Which nation has produced the world’s greatest cars?

london-classic-car-showRenowned petrolheads Jodie Kidd and Suzi Perry are joining The Great Debate on the star-studded opening night of this month’s London Classic Car Show (18-21 February).

Fashion model Kidd’s love of cars is well-known. She has notched up some notable successes on the race track and recently was co-host on The Classic Car Show as screened on Channel 5. Perry’s persona is every bit as eminent. She is the ‘Queen of the Pit-lane’ having anchored Formula One, MotoGP, Superbikes and Speedway programmes on UK television.

Now Kidd and Perry will be teaming up and maximising their automotive knowledge as key members of a high-profile panel trying to solve the long-running conundrum: which nation really has produced the world’s greatest cars?

“It’s one of those wonderful deliberations that’s run late into many long nights,” acknowledges Kidd. “I’ve always had a deep-seated love for Italian cars but, equally, could make a strong case for a number of other countries. America has its muscle cars, Germany its high-tech luxury limos, France its quirky style and Britain, of course, is the home to great marques such as Aston Martin and Jaguar. The more I think about it, the tougher the decision is going to be!”

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Icons of the Road – Classic Car Heaven (video)

Leading London car dealer Hexagon has produced a movie-quality film featuring more than £20m-worth of classic cars that appear to be driving themselves.  It’s pretty darn cool.  Check it out below.

Called ‘Icons of the Road’ this short film marks the start of a transformational year that will see Hexagon open a new flagship showroom. It features appearances from some of the most desirable and valuable classic cars in the world including an Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Sanction III, an ex-Sir Stirling Moss DB4 GT Lightweight, a Ferrari 250 GT California Spider, a Porsche 356 Speedster plus a Series 1 Jaguar E-type Roadster and many more.

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Win a pair of tickets to the 2016 Race Retro

Competition time.

This time we are offering 5 readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2016 Race Retro.  Race Retro is a must attend event for any Rally Driving or Motorsport faRace-Retro-Logon.  You’ll see wonderful cars and be able to get up close to sporting personalities in a very relaxed environment.  It’s very cool.

So get the 2016 motorsport season off to a great start at Race Retro!

Guest celebrities and motorsport legends will be on hand throughout the weekend ensuring enthusiasts are entertained with interviews and anecdotes from the halcyon days of racing.

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2016 London Classic Car Show competition winners

Congratulations to our 5 competition winners, who each will be  receiving a pair of complimentary tickets to the 2016 London Classic Car Show in the post this week.london-classic-car-show

This year’s event will be the 2nd running of this event and will be more than double the size of last year’s show.  You’ll find 600+ beautiful classic cars to admire, adore and own. It’s going to be a wonderful day out for every classic car owner, enthusiast or collector!

London Classic Car Show Grand AvenueOur winners and congratulations go to:

  • Alan Hall (Shoreham by Sea)
  • Alex London (Barcombe)
  • Matt Melia (West Midlands)
  • Charlotte Moore (Sittingbourne)
  • Neil Barrett (London)

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What happens to your car when you scrap it?

I’ve been talking in a few articles recently about my first car, when I came across this interesting article by We Will Buy Your Car To 2 Day called “How Do I Scrap My Car? What Happens to Your Vehicle”.

I had a few shocking cars in my early days and two went off to the scrap heap.  The Ford Fiesta I think they just took (this was circa 1990), but the Austin Maestro Vanden Plas (I know, I know) I had to pay them (yes pay them) to take it off me (still getting over that one).

I didn’t know that every year 600,000 cars are scrapped in the UK, with almost 2 million classed as End of Life Vehicles (ELVs).  Wow hey! Also, did you know that you can earn money from scrapping a car,  and ensure that the vehicle can be recycled to make the most of its parts and materials.

How times have changed from when I last scrapped a car.  If you’re thinking of scrapping your car, there’s cash to be earned, make sure you take a look at this article for top tips.

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We’ve been shortlisted in the UK Blog Awards 2016!

As the title states, we’ve been shortlisted in the UK Blog Awards 2016. It’s very rewarding and encouraging to receive such recognition. To be shortlisted for a National UK Blog Award is a great achievement in itself.  There are 9 other blogs that we are up against.

We don’t write about stuff to get these accolades, but it is nice to receive positive feedback.  We just love cars.

I've been shortlisted for the UK Blog Awards 2016 Final.

If you voted for us, then thank you very much. If you didn’t, then no worries, there’s always next year.  Fingers crossed….:D

Why can’t car washes really be like this?

Another car wash video we stubbled across when browsing the interweb. Why can’t car washes really be like this? Check it out…

 

A bucket list addition: to visit the Petersen Automotive Museum

petersen-automotive-museum-logoWe’ve all got dreams, aspirations and wishes of things we’d like to do before we leave this world behind. Well another one I recently added to me bucket list was to visit the Petersen Automotive Museum.

The Petersen Automotive Museum recently re-opened (Dec 2015), after a 14 month, $90 million renovation. The building looks amazing (below), and the cars within as equally stunning. To visit this museum must be a truly memorable life moment for any car mad individual.

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The history of the Ford Fiesta

I recently mentioned in an article that my first car was a Ford Fiesta.  It was rubbish, but as a Mk1 and my first car you still look back at it with fondness. I was then contacted about an interesting article produced by the Foray Motor Group entitled: “the history of the fiesta“.  This is a cool pictorial history of the Ford Fiesta, which to give its dues has been around since 1976, and not many cars can sat that!

Some of the interesting facts, which us how much cars have come on:

Mark 1 (1976-1983):

0-60mph = 19.1 seconds

41.5 Mpg

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Mark 2 (1983-1989):

0-60mph = 18.7 seconds

43.9 Mpg

Let’s not forget the Ford Fiesta 1.6L XR2 (below), which all the boy racers (including me) wanted back then.

  • Had a much larger body kit than the previous XR2;
  • Came with a 1.6L CVH engine previously seen in the Ford Escort XR3; and
  • In 1986 all models came with a 40-litre fuel tank, increasing fuel capacity and range.

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Win a £30 gift voucher, to use towards a canvas of your choice

Over the years I’ve have had several canvases made, be that family portraits or pictures of cars (sad, but true).canvas-design-logo  I’m now very happy to use a company called Canvas Design for all my canvases.  The quality of product and service supplied from them is high, packaging superb and normally once an order has been made the product will be with you in a few days.  Excellent service all round.

Here are a few pictures from previous car canvases CanvasDesign have produced.  Great work chaps.

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