Blog alastair clements

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Clements gets a buzz out of Bumble

In the past, the concept of a ‘Goodwood car’ has been anathema to me. The very idea that you would buy a vehicle solely to enjoy for three days in ...

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Seeking more comfort for the next Le Mans Classic

Since I became a father six and a half years ago, it has been a challenge for me to balance my passion for classics with the practicalities – and ...

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Can you have too much of a good thing? Al Clements doesn't think so...

I’m in a bit of a quandary at the moment. How many classic cars are too many for one person to own at any one time? My other half is convinced ...

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'Our' Merc is still going strong with its new owner

Remember our failed attempt to sell a Mercedes-Benz 200 – W115 flavour -  at Techno Classica Essen last year? Well, naysayers be silenced, ...

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Love is... two-stage dash lights, or illuminated seatbelt latches

What's the best thing about your classic? Forget handling for a moment, or power, noise, performance, ride, comfort – in fact, forget all of the ...

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Nothing holds a candle to an old flame

Over the past few weeks, I seem to have become something of an automotive stalker. It all started with our bumper 30th-birthday issue (on sale ...

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Sleepless in Maranello

I've just lived out a dream by peering excitedly through Ferrari's legendary Maranello factory gates, before (over)eating at the Ristorante ...

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Beaulieu enraptures a new generation of Clements

We never saw eye to eye, my sister and I, but looking back now I do feel rather sorry for her. Every Bank Holiday, half term of Easter break, when ...

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

It seems strange to be sitting here on New Year's Eve, gazing out at the mild weather and clear roads, yet wishing for leaden skies and snowfall. ...

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Al's worst breakdowns (of the non-nervous variety)

Our e-mail inboxes are constantly bombarded with irrelevant press releases, trying to persuade C&SC to publicise everything from ...