Blog james elliott

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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 ...

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A life-long lust for Italians that is inexplicably unfulfilled

This week, the C&SC team is furiously putting to bed a very special issue of the magazine. The April edition will come with a free supplement, ...

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Memories of C&SC's impish inspiration Mike McCarthy

Sadly, I never met the recently departed Mike McCarthy when he was in his prime. By the time I joined C&SC in 1996, this legendarily ...

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A new year and a fresh start – as a non-Lotus owner

For the first time this millennium I am not a Lotus owner. Doesn't sound too serious, but indulging myself in some outrageous drama queenery (and ...

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Pre-sale nerves and preparing to lose my auction virginity

As you are reading this, I am hopefully parking up in Droitwich Spa for the Chateau Impney Speed Celebration on Wednesday, a new event backed by ...