More anniversaries on the horizon..

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Speedangel
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Everyone has different taste Chris Martin. You might like cars you listed earlier but some don't. If others want to celebrate other makes (even if they did not make a great impact within the car industry), then it is in their oiwn right to do so. Surely, you and I do not have the same taste, and certainly not the same personality.

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Chris Martin wrote:

I do think we have to be careful not to overdo the whole anniversary thing.

Actually, I/we agree with you.

Given the number that are thrown at us – and how offended people get if we don't do an entire supplement on each and every one – it would benefit us if everyone just stuck to the big ones: 25, 50, 75 and 100, or even just 50 and 100.

Even then people want to shout about the formation of a marque, a model debut at a motor show, production starting a year later, foundation of an owners' club, model going out of production etc etc etc.

All very worthy, and we can't blame people for wanting to highlight these events, but utterly relentless as far as we are concerned.

So, yes, we'd prefer to just stick to the big 'uns.

However, we don't feel it is our place to chastise anyone seeing as we do a major C&SC anniversary celebration every five years... and that level of hypocrisy is beyond even us!

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I agree with your thoughts James, but I think you are talking more on the magazine's perspective, which is fair enough. I guess you only have a certain amount of pages available every month and there is only so much you can write, plus I am sure you are all busy there to keep this magazine on top of the chart.

However, I still believe everyone has different taste and each should celebrate the anniversary of their favourite model or make in their own way.  Yes we can't please everyone, for sure, but I personally think it is good to mention them as I do think someone out there would like to know, or maybe they want to learn more about the classic car market, or simply know more about cars, models and make.

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Speedangel wrote:

Everyone has different taste Chris Martin. You might like cars you listed earlier but some don't. If others want to celebrate other makes (even if they did not make a great impact within the car industry), then it is in their oiwn right to do so. Surely, you and I do not have the same taste, and certainly not the same personality.

Hey!

Spot the sense of humour by-pass !

I did not say I liked the cars listed, rather that they are recognised milestone models that each had a significant influence on others that followed. And that was only meant to be a random sample, by no means an exclusive list.

For what it is worth, I would list my favourites along the lines of say Cord 810 or 812 (launched in 1936 so currently celebrating it's 76th birthday) or maybe a Facel Vega HK500 ( 53 this year ) but I would not be too bothered about waiting for a suitable round number to trumpet their virtues.

Sure, anyone can celebrate any anniversary they please, I was not saying otherwise, but as this is the C&SC forum I did think it appropriate to say it is getting a bit too easy, even predictable, to use any birthday ending in a zero as an excuse for the mag' to feature a given model. We already have many excellent features on AC Cobra, MGB and E-Type, and a rival monthly even recently had a cover story on the 'Class Of '62', and now in the next month page for the August C&SC we see it is the Triumph Spitfire's turn to blow out the candles. That car was also a fine example of sixties sporty wheels, often in the shadow of the MGB and would merit a feature anyway, not just because the oldest are now fifty. I do think it a cheap shot though when publications of the calibre of C&SC resort to the dumbing down mentality typical of lesser organs.

As fergieswatchmaker stated at the top of the thread the class of '72 included such makeweights as the Peugeot 104 and the Honda Civic, hardly classics anyway, which rather backs up my claim that not everything with a birthday needs to be applauded on here.

Still, at least James had the good grace to add that while he agrees in principle, he admits to promoting C&SC's own birthdays, although I would think the self-congratulatory back-slapping was indeed justified if only to recognise the survival of a publication that has gone on to become the best of it's kind in a competitive field where others have fallen through the cracks long before their 10th, never mind 30th birthday.

As for Speedangel, I have no idea of what is to your taste, nor would I make assumptions about yours, or anyone else's 'personality' based solely on a few posts on a forum, so now that this forum has hopefully rid itself of the previous troublemakers and trolls, can we leave the personal out of it, and stick to talking about car stuff.

Thanks.

Chris M.

 

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Chris, keep it short mate as I am losing interest reading your
lenghty posts!

 

Chris Martin
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Speedangel wrote:

Chris, keep it short mate as I am losing interest reading your lenghty posts!

 

 

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Well ,if I may be permitted to go back on my previous comment re "the overuse of anniversaries", (a comment which I still stand by if we can avoid too many cheap shot lists and hollow celebrations just to get easy copy in C&SC) I will admit to heading off to the always enjoyable All Fords Day at Eastern Creek Raceway next week to indulge in Thunderbird overload, Mustang excess, Model T madness and even Falcon blow-out, but it has been brought to my attention - even over and above Fergieswatchmaker's list of 40ths, and the inevitable MGB, GTO, Cobra, Spitfire (and Uncle Tom Cobbley and all) who celebrate their 50th this year, we have overlooked the Cortina !

Yep, the ol' Dagenham Dustbin, CND rear lights included, is older even than The Beatles' chart career, more common than a Cobra, GTO or  Spitfire all put together (though maybe not the 'B') and for those survivors that have not succumbed to the 'Fake Lotus Stripe' syndrome, surely worth preserving for another fifty.

For now, I am off to play with my Corgi Cortina 'Woodie' Estate golfer's set for a while...........where can I get a real one?

Chris M. 

 

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Finally a clever comment from you CM, well done!! I hate to admit but I enjoyed reading your last post.