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The stun­ning Sun­beam Alpine restora­tion grac­ing the cover cast a spe­cial golden glow over this month’s is­sue. As we worked ever closer to­wards our dead­line with all the adren­a­line-fu­elled ur­gency that usu­ally en­tails, I was aware of the bizarre para­dox pre­sented by the Sun­beam’s story. Its re­storer, Jim was told by his doc­tor to take a step back from the stresses of run­ning his own busi­ness. Jim de­cided the best way for him to de-stress was to fi­nally be­gin the Alpine’s restora­tion, some ten years af­ter buy­ing it as a project. This struck me as yet fur­ther proof that own­ing and, if nec­es­sary, restor­ing a clas­sic is a cre­ative pur­suit and one that should be en­joyed in it­self, for it­self.

Jim and his part­ner Marie, for who Jim bought the car, now have a clas­sic I hope will com­pletely erad­i­cate all their stress lev­els – fresh air, open roads and leav­ing their wor­ries be­hind as they head out in the Sun­beam. With­out wish­ing to be­lit­tle the very real is­sues con­cern­ing stress, imag­ine a whole new area of ther­apy for stressed clas­sic car en­thu­si­asts – pre­scribed treat­ment by at­tend­ing restora­tion cour­ses to switch off and im­merse them­selves in pro­duc­tive cre­ativ­ity. That would be a tonic for the troops.

All the best, on GaryStrett

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