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Jack Sears

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Jack Sears

Born on February 16th 1930 and is a British former race and rally driver. He won the inaugural British Saloon Car Championship in 1958, driving an Austin Westminster and regained the title in 1963, driving a variety of cars including a Ford Cortina GT, a seven litre Ford Galaxie and a Lotus Cortina, which was used for the final two races.

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Ford Cortina History

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Ford Cortina History

Fifty years ago, on September 21, 1962, Ford’s new Cortina was launched. Costing £573 for the standard 1200 saloon, it became an instant best-seller and enjoyed a 20-year career in which 4.3 million units were produced.

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Group B Rally Cars

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Group B Rally Cars

In 1982, the FIA introduced a set of regulations for competition vehicles in racing and rallying, referred to as Group B.

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COB 6008 – The History of a Racing Cobra

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COB 6008 – The History of a Racing Cobra

On 6th September 1964, COB 6008s first owner, Bruce Ropner, entered the Capston 4-hour relay race at Croft and on 29th September competed in a drag race at RAF Church Fenton where it won its class. Keith Schellenberg purchased 6008 during 1965 and continued to compete during that season. He then took part in the Angolan Grand Prix in Africa in November 1965.

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166 RUR – The First Ever Lotus Works Cortina

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166 RUR – The First Ever Lotus Works Cortina

166 RUR, chassis number 17, is believed by Lotus experts to be the second oldest surviving Mk1 Lotus Cortina in the world. At the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 20th September 1963, it was the very first ‘works’ car to be raced.

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Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 Buyers Guide

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Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 Buyers Guide

Henry Ford was never one to miss a marketing opportunity. Since putting the world on wheels his ethos was to provide the public with what they want at an affordable price and make a tidy profit along the way. The escort RS2000 took the maximum to a new level.

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How to Change the Oil on a Classic VW Beetle

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How to Change the Oil on a Classic VW Beetle

Changing the oil regularly is important on any vehicle, but it becomes even more essential for cherished classic cars. Ideally, you’d change the oil in your classic car every 3,000-4,000 miles to keep it in the very best condition. In reality, this is not always possible, but you should still ensure that dirty oil isn’t impairing the life of your engine.

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A TRUE COSMOPOLITAN TURNS 50 – VOLVO P1800 1961 – 2011

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A TRUE COSMOPOLITAN TURNS 50 – VOLVO P1800 1961 – 2011

Planned in Sweden, designed in Italy, unveiled at the car show in Brussels, built in Britain and a huge success in the USA. The Volvo P1800 is perhaps Volvo’s most internationally renowned model ever and the one that arouses most emotions. In 2011 this remarkable people’s favourite turns 50. It was in 1961 that it entered production and reached showrooms after four years of careful planning and development, remaining in production for the next twelve years.

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VW Karmann Beetle Cabriolet Buyer’s Guide

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VW Karmann Beetle Cabriolet Buyer’s Guide

Karmann’s Beetle Cabriolet provided cult status open-top motoring with the advantage of VW reliability.

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Jaguar XJ6 Buyer’s Guide

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Jaguar XJ6 Buyer’s Guide

When jaguar launched the XJ6 at the 1968 Paris motor show, it met with rapturous applause. The car marked the beginning of a new era, breaking Jaguars mould of having two ranges. Where before there were the compact sports saloons – MK1 and 2, S-type, 420 – and the monsters – MKVII-x, 420G – now one model would serve both markets. In terms of economy of production, it made enormous sense and the new car really was good that it could be a world-beating sports saloon and a luxury limousine rolled into one.

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