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Classic Car Buyer 31/03/2021

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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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
Frequency:
Weekly
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in this issue

3 min.
welcome

In many respects working on car magazines is similar to any desk-based job in that it can often involve long periods staring at spreadsheets and computer monitors, but every so often you’re jolted into the realisation that it’s not your everyday office job. This week started with just one of those moments when I found myself trying to keep up with a colleague across Coventry city centre en route to look at a potential project car. For various reasons, none of them at all sensible, I was piloting a Bentley Turbo R whereas said colleague was in a modern MINI Cooper S. The Bentley in theory has a 130bhp advantage over the modern Mini, although admittedly that’s blunted by an extra tonne in bulk, but I was expecting to be comfortably…

1 min.
johnny dumfries: 1958–2021

Johnny Dumfries – otherwise known by his official title John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute – has passed away at the age of 62 following a short illness. Dumfries was most well-known for his stint in Formula 1 as Ayrton Senna’s teammate at Lotus in 1986. Dumfries’ racing career began in earnest in FF1600 in 1980 but it was F3 where he first made big waves: having stepped up to F3, he won the British championship in 1984. A move to F3000 in 1985 precluded his eventual step up to F1 with Lotus in 1986. During his time with Lotus, Dumfries scored three championship points across the 15-race season behind the wheel of his Renault-powered Lotus 98T, with his top result being a fifth-place finish at the Hungarian GP. Dumfries’ greatest success came…

2 min.
brooklands on the small screen

Abrand new UKTV series featuring Brooklands Museum in Surrey has hit our screens. Shown on the Yesterday channel and available on demand via UKTV Play, Secrets of the Transport Museum is a 10-part series set at the world-renowned venue. As the home of the first ever purpose-built racing circuit and an extraordinary collection of aircraft spanning over 100 years, Brooklands Museum is home to some of the most important stories of motorsport and aviation history in the world. It’s the first time in the museum’s 30-year history that cameras have been allowed to film so much behind the scenes. The series follows the dedicated band of staff and volunteers who devote their time, skills and passion to maintaining the collection and preserving the site’s incredible legacies. Viewers can expect to see a…

1 min.
fotu to return this summer

The popular Festival of the Unexceptional event will make a welcome return this summer, organiser Hagerty has announced. Celebrating cars that were once a common sight but are now a rarity on UK roads, the unique ‘Concours de l’Ordinaire’ will take place for the seventh time on July 31, having taken a year off in 2020 due to the pandemic. Since it was started in 2014, the unique event has showcased the oft-maligned and long forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars and commercial vehicles of the late 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. It’s been a sell-out success on every occasion, so for 2021 there’s a new bigger venue – Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire. In addition to providing space for a greater number of unexceptional cars, Grimsthorpe also offers expansive grounds to enjoy with…

1 min.
brewer’s coop

TV star Mike Brewer’s 1964 Mini Cooper S will be revealed in all its glory in the May issue of our sister title, Mini Magazine. The Wheeler Dealers presenter has always said a Mini Cooper S from his birth year of 1964 is a dream car. He subsequently found ‘Frankie’ at auction, with Mini Magazine breaking the story in its September 2019 issue. Mike got specialist Mini builder and racer Andy Harrison at Acespeed in Shipley on board from day one, who’s managed and built the project using a new bodyshell from British Motor Heritage. The May issue will show the finished car in detail, covering the improvements that have been incorporated to ensure this Cooper S is fighting fit for 2021, as well as getting both Mike and Andy’s take on…

5 min.
spring sparks ’80s boom

The market for 1980s and 1990s cars seems to be enjoying a significant purple patch, with nostalgia, changing fashions and increased media coverage all potential factors in fuelling a substantial rise in demand and values. While exceptional classics are always likely to do well regardless of era, anyone with a keen eye on the market will have noticed strong prices for good modern classics in recent times, with dealers quickly selling their stock and scores of eye-watering prices achieved at auction. Indeed, the most recent update to the UK Hagerty Price Guide shows that over the last 12 months, the average price across over 40,000 values monitored has dropped by 3.8 per cent, or £8961 per car. However, cars first sold in the ’80s and ’90s appear to be substantially bucking…