Gordon-Keeble Owners Club Celebrating 50 Years

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 23rd November 2020

A big thanks to Roy Dowding, Secretary of the Gordon Keeble Owners Club who wrote to My Classic to say 2020 was the 50th Anniversary of the Gordon Keeble Owners Club and sent us some lovely photos of his car, chassis no 94. First produced in 1964, they were the brainchild of John Gordon, MD of Peerless Cars, and Jim Keeble, an engineer and racing driver. Their idea was to mate a powerful American V8 engine from a Chevrolet Corvette with a Peerless to give it that extra grunt. And so the Gordon Keeble was born with the gorgeous bodywork being designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Just 100 models were made and the owners website records each one of them:-   http://www.gordonkeeble.org.uk But Roy opened a can of worms when he asked should it be Gordon Keeble or Gordon-Keeble with a hyphen ? The website says no, but we think it could be either ! So we've added them both to our search facility on the website ! I remember when I was much younger in the late 1960's, my father drove a Bentley S2 as his main car and then a Jaguar E Type 3.8 Roadster as his weekend car. He…

Mini Rio Limited Edition Model

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 21st November 2020

The Mini Rio was one of a series of limited edition models made by the Rover Group, with 750 examples built in June 1993 based on the Mini Sprite. It had a 1257cc 4 cylinder engine which produced 50 bhp and was matched to a four speed gearbox. It had a top speed of 87 mph and a 0-60 mph of 13.4 seconds. It was available in 3 colours, Black, Polynesian Turquoise Metallic and Pearlescent Caribbean Blue, and featured a unique 'Rio' sticker on the boot lid and each of the rear body panels. Standard in car entertainment featured a 3 band stereo radio/cassette with two rear speakers. The interior was also specially designed exclusively for the Mini Rio and here's a page from the brochure that Rover Group published. Here's a sample one we saw at a show in the Pearlescent Caribbean Blue, where you can see the bright coloured interior. And finally, here's close up of the Rio sticker.      

‘Your Mother Wouldn’t Like It” – A Series of 1970’s MG Adverts

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 11th November 2020

Back in the day before the internet, smart phones and computers, if you wanted to read about cars or find out all about them and the new models coming out you only had a few options. The best one was going to the motor show at the NEC in Birmingham or even better for earlier shows at Earls Court in London. But these only happened once a year and so the next on the list was to go to car showrooms, sit in the car and maybe come away with a brochure. Not easy if you were a 16 year old and couldn't drive. So the final option was to buy a motoring magazine from the local newsagents. Magazines such as Autocar, Motor, Car, Motor Sport, Hot Car, Cars & Car Conversions - or Triple C as it was known ! - were all great sources of information and they contained some of the best car adverts you've ever seen. Adverts have always been a great way to get the message across and evolved over the years from here's the 1926 Winkle 1100 ! MG had some wonderful ads over the years with their most famous being 'Your Mother Wouldn't…

Scalextric Latest Release – Ford Sierra RS Cosworth in Camel Rallycross Livery

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 9th November 2020

New for 2020 from Scalextric is this delightful model in Yellow with Camel livery. And if you can't have the real thing then this is an excellent present for any motorsport fan for a Christmas or birthday present, especially if they are Fast Ford fans ! With the number C4155, it's priced at £40.99 and available from www.scalextric.com A regular sight in European Rallycross in the early 1990s this Camel sponsored Ford Sierra RS500 was piloted expertly on the tarmac and shale mix tracks of the ERC by Norwegian Bjorn Skogstad. Locked in an epic tussle with Rallycross hero Kenneth Hansen the yellow RS500 often came out second best to Hansen's green example. But the livery and exuberant driving style means that this is a sure-fire winner on the Scalextric track. Photos copyright Hornby Hobbies