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Sunbeam Alpine – A Lost Star Returns

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.

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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Vanished Vehicles – Part 11

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 11

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

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Mark 1 Mini Morris Traveller

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Mark 1 Mini Morris Traveller

The first Morris Traveller left Longbridge in July 1960, its sibling the Austin Countryman was already in the dealerships. The multipurpose Mini sold well for a decade.

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Pre-War Racer – Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin

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Pre-War Racer – Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin

Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin was born into a wealthy family of lace traders in 1896, he would become one of Britain’s ‘Bentley Boys’ the fearless racers whom chased excitement and glory. A sporting gentleman no doubt, Birkin lived life to the full and after contracting Malaria in Palestine serving in the Royal Flying Corps during […]

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MG’s Y Types 1 ¼ Delights

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MG’s Y Types 1 ¼ Delights

Designed before the outbreak of hostilities, a prototype numbered EX166 was produced in 1939 with the launch party planned for an Earls Court Motor Show launch; an event that never took place.

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McLaren – The Film

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McLaren – The Film

The small independent Connaught Theatre in Worthing announced a one night only viewing of the documentary McLaren. For 90 minutes a small audience sat transfixed as the incredible 18-year racing career of New Zealander McLaren unfolded via in-period footage; the same day this film would be first broadcast in Indianapolis just prior to the weekends 500 race.

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Praying at the Altar of Speed – Donald Malcolm Campbell CBE

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Donald Campbell was born into the fastest of motoring environments; one week after his birth at Canbury House in Surrey in March 1921 the Easter meeting at Brooklands saw Kenelm Lee Guinness achieve 140mph in the 350hp Sunbeam.

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