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Classics Monthly September 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

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
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In this issue

2 min.
editorial

It is amazing just how many times the same thing can be discovered. Leaving aside rather large ‘discoveries’ such as North America and Australia which had indigenous populations long before European travellers stumbled across them, it seems that every generation has the same long list of things they discovered and about which their parents knew nothing. Sex and relationships are usually placed right near the top of that particular list, though there are many other items on it, ranging from the monotony of a 9-5 job to the fact that mushrooms may not in fact be the devil’s food after all. As for automotive discoveries, the list of newly-discovered old discoveries is perhaps even longer and in truth there is scarcely any new and revolutionary idea that hasn’t been tried before.…

2 min.
new series of top gear cars go on show at beaulieu

A collection of cars from the filming of the brand new series of Top Gear – the one with new presenters Paddy McGuinness and Freddie Flintoff alongside veteran Chris Harris – have been put on display at Beaulieu. Visitors to Beaulieu’s World of Top Gear can get up-close to the most memorable motors from Series 27, which kickstarts a brand new era for the iconic motoring show. From electric cars driven by Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris to Paddy McGuinness’ Overtaker hearse and some classics which survived the Borneo jungle challenge, there is something for everyone. The Borneo film saw Paddy and Freddie tasked with buying rare, but cheap, classic cars in episode four. Paddy bought a Matra Bagheera, France’s forgotten 1970s sports car, while Freddie went for a rarely-seen estate…

2 min.
'unexceptional' marina estate is now king of cool

The latest Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional took place in the beautiful surroundings of Claydon House in Buckinghamshire on Saturday, 20th July. Welcoming thousands of enthusiasts, the 2019 hurrah for the humdrum saw huge numbers of enthusiasts of the ordinary gather in the sunshine to admire vehicles that many would ignore. 50 expertly selected unexceptional models were presented on the lawns of Claydon House with a hugely diverse and eclectic selection that has become expected from FOTU. Highlights included a 1992 Renault Clio 1.4 RT, in showroom condition and showing just 24,000 miles since new. Another popular entrant was a 1987 Rover 820E, suggested to be the very last model of its type remaining on UK roads. Cars that used to be mainstream, but which are now a rarity, included a…

2 min.
jean-jacques thuner

In June 2019, we received the sad news that former Triumph race and rally driver Jean-Jacques Thuner of Switzerland had died. Graham Robson was put in charge of the newly formed Triumph Competitions Department in February 1962, and Jean-Jacques was in the first batch of three drivers he signed. TR4s were the order of the day back then, and Jean-Jacques (along with his regular co-driver John Gretener) was a regular competitor in them. The 1962 Tulip Rally was his first Works Triumph appearance. His second rally was the Alpine, where he finished sixth overall and then ninth overall in the most gruelling of all the annual events, the Liege-Sofia-Liege. Results near the top of the leader board were common for Jean-Jacques, and if he’d had better luck he would undoubtedly have…

1 min.
the uk's most popular first cars

UK drivers have revealed their favourite first cars in a new survey from Zero Deposit Car Leasing. The survey looked at the choices of first cars from motorists from the 1950s to the present day with the results showing trends that mirror British driving habits and chart the historical fortunes of the British motor industry. The YouGov survey went out to over 2000 motorists to find out which makes and models have been the most popular first cars overall for the nation’s drivers – across the UK the favourite first car has consistently been a Ford, with the manufacturer topping the list in every region apart from Scotland which saw the Mini take the number one spot. The top cars across the decades are: 1950s – Austin Seven 1960s – Ford Anglia 1970s…

1 min.
30 th  anniversary edition mx-5

Three decades after the 1989 Chicago Motor Show was the stage for the debut of the original MX-5, Mazda unveiled the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 Chicago Motor Show. The 30th Anniversary Edition is exclusively offered in the newly developed Racing Orange body paint, a strikingly vivid colour that certainly ensures it stands out from the crowd. In addition to Racing Orange paint, the MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition features forged aluminium Rays wheels developed exclusively for the MX-5 in cooperation with Rays Co Ltd, and a 30th anniversary badge displaying the model’s serial number. Other unique features include orange brake calipers and, for the first time in the UK, Brembo front brakes. Inside, the bespoke feel continues with orange accents on the seats, door trim, dashboard, steering wheel, air…