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Pictures of the week 021

Rebuilt Merc set for a starring role

THE oldest surviving Mercedes-Benz 300SL has just emerged from the most painstaking restoration in time to be a star guest at its own diamond jubilee. The SL, among the most glamorous and evocative pairs of letters in the automotive world, is 60 years old this year and the car that the clever German techies are … Continue reading

Lotus Cortina in DVCA sale

ONE of the early entries for the next historic vehicle auction, held by Stalbridge-based Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions, is a 1963 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk I. “This exciting motor car has been owned by one family for 46 years – the current custodian even learnt to drive in it,” says DVCA boss Brian Chant. … Continue reading

A Mini adventure at the Charterhouse sale

FOUR classic Minis feature in the Charterhouse auction of classic cars at The Royal Bath & West Showground on Sunday 12th February. “The Mini has been an icon of motoring design for over 50 years and we have been instructed to sell four very different Minis,” said Matthew Whitney, from the Sherborne-based auction house. “The … Continue reading

Pictures of the week 020

High rollers are doing just fine

THE real world may be reeling from the misery of recession but we can take comfort from the knowledge that some people are still managing to make ends meet and some businesses are booming. But if you thought it was only the providers of life’s bare necessities that were thriving and the luxury market that … Continue reading

My Wolseley 18/85

(Picture is not the actual car) AFTER the nightmare of the Fiat, I couldn’t imagine being lumbered with another dog of a car – but clearly the Bristol garage were specialists in crapmobiles. I chose the Wolseley in december 1975 from their selection of cars for sale because it was the only one that was … Continue reading

Pictures of the week 019

The huge cost of going backwards

‘BEHIND YOU!’ It may be a familiar sound in panto-land at this time of the year but it could just as well be a warning shouted to motorists as well. New figures reveal that reversing causes £409 million a year in vehicle damage, with an average repair cost of £2,123. That’s almost 200,000 reversing accidents … Continue reading

400 entries in gruelling trial

THE Motor Cycling Club last weekend ran its famous Exeter Classic Reliability Trial, as has happened virtually every year since 1910. More than 400 vehicles of all sorts started at the Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford, near Yeovil, running through the night until the early hours of the next morning. The Exeter Trial is a competitive … Continue reading