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Classics Monthly

Classics Monthly September 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.

It is odd how two people can recall the same thing in totally different ways. In this issue’s Letters pages, we have some feedback from Alan Lee in Australia who was delighted to see our feature on the Leyland P76 last issue. He recalled buying one in 1987 and taking it around a race track. His verdict: ‘It was brilliant... You could throw it around like a massive Ford Escort.’ Then, just as we were putting this issue to bed, I got a letter from Denis Chick saying: ‘Enjoyed the latest issue. I worked on the development of the P76 here in the UK, trying to make it go around corners. The only decent part of it was its Rover V8!’ (For the record, Denis also pointed out a blooper in…

3 min.
reinventing the past

Škoda has announced that the marque's first fully-electric production model, the Enyaq iV, will be introduced in 2021, following hard on the heels of a wave of new models set to arrive this year including the Superb iV plug-in hybrid and the Citigoe iV. However, a close look at once-secret archive material from the marque’s past reveals that pioneering engineers and designers successfully developed both hybrid and fully electric vehicles more than 100 years ago. In 1908, Škoda AUTO founders Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement joined forces with renowned Czech engineer František Križík to investigate whether electric power was suitable for private vehicles. Križík had successfully designed and engineered Prague’s electric tram system (which still runs today) and believed that electric power represented the future. Working with an L&K Type E…

2 min.
new speedweek at goodwood

Following news that Goodwood's iconic events the Revival and the Festival of Speed will not be taking place this year, the West Sussex venue has announced instead a new, once-in-a-lifetime motorsport occasion in October. Called Goodwood Speedweek presented by Mastercard, it will take the greatest elements of the Festival and Revival and combine them into one unmissable three-day extravaganza. Staged behind closed doors at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, Speedweek will be optimised for broadcast, getting motorsport fans to the heart of the action wherever they are in the world. The thrilling action will be transmitted free of charge globally via Goodwood Road & Racing’s website, social channels and a range of broadcast partners. On the track, the cars will do battle in the most competitive historic racing in the world, driven…

2 min.
end of an 84-year morgan era

In July, the Morgan Motor Company finally ended production of steel chassis cars, marking 84 years of continuous production for the underpinning – barring factory closures during World War II and the coronavirus pandemic – making it the longest-ever running production car architecture of all time, anywhere in the world. The firm’s steel ladder chassis was introduced in 1936, in the Morgan 4-4. This car’s name came from the fact that it was the first Morgan to have both four cylinders and four wheels – Morgan’s vehicles before this point, since the company’s foundation in 1909, were all three wheelers. The steel chassis, while undergoing many alterations and improvements over its lifetime, went on to underpin the Plus 4, Plus 4 Plus, first-generation Plus 8, 4 Seater, V6 Roadster, and…

1 min.
duxford picnic

After so many events have been cancelled or postponed, it is nice to report on one that is going ahead! The All-Triumph Day at Duxford was started by the Triumph Sports Six Club's Essex Area in 1997, and has been organised by the Herts and Beds Area since 2003. It generally attracts around 160 cars, but this year is having to be scaled back from an 'event' to a 'picnic' where owners can park up and wander around the museum's displays. It is all taking place on Sunday September 27th, with classic car entry from 9am-12 noon and full site access until 6pm. Contact Pete Lewis on 01582 750943 or email peter.h.lewis@ ntlworld.com for further details. GOT A STORY TO SHARE? EMAIL IT TO CLASSICS.ED@KELSEY.CO.UK OR POST IT TO CLASSICS MONTHLY NEWSDESK,…

1 min.
motoring in miniature

When Beaulieu reopened the doors to the National Motor Museum in July, visitors got their first sight of an exciting new exhibition: Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood. Offering the chance to relive the joy and excitement of your favourite childhood toy cars, it showcases more than 800 toy cars and pedal cars to celebrate miniature motoring memories and much-loved playthings of the past. The exhibition is packed with toy cars of all shapes and sizes from the 1920s to the 1990s, from tin plate and wooden toys to die-cast and slot cars. See pull-alongs and pedal cars, radio control cars and scale models, motoring board games, jigsaws and computer games. These were the toys you were told to clear up, the toys you were proud of, the…