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Ian Owen
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On the highway of Britain’s failed motor industry, after the sign post for ‘What the hell were they thinking’ sits BL’s Montego, on life’s hard-shoulder I can hear my mother now, ‘if we all liked the same thing life would be a pretty boring place’, true enough but can any model boasting such achievements as the UK’s ‘most scrapped’ ever be considered a classic? In common with another predecessor the Allegro (now only slightly rarer on the todays roads) the Montego was another case of should have, would have and could have. British Leyland had struggled to gain a major stake in the fleet market... 

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It was eight months ago when the Sienna finally drove for the first time in decades and it was an opportunity to park her up for the summer. Back now we face another winter of restoration. Lifted onto the stands, it is time to face the body work with all that entails plus the final assembly, although on writing this, that is weeks away. It happens rarely but when they arrive it gives us enthusiasts fresh impetus to continue onwards; I am referring to that perfect day in the garage. Eight hours where nothing goes wrong,...

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Early images of this Mach 1 Mustang rebuild lead me to conclude that it may have enjoyed far less corrosion if it spent a decade under the North Sea; what followed is just amazing... 

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Cliff Rees was born into a motorcycle family in 1938, he purchased a Norton Dominator 88 in 1959. He’s riding the same bike in 2016…have you worked it out yet?...

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In the street outside the very entrance was a pair of Bugatti Type 35’s, a race car that enjoyed success in the hands of Malcolm Campbell. Also Lorne Jacobs replica of Malcolm’s 1927 Bluebird that features the original Napier Lion engine, gearbox and rear axle that flew to 174mph on Pendine Sands. 

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Now the car runs and rolls, we were rather excited about having a little run up and down the road; did we have all the gears? would the clutch be ok? and finally, would the new brakes work? But all good things are worth a little wait, so I thought it would be best to at least fit one part of the floor prior to our adventure. The original internal panels are a fibre glass and most were covered in ancient black carpet that was rotten...

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Produced in 1955-57 the Century DHC was a variant of a very innovative saloon version which itself took the chassis and running gear from Daimler’s stable-mate Lanchester. A roadster version was the first to appear in 1953 but was replaced by the DHC with coach built alloy body (except the doors, bonnet and boot) and a three seat set-up. ..

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The frustration of the endless traffic queue and a ten minute journey that consumed an hour and a half of my life I won’t get back, all seemed to ebb away once entry was gained into the 2014 Festival of Speed - http://classiccarmag.net/goodwood-festival-of-speed-delivers-a-long-day-again/
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2014-07-01
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2013 Salon Prive Gallery - Salon Prive Best of Show prize goes to 1959 Ferrari 250 California Spyder LWB - http://classiccarmag.net/salon-prive-best-of-show-prize-goes-to-1959-ferrari-250-california-spyder-lwb/
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2013-09-05
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