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News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

News : Early low-mileage 800 Fastback at Anglia Car Auctions

Craig Cheetham What must be one of the oldest surviving Rover 800 Fastbacks is set to go under the hammer at Anglia Car Auctions’ summer sale later this month. Among the many more upmarket classics due to be sold at the ACA sale in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, the Oyster Beige 820e base model could easily […]

News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

News : LDV Returns! Well, to Ireland at least…

Craig Cheetham   It may not be a name steeped in glamour, but as one of the stalwarts of the former BMC/BL empire, LDV was one of the hardiest survivors. And it’s back. In a sense. In the past few weeks, LDV has relaunched in Ireland, with talk of a return to the UK not […]

Events : MG Car Club celebrates 25 years at Abingdon

Events : MG Car Club celebrates 25 years at Abingdon

  2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the MG Car Club’s return to Abingdon, the spiritual home of MG, and the Club is holding an open day on Saturday 23rd of May to celebrate. The MG Car Club is the oldest MG club in the world, formed by the MG Car Company, 85 years ago […]

News : Best April sales figures to date for MG Motor.

News : Best April sales figures to date for MG Motor.

MG Motor UK MG continues its sales success with latest figures revealing April 2015 as the best for April registrations since MG Motor UK was formed. Following the release of the new car registrations from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), MG is pleased to see a 39 per cent increase on April […]

eBay find(s) of the week : Chance to rescue a death row Metro (or 200)…

eBay find(s) of the week : Chance to rescue a death row Metro (or 200)…

Craig Cheetham A classic-friendly breaker in Norfolk has got four ailing Metros in varying states of disrepair, that are being offered for sale complete before being broken for spares.     The four Metros are an L-Plate 1.4 GSi with 55,000 miles on the clock, an M-reg ‘Nightfire’ special edition with a six-figure mileage but […]

Events : Techno Classica Essen 2015 review

Events : Techno Classica Essen 2015 review

Nearly two weeks passed since the doors to Europe’s most important classic car show closed, time to look back now after the shock about the prices asked for some cars settled somewhat. The weather was splendid, the number of show goers was very high at about 190,000 and there have been some truely amazing cars […]

News: MG TV ad campaign gets into gear.

News: MG TV ad campaign gets into gear.

MG Motor UK: The latest MG advert, launching the new MG6, will be popping up on TV screens across the country throughout May as part of the latest marketing campaign. The new commercial features the newest addition to the growing marquee; the MG6, and incorporates the popular MG3. The advert will appear on channels from […]

News : Euro Rover Owners Club complete Round Britain Challenge

News : Euro Rover Owners Club complete Round Britain Challenge

Four members of the Euro Rover Owners Club have completed their marathon Round Britain Driving Challenge in just over 23 hours, despite part of their planned route being closed and another diversion having to be taken.     Wyn Fellowes, Daniel DeMellow, Sarah James and Mark James set off from Q Gate outside the Longbridge […]

MGR@10 Month : Pride of Longbridge 10th anniversary review

MGR@10 Month : Pride of Longbridge 10th anniversary review

Craig Cheetham     Pride of Longbridge isn’t a car rally, or certainly not in the conventional sense. It does what car rallies do, but it also does much, much more than that. Whereas Fords, Vauxhalls, VWs, BMWs and Citroens (to name but a few) all have one-make shows that attract enthusiasts from far and […]

News : MG Fans set new world record

News : MG Fans set new world record

Words: Keith Moody, HonestJohn Classics MG enthusiasts have set a new world record for the largest parade of cars made by the brand.     In total, 144 MGs gathered at Rockingham circuit in Corby, Northamptonshire, on Sunday, 11 April. Organised by Lancaster Insurance, the parade took place on the Rockingham oval with an official Guinness […]

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News : Euro Rover Round Britain Driving Challenge

News : Euro Rover Round Britain Driving Challenge

Four members from the Euro Rover Owners Club will be highlighting their pride in Longbridge built cars by taking part in their very own 24-hour Round Britain Driving Challenge to raise funds for charity. Wyn Fellowes, Daniel DeMellow, Sarah James and Mark James are all avid enthusiasts of Rover and MG cars built during the Rover Group and […]

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News : Land Rover launches new Heritage division

News : Land Rover launches new Heritage division

A new Land Rover Heritage division will be launched at the Techno Classica show in Essen, Germany, this week. Running alongside the recently established Jaguar Heritage division, Land Rover Heritage will offer original Land Rover parts for a variety of older models that have been out of production for more than a decade. Body, trim and servicing items are available […]

News : Car production returns to Solihull with new Jaguar XE

News : Car production returns to Solihull with new Jaguar XE

Car production has returned to the former Rover plant in Solihull, W Mids, with the first new Jaguar XE being built at the facility.     The site has built only Land Rovers since production of the Rover SD1 ceased in 1986, but was subject to a £500 million investment to gear up for the […]

News : Delivery mileage Mini 30s at Anglia Car Auctions

News : Delivery mileage Mini 30s at Anglia Car Auctions

Craig Cheetham A pair of rare Mini 30s with little more than delivery mileage will go under the hammer at this weekend’s Anglia Car Auctions sale in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The special editions are both expected to raise more than £10,000 in the sale. The lowest milage car, one of only 1,000 black Mini 30s […]

News : AROnline launches MGR@10 Month

News : AROnline launches MGR@10 Month

Craig Cheetham Today is the first day of April 2015, and for many of us it’s astonishing to think that the demise of the MG Rover Group was a whole decade ago. But a decade ago it was. The writing may have been on the wall for weeks, or even months, before the Longbridge production lines were […]

News : JLR reaffirms commitment to UK with £600m investment in West Midlands

News : JLR reaffirms commitment to UK with £600m investment in West Midlands

Jaguar Land Rover has this week reaffirmed its long-term commitment to the West Midlands, with confirmation of a £600m investment in the region to support product creation and advanced vehicle manufacturing. The largest single investment has been made at the company’s Castle Bromwich Advanced Manufacturing Plant, where over £400m has been spent in new and […]

News : MG Motor UK set to maximise BTCC dividend in 2015

News : MG Motor UK set to maximise BTCC dividend in 2015

Words: Clive Goldthorp Photographs: Simon Davies MG Motor UK and the now rebranded Triple Eight Racing’s original three-year British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) deal was crowned with victory in the Manufacturers’/Constructors’ Championship last season but the two partners lost little time in confirming that their successful relationship would continue into 2015. However, after an off-season during […]

News : Jaguar unveils new 70mpg XF

News : Jaguar unveils new 70mpg XF

Dan Powell, Honest John.co.uk Jaguar has unveiled the next-generation, MY16 XF ahead of its UK launch in the autumn. The new XF will be lighter, better equipped and more economical than the outgoing model, with Jaguar’s new range of Ingenium diesel engines returning up to 70mpg. The new XF takes a number of styling cues from the Jaguar XE, […]

News : MG Car Club rescues rare rally car

News : MG Car Club rescues rare rally car

The MG Car Club’s MGB Register has found and rescued a works-backed MGB that contested the 1968 London to Syndey Marathon. UMD 534F was not a works entry, though the car received significant support from the BMC Competitions Department and was driven by Jean Denton. Jean was well-known for her rallying exploits, spending three years […]

News : Facelifted MG6 to launch in UK in April

News : Facelifted MG6 to launch in UK in April

MG Motor UK has issued a teaser image (above) of the revised MG6, which will go on sale next month. The company claims that the new model offers major improvements in every area over the original version, which was launched in 2011. The updated MG6’s 1.9-litre DTi-TECH diesel engine has been developed to give lower CO2 output and improved […]

News : Free road tax for pre-1976 classics

News : Free road tax for pre-1976 classics

Craig Cheetham Classic cars made before 1976 will be exempt from UK road tax from next year, it was announced in today’s budget. Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that the classic tax break wasn’t a one off, which means the rolling exemption for historic vehicles will continue. That means if you own car that was built […]