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  • CW OPINION – IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A CAR STEREOTYPE?

    CW OPINION – IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A CAR STEREOTYPE?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    A conundrum I have long since wrestled with is whether people influence their cars or is it the reverse that’s true; that owners are moulded by the vehicles they drive? That’s a bit complicated (for me, anyhow), so I’ll put…

  • CW OPINION – ARE CAR-DERIVED COMMERCIALS WORTH INVESTMENT?

    CW OPINION – ARE CAR-DERIVED COMMERCIALS WORTH INVESTMENT?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Still among the most popular models are the Morris Minor van and pick-up, which debuted in 1953 and ran (through various updates) right through to 1972. These days they attract strong money, with asking prices of £8000-10,000 not unusual for…

  • CW OPINION – IS A MID-LIFE CRISIS FUELING AN 80s CAR REVIVAL?

    CW OPINION – IS A MID-LIFE CRISIS FUELING AN 80s CAR REVIVAL?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    A lingering concern for many in the classic car world in recent years has been the apparent failure of many cars from the ‘Eighties and ‘Nineties to enter the realms of classic-dom. Whether or not you’d brand such cars as…

  • CW OPINION – IS THE UK DRIVING TEST GOOD ENOUGH?

    CW OPINION – IS THE UK DRIVING TEST GOOD ENOUGH?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    The driving test is something that all generations of potential drivers since the mid-‘Thirties have had to contend with. Adaptations and changes have constantly evolved the test so that many who first took it would hardly recognise it today. The…

  • CW OPINION – WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT CLASSIC CAR THEFT ?

    CW OPINION – WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT CLASSIC CAR THEFT ?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    With increasing numbers of news stories appearing in both the specialist and mainstream press regarding the theft of classic vehicles you might assume Britain’s police force is taking seriously this particular issue. Controversially, however, a recent report by HM Inspectorate…

  • CW OPINION – SHOULD BANGER RACING BE REGULATED?

    CW OPINION – SHOULD BANGER RACING BE REGULATED?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    Legislation that passed through the House of Commons introduced long-overdue regulations for the car scrapping industry. The Scrap Metal Dealer’s Bill will require dealers to have a license and proof of ownership for cars being scrapped (to provide verifiable records of…

  • CW OPINION –  YOUR CAR CLUB AT RISK?

    CW OPINION – YOUR CAR CLUB AT RISK?

    wp-admin on 17th February 2017

    The classic car movement of today owes a great deal to the hundreds of different clubs catering for just about every make and model imaginable. Whether your classic vehicle of choice is a family saloon from a mainstream manufacturer or…

  • CW OPINION – ARE YOUR CARS OLD TYRES PUTTING YOU AT RISK?

    CW OPINION – ARE YOUR CARS OLD TYRES PUTTING YOU AT RISK?

    wp-admin on 16th February 2017

    Many owners of classic vehicles are still ignoring the dangers of elderly tyres. With pre-1960 cars no longer being checked by qualified MoT testers by law, could the problem get worse? With many classics clocking up fewer than 1000 miles…

  • CW OPINION – ARE CLASSIC CARS STILL A GOOD INVESTMENT?

    CW OPINION – ARE CLASSIC CARS STILL A GOOD INVESTMENT?

    wp-admin on 14th February 2017

    It’s a common perception that today’s classic car market is attracting increasing numbers of investors and speculators. Just as the late ’Eighties saw profit-hungry buyers entering the fray, spending serious money on high-end classics in order to make a hefty…

  • WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS TO IMPORTING A CLASSIC CAR?

    WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS TO IMPORTING A CLASSIC CAR?

    wp-admin on 10th February 2017

    Why might a classic car buyer want to purchase a car from Australia, Russia or Eastern Europe? In the case of the former, right-hand drive and a kinder climate have an obvious appeal. Furthermore, the Australian market was offered variants…

  • WHY SHOULD YOU BUY A JAGUAR XK8/XKR?

    WHY SHOULD YOU BUY A JAGUAR XK8/XKR?

    wp-admin on 9th February 2017

    The old adage that says ‘all good things come to those who wait’ certainly rings true as prices for well-maintained high-performance prestige sports cars such as the Jaguar XK8 continue to tumble. With the cost of fine examples of these…

  • CW OPINION – IS YOUR PROJECT CAR PROTECTED?

    CW OPINION – IS YOUR PROJECT CAR PROTECTED?

    wp-admin on 2nd February 2017

    Scientists continue to argue about the effects of global warming but the general consensus is that the world’s weather pattern continues to be extremely unpredictable, whatever the root cause may be. From abnormally high temperatures prompting out of control wild…

  • CW OPINION – HOW WILL THE END OF THE TAX DISC EFFECT YOU?

    CW OPINION – HOW WILL THE END OF THE TAX DISC EFFECT YOU?

    wp-admin on 27th January 2017

    The change that threatens to catch most motorists out is that vehicle tax can now no longer be transferred to the new owner. A DVLA spokeperson told TM: “The buyer will always need to obtain new vehicle tax immediately upon…