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News: HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY PRACTICAL CLASSICS!

In the spring of 1980, a new motoring title hit the W H Smiths and Martins of the nation. The front cover featured an Austin A40 “Farina” and a Riley 4/47 while the name of this new publication was Practical Classics. And, in the words of the 2020 editor Danny Hopkins ‘the 40th anniversary edition is the May issue which goes on sale on 15th April’.

News: The Jensen 541S - A Celebration

The year is 1960, the venue is the London Motor Show, and the place is Stand 134. Of course, any car that hailed from the West Bromwich factory was an object of desire, but the new Jensen 541S was especially eye-catching. It was not just that it was four inches wider than the outgoing 541R or that it boasted a conventional grille, rather than the familiar adjustable panel. The Jensen on display at Earls Court was Britain’s first car fitted with seat-belts as standard equipment.

News: CORGI TOYS - A TRIBUTE

In July 1965, the nation’s toy shops stocked a new type of die-cast model car – ‘Corgi Toys - ‘The One’s With Windows’.  At a time when rival products lacked such a feature, this was important news indeed for the discerning consumer. Corgi cars also came in individual illustrated boxes while Dinky Toys supplied their products in trade-packs to retailers.

News: DINKY TOYS – A CELEBRATION

Was it really 45 years ago that this writer avidly scanned the Dinky brochure for possible birthday and Christmas presents? From 1934 until 1979 the company based at Binns Road in Liverpool produced models that set the benchmark for British die-cast. This newsreel captures the factory in 1967 as it produces one of my favourite Dinky toys – the Fiat 2300 Estate “Pathé Newsreel Camera Car”

News: Classic cars that turn 50 in 2021

From the invention of the microprocessor and the opening of Disney World to decimalisation in the UK, 1971 was a vintage year for a whole host of reasons. And many of these technological and cultural changes were also mirrored in the world of car design and production. Many car makers dropped the chrome radiator grills and wood and leather interiors of the 1960s in favour of American coke-bottle styling and black plastic.

News: TEN COUPES FOR AUTUMN

Or, as the cold weather approaches, ten ways to enjoy sporting motoring in a certain amount of comfort...

News: 50 YEARS OF THE MORGAN PLUS 8

Just suppose that it is 1968 and you are in the fortunate position of having £1,500 to spend on an open-topped car. Then, flicking through the current issue of Motor, you read of a vehicle that ‘has no real rivals but occupies its own little niche in the market’ and moreover one with a V8 engine that costs £1,475 with seat belts an extra £12 12s 9d.

News: SEVEN BANK HOLIDAY TRAVEL MEMORIES

This 1955-vintage photograph of North Woolwich, with the trolley buses and side valve Fords baking in the sun, put me in mind of so many past Bank Holiday journeys.

News: PADDY HOPKIRK AT THE LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC & SUPERCARS SHOW

The news that Paddy Hopkirk MBE will be attending the Lancaster Insurance Classic & Supercars Show at Sherborne Castle on 15th July has prompted me to re-watch some of the footage of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally.

News: REMEMBERING THE TOYOTA CROWN S110

South Hampshire in 1979 was a bleak and lonely place. It was a realm where remote communities were reputed to regard the Test Card as a form of witchcraft and Children of the Stones was thought to be a public information film.

News: MEET THE OWNER – NEIL KIDBY OF THE AUSTIN 3-LITRE OWNERS’ CLUB

Late 1976 – a time when New Rose by The Damned was introducing middle England to punk rock and when a tin of Watney’s Party Six and a Vesta Curry constituted a very reasonable night out.

News: Six Ford Capri MK.I Rivals

Imagine that you’d hailed a lift in a passing Tardis and the Doctor had kindly deposited you at the 1972 Earls Court Motor Show, together with sufficient funds to purchase a reasonably priced coupe that was not a Ford Capri.