Classic Cars

Weekend Events! (31.07.15 – 02.08.15)

Not sure what to do this weekend? There are a number of Classic Car events taking place!

Click the links below to find out more!

Prescott Long Course Hill Climb

Car Fest from 31st July to 2nd August

Billing Land Rover Fest, Northampton

You can see more events from around the UK listed here:

Russ Carpenter Update

Russ Carpenter Update ~ 23.07.15

Today we thought we’d update you on the whereabouts of the Russ Carpenter Racing Car!

If you’re not familiar with Russ Carpenter, why not take a trip down memory lane and read our original post for a bit of back-story

The car will be visiting the English Riviera Classic Car show THIS Sunday (26th July)

The Riviera Classic Car Show, Torbay Old Wheels Club, Paignton Seafront

As well as making appearances in August:

  • 16th at The Cranleigh Classic Car Show in Surrey
  • 29th – 30th at The Wings & Wheels, Dunfold Park, Surrey
  • 31st at Camberley Car Show

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#CreativeConversions // Pure Vintage Coffee

Today we’re looking at creative classic car conversions, we’ll be posting a feature like this whenever we find an awesome use of a classic car.

Such as today’s featured company – Pure Vintage Coffee!

The company has two classic car conversions to date, which are both extremely creative uses of a car body. The first is a 1955 Morris Minor which they have converted to be a DIY Hog Roast which you can hire for special occasions.


The second is a 1966 Austin A35 which they converted into a mobile fair-trade coffee van, they take this to local shops and events to sell their delicious coffee and sweet treats! You can even see a gallery of the conversion process here:!gallery/c20xu


‘We would like to think we are the first and only Austin coffee van that serves fairtrade and organic coffees/teas and treats.

Our mission is to give great service, serve fantastic coffee, meet new friends and create a new and unique experience for all you coffee lovers out there. We’ve gone as far as to have barista training to bring you the ultimate coffee experience. That’s how serious we are about getting it right for you.

Our 2nd mission (if you can have 2) is too convert many more 1950s/1960s pick up trucks and have a small chain of vintage vans serving fair-trade coffees’

You can find out more about the company by visiting their website here:

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‘Biggest-ever classic car sale at The Silverstone Classic from the 23-26 July’

Silverstone Auctions will be holding their biggest-ever classic car sale at The Silverstone Classic from the 23-26 July

‘They have compiled over 130 lots of premium modern and classic road and race cars of all eras, as well as motorbikes, luxury lifestyle goods and automotive memorabilia – there is something for everyone.

The two-day road car sale will see a variety of high quality low-mileage and single-ownership cars, as well as beautifully restored cars, barn-find restoration projects and some of the most iconic supercars – all of which will be going under the hammer on 25-26 July.

Accompanying the two-day sale will be a stand-alone competition car-only auction, the first sale of its kind offered by Silverstone Auctions. Driven by the unprecedented growth and
popularity of historic racing cars, Silverstone Auctions are proud to present an exclusive catalogue of nearly 40 entries, including championship-winning competition cars driven by
world-famous motoring legends’

(Source) via


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Instagram Spotlight ~ @OhSoRetroEvents

We thought we’d post another Instagram Spotlight for you, seeing as we’ve been really enjoying the Instagram posts from @OhSoRetroEvents recently!

Oh So Retro organise events for classic car enthusiasts/owners, within the South East of England.

You can find out more about them and their events here:

Go and check out their instagram page for lots of great pictures of quirky classic cars!

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#MotivationalMonday ~ Why do we sometimes lack the motivation to work on our cars?

Have you ever felt demotivated to work on your current classic car project? This ~ Hemmings Daily article explores why we sometimes lose interest in our projects, the excuses we may use and the specific type of guilt felt when avoiding repairs.
“I have to assume that I’m not the only one who used to go to great lengths to keep drivers operational out of necessity without a garage, a lift, air tools, or sometimes even the proper hand tools. If you can relate, then share your stories of the “interesting” things that you had to do to your cars with little help and in less-than-ideal conditions, so we can all justify why we haven’t worked on our favorite car this week…this month?…this year?” – Hemmings Daily Article
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The Morris Minor Story ~ BBC Documentary

This documentary from 2013 gives us a great insight into the history of Morris Minor!

‘Eric Lord the director of Morris Motors said that Lord Nutfield thought that the new Morris Minor look like a poached egg and that the car was narrow gutted. The people in the department worked though the night and literary cut the car in two down the middle. Then added four inches down the centre of the car, this then made all the difference to it appearance’

‘Morris Minor had its debut at Earls court motor show in October 1948 with a price tag of £358/10’s/7d. And this new model was only announced on the eve of the show. And of course this show was the export only show. All the new model there you could look at touch but could order or drive them home!’ – taken from the description of the below YouTube video

‘The last Morris Minor (commercial) was assembled at Stoke, NelsonNew Zealand in 1974. The Minor has been described as typifying “Englishness”, a “British icon” and a “design classic”‘ taken from The Morris Minor Story article (linked below)

Read the full article about the documentary here!

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Our Mini Open Evening 2015

On the 30th June, we held our annual Mini Spares Open Evening! It was an awesome night, we had great weather for the first time in a long time! As well as fantastic entertainment from Gian Luca the Magician, David the Caricaturist and acoustic music from Black Country Gaz.

The evening was a great success, definitely the best one yet! We’ll be looking for all of your posts about it, to find out your opinions and if we can improve anything for next year!

Thanks to all who attended, as well as all those who worked hard to make it a great night for everyone involved

You can see more pictures by visiting our Facebook page here

Don’t forget about the face in the crowd competition either