Classics Monthly - - Contents - Email iain.wake­field@kelsey.co.uk

Un­der­tak­ing a com­plex restoration project at home is never a straight­for­ward task. I’ve bat­tled my way through this tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing process twice in the past and fully ap­pre­ci­ate what’s in­volved to bring a down-at-heel car back to life. So I take my hat off to Michael Har­court, the owner of the pre-war baby Austin fea­tured in this is­sue, as he man­aged to com­pletely re­build this lit­tle beauty from what was es­sen­tially a derelict non-run­ner that had to be trail­ered home. The restoration of this vin­tage sur­vivor makes in­ter­est­ing read­ing and this ta­lented owner is ob­vi­ously a glut­ton for pun­ish­ment as he’s now restor­ing a Tri­umph Stag and in the past has owned an en­vi­able col­lec­tion of in­ter­est­ing clas­sics.

I’m not a huge fan of mod­i­fy­ing clas­sics just for the sake of it but the su­per­charged MGB fea­tured in this is­sue is an ex­cep­tion as the many of the up­grades car­ried out to this car, such those done to the sus­pen­sion, show how BL could have de­vel­oped the MBG while it was still in pro­duc­tion. Mind you, I still en­joy driv­ing a bog stan­dard 1.8-litre ‘B when­ever I get the chance, es­pe­cially a road­ster and still mourn sell­ing the one I re­stored over 20 years ago. It would be in­ter­est­ing to know if my former Snow­berry White road­ster is still around, so if you’ve got YPF 654G tucked away your garage, give me a call as it would be nice to see my old ‘B again.

The Lan­caster In­sur­ance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show gets un­der­way at Birm­ing­ham’s NEC a few days af­ter this is­sue of Clas­sics Monthly hits the news­stands and this year’s show prom­ises to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever. If you’re go­ing to the NEC, take a good look at the scruffy red Mini lined up with all the shiny me­tal on the Lan­caster In­sur­ance stand, as af­ter the show this lit­tle car will be join­ing our project fleet along­side our Jaguar XJS and Land Rover Dis­cov­ery and we’ll be ex­clu­sively cov­er­ing the Mini’s restoration in Clas­sics Monthly.

While you’re at the show, don’t for­get to call by our stand and say hello as it would be great to have a natter about what you’re plan­ning to do to your car over the win­ter!

wake­field Iain

Man­ag­ing Editor

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