News: NEC CLASSIC EXPANDS TO CREATE THE WORLD’S BIGGEST GATHERING OF CLASSIC MOTORING CLUBS

With the #MotorMartinClassics 1999 Ford Cougar 2.5 V6 out and about on the highways and byways of West Yorkshire recently, interest is high with regard to the classic scene up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers. This has made the following announcement especially pertinent as the Ford deserves a drive out to a show or two. The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, already the UK’s biggest indoor classic vehicle exhibition, is now even bigger for 2018! Adding an extra hall, the show is inviting even more clubs to display at the event to create the World’s biggest … Continue reading News: NEC CLASSIC EXPANDS TO CREATE THE WORLD’S BIGGEST GATHERING OF CLASSIC MOTORING CLUBS

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Ford Cougar (1998 – 2002) 2.5 V6 24V 3d. Part 2: Paradise City

A few months ago the latest car to grace the car park here at MotorMartin Towers arrived, looking rather wonderful resplendent in it’s faded, battered and bruised, classic Ford blue paintwork. The history of Ford’s attempts to recreate the popularity of their legendary Capri have already been covered in Part 1, Ford Cougar (1998 – 2002) 2.5 V6 24V 3d: Dreams Should Never Die and are interesting to say the least but this series is to be about the Cougar itself and the ownership experience of a modern classic, rather than it’s place in Ford’s illustrious history. First impressions are … Continue reading Ford Cougar (1998 – 2002) 2.5 V6 24V 3d. Part 2: Paradise City

Ford Cougar (1998 – 2002) 2.5 V6 24V 3d: Dreams Should Never Die

What we have here is an attempt to get to the bottom of the pull that classic cars have on the majority of us car fans. The dangers of purchasing the wrong car, the hidden problems behind shiny paintwork and the diversions from standard are all frustrations that buyers of new and nearly new vehicles manage to do without and strangely, don’t even miss these tribulations. The thing is though, with the more usual loan of a test car being seven days or less there is just no way that classic car owning can be replicated in such a short … Continue reading Ford Cougar (1998 – 2002) 2.5 V6 24V 3d: Dreams Should Never Die

What Can You Buy For £1000? Cheating The Game

In parts 1 and 2 of this ongoing series I’ve previously looked at the surprising array of cars on offer for both £200 and £500 and noted something of the issues involved when buying at the less monied end of the spectrum, indeed, the range of vehicles on offer really should mean that there’s something for everyone, even in the bargain bucket. Yet it really does depend on your motives and expectations as for me, part of the fun is in the search, after all, for £200 and £500 you really can’t afford to set your heart on one particular … Continue reading What Can You Buy For £1000? Cheating The Game

What Can You Buy For £1000? Take Me Away

In parts 1 and 2 of this ongoing series I’ve previously looked at the surprising array of cars on offer for both £200 and £500 and noted something of the issues involved when buying at the less monied end of the spectrum, indeed, the range of vehicles on offer really should mean that there’s something for everyone, even in the bargain bucket. Yet it really does depend on your motives and expectations as for me, part of the fun is in the search, after all, for £200 and £500 you really can’t afford to set your heart on one particular … Continue reading What Can You Buy For £1000? Take Me Away