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50 Opinion articles

02
2016
CLASSIC VEHICLES & SEAT BELT LAW
15.02.2016

Many of today’s younger drivers might find it surprising that the compulsory wearing of seat belts is a relatively recent requirement here in the UK. It’s true that there had been various earlier...

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01
2016
CUBA – THE LAND OF BROKEN PROMISES?
28.01.2016

Despite the excitement surrounding the idea of an island full of rare classic cars, none of Cuba’s distinctive historic vehicles have actually left the country yet. Jack Grover looks at why...

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WILL FAST FORDS BURST THE CLASSIC BUBBLE?
13.01.2016

Here is a statement of fact: A MkIII Ford Escort recently sold for £60,000. Okay, it has a turbo-charger and there is an RS on the badge in there somewhere, but £60,000? May I be so bold as to...

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BREAKDOWN COVERAGE - SIGNALLING FOR HELP
07.01.2016

A failure to proceed in winter can be more than inconvenient; a recent study of OFCOM data showed that huge swathes of Britain’s roads have no mobile phone coverage at all. If recovery is the...

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12
2015
THE DRIVING TEST - CHANGES ON THE WAY?
21.12.2015

If government proposals come to fruition, Britain is facing “the biggest shake up of the driving test in a generation”, with an array of ideas that could even affect how the test is paid for – 80...

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HOW OLD IS TOO OLD TO DRIVE?
16.12.2015

As the population ages, a considerable number of older drivers are finding themselves more at risk of being seriously injured or killed on the UK’s roads due to increased frailty and associated...

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WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF BUYING A CLASSIC CAR ONLINE?
07.12.2015

As long as cars have been available for sale privately, there has been a minority that has sought to dupe, scam or otherwise gazump unwitting buyers out of their hard-earned cash. The rise of...

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20MPH SPEED ZONES ON THE RISE
03.12.2015

In the daily battle between motor vehicles and pedestrians for supremacy on the streets of our towns and cities it’s pretty obvious the car has won the fight hands down over those who prefer to...

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11
2015
WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE A... MITSUBISHI STARION
04.11.2015

In 1981, Mitsubishi launched the Starion in the UK as an entry-level sports car in a rapidly expanding market of Far East-built performance coupés, which included the Nissan Z cars, Toyota Supra,...

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IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A CAR STEREOTYPE?
03.11.2015

A conundrum I have long since wrestled with is whether people influence their cars or is it the reverse that’s true; that owners are moulded by the vehicles they drive? That’s a bit complicated (...

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10
2015
BRITISH CAR AUCTIONS BACK IN '79
20.10.2015

In September 1979, I started at a teacher training college. Looking back, I’m still not 100 per cent sure why I did this, though a major consideration was that having messed up one of my A levels...

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MY FIRST CAR AND TESTING TIMES
20.10.2015

In my 30 odd years as a motoring journalist, there’s one car that I’ve hardly mentioned at all in print; my very first one. There’s no particular reason for this; I’m not in any way...

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TALES OF A WHITE VAN MAN
13.10.2015

Weeeoww! I’m on the M4 westwards in a resonating, rattling tin box, weaving in and out of hatchback Granadas, Chevettes and flying-brick Volvo 740s – destination Pan Am Cargo Terminal, Heathrow,...

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HOW PETERBOROUGH ONCE POWERED THE DIESEL WORLD
08.10.2015

What do the Plymouth Savoy and the Austin Montego have in common? At first glance, it’s hard to see the connection. When you factor heavy oil into the equation, the link is plain to see; both were...

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09
2015
DECLINE OF THE AUTOJUMBLE
29.09.2015

The scene is one familiar to the majority of classic car enthusiasts- a battered trestle table bending under the weight of the contents of someone’s garage. Mysterious mechanical parts in grease...

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GOING HALVES ON A VW GOLF
22.09.2015

It’s quite possible I’ve posed this question before; nevertheless, it will be posed again (basically, because it provides a source of light entertainment). Do you know the difference between...

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MARKET TRENDS - CLASSIC SUPERMINIS
18.09.2015

Four decades on from the first superminis going on sale in Britain, which models are generally viewed as classics these days? Well, if part of the criteria of being a classic is that a car had to...

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ROVER P6
04.09.2015

The P6 truly was a car forged in this white heat. Beforehand Rover was renowned as a maker of staid, unadventurous but obsessively-engineered big saloons. The P6 took all the best of Rover-...

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LIVING WITH A TRIUMPH T4
03.09.2015

The main downside of a TR4 over a TR3 is that they are heavier and therefore thirstier. 35mpg is within easy reach of a TR3, but a TR4 will struggle to better 25mpg – especially if overdrive is...

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WHY SHOULD YOU BUY A JAGUAR XK8/XKR?
02.09.2015

The old adage that says ‘all good things come to those who wait’ certainly rings true as prices for well-maintained high-performance prestige sports cars such as the Jaguar XK8 continue to tumble...

XK8
08
2015
ARE CLASSIC CARS STILL A GOOD INVESTMENT?
24.08.2015

It’s a common perception that today’s classic car market is attracting increasing numbers of investors and speculators. Just as the late ’Eighties saw profit-hungry buyers entering the fray,...

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WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS TO IMPORTING A CLASSIC CAR?
17.08.2015

Why might a classic car buyer want to purchase a car from Australia, Russia or Eastern Europe? In the case of the former, right-hand drive and a kinder climate have an obvious appeal. Furthermore...

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THE WORST CAR I'VE EVER OWNED
07.08.2015

The worst car I ever had was undoubtedly a 1970 Mini 1275GT, an early one with Hydrolastic suspension. I bought it for £500 in 1990 as an impulse thing. I was halfway through rebuilding a 1965...

MK III
07
2015
IS YOUR PROJECT CAR PROTECTED?
21.07.2015

Scientists continue to argue about the effects of global warming but the general consensus is that the world’s weather pattern continues to be extremely unpredictable, whatever the root cause may...

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ARE YOUR CARS OLD TYRES PUTTING YOU AT RISK?
28.07.2015

Many owners of classic vehicles are still ignoring the dangers of elderly tyres. With pre-1960 cars no longer being checked by qualified MoT testers by law, could the problem get worse? With many...

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