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Classics Monthly October 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.

Throughout this year we have made a conscious effort at Classics not to dwell too much on the global pandemic, preferring instead to offer you an oasis of calm and enjoyment in what has been a very unsettling and turbulent year. After all, there is more than enough doom and gloom already being spread in so-called news bulletins on TV and the internet, and absolutely no need for us to pile in with any more. None of us can avoid the subject entirely though, and the steady flow of reports about shows and events that have been cancelled or radically altered are testament to that. However, things are slowly starting to move again. I went to an outdoor autojumble this month, the first of a new but truncated season at a…

2 min.
earls court in 1960

Like most clubs, the Sunbeam Rapier Owners Club had to cancel their National Rally this year, and like quite a few others they decided to hold a Virtual Rally on their Forum web pages instead. Coinciding with that decision, one of their members shared a huge pack of original material he had obtained from the relatives of a former Rootes employee, a pack containing a great many details about the 1960 Earls Court Motor Show. This employee, John Fairer, was a salesman on Stand 77 with the Rootes coachbuilders Thrupp and Maberly, and the pack contained all the information that he needed to face the public and show off the latest Rootes models. Among other information, it told the club what cars were on display that year and what their colour…

2 min.
vauxhall – made in luton

For the first time in its 72-year history, a selection of cars from Vauxhall Heritage’s famous collection will be on public display, telling the story of Vauxhall Motors' rise from a niche sporting car manufacturer to one of the UK’s best-known automotive brands. Called Vauxhall – Made in Luton, it opens on 5th September at Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton, just a stone’s throw from where almost all the exhibits were originally manufactured. The main exhibition will include ten of Vauxhall’s most significant Luton-built cars from the last 115 years, book-ended by the very first model to be produced at the famous Kimpton Road factory – a 1905 7/9hp – to the last passenger car to roll off the line – a 2002 Vectra – before the plant started to produce…

2 min.
2020 nascar run raises £4460

Sunday 2nd August saw the second running of the NASCAR RUN, organised by MG and Alfa Spares in Chadderton, near Oldham. Run in aid of The National Autistic Society, MG and Alfa Spares were unsure whether the event could take place this year, but after careful consideration and monitoring the current situation, they had 45 cars join them on the day. 'We did our best to social distance by staying in our cars and remaining outside the building at the start,' said company owner and driving force behind the run, Jason Swinyard. 'We must say Thank You to Tim and Jo Hamer of Krakin Catering, who supplied the participants with bacon or sausage barms at the start and also gave them a picnic each so everyone could continue social distancing while…

2 min.
classic motor show

The Classic Motor Show will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham this year on 13th-15th November, with plenty of your old favourite features, but also some new twists that reflect the strange times we live in. By the middle of August, 150 clubs had confirmed that they will be participating in November, with more stands yet to be confirmed. They will be displaying their cars via a rearranged floorplan to make sure visitors can navigate the entire show safely through a network of straight single and dual direction aisles. Some of the clubs confirmed so far include: • The Alfa Romeo Owners Club which is celebrating its 110th anniversary • The 1000cc F3 Historic Racing Association will be making their first appearance at the show and presenting 50 years since the end…

1 min.
e-type 60 event

In 2021 the Jaguar E-type will be 60, and to mark the occasion the Jaguar E-type Club is planning a celebration at Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb to which owners and enthusiasts everywhere are invited. E-type 60 will enjoy plenty of action over two days with competitive timed climbs, cavalcades and demo runs by famous cars and personalities. The 1960s and early '70s will be celebrated with cars, music, dance, film, art and fashion. The E-type Hall of Fame will include 9600 HP, the original Geneva launch press car, and another 1960s star will also be there to celebrate six decades as the Mini Cooper turns 60 then too. It's all taking place on 12th-13th June 2021; see www. etype60.com for more.…