Do you know your screaming chickens from your plastic pigs, or your band-aid bombers from your bonnies? Never fear! It's My Classic explains all in this look at the stories behind some of the most famous (and infamous) car and motorbike nicknames around.
"The Competition is open to all types of vehicle, providing that they are not dangerous, are easily controllable by the driver and do not cost too much to run." Can you imagine a motoring competition with so few regulations?
Find out more about some of the strangely-powered contraptions that entered the 1894 Concours Paris-Rouen, and about the winner who didn't win but, in a roundabout way, actually did.
Explore the convoluted and occasionally controversial beginnings of one the world's most popular cars - the VW Beetle.
Delve into the fascinating story of 'Dr Fred' Lanchester, engineer, inventor and visionary, who left us an increbible legacy that includes disc brakes, power steering, the pull-on hand brake, car turbo-charging, detachable wire wheels, and the accelerator pedal. Oh, and an air-supported exhibition dome.
ROOTES OF THE FAMILY
The mighty Rootes conglomerate changed the face of the British motoring industry. Read about how it all began in a bicycle shop through to producing approximately 60% of the armoured cars ordered by the British government during WW2.
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BUYING A USED CAR
There are some things that never change - such as taxes, road taxes and the trials of buying a used car. Another from It's My Classic's Back In Print series, this time from 1939 with some advice that still holds true today.
SPOTLIGHT - AUSTIN SEVEN
It's My Classic turns the spotlight onto the immortal Austin Seven - the tiny car that revolutionised the face of motoring, influenced brands like BMW and Toyota, and continues to punch well above its diminutive weight.
A YEAR IN CARS - 1953
The 1950s marked an another era of change in British motoring. Petrol rationing finally ended, and the Festival of Britain helped to foster a new mood of optimism. We've taken a snapshot of British-built cars at the time of the Coronation, from the fast to the frugal, from the Ford Anglia to the Bentley Continental.
ATHOS ON POLICEMEN
Put your twenty-first sensibilities to one side and sit back to enjoy a chuckle with some 1930s humour as Athos ponders on the varieties and vagaries of policemen from Britain, America, Germany and France. Another article from our Back in Print series.
IT MAY NEVER HAPPEN
Step back in time to April 1939. Hitler renounces the Anglo-German Naval Treaty. The battleship Tirpitz is launched. In Britain people are being prepared for a war they pray will never happen. Read a first-hand motor trade perspective. From our Back in Print series.
WHEN SMALLER BECAME BIG
When does size matter? It's My Classic takes a look at the evolving culture and market that made the smallest cars on the roads and racetracks big news - and a whole lot of very fast fun.
FABULOUS AT FIFTY
It's generally accepted that it's impolite to make a point of a lady's age, but It's My Classic is making an exception. The Datsun 240Z is looking pretty darn good for fifty.
BULLETS TO BIKES...
...and rifles to Rockers. It's My Classic tells the tale of an iconic British brand -- the Birmingham Small Arms Company - that went from hand-making rifles to mass-producing motorcycles and cars.
On August 20th 2019, the Highway Code Annex 7 (advice for road users on providing emergency care at the roadside) was updated following new guidance from the British Burns Association. Do you know what to do if someone is injured?
BRITISH TO THE BACKBONE
We all know about Morris Motors, but have you heard the story of Morris-Commercials? This is the story of the company that was proud to be 'British to the Backbone'.
COMPANY OF CLASSICS
Peter Disney, MD of Wood & Disney Ltd, Chartered Accountants, explains the financial ins and outs of running a heritage vehicle as a company vehicle.
MIND YOUR HORSES
Herr Daimler may be able to stake a legitimate claim to revolutionising the internal combustion engine when he patented an engine powered by the rapid combustion of carburetted air. The story goes back so much further though, on a road that took some unexpected turns...
Picture this now totally unacceptable, highly irresponsible situation. A young child in a car, no seatbelt, laying at the back staring upwards through a large, soft-edged rear window of an E-type Jaguar, roaring down the A1 towards Cambridge. It was the late 1960’s, the roads were a lot quieter then and the cars not so prevalent. I can still remember today that sense of beauty...
DEATH OF THE TAX DISC
The story of the humble British vehicle tax disc and one man's crusade to ensure that these iconic little pieces of paper remain available to all of us.
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