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  • CELEBRATING THE UNEXCEPTIONAL ANNIVERSARIES

    CELEBRATING THE UNEXCEPTIONAL ANNIVERSARIES

    Matt Bell on 30th April 2019

    The 2019 Festival of the Unexceptional (or FOTU) will be held for the sixth year in succession on Saturday, July 20. Originally staged by insurance specialist Hagerty back in 2014 as the first event of its kind in Europe – to celebrate the ordinary, everyday cars that have now all but disappeared – the light-hearted gathering has already achieved cult status.

  • THE DEATH OF RILEY

    THE DEATH OF RILEY

    Matt Bell on 9th April 2019

    Fifty years ago saw the first great British car name to be axed. In retrospect it would turn out to be the first of many over the decades to come, but at the time few people noticed or particularly cared.

  • PART-WORN TYRE MARKET LITTERED WITH RISKS

    PART-WORN TYRE MARKET LITTERED WITH RISKS

    Matt Bell on 21st March 2019

    Running an older car often goes hand-in-hand with careful budgeting. Part-worn tyres can be a smart money-saver, but as trading standards teams continue to discover and report, there is a pronounced risk for such customers.

  • FIRST-RATE SECOND-RATES: CARS THAT WERE ALMOST PREMIUM

    FIRST-RATE SECOND-RATES: CARS THAT WERE ALMOST PREMIUM

    Matt Bell on 13th March 2019

    Many car makers try to pitch their product at the lucrative premium market, but only some have ever succeeded. It's not always the ones which make the best cars, either. We look at some almost-but-not-quite examples.

  • WINTER PROJECTS FOR £2000

    WINTER PROJECTS FOR £2000

    Matt Bell on 31st January 2019

    New year, new project? Despite the fact that money's short at this time of year, it shouldn't put you off buying one of these budget, open-topped gems.

  • MODEL CONTINUATIONS IN OTHER COUNTRIES

    MODEL CONTINUATIONS IN OTHER COUNTRIES

    Matt Bell on 18th January 2019

    There are some cars which pass into the status of myth. Some which refuse to die, even when their time is acknowledged and their parent companies have abandoned hope. Around the world, cars which should have ceased production continue anew, with smaller scale production attracting more rarefied custom. Curious? Read on.

  • NEW CLASSIC CAR TV SHOW TO BE SHOWN ON DAVE

    NEW CLASSIC CAR TV SHOW TO BE SHOWN ON DAVE

    Matt Bell on 7th January 2019

    Classic car fans can look forward to fresh small screen content in 2019, following the announcement that UKTV has commissioned a brand new show, Lazy Boy Garage for its entertainment channel Dave.