Blog James Elliott

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How did Elliott fare with his classic resolutions for 2012?

The problem with the internet is that things don't seem to go away… ever. If I wrote my magazine column on classic-related New Year resolutions, ...

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Remembering a time when speed was a safety feature

One of the joys of reading old motoring literature is the effusiveness of the prose, which is often shoved into the shade only by the ...

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The torture of missing out on a must-have classic

Last Wednesday my stormy two year relationship with my Lotus Elite finally came to an end when it packed its stuff (a few spares and some ...

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Make me an offer for my Elite, then please offer me an Elite

Last week my Lotus Elite failed its MoT. Again.  Now, I am the first to admit that i have not been what you would call a good owner of this ...

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Obsessions #8 – Maserati Quattroporte

It's been a while since I (self) indulged in some of this soul-baring, but I have recently been knocked giddy by a car that was an obsession for ...

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Soaking up history at the Veteran Car Club's HQ

When I received an invitation to the Veteran Car Club's HQ in Hertfordshire – and more importantly was offered a nose around its famously ...

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Elliott's pilgrimage to the birthplace of his driving hero

I've just been on a little pilgrimage in search of Tazio Nuvolari. Well not the legendary Flying Mantuan himself, but some of his landmarks. ...

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Let's get personal: is it time to bring in the number plate police?

Why is it that some marques and models attract (usually horribly contrived) personalised number plates so much more than others? Of course there ...

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Help James Elliott pick his Rear Of The Year!

It was a while ago now, admittedly, but the classic car world just seems so stupendously busy nowadays that I have trouble keeping up with it ...

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A Veteran virgin takes to the streets of Central London

It seems almost inconceivable that, since joining C&SC in 1996, I have never done the Brighton Run. I've been at the start a few times or ...