Coolest name in British Automotive History gets new muscle!
This stunning brown British classic sportscar looks like it’s time-warped in from the 1960s or 70s. Well, it certainly may have originated from that period, but this is essentially a new car, or rather what is popularly known as a ‘restomod’.
Just over a year on from covering the Afro Classic Register club meet (link below) I catch up with them again, for the September 2021, as the club gets bigger, more vibrant and a greater variety of cars, plus of course great music, singing, dancing and fun with cool cars – which is everything you come to expect with the Afro Classics Club. Plus the Bentley Art Car (Bentley Unifying Spur) with Kevin Haggarthy.
Happy Star Trek Day! To celebrate I’m looking at what cars would Star Trek’s most famous characters drive? If they drove, because they don’t need to, because of course they have transporters! What would Kirk, Picard and even Q or the Gorn Captain drive? Who’d have a Raptor, M2 Competition or Nissan GTR? Find out in this video, to mark the day that Star Trek the Original Series was first broadcast – 8th September 1966. And let me know what you think these or other characters from across the Star Trek universe would drive in the comments below!
Check out all our vids and pics from the fabulous 2021 Concours at Hampton Court Palace
This was my third year attending the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court and it’s safe to say it’s become my favourite classic car event of the year now. The weather is always great, the variety and quality of cars is sensational, the setting is spectacular and quite simply all the best people come here!
This year I got to meet a childhood hero – the incredible Aston Martin Bulldog (now reborn) in person, got my first look at the brilliant Lotus Emira (and enjoyed a splendid lunch with the Lotus team) and found an unexpected star in the form of a hot-rodder classic Lancia Aurelia. Plus 95 British cars. Thanks so much to my buddy Reza Adil for all his help producing this content – see all our pics and videos:
Epic display at 2021 Concours of Elegance [Plus Various ‘Distractions’]
In this video we look at the 95th Anniversary Display of British Cars (1926-2021). A line-up of 95 of the finest British cars to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th birthday, the selection of cars chosen by David Lillywhite, Editorial Director of Magneto magazine. Along the way I constantly get distracted by other cars, and interview a few people! Join me for this epic walkaround the spectacular concours event. #BCGEvents
Stunning little hot-rodded Restomod by Thornley Kelham at 2021 Concours of Elegance yesterday
This little beauty was a real eye-catcher. Absolutely loved the Lancia Aurelia B20GT ‘Outlaw’ hot-rod style Bracca-spec car, made by Thornley Kelham of the Cotswolds and displayed at the 2021 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace. At first glance it’s an American-inspired chop-top hot-road restomod, but in fact there’s a back-story that proves, this is how one car actually was back in the day. Check out the exquisite interior too! #BCGEvents
Interview with Richard Gauntlett (son of former Aston Boss Victor Gauntlett) at 2021 Concours of Elegance
This is the original 1979 Aston Martin Bulldog concept car now fully restored and reborn, debuting yesterday at the 2021 Concours of Elegance and set to re-attempt it’s 200mph record run. I loved this thing as a kid and had a picture on the wall. Here I interview Richard Gauntlett, son of former Aston boss Victor Gauntlett, he talks me around the car, demonstrates the gullwing doors and explains why this car is still so cool! #BCGEvents
Interview with Matt Windle MD Group Lotus [2021 Concours of Elegance]
A walkaround and interview with Group Lotus MD Matt Windle of the brand new 2022 Lotus Emira at the 2021 Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace yesterday. He explains the importance of this car, the future plans for Lotus, how he worked his way up to the top job from an apprentice and why Lotus is now finally in safe hands. Plus I get my first chance to sit in the Emira, see if I fit and explore the huge step up in interior comfort and quality. #BCGEvents #BCGLotusEmira
Have we reached ‘peak’ CR-V, or was that back with the second gen?
We owned a second-generation Honda CR-V for over decade and there must be a very good reason we kept it that long. Although there isn’t any single cause for keeping it that I can recall, potentially it was more a case of… well there was no reason to replace it. And that’s from someone that drove the latest and newest family SUVs throughout that tenure.
What is E10 Fuel? And what will it do to your car? It’s now the main fuel available at petrol stations in the UK. E5 will still be available but at fewer places and it will be more expensive. What does it do to your car? Is your car compatible? And what if you put it in by mistake? I explain all in this video – and I do it all in under a minute! E10 checker https://check-vehicle-compatibility-e10-petrol.service.gov.uk