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Classics Monthly

Classics Monthly August 2019

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
Frequency:
Monthly
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3 min.
editorial

The English language is rich in proverbs, so much so that you can invariably find ones to express completely opposite opinions. He who hesitates is lost and Look before you leap are two classic examples, but there are many more. You’re never too old to learn disagrees with You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, Many hands make light work is the opposite of Too many cooks spoil the broth, and so they go on. However, there is one to which I can’t think of an opposite: Every cloud has a silver lining. You would be perfectly justified in asking why I bring this up here, but bear with me and all will become clear. It starts with the Reliant Robin feature on p106. Not only did I enjoy researching…

2 min.
huge variety at bromley

The Peter James Insurance Bromley Pageant of Motoring returned to Norman Park in the suburbs of South London on 23 June. This huge event is spread over two fields, the first of them focusing on one-make parking and individual displays, while the other features club stands, arena, trade village and the all-important autojumble. With the suburban access roads to navigate, it’s the kind of show where exhibitors attend very early. Thankfully, due to a welcome break in the UK’s precipitation-laden summer, it was ice creams all round and lots of people milling around and catching up with friends late into the afternoon. The event attracts a really varied range of cars, from tiny bubble cars to huge American custom cars, plus everything new and old in-between. This year's award winners were: Best…

1 min.
norman dewis, 1920-2019

Former Jaguar chief test driver and development engineer Norman Dewis OBE passed away on 8th June at the age of 98. Dewis joined Jaguar in 1952, and helped to test and develop everything from D-Type racers to the XJS in a career that spanned 33 years before retirement in 1985. He also campaigned Jaguars in events such as the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hour race, and set a production car speed record of 172.412mph in a modified XK120 in 1953. In all he is estimated to have covered over a million test miles at an average speed of over 100mph, and survived three huge crashes despite having no seat belts or rollover protection. Following retirement, he spent over 30 years as an ambassador for the Jaguar marque. In recent years he received…

1 min.
the project jay preservation group

The Project Jay Preservation Group was originally founded in 2007 when four owners of cars from the Land Rover Discovery launch fleet, the G-WACs, met up at the Heritage Run in Gaydon and decided to get together to find more of these important cars. This year it became a formal club dedicated to the preservation of all early Land Rover Discoverys, known as Jays after the code name Land Rover gave the new model when it was under development in the 1980s. The PJPG have been busy at many shows this year promoting the Discovery 1 as a classic vehicle, and they have just been allocated a stand at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery at the NEC in November 2019, a fantastic way to round off a great…

1 min.
jim clark museum

A new museum dedicated to motor racing hero Jim Clark is set to open in Scotland. The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns will replace the existing Jim Clark Memorial Room following a major revamp of the building, and will feature a wealth of memorabilia in an expanded exhibition space that will also include two of the great man's former race cars. Shona Sinclair, curator at the charity Live Borders, said: 'Jim's replica Indianapolis 500 trophy will be on display in the new museum alongside new items, film footage and photographs to showcase his inspirational career. A huge amount of work has gone into researching and preparing the collection for display and I'd like to thank the volunteers who have assisted the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum team with this task.' The new…

1 min.
celebrating early triumphs

The Pre-1940s Triumph Motor Club held their annual rally at Wroxall Abbey in Warwickshire this month. A full weekend event, Saturday saw a tour of the local area by vintage coach, while on Sunday there was a static show in the magnificent grounds. Many of the participants dressed in period which, with the wonderful backdrop of the historic Wroxall Abbey Hotel, only added to the atmosphere. A total of 23 cars were on display on the Sunday. The oldest was a 1928 Triumph 15 that was enjoying its first outing after nine years on axle stands, while the youngest was a 1939 1½-litre Dolomite with the bigger 14/60 engine that was offered as an option in the final year of Triumph production. In between there were tiny Super Sevens and glamorous…