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May 7, 2021
May Mazda-ness

The month of May is upon us and with it should arrive the great British summertime… eventually. As I sit here in lovely Leicestershire, rain from the north is chilling the air. It’s still woollies weather. But that doesn’t mean […]

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April 30, 2021
So Close, But Yet So Far - The Ones That Got Away

‘My eyes adored you, but I never laid a hand on you…’ went the words of the Frankie Valli easy-listening trans-Atlantic monster hit of early 1975 and that was how I felt on seeing some of the amazing cars that […]

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April 22, 2021
Oil Crisis? What Oil Crisis?

A little bird has informed me that the supply of oil to blenders of the stuff is currently compromised, possibly due to heavy demand in other parts of the world, but largely down to the global pandemic. The reason for […]

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April 16, 2021
The Ugh…geots

In my musings, it is only right and proper that I include a few of the cars which I have owned that haven’t exactly been the most glorious moments of my driving career. There is a neat grouping of these, […]

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April 8, 2021
Driving Lessons

Learning to drive can happen on many levels. My first insights into the art perhaps came when my folks started buying me those fabulous ‘Matchbox’ cardboard, ‘glue and play’ roadways, with realistic details printed onto them, such as dotted lines […]

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April 1, 2021
Brothers and Sisters

As oft mentioned in these tales, I was a foster kid for five days out of seven. Within my birth family I was an only child. Actually, that’s not entirely true, as the main candidate for being my father had […]

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March 26, 2021
A Mechanic's First Steps

Every person who takes up a profession takes their first steps into it, often unconsciously, acquiring the first nugget of information that will likely last a lifetime… “Two sugars in mine and one in his. Now watch that carpet disnae […]

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March 19, 2021
Cars On Our Street - The Lineup

You may or may not know that I, in similar fashion to many children, had two homes throughout my childhood and adolescence.  The reason for my dwelling duo being that, weekdays, I was a privately fostered child and at the […]

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March 12, 2021
Cars On Our Street

Often, I hear tales from folks of cars they admired, even coveted from a distance as they were growing up. Not cars owned by their own parents, but those belonging to other people, perhaps in which, sometimes, an occasional lift […]

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March 5, 2021
More From Memory Lane... The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

I was a foster child. I saw my birth mum, June, at weekends but spent my weekdays with a foster family. Before the age of nine months, I stayed with a family named ‘Jones’, but their neighbours had ‘began talking’ […]

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February 26, 2021
Driving Down Memory Lane

Uncle Derek and Auntie Jean. During my childhood, mum had one surviving brother, Derek. He was older than her by nearly twelve years and had served as a captain in WWII, escaping from Dunkirk amongst other events, although he said […]

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February 19, 2021
The List - The Chevette Catalyst

I wouldn’t be who I am now without that Vauxhall Chevette. In December 1975 my life changed completely.  The cause? A brand-new Vauxhall Chevette. You see, my mum who was born with achondroplasia, once upon a time more commonly known […]

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February 12, 2021
The List - The VSK200 FC Super Sub

Vehicles I have owned: 6 - 1955 Land Rover Series I, SWB 86”. My original, 80” Land Rover Series One had been troublesome for some time, and such is the way of these things, a classified advertisement had caught my […]

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February 5, 2021
The List - My Double Decker Buzz

Vehicles I have owned: 5 – 1968 Daimler Fleetline CRG6LX / Northern Counties, registration number XDH518G. As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved buses. According to my foster sister and brother, my first two words were ‘bus’ and […]

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January 29, 2021
The List - The Landy I Loved

4: 1950 Land Rover, Series I, 80”, Registration number- LTJ 714 And so it came to pass that I became a Land Rover owner, for the very first time. It was also my first non-Ford car, breaking a family tradition […]

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January 22, 2021
The List - 'My' Fiesta Firsts

Vehicles I have owned.3: 1979, Ford Fiesta 1.1L , registration number YOK80T. This particular vehicle’s appearance here  as ‘owned’ by me, is perhaps something of a falsehood, as I never paid a penny for it. The car was in fact […]

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January 15, 2021
The List - The One That Came Next

Vehicles I have owned: 2 – 1960 Ford Anglia 105E, registration number 803 BOL. Following on from my Honda C50 and its engine donation to a go-kart, my mind firmly favoured four wheels over two, and though I was still […]

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January 8, 2021
The List - The One That Started It Off

Vehicles I Have Owned 1: 1966 Honda C50, registration number GON 86D. Many thirteen years olds want nothing more than to be able to control a motor vehicle, especially one powered by an internal combustion engine, with gears, mechanical noises […]

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January 1, 2021
New Year’s Nostalgia On a Plate

Nowadays new year occurs twice a year. Not so very long ago, okay 1998, it happened only once, in September. Before that, until 1997, it occurred once a year, in August, but it hasn’t occurred on 1st January since 1967. […]

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December 25, 2020
The Prize Turkey

I should have noticed the warning signs, as I perused the eBay listings, via cathode ray on the dial-up internet computer in my pub office, back the early 2000s. Austin Gipsy, 1964, some history, ex-Chipperfield’s Circus...... I was smitten; being […]

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December 18, 2020
Get Your Shopping Out Of The Way

Wow, here we are again, with only a few days to go until gentlemen up and down the nation wake to the reality that only one shopping day remains before Christmas, that this is it and that the current gift […]

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December 11, 2020
Are Your Rubbers In Date?

Us classic nuts spend hours pouring over paintwork, surveying steel and caressing chrome, which is all well and good, but it overlooks the material that, in many cases, is sandwiched between adjoining components. That material goes by the name of […]

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December 4, 2020
We Love Them All

Recently a post made by me, on one of my social media platforms generated quite a few negative responses. The post stated the fact that my daily driver is a SsangYong Musso, a great vehicle, which suits my requirements exactly. […]

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November 27, 2020
To Restore Or Not To Restore?

Often, when I’m out and about in my 1929 Austin 12, folks ask me if it’s my next project. Now this is understandable, seeing as there’s rust on the wings, the roof has faded in the sun and the interior […]

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November 20, 2020
Lift Those Lockdown Blues

Lockdown can be a troubling time for many, but those of us with classic motor vehicles can bring a little sparkle to folks out and about on essential business.The method is simple; by making our own essential journeys using our […]

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November 13, 2020
Living The Dream

Over the past couple of decades, it has become something of a norm to finance the purchase of cars and bikes using a loan. I’m talking about ordinary, everyday cars and bikes, driven by folks with ordinary, everyday jobs and […]

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November 6, 2020
That Ethanol Question

Throughout Europe, debates rage regarding increasing ethanol content in petrol and how it affects our classic vehicles. What is certain is that we enthusiastic users of ancient cars and bikes must now be more vigilant regarding the effects of ethanol […]

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October 30, 2020
The Slippery Stuff

One requirement that all cars and bikes have in common is that for lubrication. Whether it be engine, motor, transmission, hubs, or some tiny dangly bit that touches the nadger arm whenever the doodah lever is pulled.Regarding motor vehicles generally, […]

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October 23, 2020
Not So Grim Up North

It ain’t grim up North n’more. A new ‘North Star’ is lighting the way this week. Manor Park Classics has begun its ascent into the hearts and minds of classic car and bike enthusiasts across the northwest of England and […]

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