Category: Editor’s Blog

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Celebrating the Survivors

It goes without saying that I love a classic car. It’s a passion that has been with me my whole life, and it’s a passion that has seen me make a career out of writing about them. Modern classic, pre-war, post-war, custom, modified, restored or patinated, I have a great deal of time for them […]

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Living With Failure

Yesterday, I was on the road, racking up the miles in the Mercedes-Benz W124 as I drove to and from Milton Keynes to photograph a car for Car & Classic. I love that old Mercedes. It’s not the most frugal of cars, given that it weighs as much as a small frigate and has only […]

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The Concept of the Sustainable Classic

The world is a strange place at the moment, what with the lockdown we’re all subject to as part of the global fight against Coronavirus. We’re all stuck indoors, nobody is commuting (except essential workers of course), the roads are eerily quiet. It’s all very strange. And this gave me the chance to ponder something. […]

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It’s got an engine, so use it…

Everything has a use. Everything we have, and everything that is around us is there for a purpose, for a reason. Well, apart from wasps. Everything we have designed and engineered is built to do… something. It can be passive – a conservatory on the back of your house just needs to be a room. […]

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Praise the Lowered – Modified Classics

Right then, here we go, I’m jumping into the angry waters of classic car modification with both feet. Many hate the idea and think that classic cars should still slosh around with a whiff of four-star. Others look at a classic and ponder over what they can do to it. Some will insist on cross-ply […]

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It’s about the journey, not the destination…

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I own a Rover 800 Vitesse Sport. It’s my ‘forever’ car. My ongoing project. The source of a great deal of my time, money and patience. And that last one, patience, is what’s key here.  The car isn’t on the road at the moment, as I still need to […]

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Bring Back Repair Culture…

Where, exactly, did it all go wrong? Was it the advent of the smartphone? Was it the slow, societal shift into believing everything is disposable? Has it just been an increase in laziness? I don’t know what ground zero was, but the fact remains that these days we just don’t fix things. At the first […]

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The Badge Doesn’t Matter

See that picture just up there, the Proton? Yeah, that’s my old Proton. I found it earlier this year. It was a forgotten car, left on a driveway for a few years before it was brought to my attention by a Facebook post. At £200, I thought it had to be worth a punt. With […]

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Restoration – Do it Right, Do It Once

When it comes to looking after cars I was, and ‘was’ is the important word here, far from perfect. When I was younger, I just wanted my cars to work, and if that meant they were held together with nothing more than spit and optimism, then so be it. I remember once owning a Mini […]

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Electricity – It’s Not The Future (Of Classics)

Our Editor, Chris Pollitt, has been let off the leash again to deliver his, erm, unique views on what’s happening in the classic car world. This time, it’s the trend for electrifying classic cars that has fallen in front of his cross-hairs. I should start this by saying I have nothing against electric cars. I […]