Out now – a superb new issue of C&SC with FREE 2014 events calendar

| 5 Dec 2013

The January 2014 issue of Classic & Sports Car is now officially on-sale in the UK and is packed with great content. As is traditional, there is also a brilliant free events calendar.

With classic prices going through the roof, we decided to seek out three cars which prove that you can still buy your way into some serious power and luxury for well under £10k. Whether you favour Rover P5B, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow or Daimler V8-250, any of this trio would make a superb and prestigious classic at a great price.

Before we summarise the other features, there's another reason why this issue of C&SC is unmissable: the free 2014 events calendar. Packed with details of more than 500 classic car events, and illustrated with the finest photography that has graced C&SC in the past year, it is the ideal guide to 2014 for enthusiasts.

Back to the features, Mick Walsh has had a busy month, not only re-uniting Tony Brooks and Peter Sutcliffe with a Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica that they both raced in period, but also in taming the mighty Bestium, a Hudson-based road racer.

Life is a little more sedate for James Page who took to the road in a trio of glamorous and underrated Alvises (Alvis, Alvi, Alvae?).  The deputy editor tested all the TE21 family: saloon, drophead and stylish Graber.

Martin Buckley's been a busy boy, too. Not only did he referee our lead feature betweenthe V8s, but he also found time to jet off to the US of A to drive one of his dream cars in the perfect location – a Studebaker Avanti along Milholland Highway as Raymond Loewy's masterpiece celebrates its 50th year.

There was a similar dream drive for Julian Balme who enjoyed a cross-country blast in an ex-Ian Walker Austin-Healey 100 and for Serge Cordey who had a blast in the incredible Colani-bodied Abarth-Alfa.

There's also our Top Ten police cars, Austin, Vauxhall and Ford's duotone dreamboats and a stark reminded of 1980s excess as we examine the wildest tuner-modified cars from the era of red braces and brick-like mobile phones.

On the news front, it's been another busy month, with reviews of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show – including C&SC's fabulous Club Awards – the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, Motorclassica in Melbourne and much more. Add to that our top columnists, automobile, books and art, all the market news, auction results and analysis, historic motor sport, club news and updates on the C&SC fleet, as well as an indispensible buyer's guide for the rock-bottom-priced Merc SLK and it all adds up to 268 wonderful, classic-packed pages.

As is traditional, however, we kick it all off with our selection of free wallpapers for you to download and this month we have a bumper selection of seven for you.

First up, click here to download Buckley ragging a Shadow

To get your free desktop picture of a wonderful Frazer Nash click here

If the Daimler V8-250 is more your cup of tea then this is the picture for you

Click here for a free wallpaper of the awesome Bestium

Rather more genteel and graceful is this trio of Alvis TE21s

Any Healey 100 is special, but this ex-Ian Walker car is particularly interesting... and fast

And finally, the last of our stylish cover threesome, the wonderful Rover P5B Coupé