Blog James Elliott

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Forgotten hillclimb rises from the ashes

I am a bit of an old hand at Chateau Impney and have a big soft spot for it. Not just because I drove the wonderful ex-Phil Scragg HMW-Jaguar ...

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Discoveries and a dramatic change of heart in Essen

Make no mistake Techno Classica in Essen is a massive slog. One day (which is all I had) is nowhere near enough time to see it, the shoes ...

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Pegasos shine bright in Paris

Rétromobile, as ever, was the best use of a trip to Paris that can be imagined. This year, the lure of the French event was especially strong, ...

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Good things come in small packages

The fact that I have a bit of a “thing” for ADO16s is something of a surprise given the secondhand one my mum ran when I was a kid. It was ...

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The perfect car at the perfect price – what could go wrong?

A huge amount of emphasis – and subsequently value – is put on competition history in the classic car world, but this week I received proof that a ...

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The catch-22 of boutique classic car shows

We all love the big classic car events, but, equally, so often we all seem to come away moaning – too many people, too high a proportion of ...

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Paying for patina is one thing, but shelling out for rust is another

Yesterday, one of the contributors on our Facebook page (check it out here, it's fun) came up with a phrase that perfectly encapsulated what ...

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Pavesi Ventorosso: special Ferrari or an awful Ferrari special

Coys’ auction in Monaco (well Fontvieille to be precise, but you try and draw a line between them) introduced me to a car I had never seen before. ...

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Glas half full – finding rarities in Germany and parallels to the UK

One of the best things about being in the privileged position to visit a lot of overseas classic car shows, is, depending upon the country, ...

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Hotel de France: my new must-visit Le Mans-related monument

In the new issue of C&SC there is a fantastically evocative scrapbook of pictures from the back pages of the Hotel de France. I was mesmerised ...