Congratulations to our 2016 Classic and Sports Car Show competition winners

Only in its second year, but already a favourite classic car show in the UK for many.  A massive congratulations go to our competition winners who will each be receiving a pair of complimentary tickets to the 2016 Classic and Sports Car Show.classic-and-sports-car-logo

It’s a very cool classic car show.  Anyone into their classic cars will love it.  So I really hope that you’ll enjoy your day as much as we will, and of course we’d love to hear all about it afterwards.

Our winners and congratulations go to:

  • Archie Robertson;
  • Helen Legrys; and
  • Georgie Pope.

We have no doubt that you’ll have a great time at this wonderful event. Let us know all about it below, so those that do not attend can get your thoughts and highlights, so they don’t miss out next year.


Watch this space for lots more free ticket competitions, next up is the Classic Motor Show.  If you do not want to miss out on our regular complimentary ticket competitions, then feel free to take a moment to subscribe to our regular newsletter or like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and be kept up to date with our posts.

The 2016 Classic Motor Show preview

lancaster-insurance-classic-motor-showThe UK’s biggest and best classic motoring celebration returns to Birmingham’s NEC for this year’s ‘season finale’. The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, held from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th November, will see a record 2,500 classic cars and motorcycles on display.


Around 250 of Britain’s best motoring clubs will showcase rare and exciting marques ranging from pre-war through to retro classics, American muscle cars to Japanese performance, European elegance to Great British sports cars and many more.


Have you entered our competition to be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Classic Motor Show.


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Meguiar’s Club Showcase at the Classic Motor Show 2016

logoThe very best classic cars from across the country, as nominated by classic car clubs in the UK, are set for a final face-off in the Meguiar’s Club Showcase at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 11-13 November.

The 16 cars have been selected by winning top honours at their Club’s national events and cover an incredibly diverse range of cars, with a combined value of over £500,000.

The finalists include British favourites from the likes of Mini, Jaguar and MG, alongside Volkswagen’s icon Beetle and world-beating Golf.   The Mini comes courtesy of Andy Nash, whose Traveller won ‘Best of Show’ with the National Mini Club. Fans of V8 engines will be drawn to Howard Guiney’s MGB V8 that won the Concours d’Elegance at the MG Car Club’s MGLive! event at Silverstone this year.

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Win tickets to the amazing 2016 Classic Motor Show

enter-to-winBOOM!  It’s competition time again.  The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will open its doors on Friday 11th November with over 2,500 vehicles spanning across 100 years on show. There will be new features, favourite faces, special guests, and more manufacturers than ever before. Plus Silverstone Auctions is back with its two-day sale including the freshly restored Lancaster Mini, showcased last year as it was originally found.

We are delighted to be able to offer five (yes five) of our readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to this wonderful event.  To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to this wonderful Classic Car Show simply tell us why you’d like to attend, and if you could drive any classic car to and back from the event (money no object) what car would you choose and why.



More competitions to follow shortly.  Race Retro competition confirmed and will go live in November.

What badly-worn tyre patterns tell you about your car and the risks

Maintaining your vehicles tyres in a top-notch condition is vital for your personal safety. Despite the tyre manufacturing quality and mount mastery are, without a doubt, crucial, most tyre failures happen because of misuse. Even high-quality tyres can do a bad turn because of a human factor. To prevent all possible risks, it is essential to follow your tyre dealer’s tips. In this article, we are going to share recommendations of the leading dealers of affordable high-performance tyres in the UK: and


Follow the tyre load and inflation prescriptions by your tyre dealer

The fact that every tyre wears out over time is natural and inevitable. It is a result of constant friction against the road surface which actually makes driving possible. Factors that impact tyre wearing are many. In order to detect yours, you should do regular inspections of your tyres’ surface. Every wear pattern flags about misuse and potential risks.

One-sided wear can be a sign of a wheel misalignment. You should also check the wheel for damaged front-end mechanical parts. Such one-sided wears lead to tyres degrading faster and can cause a decreased steering response.

Centre wears, which are usually a result of over-inflation, expose you to even greater risks: not only do you wear tyres faster, but also you can face serious problems with traction and braking, as well as a stronger chance of a blowout (because bald zones on tyres worsen the heat dissipation).

If you have noticed both-sided wears, it means that your tyres are systematically under-inflated; this eventually shortens the life cycle of your tyres and makes you spend on petrol more (+15%) because your engine must work harder.

Diagonal wears on rare tyres are symptoms that the wheel is toed-in/toed-out or you overload the cargo part of your vehicle. Make sure you never exceed the tyre load rating prescribed for your car.


Hazards of using a badly worn tyre

It’s crucial that you solve issues that caused the wear before replacing badly-worn tyres with the new ones. If you keep driving on the worn ones, you risk turning them into bald tyres (when the tyre’s tread is totally worn down). A bald tyre doesn’t have grooves on its surface, which are responsible for evacuating water from under the wheel when it rains and providing an appropriate traction with the road this way. Using bald tyres is illegal because, on the wet road, you can have hard times braking and controlling your vehicle and potentially cause a severe car crash. Dry weather doesn’t free you from nuisances of using bald tyres as well: one of the reasons why people get a punctured tyre is the excessive tread attrition.

Provisional dates announced for Goodwood Revival, FoS & 75th Members Meeting



The provisional 2017 dates for Goodwood’s flagship motorsport events – the Festival of Speed and Revival – have been announced as:

Goodwood Festival of Speed - 22-25 June 2017
Goodwood Revival – 8-10 September 2017

These dates are provisional and subject to change.

The 75th Members’ Meeting date is already confirmed as 18-19 March 2017, and will not change.

Tickets for the 75th Members’ Meeting are currently Goodwood-Revivalavailable only to Goodwood Road Racing Club Members.

Remaining tickets will be made available to the Goodwood Road Racing Club waiting list from 31 October 2016, with a strictly limited number available to the general public from 2 JanuarGoodwood-festival-of-speed-Logoy 2017.

Ticket-buyers for all three events can sign-up to receive ticket alerts as soon as tickets go on sale to the public here:

The 66 Most Important Cars in History

This is it. To tie in with the new 66 plate here’s the definitive 66 most important cars in history, brought to you by Swansway Group.

Whether it’s because of a car’s:
● Immense popularity.
● Radical and brilliant new design.
● Or iconic status in film or TV, amongst others.

… these 66 cars have been selected because they made a mark in human history like no other. The absolute creme de la creme of automobile brilliance.  So let’s stop asking questions and reveal the answers! In the style of ‘Top Trumps’, our sleek and interactive graphic begins at 1886 and concludes by looking into the future!

View The Interactive Graphic Now!

The Best Transport Methods For Your Classic Car

Finding the money to purchase and restore your stunning classic car is not the only challenge facing you.  Have you thought about how you are going to get it home? This can be a tricky and expensive task.  It is vital that you chose the right transport method to get your beauty home without damage.

There are quite a few transport options available to you, so below is a list of options that you can choose from:


As long as the transport provider has the right insurance and trade plates this can be a cheap and popular option. However, as it is driven on the open road there is always the chance of damage on the journey.  Also, this option will only be available if your vehicle is road worthy.

Open Trailer

This will be more expensive than a driven service. This will be a good option if you don’t want a stranger driving your brand new car and of course will allow for more flexibility in what you can have transported.

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Win a pair of tickets to the 2016 Classic & Sports Car Show

thee-cassic-and-sports-car-showTo celebrate the return of The Classic & Sports Car Show from 28th to 30th October, we have teamed up with the organisers to give three of our readers the chance to win a pair of Sunday tickets for this year’s event.

The second staging of the annual event at Alexandra Palace will feature hundreds of the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. This year’s show will be a celebration of supercars, with a global vote to find the best ever made currently underway. The 11 finalists will be on display in a special ‘Century of Supercars’ feature with the overall winner set to be revealed at the event.

enter-to-winVisitors to this year’s Classic & Sports Car Show this autumn will also be treated to the sight and sound of some of the world’s most iconic historic cars as they take part in a host of on-road parades in the Palace grounds against a stunning central London backdrop.

Other highlights include a classic car auction with world-renowned Coys, a feature showing the restoration of a unique Jaguar XK120 by Pininfarina by Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in association with Total and a Live Interview Stage presented by Goodwood Road & Racing.

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Postcard from Salon Privé 2016

Salon Privé LogoSalon Privé in it’s 11th year took place in the grounds of the magnificent Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire for the second consecutive year.  Claimed as one of the best and most exclusive garden parties in the UK, it certainly is exclusive if you want to get into the Concours event itself, with half day or full day tickets costing hundreds of pounds.  But what’s been great is that in the last few years they’ve opened part of the event to all, with supercars aplenty.  This year visitors to Blenheim Palace could see all the supercars in the walkway up to the event, and in the Blenheim Palace courtyard they held their Pirelli ‘Prestige & Performance’ Competition.


The two main winning cars from this competition were:


Pirelli’s Best of Show

2016 Pagani Zonda 760S



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