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EADT – April 2021

A great article in the East Anglian Daily Times about one of our recent local winners, Matthew Sudgen and his 1949 Morris Minor Lowlight. “I

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Out & About – BBC Show ‘Detectorists’ Filming Nearby!

We noticed some goings-on up at our filming location the other day but it turns out that the hugely popular BBC show ‘Detectorists’ are filming nearby to us!

The show is being filmed round our area and as you can see, the signature yellow TR7 is making an appearance too!

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

EADT – April 2021

A great article in the East Anglian Daily Times about one of our recent local winners, Matthew Sudgen and his 1949 Morris Minor Lowlight.

“I didn’t realise at first that I had won, so when they called me I thought it was a wind-up. I only bought one ticket – it was incredible. It’s brilliant to drive. It’s very rustic and very different to drive than modern cars.”

Matthew tells us he’s taken it out a few times already and is loving it.

In a wonderful cyclical move, the Morris Minor that started its life in Ipswich and then moved around the UK has found its way back to Ipswich with its new owner.

We wish you many more happy miles, Matthew!

You can read more here.

Suffolk Wire Business Magazine – April 2021

The Suffolk Wire featured our latest competition winner, Matthew Sugden who received our 1949 Morris Minor Lowlight last week.

Matthew tells us he’s already taken out his new classic a handful of times and is loving it! We’re delighted to hear he’s enjoying his Morris.

You can read the article here.

Princess Diana Film Set seen with Classic Porsche 911 In Norfolk

The EDP have recently put out an article with some behind the scenes photos of the up-coming Princess Diana film, ‘Spencer’. Seen in Norfolk on Hunstanton beach, Kristen Stewart is seen with what looks like a classic Porsche 911.

Kristen Stewart, who is cast as Diana, Princess of Wales in the upcoming film is seen from distance in the photographs alongside her co-star, Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins.

Film crews were spotted around the Norfolk village of Breckland near Attleborough.

We’ve worked on similar Porsche 911’s over the years as they are a popular and desirable classic. In 2018 we worked on a similar looked 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 which came in for an MOT.

We’ve also recently welcomed back in our 1982 Porsche 911SC which, although is in blue, features a similar profile.

Local Couple Convert Rare Van Into Off-Grid Home

A local couple from Southwold have recently bought their second van that they plan to turn into their own portable home as they get set to venture off around the world post-pandemic.

Abbie and Toby (@our.roaminghome) have been planning towards an off-grid lifestyle of travel in their own-build campervan, a classic 1984 Freight Rover Sherpa named Betty. They spent the first lockdown building Betty into a campervan from scratch and their plans haven’t stopped there.

Now completed, the pair are putting Betty up for sale after finding their dream van, a rare 2004 Mercedes Vario, named Vinnie, for which they plan to convert and travel in.

Toby told the Ipswich Star in a recent interview, “We never wanted sales jobs, but we have always wanted to travel and spend time on the roads. 

“We love the idea of being independent and living off-grid, being amongst nature. There is so much more to life, and happiness is much more important than money.”

In their new van, they’re aiming to build a platform bed with storage space underneath, a kitchen, shower, compost toilet and a large seating area. Using the intuitive spatial design, Abby and Toby will be able to create a compact but cosy space to live in.

However they’re not just stopping at the basics, the couple is also planning on installing an instant boiler and log burner for those colder trips, a projector fitted in the ceiling, solar panels for on-the-go electricity and a wooden roof deck, perfect to take in their surroundings and watch the sunset.

Their long-term plan is to buy a food trailer to pull behind Vinnie, earning money as they go.

Here’s a few photos from Abbie and Toby’s Instagram page: @our.roaminghome where you can keep up to date with their restoration and travels.