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Classic Car Buyer 07/04/2021

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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

1 min.
welcome

Time for a confession. When it comes to a classic roadtrip, my mind automatically wanders to overseas locations such as Germany’s Black Forest, the Alps or even the Balkans. I’ve been lucky enough to explore the far reaches of Eastern Europe in a series of classic cars in my time, so the idea of a staycation in the UK doesn’t seem proper somehow. But I’m wrong. With overseas travel looking restricted for the near future and overnight stays likely to be expensive, most of us will have to enjoy roads much closer to home. And believe me, that’s not a bad thing at all. Researching for last week’s special roadtrip feature served to reiterate the embarrassment of riches we have in Great Britain. The South West, Wales, Scotland and many more…

1 min.
who’s the fool?

VW had the whole automotive world guessing last week when it announced that Volkswagen would become ‘Voltswagen’ in the States to stress its commitment to electric vehicles. The change was leaked to the media on March 29, with a press release on March 30. The name change was reported widely as fact by the media, including a number of national high-profile newspapers which suggested the change was legitimate, even adding “this is not an April Fool’s joke” to their stories. Others were not so convinced, and later on March 30 it emerged that it was indeed a joke. So, was it a stroke of PR genius, an embarrassing U-turn or just a joke gone too far? Certainly the fake release was an unusual one for a company trying to repair its image…

2 min.
heroes commended at car clubs awards

Coinciding with the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at Birmingham’s NEC, The annual National Car Club Awards have been a highlight on the classic car calendar since 2016. Sadly, neither could take place in person this year, but it didn’t mean the efforts of the UK’s car clubs went unrecognised. Instead, the awards were presented via Zoom as part of an online show on March 27, attracting over 67,500 viewers. A unanimous decision by judges saw the Lockdown Hero award given posthumously to Richard Davies, a member of the MR2 Drivers Club who sadly passed away in November 2020 after contracting coronavirus. On top of volunteering for countless roles within the club, he was a regular attendee at the NEC shows giving Dream Rides in his Mk1 MR2 for…

1 min.
let there be light

Afortnight ago, we reported on how a rule change by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in the latest MoT manual suggested that fitting LED bulbs to existing halogen headlamps would result in an MoT failure. Pressure from enthusiasts led to a response from Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Minister for the issue, who explained that vehicles first used before April 1986 will not be affected by these changes in line with the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations (1989) – something since confirmed by a special notice issued by the government. The notice confirmed that Class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles presented with converted halogen headlamp units first used on or after 1 April 1986 will continue to be failed, but older cars are exempt from the rule if they meet…

1 min.
le mans classic postponed

The long-awaited 10th edition of the Le Mans Classic, scheduled for July 1-4, has sadly been postponed again due to restrictions on numbers by the French government. Organisers Peter Auto and Automobile Club de l’Ouest now plan to run the event on the first or second weekend of July in 2022, with the date to be confirmed in September. Patrick Peter of Peter Auto said: “A closed session would not do justice to this event and would considerably reduce the beautiful tribute to the great history of endurance. Le Mans Classic without public, without exhibitors and without clubs is not Le Mans Classic.” A behind-closed-doors event called Historic Racing By Peter Auto will take place on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit over the same 2021 weekend instead, featuring all of Peter Auto’s…

3 min.
back to basics for drive it day

As the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs’ annual Drive It Day closes in on its April 25 date, we’d usually be listing the scores of varied events and drive-outs taking place across the UK to celebrate the historic vehicle movement. But while this year’s occasion will have to be a little different, enthusiasts are being encouraged to enjoy a more ‘back to basics’ Drive It Day whilst supporting the NSPCC charity. Although most areas of the UK will have seen some Covid-19 restrictions eased by the time April 25 rolls around to allow us to travel locally and meet limited numbers from other households outdoors, we will not be in a position to have the large shows and gatherings that we have become accustomed to over the years. However, that doesn’t…