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Superstar Bentley goes on display

ONE of the rarest, most valuable and most significant Bentleys in the world is currently making a guest appearance at the marque’s home in Crewe. Fresh from taking part in the ‘Serenissima Run’ in Venice and featuring at the Le Mans Classic, the sleek and beautiful 4¼-litre Embiricos special is occupying pride of place in … Continue reading

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Churchill’s Landy set for a new home

A LAND Rover, given to Britain’s wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill as an 80th birthday present in 1954, is being auctioned later this year and is expected to fetch around £60,000. Car maker Rover made the Series 1 Land Rover especially for Churchill and fitted it with an extra-wide passenger seat to accommodate his ample … Continue reading

Italian jobs get together

AROUND 30 Alfa Romeos, most of them polished and gleaming, wound their way through the country lanes of north Dorset last week for a get-together. The occasion was called ‘Show and Shine’, run by the Wessex branch of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, and was held at the Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton, near Blandford. The … Continue reading

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AC collection tops the auction bill

A PRIVATE collection of three AC cars, which belonged to the late Jonathan Stevens, a life-long enthusiast of that iconic marque, is among the star attractions of the forthcoming autumn sale held by Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions. The collection comprises a 1989 Cobra Mk IV (estimated at £73,000-£78,000), a 1997 Ace Lotus Prototype (£20,000-£24,000) … Continue reading

Car reliability – look to the East

WE’VE long known that the carmakers from the Far East outshine the most upmarket brands when it comes to reliability surveys but now their superiority is becoming almost embarrassing. Findings from the latest used car reliability survey, carried out by What Car? and Warranty Direct, reveal that eight of the top 10 performers are Japanese … Continue reading

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My plan to end rush-hour chaos

WHEN I rule the world, people like the bloke at the wheel of a BMW Z4 I observed the other day will be shown no mercy. When I and I alone make all the rules, I shall ensure that at least three-quarters of all Britain’s drivers are removed from the road on a permanent basis. … Continue reading

Supercars on show at stately home

THE annual supercar show was held at Wilton House, near Salisbury, the ancestral home of the Earl of Pembroke, and attracted a spectacular line-up of some of the world’s most glamorous vehicles. Among them was Lord Pembroke’s own Bugatti Veyron.