Young Gun – Top Cat

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

For many of us our childhood memories help shape and mould us into the people we are today. I know that I certainly am drawn to special places, people, things and cars that were a part of my life while growing up. For some, memories are better than the reality, but for others the reality [...]

Mini Man

February 24th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Years ago in the living room of his family home, James Robinson was playing with a toy car. “I always liked cars but I was not really a huge car person,” James explained to me, but at the age of 18 that all changed. At that time, James’ father purchased an original one-owner 1967 Morris [...]

Crown Prince

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

As I pull up the drive of the Dawber family property it is not long before my eye is caught by the late afternoon sun glinting on the chrome work of an unfamiliar car slowly being enveloped by grass and moss. The chrome parts I can see are set off by a patchwork quilt of [...]

  • Anthony Leigh in his Ford GT40, winner of last year’s Hawkswood sprint

Young Gun – Tim Stanton

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , |

I had gone to see Tim to discuss the upcoming Hawkswood Festival of Speed Sealed Sprint. Tim has not only competed in this epic hillclimb since day one but has also had the pleasure of working on many of his clients’ cars that have competed, and in many cases have achieved the fastest times of [...]

Young Gun – Nick Young’s TVR Chimaera

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Nick Young and his TVR are quite the exception to this statement. Having owned some interesting classic cars and motorbikes over the years, Nick knew what he didn’t want when it came to purchasing a new toy, but the finer details of what he really wanted were only evident when he set his eyes on [...]

Young Gun – Bain Endurance Classic

June 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

As humans there are sounds we hear throughout our life that no matter where you are or in what situation you hear them, certain memories come flooding back. To me strangely, one of these sounds is the dull thud of a steel-framed, English-made aluminium door shutting against the body of a Land Rover. In fact, [...]

The Italian Affair

April 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

In a world becoming obsessed with small cars and low emissions it would be fair to say that Barb Palmer is no exception – but not for the tree hugging, sandal wearing, tofu eating reasons that most associate with such things Growing up, Barb was one of six children, and memories of loading up her [...]

GET SMART 1967 Sunbeam Alpine

February 21st, 2018|Tags: , , |

That TV programme’s opening credits showed a suit-clad Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, zipping through the streets in a Sunbeam sports car before finally pulling up at the doors of the headquarters of CONTROL. As a nine-year-old, this scene never ceased to enthral me, and all this before the programme even started! My sister, I have to [...]

Vanessa Johns’ 1957 MGA

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , |

The dappled evening light is reflected on the shiny red paint work of Vanessa Johns' MGA as we wind our way through the countryside. This is the best time of year to truly enjoy such cars, I was told as she delicately danced the car through the gears. Vanessa purchased her MG in November last [...]

  • At your service – Andrew Bell has a passion for classic hearses

Young Gun

August 17th, 2017|Tags: , , |

In my short 34 years I have learned that there are a few inevitable things in life that cannot be avoided – taxes, death, and if you own a British car it is guaranteed to leak oil. Out of these three eventualities, I’m happy to live with two of them, knowing that nothing can be [...]