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Classic Car Buyer 24/03/2021

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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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United Kingdom
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English
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Kelsey Publishing Group
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in this issue

2 min.
welcome

Writing this week’s lead feature on the ups and downs of Rolls-Royce and Bentley, I was repeatedly reminded that it’s often external forces that dictate the direction manufacturers have to take. Adapting is surviving, we know, but time has also shown that many great cars have come about by change rather than sticking to a rigid interpretation of idealistic corporate philosophy. The story between the two marques is a fascinating one, or at least you can be the judge of that by turning over to page 16. In the meantime, I want to talk about another famous British marque: Lotus. Lotus hasn’t exactly been without its financial troubles, and has had many owners in fact, but through all of these, it has still managed to protect its unique identity with impressive…

1 min.
euro shows postponed

While things are looking good for shows to take place this summer, some of the big indoor shows on the Continent have understandably been postponed. Rétromobile was originally due to take place in Paris in February, before being rescheduled for June 2-6. However, the show will now not take place until February 2-6, 2022. “People were very much looking forward to the 46th edition,” stated show director, Jean-Sébastien Guichaoua. “However, the current health context does not allow us to hold this summer edition in June as we had planned. Enthusiasts and lovers of vintage cars will finally meet again on the traditional dates, in February 2022.” Over in Germany, it’s a similar story for Techno Classica in Essen, which will now resume next March after April’s event was cancelled. However, there’s better…

1 min.
sabine schmitz: 1969-2021

CB was saddened to learn that Sabine Schmitz, ‘Queen of the Nürburgring’ and an inspiration for her many fans, passed away at the age of 51 last Tuesday after a long illness. Born into the local hotel and restaurant-owning Schmitz family in Nürburg village within the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, Sabine enjoyed a successful racing career, becoming the overall winner at the Nürburgring 24-hour race in 1996 and 1997 in a BMW M3 before racing in the WTCC in 2015 and 2016. But it was the thrilling passenger rides she gave when driving one of the BMW M5 ‘Ring Taxis’ around the 13-mile track that really thrust her into the public limelight, as well as her driving antics as co-presenter on German TV show D Motor. Brits will probably best remember Sabine for…

2 min.
led loophole for classics

Classic owners have fought back against a recent rule change by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in the latest MoT manual. The change suggests fitting existing halogen headlamp with LED bulbs will result in an MoT failure, but pressure from enthusiasts has led to an exemption for classics over 35 years old. Many owners fit LEDs for their brighter light in the interests of safety, but it initially appeared that all modern classics or voluntarily-tested historic vehicles with LED headlamp bulbs would be affected – a situation deemed “illogical and unsafe” by Gil Keane of Better Car Lighting in Warwickshire, who bemoaned Whitehall for overruling qualified MoT testers in making its decision. Gil also pointed out that the new ruling specifically refers to halogen headlamps but new cars were…

1 min.
new classic attraction to open in may

Those inspired by the antics of Top Gear hosts Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris driving their dads’ cars in last week’s episode will be able to do similar at the new Great British Car Journey visitor attraction in Derbyshire, which has now been confirmed as opening in May. The unique ‘Drive Dad’s Car experience’ features more than 30 British designed and made cars produced between 1930 and 1990, which can be driven around a private on-site route. The fleet includes a Cortina and Mk1 Fiesta like Freddie and Paddy drove on Top Gear, albeit in later Mk5 and XR2 guises. The driving experience and visitor attraction is the brainchild of founder Richard Usher, former owner of Auto Windscreens and Blyton Park Circuit. “When we began planning Great British Car Journey…

4 min.
cities begin classics cull

Plans for restrictive emission zones that would see drivers of many older vehicles face outright bans or hefty tolls in British cities are re-emerging after the pandemic saw various councils postpone or backtrack on their proposals. Birmingham’s delayed Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is now due to commence on June 1, while Oxford is on the verge of becoming one of the first UK cities to gain a zero-emission zone (ZEZ) following the completion of a final round of public consultations. Previously, it was only in central London that drivers had to fork out extra fees based on their vehicle’s emissions. In addition to the Congestion Charge introduced in 2003, a toxicity charge, known as T-charge, was implemented in 2017, prior to being superseded by the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in…