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  • AM I TURNING JAPANESE?

    AM I TURNING JAPANESE?

    Glenn Rowswell on 17th May 2017

    Paul Guinness recalls the days when Japanese cars were frowned up by the classic car fraternity...

  • WHY DO NEW CARS HAVE NO CHARACTER?

    WHY DO NEW CARS HAVE NO CHARACTER?

    Glenn Rowswell on 2nd May 2017

    It’s hard to get excited about today’s cars, and Nigel reckons it’s simply because of the lack of real characters still in the industry today...

  • WHY HAS THE BMC 1100 VANISHED?

    WHY HAS THE BMC 1100 VANISHED?

    Glenn Rowswell on 21st March 2017

    Attend any classic car show and you’re guaranteed to find half a dozen Morris Minors. You’ll often see one on the road at least once a week. A huge spares back up is there for remanufactured parts, and as far back as 1980 the late Charlie Ware was promoting the Minor (quite rightfully) as the classic car you can use everyday: cheap to buy, decent to drive, loads of spares and generally pretty easy to work on.

  • SHOULD BIOFUEL EMISSIONS BE CHALLENGED?

    SHOULD BIOFUEL EMISSIONS BE CHALLENGED?

    Glenn Rowswell on 21st March 2017

    Arguments against biofuels – particularly the production of ethanol infused petrol – gained traction recently amid the publication of a new study in America. Our sister title Classic Car Mart reiterated the corrosive risks ten per cent ethanol fuel (known…

  • ARE WE WITNESSING THE DEATH OF THE FAMILY ESTATE CAR?

    ARE WE WITNESSING THE DEATH OF THE FAMILY ESTATE CAR?

    Glenn Rowswell on 17th March 2017

    Paul Guinness mourns the apparent decline of the family estate car… This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Matra-Simca Rancho, something that will probably only interest those who are fanatical about all things oddball and French. Using the front…

  • WHY ARE CAR PARTS SO DAMN EXPENSIVE?

    WHY ARE CAR PARTS SO DAMN EXPENSIVE?

    Glenn Rowswell on 13th March 2017

    Andrew Everett ponders modern parts prices and why are they so damn expensive? Parts prices have always been a mystery to me. For the life of me, I just cannot think of a single manufacturer whose new parts prices are…

  • COULD MODIFIED CLASSICS BE AT THREAT?

    COULD MODIFIED CLASSICS BE AT THREAT?

    Glenn Rowswell on 2nd March 2017

    As the classic car MoT testing debate rumbles on, historic vehicle lobbyists worry about the three letters that could be the undoing of our hobby as we know it – VHI. For the first time in British motoring history, the…

  • CW OPINION – CLASSIC CAR THEFT

    CW OPINION – CLASSIC CAR THEFT

    Glenn Rowswell on 19th February 2017

    Two characteristics that I particularly loathe in the human race are greed and dishonesty. By greed, I mean the selfish craving to have more and more, be it food, money, houses, cars – in fact, anything. Dishonesty requires no qualification. It speaks for itself...