Win a pair of tickets to the 2017 Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show

enter-to-winIt’s competition time, AGAIN.  We are delighted to bring you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2017 Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, that will be bigger and better than ever before.  From rusty wrecks to stunning cars worth a fortune, the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC on 31st March to the 2nd April 2017, has it all with over 1000 classic cars on display (up from 700 in 2016).

Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show

Wheeler Dealer’s Mike Brewer and For the Love of Cars Ant Anstead will be joining in the motoring mayhem on the Practical Classics Live Stage with Discovery Channel, alongside PC Editor Danny Hopkins and his trusty Deputy James Walshe. The stage will have a jam packed programme of car parades, a 48-hour restoration and a selection of Mike and Ants’ ‘Star Cars’!

There will be ‘Drive a Classic Car Experience’, which is an exclusive opportunity to get behind the wheel of a classic car and drive, at the 2017 Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show.   An array of HERO’s Arrive & Drive cars will be available for guests to take the wheel on a specially created driving route around the NEC’s show buildings.  From a Porsche 911 to what many people believe to be the purists rally car, a Ford Cortina GT along with a variety of cars guests will have the opportunity to drive one of these incredible classic cars themselves.

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The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show will expand in 2017

Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration ShowThe Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show will expand in 2017, taking up residence at Birmingham’s NEC for three days, adding an extra day to the mix, from Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April.


With over 120 classic motoring clubs and around 1,000 vehicles on display, the interactive show once again promises a fantastic mix of live demonstrations, expert advice, stunning classics and specialists traders including an extensive Autojumble.


Daniel Nwaokolo, Event Director, said: “The classic car community have embraced this show wholeheartedly so its only right we do the same. The demand for club space has been higher than ever and the traders are keen for the show to expand its duration. As the fastest growing show in the industry, we had to say yes and give them the event they want!”


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Buying a used car with complete piece of mind

IMAGE11Interestingly I thought with Hertz you could only rent a car, but apparently not.  Hertz have a Rent2Buy option which looks very good (certainly worth a look).  They do not have all cars for you to choose from, but do have many of the main cars from brands such as Ford, Toyota, Kia, Nissan and Skoda.
How does it work?
Firstly, you choose the car you want.
Simply go to their Used Car Search online and CHOOSE from their wide range of vehicles any time, day or night from the comfort of your own home. Their vehicles typically range in age from 6 months to 24 months, and the mileage is certified. All of their vehicles are serviced to the manufacturer’s guidelines, and you’ll also find that many are still under the original manufacturer’s warranty.
Secondly, you try it.
Pick up the keys from one of the many Hertz branches, just like you would a normal rental car. Then take the car for an extended test drive, for up to 5 days. This gives you the time to TRY the car and make a no-pressure decision. And for real peace of mind, take it to your trusted mechanic to get the all clear.

The ‘Perfect Ten’ classic categories grow with Ferrari tribute

the-london-classic-car-show-2017Sixty-six of the world’s most intriguing, unusual, exotic and genre defining cars will come under the spotlight at the London Classic Car Show (23-26 February, London ExCeL).

Ranging from a 1904 British-built 9.6-litre Maudsley – the supercar of its day – to a Ferrari Enzo built almost 100 years later, they will form one of the show’s central features, The Grand Avenue.

Sixty of the cars have been split into 10 different categories, six to a group, to produce a provocative automotive history embracing the expected, unexpected and the controversial, to form this year’s theme: The Perfect Ten.

The Perfect Ten categories are saloon, coupé, four-seat convertible, sports car, supercar, hatchback, shooting brake, sports racer, single seater and aerodynamic pioneers.

And, as a last-minute surprise extra, an 11th category will join the Perfect Ten: a Ferrari Tribute, featuring six of the best cars ever to wear the Prancing Horse badge.  How cool is that?

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London Classic Car Show 2016 video summary

With the London Classic Car Show only days away, here’s a taster of what you can expect…


2017 London Classic Car Show competition winner

the-london-classic-car-show-2017Congratulations to our competition winner, who will be receiving a pair of complimentary tickets to the 2017 London Classic Car Show in the post this week.

This year’s event will be the 3rd running of this event and will continue to improve on last year’s show.  You’ll find hundreds of 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 winner and congratulations go to:

  • Paul Hide (Stockton on Tees)

We have no doubt that you’ll had a great time at this wonderful event.

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Watch this space for lots more free ticket competitions, next up is the Donington Historic Festival.

Congratulations to our 2017 Race Retro competition winners

Congratulations to our 3 competition winners, who will each receive a pair of complimentary tickets to Race Retro 2017.

It’s a very cool classic car show.  Anyone into their motorsport, rallying and especially classic motorsport will love it.  Our winners and congratulations go to:

  • Aiden McHaffie
  • Oliver Buss
  • Catherine Hollywood Race retro news iamge_0

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10 Reasons to attend Race Retro 2017

race retroIn less than 1 week Race Retro 2017 will have kicked off.  Here’s a look to our top 10 reasons for you to attend.

1.  Celebrating Motorsport Heritage

As part of their 15th anniversary “Super Show”, Race Retro 2017 is putting more racing and rally cars on display than ever before with the best of motor sport’s heritage showcased throughout the four halls. It should be amazing…

2. Racing Legends

The line-up of racing legends is headed by Le Mans record holder Tom Kristensen who will be reunited with the Bentley Speed 8 (below) that he drove to victory in the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours. Joining him will be other racing heroes such as motorcycle world champion Freddie Spencer and many more.

2003 Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP

3.  Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live

The brand new feature, the Motor Sport Hall of Fame Live offers visitors the chance to celebrate the inductees to date and also vote on the 2017 nominees who could join this auspicious line-up. Packed with a fantastic collection of racing and rally cars as well as motorcycles, it’s the centre piece of the show. Read more »

eBay Car Challenge 2017 launches. Would you like £4000 of cars parts for your restoration?

ebay-logo-01Following the success of last year’s first ever eBay Car Challenge, the online marketplace is again running a new UK-wide hunt for three car enthusiasts who need a jump start for their classic restoration project.   For eBay Car Challenge 2017, eBay will once again give three restorers a £4,000 budget to spend on parts and accessories from to complete their classic car restoration.   Once selected by our panel of car experts, the lucky three will have until 10 July to bring their classic motor back to its former glory. To qualify for eBay Car Challenge 2017, cars must have hit the road no earlier than 40 years ago (so from 1977 or earlier). This year eBay is particularly interested in hearing from owners of classic passenger cars, 4-wheel-drives, and camper vans (but not mobile homes).   Potential restorers can take inspiration from the way three classic motors – a Volkswagen Beetle, Riley Kestrel 1300 and Triumph GT6 Mk3 – were restored in painstaking detail last year for the first ever eBay Car Challenge.  At the beginning of the 2016 challenge, the classic Vee Dub was a “shell on wheels”, the 1968 Kestrel needed a full suspension overhaul, and the Triumph GT6 Mk3 (below) – the “poor man’s E-Type” – needed new rear wings. Between them, the lucky restorers used parts and accessories from almost 150 different eBay sellers to complete their restorations. $_3 Read more »

The important link between your credit score and car finance

Car sales reached a record high in 2016 and no doubt millions of us Brits will treat ourselves to a new set of wheels in 2017.  Our appetite for new cars continues at a pace, and with so many news cars to choose from like the AMG GT Roadster (below), why not.

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster (R 190); 2016


Few buyers are in a position to buy a whole car in one go – the various finance packages let you spread a car’s cost over a number of months. These deals often incur interest – meaning you pay more than if you’d bought outright.  There are a handful of cars that are offered with zero per cent interest, but you’ll need to search around for these.


The majority of new cars are bought using financial products such as hire purchase agreements. New analysis by ClearScore, which now recommends car loans based on someone’s credit score, reveals how someone’s financial history will impact the overall cost of buying a new car, with APR rates varying from as low as 5% to 32% and higher.  For example, the hotly anticipated Fiat Abarth 500x crossover – launching mid 2017 – is set to be a popular choice for Fiat fans with a passion for speed. However, the £25,000 price tag could cost someone with a low credit score an extra £18,967 in interest repayments over a five-year loan period compared to someone with an excellent score. Read more »

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