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Red Fregate

The Story of the Renault Frégate

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 30th September, 2021

The Frégate is more likely seen in vintage brochures than on the road, but it was more than a footnote in Renault‘s history. Firstly, it was their first post-war large car, and secondly, its styling inspired the Dauphine.

How to buy a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

  • 29th September, 2021

Rolls-Royce started producing the Silver Shadow in four-door saloon form only, and it's easy to see why: this classic, simple, upright form suits the car's looks and branding so well.

Car Gifts

Great gift ideas for car lovers

  • 29th September, 2021

What do you get as a gift for the car lover in your life? Turns out that there are myriad options out there, be they driving experiences, fun toys, reading matter – or a whimsical artwork documenting their lifelong auto obsession.

MG MGB Classic

A history of British Leyland

  • 29th September, 2021

It's probably fair to say that the name 'British Leyland' conjures up mixed associations these days – pride in the postwar boom years of British motor manufacturing, to be sure, and in some iconic individual cars such as the Range Rover and Jaguar XJ-S.

Campervan by water at sunset

How to plan a campervan holiday to Denmark

  • 28th September, 2021

Denmark is deservedly one of Europe’s top locations when it comes to campervan holidays and it’s not hard to see why, with a terrific range of activities and landscapes to explore.

Mini Cooper

THE MINI COOPER: A CELEBRATION

  • 24th September, 2021

Sixty years ago, the British Motoring Corporation introduced to the public the latest versions of the Mini, the Morris Cooper and its badge-engineered twin, the Austin Seven. At first glance, they seemed to be a sporting version of the ‘Super Mini’ launched a few months earlier. However, keen drivers paid close attention to the race-tuned to 997cc 55 bhp engine with twin SU carburettors, close-ratio gearbox and front disc brakes.

Sinclair C5

THE SINCLAIR C5 REMEMBERED

  • 23rd September, 2021

For many years, the Sinclair C5 has been regarded as a joke along with Sigue Sigue Sputnik records and The Roxy on ITV. It deserves a better fate, not least because it represented a new form of motoring, an electrically powered tricycle that anyone aged over 14 could drive on the road sans tax, licence or insurance.

John Challis

John Challis 16 August 1942 –19 September 2021

  • 22nd September, 2021

The late John Challis was always a welcome sight on the screen. His height and commanding presence on TV often saw him cast as police officers in Z Cars or villains, such as the venial Scorby in the Fourth Doctor adventure The Seeds of Doom.

A campervan parked in-front of a lake in an AONB

Where are the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty?

  • 20th September, 2021

Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty make excellent destinations for a campervan trip: representing, as they do, some of our islands’ most treasured landscapes, they are liberally dotted with campsites to allow everyone to linger amongst the beauty for a while.

VAUXHALL VX

DO YOU REMEMBER – THE VAUXHALL VX 490 FIVE-SPEED?

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 14th September, 2021

The year is 1977, and this writer is poring over the latest Vauxhall brochure, a pastime almost as entertaining as The Goodies on BBC2. Suddenly, he comes across an FE even more glamorous than the VX2300 GLS.

The Persuaders

Fifty Years of The Persuaders!

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 13th September, 2021

Tony Curtis! Roger Moore! Aston Martins! Dinos! John Barry’s music! Terrible clothes! Worse dancing! Here are 20 facts about ITC’s grooviest TV series...

Perth

What is the Heart 200?

  • 13th September, 2021

The Heart 200 is a new, 200-mile touring route around some of central Scotland's most dramatic, beautiful, and storied landscapes – centred around the cities of Perth and Stirling as well as The Trossachs system of glens, hills and lochs, and the rugged Perthshire Highlands.

Classic Lotus cars

A history of Lotus

  • 13th September, 2021

Esprit. Eclat. Elite. For any petrolheads growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, these names held a certain aura – whether glimpsed among the latest pack of Top Trumps or streaking by on the motorway.

TRIUMPH TR4

60 YEARS OF THE TRIUMPH TR4

  • Andrew Roberts |
  • 9th September, 2021

60 years ago this month, Triumph unveiled a new sports car that left traditionalists aghast. It had a full-width body with vestigial tail fins, winding windows, and even fresh air vents on the facia.