Blog Alastair Clements

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Even commercials look chic when on show in the French capital

Swooping Figoni et Falaschi-bodied beauties or obscure techno-marvel Gallic classics are regular features of Rétromobile, the annual Parisian ...

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Revealed: the secret life of a leading car designer

Many of you will have read our news story about the Vintage Hot Rod Association event on Pendine Sands in September. Some of you may have spotted ...

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Finding out that La Forza is still strong in Modena

I got back from Italy late last night following my first visit – or should that be pilgrimage? – to Maranello. Actually, I tell a lie, I have been ...

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The night the humble Escort won over a sceptic

I just don’t get the Ford Escort madness that has swept the country. How on earth can a Mk2 Ghia four-door auto be worth £5000? Let alone a pukka ...

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Worshipping the wacky in Paris

Back at Rétromobile this week after a two-year absence and I couldn't be more delighted. This annual Gallic 'season opener' (yes, I know it isn't ...

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Maintaining the status quo in the stable

As we polish off the remnants of the turkey curry and contemplate our final evening of over-indulgence ahead, I’ve been mulling over my old-car ...

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In praise of the pros who are fluent in the language of mechanics

At school, I was a bit of a whizz with languages. It's something to do with the way your synapses link, I reckon – either you get it or you don't. ...

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Time to call in the professionals

We all have our limitations when it comes to spanner-wielding, some of us bouncing our bonces off the glass ceiling sooner than others. With ...

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Joining the club on the classic commute

I have a confession. At C&SC we have always advocated using classics as much as possible, and several of the team genuinely do use their old ...

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Everyday classic may be cheap, but that just makes me cheerful

Regular readers will know that I recently invested a fairly small sum of money in a new (old) classic runabout, because I had become so bored with ...