Category Archives: historic cars

Boxengasse Oilcooled – Sun 23rd Aug 2020

So what and where on Earth is Boxengasse?

Well Boxengasse – the word translates from German to English as “Pit Lane” but Boxengasse the place is a large rural site off the A41 near Bicester which is dedicated to all things Porsche.

It incorporates a number of old farm buildings as well as new purpose built buildings in the same agricultural/industrial style which accommodate the site owner Frank Cassidy’s home, his personal car collection and the premises of Autofarm – a long established classic Porsche restoration and race preparation company.

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A-Z Of Car Stuff: C is for Cobra

A-Z of Car Stuff

This is one in a series of posts on cars, drivers, designers etc. that have interested me over the years. I’ve bored my family and friends with this stuff for years – now it’s your turn!

See A-Z of Car Stuff page for more posts in this series.

Finally! – A Cobra Post

I’ve been planning to compose a Cobra post for a very long time but I was finally spurred into action by the announcement that in 2021, AC Cars will build a limited production run of new Cobras.

Hooray you shout ……… until you read the small print. The new cars will be powered by either a 308hp electric motor or by a 345hp turbocharged 4-pot internal combustion motor.

Sorry, I’m afraid I just can’t get my head around this. The key distinguishing characteristic of the Cobra is, and always has been, its Ford V8 engine. Even the plethora of Cobra replicas have almost all used a V8 motor of some description so I just have to ask WHY???

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London Classic Car Show – Sat 22nd Feb 2020

This show provides a much needed mid-winter boost for for frustrated classic car owners itching to extract their cars from dusty garages to participate in a new year of classic racing, hillclimbs, shows, rallies, auto jumbles and any other form of automotive therapy, anorakery and nerdiness!

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Cars at the V&A – Sat 21st Dec 2019

Cars: Accelerating The Modern World is a curious but far too small exhibition in the Sainsbury Gallery in the V&A celebrating the influence of automotive development on the modern world.

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Porsche Club At Bicester Heritage – Sun 8th Dec 2019

December’s a funny old time to be holding a big Porsche gathering given the vagaries of UK weather but the thankfully mild (but wet) weather de-risked the dissemination of salt and all roads led to Bicester Heritage for a Porsche Club pre-Christmas gathering.

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Clunky Clutch, Tetchy Tickover & Wonky Washer – Sat 23rd Nov 2019

Let’s face it, asking how my ’71 911 was going at the November Porsche Club Out East meet was never going to elicit the response “Perfect Steve. Not a single thing wrong it but I think old cars can become interminably boring over time due to their relentless reliability” ……… was it?

To be fair – I did actually restrict my response to “Pretty good thanks apart from the need for a bit of minor clutch adjustment”.

Steve Winter being the true gentleman he is immediately told me to bring Yellow Peril up to his Jaz Porsche workshop in St Albans the following Saturday where he’d quickly carry out the necessary clutch adjustment.

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Out East porsche club meet – Sun 17th Nov 2019

It’s scary how quickly these monthly Porsche Club meetings keep coming around. The time gap between them seems to shorten even faster as we we enter the dark, dank Winter months but I guess that entirely related to the declining hours of daylight.

Winter to not, the forecast of a dry November day was enough to entice Porsche owners pull their cars out of their garages to join the gathering in Hackney Wick.

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Regent Street Motor Show – Sat 2nd Nov 2019

Competing with the Rugby World Cup Final and awful wet and blustery weather was not good for the 2019 running of this event but “the show went on”.

Not sure if sporting and meteorological factors also impacted the vehicular variety and turn-out but the show seemed a bit more flat than normal, particularly in terms the non-veteran element of the cars on show.

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Silverstone Classic – Sat 27th Jul 2019

In these climatically challenging times, I suppose we should no longer be surprised at how rapidly weather conditions can switch from tropical heatwave to standard UK summer drizzle but why does this always seem to coincide with seriously special classic car events?

Last year it was Luftgekühlt at Bicester Heritage which in the midst of wonderfully warm and sunny Summer, transformed into Wassergekühlt! This year, we went from sweltering 38 degree heat (in London at least) to a state of excessive sogginess for Silverstone Classic. Sigh …………. where did I leave my waterproofs and underwater camera?

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Goodwood 77th Members Meeting – Sun 7th April 2019

An increase in the hours of daylight and reported sightings of sunshine could only mean one thing. Time to don the de-rigueur Fifty-Textures-of-Tweed country casual combo and put my best brown-brogue’d foot forward to attend the Goodwood 77th MM.

Just to flat-cap it all – mustn’t forget the tweed titfer-tat!

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