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Clive Hambling, pictured with with his 1958 Ford Consul at a previous event.

More than 50 classic vehicles are to be displayed along the seafront of a Suffolk town this bank holiday weekend.

The Classic Ford Show at Santa Pod will feature a wide variety of standard, tuned and modified cars on display and another highlight will be Santa Pods Ford-based dragsters blasting down the famous strip.

Fans of the iconic Blue Oval are in for a feast of fun at the Classic Ford Show on Sunday, June 5.

This Honda Civic Type R was the first completely standard car to score points in the British Hillclimb Championship.

A Honda Civic Type R has done what was supposed to be impossible. A feat so unlikely, no-one had ever even tried it. The front-wheel-drive hot hatch has become the first completely standard car to score points in the 69-year history of the British Hillclimb Championship (BHC).

Subaru 1000 was the first of the marque's model to use a Boxer engine 50 years ago.

Subaru is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its horizontally-opposed ‘Boxer’ engine which first saw service in the Subaru 1000 compact passenger car.

Insurance accounts for almost a quarter young drivers'  first year motoring costs of £4,750 on average.

New drivers are spending upwards of £4,750 in their first year on the road, with almost a quarter of that going on insurance.

Vauxhall is recalling Zafiras again for “preventative action” over a fire risk.

More than 234,000 Vauxhall Zafiras will be recalled for the second time over a problem that has seen the cars burst into flames.

Maintenance work is carried out on in Main Road after a car had a collision near the junction with the Martlesham Police HQ.

A motorist has brought down traffic lights on the A1214 Main Road in Martlesham Heath.

A mobile speed camera van

Mobile speed cameras will be in place on Suffolk roads today.

Petrol prices

Here are the cheapest petrol prices in and around Ipswich today.

Parents favour the playing I Spy or  iPad routes to keeping chidren entertained in the car.

Long car journeys and young children can be fraught but how do you keep them amused, asks motoring editor Andy Russell.

56 number plates stolen every day

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Theft of number plates could be linked to other types of crime.

An average of 56 number plates are stolen every day from vehicles in England and Wales.

Skoda VisionS concept car gives an insight into the new sport utility vehicle which will be called Kodiaq.

Skoda’s new large sport utility vehicle is to be called Kodiaq.

Revived Fiat Tipo leads space race

Friday, May 13, 2016
New Fiat Tipo will be offered as hatchback and Station Wagon in the UK.

The all-new Fiat Tipo hatchback and Station Wagon will cost from £12,995 and £13,995 on the road respectively when they go on sale in September.

The Iron Throne from  hit TV show Game of Thrones will take centre stage at Donalds Volvo Ipswich this weekend.

Visitors to Donalds Volvo Ipswich this weekend can take to the Iron Throne and, however briefly, rule Westeros as the iconic seat from Sky Atlantic’s hit TV show Game of Thrones will take centre stage in the dealership.

Old red Vauxhalls, like this Corsa which did not have protective lacquer top coats are prone to paintwork fading.

Motoring editor Andy Russell queries why so many older Vauxhalls are in the pink.

New car road tests

The handsome new Volkswagen Tiguan  stands out in the car park but its off-road performance also impresses.

The old Tiguan was a good car, the new one is even better – Ed Wiseman puts Volkswagen’s third-favourite baby to the test.

Honda Civic Type R is a high-performance hot-hatchback that looks the part and really does the business.

Honda’s energetic extrovert Civic Type-R has made a comeback. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s a very welcome.

Head-turning new Renault Megane is one of the best-looking cars in this family hatchback class.

Renault’s new Megane GT is a comfy and good-looking family car. Ed Wiseman enjoys an early drive of the ‘warm’ hatchback of the new range.

The 308 GTi continues Peugeot's hot-hatchback revival and combines performance, poise and everyday practicality.

Peugeot used its GTi heritage to unleash the full potential of its 308 hatchback. Motoring editor Andy Russell discovers it lives up to the promise.

More power, less weight, even better to drive - new Cup 250 version is the fastest road-going Lotus Elise ever.

It may be lighter but there’s nothing lightweight about the fastest, best-driving road-going Elise ever. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out on the Hethel track and Norfolk roads.

All-new Jaguar XF saloon is an exciting executive express that's big on style, status and space.

Jaguar’s new XF executive express is as happy tackling twists and turns as munching motorways with style and stamina, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

BMW 330e plug-in hybrid combines petrol and electric power for strong on-road and environmental perfomance.

Can Munich’s motorway-muncher compete in the hybrid age after decades of diesel dominance? Ed Wiseman reckons so.

Ford Mustang fastback - pulling power on the road and with passers-by.

Motoring editor Andy Russell has waited two lifetimes – his and the Ford Mustang’s – to drive this automotive icon. He wasn’t disappointed.

Fourth-generation Sportage is an all-new package that builds on the success of Kia UK's best-seller - roomier, better to drive and more upmarket.

The fourth generation of Kia’s top-selling Sportage sport utility vehicle has upped the ante again in this hugely-competitive class and can’t be ignored, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Skoda Octavia vRS 230 gets a more powerful turbo petrol engine, extra kit and is better looking.

Already the perfect mix of performance, practicality and good value, Skoda has upped the ante with the Octavia vRS 230, says Matt Joy.

My first car

Sue Wood bought her first car, a Triumph Herald, in 1986 but a blown engine heralded the end of ownership.

Sue Wood parted company with her first car, a Triumph Herald, after it ground to a half when the engine blew up.

Mike Pennock bought a Citroen 2CV because it was cheap but still looks back on his first car with great affection.

Mike Pennock fell for the characterful Citroen 2CV’s charm and quirkiness which won his wallet and then his heart.

Angela Brett's first car was a Rover 213 which, more suited to a mature motorist, did nothing for her street cred.

A ‘mature’ Rover saloon left a young Angela Brett’s street cred near zero but she lost no money on her first buy.

The 1933 Hudson straight eight Peter Webb bought for £30 with two fellow apprentices.

Peter Webb tells how he and two friends ended up with jazz great George Melly and 10 others jammed into their big American Hudson saloon.

John Dulieu's 1934 Rover 10 and Jean Rose who became his wife.

John Dulieu recalls how his second car, a 1934 Rover 10, also came with issues and a number plate that led to some leg-pulling.

David Morton customised his 1959 Humber Hawk... and soon regretted it.

A young and impressionable Dave Morton ruined a beautiful, original Humber Hawk in the era of crazy customising, and still rues it to this day.

Selling her first car, a Hillman Minx Coupe, broke June Pepper's heart.

June Pepper sold her Hillman Minx Coupe to pay for her wedding – it broke her heart to part with Itchy-Coo.

Alan Caine, right, with the 1932 Austin 7 he bought in 1955 for £12 with three fellow National Service trainee linguists.

Alan Caine found himself training as a linguist and learning to drive after buying an old Austin 7 with three fellow National Servicemen.


Bob Kessler needed so much mastic to stop his Wolsley Hornet’s soft-top roof letting in water that it became a hard top.

Alan Avie and his dad restored this 1936 MG PA which had been written off in a fire.

Alan Avie was living the dream when he rebuilt his 1936 MG PA and it made him a lifelong fan of its sports cars.

Man about town: Victor Covell-London with his Standard Flying 8 Cardinal.

Victor Covell-London felt the bee’s knees buzzing along the seafront in his 1939 Standard Flying 8 Cardinal.

Steve Hobley's first car, a 1960 Ford Anglia 105E, had belonged to his father.

Steve Hobley spent many hours maintaining his late father’s Ford Anglia for happy family outings.

Nigel Smart, right, and John, one of two others he transported to teaching practice, pouring hot water into the radiator so that they can start the car. You can also see the petrol tank under the bonnet.

Nigel Smart tells of the TLC he gave Arabella the Austin 7 during their two very happy years together.

Hugh Richmond with his Hansa 1100 he bought while with the Army in Germany.

When Hugh Richmond bought his first car in Germany, it was fortunate his Army training included driving and maintenance.

Jeff Hurst and his friend working on his 1937 Ford 8 Model Y.

Jeff Hurst tells of learning to drive in and learning how to mend his first car – a 1937 Ford 8 Model Y.



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