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An electric surprise by the roadside

WANDERING around London’s bustling Covent Garden area yesterday, I made my first-ever sighting of what remains to us in the provinces a motoring rarity – an electric-powered Nissan Leaf plugged into a recharging point at the roadside. There was no sign of the owner, although I daresay he hadn’t gone far, and Yours Truly seemed … Continue reading

Hatchbacks to the fore in awards list

PARK the futuristic electric cars and hybrids at the roadside, ditch the aluminium and the outlandish – the judges for the 2013 European Car of the Year contest have come into line with public priorities. Whittling down the 32 contenders, all of which will be on sale in Europe during 2013, to a shortlist of … Continue reading

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Camper nears the end of the road

AFTER a journey of almost 63 years, the end of the road is finally in sight for one of the motoring world’s all-time classic vehicles, the Volkswagen Camper. The old VW, beloved of hippies, surfers and travelling types from Cornwall to California, is finally to cease production at the end of next year. Formally known … Continue reading

Historic tea van is the toast of the auction

DESPITE the chilly start, Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions welcomed several hundred buyers and enthusiasts to its winter sale, held at the Gartell Light Railway, Yenston, near Templecombe, Somerset. The star of the auction was possibly a 1957 Trojan Model 68. The rare survivor was one of Brooke Bond’s final fleet of 25 Trojan tea … Continue reading

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Time travel in a 1950 Humber

HUMBER – it’s one of those names that instantly evoke waves of nostalgia among people of a certain age. They were big, impressive cars, like great ocean-going cruise ships. They shared the narrow streets of 1940s and 1950s Britain with the likes of Wolseley, Riley, Hillman, Singer, Sunbeam, Standard and Triumph. In 1950s London, our … Continue reading

Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival

FOLLOWING the success of this year’s Double Twelve, Brooklands Museum and the Vintage Sports Car Club have confirmed preliminary details for the Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival 2013. It falls on the closest weekend to the anniversary of the opening of the race track in 1907, on 15th & 16th June. The structure of the … Continue reading

DVCA classic car auction, December 2012

SOME of the vehicles that went under the hammer at the Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions spring sale, held at Yenston, near Templecombe, on December 6, 2012.

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