NUMBER 37 IS BACK ON THE STARTING LINE. THE MINI PADDY HOPKIRK EDITION.

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 22nd September 2020

Exclusive special model in honour of the victorious driver commemorates the first triumph of the classic Mini at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in 1964 – Edition available from October 2020 onwards in selected markets as MINI Cooper S 3-door, MINI Cooper S 5-door and MINI John Cooper Works. 56 years have passed, but memories of the great triumph achieved by the small car with the starting number 37 have hardly faded. In 1964, the classic Mini Cooper S clinched the first of three overall victories at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. At the wheel: the then 30-year-old Northern Irish rally driver Patrick “Paddy” Hopkirk. In his honour, MINI now presents an edition model with exclusive design and equipment features to mark one of the most spectacular achievements in the history of international motor racing. One unmistakable reminder of Hopkirk’s coup in the classic Mini is the winning car’s start number 37, which is featured in stylised form on the driver and passenger doors of the edition model. The MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition is available in selected automobile markets from October 2020 as the MINI Cooper S 3-door (combined fuel consumption: 6.4 – 6.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 147…

Gorkyclassic GUM Rally in Moscow for 50th Anniversary of the Lada.

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 18th September 2020

Get your motors running! Car enthusiasts don vintage outfits as they flood the streets of Moscow for a retro rally to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lada Vintage car lovers headed to Gorkyclassic GUM Rally in Moscow yesterday to mark anniversary of Lada car Car enthusiasts dressed up in vintage outfits and donned head scarfs as they posed for snaps in the cars  The vehicle is named after Moscow's biggest car shop, with the classic car show taking place yearly This year marked 50th anniversary of Russia's trusted Lada car from AvtoVAZ   Russian car lovers donned vintage outfits to flock the streets of Moscow and mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the popular Lada car yesterday. Gathering for the Gorkyclassic GUM Rally, the vintage vehicle enthusiasts celebrated the creation of one of their countries most well-known and trusted cars, with models dating back to the 1970s at the heart of the celebration. The classic car show, which takes place once a year in the Russian capital, sees vintage car lovers gather together, some opting for vintage looks to go with their vehicles. The Lada, which was first commercialised in 1970, was manufactured by AvtoVAZ, a Russian company now…

Ford Anglia 105E Spotted While Eating a 99 Ice Cream !

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 13th September 2020

Took the dogs a work over Milford Common on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire and as usual stopped in the car park to buy a 99 ice cream. But I had better explain what a 99 ice cream is for any non Brits in our audience ! In the UK we have fabulous ice cream vans - no not vans made of ice-cream ! - but vans selling all finds of ice-cream takeaways. They're often at beauty spots and tourist areas and usually at most classic car shows. So they have a kind of wafer cone that's filled with ice cream and then a small Cadbury's Flake chocolate bar is inserted into the top of the ice cream so it sticks out. To add to the experience, it's drizzled with a raspberry, strawberry or chocolate sauce ! If you ever visit the UK then you've got to try them ! Why a 99? We think it is because when they first came out in the 1970's they cost 99 pence, hence you asked for a 99 ! Anyway, I was just biting the top off the Flake bar, when we saw this immaculate Anglia 105E parked up with the owners also enjoying…

Streetscene – MGB Getting Ready for a Trip to Italy !

Posted By: Simon Sage | Posted On: 8th August 2020

We've used HiQ Tyres & Autocare in Wolverhampton for many years to look after our fleet of cars. Simon and the team are always keen to help with advise with both our road cars and our classic cars. In fact over the years we've often seen classic cars being worked on or even just for new tyres. From Jaguars, Land Rovers to Hillmans, MGs and Volvos. So if you need any help with your classic, then we'd certainly recommend them. Give them a call on 01902-420234. So our BMW 320d M Sport Touring was due it's MOT test in March just as the Covid-19 lockdown came on and the good old DVLA gave us a 6 month extension to September. But with September looming, and another wave of September 2017 registered cars hungry for their first MOT, we thought we'd better book it in before the rush. So the resident TVR Chimaera was parked in the customer parking bay, an next to it was this 1970 MGB. As MGB owners ourselves and members of both the MG Owners Cub and MG Car Club, we kind of wandered over top have a look ! Looked ok for a Sunday drive around…