Evenin’ all –Ant needs your help!
Ant Anstead wants your police stories for his arresting new book
New Wheeler Dealers star Ant Anstead is looking for unusual police vehicles, anecdotes, and cars to photograph for a book about the history of British police cars. And he’s the right man for the job because he was a serving police officer before his TV career.
He launched the appeal at a Police Car UK (PC-UK) club meeting at the British Motor Museum (BMM) on 9 April. He says: ‘Any help would be deeply appreciated. It’s going to be an epic book and researching it meant that I got to hang out with old police cars, which was very cool!’
The BMM’s event manager Tom Caren adds: ‘I’m really hopeful that someone will be able to help out. It was also a great honour to have PC-UK here because I’m a huge fan of police cars. I even have a model police car collection of my own at home.’
Antstead joined the UK-PC club at Gaydon on a fact-finding mission to look at some of their preserved cars, and well as getting behind the wheel of a Morris Minor, Range Rover and MGA.
PC-UK was formed in 2005 and has more than 120 members, most of whom are serving or retired police officers keen to preserve the service’s motoring heritage in their spare time. Vehicles present included a 1931 Invicta Flying Squad Car, Wolseley 4/44, Jaguars Mk2, X300 and XJS (from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust collection) as well as a Rover SD1, two Range Rovers, a Diplomatic Protection Group Vauxhall Omega and the Ford Heritage collection’s now almost finished Zephyr MkII Farnham ex-Berks Constabulary motorway patrol car. John Lakey Get in touch via Johnlakey@gmail.com if you can help
Anstead gets behind the wheel of a Morris Minor Panda car and tests out its radio.