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Classics Monthly

Classics Monthly January 2020

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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2 min.
editorial

Last issue I talked about manufacturers going out on a stylistic limb, and I guess I am taking that idea to an extreme limit this issue with the picture above. Don’t worry though because the magazine is not changing direction and attempting to compete with the likes of Custom Car, but hopefully this image has got your attention! I took it at this year’s Classic Motor Show in Birmingham (see our report on p8 for more on that) on the Meguiar’s Club Showcase stand and officially it was listed as a 1924 Singer Sport, but the owner calls it Automatron and he built every incredible detail on it by hand. The word ‘stunning’ is much in vogue and overused these days, but there really is no other way of describing the…

2 min.
nec classic motor show

Another great Classic Motor Show at the NEC has been and gone, this year's event taking place on 8-10 November. The highlights could fill the magazine, so this is just a small selection of things that caught our eye – including of course the MX-5 that we have been running as a project and which Lancaster were giving away after the show. The winner has been drawn and notified – we will have details next issue. Of the 16 stunning vehicles on the Meguiar’s Club Showcase, it was Dave Rippard’s 1959 Morris Mini Minor that received the top honours in one of the closest results to date. The hotly contested Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition saw 20 diverse cars in the final, but it was Ted Brooke’s 1961 Morris Minor…

1 min.
newton celebrate 40 years

Newton Commercial, the classic car interior trim specialist, have been celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2019. The company founders, Richard and Vera Newton, established the business in 1979 following increasing demand from classic car enthusiasts for original interior trim, and the company now supply interior trim products worldwide, with the export market forming over 40% of their business. From its humble beginnings when Richard and Vera made trim from their kitchen table at home, Newton now employ almost 60 people in three purpose-built factories in Leiston, Suffolk. With over 25,000 sq.ft. of manufacturing space, Newton handcrafts trim in original styles, materials and designs for Classic Mini, MG, Triumph, Morris Minor, Porsche, Mazda, Ford and VW. Jonny Newton, Managing Director, said: 'To celebrate 40 years in business is a brilliant achievement, and we've…

1 min.
the revving red carpet

The Revving Red Carpet expert panel have announced their top 20 tuned cars of 2020. The judging panel included the Director of the Automotive Lifestyle brand SlammedUK, Jordan Clarke, Coventry based car meet ‘Dub Club’ organiser Ian Cook and Liberty Walk Director, James Pearman. They judged the submitted cars on a range of categories including exterior, interior and mechanical quality as well as taking into account the owners' individualism and technical expertise. The top 20 will now go to a public vote across the show's social media channels to decide the modified vehicle fans want to see centre stage on the red carpet at the Performance & Tuning Car Show 2020 at Birmingham's NEC on 11-12 January. This is a unique event for enthusiasts of high-end modification and tuning. Tickets for…

1 min.
the future of hydragas is assured

The future of suspension component availability for British Leyland’s Hydragas equipped models has now been assured, courtesy of developments by a small company specialising in the recharging of existing Hydragas dampers. Hydragas and Hydrolastic Service Ltd, run by husband and wife team Ian and Dawn Kennedy, has been restoring the ride quality of Allegros, Princesses, Metros, Maxis, MGFs and more since 2014, but as the suitability of units for recharging has depended upon the condition of the internal diaphragm, the long term future for Hydragas was in doubt – once these diaphragms perish, the units leak fluid and were once considered scrap. However, Ian and Dawn have now completed prototyping and testing of a remanufactured diaphragm, fitted into a once-scrap displacer and tested at up to 700psi of pressure – more…

1 min.
1923 aston martin in action to mark 95th anniversary

It was 95 years ago that the Aston Martin which came to be known as Cloverleaf, XR 1981, lined up at the bottom of Aston Hill. One of just eight customer cars built in late 1923, this very early Aston Martin was competing against two Bugattis and two other Aston Martins – one of which had been entered by the company’s founder, Lionel Martin, who won on the day. This four-cylinder, 1486cc, side-valve engined 1923 long-chassis Cloverleaf-bodied tourer came second at the event, and remains one of only two Bamford and Martin-built Aston Martins from that meeting in 1924 still in existence today. To mark the anniversary of its first competitive outing, Cloverleaf returned to Aston Hill in October this year to be driven by Aston Martin Racing ace and three…