John-Joe Vollans, it is backed by a hugely knowledgeable team who have had years of experience running their own classics. That combined with an unending enthusiasm.

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Kelsey Publishing Group
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in this issue

2 min.
welcome

The kit car boom of the 1980s certainly did produce some fantastic creations, and the demise of many future classics as we chronicle in our main feature this week, but it wasn’t long before mass production methods soared off to new heights and things like the retro-styled Mazda MX-5 moved the enthusiast car market on to another chapter. Kit cars quickly gained a poor reputation for being made in old sheds. But I can’t help but see a resurgence of the market that drove all that creativity 40 years ago in today’s ever-expanding crop of restomods. Of course the old shed is long gone, so too are the exposed self-tappers and guess-the-source headlights, but that same philosophy of clutching at a lost past is perhaps even stronger than it was. What’s…

1 min.
minis to star at silverstone

The 60th anniversary of the Mini Cooper is set to be celebrated with two showdown races at the Silverstone Classic event this summer (July 30-August 1). The Classic Mini Challenge races will look to build on the success of the 2019 event, when a record-breaking entry of 60 pre-1966 Mini Cooper Ss saw victories shared by renowned sportscar racer Darren Turner and multiple BTCC race winner Adam Morgan. A similarly star-studded turn-out is expected for this year’s follow-ups, which once again will be overseen by Masters Historic Racing. Qualifying takes place on Friday, with 20-minute races on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The 2021 bill also features a very special race to celebrate the Jaguar E-Type, which also reaches its 60th birthday in 2021. And with last year’s motoring anniversaries rolled over…

2 min.
jaguar to build new c-types

Jaguar Classic is to build eight C-Type Continuation cars to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the legendary original, designed by Malcolm Sayer and made between 1951 and 1953. The C-Type will be the firm’s fourth Classic Continuation car following previous programmes for Lightweight E-Type, XKSS and D-Type. This announcement comes just a fortnight after Ecurie Ecosse revealed its own seven-strong run of continuation C-Types. By using 1950s drawings and company records, as well as scan data from an original C-Type, Jaguar Classic says it will create the most authentic new C-Types possible. The cars will be hand-built at its Works facility in Coventry to 1953 Le Mans-winning specification, so buyers will get a 3.4-litre straight-six engine with Weber 40DCO3 carburettors that’s good for 220bhp, plus the disc brakes that the C-Type famously…

1 min.
classic loan project continues

The Classic Car Loan Project (CCLP) is still active and kicking despite the challenges of the pandemic. The project encourages the next generation by loaning classics to young enthusiasts, with 14 cars already on loan and another 10 set to follow in April. “The virus affected but has not destroyed our programme,” CCLP Manager, Bob Wilkinson explained. “Cars were handed over to younger drivers at various times in 2020 to be used, albeit on a more limited scale, during the year. Generous owners have extended the loan period to avoid any disappointment, but I still have cars going out in April.” Some of the more modern classics – a MG Maestro 2.0 EFi, Triumph Acclaim and Volvo 240 Estate – were still on offer as we went to press. Applicants are invited…

1 min.
land rover celebrates engineer’s 100th

Last week Land Rover was among those to wish a very happy 100th birthday to Arthur Goddard, the firm’s original Project Engineer, who in 1948 was instrumental in creating an automotive icon. Arthur worked at the Rover Company from 1945 to 1957 and was in charge of Land Rover’s engineering development from 1947 to 1957. Once the Land Rover Series 2 design was finished, he moved on to become the technical director of Girling brakes, moving to Australia in 1970. During his long career he’s worked with many leading automotive engineers, including Spen King, Alec Issigonis and Norman Dewis. During 2015 he returned to the UK to see the Defender in its last year of production and was publicly reunited with the first Land Rover at that year’s Goodwood Revival. The pic…

4 min.
events axed amid pandemic uncertainty

The rollout of vaccines in the UK has provided hope for a way out of the Covid-19 pandemic, but as an increasing number of early season headliners are cancelled for 2021, it’s looking more and more likely we’ll have to wait before the classic car event calendar returns to anything like normality. Recent weeks have been especially difficult for big single-marque gatherings, with the London to Brighton Mini Run, the MG Car Club’s flagship MGLive! event and the Classic Ford Show all now paused for 2021. The 35th London to Brighton Run was due to take place on May 16, having been postponed twice in 2020. Organiser London and Surrey Mini Owners’ Club had worked tirelessly with local authorities to stage the event but was ultimately unable to make it Covid-safe and…