Blog martin buckley

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Collecting vinyl and stripping caravans

Spent a blissful afternoon clearing my desk at the mill. With broadband installed, I searched YouTube and found a full version of the Callan film ...

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Spotting the Phantom of the opera (well, a West End show anyway)

This weekend involved another trip to London see a West End show (The 39 Steps – very funny) but not, sadly, in an old car. Once again 50mpg had ...

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"Yes Mr Buckley, this is Fullers brewery. What's that, you'd like to hold a p*** up here?"

Around this time of year, my friend Jon Giacobi usually organises a get-together at the Guinea Grill in Mayfair for his ‘car mates’. It’s fun, but ...

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Christmas reads and planning more purchases

The struggle with my 1967 Merc 300SE continues – hopefully one day it'll look like the one above – but we think we have nailed the problem down to ...

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Landing another Stuttgart saloon

My latest acquisition is a Mercedes 300SE of the W108/W109 generation. It’s got 39,000 from new, black leather very sound bodywork and, apart from ...

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A quiz ends with a boot-load of epic soundtracks

Sunday was the day of my pal John Antonaki’s long-awaited ‘Car quiz’ so I whizzed down to Edmonton and showed my face. There were eight of us all ...

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NEC displays dish up a bargain

I went to this year’s Classic Motor Show at the NEC, a grim venue at a grim time of year but an event I quite enjoy. I know it’s not Rétromobile ...

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Dreams of playing Action Man lead to eBay temptation

I can’t get two-door Range Rovers out of my mind, to the extent that last weekend I bought a Land Rover magazine. The next morning I went on to ...

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Convincing my girlfriend to switch to an older model

The theme of the last few days has been the new car versus old car thing and the fact that I keep being told – totally unprompted – how tired ...

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Another BMW book on the way?

I had a good response to my NSU parts-surplus dilemma – hopefully someone will be collecting a load in a week or two, so I’ve had a therapeutic ...