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Simply the Best – Bugatti Type 35

Simply the Best – Bugatti Type 35

Given the choice of any automobile ever produced, irrelevant of budget my dream machine is the Type 35. This desire stems from the first time I viewed one up close and in full flow. It was a 35B and unlike any other car I feel this Bugatti is more than just an automobile, it’s a […]

Vanished Vehicles – Part 14

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 14

A look back over the past century and beyond at the manufacturers that once produced transport for the masses… Pre WW1 Thornycroft Cars – England 1903-1913 Often overlooked as a car manufacturer due to their decades of success producing every conceivable commercial vehicle, John Thornycroft designed a steam road vehicle as early as 1862. The […]

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Dockside Delivery – Girder-fork Van at 70

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Dockside Delivery – Girder-fork Van at 70

Mention three wheeled transport from Tamworth and the first thing that flashes through most minds are two brothers from Peckham, a ‘plonka’ named Rodney and one yellow Robin. Whilst we jest now Reliant Engineering knew they had a ‘cushty number’ with their tri-wheeled commercial prior to the commencement of hostilities in 1939. The idea originated […]

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 13

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 13

A look back over the past century and beyond at the manufacturers that once produced transport for the masses….

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The Malta Classic Car Collection – 2017

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The Malta Classic Car Collection – 2017

It has been a few years since my last visit to the Classic Car Museum in Qawra, much has changed with the addition of many new and recently restored vehicles plus a clever collection of period clothing, furniture and pictures to compliment the paint and chrome on show. What’s it all about? well as their […]

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Readers Rides…Floride – Chic French Fancy

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Readers Rides…Floride – Chic French Fancy

Marque loyalty is customary within the classic scene but one reader really only rides the Gallic glamour from the brothers Renault. Floride – Chic French Fancy There can be no denying that Renault’s Dauphine based sportster was ‘tres belle’; uncluttered Italian styling from Ghia’s Pietro Frua.  Chausson produced the sculptured panels that were assembled by […]

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Sunbeam Alpine – A Lost Star Returns

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Sunbeam Alpine – A Lost Star Returns

Whilst the Sunbeam Alpine may not be the first model to cross your mind when naming a British sixties sports car, maybe it should be.

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Are We There Yet? – Sienna Restoration Finale

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Are We There Yet? – Sienna Restoration Finale

Returning any classic to the road after a long layoff tends to present a series of ‘lack of use’ faults and the Sienna is no different after 25 years in hiding. Gaskets and seals were the first to show their failings with oil escaping from the sump and rear axle half-shafts, both eager to offer […]

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 12

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 12

A look back over the past century and beyond at the manufacturers that once produced transport for the masses….

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Paint and Polish – Sienna Comes Together

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Paint and Polish – Sienna Comes Together

I visualised exactly the shade of red required to make the Sienna offer the promise of performance without actually being able to deliver; packing a mere 850cc. After reviewing the colour charts at suppliers Mountspace Chichester (01243 789191) the decision was made and 3 litres of their finest was made up and once collected I headed home to compare against the car, certain in my choice.

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