For many the MK 1 Ford Escort holds great memories and there is still a lot of affection for this popular car of the 1960’s and 1970s. My first holiday abroad was in a MK1 Escort when myself and four friends boarded the hovercraft in 1980 for Calais. We drove all the way from the north French port down through the stunning scenery of Provence to Fréjus in the south of France without any problems from the MK1 Escort. Making its appearance at the Brussels Motor show in 1968 the MK1’s classic lines soon .......5 Aug
Today, with our focus on the environment and the impact of petrol and diesel engines, car manufacturers are looking at more ways to make vehicles fuel efficient and environment friendly. Electric cars have advanced a lot and are now a serious consideration for motorists. Smaller cars are also popular as they don’t cost a lot to tax and take up less room when it comes to parking.
Small and micro-cars are not a new concept. Between 1955 and 1962 there were all kinds of quirky bubble cars on the road......25 Jul
Summer is here and enthusiasts gather for the many classic car rallies that are happening around the country. From MG’s to Porsches, there are no shortage of vehicles to get people excited. But there is one car we don’t often see at the car fests… The Jowett Javelin
Jowett was the brainchild of brothers William and Benjamin Jowett and Arthur Lamb of Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1901. Originally involved in bicycle manufacture they soon moved on to small engines that found their way into other car.....11 Jun
The Volkswagen Beetles popular appeal has made it one of the most iconic classic cars of all time, immortalised as Disney’s ‘Love Bug’ in Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo and Herbie Goes Bananas, but it’s origins are a far cry from Tinsel Town.
In 1934 the Nazi government in Germany began developing a car that was affordable and reliable. Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was given the task of designing the Type 1 car. A new company was set up in May, 28, 1937 and changed to ‘Volkswagenwerk Gmbh’ (Peoples Car Works) the following year, with the main factory at Wolfsburg.
Before production could get underway on the ’Kafer’ (Beetle) war broke out and efforts were diverted to military production. A light general purpose car known as the ‘Kublewagen’ was developed. This was a basic flat panelled version of the Beetle with a retractable canvas top which was the Wehrmacht’s version of the jeep .....14 May
The MG logo as been seen around the streets of the UK again. I even saw three models on show at an outlet centre over last summer. However, the badge is where the familiarity British features end, as the MG Rover GRoup went into receivership in 2005 and it’s assets were snapped up by the Nanjing Automobile Group with the first of the Chinese MG’s rolling off the production line in 2007.
So the badge lives on, but not as we used to know it, but there are plenty of classic MG’s rocking up at car rallies around the country as the summer gets underway and the beautiful MGB will be .....29 Apr
Designs for an inexpensive and economical car for the masses were a main consideration of Europe’s car manufactures in the post-war years. Germany had the VW Beetle, France the Citroen 2CV and the UK had the Morris Minor 1000.
Italy turned to Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino and FIAT’s designer Dante Giacosa to come up with a design for a small, affordable car. Giacosa came up with a petite car capable of maneuvering around the busy streets of Italy with ease. The FIAT 500 or ‘Cinquecento’ as it was originally called, was born. Introduced in July .....