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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - by Richard Bar­nett

I’ve just got in af­ter a run up into the Val­leys in the Mit­subishi to catch up with broad­caster Ian Edwards at his once-a-month Sun­day meet­ing. And the Mis­sus and I saw more clas­sics than we did a week ear­lier dur­ing Drive-It Day, when a 100-mile trip around West Wales threw up no more than a 1960s Mini in pe­riod rally guise and a pretty neat HB Viva. Oh, and the Lancer of course.

Trundling down the A465 af­ter the break­fast meet­ing it made me won­der how many peo­ple I see at auc­tions re­ally think about the great en­joy­ment de­rived from driv­ing an older car. Rather than think­ing of the value it might be put­ting on, why not think about the towns, vil­lages, roads and sights to be en­joyed. And you don’t need a Jaguar E-type or BMW 2002 Turbo – just some­thing that’s fun-to-drive and re­li­able.

That’s why I’m for­ever bang­ing on about the al­ter­na­tives to the hack­neyed sports cars some new- to-the-scene en­thu­si­asts might feel al­most obliged to buy. They don’t – not by any means. In fact the jour­ney I’ve just got in from could have been equally en­joy­able in an Austin A35 or a pre-war Ford Model Y. Not as quick as the Lancer, granted, but still what a way to have a great morn­ing’s drive.

‘Why not think about the sights to be en­joyed?’

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