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Ben Klemenzson

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What a summer!

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s we head towards September, the car show season gradually wraps up for another year; there are plenty more to come before winter, but it often feels as if most are shoehorned into an eight-week window from the start of June to the end of July. The common wisdom is that there are no shows – or very few at least – in August, as traditionally that’s when the schools have broken up and people go on their summer holidays. This year, I would argue that there’s no need to go abroad as the summer has been quite simply… stunning! I’m 50 this year and have hazy memories of the last famous long, hot summer we had back in 1976, but even those who remember that one clearly say that this year’s surpasses even that. For classic American owners like me who only bring their cars out when it’s dry, it’s been something of a novelty, as I’ve actually been

able to have my car parked outside my house, or on the drive, for days or weeks even, and actually use it like an everyday car. What joy! Well, I hope it’s been the same for you. We’re not usually blessed with long hot dry spells and while it might be a nightmare for gardeners and farmers, for us classic car folk it’s been a dream. If you have a look at some of the show reports in this issue, you might be under the impression that the pictures were taken at a beach, but in actual fact, that yellow stuff is the grass! Let’s hope it continues and we get a long dian summer too!! Indi

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Gary Sanders’ 1957 Dodge Custom Royal.

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Say hello to the winner of the fourth heat of the Footman James & Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year competition. The worthy winner – although it was a tough choice, so many incredible cars! – was this stunning 1957 Dodge Custom Royal belonging to Gary Sanders. And if you think it looks familiar, it was our cover car for the May 2018 issue. Fitted with the Super D500 Hemiheaded 325cu in V8 with dual four-barrel Carter carbs, push-button transmission, a Highway HiFi record player and dual antennae, this was the last word in high tech back in 1957! A week later, heat five of the Footman James & Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year competition took place under the blazing skies of Blenheim Palace on Sunday, July 8 at the Pre-’50 American Auto Club’s annual show, the Rally of the

Dennis Smith’s 1938 Packard 128.

Giants. With a prominent display of vintage and antique cars, this show is traditionally known for attracting pre-war American cars. It should come as no surprise then that the car selected as heat winner was this stunning right-hand-drive 1938 Packard 128 belonging to Dennis Smith from Gloucestershire. This stunning pre-war beauty is believed to have been assembled in Australia (it features a plate in the engine which says ‘Packard Australia’. Dennis has owned the car for six years, although it underwent a full restoration in Australia before departing down under for these shores.

DOUBLE BUBBLE HEADS FOR AUCTION Known as ‘Double Bubble’, this artfully crafted 1961 Chevrolet Impala resto-mod represents high automotive sculpture, beautifully conceived and executed by Greening Auto Company in Nashville, Tennessee. Grafting on an additional top from a 1961 Pontiac turned the Chevrolet hardtop into a super-stylish hardtop wagon, complete with an opening tailgate. The exterior was cleaned up and decluttered, with Greening Auto Company removing door handles, window trim, badging, windshield wipers, mouldings and lettering. Roof pillars were hand-formed, and the roofline was dropped three inches; the front sheet metal was lengthened to get the right proportions, body joints were removed and fenders were flared to accommodate the extra-wide wheels and tyres. The ride height was radically dropped. The engine in this resto-mod is based on a 409 V8, bored out to 473cu in, and is loaded with premium components like an Eagle crankshaft, Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads and pistons with a compression ratio of 10.5:1. Interested? It goes under the hammer at Mecum’s Auction in Monterey over the weekend of August 23-25. See www.mecum.com for more information and to register.

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Not one, but two hardtops.

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ONLINE CLASSIC WEDDING CAR HIRE

When BookAclassic first launched in the UK, more traditional wedding cars such as the Jaguar Mk2 and Beauford Tourer made up the majority of bookings. While there’s still plenty of interest in these cars, a lot of couples are stepping away from tradition. Compared to the previous 12 months, the Jaguar has dropped in popularity by 66.7%. Alongside the Ford Mustang, BookAclassic has seen couples searching for other kinds of American vehicles too, including the Chevrolet Impala and Dodge Charger. It seems couples are stepping away from the traditional wedding car and choosing something with a bit more character. While traditional cars still make up a large percentage of bookings, the surge in popularity of American cars could be an indicator as to how the industry is changing.

Nixon & Elvis.

Within all the bookings from the last 12 months, there have been some interesting wedding transport choices from couples including the iconic London taxi, Mk1 Golf GTI and even a classic Fiat 500! BookAclassic is one of the UK’s leading classic car hire platforms. With hundreds of cars available from private owners, museums and professional companies, it’s the go-to resource for couples looking to book an interesting classic car and chauffeur for their wedding. As well as weddings, BookAclassic also caters for self-drive trips, photoshoots, proms and graduations, corporate events and the film industry. To book or register your car* see www. bookaclassic.co.uk *Classic American would like to remind anyone contemplating hiring out their car for use as a wedding vehicle that they will require the appropriate insurance.

Elvis’s ’63 Rolls.

THE KING IS HERE

On Friday, August 24, The King comes to cinemas across the UK courtesy of Dogwoof. From award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (The House I Live In, Why We Fight), The King is a fascinating journey across America’s troubled past framed alongside the ups and downs of the life of rock and roll legend, Elvis Presley. Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and

fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this ground-breaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and offers a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and unknown, join the journey, including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers and Dan Rather, among many others. It’s a shame it’s not a Cadillac, which we reckon probably would have been more in keeping…. But then, we would say that, wouldn’t we?!

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HORSHAM AMERI-CAR-NA

What are you up to this September? Horsham AmeriCARna is a free event in West Sussex in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice and organised in support of Horsham town centre’s economy – and it’s back again! Masterminded by Horsham’s town centre management, this will be Horsham AmeriCARna’s second year. Given the demand and enthusiastic reception from vehicle owners and public alike last year, this year the event is extended into adjacent Horsham Park. With more display space and two new entertainment stages, one indoors, the event aims to offer a complete Americanthemed experience for visitors.

Organiser Garry Mortimer-Cook hopes to build on the success of last year: “We appreciate our event sits at the end of a busy show season for many, but based on the great feedback from those that attended last year, I think we have a great experience to offer visitors and some great entertainment to make it a really enjoyable day out. I am keen to reach out to the many American and custom car and bike groups to offer them club display zones and everyone who displays will receive a small souvenir to mark their participation. Given support, our accessible location and town centre setting

means everyone can have a great day out and get home at a reasonable hour.” More classic American and custom cars and bikes, rock ’n’ roll music and other entertainment are planned, along with new features including American sports, a marching band, cheerleaders and a dedicated indoor venue being added at the town’s bowling alley. The Almost Elvis Band, back by popular demand, is booked to close the show. Make sure you put Horsham AmeriCARna in your diary for Sunday, September 30! Keep up with all the latest HorshamAmeriCARna news on Facebook @horshamameriCARna or the new town events website www.horshamtimewellspent.co.uk

ROCKINGHAM NO PREP Following the runaway success of the first of its kind No Prep Nationals event at Rockingham drag strip in May, the circuit owners will once again be transforming their pit lane into a one-eighth-mile drag strip for this summer’s August Bank Holiday Monday No Prep drag races that promise to be bigger, better and not to be missed! You’ve seen it on Street Outlaws and No Prep Kings – now experience it for yourself at the UK’s fastest oval, Rockingham Motor Speedway on August 27!

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The strip for No Prep #3 will mean (as stated) No Prep, No Times, No Speed but plenty of action within the Big Tyre (4WD allowed) and Small Tyre (FWD allowed on any tyre size) classes. And that’s not all – with timing available from the Portatree Europe team there’ll be a Monster High Roller Big Bracket race (all run with buypacks) as well as an anything goes, all welcome Run What Ya Brung (sorry, no motorcycles). All eighth-mile, flashlight start for the Big and Small tyre classes and full Christmas tree for everything else as this simplest concept of drag racing continues to grow! Entries are coming in thick and fast while some of the Speedway’s garages along the pit lane straight

are still available for rent during the event, but please get your entry in soon if you want one. Email pmdragracing@gmail.com, check out the Rockingham Drag Strip page on Facebook or call/text 07831 650230. Adding to the event is a brand new Rod & Custom Show which will feature some of the very best of the nation’s street rods, Yanks and customs. There will be a huge four-acre hard standing exhibition area and also opening up for the first time the Speedway’s Exhibition Hall which will house the cream of the rodding scene. This first annual show is called The Big Oolite and will become a regular feature at the August meeting. For more details hit ‘Like’ on The Big Oolite Facebook page or call Keith or Bill on 07793 035729.


YORK RACEWAY UPDATE By the end of the 2017 season, York Raceway, the northern host of drag racing for the last 40 years, was on the brink of disappearing. The involvement of an automotive component manufacturer on the land, coupled with a lack of resources, made the continuation of York Raceway untenable. However, by December 31, York Raceway activists achieved the first milestone. By raising £100,000 racers, spectators, enthusiasts and supporters of drag racing ensured that York Raceway was able to step up to the next level. It’s believed that there is a viable future for York Raceway and hard commercial facts support this. Estimates vary, but there are possibly 3000 vehicles in the UK built for drag racing, and 10,000 street/strip cars. Currently, there is just one drag strip, crammed to capacity with drag racing and lifestyle events. Clearly there is need for another drag strip so an improved York Raceway is absolutely ideal.

York Raceway activists achieved the first milestone with their efforts in raising £100,000 to help York Raceway take the next steps in its development. “The opportunities are wide open for an outstanding future for York Raceway. We understand there is good progress with negotiations, with an ideal outcome for all parties involved. More investment for improved infrastructure, coupled with a new track, means wider appeal for more drag racers and lifestyle events too,” said Marc Smith, Pennine Drag Racing Club (PDRC) communications officer. PDRC chairman Al Perkins added: “We are very grateful to the landowner for his continuing loyalty to drag racing and its future on this site. However, there’s much to do and achieve to get the venue to a 21st century standard, and to ensure continuity for drag racing in the future.” Save York Raceway on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ groups/2099354770292042/ Images courtesy of Ashley Dale (AD Images) and Howard Holmes (Beyond).

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Brooklands brilliance Richard Coney reports on the Historics at Brooklands Summer Sale...

Auction house Historics at Brooklands is now well established at the Brooklands Museum, near Weybridge, where it holds regular sales of classic and future classic cars, motorcycles and automobilia. Though the majority of vehicles offered for sale inevitably originate in Britain and Europe, there is usually a smattering of American cars among them. The sale on July 7 was no different, with a Cadillac, two Chevrolets, four American Fords and an unusual Twenties Durant. As with all auctions with the exception of lots offered with no reserve price, a balance has to be maintained between setting a realistic estimate to encourage people to bid and establishing a reserve that once reached, will gain the owner sufficient recompense to justify the sale. Sometimes the vendor maintains an overly optimistic opinion of its value, resulting in a no sale. Nevertheless, if lots simply don’t appeal to bidders on the day, they will remain unsold, regardless of their reserves. Just three of the eight American cars found new owners. The Cadillac, a 1976 Fleetwood Eldorado ‘Bicentennial’ convertible, was a typically Seventies boat, or perhaps more accurately aircraft carrier, of a car and could well have been Boss Hogg’s ride of choice in the Dukes of Hazzard. Offered at no reserve, it achieved a credible £11,200, including buyer’s premium, and the new owner bought a great deal for his money. Notable was an outstanding gold over black 1967 Chevrolet Camaro S/S that had been built in Antwerp, having been specially ordered by a senior manager who kept it for many years. It had been the subject of a comprehensive 800+ hours restoration and is a matching numbers car in fabulous, unmarked condition. Unsurprisingly, it sold at mid-estimate for £38,148. In contrast, a similarly immaculate, matching numbers, two owner, brilliant orange, 1970 Ford

Mustang Mach 1, with 351 cu in Cleveland V8 and auto, failed to sell. The £40k-£45k estimate did not seem unreasonable, considering the quality of its recent restoration in the States, yet an odd-looking flathead V8 powered 1940 Ford hot rod pickup did sell on the day. With its iconic curvaceous grille and front fenders removed and replaced with an upright Ford Model A style radiator shell engraved ‘Hercules Power’, it was undeniably in terrific condition, but style-wise neither one thing nor the other, yet someone was prepared to pay £46,000 for it! A pair of Ford Thunderbirds also went home unsold, one a first generation 1957 in white with contrasting red interior and the other a retrostyled 2002 example, brilliant red with a black interior and removable white porthole hardtop. The estimate of £33,000-£38,000 for the 1957 seemed about right for a car of this era and condition, while the modern reboot looked a potential bargain, estimated at between £11,000 and £15,000. In fact post-auction interest should see this one sold before long. Corvettes can achieve mind-boggling sums to the right buyer, yet a clean 1954 C1 in Polo White with a contrasting Sportsman Red interior might have been rather optimistically estimated at between £68,000 and £75,000, as it too went home unsold. Finally, the 1923 Durant Runabout Star Four Tourer was presented in excellent condition. However, with cars as rare as this shortlived New York based manufacturer, even the fairly estimated £18,000-£23,000 failed to impress bidders sufficiently to reach its reserve. Despite clashing with England’s World Cup match that day, Historics was please to sell some 64% of the cars on offer that day, with a combined sales total approaching £2.4 million. It’ll be back in September, hopefully with some more American motors on offer.

1923 Durant Runabout.

Retro-styled 2002 Thunderbird.

1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1.

1957 Ford Thunderbird.

1954 Chevrolet C1 Corvette.

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1967 Chevrolet Camaro.


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Letter

MODERN AMERICAN Dear Classic American, I felt the urge to respond to a letter in August’s edition regarding one person’s feelings about too many non-classic American cars at Tatton Park’s Stars & Stripes weekend. I thought the show was great, the weather perfect and I enjoyed my visit on the Saturday so much, that I went back and spent the Sunday there too with my youngest son and a picnic! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion regarding what era cars are special to them and I must admit that for me the golden era probably was the Fifties, Sixties and very early Seventies. However, my interests do not stop there. I fell in love with the 1985 Camaro IROC-Z28 when I read the first article/review in a copy of Car & Driver in 1984, coincidentally bought from a newsagents in Knutsford, outside the gates of Tatton Park. I eventually owned one some years ago, loved it deeply, and so did most other non-American car enthusiasts you passed on the street, with kids taking photos with their phones. But venture into an American car show field eight years ago and you could almost sense everyone trying desperately not to look at it. Finally interest and acceptance seems to be growing slowly for these cars. The fourth-generation F-body cars don’t seem to have slipped to such depths of disinterest in the States and the later, more powerful fourth-gen model seems to be quite sought after, appreciated and with strong values for low-mileage originals. In two years I will finally have the funds (cripplingly large mortgage, three kids, average Joe job, etc.) to get back into having an American car in my garage, but rather worryingly my old Bucket List seems to have been decimated by madly rising values. This

or Demon, not that the standard models are that shabby! I am very lucky I have both classic and modern Mustangs, but I am just as excited about the modern Mustang as I am about the classic. Surely our scene is all about Made in America, not some random definition of ‘classic’. I would be interested to see at what point the classicists would make the cut-off. We should all keep an open mind and stand together and maybe our hobby will survive (and Classic American magazine) for another 30 years-plus, despite the constant battering from the Government, the snowflakes, the environmentalists and the electrophiles (is that a word?). We are either drivers or lovers of American cars so let’s not get hung up on how old those cars are or those with newer cars could end up leaving the scene altogether.

means the creation of an entirely new one, and the need to look at more modern, or what many would consider, less desirable options. Personally I have very varied tastes. I love some of the Eighties, Nineties and early to mid-Noughties cars and always have; my love of American cars is not restricted to the Fifties and Sixties. Give me appealing styling, a rumbling V8, the open countryside and I couldn’t give Twinkie what decade it was bolted together in. To me a proper classic can be anything of genuine appeal made up to the mid-Noughties. Keep up the diversity at Stars & Stripes, it gives us less well-off enthusiasts some hope of obtaining the American dream too! Brian Ward Via email

Thanks for your email. I’m sure many share your opinion (we certainly do!) but it’s great to have the conversation! I also heard people saying right-hand drive cars shouldn’t be allowed (i.e. new UK-spec Mustangs) but we think that’s wrong too… it’s a bit like Brexit, American cars mean different things to different people. Oops, we’d better not open that can of worms!

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MODERN AMERICAN II Dear Classic American, I have been a reader of Classic American from the beginning and I have always enjoyed reading the magazine but I feel that I have to comment on the letters that seem to come in quite regularly knocking the newer cars, saying they are not classics and therefore don’t warrant their place at car shows. I think any car that is built in the US, by an essentially American company that in some cases just happens to be owned by a non-US company should clearly be represented, if only to show the evolution of the American car over time. Do Rolls-Royce or Bentley owners care who owns the company? The big three, Mustang, Camaro and Challenger, have led the way in keeping true to the muscle car style and who wouldn’t want to get their hands on a GT350, ZL1, Hellcat

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Cheers Richard Robinson Solihull West Midlands Thanks for your email. I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments and have always thought of Classic American as a place for all American

vehicles, whatever their age; however, I’ve let emails/letters such as the ones you’ve identified be run in the magazine to see what other people think and to spark the debate. Even classic American cars were new once, so I definitely think it’s a case of live and let live and together we’re stronger, just as you said!

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Kids today just can’t get enough tech.

Tech nil, road trip one Evans looks at the rush to autonomous vehicles and juxtaposes the growing popularity of road trips against it…

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hese days it seems that despite the antics of President Trump, the only thing that tends to be making media noise over here is Silicon Valley and the technology industry. Whether it’s about one of the big conglomerates’ next moves, or the latest start-up, tech tends to dominate the headlines. Not too long ago, I was at an automotive aftermarket industry conference where one of the guest speakers essentially said that the only thing that will matter in the future is “tech”. I hope he’s wrong. It’s not that I have an issue with technology, I don’t, it’s just that it seems at the moment, all these ambitious tech start-ups are looking for ways to automate just about everything you can think of while creating what they believe is machine learning and artificial intelligence. If you think of films such as Terminator 2 Judgement Day and the whole premise around Skynet, it’s actually quite terrifying. In the auto industry, the big thing is the push to autonomous vehicles. To be honest, I really think that the concept of AVs is an answer to a question that nobody really asked. And that is what worries me about the whole tech cult. The boffins in Silicon Valley seem to think they know what the rest of us want and need without actually consulting with us first. Okay, so the theory goes that autonomous vehicles will allow us to be far more productive and do work while being transported to the

office or wherever it is we will go in the future. There won’t any more risks of aggressive driving and consequently, the cars of the future and the infrastructure that supports them will be so advanced, that traffic accidents will be almost non-existent. The trouble is, what if something goes wrong and somebody is able to hack into the network and cause massive pile-ups and chaos? I think the way many people are looking at AVs is a bit like flying in a commercial airliner. Statistically, it’s the safest way to travel but when an A380 goes down, chances are not many of the 400-plus people on board will survive. So instead of having traffic accidents where one or two people might be impacted, hacking into AV networks has the potential to kill and injure hundreds, if not thousands, of people. I do see that autonomous driving technology makes sense in certain applications, such as delivery trucks with pre-designated routes and perhaps in airport vehicles and some municipal buses, but for passenger cars I’m not so sure. There’s another trend that’s happening that wasn’t predicted five to 10 years ago. Millennials, which will become the biggest consumer group in the next 10-15 years, actually like cars and driving. Five years ago, there were all these surveys that said that Generation Y was more interested in tech and smartphones than they were in getting a driving licence.

Now, as more of them get older, start having families, need to move to the suburbs etc, they are buying cars and often discover that they actually like the independence a vehicle offers and that they like driving. In fact, on this side of the pond, the New York Times recently reported on a study by MMGY Global that the American road trip is very much alive and well. In fact, road trips accounted for 39% of all US holidays in 2016, up from 22% the previous year. And it’s not difficult to see why. Despite the options of package holidays to Mexico or the Caribbean, or planned city breaks, there is something still very special about getting in your car and being able to go wherever you fancy. Road trips are the stuff of memories, where families bond and friendships are made, something that’s utterly human and, dare I say it, priceless. And there’s something very special about being behind the wheel and instinctively choosing which direction to go and how long you want to take to get there. And I think that’s something that the techies living inside a bubble in Silicon Valley just aren’t aware of. If they were, they probably wouldn’t be so wrapped up in the rush to make an automated world. The trouble with bubbles is that sooner or later they tend to pop.  Huw Evans – news & views from North America

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STOP PRESS! Mopar Nats Car of the Year Heat winner!

Mighty 427cu in motor.

COPO Camaro COPO a load of this! Tony runs the rule over a very special find at the annual Chryslers at Brooklands event in Surrey – a rare, collectable and valuable special order Camaro, newly arrived in the UK…

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ne the best venues for an American car show has to be the legendary Brooklands Museum in Surrey. It was the first purposebuilt motor racing circuit and opened in 1907, closing in 1939 as the Second World War began. The concrete surfaced banked track has only survived in small sections, the complete 2.75-mile track sadly lost to the hands of developers and poor town planning decisions. Putting that aside, the museum trust is highly active in the old car hobby and handles major aviation projects with a varied and busy event schedule throughout the year. The annual Chryslers at Brooklands event is always full of surprises and this year’s bash provided a jaw-dropping humdinger of a muscle car that stopped me and many others dead in their tracks. There, parked on the newly renovated start/finish line, basking in the May sunshine sat a 1969 COPO Camaro finished in glorious black paint.

Muncie 4-speed 'box does shifting duties.

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For those not familiar with this model the COPO is the ultimate, all-time collector dream car, as it had to be specially ordered and hence not many were produced. Factor in a 427cu in V8 and you have one of the hottest factory option muscle cars on the planet. COPO is an abbreviation for Central Office Production Order, a process that General Motors used in the Sixties for fleet managers to order unusual combinations of options on their cars, mostly used for taxis, local government vehicles and other oddball groupings. However to order the mother of all Camaros, COPO options 9560, 9561 and 9737 gave you the 400cu in plus V8-motivated Chevrolets. The 9560 and 9561 were basically the same kind of Camaro except the 9561 gave you an all-aluminium, butt-kicking solid lifter ZL1 427cu in V8. Making a conservative 425 horses, in reality it was the most powerful Chevrolet engine of the time, the 9560 427cu in powered engine still came with a cast iron block. The third COPO available was 9737 which could combine the other two versions with either engines, a 140mph speedometer and 15”x 7” rally wheels; this became known as the Sports Car Conversion model. All COPO cars came with the full GM warranty, were emissions certified and road legal. Only 1015 of the 9561 models were built, with 201 orders from Don Yenko Chevrolet and 75 shipped to Canada and two were sent to racing legend Bob Jane of Australia, who raced the cars in the Australian Touring Car championship. Back to the car seen here: this 1969 COPO Camaro is a fresh import into the UK and is

simply stunning. The owner, Steve Henry from Wokingham, Berkshire, found the car in Brussels, Belgium where a deal was struck. The Camaro began life at the General Motors assembly plant in Norwood, Ohio when in November 1969 it was completed and shipped to Gates Chevrolet, South Bend, Indiana where the first owner, Kevin Gray of Pennsylvania, held on to it until 1978. The next owner, Terry Edgar from the same state, sold it in 1985 to another Pennsylvanian and the car had a complete restoration from 2012 to 2016 by Larry Lap. The Camaro then moved on to Brussels. Its specifications are truly awesome – the options list reads like a muscle car lover’s dream. The numbers-matching 427cu in V8, L72, 425bhp high-performance motor is backed up by a Muncie four-speed close ratio transmission and the power to the ground is adequately handled by a 12-bolt heavy duty limited slip rear end. The stock steel dog dish wheels were clad with F70 x 14” red line performance series tyres, while stopping duties are taken care of by factory power front disc-brakes. Finished in Tuxedo Black with a black vinyl trim, the car has soft ray tinted glass all round with strato bucket seats, head restraints and front shoulder belts. A 140mph speedometer came as standard and the cushioned rim tilt steering wheel was an option, while the odometer shows a genuine 33,000 miles. Total cost for the 1969 Camaro came out at around $6200, back in the day a huge amount; however, over $3000 was for the engine alone – performance always comes at a price. The car is absolutely faultless and a fabulous example of a very scarce breed. Check this baby out if it visits a show you are attending as it definitely does not disappoint! ★

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Double wheels were required at the back due to the battery weight.

Briggs & Stratton Hybrid Did you know the first modern hybrid car was created almost half a century ago in America? Richard Heseltine reveals all…

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n American-made petrol/electric hybrid car that pre-dated the Toyota Prius by more than a quarter of a century? With six wheels, you say? And built by a company better known for making lawnmower engines? It could only be the Briggs & Stratton Hybrid, the media darling that defied belief as much as description. In many ways, it foretold the future, but this strangest of hatchbacks was constructed in 1979 as a marketing exercise. For all the hyperbolic claims made about this machine in period, it was grievously flawed and would never have succeeded had it ever been made in series. When the Hybrid first broke cover, its maker had little prior form in the automotive field save for producing the pre-war Buckboard, which in truth barely qualified as a car. For the most part, it stuck to producing tiny single or twin-cylinder motors for home and industrial applications – and how. By the time this prototype was constructed, it was the world’s most prolific manufacturer of engines, making 40,000 a day. This vehicle was primarily constructed to hype up the Milwaukee firm’s new 694cc flat-twin unit, the basis being a six-wheel van chassis made by Canadian firm, Marathon Electric Vehicles.

The petrol engine was mounted up front, allied to a four-speed Ford Pinto transmission, and coupled to a series-wound Baldor electric motor and Borg-Warner clutch. Power was rated at a whopping 18bhp. Only the middle wheels were driven, the rear set being in place to accommodate the weight of the twelve lead/ acid golf cart batteries – around 450kg, including the support frame – which charged the electric motor. This arrangement was labelled a ‘captive trailer’ by engineer/designer Doug Janisch, and the battery pack could be removed in one piece, frame and all, by simply pulling it out as though opening a drawer. B&S turned to nearby styling studio, Brooks Stevens Designs Associates, to produce a suitably dazzling outline for this brave new world, the company principal whose name was above the door having shaped everything from Studebakers to locomotives, cutlery to the Excalibur ‘neoclassic’ during the previous half a century. Here, Stevens’ son Kip was charged with creating a crisp outline and the (mostly) glassfibre bodyshell incorporating proprietary parts from all manner of mainstream offerings, not least the doors and windscreen which lifted from a Volkswagen

Scirocco. Finished in a searing shade of yellow with oh-so-period graphics, there was no mistaking the Hybrid for anything else. The media was quick to talk up the B&S concept queen which toured the USA on a city to city promotional tour. Car & Driver even got to drive it, and discovered a few slight problem-ettes. It reported: “The start up ritual for a Briggs & Stratton ride into the future is boringly conventional. No recoil ropes or rubber gloves are necessary. You crank the gas engine with a column-mounted ignition key, and electric power is available with the flick of five toggle switches… Running on gasoline, it is the slowest contrivance we’ve ever tested: 0-40mph in 1.3 minutes.” There were other ‘issues’, not least the lack of room for your groceries. There wasn’t any as space was taken up with the bank of batteries, while the back seats were tiny and mostly decorative. But real-world usability wasn’t the point of the exercise. This was about keeping the B&S name in the spotlight. Considering its $250,000 build cost, the Hybrid more than recouped the investment in terms of the column inches in received. ★

Richard Heseltine’s weird and wonderful American cars from the past.

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1973 Chrysler Valiant Charger

Words: Mike Renaut Photography: James Mann

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Albertus ‘Marbles’ Viljoen inherited this rare Chrysler Valiant Charger from his father George, who in turn got it from his father Ben. But for Marbles, getting the car home to the UK proved anything but straightforward…

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any of us, when we think of the name Charger, conjure up images of the US-built muscle cars made famous in films like Bullitt and TV shows like the Dukes of Hazzard; but that model name − and an identical chrome badge − has been affixed to more than just American cars. Albertus Viljoen, usually known by his nickname Marbles, has a special affinity with one of those non-American Chargers. His 1973 Chrysler Valiant Charger was built in South Africa. “My grandfather Ben saw the car brand new in December 1972 in a dealership in Roodepoort, South Africa,” explains Marbles. “He took my father George and uncle Albert along to show them ‘the car of his dreams’. He bought the Charger off the showroom floor for R4000 and paid an extra R200 − then about £253 − to have a radio fitted. My uncle Albert told me that one day my grandfather sat in the back yard looking at the car and said: ‘you have to do something about that car, it’s too yellow,’ so my uncle, being the artistic one in the family, airbrushed the wood effect paint all around the bodywork.

“Sometime in the late Seventies or early Eighties my father was given the car and we used it just on Sundays to visit our grandparents. Aged about five or six I would fall asleep in the back of the Charger and dad would drive past that same dealership where there was a huge inflatable gorilla with open arms. Father would pull up very close then shout: ‘Albertus! He’s going to catch you!’ I would wake up and scream my head off while he laughed until he cried.” In 1983 George parked the Valiant in his carport. “He bought a pair of El Caminos and devoted his attention to them. I remember us pulling the Charger out and washing and polishing it, but my father never drove it again. Family and friends would ask to buy it, but he always said, ‘leave my car alone, it doesn’t bother anybody. That is my son’s car one day.’ He was, I believe, keeping it preserved for me. ❯❯

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Marbles is the third generation in his family to own the car.

“But when I grew up,” continues Marbles, “I never thought of owning the car, I thought it was old and ugly, I wanted something new and flash. Then as the years went past I realised how special it was and that I would be the third generation to drive it − and only the third owner. Before dad died in December 2011 I promised him I’d ship the Charger to England with me and bring it back to life.” In the meantime, Marbles bought himself a 1967 Mustang and got used to driving older cars. In February 2016, he and his brother-in-law Tony changed the flat tyres and dragged the Charger out of the carport. “It had been sitting in that same spot for 33 years. One side looked great, but the paint was sun-faded on the other and the hubcaps were rusted where the dogs would pee on the wheels. I pulled out a large bag’s worth of mouse droppings and old newspaper, then removed the interior and cleaned and washed everything several times. The leather seats had survived without cracking because of all the dust on the glass. “Then we towed the car to a mechanic. Dad had always said it only needed a new battery, plugs, water and oil to get the car started and, after all that and some new fuel lines, it fired up on the third key turn.” Getting the car to the United Kingdom would prove a far longer process…

Marbles behind the wheel.

African American

Chrysler’s presence in South Africa began with imported Maxwells in 1910. Plymouths arrived in 1928, although more expensive than the Ford and Chevrolet rivals because, until 1941, they were imported while competitors were locally assembled − the Mopar’s durability made them popular. Early American cars made in South Africa had few deviations, the main one being they were right-hand drive. South African-built examples used locally sourced glass, paint, tyres, batteries, and upholstery; which is why South African-built vehicles, even down to the cheapest Plymouths, usually have leather upholstery. An assembly plant was opened in Cape Town which produced military materials from 1942 to 1945. In 1960 Chrysler Corporation took 50% ownership of the plant and changed its name to Chrysler South Africa. The American Valiant V200 went into production there, badged the DeSoto Rebel and Valiant − previous imported models had also been sold as Dodge Lancers. The Plymouth name was then dropped. The first examples had firewall-mounted plates reading: “Valiant, a Division of Chrysler, Detroit.” From 1966 to 1968 Valiant outsold Ford’s Cortina and Volkswagen’s 1500 model to become South Africa’s bestselling car − the first time in 20 years an American car had won the title. Valiant sold 11,862 in 1966 then experienced an all-time high in 1968 of 15,026 – which was 1436 more than Volkswagen. Needing more space, Chrysler SA bought a 147-hectare site in Silverton (often referred to

Right-hand drive for South Africa.

The back seat where Marbles spent his youth.

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as the Pretoria plant) and in 1968 moved all its assembly there. The first Valiant made at Silverton − a white four-door saloon − was the 53,160th Valiant built in South Africa. Around then, the country further tightened its local content rules, requiring vehicles to have domestically produced engines in order to be considered locally-made and thus avoid expensive taxation. The Valiant Charger arrived in mid-1970 to replace the fastback Valiant Barracuda. Essentially, the Charger was a Plymouth Duster/Dodge Demon body with a Dodge Dart front end. Charger production ended in 1975 with the 1976 model Charger. What little information is available suggests 1935 Chargers were built in total and options included a full vinyl roof which was reduced to just covering the front half from 1973. That same year the badges were moved from the rear wing to behind the doors, suspensions were upgraded and wider tyres fitted, but little else changed. For 1974, South African-built Valiants (although not SA Chargers) switched from being Canadian-sourced Valiants with an Australian VG front end to Australian VH bodies; probably to lower engineering costs since both countries required right-hand-drive. The Australian Hemi six-engines weren’t used due to that local-content ruling, all still retained the slant-six. But at least one dealer installed the 383cu in V8 engine into Chargers since they were, like the 225cu in slant six in Marble’s car, made locally and thus avoided hefty duties. ❯❯

Slant six motor is legendary for its durability.

Collecting the dusty Charger.

No rust...

... but plenty of dust!

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One reason for the Valiant range’s fall from grace in South Africa may have been that switch since the Australian bodies were styled to look larger than they were. When the 1973 oil crisis hit, sales plummeted. Thanks to inflation and − in 1970 − the 70mph speed limit, South Africa was no longer so in love with big cars. The Valiant is credited with being the car that popularised the use of the automatic transmission in South Africa. The Torqueflite, as fitted to our featured Charger, was heavily advertised during the mid-Sixties. Older Valiants remained popular family cars for decades, and were used throughout the Sixties and Seventies as police cars and taxicabs. Many were still running into the late Nineties often resulting in a high theft rate of private cars to keep taxi fleets going. In August of 1976, Chrysler introduced the Colt 1600 GL and 2000 GS, based on the Mitsubishi Galant. The Colt would eventually usurp the Valiant completely once the American Valiant ended production. Chrysler ceased South African operations in November 1976 when Chrysler South Africa merged with Illings − who had produced Mazda products since the late 1960s − to form Sigma Motor Corporation. Sigma built the Hillman Hunter and Vogue, then the Mazda 323.

All in The Family

“It took a long time and a lot of money to get the papers in order to ship the Charger to the UK,” remembers Marbles. “It was still in my grandmother’s name and most of the paperwork had been lost. We found a letter she’d written giving the car to my dad which helped, but since

Chrysler still wears the stripes Marbles’ Uncle Albert painted on it all those years ago.

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it was part of her estate, and the bank she used had since closed down, the solicitors had to track down the bank staff who had signed the original documents. It took £2500 and 714 days to get the car registered before I could finally ship it.” Happily, the shipper who Marbles had contacted, Saltrans Logistics, honoured the price they’d quoted over two years earlier. “They were excellent and still get in touch now to ask how the car is,” laughs Marbles. “On April 6, 2018, I collected the Charger from Tilbury Docks, sat in the driver’s seat and hung my father’s ring and cross from the rear view mirror. Then I cried my eyes out. I was the happiest man alive to have the car, but also the saddest since my father had never seen me sitting behind the wheel.” It goes without saying he’ll never sell the Charger, but does Marbles feel happy using it? “I’m not precious about it. I’ve taken it to work and shopping, but I park very carefully. Provided the body still looks the same on the outside I’ll replace things when they need it. American car owners I’ve met online are extremely helpful sourcing parts and explaining what needs doing. It’s already been undersealed, but there are a couple of rust spots, so I might get it clear-lacquered to protect the paint. I feel completely at ease driving it, and it even has that old car smell. “When I die it will go back to South Africa − I don’t have children, so my nephew Jason will inherit the Charger. For now, whenever I use the car it puts a smile on my face and reminds me of all the great family memories, it still has me in tears because it means so much to me – it’s the best gift I ever got from my dad.” ★


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1973 Camaro Z28

Words: Mike Renaut, Photography: Matt Richardson

Alan Faulkner-Stevens’ 1973 Camaro Z28 has quite a history, and it’s one of the sweetest, most original examples anywhere…

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es, this Camaro’s colour is original and, yes, that colour is dark metallic brown. What can we say, since it was the specific choice of the first owner and got applied at the factory back in 1973? You can’t get more original than that. “We call it ‘Huggy’ − as in Huggy Bear,” laughs Alan FaulknerStevens, owner of this 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. “I wanted a survivor car − originality, paperwork and provenance was everything.” Survivor cars are examples that have been left untouched since being built, original running gear, ideally factory-applied

paint, an interior that hasn’t been changed. They don’t have to be in perfect condition or low mileage, provided the specifications and most of the parts haven’t been altered. This Camaro is in fantastic condition, making it a rare find. “Virtually every part and piece dates from the first two weeks of January 1973,” explains Alan. “I’ve recommissioned the car, but been extremely careful to preserve its originality and authenticity. I restore muscle cars, especially Shelby Mustangs, at Dragon Wheels Restorations (Tel. 01908 551131 www.dragonwheelsrestorations.co.uk) so I’m aware of how careful you need to be. I disassembled the front seats and re-trimmed them since the originals were worn and had started to split along the original seams. That interior is all vinyl, a heavier grade on the seat faces and lighter on the sides, just like the original factory seats.” ❯❯

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Alan has been around American cars virtually all his life and recently restored a 1941 Willys Jeep along with friend Ken Chapman. “I’ve been buying cars for over 40 years and back then nothing was ever more than £2500. My first American car was a 1966 Mustang coupe with a 289cu in V8; I paid £500 for it when I was 19. Then I’ve owned all kinds of American cars since including several Trans Ams. After leaving Aston Martin in 1990 I’ve restored over 50 cars, including early Corvettes and Cobras. I drove a few Camaros when they were just second hand cars and this ’73 has the best feeling of them all. I always wanted a 1973 Trans Am in Brewster Green, but the more I learned about this particular Z28, the more I loved it.” Our featured Camaro was bought new in Washington state in 1973. “The first owner, Ritchie Albert, was stationed in the US Air Force in Germany and ordered the car after returning home to Spokane in late 1972,” explains Alan. “His first choice was for green until he saw one painted brown.” The Camaro was sold through Anderberg Chevrolet Inc in Rosalia, WA, and assembled at the Norwood plant on January 4, 1973. Thanks to the wealth of paperwork, we know the retail price was $2871.70 with a $211 destination (delivery) charge. As usual, there were a few extra options boxes ticked: Custom Deluxe seatbelts, Soft Ray tinted glass, Color Keyed floormats, Hide-A-Way windshield wipers, a Visor Vanity Mirror, centre console, front and rear spoilers ($77), a $200 four-speed wide-range transmission, power steering, special instrumentation, AM/FM push button radio, rear seat speaker, auxiliary lighting and the Z28 special performance package at $598. Dark Brown metallic paint with Dark Saddle vinyl seats were a no-cost option making the total price now $4466.75. Ritchie paid his $200 cash deposit on November 9, 1972.

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330bhp 350 cu in V8 motor. Special instrumentation was optioned.

AM/FM push button radio.


Alan re-trimmed the front seats.

Unlawful assembly

Alan even has the original build sheet from the Norwood, Ohio, plant. At the time, Norwood was not enjoying its finest hour since labour disputes had been playing havoc for several years. In the mid-Fifties the workers had nicknamed General Motors ‘Generous Motors,’ such was their pride in working at Norwood. Yet by 1971 strikes over pay, hours and conditions were commonplace. One day, over 400 workers failed to show up for the afternoon shift alone and assembly lines often ground to a halt. By mid-July 1972 over 1100 cars sat part-finished on the lines, cars that from September 1 would no longer meet new federal standards over flammability and crash regulations. When the 172-day long strike ended in mid-October the government refused to give GM a two-month postponement on implementing the federal standards. Meaning the majority of the 1113 painted, but unfinished, ’72 Camaros, Firebirds and Novas, along with over 43,000 mechanical parts – amounting to roughly 36 hours of normal production − were then stacked in the car park and crushed. Things weren’t much rosier in the showrooms, where GM was trying to turn the Camaro from a muscle car into a luxury GT. The trademark double stripes were buried deep in the options list and for 1973 the Camaro Super Sport was discontinued in favour of the luxury image Type LT. If the buyer opted for a Z28 package on an LT all Z28 badging was eliminated, to the confusion of buyers who sometimes refused their new Z28 when it arrived at the dealership. Panel gaps weren’t always great either, one internal audit suggesting that a ‘too-wide front fender to door gap’ was present on 40% of cars produced. On cars where the wings were correctly aligned around 30% had poor bonnet fit. The reason was often the panels were supplied by outside suppliers and had poor tolerances. A staggering 80% of production was later repaired off the production line, where front ends were realigned with shims. The problem was largely solved with engine bay frames bolted in to

square up sheet metal, then removed before bonnets were attached. However, dealers were still sometimes expected to fix minor issues after delivery. The Z28 model was headed for the chopping block. In 1972 Chevy engineer Vince Piggins had suggested fitting the existing 400cu in V8 into the Z28 to compete with Pontiac’s 455 SD Firebird, but GM executives responded they would rather discontinue the car than have it ‘watered down further’ by increasing government regulations. By 1973 ‘performance’ was a dirty word, The Z28 Camaro was one of few remaining muscle cars on sale and production of 2575 examples was the lowest ever. Fortunately, there were better times ahead when the stylists managed to incorporate the 1974 model with federally mandated energy absorbing bumpers which otherwise would have killed the car dead. Although engine power was down and the Z28 was technically killed off for 1976, it returned in 1977. The second generation Camaro lasted an impressive 12 years, only replaced by a new model in 1982, one that took seven years to design… Things still weren’t great at Norwood though. On August 26, 1987, the 8,045,750th car rolled out the door. The red fully optioned IROC Z28 was the last car to be built at the plant that had been open since 1923. The Z28 had been raffled off to employee Wendell Spurlock and he rode down the production line in it.

Brown sounds

Back to our brown Z28. Under the bonnet is a Quadrajet carb on a 350cu in, LT1 330bhp Corvette V8 engine with four-bolt mains. A wide-ratio, four-speed manual transmission feeds its power to a Positraction 3.73 rear. Original owner Ritchie bought himself quite a car. “I know Ritchie raced the Camaro because I found the timing slips from the drag strip, when I removed the interior,” says Alan, “also, tickets to a drive-in movie from 1975. He sold the car to second owner Edman Lis in 2010 with 35,010 miles. ❯❯

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This what 35k miles looks like.

“Ed entered the Camaro into the Muscle Car Nationals in November where it scored 97.7% in their survivor competition – the highest class win at the time. The car was part of Ed’s collection with six other unrestored Z28s and driven just 60 miles more until 2017 when it was sold at a GAA Classic Cars auction. The Z28 then found its way via Hemmings to Leaded Gas Classics in Alabama who paid just $5 over the price it had sold for at auction. They put a new exhaust on the car and I bought it from them in April 2017. When I saw the Camaro for sale they sent me video of it and all its paperwork, I could see the panel line of the front wing was slightly high in relation to the bonnet – that alone all but proved it was original from the factory, since that almost always gets corrected as part of a restoration. “It arrived at Southampton Docks in June last year. I put it on a lorry for transportation to Milton Keynes, which was just as well, since all the water poured out of the radiator – after all those years it finally sprung a leak. I replaced all the hoses and the master cylinder since the brake fluid just came out as red goop. I basically recommissioned it just to make it safe and drivable,” admits Alan, “but paid very special attention to retaining all the original parts. I could see from the general panel fit that the car was all-original. I’ve touched in the underseal under the wheel arches, but done nothing else underneath.” The Camaro still has its original disc-brakes and linings and has only covered 35,000 miles, “you can still see the original factory overspray on the inside of the boot around the lock. The overriders were a 5mph safety feature for 1973, and I’ve kept the smog gear on it too – very few people did that even when the cars were new. I found puncture marks in the original tyres where it had been driven over nails. Ritchie fitted slot mags, but he’d kept these original Rallye wheels. “I wanted a car with lots of history, but of course it helped it was a Camaro, I doubt I’d have been so bothered if it had been, say, a four-cylinder Mustang II,” smiles Alan. “I doubt many people who see it will ever realise just how original it actually is. I’m definitely conserving this car. I’ve certainly no intention of selling it.” ★

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Rear spoiler adds sporty flair.

Alan Faulkner Stevens.


Carl Westwood’s 1969 Chrysler Imperial Le Baron Four-door hardtop may have been bought on a whim, but it’s proven to be a most fortuitous (and fun!) purchase as Paul Bussey finds out… Words & Photography: Paul Bussey

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hile it’s true the initial cost of a fine luxury car does impart a certain prestige to the owner, the day-to-day use of that automobile adds up to much more. The Imperial for 1969 is a car so carefully intentionally styled, that it will look just as good 10 years from now as it does today. It’s an automobile that delivers what’s expected of it every time it’s driven. It’s powered by the largest passenger car engine ever built by Chrysler Corporation. “Power front disc brakes are standard, torsion bar suspension system delivers unequalled ride and comfort, the measure of any great luxury car. Imperial is the largest car in its class with more head, leg and shoulder room than you’ve ever experienced in a car of this type. Imperial may be America’s most comfortable family car. One final word: ‘intangibles’, every true luxury car should have them… New Imperials’ prestige is far more than a matter of dollars and cents.” Well, those prophetic words accompanied period photographic advertising of the Chrysler Imperial Le Baron back in 1969, although cars like this are a rare sight anywhere in Europe, let alone the UK. Our feature car Imperial was very much a spontaneous purchase by

Carl Westwood, proprietor of LA Stretch Limos of Ilford, Essex. When he’s not organising a busy hire schedule, he’s behind the wheel of a limo, and any other time he’s out in his Yanks. Carl loves his huge American cars and regular readers may remember we featured his superb 1962 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, back in the March 2017 issue. He also owns a 1959 Cadillac convertible and, while he wasn’t exactly looking for another huge leviathan to add to his collection, the Imperial simply came along and found him! Anyway, we digress − back to purchasing the Imperial in the summer of 2017. “I was attending a car show with my son Bradley at Langley, Sussex, when I saw the Chrysler Imperial, which just happened to have a ‘For Sale’ sign on the windscreen,” remembers Carl. “It was certainly attracting plenty of attention from other enthusiasts and I started having a chat with its owner, who had run it for 17 years. He had a few other cars in his collection and was effectively downsizing.” What Carl didn’t realise at the time was that the Imperial’s owner, Mark Brzezicki, was the drummer from Eighties Scottish band Big Country, who are still going strong and touring the world.


Carl Westwood and family.

Big comfy leather seats.

Wood veneer within dash gauges.

Carl took some photographs of the car plus a note of Mark’s telephone number and the following week he called to see if the car was still for sale. It was. After a long chat, a deal was struck and on Friday afternoon Mark delivered the car to Carl’s house − without him ever taking it for a test drive? “Mark seemed like a very nice, trustworthy guy and I had a really good feeling about the car,” he admits. “In hindsight I guess this was a kind of risky strategy, but I took Mark’s word about the car and on this occasion it paid off. He is one of the good guys and thoroughly knowledgeable about the Imperial. As for me, I knew nothing about the Imperial model at all, never even seen one before, all I knew is that I had to own it!”

‘Working’ engine!

Georgian Origins

Big Country and Imperial.

The Imperial’s first owner in the UK was a Kiwi, who shipped the car over from Georgia in the States in August 1990 when it had 60,000 miles on the clock − believed to be original. It was definitely his pride and joy and the recipient of a good many awards, which stayed with it. In around 2000/2001 he needed to return back home to New Zealand and so the Imperial was then sold to Mark Brzezicki, who in turn took fantastic care of it. As far as Carl knows, the Imperial is largely original and unrestored, other than having a new rear bumper and being repainted. When Mark Brzezicki was travelling on tour with Big Country, he took the opportunity to acquire a variety of replacement parts for the Imperial, when and wherever possible, one of which was a brand new rear bumper sourced in Canada, as well as a complete rear end. “The original one had a few indentations and a little surface rust and so Mark fitted the new one and I have the original bumper as a spare,” says Carl. ❯❯

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“The engine bay which houses the 440cu in V8, coupled to a TorqueFlite automatic transmission, is completely original and has obviously become a bit grubby over the years, but that’s exactly the way it’s staying. I’m not particularly into shiny engine bays myself. Right now the engine is running beautifully and to detail the engine bay would require its removal, along with a myriad of ancillaries, which I simply don’t want to tackle.” The interior of the Imperial is wonderfully preserved, the headlining remains as good as the day it was fitted, and the black leather seats are free from any rips or tears and beautifully mellowed. The wooden inserts are similarly in an excellent preserved condition. No wonder Carl was smitten by this Imperial, it’s an absolute stunner, even now having covered less than 87,000 miles from new. The only remedial work Carl has had to undertake is to replace several parts of the exhaust system and an exhaust manifold gasket, the work all completed by Pipecraft at Dagenham. The car is maintained by Pete Simms of GS Autos, Collier Row, Romford, Essex (01708 767001) for whom Carl has the utmost faith and respect. “Pete is an amazing mechanic and an incredibly genuine guy; it’s not surprising he’s in great demand and always very busy,” he enthused. “The Imperial once had sequential rear indicator lights, which were returned to just a flashing set-up, so I’m planning to return them back to sequential, with the help of some new parts which Mark managed to obtain. The car has every option you could ever wish for. I understand that tired old and rusty Imperials once made for excellent entries in demolition derbies, so much so that they were banned − for surviving and winning too many races!

Chrysler has proven quite the trophy magnet.

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I’ve owned a good many huge, luxury classic cars in my time and I think that the Imperial drives better than any of them. The torsion bar suspension is supremely compliant. It takes a while getting up to speed. It’s a very heavy car, weighing in at 4801lb, is 229.5in long and 79.2in wide. I may not be the quickest away at the traffic lights, but I can soon catch up with the traffic ahead, no problem at all.”

Religious Reprimand

“Mark told me of an amusing incident when driving the Imperial one day,” continues Carl. “He was proceeding very slowly along a narrow country lane, when a local vicar seemed to be catching him up on his pushbike. When the vicar caught up, he attempted to overtake and accidentally scratched the side of the car. The vicar then responded by berating Mark for having the audacity to be driving such a great big car on the road and gave him a verbal dressing down…” Another anecdote worthy of a mention, was that Mark was very good friends with ex-Formula 1 racer Damon Hill. Damon used to hire out supercars which were garaged alongside the Imperial and most punters asked if they could hire the Imperial instead of a supercar. On one occasion the Imperial was photographed as a promotion for Mark’s old band, The Conrods. In the photo are Mark, brother Steve, together with other musicians Josh Phillips and Steve Rough, while Damon Hill is sitting in the front passenger seat. The Conrods played mainly at Formula One and other related corporate events.” Carl certainly derives great pleasure from ownership of his Imperial; its purchase being the result of pure spontaneity – but aren’t they usually the best?! ★

★ Photographic location by kind permission of Gilwell Park, Bury Road, Chingford, London E4 7QW – www.gilwellpark.co.uk


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Buyer’s Guide – Jeep Cherokee XJ

Boxy brilliance The XJ-generation Cherokee proved to be a major hit in the UK, giving Jeep a healthy presence in the burgeoning 4x4 sector. But is it still a sensible buy a quarter of a century later? Words: Paul Guinness

Left: 4.0-litre V6. Right: 2.5-litre four-pot.

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t’s a sobering thought that this year marks the 25th anniversary of Jeep’s official return to the UK, initially via right-hand-drive versions of the Wrangler and XJ-generation Cherokee. The timing was perfect, of course, with sales of 4x4s on the increase. And in the Cherokee in particular, Jeep had the perfect offering with which to steal sales away from the competition. As a relatively compact (by American standards) family-friendly off-roader at a sensible price, the Cherokee was indeed a tempting proposition. Power initially came from a 4.0-litre straightsix petrol engine (with automatic transmission as standard), which was joined in 1994 by a 2.5-litre four-pot. The following year’s arrival of a turbodiesel unit (supplied by VM of Italy) dramatically expanded the Cherokee’s British appeal, enabling it to maintain healthy sales right through to the XJ’s demise in 2001. Once the range was complete, buyers had a choice of Sport, Limited and Limited SE trim levels, each one competitively priced against obvious rivals of the time. A facelift in 1997 brought a new dashboard and other refinements, including a stiffened bodyshell featuring a steel tailgate (in place of the glass-fibre original) and much reduced noise and vibration levels. And it was at this point that the Cherokee’s trim levels were changed to Sport, Limited and Classic, with a top-of-the-range Orvis version arriving in 1999. ❯❯

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Traditionally modern

The Cherokee was hardly a youngster when it went on sale in the UK in 1993, having been available in its homeland for more than eight years by then; and yet it was modern in design, featuring a monocoque platform (within which was a ladder-boxed chassis) rather than the usual body-on-frame layout. It was still very much a traditional off-roader underneath, however, with live axles and a leaf-sprung rear, featuring gas-filled shock absorbers, while up front was a Quadra-link layout with two control arms above the axle and two below it. Four-wheel drive was courtesy of Jeep’s rugged Command Trac system, although 4.0-litre models featured the more sophisticated Select Trac setup. Whichever Cherokee you opt for now, you’ll find it a formidable off-roader, a vehicle that’s exceptional when it comes to finding grip and traction. Factor in the Cherokee’s wieldy size, plus the advantages of decent axle articulation, and you’ll find you’re really going places. Even on the road the Cherokee is a fun machine, with surprisingly tidy handling, aided by a slightly lower ride height than many of its 4x4 contemporaries – the end result being refreshingly little body roll by SUV standards. Ride quality is a little jittery when roads get rougher, but on reasonable surfaces the Jeep provides a comfortable, smooth-riding experience.

Cherokee is as capable on road as it is off.

Woodtastic dash of Limited version.

We recommend the V6 rather than the four-cylinder engine.

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Limited offers luxurious leather interior.

Evergreen Cherokee was on sale for eight years.

Quadra-link front suspension.

So what are the downsides? Well, the XJseries Cherokee isn’t the most spacious 4x4 of its generation, thanks to its relatively compact dimensions; it’s 11 inches shorter than a Land Rover Discovery of the same vintage, and you inevitably pay the price in terms of rear legroom and loadspace. But for a family of four with an active lifestyle, the Cherokee is still a useful vehicle, with enough room on board for most of their needs.

Which model?

Any 4x4 that has been in the UK for a quarter of a century will inevitably come with its share of issues, and the Cherokee is no exception. The low used values of the Jeep once it reached middle age meant that many examples got abused in later life, attracting bargain seekers who didn’t believe in proper maintenance, as well as the weekend off-road brigade. The end result is a relatively low number of survivors in excellent condition – although some are still out there, and are well worth seeking out. Ideally you’ll opt for the 4.0-litre straightsix version, especially as its real-world fuel consumption is only marginally worse than that of the 2.5-litre petrol. The official ‘combined’ figures of the two are 18.8mpg and 22.2mpg

Cherokee offers high levels of equipment.

respectively, yet there’s a drastic difference when it comes to power and performance, with the larger-engined Cherokee pushing out 184bhp to the 2.5’s 122bhp. This makes the 4.0 the obvious choice for anyone seeking the most rewarding driving experience, while those who insist on maximum fuel economy will no doubt go for the 29.7mpg turbo-diesel – although that 2.5 TD is far more likely to be a high-mileage vehicle, which also requires more frequent servicing than its petrol-powered siblings.

What goes wrong?

We’ll stick with the subject of engines for a moment, as there’s another excellent reason for choosing the 4.0-litre petrol – and that’s its reputation for longevity. This six-cylinder lump will take high mileages in its stride, and has even been known to survive long-term with virtually nothing in the way of maintenance (although we’d always advise buying a Cherokee with some kind of service history, even if it’s just a wad of receipts showing work carried out over the years). Any powerplant will benefit from regular servicing, of course, but the 4.0 is undoubtedly the toughest of the engines here, with only a tendency for some high-mileage examples to suffer from oil pressure sender leaks (leading to

major problems later if neglected) to spoil an otherwise impeccable record. By comparison, the 2.5 petrol is less robust and can show signs of general wear at far lower mileages, while the Italian-built VM diesel is known to suffer turbo failure and other major problems even at sub100,000 mileages. The transmissions used throughout are reliable, though the four-speed automatic is the most likely to suffer problems due to neglect (we’d recommend a fluid change every 2-3 years). Make sure that the automatic doesn’t slip out of gear when under load, and check that the kickdown facility is working; you also need to ensure that all four gears are selectable, as a worn ’box can have trouble when shifting into fourth (or even third). The dual-range transfer box also needs checking, to make sure that both low- and high-ratio gearing can be selected. The suspension can be prone to wear on Jeeps that have been worked hard, so listen out for any tell-tale knocks and rattles, and check for broken/ rusty springs and signs of leaking dampers. Listen out for suspicious noises from the power steering when turning lock to lock, as well as excessive noise from the rear axle/diff at speed – although worn differentials have been known to soldier on long-term. ❯❯

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Bodywork and interior One of the biggest problems facing any XJ is corrosion, particularly to structural areas. Have a good poke around underneath, checking in particular around the front and rear suspension mounts and all box sections – with the sections either side of the boot floor being particularly vulnerable. The Cherokee’s floorpan can also rot, sometimes caused by a combination of off-road abuse and water ingress through a leaking front screen, so have a feel around for wet carpets and signs

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Watch out for corroded sills...

Price and verdict

UK prices of the XJ-generation Jeep vary hugely, with as little as £1500 still (just about) buying you an MoT’d example that will inevitably have led a hard life. Projects cars are available for less than £1000, but do you really want to undertake a Cherokee that requires major work before it’s roadworthy again? Increase your budget to £2000-2500 and you should be able to secure an XJ in good condition and with relatively few miles under its wheels, while around the £3000 mark is enough to find an excellent survivor with a full service history. Bear in mind, however, that XJ prices are finally on the increase, which explains why we’ve recently seen immaculate low-mileage examples advertised at £5000-plus. Whether or not such prices are regularly achieved, however, is debatable.

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of weakness. The XJ’s A-pillars have been known to corrode badly, leading to drooping doors and – in extreme cases – a vehicle that’s realistically beyond economical repair. All outer panels should be examined for signs of rot and accident damage, particularly the front wings, doors and lower rear quarter panels. Plastic wheel arch extensions can also hide rust, so carefully check the metal around them for signs of bubbling paintwork – a sure sign of rot working its way through from

INTERIOR

... ripped or worn interiors...

The obvious advice is to buy the best-preserved XJ that you can afford, as an issue-free example will undoubtedly save you money in the long run – as well as providing you with durable, stylish and rather useful modernclassic transport. Equally at home on the open road as it is tackling tough terrain, the Cherokee is surely one of today’s best 4x4 buys – particularly in ultra-durable 4.0-litre petrol guise. ★

behind. How fussy you are about a Cherokee’s interior will depend on your intended use. Bear in mind that these are workhorses, and many have suffered as a result – so check for obvious wear to the upholstery (especially on leather-trimmed models), with the front seat side bolsters being particularly vulnerable. Also check for cracks in the dashboard and other trim (the XJ wasn’t renowned for the quality of its plastics), and make sure that all the electrics work as they should.

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... and bashed bumpers.


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Jim and Julie with Jim’s “right on the ragged edge” supercharged flathead 1932 Ford.

Words: Steve Havelock Photography: Steve Havelock, Courtesy of ERA/Gerard Brown and Bad Ju Ju

Ever wondered how you get into race-prepping classic American cars for long distance classic rallies? Steve Havelock meets one man who, along with his crew, has made quite a reputation in that field and it all started with the humble flathead Ford…

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don’t know about you, but I rather enjoy driving around industrial estates and seeing all those metal-clad units with thriving little niche businesses beavering away, and wondering what they do. There are some real hidden gems out there. Dig deep enough and you’ll unearth a specialist for just about anything you care to think of. One such firm is Royal Kustoms, which is run by Jim Turnbull and his wife Julie. They are located near Poole in Dorset and they specialise in the rebuilding and modifying of Ford flathead V8 engines and the construction, development and maintenance of Pre-1941

Ford flathead powered classic endurance rally cars, hot rods and custom cars. Through sheer hard work Jim and Julie have turned their long-term hobby into a successful business. The downside of that, if indeed it is a downside, is that, “I only had five days off work last year. I don’t have time for anything else,” says Jim. I asked him to tell us a bit about his background, to which he replied: “I am 44 now. I grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon. I’ve been into hot rods since watching ‘American Graffiti’ when I was 15 and two years later I started building my own rod, a 1932 Model B roadster.

“I had a few mates who were into hot rods and we got a workshop together where we worked on our cars in the evenings and at weekends. It took me four years to finish my rod, but it’s been on the road ever since. “Long Marston Airfield drag strip was just down the road so we used to go there and run our cars in the evenings when there was no one around. That was good fun. “I studied graphic and computer-aided design at college, after which I worked for a friend for three years on classic American cars until he closed the business. I moved to Bournemouth when I was 25 and went to work at Kwik Fit, where I became area manager. I met Julie 14 years ago.” ❯❯

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Julie now takes up the story and tells me: “I originally came from Southampton and moved to Bournemouth to study costume design at college. I then moved to London and bought a narrow boat, which I lived on while I worked in the West End. I met Jim at a gig. I was also into hot rods, although I didn’t have one at the time. My narrow boat took all my money, and some. “I’ve now got a 1936 Ford pick-up with a rather special three-carb engine with Grancor heads that Jim built, which is just over 320cu in making around 200bhp. Anyway, we hit it off and I moved back to Bournemouth. I sold my boat and we used the money to start our business, which was 12 years ago now. For the first two years we worked from home. Jim specialised in custom metalflake candy paintwork and I did car upholstery.”

On the Move

As work picked up, they moved into a small workshop on this same estate, then, after just a few months, to a larger one, and three years ago to this current building. Jim says: “I stopped doing paintwork when we moved here and Julie stopped much of the upholstery work to concentrate on running the admin side. My passion had always been flathead engines and that side of the business had really taken off. “We didn’t start off doing flatheads because we never thought that there would be enough work to earn a living from them. But the nostalgia scene has grown and there is a big demand, which is great. I was part of that scene, and when people saw my car and what I had done to it (more of which later,) they started to ask me to build them an engine. I never actively advertised that I built engines. It’s all word of mouth. We just went with the demand and it was a nice surprise because it fitted in with my love of flatheads.” Clearly, Jim’s hot rod speaks for him. A standard flathead motor produces around 80bhp. Jim’s engine, enlarged from 255cu in to just under 320cu in has been considerably beefed up internally, fuel injected and supercharged and now produces 350hp. He says: “It’s done the quarter-mile in 12.7sec at 109.8mph and that’s on cross-plies. At last year’s Vintage Hot Rod Association’s Sands event, I was the fastest vintage car and the second fastest overall. My engine is right on

The hard-working and enthusiastic crew.

the ragged edge, so I wouldn’t build an engine like this for a customer. “When it comes to performance, my engine is my test bed. You find out if something works or not by actually doing it. When I first built my rod I blew the engine and I rebuilt it myself. They are simple engines. They do have their quirks, but once you understand them they are fine. I have never been trained to work on them, but I have learnt a lot over the years. I’ve also made some good contacts in America. Now, I can make them fast as well as reliable.” Jim’s reputation has grown to the extent that folk from all over Europe send their engines to him. He explains: “I am probably the only person in the UK and Europe who does what I do with these engines. I take an engine that was 80bhp originally and on a standard high performance rebuild I’ll get 180bhp and on a supercharged rebuild, 300bhp. No one else does that. Our first consideration is reliability. Performance is second. But if you’ve got an engine that can easily do 70mph down a motorway at 2000rpm and it’s double the horsepower of the original engine, it’s actually more reliable because to get the same speed out of the original engine you’d be pulling 5000rpm and stressing it. So they go hand in hand.” Much to his surprise, Jim has discovered that there is a massive market in military hardware, since flatheads were used in Second World War Bren gun carriers and trucks. These are mainly

Jim’s 2016 Pendine Sands Trophy for fastest vintage-engined car.

stock rebuilds. He’s also attracting work from members of the Allard Owners’ Club and the Vintage Sports Car Club. In the workshop he’s currently working on a rare historic Allard J2 racecar. The largest influx of work has come from a completely unexpected direction and that is classic endurance rally cars. This form of adventurous motorsport, in which vintage and classic cars compete over vast distances across continents, deserts, mountains and other hostile terrains, has really taken off in recent years. One of the most successful organisers is the Endurance Rally Association. They have run such rally events as The Road to Mandalay, Vintage Cape Horn, The Classic Safari, The Sahara Challenge, The Rally of the Incas, Trans-America, London to Cape Town and, most famously, Peking to Paris. Using the 2016 Peking to

“I NEVER ACTIVELY ADVERTISED THAT I BUILT ENGINES. IT’S ALL WORD OF MOUTH. WE JUST WENT WITH THE DEMAND”

“Courtesy of Bad JuJu.” Jim kicking up the Sands at Pendine.

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Rebuilding flatheads.

Indian race-winning Allard J2 with Ardun heads. Julie with her 1936 Ford pick-up...

A 1932 Roadster receives a new manual gearbox.

Paris as an example, which was the sixth such running, some 115 cars took part divided into four main groups, namely Vintage cars (1920 to 1931), Vintageant cars (1932 to 1941) and Classic cars (1942 to 1975) up to 2.0-litres and over 2.0-litres. The punishing 8510-mile route, which took 36 days, started at the Great Wall of China just outside Beijing, crossed Mongolia, into Russia, then Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and finally France. That’s an average of 236 miles a day, an awful lot of which was on dirt roads and rough tracks. It’s no breeze in the park. All cars had to retain their outward period looks and had to carry their own tools, service parts and camping equipment. This event costs the well-heeled competitors many tens of thousands of pounds, so the last thing they want is to break down or run a fragile car. Out of the 35 cars in the Vintageant group, 27 were American cars, mainly Ford and Chevy coupes, and in the Vintage class, 10 out of 19. That must surely indicate that American cars are as tough as old boots. Jim told me that about four years ago he was asked to rebuild a couple of flathead engines

McCulloch supercharger on Edelbrock heads.

for these rally cars and from that, gradually more customers came to him. Some then wanted him to do other work on their cars and before he knew it, he was fully race-prepping them, doing development work and even building complete cars. He says that this now accounts for approximately 30% of his work, with 50% on engines and 20% on hot rods and customs.

In the Workshop

On the day of my visit he had three rally cars in the workshop, having just sent another packing to the Baltic Rally. Jim explained the build process and the time, money and effort that go into these cars is staggering. The donor car is stripped down to its last nut and bolt and most of the mechanicals are not reused. Jim says, “Silhouette cars are not allowed. You have to keep the car looking fairly stock and only use materials that were available in period, so no fibreglass or carbon fibre panels and bumpers. We have to remain within the spirit of the era, so we have to retain drum brakes, leaf springs and steering boxes, although these can be modified or upgraded.”

Rare Ardun and Von Esser head engines.

...fitted with Grancor heads.

The chassis is either massively reinforced or a new one is fabricated. All-new off-road suspension is added with Fox shocks (with no remote reservoirs allowed), anti-roll bars, new ‘A’ frames, hydraulic bump stops and limiting straps, plus heavy duty steering box, bolt-in roll cage with FIA approved joints and a 180-litre baffled fuel tank and fire wall. The cars run on steel wheels with BF Goodrich all-terrain tubeless tyres. In go new seat bases, floor safe, upgraded radiator and rad supports. The rebuilt motor, usually around 180bhp, is then mounted to a new Tremec five-speed manual gearbox – a concession made by the organisers for the sake of reliability. A complete new exhaust system is fabricated in-house, as are many of the other components listed above, and the body goes on, which is sound-deadened and heat-proofed, and well-padded supportive seats are installed. Jim tells me: “The crew can be in the car for up to 15 hours a day, on rough roads and in hot climates. They need to be as comfortable as they can be.” Then the massive job of wiring begins. He said: “We run twin systems. We have twin fans, two regulators, two coils, two MSD ignition boxes and two fuel pumps. If something goes down, you flick a switch on the move and carry on. All circuits are fitted with trip fuses and reset buttons. Plus, there are gauges for everything, ❯❯

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Andy Nowicki is doing his “dream job”.

Jess Shearing makes sparks fly.

rally computers, map lights and so on. One of our customers even wanted a socket to plug in his espresso coffee machine, so we had to install a 240v inverter.” Jim says, depending on specification, a competitive car costs in the region of £120,000 to £150,000, plus the donor car. Of course, he doesn’t do all the work himself. He is ably assisted by three other full-timers, who all turn their hands to pretty much everything except engine building. Jess Shearing, 52, has been a hot rodder since he was 20 and has known Jim for around 15 years. He owns a 1946 Ford two-door sedan with a small block Chevy motor and a stock 1940 Ford four-door sedan. He explained: “I really enjoy working with old cars. Everything we do to the rally cars is to make them easily serviceable and fixable, so we have put in lots of development work.” Keith Miller, 37, is a self-taught hot rodder and he brought along his own 1930 Ford Model A Roadster with tweaked four-pot flathead motor. He says: “It was flatheads that got me interested in hot rods. They have a soul and are addictive. I’ve known Jim for years through hot rodding. He knew my car was really rough when I got it and he’s seen what I’ve done with it, so my car was my CV really. It’s as good a representation of a prewar American hot rod that I could make. “I wanted to experience what hot rodding was like in its original incarnation. I love the history and evolution of hot rodding. I am in awe of Jim’s knowledge with these cars, so this is such an amazing environment for me to work in. I think we all bring something to the table.” Andy Nowicki does a lot of the chassis work, but says he wants to learn all about the engines. He owns a 1932 Ford Victoria with a Daimler

The mud-plugging Clarkes on the 2016 Peking to Paris Rally.

Keith Miller with his 1930 “four-pot”.

Jim and Julie’s company cars!

250 V8 motor, which he describes as “a work in progress”, plus a hot-rodded Ford Model T with Chrysler small block motor. He’s worked with Jim for a year and says: “This is my dream job. Before this I was running restaurants.” Jim also calls upon the services, as and when needed, of experienced motor sport engineer Rich Townsend. Jim says: “He’s a wealth of knowledge. He’s worked on British Touring Cars, Le Mans cars and off-road vehicles. He helped us with the design of the rally car suspension and he’s a phenomenal welder.” Some of Jim’s customers also ask him to go above and beyond the call of duty. In 2015 one of them crashed their 1936 Ford on the second day of the Road to Mandalay Rally. Jim flew out to Malaysia with spare parts and fixed the car. No sooner had he got home he got a call from another

competitor and flew back out to Thailand with a new gearbox in his luggage. In last year’s Peking to Paris Rally, three of Jim’s customers, all in prewar Fords, formed the Krazy Kustoms team. Unfortunately, Jim and Tanya Clarke had a crash, so Jim and Julie flew out to Siberia with two new front axles loaded into snowboard bags. The Clarkes got going again and clawed their way back to finish fifth. Nigel Lee and Richard Turner finished a fine third and John Whitelock and Dyl Thomas were 16th. As a result, the Krazy Kustoms secured second place in the team competition. “Not bad for a load of old boat anchors,” joked Julie. Who would have thought from that home built rod, Jim’s cars would now be competing all over the world? That’s what can happen when you work hard and follow your dream. ★ Lee and Turner were third in the 2016 Peking to Paris.

The Whitelock and Thomas 1938 Ford Coupe.

Action pictures courtesy of ERA/Gerard Brown

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The importance of reliability in our classic American cars is now even more important with the disappearance of hard shoulders and the exemption from MoT testing. Our resident technical whiz Rob Woodall looks at what are the most important areas to focus on…

Words and photography: Rob Woodall

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ow that we have a number of motorways with no hard shoulder, as well as increased traffic volume, unscheduled stops are more difficult as well as hazardous, so taking a look over your classic American car is recommended prior to making a road trip. From past experience in the motor trade, I’ve generally found the biggest cause of breakdowns to be electrical faults. They are also top of the list for cars failing to start, so the most obvious area to start checking out is the ignition system. Removing the distributor cap to take a look at the distributor contacts, or ‘points’ as they

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are commonly known, can be done easily enough if the distributor is readily accessible. The contact surfaces should not be badly pitted or worn away and the fully open gap should be as specified in the workshop manual. The heel which opens them as the central cam rotor turns must be in good condition. It’s important to apply a small amount of bearing grease to the cam, otherwise wear will eventually close up the points, leading to engine misfire and failure to start. I would recommend replacing both the condenser and the points with good quality parts as a matter of course.

The first place to check on a conventional ignition is the distributor, easy when it’s accessible like this.


Straightforward points and condenser, ensure all connections and wires are in good condition.

Look closely inside for any signs of cracks or tracking lines and excessive corrosion on the terminals.

If, like many, you have fitted a Pertronix or similar unit, then other than checking its wiring is in good condition there is no maintenance required. As a precaution, it’s worth carrying the old ignition parts just in case. The condition of the wiring in this area is important. Secure connections to the coil and particularly the coil’s central HT lead connection, and look for any corrosion in here. It’s also a good idea to pull out each of the distributor cap’s HT leads in turn to check for corrosion, taking a look inside the cap for any fine cracks and excessive corrosion on the metal terminals. Make a visual check of the rotor arm. Replace anything here if in doubt. Among other things, I always carry plugs, HT leads, a spare coil, points, condenser, rotor arm and distributor cap. Next is the fuel supply – without it you’re not going to move. So I carry an electric pump which can be fitted in the petrol line in case of an emergency. The mechanical pumps on most engines are very reliable and it is usually connections, perished rubber piping or dirt which cause problems. On occasion, I’ve found internal fuel tank gauze filters blocked, particularly on older cars that stand idle for periods of time, and because of this I don’t use one in the tank, instead I have an in-line filter before the pump inlet − it’s easier to check and replace.

If you have a carburettor-fed engine where a fuel line passes close to hot metal, consider insulating or re-routing it; in slow-moving traffic fuel vaporisation can be a problem with today’s petrol. As classics tend to be used in warmer weather, a cooling system in good order is especially important. Even if a radiator looks good and isn’t leaking, it may well not be efficient at dissipating engine heat. If there is any doubt, always replace it with a good quality unit or have it re-cored. If possible, have a subtle upgrade if your make/model has known cooling issues. The condition of hoses and their clips should be checked regularly. The fan belt should be tensioned correctly and be in good condition, free from cracks. Make sure the radiator cap is the correct type and pressure rating. The rubber seal must be in good condition. Lack of pressure in the system can lead to coolant loss, causing the engine to overheat. The engine thermostat should be replaced for the correct temperature rating, preferably using the best quality one available. If you have to remove the thermostat to try and keep the engine cool, then there is an underlying problem which should be investigated as it will almost certainly become worse at the most inopportune moment. If an unexpected rise in engine temp occurs while driving, putting the heater on full is one possible way to avoid an unscheduled stop. ❯❯

Open the contacts to check their condition, replace both condenser and points if the contacts are badly pitted or blackened in appearance.

Rotate the engine to open the points and check the gap.

A small amount of grease will prevent the points heel wearing and closing up the gap; a regular issue before electronic ignition.

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While looking in the radiator area, the transmission cooler lines which carry high pressure oil for auto boxes need to be closely examined. Substituting rubber petrol pipe for them is not recommended; I’ve found suitable tubing available from hydraulic hose suppliers. It’s advisable to check the auto transmission fluid level regularly and carry at least a litre of auto fluid, as a low level can lead to transmission damage and eventual failure. The engine oil should be kept at the max level, a low level can lead to engine damage due to an increase in oil temperature. Try and build these checks into your car care routine, especially if you’re planning a long road trip! ★

With the rotor arm in place, a limited amount of rotation can be felt with spring resistance. If it feels loose, the centrifugal advance mechanism needs investigation. Note that not every car uses a centrifugal advance.

It’s always worth checking the HT lead connections for corrosion, both in the coil and distributor cap.

Check the drive belts are tensioned correctly and look for any cracks or separation.

Auto cooler lines are carrying hot, high pressure fluid − I use double clips.

Check the radiator cap for correct type and pressure, making sure the seal is in good condition. This temporary in-line electric pump could save considerable inconvenience.

Some of the things I carry, just in case.

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This month’s garage scorchio session began with door card complications and finished with a slick, minimal small-block serpentine kit. Like British Summertime, the Beauty ’Pala SS keeps getting better. Words: Jonny Smith Photography: Si Browse

Door card conundrum

Replacements for the ’64 Impala SS red door cards had been purchased by me some 12 years ago and then sent to a trimmer for assembly (these things don’t come ready to fit, frustratingly). I handed Simon the boxes and we figured it would be a simple case of unwrapping them and fitting with new clips. But of course, this is Project Beauty ’Pala where NOTHING can possibly be that simple. Said trimmer had carefully wrapped up the old door cards next to the new blank fabric with the new door cards. In other words, hadn’t completed the bloody job. This meant yet another involved task for the long-suffering (but yet still with boundless enthusiasm) Simon Browse from Arrow Vintage Cars. Here you can see Simon has drilled the bare board to transfer the original SS trim pieces on to. Note that these repros seem to be for non-SS cars, but the quality of the board and materials is excellent. The foam has been cut to size and adhered to the new door millboard. Then the red material was cut and fitted. The door card capping steel piece (the chassis of the door card top basically, including the window scraper) was removed from the original door card, cleaned of any old glue/salvage yard debris in a vice and adhered to both the foam and red fabric on the new panel. When new in the factory these parts were industrially stapled together through both steel and wood, but we didn’t have the means to do this, hence using clamps and decent upholsterer’s adhesive for the job. All of the SS door brightwork was restored using Simon’s cleaning rituals (mentioned in previous articles) and fitted to the new card. The side trim panel steel ‘chassis’ pieces were not included in the door panel kits, and were not usable on the original panels either. However, standard door card clips from Woollies fitted the Chevrolet holes in the doors perfectly. We got lucky – for once! ❯❯

Back of door card.

Steel door capping.

Foam-padded underside.

Completed door card, ready for fitting.

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FOUR F**K HANDLES!

With the best will in the world I decided a few months back to reward the interior with a new set of window handles. Simon duly unpacked these boxes to discover two things; A) two of the four had been broken in transit and B) they all weighed about half what the originals did. The quality was shocking. As a consequence Simon set to work on sanding and cleaning up the pitted originals, because they were far superior quality. That, coupled with the fact that we’ve decided to keep as much original brightwork on the old girl as possible. This car survived a salvage yard in Oklahoma followed by a biblical Cumbrian flood, so the more of its story we can keep in parts, the better. Repro stuff may be shinier, but some of it is just sinful. Pitted they may be, but Simon managed to smooth and polish out most of the door handles’ weathering. We robbed clips from the new repro units to fit to the old faithful handles. So that was the driver’s door card painstakingly completed. Now Simon found the crusty passenger side and did it all again. Oh, the joy… “Let’s boogie.” Now there’s a statement that no one has said since 1979. This is obviously not an important aspect to the lowrider Impala, however Simon recently fulfilled a lifetime ambition by finding and buying an unmolested 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. The car was imported wearing this splendidly retro licence plate surround and we both decided it was better suited to a bopping Impala on hydraulics rather than a Ratpack land yacht! Simon restored and colour-coded it, so it’ll be ready soon for my DVLA personal reg (which has been on retention for more than eight years).

Interior door furniture.

Door cards before and after.

Thanks to:

★ Arrow Vintage Cars www.arrowvintagecars.co.uk ★ 3D printed classic car parts www.modernclassicparts.com ★ Shiftworks http://www.shiftworks.com/ ★ Kwik Performance http://www.kwikperf.com/ ★ B Rod Or Custom http://www.b-rodorcustom.com/ ★ Roadhouse Retro www.roadhousemotor.co.uk ★ Woollies www.woollies-trim.co.uk ★ XS Power Batteries https://4xspower.com/ and www. bladeice.com/brands/xs-power/ batteries/ ★ Marque Restore chrome plating www.marquerestore.co.uk ★ ABS Power Brake Inc www.abspowerbrake.com ★ ERS Insurance www.ers.com

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Nothing like a bit of Seventies kitsch.

Door handles before and after.


GETTING A STEER ON THINGS The steering shaft (from the steering column to the end of the steering box) with a rag joint on the end has arrived from the US and been attached. A big thanks to my lowrider forum chum Ben Hanks for bringing this back in his bag from a recent business trip – you really did me a huge favour. You may recall from previous Impala instalments that because of the car’s reinforced chassis the unusual placement of the steering box meant that a conventional steering shaft wouldn’t work. We needed a longer one for the different 605 steering box. It’s worth noting there are adjustments still to be made at the steering shaft end, plus the dilemma of shorter steering arms required in order to clear the Chevy’s beefed up crossmember. Please see wanted list below!

Steering shaft has been fitted.

“THIS CAR SURVIVED A SALVAGE YARD IN OKLAHOMA FOLLOWED BY A BIBLICAL CUMBRIAN FLOOD, SO THE MORE OF ITS STORY WE CAN KEEP IN PARTS, THE BETTER”

Alternator and pulley kit.

SERPENTINE KIT

Wanting an upgraded alternator and power steering pump for my Impala’s 350 Goodwrench V8 led to several conversations with mates on the best solution. A hot rod and custom builder over in Knoxville, Tennessee called PJ Burchett (www.b-rodorcustom.com/) who I worked with on a TV show a few years back recommended speaking to Kwik Performance (http://www. kwikperf.com/). Wayne at Kwik had developed a lightweight aluminium laser-cut bracket kit that would suit our non-AC application and allowed for a 105 Amp CS130 alternator to be fitted (which are standard fitment on stuff like ‘90s Chevy Blazers) and a compact new power steering pump. ❯❯

Bracket kit fitted.

WANTED!

I’m always looking for the Impala: some ram’s horn-style exhaust headers, a proper fitting (aluminium?) radiator, a fuel filler neck (and fittings), a bonnet eyebrow trim, engine flex plate (and other ancillaries), door sill plates,

classic Chevrolet script rocker covers, and short type pitman and idler arms. Have you got ANY 1964 new/used Impala parts to sell? Please get in touch. What you got? Email carpervoffice@gmail.com

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Serpentine belt trial fitting.

It’s worth noting that Simon trial-fitted the kit with the original (black) water pump in place before replacing it with a correct-fitting new (grey) part. The engine crank pulley needed spacing from the harmonic balancer in order to align correctly. We had to change to a reverse rotation ‘long’ type water pump, but it’s always wise to fit a new pump as a precaution anyway. Also shown here is the trial fitment of the single serpentine belt and the AC delete pulley on the Kwik kit, which is bolted in place of the original compressor. Finally, it is also shown here finished, with the six-grooved belt fitted and tensioned. It gives a clean, organised look to the engine. I have opted more for black and functional rather than a chrome-dripped festival of sheen. If you guys are thinking of using one of these Kwik kits without AC (like me) make sure you order one of a long-type reverse rotation water pumps at the same time. ★

it's all starting to come together now.

“WE DECIDED TO RETAIN THE OLDSCHOOL CLASSIC AMERICAN STICKER..”

Next month

As you can see from these pictures, Simon has cleaned and restored the rear screen. We decided to retain the old-school Classic American sticker that the previous owner must have put there some years ago. This will be fitted next month, if the correct clips actually arrive! This, and more…

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Just waiting on those clips now for the rear screen.


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JB’s ‘Quick Fix’ ’55! John Brewster’s ’55 Chevy four-door looks more like a concours show car than the drag strip warrior it actually is. Keith Harman finds out more…

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t’s a familiar story to many of us, seeing our first actual tri-Chevy sometime in the Seventies soon after American Graffiti was released, and making a mental note to own one, one day, but then not quite getting there. It’s certainly true of this writer, many other cars coming and going over the years, and it’s a similar story with John Brewster from Essex, except, as you can see on these pages, John’s lifelong wait is over. In John’s case, however, there’s a twist. Once again, like many of us, John’s owned a variety of cars in his time; a ’52 Ford Prefect hot rod he’s had for many years, a 10-second drag-race Volkswagen, and a nice ’59 Chevy Apache pick-up. In fact, he still has the Apache and a hi-tech Ford Pop project in progress, and while contemplating how long it would be before it would be finished, he decided he needed something else to drive in the meantime − a ‘fixer upper’, if you will, and he thought a driver-quality tri-Chevy would fit the bill nicely. John started looking online (this was back in 2012) and soon found a likely candidate advertised in Oakland, California. Okay, it was a 210 four-door, not everybody’s first choice, but it was available at a reasonable price and, what’s more, it was actually a one-owner car complete with the original 265cu in V8 and three-speed manual gearbox. The owner seemed genuine and supplied plenty of pictures, and so John bought it and had it shipped over. Naturally, it needed work before it could be driven, especially as it hadn’t been on the road since 2000 so, once here, John set to work rebuilding the brakes and getting it ready for an MoT so as to register it. However, once the paperwork was complete and he had driven it around locally for a bit, John told us that he actually decided that he hated the way it drove and that some improvements would have to be made.

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John and wife Pat took care of the interior.


Clever console keeps things tidy inside.

Classic Instruments six-gauge instrument panel.

Vintage air con set-up vents through the console.

Not one for half measures, John started to pull the engine and front end apart in his driveway at home one day while his wife went shopping. By the time she returned, the body of the 210 was up on jacks and the chassis had been separated from it and rolled into the garage. The frame was then soon stripped of all parts before John moved it back outside and commenced sandblasting it, a job he said took three days, and one he never wishes to repeat. Etch priming followed, plus a few of coats of black twopack, and John was ready to start adding the good stuff. Despite being a full-size Fifties sedan, John likes his cars to handle, and with that in mind, the front end was rebuilt with urethane bushes, 2in lower front springs, a pair of Bilstein shocks and Heidt aftermarket dropped spindles. The top wishbones were also modified to increase the caster angle by moving the top ball joint back 25mm. A set of Wildwood discs with six-pot callipers were installed for superior braking capabilities, plus an anti-sway bar was fitted to complete the front-end handling package. The steering is handled by a CPP power steering box, only two and a half turns lock to lock, plus it still looks like the stock manual unit. A similar approach was used at the rear of the car, 2in lowered leaf springs support a 9in rear axle from Strange Engineering, which houses a True Trac limited- slip diff supplied by Andy Robinson Race Cars. Ford Explorer rear brakes were fitted to the axle as these have callipers with an integral handbrake. Again, urethane bushes are used throughout and a pair of Bilstein shocks provide the damping with John also building his own Watt’s linkage, uniquely mounting the pivot of the linkage on an extra chassis cross-member for added stability, rather than on the diff housing itself. A pair of Caltrac traction bars complete the rear end package. John reports that the car drives and handles superbly now, surprising a lot of people with its sure-footedness − think BMW 5-Series road manners and you’re somewhere close. A somewhat unusual choice of wheels for the ’55 are the Cragar G500 five-spoke Eliminators, 7x17’s on the front, and 8x17 on the back, the maximum size possible inside the stock arch. John told us that apart from liking the look of them, they were chosen as they are also an influence from his VW racing days. All four wheels are wrapped in low profile Yokohama tyres, 225-55’s on the front, and 255-60 series on the back, these again helping the big Chevy stay glued to the tarmac on the twisty bits. ❯❯

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Owner John Brewster.

350 cu in crate V8 replaced that old 265.

The car as it came.

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“READING THROUGH THE SPEC OF THE UPGRADES TO THIS ONCE HUMBLE FOUR-DOOR, WE RECKON JOHN’S CREATED QUITE THE SHOW STOPPER!”


Yep, it gets driven places too!

Under the hood of John’s ’55, we find a dependable 350 cubic-inch crate motor replacing that old 265. The engine is stock internally, with the addition of an HEI electronic distributor to light the fire, and an Edelbrock Street Warrior inlet with a Holley 600 vacuum secondary to provide the fuel via a Carter electric pump. John elected to fit a set of Hedman headers, but because they tend to sit low, cut them up and raised the collector in order to increase ground clearance. This completed, he then made up a complete stainless steel crossover exhaust system − it helps that he’s a metalwork and fabricator by trade, having just opened up a new business − JB’s Elite Fabrication − doing just that. Behind the 350 is a Tremec five-speed transmission which is coupled to a Hurst shifter and a stout big-block Chevy clutch. As John put it: “I used the bigger clutch just in case my foot ever slipped off the clutch pedal suddenly while waiting at traffic lights.” Very wise John, you wouldn’t want to damage your driveline… Despite the running gear being much modified, with the obvious benefits already mentioned, the body of the 210 remains pretty much as it left the factory and, while being from California isn’t an absolute guarantee of a rust-free car, John’s was a pretty good starting point. Just a few patches around the back behind the rear arches needed attention, with the only panel needing replacing being the rear valance. What did take up the time was fixing the many small dents and old repairs gained in fifty-odd years of use on American roads. Also time consuming was the restoration of the many pieces of stainless steel trim on the car. You probably won’t have noticed unless you’ve owned one, but the aftermarket companies only reproduce trim for two-door ’55s. John painstakingly straightened and polished all the exterior trim, one piece taking an incredible 60 hours alone! The only reproduction brightwork bought new was the new hood bird, and the three-piece bumpers. The sandblasted and now straight body was then prepped up to the primer stage by John, before he turned it over for painting to Andy Finch at Spike’s Vintage Restoration (www.spikesvintagerestoration.com) who applied the vivid BMW San Marino blue. A complete Ciadella upholstery trim kit was imported from the USA for the interior, and this was installed by John and Pat, once John had repaired the stock seat frames which had definitely seen better days. The complete interior has also had Dynamat soundproofing installed and, clever chap that he is, John re-wired the car too, using a kit from AAW. Our interior shot will show the nifty centre console which John made up; this also houses vents for the Vintage Air air-conditioning and heater. A Classic Instruments six-gauge instrument panel now monitors the car’s vital signs and John views this while sitting behind the Billet Specialities steering wheel mounted on an Ididit column. So there you go, now you know what it takes to put together a ‘quick-fix’ ’55 Chevy the JB way − I mean the car is quick, and John for the most part did the fix! Oh, and in case you’re wondering about that 55 CVY plate, yes, it is the true reg number. John saw it for sale on an auction site and didn’t pay nearly as much for it as you’d think, even he was surprised that it didn’t go for a bigger sum. John admits that he didn’t build the car to show (although it did win a Top Ten award at Stoneham Barn’s in 2017), but reading through the spec of the upgrades to this once humble four-door, we reckon he’s created quite the show stopper! ★

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Keith Harman rounds up the latest news and views from the American and modified scene…

R.I.P. KRIPFINK We’re kicking off this month’s A&M News with a bit of sad news: mid-July saw the passing of Paul Dawkins, aka ‘Kripfink’, a well-known character in the south of the country for many reasons.

Some will remember him as a talented guitarist with a storming stage presence, others will only have met him since his tragic work accident that left him a quadriplegic. This latter era of his life

saw him and his family struggle against the odds, but Paul managed to enjoy a great quality of life, exemplified by his determined refusal to accept a boring mode of mobility transport, instead opting to have a ’55 Ford F100 Panel van customised and converted with ramp and wheelchair access through the back door. Resplendent in red metalflake, it was a regular sight at the Hot Rod Hayride and also the Hipsville events. An irrepressible character, both online and in real life, he will be missed by many. Our condolences to the Dawkins family, R.I.P. Kripfink.

Retirement plan If you followed our reporting on Havoc fuel altered’s season in the USA last year, you’ll know that the team brought the gold home to Britain after winning the fuel altered class at Bakersfield’s Hot Rod Reunion last year. As a thank you to their many fans and supporters, Nick Davies and the team decided to run the car once again at Dragstalgia before it’s mothballed to make way for a new Pro-Mod project. Havoc never seems to disappoint, clicking off ET of the meet with a 6.21 at 231mph. Nick not only wants to thank the fans for their unwavering support,

Sand storming!

We didn’t make this year’s Pendine event ourselves, the first one we’ve missed, though we understand it was as fun and eventful as ever. The hot and dry conditions on the beach gave a whole new set of challenges to those competing. Normally the sand stays somewhat damp, which keeps the sand firm all the way up the track, though such was the drying effect of the sun that several cars lost traction at high speed, resulting in some scary spins at the top end. The VHRA chose to wisely curtail the racing on the Saturday afternoon, though this contrasted sharply with the rain that set in during the following day. There’s one thing you can guarantee at Pendine – no two days are ever the same. Our congratulations then to Matt Farrant who regained his ‘King of the Beach’ title in his Model A Roadster Pickup with a blistering 118.08, though we understand several other competitors were hot on his heels. Amazing to think Pendine has been running six years and is still one of the most unique events on the UK calendar.

Hall of Fame time again

but also the sponsors such as Beech Underwriting, USAutomotive, Lucas Oil, Goodyear Tyres, ARP Fasteners, Rat Trap Racing,

Off the wall! As well as organising their own events, the VHRA are also present at other automotive events throughout the year, with sporting hill climbs a particular favourite. So it was that the annual Chateau Impney event saw a couple of members competing at the prestigious Droitwich venue. Unfortunately the Saturday ended badly

VP Racing Fuels, Thacker and friends, Motorstate Distributing, The NFAA, and the Sherratt family. Image: John Kennedy

In magazine publication terms it’s not long until the end of the year – which in drag racing circles means one thing: the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame awards. Now in its 13th year, this year’s deserving inductees include the Cookson family, racers Andy Robinson and Peter Lantz, Team Pegasus and track techie Steve Horn. The awards will be held at the annual gala dinner on November 17 at the Oatlands Hotel Weybridge. Tickets may still be available at www.britishdragracinghof.co.uk

for Brett Pillinger who lost control his Modell T Hot Rod Roadster, resulting in a bad crash which threw him from the car. He suffered several broken bones. At time of writing Brett is still in hospital recovering, while an online collection has been organised to help p with rebuilding the roadster. Here’s to a speedy recovery Brett!

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DISCOVERIES Our intrepid salvage yard explorer brings you junkyard jewels from across North America.

on the road since This 1968 Cadillac ambulance, which doesn’t seem to have been d ambulances, 1972, was operated by the City of Lakewood, California. Car-base Pontiac or Oldsmobile normally built by Superior, Miller-Meteor or S&S on Cadillac, in the early chassis, used to be hugely popular. But their numbers dwindled compared with space of lack a about complain to started medics Seventies when Government van conversions. The last straw came in 1977 when the US Federal d ambulances mandated the downsizing of all passenger cars. Resulting car-base were narrower, shorter, and totally impractical.

Words and photography: Will Shiers

On a recent trip through California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, I stumbled upon a number of professional vehicles – hearses, limousines and ambulances. I have decided to group them all together for this special one-off Discoveries. Despite their rarity, hand-built hearses and ambulances have a comparatively small following on the classic car scene, and values are low. As a consequence, they tend to be worth more in parts than they do as complete cars. This one appears to be a Cadillac Superior end-loader hearse, one of just 241 produced by the Ohio-based coachbuilder in 1966. I think it’s a range-topping Crown Sovereign, of which just 25 were built.

The Cadillac Fleetwood limousine was fitted with a 7.0-litre V8, which powered the 2230kg luxury barge to 60mph in just under 12 seconds. Average fuel economy was a miserly 10.2mpg (US), but then if you were one of the 12,500 people who could afford to buy one, you probably weren’t too concerned about its rabid thirst.

The Sequoia National Park ran a fleet of Stageway-built eight-door limousines, including this ultra rare 1958 Chrysler Saratoga. The car had a full length sunroof, giving tourists a great view of the giant Redwood trees towering above them.


Apparently this 1992 Lincoln Town Car was working for a living until February 2018. Although it’s a runner, the California salvage yard it resides in has deemed it to be a parts car. In the hot desert states it’s common to see light coloured hearses, which of course reflect the sun better, so are cooler than traditional black cars. But I think this 1968 Miller-Meteor is the first orange one I’ve come across. The Meteor Motor Car Company and AJ Miller were once two separate Ohio-based bodybuilders, but were brought together to form Miller-Meteor in the Fifties. The Ghostbusters car is in fact a converted 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance.

There are professional vehicles, and there are non-professional vehicles, and this Frankenstein of a creation definitely falls into the latter category. Presumably it was built on somebody’s driveway as some sort of an RV rather than as a hearse or ambulance. What’s the donor vehicle? A 1964 Oldsmobile coupe perhaps?

This 1961 Superior Pontiac Bonneville was presumably used as a military hearse. The coachbuilder, which was formed in 1909, has undergone numerous takeovers and mergers, and today exists as S&S/Superior Coach Company, part of the Armbruster-Stageway company.

I don’t know who the coachbuilder was, but the welding on the roof of this 1982 Lincoln Town Car looks a little bit shoddy to me. Incredibly it has only covered 35,000 miles.

L&L Classic Auto of Wendell, Idaho, wants $5500 for this 1954 S&S Cadillac hearse. The car, although missing some glass and lights, is in great condition for its age. The only significant rot I spotted was on the rear bumper. Unfortunately, it’s missing its engine and transmission.

Only 832 people handed over the $9748 needed to acquire a 1960 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Series limousine, making this incredibly rare. Like several of the cars featured here, it’s a resident of Turners Auto Wrecking, in Fresno, California.

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Freddy and Hilda Roels from Belgium.

Hot Rod and Custom Drive In Day Beaulieu, Hampshire

Words & Photography: Steve Havelock

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eaulieu bulged at the seams on Father’s Day as hundreds of hot rods, customs and motorcycles not to mention thousands of visitors descended on the National Motor Museum in the heart of the New Forest for this year’s Drive In Day. The weather forecast was good, the venue ideal, with full facilities and a choice of tarmac or grass parking, with plenty of shade under lovely broadleaf trees. Live entertainment was provided throughout the day by the jive inducing The Shake Ups, the harmonious girl trio of Company B UK and the now traditional, very popular and colourful Mariachi El Mexicano. For the shopaholics, there was a vintage village and for those who needed pampering, a beauty parlour and hair salon. People came from far afield, including Freddy and Hilda Roels who had travelled especially for this event from Belgium in their lovely 1940 Chevrolet Special De Luxe Coupe. “It’s my first time. I’d heard that it was a good show and we are really enjoying it,” said Freddy. As we were chatting I spotted

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June 17, 2018 The girls from Company B UK.


Best Bike.

Belle Joyce, prize for Best Dressed Lady.

Dave Daniels and his 1963 Chevy Impala daily driver.

Best in Show.

Famous old hot rod, The Boston Strangler.

an interesting addition that he had made in the engine bay. It was a small bottle of petrol additive which was connected via a tube into the inlet manifold, eliminating the need to pour additives into the petrol tank on fill ups. Simple, but clever. The Hard-Up Garage crew brought along several modified cars including a 1960 Cadillac Coup de Ville with air suspension, a Chevy V8 powered 1938 Ford pick-up truck and a 1968 Pontiac Firebird fitted with a 2004 Corvette motor but drawing most attention was a replica of the black, mean and menacing 1970 supercharged Dodge Charger R/T driven by character Dominic Toretto in the film The Fast and the Furious. Sam Hard explained: “I watched the film as a kid 15 years ago and it was my dream car. Pure American muscle. We had it built in Mexico and the full roll cage was made by Ernie’s Speed Shop in El Paso, Texas. It has a fake supercharger on the bonnet just like the car in the film, but it looks like it’s doing 100mph standing still. It makes people smile. It’s got a 360cu in motor and it drives, starts, stops, does burnouts and scares children. What more could you ask?” ❯❯

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Britain’s best known custom car builder, Andy Saunders from Poole was the special guest of honour, presiding over the launch of a new exhibition of his cars past and present in the museum called The Art of Kustom which included his fabulous 1937 Cord ‘Tetanus’, his Hudson ‘Hesperus’, his famous miniscule ‘Mini Ha Ha’, his whacky ‘Runaground’ speedboat car and others. He also unveiled his latest creation, a highly creative art deco cobalt blue Forties Peugeot 202 pick-up called ‘Metropolis’, which he only finished at 10.30pm the night before. Beautifully booted and suited for the occasion, Andy told me: “Getting these cars together wasn’t that easy, as most of those that I have built now live abroad. They are spread all over the world. One of these here, ‘Saline Warrior’, has been brought over from France and ‘Mini Ha Ha’, which has just been restored has come over from Ireland. I have built 54 cars and I know that 51 are still around. When I first saw this exhibition, it made me quite emotional. I am so proud and so pleased that people want to be a part of it and to see it.” Andy was also invited to present the show prizes. Best Motorcycle went to David Rogers for his oh-so-low black and gold, solid rear end Harley springer built by Attitude Customs. A unique touch was the covering of many of the bolt heads with AK47 and heavy machine gun brass shell casings. Although it looked mighty uncomfortable David assured me that it isn’t and it’s certainly no trailer queen. He said: “I’ve ridden it down from London for this show and last weekend I was in the Lake District where I even did a bit of off-road riding.” Richard James from Chalford in Gloucestershire won Best Custom with his wonderful 1941 Ford Business Coupe fitted with a 350cu in Chevy motor and auto box which he’s owned for two and a half years. “It was a bit crap when I got it,” he declared, but all the hard work by him and the Auto Shop of Stroud has certainly paid dividends. “This is my first trophy,” he beamed.

Best Custom with Andy Saunders.

Lester Hopson with his 25th Anniversary Corvette – fitted with a 383cu in 510bhp motor.

Mike Renaut birthday boy.

The Shake Ups.

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Andy Saunders’ Mini Ha Ha in new exhibition.

Andy Saunders unveils his latest creation, Metropolis.


Best American.

Dave Wischhusen and his immaculate 1957 Caddy.

Best Hot Rod.

The Fast and the Furious Charger replica.

Andy Saunders and his Cord.

Custom Caddy with Sam Hard.

Best in Show.

Den Saunders from nearby Portsmouth bagged Best American for his rare as hens’ teeth, last of the line 1960 Edsel Ranger. After the negative response to the previous Edsels, this was the last ditch attempt to reprieve the brand, but the plug was pulled just four weeks into production, before it even had a chance. Den said: “I always liked bubble top space age cars. I saw this on eBay a couple of weeks ago and bought it from the photos, without actually seeing it. Luckily it’s all worked out well. They are extremely rare, even in America.” Clive Hardy left home in Derby at 4am but it was all worthwhile as he picked up “Best of Show” for his superb candy apple red 1952 Chevy 3100 pick-up. He said: “I’ve owned it for 15 years and it’s been 12 and a half years in the making. It runs a 350cu in Chevy with threespeed auto, a Camaro front clip, Jaguar E-Type rear axle and has Lexus seats. And I got the colour from my mother’s invalidity scooter!” Trevor Cowell’s sinister-looking black 1949 Mercury lowrider won People’s Choice and David Owen took Best Hot Rod for his bright orange, 450 horsepower Chevy-engined Ford Pop. After all of the prizes were handed out, Master of Ceremonies John Price called forward one of the show judges, Classic American’s own Mike Renaut as it was his birthday, whereupon he was duly presented with a birthday cake – a nice touch at the end of a lovely show. ★

People’s Choice. 1949 Mercury.

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Photography: Ben Klemenzson & Gary Chapman Words: Nigel Hole & Ben Klemenzson

Stars & Stripes Show

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

June 30-July 1, 2018

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onald Trump’s UK visit may have been in the headlines, but when it comes to Anglo-American special relations, nothing could have trumped this year’s outstanding 2018 Stars & Stripes show. It was one of three car shows bought by Classic American’s parent company Mortons last year and this was the first time it had been run by Mortons’ show team. The weekend was made all the more special because it marked a double birthday celebration – with the show itself and Classic American magazine both reaching 30 years of age. The two have been bought together in the show’s new name: the Classic American Stars & Stripes show. The celebrations included giveaway flags, beer mats, a pick-up newspaper and great subscription offers on the Classic American stand. Of course, for many in the north of the country, the Stars & Stripes show is part of the fixtures and fittings of the American car show scene; while other events have come and gone, the Stars & Stripes has remained a permanent feature, a must-do event for anyone in the region. A tried and tested formula of traders, autojumble, live music and pioneer recreation enactments ensures entertainment for the whole family, as well as the main event: the cars, lorries, customs and rods that make this show special. ❯❯

What are the chances?!

Caitlin & Brandon Classic American fans!

Meeting the locals.

Class Am beer mats... who knew?!

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Alex Gunn and ’68 Mustang.

Free Classic American newspaper. 10/10 for dressing the part!

Considering it was the first year that Mortons (Classic American’s parent company) had run the event, it all went surprisingly well and smoothly, with few hiccups or problems. The scorching hot weather transformed the usually lush, green grounds of Tatton into what almost looked like a parched yellow beach. It was swelteringly hot and as such the turnout for both days was excellent. The great thing about this show is that there are always new and different cars not seen before in attendance. One such retina-scorching vehicle was the 1970 Plymouth Superbird belonging to Paul Clarkson from Congleton. Another rarity, but which seemed to have been popping up at car shows all over the country, was the stunning 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser belonging to Wayne and Lisa Harrison from Norfolk. You may recall Wayne’s four-door Turnpike Cruiser was featured in the October 2014 issue of Classic American (CA 294). Well, since then he’s moved that car along and acquired this even nicer two-door version in the same colour scheme, with only 26,000 miles on the clock and which had passed down through three generations of the same family in Michigan. A real head-turner of a car, it keeps company with an equally stunning 1956 Cadillac recently imported from the US.

1938 Packard 128.

Steve Taylor's rodded... milk float!

1960 Ford T-bird.

’58 Cadillac Sedan DeVille.

Prize-winning Cadillac.

1929 Graham Paige.

’56 DeSoto.

Time to chill out, despite the heat!

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Martin Skipper with Town & Country.


Did we mention the weather was scorchio?!

Classic American gets its own show at last!

Bargain of the day: £4k LTD. 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser.

Nobody was able to!

Truck section was heaving.

And talking of rare cars, Martin Skipper, whose stunning 1955 Packard Patrician we featured in the August 2017 issue (CA 312) had brought along his almost as rare, but equally pristine 1968 Ford Country Squire. Wagons like this generally end up leading hard lives and even ending their days on the banger racer track, so it’s nice to see one that’s survived. Another unusual car, and certainly one that counts as rare, was the 1981 Cadillac Eldorado belonging to Steve Waring. These cars are getting on for 40 years old now and arguably their crisp-edged styling makes them an attractive ‘modern’ classic. But what’s rare about it, you may ask. Well, Steve’s car has the much maligned 8-6-4 variable displacement engine and what’s more, it works. According to Steve – who perhaps has an unfair advantage over most garden variety home mechanics, in that he’s an electronics engineer – these engines were very much maligned and in many ways the technology wasn’t quite up to where it needed to be when the engines were launched and subsequently many were just converted to run on all eight cylinders full time. ❯❯

Andy Kitchen (left) handed over the trophies.

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1981 8-6-4 engined Cadillac Eldorado.

The 1929 Graham Paige belonging to David Bowling was quite a source of attention, as were a couple of Packards, including the right-handdrive Packard 128 belonging to Dennis Smith from Gloucestershire, which subsequently went on to win the Car of the Year heat held at the Rally of the Giants the following weekend. Steve Taylor from Nottingham is a familiar face on the American car scene and usually has some sort of different, interesting vehicle every year… this year it was V8-powered, hot rod milk float! Fans of the Fifties may have thought they were seeing things when they saw not one, but two 1956 DeSotos, but sure enough, there they were… in fact, one is even for sale in the back of this month’s magazine in the classifieds section. It was hot, it was fun and there were literally dozens of trophies – what a great start to Classic American’s very own show! Be sure to make a date in your diary for next year’s event, which takes place over the weekend of July 6 and 7. ★

Mini Big Rig.

Dave Barlow’s ’58 Chrysler 300D.

12k miles from new on this gorgeous T/A.

1935 Packard.

Yet another '56 DeSoto!

Footman James & Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year Say hello to the winner of the 4th heat of the Footman James & Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year competition. The worthy winner – although it was a tough choice, so many incredible cars! – was this stunning 1957 Dodge Custom Royal belonging to Gary Sanders. And if you think it

Gary accepts the trophy from Kingstown’s Mark Hadley.

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looks familiar, it was our cover car for the May 2018 issue. Fitted with the Super D500 Hemi-headed 325cu in V8 with dual four-barrel Carter carbs, push-button transmission, a Highway HiFi record player and dual antennae, this was the last word in high tech back in 1957!

Push-button transmission selector.

Stunning Dodge was cover car in May.


Rally of the Giants

Blenheim Palace, Oxon

July 8, 2018 Puttin’ on the Ritz at Blenheim!

Words and photography: Ben Klemenzson

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e may well have had the hottest day of the year, but July 8 wasn’t far off; indeed the hot weather may well have discouraged many from heading out, particularly the older cars, of which there were noticeably fewer this year – apparently extremely hot weather doesn’t agree with vintage and pre-war cars. The Pre-’50 American Auto Club’s efforts to appeal to a broader audience was apparent in the turnout of later-model cars and even rods and customs, of which there were plenty on show. Probably of most interest was the George Barrisbuilt 1940 Ford which has been unearthed after 15 years of hiding in Wales. Another stunning step back in time was the oh-so-Seventies 1977 Chevy G20 Custom van belonging to Steve and Tina Morris from Bristol. Apart from the stunning paintwork, the interior, complete with Seventies shag pile and 8-track player, was a real blast from the past… you could almost smell the patchouli oil! Equally unusual and eye-catching was the 1956 Chevy NAPCO pick-up belonging to Mick Arnold, which had driven all the way down from Derbyshire. Another Derbyshire resident which had made the pilgrimage south was the gorgeous 1939 Ford V8 belonging to Ian Gutteridge. Although the Ford now resides in Matlock, it was originally assembled in New Zealand, where it’s believed it was imported in Complete Knock-Down form (CKD). Probably one of the most glamorous cars on the showfield was the stunning pistachio green coloured 1954 Imperial belonging to Peter Rickinson, who made the long drive down from Scarborough with a group of friends. Coming a close second in the glamour stakes was the recently imported (from California) 1957 Oldsmobile 98 ❯❯

1936 Model 68 Ford Phaeton.

1936 Packard 120 Sedanca Coupe.

Trophy-winning ’71 Boat-tail Riviera.

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1954 Imperial.

Uncle Sam recommends.


Stunning line-up.

Roger and Debra Nicholson with teardrop trailer. Steve and Tina Morris with their 1977 Chevy G20 Custom van.

Car of the Year Heat Winner Dennis Smith 1939 Packard 120 Convertible Concours Bob Lucas 1933 Cadillac V12 President’s Choice Bob Lucas 1933 Cadillac V12 Best Commercial Michael Arnold (collected by Andy) 1956 Chevrolet 3200 NAPCO Best Ford John Cochran 1931 Ford Model A pick-up Best Lincoln Mike Churchill 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark 4 Best Buick Stephen Hunt 1968 Buick Electra Best Cadillac Roger Nicholson 1958 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Best Chevrolet Shane Smith 1939 Chevrolet Master Coupe Best Pontiac Ray Blackwell 1953 Pontiac Chieftain Best Oldsmobile Steve Foster 1957 Oldsmobile 98 Best Independent Gregg Diffen 1963 Studebaker Avanti Best Chrysler Peter Rickinson 1954 Chrysler Imperial

Best Dodge Farrol Goldblatt 1936 Dodge D2 Coupe Best Plymouth Simon Moore 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Best Hot Rod Andy Crockett 1941 Willys Coupe US Automotive Award Ian Stringer 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Premium Choice Award Andy Williams 1970 Ford Torino Best Antique & Prohibition Class Anthony Brownsett 1930 Plymouth Coupe Best Roosevelt Class Dennis Smith 1939 Packard 120 Convertible Best Truman Class Mike Stanley 1948 Plymouth Coupe Best Harley Earl Class (1950-54) Peter Rickinson 1954 Chrysler Imperial Best Harley Earl Class (1955-59) Wayne Harrison 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Best 1960s Class Graham MacDonald 1964 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Best 1970s Class Richard Mitchel 1979 Lincoln Williamsburg Best 1980s to Modern Class Paul Sullivan 2008 Ford Mustang

’56 Chevy NAPCO pick-up.

Kiwi Ford V8.

Superb Olds 98.

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Series Starfire Holiday two-door hardtop – this superb-looking car literally glittered in the sunshine and had to be seen to be believed. Also making a weekend of it were Roger and Debra Nicholson, who came down in the teardrop trailer (towed by his beautiful ’58 Cadillac) that Roger built himself from plans purchased online. Of course what makes the Rally of the Giants unique are the number of older cars that turn out for this event and even if there were fewer older cars this year, there were still plenty to be enjoyed. Of particular note was a delightful right-hand drive Canadian-built 1936 Model 68 Ford Phaeton that had spent most of its life in South Africa and was fitted with a 3.6-litre V8, three-speed gearbox and hydraulic brakes. Another beauty was the remarkable-looking 1936 Packard 120 Sedanca Coupe, imported into the UK by Leonard Williams & Co (the UK concessionaires for Packard at the time) and bodied by Carlton Carriage Co to be shown at the 1936 Motor Show. While it was only a couple of years ago that the wettest Rally of the Giants took place (so wet, in fact, that proceedings had to be wound up early) in contrast, this year was so hot that many were visibly flagging by prizegiving time… I know which I prefer! ★

George Barris-built 1940 Ford.

The 70s are back...

...and how!

Takin’ it easy.

Footman James & Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year Heat Five of the Footman James & Kingstown Shipping Car of the Year competition took place under the blazing skies of Blenheim Palace. With its prominent display of vintage and antique cars, this show is traditionally known for attracting pre-war American cars.

It should come as no surprise then that the car selected as heat winner was this stunning right-hand drive 1938 Packard 128 belonging to Dennis Smith from Gloucestershire. This stunning pre-war beauty is believed to have been assembled in Australia (it

Dennis Smith takes the trophy from Kingstown’s Stephen Shores.

Packard was assembled in Australia.

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features a plate in the engine which says ‘Packard Australia’. Dennis has owned the car for six years, although it underwent a full restoration in Australia before departing down under

for these shores. Well done Dennis, we look forward to welcoming you and your lovely Packard on to the Classic American stand at the Classic Motor Show this November.


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AUGUST 4 THE ROCKABILY REV UP Rye rugby club, new road, rye east Sussex, TM31 7LS Live entertainment from Rusti steel + the star tones, the devil cut combo, the hustlers + TOP DJ’s. Custom and hot rod car show + V8 rev up! Vintage cloth stoles, licensed car & food all day at club prices. Camping £5 a tent, Caravan/ camper £10. All PP £15 10 min walk from Rye town centre, 5 min drive from Camper sands. For more details please contact john on 07999806635 or gypsyjohnnewson@yahoo.co.uk Facebook: the Rockabilly Rev Up 2pm – 12pm Midnight. AUGUST 5 AACUK No Name Show Stoke Prior Sports & Social club, Bromsgrove B60 4AL Camping from Friday August 3rd, Show ‘n’ Shine Sunday. See www.aacuk.com or contact Richard 0121 779 2562. AUGUST 5 CLASSIC VAN & PICK UP SHOW British Motor Museum Banbury Road, Gaydon Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ Web: www. britishmotormuseum.co.uk Tel: 01926 649649 This annual Show has an impressive range of light commercial vehicles including customs, pick ups, police vehicles and vans. For ticket prices and more details please visit our website. AUGUST 10-12 NSRA HOT ROD SUPERNATIONALS Old Warden Park www.nrsa.org Instagram @nrsa_uk Facebook @NationalStreetRodAssociationUK www.nrsa.org.uk/newforum Find the NRSA UK Forum in the Apple & Android App Store! AUGUST 12 CROMER CARNIVAL AMERICAN & CUSTOM CAR SHOW Carnival Field, Runton Road, Cromer From 10am onwards, free entry Tel 01263 570223 for details AUGUST 19 BROOKLANDS CLASSIC & VINTAGE CAR SHOW EVENT IS IN AID OF THE YORKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE. Brooklands Nurseries, Scholes, Holmfirth HD9 1UJ Any vehicle is welcome including tractors, lorries, scooters etc. There will also be a bar, food, music and a variety of stalls. Stalls cost £15 and own gazebo and tables must be provided. For further information or to book a stall please contact Jan on 07523 170829 or to book in a vehicle contact Peter on 07713 325542. AUGUST 25-27 KNUCKLE BUSTERS AT THE BARNS August Bank Holiday Weekend Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, nr Stowmarket Suffolk IP14 6AT Hot Rods, Classics, American Cars, Bikes Show & Shine, Live bands, DJ’s Dancers Bar, food, camping and more. www.stonhambarns.co.uk events@stonhambarns.co.uk Tel: 01449 711111 AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 2 VICTORY WHEELERS SHOW HOT ROD & CUSTOM CAR SHOW WEEKENDER Stansted House, Rowlands Castle, PO9 6DX Weekend camping, Saturday Cruise & party night. entertainment both nights. www.victorywheelers.co.uk SEPTEMBER 7- 9 AACI OPEN NATIONALS Billing Aquadrome, Nothampton NN3 9DA. Live bands on Friday and Saturday evening, DJ, bar, catering, traders and lots to see and do, including swimming pool, hovercraft rides and fairgound. American cars, trucks, bikes and vans. Huge display of heavy trucks too. Bands are; Friday TBC. Saturday; Harley’n’Dutch Everybody is welcome, no registration is necessary. Club space is available too. See www.aac-int.com for more info. SEPTEMBER 8-9 RETRO TRUCK SHOW British Motor Museum Banbury Road,

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Stars and Stripes 2018. Gaydon Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ Web: www. britishmotormuseum.co.uk Tel: 01926 649649 This weekend Show celebrates some of the UK’s leading truck manufacturers including DAF, Scania and Volvo. See an array of the best modern classic trucks produced between 1970 and 2000. For ticket prices and more details please visit our website. SEPTEMBER 9 KENT`S CLASSIC CAR SHOW www.kentsclassiccarshow.co.uk SEPTEMBER 14-16 30TH ANNUAL HOT ROD DRAGS Format the same as previous years, with a firm commitment to pre-1973 RWYB, coupled with the ever popular and entertaining action provided by the Outlaw Anglias, Gasser Circus, Supercharged Outlaw and Wild Bunch contingents, as well as some additional track action. Santa Pod Raceway, Northants. See: www.nsra.org.uk or www.santapod.co.uk SEPTEMBER 15-16 NSRA HOT ROD DRAGS Santa Pod Raceway SEPTEMBER 15-16 CHARITY CLASSIC CAR EXTRAVAGANZA SPECIAL ISLE OF WIGHT 15th island round table newport quay 16th earl mountbatten hospice ryde esplanade both shows start at 10 a.m. finnish at 1800 the shows are free to attend for spectators we are expecting a record amount of american classics to attend this year all car owners must register with the organiser please on 020 8 439 7871 SEPTEMBER 16 AACUK AUTUMN NATIONALS Drayton manor Theme park, Fazeley, Tamworth Staffordshire B78 3SA Camping Pre-booked only from Friday 14th Show ‘n’ Shine Sunday. See www.aac-uk.com or contact Richard 0121 779 2562 SEPTEMBER 16 FUN DAY AT THE BLEEDING WOLF This pub is situated in Congleton Road North, Scholar Green, near to Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 3BQ. This is a very popular show, all cars, vans, pick-ups, motorcycles welcome. Burgers, chips, music, stalls, trophies. Tel Lou 07901 923868. SEPTEMBER 23 THE EGERTON ARMS This pub is situated off Newcastle Road, Congleton, CW12 4RQ. This is a very popular venue, all cars, vans, pick-ups, motorcycles welcome. Burgers, music, stalls, etc. Tel Lou 07901 923868. SEPTEMBER 30 AMERICAN CAR SHOW Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, nr Stowmarket Suffolk IP14 6AT Showring parade, trophy prizes, pre 50’s/70’s/80’s welcome Live music, bar, food, traders and autojumble www. stonhambarns.co.uk events@stonhambarns. co.uk Tel: 01499 711111

SEPTEMBER 30 HORSHAM AMERICARNA Horsham Town Centre & Park West Sussex RH12 1EE American cars, bikes and rock’n’roll years entertainments Following the runaway success of the first event in 2017, Sunday 30 September 2018 has been set as the second Horsham AmeriCARna. An annual show devoted to the celebration of American cars and bikes supported by themed stalls and entertainments. There will also be: Music, Trade Stands, Food Concessions, Sports and entertainments all on the American theme. Our charity for the event is St Catherine’s Hospice who will be providing American DJ and Comperes and will be collecting around town during the event. The event will be run from 10am to 4pm and visitors are invited to add to the fun by dressing up in 50s and 60’s costumes. The event is made possible by commercial partners which include Max’s Diner, Retroesque, Horsham Car Centre with more welcomed. Free For more information please see www.horshamamericarna.show www.facebook. com/horshamamericarna 01403 215386 welcome@horshamamericarna.show SEPTEMBER 30 FORT PAULL AMERICAN ROD & CUSTOM SHOW Held at Fort Paull, Paull, nr Hull , east yorks, HU12 8FP. Camping from Friday noon 28th bar open Friday night. Lazy day Saturday go into Hull or have a run to the coast Saturday night disco with late bar good prices [ optional fancy dress] SUNDAY SHOW DAY ONLY The show is open to anything of interest.SORRY NO DOGS ALLOWED IN THE FORT ONLY ON THE CAMPING FIELD. To see the event please look at youtube Fort Paull American car shows. For anymore info please get intouch email: yancs1@yahoo.co.uk or call: 01709 542555 or after 28th march 07787915081 OCTOBER 6-7 PRESCOTT AMERICAN AUTUMN CLASSIC Prescott Hill Climb, Gotherington, Nr Cheltenham, Glos GL52 9RD 9am – 5pm The popular American themed Autumn Classic returns to Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Cheltenham on the weekend of the 6-7 October 2018. The annual all-American Stars and Stripes event celebrates the biggest, brashest and iconic cars this side of the pond. The action-packed weekend attracts a wide variety of cars competing on the historic hill climb course with special classes for American cars and hot rods, as well as spectacular American car displays, a dedicated ‘show n’ Shine’ area and fantastic USA-themed entertainment from the thrilling Demon Drome Wall of Death to live bands and Vegas Showgirls. The paddock will feature an awesome display of American classics, hot rods and muscle

Notable vehicles include the Penske PC22 Indy car and don’t miss the Demon Drome Wall of Death, plus live music. Last Heat for Classic American Car of the Year 2018 Competition: We are delighted that the Autumn Classic is the last heat of the prestigious Classic American ‘Car of the Year’ 2018 competition. If you own an American classic car and would like to attend, you’ll need to register to obtain a special reference code prior to purchasing your tickets. Ticket Prices: Advance tickets to the event cost £15 per day or £25 for the weekend. On-the-gate: £20 and £35 respectively. Admission includes: All entertainment, entry into the Wall of Death, free parking and children under 14 years old go free. Note: All American car owners are entitled to a special 2 for 1 on event entry tickets to display their vehicle. Please email: rebecca@eventspr.co.uk for vehicle code. NOVEMBER 9-11 LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW The UK’s biggest and best classic motoring celebration returns to Birmingham’s NEC this November and Lancaster Insurance is delighted to continue their support as headline sponsor of the show for the 6th consecutive year. The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, takes place on Friday 9th to Sunday 11th November and as the grand ‘season finale’, this one is not to be missed. As well as being the UK’s biggest and best classic motor show, this year the show has been crowned the WORLD’S largest gathering of classic vehicle clubs with 300 getting together under one roof. Across the weekend, the halls fill up with over 2,500 stunning classic cars and motorbikes , the UK’s largest indoor Autojumble and 650 specialist exhibitors, traders and dealer. Catering for all classic car fans, there is something for everyone. Amongst all of this you will also find a fantastic array of features including; • The Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership Competition where 24 carefully selected rare and unusual cars will be on display for you to vote for your favourite • The Discovery Live Stage, hosted by Wheeler Dealer duo, Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, will be jam packed with everything from special guests and live restorations, to car parades and competitions• Meguiar’s Club Showcase displays the best of the best from the UK Classic Car club scene • Silverstone Auctions will have over 130 lots going under the hammer • The Live Restoration Theatre is the longest running feature of the show and offers you the opportunity to learn from the specialised team of GilbertMichaelson • Dream Rides with Sporting Bears gives you the

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BEDFORDSHIRE – Breakfast Club Dates: SHUTTLEWORTH RESTAURANT The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP From 10:30am onwards ! 11TH MARCH, 8TH APRIL, 13TH MAY, 10TH JUNE, 8TH JULY, 12TH AUG, 14TH OCT, 11TH NOV BIRMINGHAM AAC-UK [American Auto Club Uk] holds two meetings a month in Birmingham, new members are very welcome. North Birmingham 2nd Wednesday of the month from 8.00pm. The Towers Inn, B42 1EY, large car park and beer garden, A 34 Walsall Road , junction 7, M6. Contact Andy 0121 358 0186 (daytime). South Birmingham Last Wednesday of the month from 8.00pm. The Wharf Inn, B94 6QT, large car park and beer garden, A3400 Hockley Heath, junction 4, M42. Contact Chris 0121 608 2779. DEVON - Devon Cruisers – Custom, Classic and American meet at 2pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month from April to September at various locations. Please see us on Face book for further details or telephone: 07856557982 GLOUCESTERSHIRE COFFE & CLASSICS The Classic Motor Hub, Old Walls, Abington, Bibury, GL75NX. Number and email: Info@ classicmotorhub.com + 01242384092 Sunday 1st April 10am - 1pm Sunday 6th May 10am - 1pm Sunday 3rd June 10am - 1pm Sunday 1st July 10am - 1pm Sunday 5th August 10am - 1pm Sunday 2nd September 10am - 1pm Sunday 7th October 10am - 1pm HERTFORDSHIRE – THE THREE HORSESHOES !Hooks Cross, Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire SG14 3RY Third

Wednesday of the Month, from 7:30pm onwards: 21ST MARCH, 18TH APRIL, 16TH MAY, 20TH JUNE, 18TH JULY, 15TH AUG, 19TH SEPT LINCOLNSHIRE New A.A.C.U.K. monthly meet in south Lincolnshire. 3rd Wednesday of every month, from 6:30 starting Wednesday April 18th, 2018. Venue, The Ship Inn, Northgate, Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 3SE. All American and American derived vehicles and enthusiasts welcome. Good reasonably priced food and drinks available. LONDON - Detonators Car Club Breakfast Meet. Last Sunday of the month from 8.30 ‘till 11.00am. Oxleas Wood Cafe, Crown Woods Lane, Shooters Hill, London, SE18 3JA. (Langley Gifford 07913348950) detonatorscc.co.uk LONDON - Ace Cafe London, Ace Corner, North Circular Road, Stonebridge, London NW10 7UD www.acecafe.com All American Cruise Meets 4pm - 8pm Saturdays 27th January 24th February + Jeeps & 4x4 Meet 31st March + Mopar Muscle Meet 28th April + Chevy Special 26th May + Pick-Up Party 30th June + Pontiac Pow-Wow 28th July + Cadillac Special 25th August + Corvette Special 29th September +T’Bird Special 27th October + Oldsmobile Special 24th November + Station Wagon & Dayvan 29th December

MANCHESTER-A.A.C.N.W. - meet first Sunday of every month at the Veterans Garage, Barton Aerodrome, Liverpool Road, Eccles, Manchester M30 7SA. Junction 11 off the M60 from 9-30am Contact Val or Bert Kendall 0161 865 7684 SOUTHAM WARWICKSHIRE - The Butty Run This is a breakfast meet that takes place on the first Sunday of each month, from 9am until noon at the Long Itchington Diner, Southam Road, Long Itchington, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 9QZ. Website: http://butty-run.com and a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ButtyRun/. We run all year round and very occasionally switch weekends, either if the diner isn’t open or to avoid clashing with

big hot rod shows. Anything and everything is pretty much welcome, although the main focus is on hot rods and American cars. WILTSHIRE. - The Milk Churn, Commerce Way, Melksham, SN12 6AD. All American vehicles welcome, the second Sunday of the month, 12pm to 3pm. For details evening only Simon 07809396822 or John 07980434503. WORCESTER A.A.C.U.K. - Third Wednesday every month from 8 p.m. at the Timberdine WR5 3HP. On the A38 just on the city limits. Huge car park, Harvester Restaurant. Everyone welcome. Contact Mel 01905 351955w

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American vehicles have always been the most important part of the British die-cast car-maker’s 1/64 scale line-up, says BK Nakadashi… Words & photographs: BK Nakadashi

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hat was your first car? For millions around the world, over the course of decades, Matchbox made their first car. Matchbox was more than just a name – it was a guarantee of quality. Full of details, Matchbox models were a way to bring the world of cars into your front room. For many of us, it was our first experience with the finny glamour and distinctive size and style of American cars. Whether a child of the early Sixties grabbing a Ford Thunderbird or Pontiac convertible, or a modern day kid lusting for a taste of American muscle like a Plymouth ’Cuda or the splendour of a Jeep Wagoneer, Matchbox covered the field. One of the world’s most storied die-cast names had a trepidatious start. Founders Leslie and Rodney Smith (unrelated) started the Lesney Products foundry in 1947 – the Lesney nomenclature blending their first names. The location was The Rifleman, a disused London pub. Soon Rodney brought Jack Odell into the fold – the toolmaker had no place to set up and happily paid rent. But work was scarce and to survive, Lesney-branded toys arrived in the late Forties. The last was a covered wagon, of the sort that helped open up the American West a century previously. Following a successful model of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Coach, attention turned to models of motorised vehicles. Early Matchbox models were primarily commercial and construction vehicles, so prevalent in post-Second World War Britain as it rebuilt from the ravages of war. Matchbox launched its first passenger car in 1954 – an MG TD. But Matchbox’s global outlook demanded that they produce car models from around the world, including America. The first American Matchbox car, a 1956 Ford station wagon, arrived in 1957. Not every British kid had seen a real live late Fifties American Ford wagon (or even knew that they called them wagons rather than estates!), but plenty knew about them from Matchbox’s small-scale efforts. They learned about the 1959 Chevy Impala and Cadillac Fleetwood the same way. For a handful of coins, kids could own their own fleet of American steel. ❯❯

Tow trucks now and then.

Ford Thunderbird.

Dodge A100 pick-up.

Ford F1 pick-up.

Mercury Cougar.

1959 Chevrolet sedan and wagon.

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Early Matchbox models slotted in at roughly 1:76 scale (or OO scale, for scale train enthusiasts), scaled to fit in a... well, you know. As the decade wore on, Matchbox cars grew in size and today they’re considered to be 1/64 scale (or S scale), but Matchbox models have long been scaled to fit the packaging. But immediately, it was Matchbox’s quality that set it apart. Where other toy companies offered rough interpretations of popular cars, with minimal prep work before paint and faintlyengraved tooling, Matchbox offered spot-on proportions, crisp engraving, smooth-opening doors and hoods, and outstanding fidelity to detail. You could count the grille bars, so detailed were the noses and most models had hand-painted details like headlights and grilles. Matchbox cars offered a new level of detail – interiors, chassis, and (in the early Sixties) window glass. These were more than just toys – these were quality scale replicas with play value. The Matchbox name was once so synonymous with quality, detail, and imagination, the brand became so massive, so pervasive, that it was in danger of becoming a genericised trademark, like Hoover. Matchbox was an ambassador for American cars to millions of kids around the world and it was pumping out millions of cars a week for worldwide consumption. Three quarters of its production was sold overseas, primarily in the US. Considering the brand’s importance in America, in retrospect it’s little wonder that so many American vehicles peppered the line. Matchbox’s American subject matter mixed the obvious and the obscure – models included a 1960 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, a Ford “Squarebird” Thunderbird, 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix, Cadillac ambulance, a variety of Jeeps (including a Gladiator pick-up), a Mustang fastback, Lincoln Continental, the aforementioned Wagonaire, Chevy Impala taxi, 1965 Ford Galaxie police/fire car, Mercury Cougar, Ford pick-ups, a Dodge tow truck, and much more. Suddenly, in the fall of 1967, Matchbox had a challenger in Hot Wheels. Mattel’s fast-rolling, Spectraflame-painted fleet captured the imagination of speed-hungry kids, who loved the “California custom” look – and Lesney was suddenly on the backfoot. Matchbox added narrow, quick-rolling Superfast wheels by 1969 – a clear reaction to Hot Wheels’ piano-wire axles and delrin bushings. American cars continued to flow in the Superfast era. Witness the 1974-1977 Corvette Stingray. A Pontiac Firebird Formula, later retooled into a 1979 Trans Am, Lincoln Continental Mk V and a mid-Seventies Plymouth Fury police car. American classics joined the line-up too and by the early Eighties, a Model A Ford coupe, 1957 Thunderbird and 1962 Corvette were in the Matchbox line. By 1982 Lesney was bankrupt, with its assets sold to Universal Toy Company of Hong Kong. Under its ownership, a contemporary range of 1/64-ish cars continued on the world’s pegs for another dozen years. American vehicles included the front-drive Dodge Daytona Turbo Z and Dodge Caravan minivan, IROC Camaro and third-generation Pontiac Firebird, C4 Corvette (convertible and targa top), Cadillac Allante, Ford LTD police car, Mercury Sable station wagon and GMC tow truck among others.

Cadillac ambulances.

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Fire chief and police car.

Ford wagons old and new.

By 1993, Universal passed Matchbox on to US-based Tyco (famous for slot cars and radio-controlled cars) and it introduced a flood of vintage American iron to the line – 1969 Camaro coupe and convertible, 1956 Ford pick-up, early Mustangs and a 1970 GTO Judge. In 1996, toy giant (and Hot Wheels’ parent company) Mattel bought Tyco. Matchbox was simply part of the deal. For more than two decades, Matchbox and Hot Wheels have been slightly uneasy corporate siblings. American ownership of Matchbox has only helped US-based models appear in the Matchbox line-up. The Chrysler PT Cruiser, Dodge Viper Coupe, Ford and Chevy pick-ups, and an increasingly SUV-centric line-up full of Suburbans, Jeep Grand Cherokees, Cadillac Escalades and the like arrived. Vintage American iron, like a pair of Fifties Cadillacs, 1957 Lincoln convertible, a variety of early Corvettes, Hemi ’Cuda, Dodge A100 pick-up, Hudson Hornet and more remained plentiful. To celebrate Matchbox’s 65th Anniversary in 2018, no fewer than 46 new castings are coming across both the basic range and a couple of new premium lines that will recall the brand’s Sixties heyday. Among them, as expected, a group of American classics for the basic $1 line – a 1933 Plymouth sedan; the GMC Scenicruiser bus, famously done by Matchbox in the Sixties; 1964 Ford Fairlane wagon and an Eighties Jeep Wagoneer. A premium series will feature opening appendages, just like Matchboxes of old. They’ll cost a little more, but watch for a 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix, Willys Jeep station wagon, 1963 Chevy pick-up, and more. Interesting new models coming for 2019 include a Falcon Ranchero, 1975 Chevy Caprice coupe, and 1959 Dodge Coronet police car, among others. By dipping into automotive history, it seems that the future of the storied Matchbox brand has been secured and Matchbox models will continue to be the first American car for millions of kids across generations worldwide. ★

Old and newer Ford pick-ups.


Richard Coney

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You’ll recall Stephen King’s automotive horror novel Christine, which was made into a film in 1983, directed by John Carpenter. The eponymous Christine was a 1958 Plymouth Fury, that from the day it was assembled, seemed to contain a sentient embodiment of evil. After killing and injuring a number of people over the years, including its original owner, his brother puts the now tatty Plymouth out for sale in his front yard. A teenager, Arnie Cunningham, falls for the near-wreck and makes plans to restore it, thus leading to more car-induced mayhem. The film became a cult hit resulting in a number of kits and models of Christine, several of which I’ve reviewed over the years. This 1:64 scale version’s different, representing the Plymouth as Arnie first sees it, looking battered, scarred and unloved. The model itself has a standout paint finish, despite its diminutive size, presumably pad printed. It is dusty, mud covered, has badly scuffed paint on the roof which displays a rusty patina, has no wheel covers and what appears to be a long horizontal gouge along one rear wing. In fact, if you compare it to the provided still photo from the film, it’s remarkably accurate. It even has a tiny ‘For Sale’ notice in the window, repeated on the packaging. One of a not-so-limited run of 4800, and confusingly described as Auto World, Silver Screen Machines, a MiJo Exclusives and M&J Toys Inc. All we need to know is that Round 2 LLC makes it, plus other versions of the car showing the Plymouth as it appears at different stages in the film. Clever stuff. Prices seem to vary enormously depending on version, from £12 to £18, so please shop around.

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Ford F100 Camper Model car manufacturers must be constantly trying to develop vehicles novel enough to attract buyers who already have extensive collections, yet appeal to the widest selection of enthusiasts. Pick-up trucks are a solid bet and adding this typically American lightweight camper shell ensures Neo’s 1:43 scale resin model stands out. Campers such as this 1968 Ford F100-based example are popular in the US, less so over here. These are not motorhome conversions, providing instead only basic accommodation for short camping, hunting and fishing trips. One advantage is that they can quickly be demounted and stored until the next vacation, returning the pickup to its primary role. Neo’s multi-media camper truck has plenty of detail. I particularly like the camper’s fluted construction, vertical window blinds and multiple red, orange and clear marker lamps, all of which appear to be separate clear lenses, despite their pin-head size.

There are also etched metal wipers, polished metal surrounds to the windscreen and side windows of the truck, oversized chromed mirrors to see around the camper shell, plated door handles, tiny Ford badges on the upper front fenders and even a scale thickness chromed horn ring on the steering wheel. This really is a superb model. Contained within a clear plastic case, it is not cheap at around £125, but then models of this quality rarely are.

1959 CADILLAC COUPE DE VILLE Jada Toys seem to be returning to our shores, having flooded the market a decade ago and then disappearing almost overnight as a result of the ‘credit crunch’ and the resulting depreciation of the pound against the US dollar. Their range seems to place more emphasis on realistic cars and trucks now, rather than the exaggerated, cartoonish vehicles it tended to focus on just a few years back. This 1:24 scale 1959 Cadillac Coupe De Ville is a good example. Cadillac never produced the iconic 1959 models in an outrageous pink, yet Elvis Presley’s enthusiasm for painting his Cadillacs that colour, (sometimes quoted as a Studebaker hue), songs by Bruce Springsteen and films featuring repainted cars in various pinks, have created this false persona that in some people’s minds epitomises the exaggerated splendour and post-war optimism of Fifties America.

The model, in Jada’s Bigtime Kustoms series, has an opening bonnet, with single piece chromed engine bay insert. The doors open to access a plain, black plastic, interior, relieved somewhat by the fully chromed steering wheel. The boot lid lifts, revealing a black liner. There’s lots of chrome, as should be the case with this, the most iconic Fifties Caddy, with everything plated rather than painted. The front and rear lights have appropriately coloured clear lenses, apart from the pseudo-rocket exhaust tips, which are painted metallic red (before you write in, yes, I absentmindedly overlooked the protective packaging over the ‘rocket’ lenses until after the model had been returned. Silly me!). Additional detailing would be relatively simple to achieve. However, at this price point, around the £25 mark, most buyers will be perfectly satisfied with the factory appearance.

★ A wide range of die-cast models and American range plastic kits are available online at competitive prices. However, you should be able to source most of the models reviewed in Scale Autos from www.modelstore.co.uk or see American Classic Diecast at www.american-classic-diecast.co.uk


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Author: Stephen Bayley Published by: Octopus Publishing Group ISBN: 978 1 84091 504 4 Price: £75 Available from good booksellers or on Amazon/eBay The subtitle of this 380-page tome says it all: “Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything.” Within its gorgeous suede-feell covers are the author’s idea of all the great car designs ever, from T-Ford to Bangle’s BMW 5. This unusual contrast draws from American designers along the way, with the likes of Lincoln Zephyr, Chrysler Airflow, Jeep, Cadillac 61, single-spinner Ford and many more. Each car featured has a short description of the designer’s philosophy, with many interesting insights. Each also has a double-page monochrome, side-on photograph and two pages of smaller detail shots. This is the real beauty of the book. The amazing photographs were taken by Tif Hunter using a mobile studio. Many of the cars featured are not immaculate and the eye is drawn to little defects, with the reader finding him or herself gazing into the reflections in the chromium plating, trying to see what is reflected. The whole book is simply mesmorising! If the price seems high, the quality and unique approach warrants it and, after all, it is only the price of three lesser books. If you remain unconvinced, here’s some good news: a softback edition is now available at a reasonable £12. See if your favourites are between those covers.

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Car Lover’s Guide to Arizona Author: Ron Adams Published by: Via Corsa Guidebooks, PO Box 13803, Scottsdale, Arizona 85267-3803 ISBN: 13: 978-0-9825710-0-2 Price: £10 Available from good booksellers or on Amazon/eBay

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The author of these books found himself in a situation that is familiar to many of us. He was looking in a bookshop for travel books and found none to suit his specific interests. So, he did what any of us should do. He went home and began writing a series of his own! The result is outstanding and the books should be on every traveller’s list. For those not travelling, the books make excellent reads, conveying, as they do, the author’s enthusiasm for his subjects. Beware, though – read them and you will want to go there and if you’ve already been, you will want to go back to see what you missed. The books take in many aspects of auto travel, including descriptions of auto museums, wineries, landmarks, racetracks, hot rod shops and much more. There are maps and suggested itineries, with recommended hotels and restaurants, details of local car clubs and their meeting places and dates, along with auto

show information. The Arizona volume contains a nice Route 66 section and the locations of manufacturers’ proving grounds. The fabulous Pima Air and Space Museum is featured, with 275 aircraft and some 20 motor vehicles. There are also good details of the various auto auction houses in Arizona, should you be going there to buy a car. The Northern California book has a large section on wineries, many of which also contain auto collections. There are location details about films including ‘American Graffiti’ and ‘Bullitt’. Both books are beautifully produced with countless photographs and are virtually all colour on good quality, gloss paper between soft covers. A guide to Southern California will follow, along with one on Italy. An edition on Southern Germany already exists and is on a par with the American books. These books, little known in this country, fill that gap perfectly for auto enthusiasts and are a delight to read.


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his month’s Drive-Buy car should appeal to a great many Mustang fans out there. As with many seriously collectable models these days, the purchase price of a genuine Hertz or Shelby is way beyond the average enthusiast and only really affordable to well heeled collectors. That’s why there has been such a huge upturn in tribute cars/clones/lookalikes/ replicas/recreations… call them what you like, if you can’t afford the real thing, then something that looks very much like it is the next best thing for most people. While purists may frown at the very thought, tribute cars make a great many enthusiasts extremely happy. Our Drive-Buy Mustang is a 289cu in Fastback, that’s been transformed into the guise of a Shelby GT350 Hertz Rent-a-Racer, complete with black paintwork, gold stripes and a good many genuine Shelby parts which have been fitted. These include rocker covers, sump,

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inlet manifold, alloy wheels, engine brace and Plexiglass rear side windows and badging. The black paintwork has been the subject of some rectification over the years, it’s not absolutely perfect, but very presentable, with a few blemishes here and there and little microblistering in places. Most importantly it’s all quite stable, while the underside of the car looks to be well protected against the elements. There is a little very minor surface rust under the front cowl vent. The chrome on the front bumper is in great condition, although the over-riders are a little patina’d and on the rear bumper, the chrome is beginning to peel in several places. The alloy wheels are undamaged and possibly ripe for a little light refurbishment to make them m sharper looking. A great deal of money has been spent by a previous owner on the interior, which features new black vinyl seat covers front and rear, door cards, a black headlining, a black carpet set and includes Shelby GT350 logo floor mats front and rear. The original steering wheel has several cracks at the base and comes with the car; however, currently there’s a three-spoke deep-dish replacement wheel fitted.

SPECIFICATION

Engine: 289cu in V8 Power: 200bhp @ 4400rpm Torque: 282lb-ft @ 2400rpm 0-60mph: 8.3secs Top Speed: 118mph Transmission: Three-speed automatic MOT: October 2018


Good Points

Newly fitted parts include the radiator, which has 50% extra capacity for enhanced cooling, together with a 16in electric fan. The rear section of the exhaust system is new, as are the Good Ride 205-70/R14 tyres, the wheel bearings have been adjusted, as has the tracking, and there’s new door lock sets, so they all work properly, with one key for the doors and the ignition. Other new parts include a starter motor, regulator, telescopic dampers, electronic ignition and fuel tank. As previously mentioned, the interior has been refurbished to a very good standard, complete with SFI Foundation Inc racing style lap straps.

Bad Points

Turn signals could be relocated into the tail-lights.

The 289cu in engine fires up instantly on the first turn of the key. We soon discover that this Mustang doesn’t have any power steering, which doesn’t really prove to be an issue, even when parking. A new steering idler arm has been fitted and the steering is nice and precise. The water temperature is well within limits, even on a day when the ambient temperature is around 27 degrees centigrade and the oil pressure is excellent too. This Mustang is fitted with a three-speed automatic box and it has

Cobra valve covers are a nice touch.

drum brakes all round, which proved quite adequate on our test drive, pulling the car up well enough. However, if you were going to drive it on a regular basis, including long distances, perhaps a front disc brake conversion may be an idea for the future? It’s very much a personal choice. To sum up, this Mustang is all ready to go and be enjoyed. It could be deemed suitable for taking to the next level in terms of cosmetics, especially some fine detailing of the engine bay. ★

Unfortunately there’s very little history with the car, but someone has gone to a lot of trouble to convert it to its current guise. There are a few minor niggles, which could easily be remedied. At the moment the modern radio doesn’t work, there’s a very slight distortion in the plastic lense of the oil pressure gauge and there’s no spare wheel or tyre, or boot carpet. To comply with UK lighting regulations, very small auxiliary amber flashing units have been fitted adjacent to the lamp clusters, a purist may want to remove them and complete a less obvious fitment?

Steering wheel is an aftermarket unit.

Bulletproof Cruise-O-Matic three-speed auto transmission. Wheels were unique to Shelby Mustangs.

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Fourth generation, 1996, 5.7, V8, 6 speed manual, 46k miles from new, one US owner with one UK owner, new tyres, new discs and pads, new adjustable shocks and springs, new exhaust, new clutch, new MoT, just serviced, Hurst cue ball short shifter, £7495 Tel. 078500 12366. Surrey

1993, Classic LTZ 5.7L, V8, 61k, black, beige interior, one owner, includes a range of spare parts, year’s MoT, near mint condition, registration NOT included, £9000 ono Tel. 07768 486927. Harrow, London.

1972, only 2k miles since complete restoration in US, immaculate condition, £25,000 Tel. Paul 07971 206239. Viewing Edenbridge, Kent paulmathews@outlook.com for more info/ pics.

1990, auto, 75k, excellent condition throughout, black, black leather Quad exhaust, Torga top, s/h, drives beautifully, all receipts, £7250 Tel. 01454 886684; 07875 625461. Bristol

CHEVROLET CORVETTE L83

CHEVROLET GASSER

CHEVROLET SEDAN

CHEVROLET SSR

1982, black, 1982, owned by me last 24 yrs, only 61k, good cond, seats black leather, exc engine with Crossfire fuel inj, 4 speed auto gearbox, £14,995 ovno Tel. 07944 606227. Weston-super-Mare

1955, originally built up in the 1960s, 302 Chevrolet, Tremec 5-speed, Pontiac rear with 4:11 and Mark Williams axles, fibreglass tilt front, recent service and MoT, £25,500 Tel. Kevin 07949 306915. W Sussex

Holden, 1938, r/h/d, s/s exhaust, Whitewall tyres, rebuilt radiator and steering box, spares, £14,250 Tel. 07956 564494. Kent

2004, 5.3 Vortec V8, one owner, full dealer s/h, original paint from new and in vgc throughout, UK registered, what a show stopper! and rare too, £17,500 Tel. 01743 718939. Shrops

CHEVY BEL AIR

CHEVY C1500

CHEVY CHALLENGER

CHEVY FLEETLINE

1955, Sedan, great cond, owned 7 years, 350 block with TH350 box, Edlebrock head and carb, twin stainless system, Mallory distributor, alloy rad, new mini starter, £16,000 ono Tel. 07786 264152. Somerset

1991, 305ci (5.0L) fuel inj, V8 & 700R4 trans, no rust or rot on body or frame, truck rebuilt in 2014, MoT, a/c, 15in 454SS wheels, new tyres, £8750 ono Tel. 07809 538663. Southend Essex

1992, all original, on board generator, good condition, no leaks, Queen bedroom, on Sorn, £10,000 ono Tel. 01767 640681; 07836 618210 for more details, will haggle.. Beds

51 Deluxe, full custom, chopped, fully rebuilt SBC 350 V8, 700R4 box, new paint and interior, £15,750 ono Tel. Gaz 079541 41777. Staffs

CHEVY PARKWOOD

CHEVY SILVERADO DUELLY

CHRYSLER 300C

CHRYSLER DESOTO

1961 Station Wagon 348 auto, recent MoT, over £25,000 spent on new parts, £15,999 ono Tel. 01202 678845. Dorset

SWB, V8, 454 auto, LPG, 67k miles, huge service history incl gearbox change, MoT 2019, £5995 ono; p/x why? Tel. 07949 868824. Kent

2006, 3 ltr diesel, lots of chrome and extras fitted, includes four new SRT wheels and tyres, has been on Sorn for 2 years, low mileage, £2000 Tel. 01482 822166. Yorks traceylocke@ traceylocke.karoo.co.uk

Firesweep, engine completely rebuilt, virtually new this 1957 car, a dream to drive, mentioned in Classic American December 2016, rare model, £22,500 Tel. 07769 802322. Essex


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CORVETTE C3 L82

1948, lots of work and restoration carried out 12v conversion complete interior, great chrome, could do with a respray, hence £19,000 Tel. 07443 564953. Newmarket

1956, 331 CI Spitfire engine, all original, multi show winner, 48k miles, may p/x 60s Mustang, new model Camaro, £24,495 Tel. 01788 822704. Northamptonshire

1979, blue with new black interior, imported 2015 from Florida, IÕm the only UK owner, part history, 75k, auto, looks new inside and out, £15,000 Tel. 07846 645852. Cheshire

Anniversary Edition, 26,568 miles, well maintained, black paintwork, black leather interior, all in good condition, ftted with 4 new BF Goodrich radials, MoT, £14,500 ovno Tel. 07970 598105. Essex/Suffolk border

CORVETTE C3

CORVETTE C3 350/375

CORVETTE STINGRAY

DESOTO FIREDOME

1981, 63k miles, true unmolested survivor, never repainted, even cruise works, new tyres, shocks, a/c compressor, car is as it left the factory, £16,750 Tel. 07816 878892. Essex

auto, pearlescent red, red/oatmeal interior, 12,000 miles since body off rebuild, Hooker headers/side pipes, Smart strut, large history file, emigration forces reluctant sale, £15,750 Tel. 0795 8006781. Hants

1976, T-Top Coupe, 350ci 4-speed, silver metallic with black interior, p/s, brakes, windows, a/c, rear luggage rack, just in from Florida, beautiful, £14,750 Tel. 07976 245899. Enfield, Middx

1953, V8 Hemi Coupe, nos matching and all original, low mileage, excellent condition throughout, runs and drives great, serious enquiries only. Can assist with international shipping, GBP, Euros and USD, cash or credit card accepted, £21,000 ono Tel. 07775 582915. Hants

DESOTO FIREDOME SEVILLE

DODGE D100

DODGE MONACO ROYAL

DODGE RAM

1956, 330 CI, Hemi V8, rebuilt 2-speed Powerflite automatic, new fuel tank, new interior, seats, carpet, headliner, rubber seals, rebuilt radio, bodywork repainted to factory colours, handbook, sales brochure, too much to list, £27,750 Tel. 01942 809010. Bolton, Lancs

1977, registered prepped, ran and sold 1978, now sits in garage in Surrey, Tel. 01932 769676. Surrey

Fabulous 1976, a rare car and only one in UK, imported 6 years ago, beautiful original condition inside and out, mechanically in excellent condition and V8 engine purrs, immaculate, needs to be seen to fully appreciate it, £10,000 ono Tel. 07788 166317. N East

Pleasureway motorhome 5900cc petrol, good condition, MoT, 126k, self contained with water, gas tanks and own generator inside has sink, £7995 Tel. 07792 889039. Viewing in Birmingham

DODGE RAM CHARGER

EDSEL PACER

EDSEL RANGER

EDSEL RANGER

Canyon Sport, 1993, 5.9 ltr, petrol, 156k, mechanically vgc, bodywork needs some attention, MoT, 4 new tyres, s/s exhaust, new brakes all round, serviced, £7000 ono Tel. 07708 897672.

1958, fabulous cond, continental kit, a real head turner, stunning, winner at numerous top American car shows thr’out the UK, mechanically good order, V8, £17,500 ono Tel. 07788 166317 for full details.. N East

Fabulous classic, 1960, 2-dr, one of only 295 built, a very rare car, imported from original owners in Kansas by my father many years ago, the final piece in my fathers collection of 3 Edsel’s, mechanically excellent condition, £25,000 ono Tel. 07788 166317. N East

Special, 1959, 2-dr, bought from original owner in America many years ago, winner at many American car shows over the years inc Americana, great cond, mechanically sound, serviced regularly, £17,500 Tel. 07788 166317 for full details and photos..

FORD BRONCO

FORD F150

FORD FALCON

FORD MERCURY

XLT EFi, 5 ltr, V8, 5-speed manual, with overdrive, new front brake caliper, new clutch, full service, great, £6950 Tel. 07747 636421. Northants

King Ranch 5.4 auto, 12 months’ MoT, full stainless system by OBX Tony Banks, reliable tidy truck, K&N filter, owned 11 years 2001 model, genuine reason for sale, £7495 ono Tel. 07966 201960. Huddersfield

1969, 200ci Straight Six, 3 speed auto, power steering, real good useable car, I use it every day, new brake shoes & wheel cylinders a year ago, elec ign, £5800 ono Tel. 07968 755659. W Mids

Cougar XR7, Seamist metallic with vinyl roof, 4.6, V8, low miles, Florida car, just serviced, fitted with 4 band new Whitewall tyres, £4300 ono Tel. 07985 411584. W Yorks

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FORD MUSTANG

FORD MUSTANG

65, owned for 20 years, age related condition, brand-new engine fitted Komi shocks, limited slip diff, hasn_t covered many miles but used regular, 4- speed manual, £13,000 Tel. 07710 852136.

Convertible 3.8 auto, 2003, silver, power hood, genuine 20k miles, unmarked grey leather interior, excellent original condition thr’out, runs and drives superb, MoT, £4995 ono Tel. 07494 626118.

5.0l GT convertible, 1991, only 21k, c/w 12 months MoT, owned for last 15 years, always garaged and never driven in wet, excellent condition, reluctant sale, £6500 ono Tel. 07909 097341. W Sussex

1969, Fastback, 302CI, 5 ltr, V8, 3 speed, C4 auto box, engine has a mild cam, headers, Edelbrock inlet & Holley carb, new trim, Borgeson p/s, lots new parts, MoT, £29,950 ono Tel. 07968 755659. B’ham

FORD MUSTANG

FORD MUSTANG

FORD MUSTANG

FORD MUSTANG

1967, coupe, 5-speed, T10 manual, V8 351W, 5 speed T10 manual, V8 351W, £20,000 Tel. 01865 351510.

1970, convertible, one repaint since new, convertible top recently redone, Tel. 0251 3718173. USA mariargustafson@gmail. com

2005, V6, 4.0, full Supersnake replica body kit, 54k, new nappa leather seats, halo lights, Bullit style grill, euro lights and custom exhaust, MoT, vgc, £14,995 Tel. Ken 07751 799197. Tyne & Wear

Convertible Premium 3.7L, V6, 2014, top spec, UK reg (car is in Ireland can deliver), showroom condition, excellent fuel economy, 30+ to gallon, 31k, £20,000 ono Tel. 00 353 894 811707. Eire

FORD MUSTANG

FORD MUSTANG

FORD MUSTANG GT350

FORD ROADSTER

Coupe, 1966, rebuilt engine, new interior and headliner, all chrome replaced, sweet 6 cyl engine and auto gearbox, updated lights inc housings, great driver, Tel. 07737 174200. W Mids

The 1971 Mach 1 race car, yellow/orange Joey Logano No. 22 colours, great fun at track days or racing in Bernie’s V8S and the CSCC Future Classics races. A total blast at big circuits like Spa, Laguna Seca, Brands GP, Silverstone GP, not road reg. 5.7L 510hp V8 351W stroker 347 by Peter Knight, 3 sets of wheels, trailer. Tel. Marcus on 07748 111444. Chalfont St Giles

Tribute 4.7, V8, very first, 5 speed gearbox, s/s exhaust, s/s brake lines, f/r discs, many new parts, too much to list, £36,000 Tel. 01189 821846 or 07767 850895. Hants

1934, fibreglass replica, r/h/d, 2 ltr Pinto, manual gearbox, Cortina running gear, fully trimmed, MoT, good condition and usable, £12,000 ono Tel. Steve on 07790 930109. near Okehampton, Devon

FORD THUNDERBIRD

FORD THUNDERBIRD

FORD THUNDERBIRD

FORD THUNDERBIRD

1965, convertible, 390cu in V8 auto, power trunk, soft top, brakes, windows and driver’s seat, Auto park brake release, new tie rod ends, Tel. 07900 251233. algtraining@btinternet.com

Super coupe, 1989, manual gearbox with supercharger, sounds fantastic, interior vgc, everything works except air con, drives very well, car is nearly 30 years old, will MoT, Tel. 01268 597999; 07423 434487.

1978, Sport DŽcor Group model 6.6 ltr, first reg 1/1/78, imported Canada 2016, classic 70s icon, beautiful cond inside and out, fantastic 70s colour combination, Tel. 07935 792061. Suffolk

1964, 390, nice original car just needs a bit of work, MoT, not been used since end of last year, gearbox works fine and engine sounds nice, £6500 Tel. 07908 736045. Kent

FORD THUNDERBIRD

GMC DAY VAN

GMC SAVANA

HUPMOBILE SALOON

1971 Landau coupe V8 auto, met blue, 429CI, fully loaded, 85k miles, documented history, Florida import, well maintained, drives perfect, v orig thr’out, exc cond, £12,000 ono Tel. 07954 626815. Paphos, Cyprus

project, r/h/d, sound under body, 5.7, V8, petrol limo conversion, £2500 ono Tel. 07895 531864.

MoT March 19, many new parts inc tyres, 1997 model, £7500 Tel. 0797 7001641 for details.. W Mids

1926, ivory over black, artillery wheels, beautiful car, £27,000 ono Tel. 01252 658004; 07813 825849. Surrey michael.woodford2@ntlworld.com


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Coupe built in 2000, official UK spec car imported by Chrysler Dodge UK, one of last GTS models to be reg in UK (03/2001), same owner since new, 24k miles, 8 ltr V10 engine, 6 sp manual gearbox, MoT til 03-19, £36,666 Tel. 01603 400665. Norwich

S1600 truck, 6.9 ltr V8 diesel, 1987, has removable spec lift and 5th wheel, reg as recovery, 15,400 miles, perfect for showing, recovery or towing, p/x possible, £4500 ono Tel. 07748 978273. Norfolk

1982, MoT 25/05/19, newish tyres, lots of money spent on mechanicals, large history file, 169k, lovely interior and a very good looking vehicle that attracts lots of admirers, few bubbles appearing on the body but structurally sound, £9250 ono Tel. 07808 532061. Yeovil, Somerset, kurt1982@ hotmail.co.uk

1995, 4.0, hard and soft tops, recent service, clutch, battery, exhaust, w/pump, AA test welcome and PECH 40s, 50s or 38 Buick Special, why? £4745 ono Tel. 0208 6931003; 07884 428546. London

LANDMASTER 4X4

LINCOLN CAPRI

LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 3.8

LINCOLN TOWN CAR

choice of two, Dodge Chrysler running gear, Perkins engine, very rare vehicles, one taxed, other Sorn, £6000 ono Tel. 01767 640681; 07836 618210 for more details, will haggle.. Beds

1957 2dr coupe, vgc, UK reg, lovely driver, £22,000 Tel. 07443 564953. Suffolk

92, V6, with one off paint job in daily use, had lots of work to restore, MoT till 27/11/18, £3750 ono Tel. James on 07766 705022. Essex

1974, 45k, extremely original, stunning show stopper in supreme perfectly preserved condition, ex LOC concours winner, every single thing working as it should, MoT, £25,000 no offers Tel. Andre on 07775 846873. Staffs

MACH I MUSTANG

64 MERCURY COMET

MERCURY COMET

MERCURY PARKLANE

Truly like new, everything replaced or recond (new panels not second hand) body - f/wings, r/ wings, bonnet, boot, boot floor, complete new f&r suspension inc leaf springs and bushes complete custom exhaust system - sounds amazing!! plus many more too numerous to list, practically new, over 25k spent! Tel. 07818 402651.

Calienti 2-door coupe, 260 CI V8, 5-speed, new brakes, suspension, steering, radiater, w/pump, exhaust, tyres, battery, carpets, headlining, Texas car, £15,000 ono Tel. 01394 410507. Suffolk

imported and arrive in January, one owner car in USA, 260, V8, auto, p/s, p/b, runs great, needs a service, carb has a flat spot, gear stick can jump into gear, worn a-gate, interior is ok, but original seats need to be recovered as do door panels. Tel. 07758 360006. Essex

1965, Breezeway, 6.4L Marauder V8, £4000+ recently spent, rust free Texas car, paint original but faded, mechanically excellent, interior vgc for year, new MoT, £6995 ono Tel. 07951 975151. SE London

MOPAR DODGE SE

MUSTANG

MUSTANG

MUSTANG GRANDE 351

1974 South African r/h/d, Chrysler 383 big block, Torqueflite 3 sp auto gearbox, 7.25 rear end, MoT, an Australian Chrysler designed car based on the late 60’s American Mopar A-body, so mechanical parts are plentiful, £14,000 ono Tel. Phil 07845 328632.

A one of a kind head turner, chosen for its looks the 69 achieving the fiercest of all the Mustang styles, full parts bill alone for this car totalled almost 40k, £34,000 obo Tel. 07707 389240. Bucks

1966, recent import, MoT and reg, 3 speed manual, 200 cui 6 cylinder, older restoration, ready to show, £12,995 obo Tel. 07789 765406. Solihull, W Mids

1969, auto, V8, with Edelbrock carb, GT350 engine, Pipecraft exhaust, rim blow steering, p/ brakes original, emission pipe in tact plus original, solid, £14,950 Tel. 07591 578012. Cambs

PLYMOUTH FURY III

PONTIAC BONNEVILLE

PONTIAC FIERO 2.5SE

PONTIAC GRAND PRIX

1971, comprehensive history file inc orig build record sheet, 360 cu ins Chrysler V8 engine, automatic transmission, 96k miles, supported by old MoT’s etc, £11,000 ono Tel. 01359 251051. Suffolk

1965, beautiful big car cruiser, lovingly restored (documented), breezed thru 3 MoTs, lovely drive - it glides, excellent condition inside and out, 2 page spread in June Classic American, drive away bargain, £14,490 Tel. 07807 814280.

1987, Notchback, fully restored, MoT til Jun 19, good runner, £3750 Tel. Gordon on 07770 475048. Banffshire

1969, unique GM car designed by John DeLorean, got Car Life Magazine’s 1969 Engineering Award, only one in UK, completely renovated, many new parts, MoT til Apr 19, £13,500 Tel. 07801 989467; 01745 590388. Clwyd

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Convertible for sale, 1972, 455 cu in, V8, auto, good condition, 10 months MoT, good tyres, garage stored last 23 years, £15,000 Tel. 01283 575292. Staffs

1964, conv, red, 283/2 speed, new carb, Cragar wheels, MoT, drives lovely, had a new roof, pump, rear window (zip out) 8 yrs ago, 5k, offers around £13,000 Tel. Chris 07540 275811.

PONTIAC TRANS AM

PRO STREET 41 WILLY’S

1977, 6.6, auto trans, p/s, adj steering wheel, 35k, dry stored, Summer use vehicle, arriving in this country from the USA in 2014, recently MoT, tax free, Tel. 07752 598210. Cheshire

white, black silver flames, glass car built Stateside, all fresh imported 2014, 3k miles, Chevy BB 502 cu-in, wind tunnel ram twin Edelbrock carbs, £32,500 Tel. 07514 982851. Lincs

STUDEBAKER DICTATOR

TEMPEST STATION WAGON

1929, ivory over brown, show winner, beautiful car, £27,000 ono Tel. 01252 658004. Surrey

1964, exc cond, fully restored late 90’s, black plate California car imported 2017, 326HO engine (285hp), new s/s exhaust with orig series flowmaster mufflers, £17,995 Tel. 07796 583428. Brighton, Sussex

TRANS AM

WILLYS CJ2A

1977, Pontic V8, auto trans, runs and sounds fantastic, exceptional condition showing no rust in normal places, never been welded, all orig panel work, interior near perfect, £16,700 ovno Tel. Paul 07752 598210 for more info.. Cheshire

1946, working fire truck, drives well, 4-wheel drive, includes all fixtures fittings, more photos by email on request, £16,500 Tel. 07932 654290. Lincs beckwalking@aol.com for more info

For sale BUICK RIVIERA 1965, one year only clamshell headlamp model, genuine nos matching (2x4) 425 Gran Sport, part restored engine/gearbox refreshed, green, green trim, many spares, £5000. Tel. 01788 573402 or 07932 568641. Rugby. CHEVY PICK-UP rebuilt engines, new auto box Mustang, 2 front clip body good condition, new carpet fitted, new power steering. Offers. Tel. 07483 010805. Oxford. FORD MODEL 69C 1946 pick-up, r/h/d, restored 1989 in New Zealand, great old truck, needs some work, lots of history and spare parts, also almost new Ivor Williams 3.5 ton trailer, £14,000 ono. Tel. Brian 01404 548175. Devon. FORD MUSTANG various Mustang wings, 71-73 floor pans, bumpers, new rear quarters, 71-73 260cc motor, loads more Jaguar IRS, Chrysler 383 CI motor, . Tel. 07867 791464. Worcs. JAGUAR XJS rear axle, complete, low miles, Chrysler 383 motor of rebuild, Ford Mustang full floor plans, 71-73 Mustang new rear wings, new 69-70 front and rear bumpers, triple plate. 260 Cube Mustang engine, other new and s/h parts. Tel. 07867 791464. Worcs. MERCURY MONTEREY 1958, Pheaton 4-dr pillarless, turquoise with marble white flash, £2500 recently spent, new brakes, new wide Whitewall cokers, new steels, nuts and studs, much spent on 383 cu in motor inc new water pump, one UK reg owner, original; car never welded with original 49k on odometer, orig bill of sale and handbook, lots of history, Merc-o-matic push button auto, may p/x up to 5 grand but no Chevrolets. Tel. 075010 84121. Hants. MUSTANG GT350 number plate 350 MUS, this is for the number only, no car included! very sensible price, £3900 . Tel. Rich 07984 072185. Leics. PONTIAC FIERO 2.5 AUTO 1985, blue, 76k, huge history file by last owner of 23 years, paint not perfect but looks and drives great with large rear spoiler, superb grey interior, MoT, ready to ride, £2750. Tel. 07711 286214. N. E. PONTIAC GRAND AM GT 1999, 3.4, V6, auto, 2-door coupe, white, 118,200 miles, MoT, s/h, reliable, grey cloth interior, USB stereo, 30mpg, good daily driver or show car, uprated head gaskets, v good tyres, vgc, must sell, open to offers. Open to offers. Tel. 07786 965799. S’oton. pstreader@ gmail.com

PONTIAC TRANS AM 6.6 1977, auto trans, p/s, adj steering wheel, good example of this fast appreciating American classic, dry state car doesn’t show any of the usual corrosion issues associated with this model, body panels are as good inside as they are outside, no signs of accident damage and currently has an odometer reading of approximately 35,000, acquired by me in 2015 and kept dry stored, Summer use only, c/w good history file along with build sheet, recent MoT, no advisories. Please call for more information. Tel. 07752 598210. Cheshire. SHELBY GT500 Convertible, 2007, 7k miles only, one owner, always garaged, never seen rain! £38,000 ono. Tel. Geoff 07974 381319 for details . Cornwall. SHELBY MUSTANG 350 Fastback recreation, black with gold stripe, 289, V8 with auto box, genuine Shelby rocker covers, sump, inlet manifold, wheels, engine brace, plexi rear windows (as per Shelby), seat belts, new tyres, steering wheel, starter motor, shocks, fuel tank, silencers, a seriously nice car, all good underneath, fully refurbished upholstery and head lining, long MoT, £30,500 ono. Tel. 07957 139006. Herts. WANTED FOR 1968/69 Ford Ranchero fibreglass top - canopy. Tel. 07747 636421. Northants.

Parts for sale 31 AF SPANNERS small and large sizes, open ended and ring +15-piece socket set and wheel bolt remover tool, 3 sizes, £28. Tel. 01344 649299. Berks. BROOKES AUTOMOBILE HANDBOOK Chicago 1924, 700 pages, £15 inc post. Tel. 01423 709175. Yorks. 1954 CHEVY TRUCK new master cylinder, original type, £100; 2 kingpin sets, 1/2 ton, £100 pair; running boards, new, boxed, £440; door latches, new, £35 each. Tel. 07904 154853. Oxfordshire. 1954 CHEVY TRUCK one inner wing, powder coated black driver’s side, £95; one 15in square wheel, original steel, 6-stud, new, X-ply tyre fitted, £45 . Tel. 07904 154853. Oxfordshire. 1960-70S CHROME FORD LETTERS in Ford box 25, letters, Offers. Tel. 07971 687318. N Devon. 1972 CORVETTE V8 350 engine plus auto box, 56k miles, £1600 ono; 1950 Ford 8BA flathead V8 plus man gearbox, engine needs rebuild, £950 ono. Tel. Brian on 01404 548175.


CLASSIC AMERICAN READER ADVERTS AMERICAN RACING TORQUE £800. Tel. 07939 056316. London. CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 1968 or El Camino inner front fender, brand new spare part surplus to my needs, £100 ono; collection only Coventry. . Tel. Matt 07810 770882. W Mids. CHEVY/GMC STEPSIDE Pick-up hard top and bed liner. Any questions please ring on £500 ono. Tel. 07833 794196 or 01539 823310. . CLASSIC AMERICAN MAGAZINES We have 5 magazines from 2004, all magazines (12 per year) from 20052016, 10 magazines from January October 2017. Located Bedfordshire UK. Will need to be collected due to volume and weight. Offers around £50. Tel. 07742 319832. COOPER LIFELINER CLASSIC tyres, Whitewall 1” 215, 75, 15, good tread, £10 each. Tel. 07549 931707. Lancs. FERRARI F40 NEW OEM wheel set for sale, Ferrari F40 new wheel set, this is a set of wheels for a Ferrari F40, fronts 17x8/rears 17 x 13, these are new and unused OEM parts supplied by Ferrari, . Tel. 07415 973943. W Glam. FLOWMASTER EXHAUST two just taken off my car, £200 for the two; buyer to collect. Tel. 01744 23200. Lancs. FORD FALCON PANELS 1964, two rear wings, these are usually unavailable, £300; also two front wings, £250 could deliver to London. Tel. 01677 470597. N Yorks. JOB LOT of assorted magazines: Custom Car, Hot Rod & Custom, Street Machine, Classic American and American Car, earliest are 1970 and most recent is 2017, total mags - 136, mostly vgc, free to whoever wants them. Collection only. Tel. 0208 7776821. Croydon, Surrey. KUB 1K UNIQUE NUMBER PLATE for sale it would look amazing on any post 1971 big block cu in car, plate on retention certificate, looking for serious sensible offers. Tel. 07774 436271. Herts. L78 X 15 BFG (COKER) Silvertown bias belted tyres, 5 of; dual Whitewalls, Cadillac option in early 70s, 1.125 inch and 0.375” wide whites, good looking tyres, rare, specially imported from the States at cost of £1250,only covered around 1000 miles, would suit show Cadillac from the 60s/early 70s. Come and take a look. Offers. Tel. Jim 01254 693816 or 0744 4026365. Lancs. LATE 2016 REG RU66 USA for sale, on retention cert, would look great on a new muscle car or Harley etc, similar plate auctioned by DVLA for several thousand on release. Offers around £2000 . Tel. 07760 170663. Sussex. PONTIAC TRANS Sport engine and gearbox, 1992, 3.8 ltr V6, c/w most ancillaries, approx 86k, was removed from my vehicle when it was written off and put into the garage to be stored but since i have sold my other Trans Sport, £500 ono. Tel. Phil on (07701) 078725. general@horstwessel.co.uk RANDOM PARTS, VARIOUS PRICES - Chrysler 340 basic engine, Ford 5.0 V8, complete engine, Chev 350 V8 basic engine, 283 Chev cast iron gearbox, rear axles - 71 Mustang Mach 1, 84 Corvette C4, 77 Pontiac Grand Prix, two good Mach I front wings. Tel. 07836 694920. Isle of Wight.

RT55 BEE Great MOPAR/Chevy plate used it on my pick-up truck for a while when moving muscle car around, on retention cert fees paid 2005 onward, offers please. Tel. 07760 170663. Sussex. TORQUE THRUST ALLOYS new 15x6 GM application, set of qty 4 with hub cars and wheel nuts, by American Racing, unused boxed, £650. Tel. 01743 718939. Shrewsbury. TREMEC TR3550 5 speed manual gearbox with clutch, bell housing and flywheel for Small Block Chevy V8. Also has hydraulic clutch and yoke with uj, any questions please ring on £2000 ono. Tel. 07833 794196 or 01539 823310. Cumbria.

Wanted BRONCO 86, pref. E. Bauer, poss take Lincoln 60/70`s, L.t.d. estate or sim, swap4 Mercedes 230TE auto, estate, 69k, 1988, many new parts fitted batt, exhaust, brakes, rad, auto box, +snap-on tools or/& pro camera items/wildlife-items. Tel. 01277 200530. dcian@fastemail.us BRONCO `86 prefer, or Ford LTD estate, 60/70`s Lincoln, swap4 Mercedes 230TE estate, 69k, many new parts inc. auto box, exhaust, batt, brakes, etc and/or pro camera items, snap-on tools. Tel. 01277 200530. Essex. C7 CORVETTE WANTED Coupe or convertible, manual or autok, quick purchase and quick collection. Tel. 07739 360486. Cambs. FIFTIES CADILLAC WANTED. prefer coupe or convertible but will consider nice Sedan, may consider a nice Oldsmobile or Buick or Pontiac or maybe an Impala. Tel. 07836 349356. olds59@btinternet.com FORD RANCHERO wanted, fibreglass top - candy for 1977/76. Tel. 07746 36421. Northampton. JEEP J10 1979 wanted rear sliding cab window for J10, J20 pick-up. Tel. 07853 173870. W Mids. WANTED WANTED WANTED 50s/60s Yank, anything considered, no basket cases or rat rods or dreamers please, pockets full of cash waiting. Tel. Frank 07914 269344;0208 5046891. Woodford, Essex. frankmiddleweek@gmail.com WANTED: BRONCO 1986 E. Buaer type auto, alloys, (will take linclon,ford s/wagon), swap4 Merc 230TE estate auto, 1988, 69k, many new parts autobox, batt, exhaust, brakes, etc. + pro camera items and collection, and/or snap-on tools. Tel. 01277 200530. Essex. MERCURY METEOR MONTEREY or Marauder, 1966/67, 2-door coupe wanted. Tel. 07946 730286; 0116 2395839 (no texts).

Parts wanted CADILLAC CONTROL ARM new fit, 1988-1993, £80; nalso set of spanners, fit all Yank cars, £25; muscle car DVD’s, £10; also Elvis Presley vinyl, records, books, posters, too much to list. Tel. Rob 07747 585707. S Wales. CORVETTE PROJECT WANTED Unfinished, rough, out of MoT, will collect any distance. Tel. 07739 360486. Cambs.

CORVETTE WHEELS WANTED steels or alloys, with or without tyres, will collect. Tel. 07739 360486. Lincs. FORD GALAXIE Fairlane, 1959 front bumper, any repairable condition, I’m also after tail lights and dash fuel guage and other dash parts. Tel. Oliver 07876 207654. Huntingdon. FORD THUNDERBIRD 1966, brake booster, brake booster check valve and front brake pads required. Tel. Ken 07917 337588. Dorset. FORD THUNDERBIRD 65/66 steering box wanted, (2 year only part). Tel. 07973 233121. Leatherhead, Surrey. MUSTANG MACH I/BOSS ‘69/70 rear spoiler and fittings, text or phone Michael . Tel. 0191 5284390; 07895 982832. Sunderland. WANTED TILT STEERING COLUMN floor shift, in chrome with steering wheel and boss kit for a 1966 Chevy C10 Pick-up. Tel. Keith on 01423 866472. N Yorks.

Miscellaneous AMERICAN CAR BOOKS in colour, 1950s-60s-70s, my collection, can post, all makes, and original American car adverts 1950s-60s. Tel. 07827 954068. N Devon. AMERICAN RACING WHEELS with tyres, Chevrolet/Jaguar pattern, 15 x 4.5J and 15 x 8.5J, Michelin 195/65, DOT 2913, very good tread, BF Goodrich 255/60 DOT 4009 about half worn with the white lettering on the inside, £800 . Tel. Michael 07939 056316. S W London. AMERICAN VINTAGE GUITARS for sale, Gretsch 6120 double cut-away, Chet Atkins model, 1969, orange original case, £2550; Les Paul deluxe, tobacco sunburst, original case, 1979, £2750, both fabulous condition can del/post owned over 30 years. Tel. 07737 174200. W Mids. BIG RIGS, TRUCKS, CLASSIC & MUSCLE CARS books, mags, posters, brochures, etc. swap4 any car mags, any country, 86 Bronco shop manual etc, anything Lamborghini. Tel. 01277 200530. cian@fastemail.us CADILLAC CONTROL ARM 19881993, brand new, also muscle car DVDs, also set Yank car spanners in case, also Elvis Presley records, books etc, all mint, . Tel. Rob 07747 585707. S Wales. CLASSIC AMERICAN MAGAZINE No 1 to present month, all in binders, buyer collects, £80. Tel. 07944 574199. Cambs. CLASSIC AMERICAN MAGAZINES large collection going back 20 years, free for collection. Tel. 07516 456411. N Yorks. CLASSIC AMERICAN MAGAZINES: large amount, going back 20 years, free to collect. Tel. 07511 705671. N Yorks. CORVETTE CATALOGUES visual history from 1953 to 1991 by Terry Jackson, £10 inc post. Tel. 01423 709175. N Yorks. DINKY TOYS: Cadillac Eldorado, No. 175, purple, virtually mint, boxed condition, £75; also Lincoln Continental, No. 170, excellent condition, no box, hence £45. Tel. 07504 327299.

NUMEROUS AMERICAN model cars in original boxes, £15 each; also many years of CA magazines, good condition, £30 per year. Tel. 07904 154853. Oxfordshire. JEEP WRANGLER YJ40 1995, black, soft top, excellent windows, no frames, £225 ono. Tel. 0208 6931003. London. JIM BEAM WHISKEY DECANTER in shape of Chevy Caprice police car, 1:18 scale, boxed but sadly empty, hence £60. Tel. 07504 327299. Torquay. LARGE AMERICAN BOOK “American At The Wheel”, 100 Years Of The Automobile in America, as new, from 1993 edition, excellent condition. Tel. 01344 649299. Berks. MI GIRLS Have you bought your lady the car of her dreams. Show everyone. (M161 RLS). Best offer over £1500 secures. Tel. 01634 251026. Kent. MILLS HI-TOP SLOT MACHINE 1948, one arm bandit, US made, fully restored with some original patina, c/w keys and over 400 sixpences, £1000 . Tel. 01254 729849 or 07931 688207. Lancs. PIB 440 registration number on retention certificate for sale, perfect plate for your big block Mopar, £1000. Tel. Peter on 0777 5714239. ROCKOLA SIXTIES JUKE BOX vgc owned over 40 years, needs a service due to standing a long time, £4000 . Tel. 07798 866071. Middx. TWO JUKE BOXES two vintage push bikes, Bennet petrol pump etc, all American. Tel. 01708 446174 for details. Essex. USA NUMBER PLATES: Texas 69, Missouri 76, Washington 84, Tenn 76, Penna 51, Washington DC 70, Ohio 73, Sheldonhurst Gofer WN63, Texas Trailer 77, £80 lot or £10 each. Tel. 07968 659967. Kent.


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elcome to the fifth Classic American Glovebox Guide! We’ve put this gloveboxsized handbook together so you can keep it in your glovebox or office drawer, with the specific idea of it being an invaluable resource for any American vehicle owner. And we mean any American vehicle owner – whether it’s a Model T or a brand-new Cadillac, you’ll find valuable and useful listings in here for any American car, truck or other type of vehicle. We’ve had excellent feedback since the first one almost nine years ago now and it makes sense to keep it continuously updated as new businesses start and others disappear. There are two types of listings: alphabetical and by business type, so whatever you’re after, you should be able to find it quickly and easily. Classic American is often referred to as the bible of the American car scene in the UK, but we reckon that’s really a title probably more suited to the Glovebox Guide. As always, do let us know if you think there are changes or improvements we could add to make the Classic American Glovebox Guide even better.

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ACCESSORIES American Auto Mags 3 Foxes Hey, Delamere Park, Cuddington, Cheshire CW8 2UU 01606 888324 www.americanauto mags.com American Classic Diecast Suffolk 07754 341647 www.americanclassic-diecast.co.uk Anglo American Oil Company 58 Holton Heath Trading Park, Holton Road, Poole, Dorset BH16 6LT 01929 551557 www.aaoil.co.uk Auto Build Chestnut Tree Cottage, One Pin Lane, Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire SL2 3QY 01753 648484 www.autobuildltd.co.uk Automec Equipment & Parts Ltd 36 Ballmoor, Buckingham Industrial Park, Buckingham MK18 1RQ 01280 822818 www.automec.co.uk Battle Orders Limited Chaucer Industrial Estate, Dittons Road, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6JF 01323 488445 Classic World Racing 66 Arthur Street, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 8JY 01527 521050 classicworldracing.co.uk

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Cover Systems 49 Grove Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 OYD 01933 410851 cover-systems.co.uk Custom Gas Pumps 5 Margaret Road, Romford, Essex RM2 5SH 01763 284071 customgaspumps.co.uk Frost Auto Restoration Techniques Ltd Eagle Ironworks Crawford Street Rochdale Lancashire OL16 5NU 01706 658619 www.frost.co.uk Haynes Ford 23 Ashford Road, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5DQ 01622 616297 www.kentmustang.com Hobbyweld Newbiggin Lane, Westerhope, Tyne & Wear NE5 1LX 0800 4334331 www.hobbyweld.co.uk Hydra Technologies Ltd Unit 5 Europa Way, Swansea West Business Park, Fforestfach, Swansea SA5 4AJ 01792 586800 www.hydratech.co.uk Impact Signs and Design Ltd Unit 6B Lyon Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 5DG 0161 929 9594 impactshowplates. co.uk

Mothers Car Care UK Unit 1, Bretfield Court, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire WF12 9BG 01924 469920 motherscarcare.co.uk

Swing O Ramic The Gale House Mill Row, Eylsham Norwich, NR11 6HZ 01263 732323 www.swingoramic.com

Motormarks 155 Gynsill Close, Anstey, Leicestershire LE7 7AN 01162 350116 www.motormarks.co.uk

Tinleytech The New Barns, Mill Road, Great Gransden, Cambridgeshire SG19 3AG 01767 676181 www.tinleytech.co.uk

Redrocket Stour Villa, 23 Julian’s Road, Wimbourne, Dorset BH21 1EF 07989 748094 www.redrocketltd. co.uk Robin Bark Motorart 07767 824633 robinbark-motorart. com Rustys Speed Shop Unit 19, Inmosthay, Portland, Dorset DT5 2JU 01305 824048 rustyspeedshop.com Speedking Tools 38 Queen Street Premier Business Park, Walsall, West Midlands WS2 9QE 01922 627761 speedkingtools.com Spyder Air Ltd 19 Avondale Avenue London N12 8EP 0208 445 6811 www.bikedryer.co.uk States Plates Le Bourg, St Avit Senieur, 24440 France 0033 553 582910 www.states-plates.com

Topspeed Automotive 17-19 The Broadway, New Haw, Surrey KT15 3EU 01932 506070 www.topspeed automotive.co.uk Warrs Harley Davidson 611 Kings Road, London SW6 2EL 0207 736 2934 www.warrs.co.uk INSURANCE Adrian Flux Insurance Services East Winch Hall, East Winch, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE32 1HN 0800 085 5000 www.adrianflux.co.uk Bishop Calway Insurance Services First Floor, 81 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2BB 01273 820303 peterstaylor.co.uk Brentacre Insurance Services Ltd Cambrian House, Cambrian Place, Swansea SA1 1RH 01792 650933 www.brentacre.co.uk

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Classicline Insurance Services Ltd 138 Castle Street, Hinckley, LE10 1DD 01455 639000 www.classicline insurance.co.uk Diamond Insurance Consultants Springwell House, 64 Western Road, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 4BB 01442 825481 diamondinsurance.net Footman James Castlegate House, Castlegate Way, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4TA 0333 207 6000 footmanjames.co.uk Glynwood Insurance 7 Bridge Cross Road, Burntwood, Staffordshire WS7 2BU 01543 675163 www.glynwood.co.uk Graham Sykes Insurance Rolle Street, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2SN 01395 255 100 www.graham-sykes. co.uk Hagerty International Ltd The Arch Barn, Pury Hill Farm, Alderton, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 7TB www.hagerty insurance.co.uk Performance Direct Tollgate House, 96 Market Place, Romford, Essex RM1 3ER 0844 573 3567 www.performance direct.co.uk/american

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RH Specialist Insurance Library House New Road, Brentwood Essex CM14 4GD 01277 206911 www.rhspecialist insurance.co.uk

American Autoglass Unit 4 Mynd Industrial Estate, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6EA 01694 720039 www.americanglass. co.uk

Automec Equipment & Parts Ltd 36 Ballmoor, Buckingham Industrial Park, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire MK18 1RQ 01280 822818 www.automec.co.uk

Stevenage Insurance Services Mindenhall Court, High Street, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 3UN 01438 313251 www.stevenage insurance.com

American Auto Centre Kingsbury Road, Minworth, Sutton ColdďŹ eld, West Midlands B76 9DD 01213 517655 www.americanautocentre.co.uk

Blended Products Ltd The Flarepath, Elsham Wold Industrial Estate, Brigg, North Lincolnshire DN20 0SP 01652 680555 www.blendedproducts.co.uk

PARTS 12 Volt Planet Unit 22A Monument Business Park, Warpsgrove Lane, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire OX44 7RW 01865 236446 www.12voltplanet. co.uk

American Technique Unit 1b Sandown Road Industrial Estate, Watford, Hertfordshire WD24 7UB www.american technique.co.uk

Aaron Radiator 54 Whitehorse Lane, London SE25 6RQ 0330 202 0180 aaronradiator.co.uk

American Vehicle Parts Sherrod House, Chilford Court, Braintree, Essex CM7 2QS 01376 552552 www.american vehicleparts.co.uk

Adrian James 10 Westview, Paulton, Bristol BS39 7XJ 01761 413933 www.radios.freeserve. co.uk AJ’s Autoparts 17 Hilary Road, Poole, Dorset BH17 7LZ 07884 207075 Allisport 23-25 Foxes Bridge Road, Forest Vale Industrial Estate, Cinderford, Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire GL14 2PQ 01594826045 www.allisport.com

Auto Electric Supplies Ltd Granville House, 11 Cross Street, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire WR15 8EF 01584 819552 autoelectricsupplies. co.uk Automatic Gear Box Spain Malaga, Spain 0034 952 622 275 www.automaticgearboxspain.com

CM Frost Auto Parts Ltd 6 Everitt Close, Denington Ind Est, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 2QE 01933 225564 cmfrost.co.uk Corvette Kingdom The Granaries, North End Road, Felmingham, Norfolk NR28 0JY 01263 739944 www.corvetteuk.com Embermere Ltd Unit 9 Tomo Industrial Estate, Packet Boat Lane, Uxbridge UB8 2JP 01895 440505 www.realsteel.co.uk Europa SVT Fauld Industrial Park, Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire DE13 9HS 01283 816969 www.europasvt.com Frost Auto Restoration Techniques Ltd Eagle Ironworks,

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Crawford Street, Rochdale,Lancashire OL16 5NU 01706 658619 www.frost.co.uk Hauser Racing Ltd 101A Irthlingborough Road, Finedon, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN9 5EJ 01933 682500 www.hauserracing.com Ian Webb Specialist Cars Higher Clicker Farm, Horningtops, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 3QA 07813 135360 carandclassic.co.uk Nemesis UK Performance Ltd Unit 74 Basepoint Business Centre, Isidore Road, Bromsgrove, Birmingham B60 3ET 01212 882561 www.nemesisuk.com North Hants Tyres Christy Estate, Ivy Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU12 4TX 01252 318666 www.northantstyres. com NPD Link 900 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 001 352 861 8701 www.npdlink.com Original Parts Group 1770 Saturn Way, Seal Beach CA 90740, US 001 562 594 1000 www.opgi.com Parts USA 13 The Gate Centre Bredbury Park Way Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2SN www.partsusa.co.uk

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Performance Unlimited 3 Chessingham Park, Dunnington, York, North Yorkshire YO19 5SE 01904 489332 www.performance unlimited.co.uk Pertronix Europe Compton Place Business Centre, Surrey Avenue, Camberley, Surrey GU15 3DX 01276 65554 www.pertronix.com Pipecraft Unit 22-23 Orion Court, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, Essex SS14 3DB 01268 285535 Pontiac Parts 48 Clarkes Road Wigston Leicestershire LE18 2BE 07976 235711 www.pontiacparts.co.uk Pro Alloy Motorsport Ltd 15 Rookwood Way Haverhill Suffolk CB9 8PB 0845 2267561 www.proalloy.co.uk Probuild American Norwich 07710 623045 or 01603 301077 www.probuildamerican. com Profusion Customs Unit 8 Coln Ind Est, Old Bath Road, Heathrow, Berkshire SL3 0NJ 01753 686878 www.profusioncustoms. com

Rock Auto LLC 6418 Normandy Lane, Madison, Wisconsin, US 001 608 661 1376 www.rockauto.com Rodley Motors Terry’s Mill, Cutler Heights Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD4 9PD 01274 688968 rodleymotors.co.uk Rogers Transmission Homefield Garage, Ship Lane, Sutton at Hone, Dartford, Kent DA4 9EE 01322 865757 Rustys Speed Shop Unit 19 Inmosthay, Portland, Dorset DT5 2JU 01305 824048 www.rustyspeedshop. com Specialised Engines Ltd Unit 15 Curzon Drive Grays, Essex RM17 6BG 01375 378606 www.specialisedengines.co.uk Specialist Auto Parts Unit 7 Venture 7, Brympton Way, Lynx West Trading Estate, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 2HP 01935 426517 www.specauto.co.uk Star Automotive 14 Cormorant Drive, Hythe, Southampton SO45 3GG 02380 849311 www.bitz4oldkarz.com Steele Rubber Products 6180 E. NC 150 Hwy Denver, NC 28037 US 001 704 483 9343 www.steelerubber. com/ca

Summit Racing 1200 Southeast Avenue, Tallmadge, OH 44278 001 330 630 0240 www.summitracing. com Think Automotive 292 Worton Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6EL 0208 5681172 www.thinkauto.com Topspeed Automotive 17-19 The Broadway, New Haw, Surrey KT15 3EU 01932 506070 www.topspeedparts. co.uk Ultimate Spares of America Northfield Mill, Poynt Close, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0UB 01953 601410 www.ultimatespares. co.uk US Automotive Ltd 19 St Martin’s Way, Bedford MK42 OLF 01234 273155 usautomotive.co.uk Vehicle Wiring Products Ltd 9 Buxton Court, Manners Ind Est, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 8EF 0115 930 5454 www.vehicleproducts. co.uk Vintage Tyre Supplies National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire S042 7ZN 01590 612261 www.vintagetyres.com WASP Limited Box Cottage, Suspension Bridge, Welney, Norfolk PE14 9ZJ 01354 610333

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West Midland American 1 Brunel Court, Enterprise Drive, Four Ashes, Wolverhampton WV10 7DF 01902 798840 www.american-vehicles. com SERVICE AND REPAIR Abbey Motorists Centre 51 Cartersfield Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1JD 01992 701201 www.abbeymotor istscentre.co.uk Ace Autos Unit 7 Anchor Business Park, Wakefield Road, Liversedge, WF15 6AU 01924 410700 aceremapping.co.uk Adrian James 10 Westview, Paulton, Bristol BS39 7XJ 01761 413933 www.radios.freeserve. co.uk Alan Carrington Big Allington Farm, Pilgrims Way, Hollingbourne, Kent ME17 1RD 01622 880005 www.alancarrington. com Alders Automotive Units 4 & 5 Northfield Business Park, Lower Dicker, East Sussex BN27 4BZ 01323 848448 wwvv.aldersautomotive. co.uk American Auto Services 130 West End Lane, Harlington, Hayes,

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Middlesex UB3 5LY 0208 754 1160 www.americanauto services.co.uk American Classic Automotive The Old Romney Theatre Ambrosden, Oxfordshire OX25 2LU 01869 601028 www.americanclassic automotive.com American Car Repairs Unit 2, Old Saw Mills, Airfield Road, Podington, Northampton NN4 7XA 07802 150103 www.americancar repairs.co.uk Anglo American Motor Company Ibex Yard, Ferro Fields, Scaldwell Road Industrial Estate, Brixworth, Northampton, NN6 9UA 01604 882222 www.angloamericanmotor.co.uk APD Automotive Unit B3 Connaught Business Centre, 22 Willow Lane, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4NA 02086 400729 www.apdautomotive. co.uk

American Vehicle Services Unit 10, Benfield Way, Braintree, Essex CM7 3YS 01376 345399

Corvette Kingdom North End Road, Felmingham, Norfolk NR28 0JY 01263 739944 www.corvetteuk.com

Back to Life Cars Farriers Way, Temple Farm Ind Est, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 5RY 07414 955384 www.backtolifecars. com

Cumberland Auto Care Unit E1 Cumberland Road Trading Estate, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 5DF 01509 238977 www.cumberlandautocare.co.uk

Brookside Aircooled Unit b The Grain Store, New House Farm, Lea End Lane, Hopwood, Birmingham B48 7AY 07971 209732 Burnham Autos Queens Farm Road, Viking Business Park, Shorne, Gravesend, Kent DA12 3HU 01474 824007 www.burnhamautos. com C.A.R.S Unit 24A The Bluebell Business Estate, Sheffield Park, Uckfield, Sussex TN22 3HQ 01825 722641 www.carsamerican.com

Atkins Welding Unit 2 Akenham Hall Farm, Henley Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 0HL 07879 614490 www.atkinsweldingipswich.co.uk

Carhoods Direct Suite 1, 2 Mount Sion, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1UE 03336 668007 www.carhoodsdirect. co.uk

Auto Panels Northeast Unit 1 Penshaw Way, Birtley, Chester-Le-Street, County Durham DH3 2SA 0191 492 2525 www.auto-panels.co.uk

Castleford American Autos Ltd 30 Methley Road, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 1PA 01977 604060 www.cas-am.co.uk

Custom Exotics Ltd Unit 5 South Place, Harlow, Essex CM20 2AN 01279 441133 customexotics.co.uk Dixie Automotive Surrey 07927 662435 www.dixieusacars.com Froods Auto Services Units 10-12, Darlington Close, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 1RW 01767 680868 www.froodsauto services.co.uk Hauser Racing Ltd 101A Irthlingborough Road, Finedon, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN9 5EJ 01933 682500 www.hauserracing.com Hilltop Performance Trucks Hilltop Garage, Yarcombe, Honiton, Devon EX14 9EB 01404 861525 hilltopservices.co.uk Hoods County Custom Unit 18 Robert Leonard Industrial Site, Aviation Way, Southend on Sea, Essex SS2 6GG 01702 547999 www.hoodsgalore.co.uk

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Hotrods Hull 39-43 Thomas Street, Hull, East Yorkshire HU9 1EH 07748 825410 www.hotrodshull.co.uk Hot Rod Technologies Units 6-7 Bullsbridge Industrial Estate, Hayes Road, Southall, Middlesex UB2 5NB 0208 7563873 www.hotrodtechnologies.com Ian Webb Specialist Cars Higher Clicker Farm, Horningtops, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 3QA 07813 135360 carandclassic.co.uk JC Auto Finishers Ltd Unit 1 Home Farm, Baynard’s Park Estate, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8EQ 01483 268111 www.jcautofinishers. co.uk KZ Kustomz Forge House, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk NR14 6NR 01508 548776 www.kzkustomz.co.uk MAG American 8 Rye Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2HG 01279 503626 www.magamerican. co.uk Mech Spray 11 Miles Place, Rochester, Kent ME1 2EW 01634 847940 www.mechspray.com

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Mech-Mate Ltd Quick Moor Lane, Commonwood, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire WD4 9BA 01923 265500 www.mech-mate.com Mid Beds Vehicle Restoration Unit 12 Whites Farm, Great North Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9BE 01767 317855 www.mbvr.co.uk Motor Wheel Service International Units 1-4 Elder Way, Waterside Drive, Langley, Slough, Berkshire SL3 6EP 01753 549360 www.mwsint.com Mustang Workshop Ltd Werwood Cottage, Bartley Heath, Hook, Hampshire RG27 9AB 01256 761991 www.mustangworkshop.co.uk Nemesis UK Performance Ltd Unit 74 Basepoint Business Centre, Isidore Road, Bromsgrove, Birmingham B60 3ET 01212 882561 www.nemesisuk.com North American Motor Co. 107 Park Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6LP 01252 515750 www.namco american.com

Paragon MoT & Service Centre 59 Rothersthorpe Crescent, Far Cotton, Northampton NN4 8JD 01604 874752 www.paragonauto. co.uk Peels Motorkraft 107 Crews Hole Road, St George, Bristol BS5 8AY 01179 351661 peelsmotorkraft.co.uk Peter Taylor Holt Cottage, Church Path, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1SJ 07860 488146 Pipecraft Unit 22-23 Orion Court, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, Essex SS14 3DB 01268 285535 Pro Alloy Motorsport Ltd 15 Rookwood Way, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 8PB 0845 2267561 www.proalloy.co.uk Redline American Muscle 01622 791916 www.redlineamericanmuscle.co.uk Rock n Roll Motors Shed 5, Old Dock, Grangemouth, Scotland FK3 8UF 07593 187939 rocknrollmotors.co.uk Rustys Speed Shop Unit 19 Inmosthay, Portland, Dorset DT5 2JU 01305 824048 rustyspeedshop.com

Specialised Engines Ltd Unit 15 Curzon Drive Grays, Essex, RM17 6BG 01375 378606 www.specialisedengines.co.uk Tornado Automotive Cressex Business Park Halifax Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 3SN 01494 531285 www.tornadoautos.com Vehicle & General Platers Ltd 4a Portland Industrial Estate, Arlesey, Bedfordshire SG15 6SG 01462 730396 West Midland American 1 Brunel Court, Enterprise Drive, Four Ashes, Wolverhampton WV10 7DF 01902 798840 www.americanvehicles.com Wheels in Motion 19 Potters Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes MK11 3HE 01908 631115 wheelsin-motion.co.uk Wisbech Engineering 60 Lynn Road, Terrington St Clement, Norfolk PE34 4JX 01553 828038 wisbechengineering.com Wrench Garage Services Unit 3 Nairn Business Centre, Artex Avenue, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 3LN 01903 786464 www.wrenchgarage services.co.uk

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SHIPPING AND TRANSPORT Autofreight Limited Burnt Common Lane, Ripley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6HD 01483 222256 www.autofreightltd. co.uk D W Transport Services 55 Seaforth Avenue, Minster-on-Sea, Kent 01795 511332 www.dwtransport.co.uk Golden Chariots (Imports) Ltd 01902 790797 goldenchariots.com Hill Shipping 228 Chequers Road, Sheerness, Kent ME12 3SJ 01795 876000 www.hillshipping.com Import My Vehicle Unit 62 Tanners Drive, Blakelands, Milton Keynes MK14 5BP 01908 887917 importmyvehicle.com Kingstown Shipping Ferry Berth, King George Dock, Hull HU9 5PR 01482 374116 www.kingstown-shipping.co.uk RJJ Freight Ltd RJJ House, Haven Exchange South, Felixstowe, Ipswich, Suffolk IP11 2QE 01394 673466 www.rjjfreight.co.uk Schumacher Cargo UK Ltd 11 King William Street, Needham Market,

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Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 8AE 01449 723576 schumachercargo.com VEHICLE HIRE Spurr Cars The Old Wheel, Rowell Lane, Loxley Valley, Sheffield, S6 6SD 0114 231 5000 spurrclassiccars.com Star Car Hire 8 Grace Avenue, Ballygalley, Larne, Belfast, BT40 2QN 028 2858 3500 www.starcarhire.co.uk VEHICLE SALES 51st State Autos 3 The Grange, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3QF 01992 651704 www.51stateautos.com Adrian Dromey Lincolnshire LN13 0JP 01507 211599 Alan Carrington Big Allington Farm, Pilgrims Way, Hollingbourne, Kent ME17 1RD 01622 880005 www.alancarrington. com Alan Claydon Romford, Essex RM3 9AT 07523 899160 www.classiccarsales. org.uk Alexander Autos 41 Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LG 0141 561 5432 www.alexander autos.co.uk

American Car Centre 20 Lettice Street, Fulham, London SW6 4EH 0207 371 0920 americancarcentre.com American Dreams 234a Stroud Road, Tuffley, Gloucester GL4 0AU 01452 414319 Anglo American Motor Company Ibex Yard, Ferro Fields, Scaldwell Road Ind Est, Brixworth, Northampton NN6 9UA 01604 882222 www.angloamericanmotor.co.uk Castleford American Autos Ltd 30 Methley Road, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 1PA 01977 604060 www.cas-am.co.uk Chris Graham Cars Cheshire 01270 780232 www.chrisgraham corvettes.co.uk Clive Sutton Ltd 151b Park Road, St Johns Wood, London NW8 7HT 0207 483 6500 www.clivesutton.co.uk Corvette Kingdom The Granaries, North End Road, Felmingham, Norfolk NR28 0JY 01263 739944 www.corvetteuk.com

Cotswold Collectors Cars Ltd 1 Fulbrook Manor Cottage, Upper End Oxfordshire OX18 4BX 01242 821600 www.cotswoldcars.com David Boatwright Partnership Chilford Court, Braintree, Essex CM7 2QS 01376 552399 www.boatwright.co.uk David Johnson Partnership Neary Way, Daveyhume, Manchester, M41 7FP 01617 478749 www.davidjohnson partnership.com Days’ Autos Brookmans Farm, Lower Bunton, Brentwood, Essex 07836 639603 www.powerglide.webeden.co.uk Discovery Classic Cars California, US 00192 563 95666 www.discoveryclassiccars.net Dixie Automotive Surrey 07927 662435 www.dixieusacars.com Dream Cars 82 Holmethorpe Avenue, Redhill, Surrey RH1 2NL 01737 765 050 www.dreamcars.co.uk Fast Lane Classics St Albans, Hertfordshire AL2 2HP 01727 809813 www.fastlaneclassics. co.uk

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Florida Trucks Holmwood Farm, Slough Lane, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 4LX 01245 223142 Fontain Motors Ltd 9 High Street, Iver, Buckinghamshire SL0 9ND 01753 650909 www.themustang specialist.com Haynes Ford 23 Ashford Road, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5DQ 01622 616297 www.kentmustang.com Huggy’s Speed Shop 108 Coleshill Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 2AF 01827 712906 huggysspeedshop.com Ian Webb Specialist Cars Higher Clicker Farm, Horningtops, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 3QA 07813 135360 carandclassic.co.uk Kingdom Kustoms Office 3 Old Station House, Forth Place, Burntisland, Fife, KY3 9DJ 01592 873003 www.kingdomkustoms. co.uk KZ Kustomz Forge House, Beccles Road, Raveningham, Norfolk NR14 6NR 01508 548776 www.kzkustomz.co.uk

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Oldcott Motors Oldcott Drive, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent 01782 782081 oldcottmotors.com Peter Jarvis Classic Cars Gildenhill Place, Gildenhill Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7PD 01322 669081 www.peterjarvis.net Prestige American Cars Maytrees, Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 4NA 01622 871555 Ray’s Classics California, US 00165 03618083 www.raysclassics.com Rock n Roll Motors Shed 5 Old Dock, Grangemouth, Scotland FK3 8UF 07593 187939 www.rocknroll motors.co.uk

Specialized Vehicle Solutions The Manse Nursery, 1 Cambridge Grove, Eccles, Manchester M30 9AP 0161 789 0504 www.svs-ltd.com Spurr Cars The Old Wheel, Rowell Lane, Loxley Valley, Sheffield, S6 6SD 0114 231 5000 spurrclassiccars.com St. Andrews Autos Phillips Farm, Highwood Road, Edney Common, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3PX 01245 248888 standrewsautos.co.uk Trojan Cars 245-247 Francis Avenue, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO4 0AL 02392 617444 www.trojancars.co.uk

Warrs Harley Davidson 611 Kings Road, London SW6 2EL 0207 736 2934 www.warrs.co.uk 12 Volt Planet Unit 22A Monument Business Park, Warpsgrove Lane, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire OX44 7RW 01865 236446 www.12voltplanet.co.uk 51st State Autos 3 The Grange, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3QF 01992 651704 www.51stateautos.com 5280 CLASSICS Six Speed, Addington Business Park, Verney Road, Addington, near Winslow, Buckinghamshire, MK18 2JX 07933 252101 www.5280class ics.com

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American Classic Automotive The Old Romney Theatre, Ambrosden, Oxfordshire OX25 2LU 01869 601028 www.americanclassic automotive.com

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Chris Graham Cars Cheshire 01270 780232 www.chrisgraham corvettes.co.uk

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Automec Equipment & Parts Ltd 36 Ballmoor, Buckingham Industrial Park, Buckingham MK18 1RQ 01280 822818 www.automec.co.uk Autopontiac Phoenix House, 10-12 Hounslow Gardens, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 2DU 02088945930 robin@autopontiac.co.uk www.autopontiac.co.uk American Vehicle Services Unit 10, Benfield Way, Braintree, Essex CM7 3YS 01376 345399 Back to Life Cars Farriers Way, Temple Farm Ind Est, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 5RY 07414 955384 www.backtolifecars. com Ballinglen Technical Solutions Ltd 18 Rhosnesni Lane, Wrexham LL12 7LY 08448 221454 www.batteryfighter. co.uk

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Classic World Racing Redditch, Worcs, B98 8JY 01527 521050 classicworldracing.co.uk Classic Car World Tool Shop 32 Washingborough Road, Heighington, Lincoln LN4 1RE 01522 888178 www.ccw-tools. com Classicline Insurance Services Ltd 138 Castle Street, Hinckley, LE10 1DD 01455 639000 www.classicline insurance.co.uk

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Custom Exotics Ltd Unit 5 South Place, Harlow, Essex CM20 2AN 01279 441133 customexotics.co.uk

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Custom Gas Pumps 5 Margaret Road, Romford, Essex RM2 5SH 01763 284071 customgaspumps.co.uk D W Transport Services 55 Seaforth Avenue, Minster-on-Sea, Kent 01795 511332 www.dwtransport.co.uk David Boatwright Partnership Chilford Court, Braintree, Essex CM7 2QS 01376 552399 www.boatwright.co.uk David Johnson Partnership Neary Way, Daveyhume Manchester, M41 7FP 01617 478749 www.davidjohnson partnership.com Days’ Autos Brookmans Farm, Lower Bunton, Brentwood, Essex 07836 639603 www.powerglide.webeden.co.uk Dextera UK 6 Station Road, Coleshill Birmingham, B46 1HT 01675 465191 www.batterybrain.co.uk Diamond Insurance Consultants Springwell House, 64 Western Road, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 4BB 01442 825 481 diamondinsurance.net Discovery Classic Cars California, US 00192 563 95666 www.discoveryclassiccars.net Dixie Automotive Surrey 07927 662435 www.dixieusacars.com

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Dream Cars 82 Holmethorpe Avenue, Redhill, Surrey RH1 2NL 01737 765 050 www.dreamcars.co.uk DT Vintage Unit 14 Ryehill Leasing, Keyingham Road, Burstwick, Kingston upon Hull HU12 9JP 01964 626255 www. dtvintage.co.uk Embermere Ltd Unit 9 Tomo Industrial Estate, Packet Boat Lane, Uxbridge UB8 2JP 01895 440505 www.realsteel.co.uk Engine Restore The Technology Centre, Station Road, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 9EZ 01728 726620 www. americantechnology. co.uk Europa SVT Fauld Industrial Park, Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire DE13 9HS 01283 816969 www.europasvt.com Eurovettes 27 Barley Rise, Clothall Common, Baldock, Hertfordshire SG7 6RT 07702156402 www. eurovettes.com Exotic Classics New York, US 001800 913 8000 www.exoticclassics.com Fast Lane Classics St Albans, Hertfordshire AL2 2HP 01727 809813 www.fastlaneclassics. co.uk

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Frost Auto Restoration Crawford Street, Rochdale, Lancashire OL16 5NU 01706 658619 www.frost.co.uk

Hilltop Performance Trucks Hilltop Garage, Yarcombe, Honiton, Devon EX14 9EB 01404 861525 hilltopservices.co.uk

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Hotrods Hull 39-43 Thomas Street Hull, East Yorkshire HU9 1EH 07748 825410 www.hotrodshull. co.uk Huggy’s Speed Shop 108 Coleshill Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 2AF 01827 712906 www.huggysspeedshop.com Hydra Technologies Ltd Unit 5 Europa Way, Swansea West Business Park, Fforestfach, Swansea SA5 4AJ 01792 586800 www.hydratech.co.uk Ian Webb Specialist Cars Higher Clicker Farm, Horningtops, Liskeard, Cornwall PL14 3QA 07813 135360 carandclassic.co.uk Iconic Creations, Askew Farm Lane, Grays, Essex, RM17 5XR 07796 962101 apercy1990@mail.com www.iconic-creations. com Image Auto Body Hackhurst Lane industrial estate, Lower Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 4BW 01323 847408 www. imageautobody.co.uk Imorex Shipping Services Dooley Road, Block G, Walton Avenue, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3HG 01394 607740 Info@ imorex.co.uk Impact Signs and Design Ltd Unit 6B Lyon Road,

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Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 5DG 0161 929 9594 impactshowplates. co.uk Import My Vehicle Unit 62 Tanners Drive, Milton Keynes MK14 5BP 01908 887917 importmyvehicle.com

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MAG American 8 Rye Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2HG 01279 503626 magamerican.co.uk

JC Auto Finishers Ltd Unit 1 Home Farm, Baynard’s Park Estate, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8EQ 01483 268111 jcautofinishers.co.uk

Majors Motors, 23 Mayfield Ave, Hullbridge, Essex, SS5 6JQ 07766705022 majorsmotors@yahoo. co.uk majorsmotors.co.uk

Kent Car Craft Oakwood Industrial Estate, St Peters, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 3JJ 01843 587 376 www.kentcarcraft.co.uk

Mass Classics, Unit 3 Honeywood House, Honeywood Road, Whitfield, Dover, CT16 3EH www.massclassics.co.uk

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Nemesis UK Performance Ltd Isidore Road, Bromsgrove, B60 3ET 01212 882561 www.nemesisuk.com North Hants Tyres Christy Estate, Ivy Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU12 4TX 01252 318666 northantstyres.com NPD Link Ocala, Florida 001 352 861 8701 www.npdlink.com OCS Paint Limited Northampton, England. 01327 220777 07572096920 nwilliams@ocspaint. com Oldcott Motors Oldcott Drive, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent 01782 782081 oldcottmotors.com Original Parts Group Seal Beach, CA 90740, US 001 562 594 1000 www.opgi.com Panorama Bay Motor Company, 36 Panorama Road, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7RD 01202709407 panoramabaysales@ live.co.uk panoramabay.co.uk Paragon MoT & Service Centre 59 Rothersthorpe Crescent, Far Cotton, Northampton NN4 8JD 01604 874752 paragonauto.co.uk Parts USA 13 The Gate Centre, Bredbury Park Way, Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2SN www.partsusa.co.uk

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Peels Motorkraft 107 Crews Hole Road, St George, Bristol BS5 8AY 01179 351661 peelsmotorkraft.co.uk

Pipecraft Unit 22-23 Orion Court, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, Essex SS14 3DB 01268 285535

Performance Direct Tollgate House, 96 Market Place, Romford, Essex RM1 3ER 0844 573 3567 www.performance direct.co.uk/american

Pontiac Parts 48 Clarkes Road, Wigston, Leicestershire LE18 2BE 07976 235711 www.pontiacparts.co.uk

Performance Unlimited 3 Chessingham Park, Dunnington, York, North Yorkshire YO19 5SE 01904 489332 www.performance unlimited.co.uk Pertronix Europe Compton Place Business Centre, Surrey Avenue, Camberley, GU15 3DX 01276 65554 www.pertronix.com Peter Jarvis Classic Cars Gildenhill Place, Gildenhill Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7PD 01322 669081 www.peterjarvis.net Peter Taylor Church Path, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1SJ 07860 488146 Picture It Cumbria, 23 Power Street, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 3AG 01900 64273 pictureitcumbria@ googlemail.com www.pictureitcumbria. co.uk Pilgrim Motor Sports Units 12–14 Mackley industrial estate, Small Dole, Henfield, Brighton BN5 9XR 01273 493860 www. pilgrim-motorsports. co.uk

Pop Browns With M&M, 12 Links Way, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 2ED 01775 762004 www.mmclassiccartrim.com Prestige American Cars Maytrees, Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 4NA 01622 871555 Prestige Performance Marques, 34 Tanners Drive, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK14 5BU 01908616826 Pro Alloy Motorsport Ltd 15 Rookwood Way, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 8PB 0845 2267561 www.proalloy.co.uk Probuild American Norwich 07710 623045 or 01603 301077 probuildamerican.com Profusion Customs Unit 8 Coln Ind Est, Old Bath Road, Heathrow, Berkshire SL3 0NJ 01753 686878 profusioncustoms.com

Race Glaze Ltd, Unit 15, Station Road Business Park, Barnack, Stamford, PE9 3DW 01780 749449 morethanpolish@ gmail.com Rays Classics California, US 00165 03618083 www.raysclassics.com Redline American Muscle 01622 791916 www.redlineamericanmuscle.co.uk Redline Car Storage Chiswick Avenue Industrial Estate, Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds WD17 1HP 01284 336325 www.redlinecarstorage. co.uk Redrocket Stour Villa, 23 Julian’s Road, Wimbourne, Dorset BH21 1EF 07989 748094 www.redrocketltd.co.uk RH Specialist Insurance Library House, New Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4GD 01277 206911 www.rhclassic insurance-co.uk RJJ Freight Ltd RJJ House, Haven Exchange South, Felixstowe, IP11 2QE 01394 673466 www.rjjfreight.co.uk

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Robin Bark Motorart 07767 824633 robinbark-motorart.com Rock Auto LLC Madison, Wisconsin, US 001 608 661 1376 www.rockauto.com Rock n Roll Motors Shed 5 Old Dock, Grangemouth, FK3 8UF 07593 187939 rocknrollmotors.co.uk Rodley Motors Cutler Heights Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD4 9PD 01274 688968 rodleymotors.co.uk Rogers Transmission Homefield Garage, Ship Lane, Sutton at Hone, Kent DA4 9EE 01322 865757 Rustys Speed Shop Unit 19 Inmosthay, Portland, Dorset DT5 2JU 01305 824048 rustyspeedshop.com Schumacher Cargo UK Ltd 11 King William Street, Needham Market, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 8AE 01449723576 schumachercargo.com Silverline Wheels & Tyres, Units 3 & 4, Nelson Lane, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 5JB 01926 496668 www.silverlinewheelstyres.com

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Smithys Auto Unit 33F Nuralite Industrial Centre, Canal Road, Rochester ME3 7JA 01474 824500 www. facebook.com/ smithysbodynpaint SMS Auto Fabrics 350 South Redwood Street, Canby, OR 97013 USA 0015032633535 www. smsautofabrics.com South Coast Mustangs Harts Farm Way, Havant, Hampshire PO9 1HU 02392 477971 www.southcoast mustangs.com Specialised Engines Grays, Essex RM17 6BG 01375 378606 www.specialisedengines.co.uk Specialized Vehicle Solutions Eccles, Manchester M30 9AP 0161 7890504 www.svs-ltd.com Speedking Tools Premier Business Park, Walsall, West Midlands WS2 9QE 01922 627761 speedkingtools.com Spurr Cars The Old Wheel, Rowell Lane, Loxley Valley Sheffield, S6 6SD 0114 231 5000 spurrclassiccars.com Spyder Air Ltd 19 Avondale Avenue, London, N12 8EP 0208 445 6811 www.bikedryer.co.uk

St Andrews Autos Edney Common, Chelmsford, CM1 3PX 01245 248888 standrewsautos.co.uk

Tinleytech Great Gransden, Cambs SG19 3AG 01767 676181 www.tinleytech.co.uk

Star Car Hire 8 Grace Avenue, Ballygalley, Larne, Belfast, BT40 2QN 028 2858 3500 www.starcarhire.co.uk

Topspeed Automotive New Haw, Surrey KT15 3EU 01932 506070 www.topspeed automotive.co.uk

States Plates 0033 553 582910 www.states-plates.com

Tornado Automotive Cressex Business Park, Halifax Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 3SN 01494 531285 www.tornadoautos.com

Steele Rubber Products Denver, US 001 704 483 9343 steelerubber.com/ca Stevenage Insurance Services High Street, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 3UN 01438 313251 www.stevenage insurance.com STS Import Unit 4 Chase Side Nurseries, School Lane, Great Leas, Essex CM3 1NL 01245 363800 www.stsimports.co.uk Summit Racing 001 330 630 0240 www.summitracing.com

Transglobal Logistics UK Limited Field Road, Mildenhall, Suffolk IP28 7AL 01638 515714 www. carshipuk.co.uk Triple R Restorations, Unit 6A, Charminster Farm Ind Est, Wanchard Lane, Dorchester, DT2 9RP, triple3xr@gmail.com

Swing O Ramic The Gale House, Mill Row, Eylsham Norwich NR11 6HZ 01263 732323 www.swingoramic.com

Trojan Cars 245-247 Francis Avenue, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO4 0AL 02392 617444 www.trojancars.co.uk

Think Automotive 292 Worton Road, Isleworth, TW7 6EL 0208 5681172 www.thinkauto.com

Ultimate Spares of America Northfield Mill, Poynt Close, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0UB 01953 601410 ultimatespares.co.uk

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United Muscle Cars Rawreth Industrial Estate, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9RL 01268 785005 www.farmfreshspeedshop.co.uk US Automotive Ltd 19 St Martin’s Way, Bedford MK42 OLF 01234 273155 usautomotive.co.uk Vehicle & General Platers Ltd 4a Portland Ind Est, Arlesey, Bedfordshire SG15 6SG 01462 730396 Vehicle Wiring Products Ltd 6 Buxton Court, Manners industrial estate, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 8EF 01159 440033 www. vehicle-wiring-products.eu

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Vintage Tyre Supplies National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, S042 7ZN 01590 612261 www.vintagetyres.com Warrs Harley Davidson 611 Kings Road, London SW6 2EL 0207 736 2934 www.warrs.co.uk WASP Limited Box Cottage, Weleny, Norfolk PE14 9ZJ 01354 610333 West Hallam Engineering Limited 13 Merchant Avenue, Spondon, Derby DE21 7NB whencad@googlemail. com www.wheng parts.com

West Midland American Enterprise Drive, Four Ashes, WV10 7DF 01902 798840 american-vehicles.com Wheels in Motion 1Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes MK11 3HE 01908 631115 wheelsin-motion.co.uk Wild And Sons, 1 Nasmyth Street, London, W6 0HA, 07749818681 wildandsons@ outlook.com wildandsons.com Wisbech Engineering 60 Lynn Road, Terrington St Clement, Norfolk PE34 4JX 01553 828038 wisbechengineering.com

Wrench Garage Services Artex Avenue, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 3LN 01903 786464 www.wrenchgarage services.co.uk Xtreme Customs, Unit 2, Stondon Hall Farm, Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0LD 01277366065 xtremecustoms2@ gmail.com xtremecustoms.co.uk 5280 Classics Six Speed, Addington Business Park, Verney Road, Addington, Bucks MK18 2JX 07933 252101 www.5280classics.com

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