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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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Honest Quality; The A S Hurricane

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Honest Quality; The A S Hurricane

The Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane carried a plane name whilst was certainly no plain Jane. The Coventry manufacturer continued in 1945 as they had pre-war by building large, stylish and superbly engineered vehicles on a modest scale for the more discerning driver.

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Stevens Sienna – Prototype Restoration 8

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Stevens Sienna – Prototype Restoration 8

Originally, the floor sections were bathed in black carpet which after 4 decades enjoyed its own eco-system, rotting away happily and the smell wasn’t too friendly either.

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 10

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 10

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

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One Man’s Seventh Heaven

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One Man’s Seventh Heaven

Over a quarter of a million motorists would have had to face 1920’s public transport if Austin’s little world-beater hadn’t arrived.

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 9

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 9

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

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Flag Flying for Austin-Rover

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Flag Flying for Austin-Rover

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.

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