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Classics Monthly November 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 about you, but I hate selling my cars. That’s not because I am a hoarder, although I am aware that I do have more vehicles than any one person really needs. The problem is that I enjoy all classics, and I love being able to jump out of one and get into something completely different. Unfortunately though, there is a limit to how many cars you can realistically store, fix and finance without them becoming a millstone rather than a pleasure, so a certain amount of turnover is inevitable to make room for the next project. In the last 12 months, for example, I have sold my Triumph Herald, MG TF and Standard 8 Tourer, while Kelsey-owned project cars to come and go have included the MX5 Mk2,…

1 min.
world's oldest street legal vw bus celebrates 70 years

70 years ago on 8th March 1950, the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg began full production of the Type 2, the VW Transporter (Type 1 was the Beetle). On 5th August that year, a dove blue panel van with chassis number 20-1880 rolled off the lines, and this summer that vehicle celebrated its 70th birthday in rude health. It is rare for commercial vehicles to survive the rigours of a working life, but after 23 years of earning a living in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, this example was lucky enough to go into early retirement and get sold to a collector. From 1973 to 1992 it spent its time in the collections of various VW enthusiasts. The last owner tried to sell it via the fan club, but initially without success. From today’s…

1 min.
particulate shock

The significant reduction in vehicle journeys during the COVID-19 lockdown did not reduce the level of toxic fine particles in Scotland’s air, according to experts at the University of Stirling. Analysis of fine particulate air pollution in the first month of restrictions found little change, despite a 65% reduction in the number of vehicles on Scotland’s roads. The team that led the research, from Stirling’s Institute for Social Marketing and Health, say their findings suggest that traffic is not a key contributor to outdoor air pollution in Scotland, and remarkably that in fact people may be at greater risk from air pollution in their own homes. Dr Ruaraidh Dobson, who led the study, said: 'It has been assumed that fewer cars on the road might have led to a decline in the…

1 min.
have your say

The 2020 National Historic Vehicle Survey, covering all vehicles 30 years of age or older, is now being conducted on behalf of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, and the answers you give will help shape the future for historic vehicles within the UK. The Federation undertook an extensive survey in 2016 and it was planned that this would be updated in 2021 based on activities during 2020. However, with so many meetings and events having been cancelled, it was decided to bring forward the survey to use 2019 as the base year. The answers you give will be used to benefit the historic vehicle movement as a whole and shape the future focus of the FBHVC acting on behalf of us all, so please do take part. The…

3 min.
the classic motor show

You do have to feel sorry for anybody trying to organise an event, let alone something as huge as the annual Classic Motor Show at Birmingham's NEC! Organisers Clarion Events had put numerous safeguards in place already when the government announced new rules on 9th September which raised as many questions as they answered. Having consulted with the events industry association and key industry partners, Clarion's position is that they are still able to go ahead with the show, and with the government-agreed COVID-secure measures in place it will be a safe environment for visitors. They also added: 'Feedback from a series of pilot events is currently being assessed by the government, which will give us further clarity shortly. Of course, we will keep everyone updated as we learn more…

1 min.
rac messerschmitt

On Saturday 5th September, the Royal Automobile Club awarded its Club Trophy to a magnificent 1962 Messerschmitt KR200 at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace. Owner Dave Watson from Bedfordshire was awarded the trophy by Club President HRH Prince Michael of Kent despite stiff competition made up of the best of the best from invited UK car clubs. After the presentation, a startled Watson said: ‘I am in shock, I can’t quite believe it. I’ve never attended this event before and was genuinely pleased just to be here. To actually win the prestigious trophy is such an honour and I’m humbled by the reception it received. I’m particularly excited about having my car displayed at the Royal Automobile Club’. Dave purchased the KR200 as a non-running wreck in 2005 and…