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Stevens Sienna – Prototype Resto 7

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Stevens Sienna – Prototype Resto 7

It has been fairly busy in the garage over the past month. The bodywork on the Stevens Sienna has taken priority as I endeavour to get the panels in paint before the worst of winter arrives; hence the arrival of ‘Spraying Bob’ to discuss colour choice plus my below average bodywork

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 8

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 8

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

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Extreme Restoration – The Stunning Mach 1

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Extreme Restoration – The Stunning Mach 1

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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Ivan Hirst 1916-2000 – Beetle’s Saviour

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Ivan Hirst 1916-2000 – Beetle’s Saviour

Whilst Hitler claimed credit for the VW Beetle, the idea certainly came via Ferdinand Porsche in the early 1930s; he may have been enlightened by the Czech Tatra 97 of the time, historians will long argue over its origins. There is no doubt who gave the Beetle a second chance. In a bombed out post-war […]

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 7

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 7

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

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Lifelong Travel Companion – Humber Super Snipe

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Lifelong Travel Companion – Humber Super Snipe

Humber Historian Steve Lewis informed me of a Super Snipe Mark 3 and its partnership with his father-in-law John Easton who purchased his vehicle of choice in 1956, then cherished it for an amazing 60 years.

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 6

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Vanished Vehicles – Part 6

Straddling the banks of the River Thames, its factories described as ‘Leviathan’ on the site of the current Docklands Light Railway; ship building and massive construction projects were the source of this company’s revenue.

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Allegro: A Clever Classic Choice?

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Allegro: A Clever Classic Choice?

For many, the 1970’s failed on so many levels; power cuts, strikes and football violence, a decade of ‘dubious’ music and fashion with average automobiles.

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Marston – Sunbeam Spirit

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Marston – Sunbeam Spirit

John Marston 1869-1918 created The Sunbeam brand and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to proclaim he influenced all forms of transport on a Global scale.

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No Smoke without Fire – American La France

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No Smoke without Fire – American La France

The earliest racing machines enjoy a huge presence, rarity and price tag to match, the alternative? A US Speedster that offered ‘muscle’ long before the phrase became popular. It matters not your personal taste in motor vehicles, some machines just rock you down to your boots. This is true of the American La France Type 12 Speedster. If the sheer size (17ft long) doesn’t affect you, the details will certainly make you think. A straight six, 125bhp 14.5 litre engine with 18 spark plugs, 3 per cylinder with 2 coils feeding 12 plugs and the other 6 running to a magneto. The pistons are 5 1/2 inches in diameter thus you are doing well at 8mpg. The La France had no front breaks and the rears are contracting bands, offering a real challenge when bringing a 3.5 ton vehicle to a halt. The handbrake is often used when needed but prone to lock the wheels if over applied, something to consider at 90mph which is perfectly achievable once overdosed on ‘brave pills’; all this from 1914.

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