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Classic VWs at Charterhouse sale

A VOLKSWAGEN Camper is one of three classic VWs in the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 4th November at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. “The VW bay-window camper van has to be one of the most recognisable camper vans ever made,” says Matthew Whitney, vehicle specialist at … Continue reading

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Motoring history under the hammer

TWO cars with contrasting but fascinating histories – the world’s oldest surviving Vauxhall and a runabout that was once owned by David Cameron – are coming up for sale in November. The Vauxhall is a real little gem: it is a 1903 5hp two-seater which was ordered new by Vauxhall’s managing director Percy Kidner, who … Continue reading

My Toyota Carina E

(Picture is not the actual car) AFTER a few months of rental cars to tide me over after having my Vauxhall Cavalier stolen, I took delivery of a shiny new company car in late 1992 or early 1993. I had chosen the Toyota Carina E after considerable research and I have to confess that, while … Continue reading

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Haynes Motor Museum branches out

THE world-famous Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, near Yeovil, an educational charitable trust, is extending its garage services to specialise in looking after Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. As well as caring for the museum’s collection of over 400 vehicles, Haynes’ busy workshops also look after the cars of the public with more than … Continue reading

The mysteries of stop-start

THE trouble with technological innovations in cars is that it’s only people buying brand new vehicles who get to experience them. Most of us buy used cars so it may be some years down the line before we get to try out such tricks as touch-screen controls, on-board computers or gadgets that beep loudly if … Continue reading

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Outlook is gloomy for motor industry

SCRAPE away the top layer of glitz and razzmatazz of the Paris Motor Show, which ends its two-week run this Sunday, and you don’t have to look far below the surface to find the reality. Europe’s car industry is suffering like never before as the world’s economic crisis drags on. Four-plus years down the line, … Continue reading

E-Type to go under the hammer

A JAGUAR E-Type roadster is one of the star cars in the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars, being held at the Royal Bath & West Showground on Sunday 4th November. “The Jaguar E-Type has to be one of the most sought-after cars in the market place and you can see why it caused … Continue reading