The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) is urging classic vehicle owners to invest in security equipment as the crime trend of 2015 shows no sign of abating, particularly in South East England.
Collectors and enthusiasts turned out in force when BCA Blackbushe offered two classic British cars on Wednesday 14th October. Both the 1957 Morris Minor and the 1960 Ford Prefect had generated a lot of pre-sale interest and there was some very competitive bidding both in the auction hall and online as the cars were offered.
A downpipe-back Klarius exhaust system sourced through Euro Car Parts’ online number plate look-up system has allowed father and son team John and David Baxter to get their 1978 Mercedes 350SL convertible on the road, having impulse-bought the car on eBay. Martin Gray, CEO of Euro Car Parts, commented: “I love it when things like this happen; we advertise Euro Car Parts as able to supply ‘any part for any car’ when someone challenges us by looking up a really obscure part on our website and we can supply it, it just proves we can walk-the-walk…”
There’s a feeling of nostalgia in the air at BCA, as a classic Morris Minor last sold by the company in 1980 has returned to be sold again. The two-door Morris Minor was sold at the former BCA Frimley centre in 1980 by the original owner who had bought it as a new car in 1957.
From May, owners of vintage and classic cars in Australia will once again be able to select suitable tyres from the Michelin Classic and Competition ranges. Approximately 90 product lines for vehicles manufactured between the 1930s and late 1970s will be offered, with motorsport tyre distributor Stuckey Tyre Service acting as distributor.
Pirelli’s new P7 Classic W7 was used by the top three finishers in the second round of this year’s FIA European Historic Rally Championship, the 63rd Rally Costa Brava. The top two finishers drove Lancia Delta Integrales, similar to the cars that made their mark on the World Rally Championship with Pirelli in the late 1980s. Under the latest FIA historic regulations, cars that competed up to 1990 are now eligible for classic events – with many of them now at the forefront of the action.
The British-made Jaguar E-Type sports car secured 14 per cent of the votes in a nationwide independent survey conducted by The Car Buying Service. Following close behind with 9 per cent of the vote was the Mini Cooper 1275, while the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow came in third with 7 per cent. Also amongst the ‘top 10’ favourite classic cars were the VW Beetle oval window, 67 Ford Mustang and Porsche 356 – the full rundown can be found below.
Milltek Classic has introduced another exhaust system specification for the E36 M3 3.0 and 3.2. Milltek says that the cars are becoming increasingly desirable – and valuable – causing owners to seek out effective, tasteful enhancements that will add to the vehicle’s value and originality. These systems will fit coupe, cabriolet and saloon models. The Milltek Classic range was launched for 2015 to provide exhaust solutions for affordable retro cars.
Milltek has released detailed specs on its all-new system for the VW Golf GTi MkII 8 valve. The car, which is considered increasingly collectible, is the latest to get an upgrade under the Milltek Classic banner; a re-engineered range of classic car exhausts for some of the most iconic retro cars. Milltek says its Golf solution offers “a full ‘front to back’ tuning upgrade, bringing weight savings, aesthetic improvements and power gains along the way.”
Exhaust manufacturer Milltek has excited classic and retro car enthusiasts everywhere with the launch of its Milltek Classic range. Having been at the very front of exhaust tuning for well over three decades, Milltek’s engineers have used their extensive experience to re-define and redesign a carefully chosen selection of newly engineered systems for key classic cars.
The AA are warning classic car owners they could be driving ‘death traps’ after a teacher was killed when his MG “folded like a penknife,” according to The Daily Telegraph. Older vehicles do not have crumple zones and even recent classics like Minis and Ford Capris will come off a lot worse in a collision with the latest models, says the AA.
The Parts Alliance member, CES UK is supporting a classic car restoration scheme designed to give young people the skills to gain employment in the motor industry. Basetech Automotive Training Services in Liverpool uses Ferraris, Alfa Romeos and Jaguars, plus hot rods and motorbikes, to help inspire and engage teenagers aged 14 to 18. CES UK uses its network of contacts among independent garages to find suitable placements for students from. In the past two years its support has helped 159 young people into work, the company says.
The Techno-Classica exhibition for vintage, classic and prestige vehicles is currently taking place in Germany, and at the show Apollo Vredestein is launching its new ‘Vredestein Classic’ website. In addition to giving visitors an opportunity to get to know its classic.vredestein.com site, the tyre maker is displaying its range of Vredestein brand classic tyres at its show stand (Hall 3, Stand 437), including recent ‘Retro Rubber’ magazine test winner, the Vredestein Sprint Classic.