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Classics Monthly August 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

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
R 80,05
R 560,36
13 Issues

in this issue

3 min.

I don’t know for sure because I don’t have a complete set of back issues, but I suspect that this may be the first time Classics magazine has featured a Leyland P76 as its main cover image. This was Leyland Australia’s brave attempt to take the fight for volume sales in their domestic market to the likes of Holden, Ford and Chrysler. There were plans to bring the P76 to the UK as well, but these came to nothing when the whole project was canned prematurely after just 18 months of production. The reasons for this failure will be all too familiar to anybody with a soft spot for BMC and BL cars from the 1960s onwards – a lack of money to invest, a troubled workforce, poor quality control and…

4 min.
calendar chaos

The events calendar for 2020 has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with uncertainty and cancellation surrounding every type of gathering. Some organisers have tried adapting to changing government rules and guidelines, others have made an early decision to shut up shop for 2020 and hope for better things next year. We cannot list all the various changes here, but some of the blue chip event announcements this month have mirrored decisions taken elsewhere and give a fair indication of the state of play across the country. For example, Beaulieu has been hosting motoring events in the parkland surrounding the National Motor Museum since 1952 when it held the first veteran car rally, and each year it now welcomes over 100,000 visitors. The pandemic halted the 2020 programme when the attraction…

2 min.
virtual concours is raising money for unicef

A new online Concours Virtual is now live, detailing the 17 concours classes, the sponsors and the commercial partners already involved, with the aim of raising £100,000 for Unicef. From 30th June to 9th August, Concours Virtual Presented by Hagerty will show off some of the greatest cars ever made. Normally, such cars would be appearing in prestigious Concours d’Elegance events around the world, were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, these cars, from the early 1900s to the present day, will star on the website and social media of Concours Virtual, to be judged by an all-star team of more than 40 expert motoring personalities. Judges include Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, five-times Le Mans winner Derek Bell, Chasing Classic Cars TV star Wayne Carini, Goodwood Festival of Speed…

2 min.
panda anniversary

The Fiat Panda was first revealed in 1980, when the best-selling single in the UK was Don’t Stand So Close To Me by The Police, the world was gripped by the Rubik’s Cube and everyone found out who really shot JR. The Fiat was penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign, and sat on a brand new front-wheel drive platform with styling cues of robustness and utilitarianism. Inside saw a simplistic dashboard and seats resembling hammocks attached to metal frames, bringing the exterior feelings of robustness inside, whilst its ethos was to be easy to maintain and inexpensive to own and run. The name Panda was a late decision and was in honour of Empanda, the Roman goddess and patroness of travellers. At launch the Panda range consisted of a single 4-cylinder,…

1 min.
supplying ppe for key workers

Newton Commercial, manufacturers of British and European classic trim products, has been involved in design, manufacture and distribution of PPE for local NHS, care workers and key workers since the lockdown in March. Joining forces with Andy Gardiner, a furloughed local teacher who was making face shields at home, they set up a GoFundMe page, a website and a distribution network of over 50 volunteers making and distributing PPE. They used their factory to source materials, develop and manufacture items including scrubs, face masks and face shields. A network of scrub hubs was also set up to help make up this PPE and distribute it to key workers in Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk. Over 10,000 pieces have been made to date, and they have raised over £7000 from local business…

2 min.
bentley v8 engine is retired

The mighty Bentley 6¾-litre V8 engine – the longest serving V8 design in continuous production – has finally reached the end of its handcrafted manufacturing run. The final engine was assembled in Crewe at the start of June by the dedicated team of seven people, who between them have a combined experience of 105 years building Bentley’s iconic V8 engine. In production for more than 60 years, and with the same configuration and bore spacing as the very first version from 1959, the last L-Series engine will spend its life powering the 30th and last specially commissioned Mulsanne 6.75 Edition by Mulliner. This bespoke series closes the Mulsanne’s production run, and celebrates the life of its iconic engine with a myriad of V8-inspired details including badging, blueprint graphics and even ventilation…