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Auc­tion web­site gives three young driv­ers £4000 to fix up their clas­sics

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

The pop­u­lar­ity of clas­sic restora­tion has been recog­nised by eBay with the set­ting up of two restora­tion chal­lenges. The first, the eBay Car Chal­lenge, granted each of its three par­tic­i­pants £4000 to buy spares on­line. As a re­sult, a 1971 Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle, a 1968 Ri­ley Kestrel 1300 and a 1973 Tri­umph GT6 MkIII were all brought back to life. The sec­ond chal­lenge, Restora­tion Live at Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic, in­volved a three-day restora­tion of a 1983 Range Rover. Gil­lian Car­moodie

CHARLIE REN­WICK 1968 RI­LEY KESTREL 1300

In Es­sex, Charlie Ren­wick worked on restor­ing a 1968 Ri­ley Kestrel 1300. He says: ‘ The real shocker was when I came across a big tear in the rear sub­frame. It would have even­tu­ally ru­ined the car if I’d left it.’ To com­plete his in­her­ited mo­tor, Charlie bought a new fuel tank sender, a en­gine mount­ing and rub­ber pip­ing, a wal­nut gear­knob, a 1300 badge and BMC paint.

ROBYN AVIS-SMITH 1971 VOLK­SWA­GEN BEE­TLE

21-year old Robyn Avis-Smith, an engi­neer­ing stu­dent from East Sus­sex, was the Chal­lenge’s youngest com­peti­tor as she worked to re­store her 1971 Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle known as God­frey. The Bee­tle was up­graded to 1600cc spec­i­fi­ca­tion fol­low­ing an en­gine re-build with new pis­tons, bar­rels and heads. Robyn says: ‘Hav­ing God­frey fin­ished means so much to me.’

DAVID NEWELL 1973 TRI­UMPH GT6 MKIII

David Newell of Buck­ing­hamshire brought his 1973 MkIII Tri­umph GT6 known as ‘Lit­tle Red’ back to life, thanks to eBay. David ob­tained wind­screen sur­round parts from a Spit­fire, re­place­ment wing-mir­rors, a new dis­trib­u­tor, coil, starter mo­tor, steer­ing gaiters and a Blaupunkt ra­dio. David says: ‘I want younger peo­ple to know they don’t have to have a sil­ver Mon­deo.’

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