June 8, 2021

Lewis Hamilton Wins Autocar Award 2021

The Autocar awards celebrates the amazing people and their hard work within the automotive industry.

The editors choice went to Lewis Hamilton for his amazing work both on and off the track. The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has become an advocate for environmentalism and the Black Lives Matter movement, using his high profile to promote positive change in society.

Autocar editor Mark Tisshaw said: “As the most successful driver in Formula 1 history, Sir Lewis Hamilton was an obvious choice for recognition at this year’s Autocar Awards – but we were just as impressed by his achievements outside of his Mercedes-AMG car. Hamilton has used his high-profile to speak out on a number of important social issues, and hasn’t been afraid to stand up for what he believes in, even if that might attract criticism from some.”

Barn Find E-Type In For Work

This 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 4.2 has come in for a re-commission and possible restoration. We’re evaluating the extent of the work as we aim to first get it to MOT standard and work on enhanced reliability as the owners aim to take it around Europe.

We’re told its been sat in a barn for 4 years. Once it’s had a thorough clean and we’ve evicted the rodents, we’re sure it will look better.

1969 Ford Escort Twin Cam In

This stunning 1969 Ford Escort Twin Cam is a Ford Escort with Lotus twin cam engine. With less than 900 made over a few years between 1968-71, these cars are not only valuable but also rare. The powerful engine from a Lotus Cortina paired the light Escort made for the perfect rally car.

This Escort is in for a full re-wire which will be handled by our workshop

Originally sold by Withers of Winsford, the rally company and came with a purple stripe.

Ford Model T Leak And New Seats

Our engine expert Ady has removed the core plugs, inlet and manifolds on the ford model T to address a leak and the rust. These will then be replaced.

The Model T has also received neat seat covers made by Brian.

Brian begun by gluing a foam base to the board, making holes for the buttons to go through and then threading buttons through the leather. Once the buttons were sewn in, he could then cut slots for the frame and turn the edges neatly over.

Local Retired Driving Instructor Gets Dream Come True With Classic Car Outting

A resident of a local car home recently got taken for a spin in a 1979 Beauford Touring Car. Malcom Gooch, 76, from Campsea Ashe is a retired driving instructor and has had ‘a lifelong passion for cars’.

“He told us he had driven Porsches and Ferraris but he had never been out in an open-top classic car.” said Kieran Broadhurst, team leader at the Kingsley Healthcare home.

Malcom and Mrs McGilloway, senior support worker, drove out to Aldeburgh, stopping at Thorpness to look out over the sea, before heading back.

The owner of the Beauford, Mr Beadle said “as a former driving instructor, he was reassured to know I am a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.”

He added that it was his long-held ambition to own the car after he finally tracked one down in a barn, “It had been bought and stored in a barn by the landowner and only had 250 miles on the clock from when it was built in 1979,” he said.

“The engine had regularly been turned over so I was able to drive it back to Suffolk straight away.”

Image Credit: Kingsley Healthcare

New Brakes On The T2

Mauro has replaced the rear brake cylinders in our 1976 VW Westfalia T2 to resolve the leak.

Peony Red Air Vents

Kath has made a cover for the metal plate Paul made as part of the windscreen air vents.