Blog james elliott

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Discovering the automotive capital of Italy

Turin would be a fabulous city even without its motoring connections. As one of the historical jewels of Italy’s industrial north, it offers a ...

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Spot a part and help save a generation of Brit sports cars

As a former – and pretty much guaranteed future – owner of a wedge Elite Lotus, I was horrified to hear the other day of what should be a small ...

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Re-classifying classics? Time to meet with FIVA

On the first day of Retro Classics in Stuttgart, I spent a very pleasant hour or two with Patrick Rollet, president of the Federation ...

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Godfather of historic endurance rallying remembered

I recently attended a memorial service for Philip Young, the man who more than any other we can thank for the existence of historic rallying. ...

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Are the bureaucrats coming for our classics? The signs are worrying

Ever since the first concession to classic car owners – giving VED exempt status to pre-1973 historic vehicles – the more suspicious of us (those ...

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Motoring heritage brought to life at Southport

It always fascinates me how some venues endure so long in the memory, even without much tangible motoring legacy, while others are all too soon ...

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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 ...