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Motoring Classics Winter 2012

TR fans will need little introduction to BMH dealer Moss Europe, whose history from office-less supplier to the TR Register to £15.6 million company occupying 60,000 sq ft of modern warehousing is explored on the opposite page. We owe much to such businesses, without which most of the cars that underpin our hobby would long since have departed for that big scrapyard in the sky.

Motoring Classics Winter 2012
Motoring Classics Winter 2012

The clubs and owners of the ubiquitous MGB have done a splendid job of celebrating the model’s 50th anniversary this year.

Publication Information
Cover Price: Free
Page Count: 16 pages
Subject: Aviation, Cars, Motorsport, People
Format: Digital (pdf)
Frequency: Quarterly
Publisher: British Motor Heritage
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Motoring Classics Winter 2012

TR fans will need little introduction to BMH dealer Moss Europe, whose history from office-less supplier to the TR Register to £15.6 million company occupying 60,000 sq ft of modern warehousing is explored on the opposite page. We owe much to such businesses, without which most of the cars that underpin our hobby would long since have departed for that big scrapyard in the sky.

The clubs and owners of the ubiquitous MGB have done a splendid job of celebrating the model’s 50th anniversary this year; a highlight of which was the MGCC’s lecture involving key figures from the car’s history. You can get a flavour of that memorable evening from this issue, as well as details of a DVD covering that and many other events from the B’s big birthday year.

This issue’s Missing Moniker is Fairthorpe, the brainchild of Don Bennett – a multi-faceted individual arguably best known for commanding the RAF’s Pathfinder Force in WWII. Another man of many talents was Les Leston, our Classic Character on this occasion. A successful driver in his early years, he then did much to pioneer the flame retardant overalls that are a requirement for all today’s racers.

Costly but vital, car insurance holds many traps for the unwary. We sought the advice of two expert businesses for this issue. We also visited the company that have restored over 70 percent of the world’s airworthy Hawker Hurricanes. At around £3 million each, refurbished examples are beyond the pocket of most of us. Not so the products of Motoring Classics, many of which make ideal gifts – further details can be found together with our equally seasonal competition on pages 14/15.

All the best for Christmas and the New Year.

Gordon Bruce, Editor

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Contents
Dealer Spotlight: Moss Europe

Over 0.5 million classic Triumph sports cars were manufactured, spares for which were soon hard to come by. Had the likes of Moss Europe (née Cox & Buckles) not had the foresight to produce replacements, most such cars would have long since disappeared.

MGB Legends Spill The Beans

On October 4, the MGB Register of the MGCC lined up no less than seven men who’ve done more than most to make the MGB the coveted classic it is – the results were memorable.

Missing Moniker: Fairthorpe

Try as we might, most of us fail to leave that indelible mark on life that separates the achievers from the also-rans. Don Bennett’s 76 years on earth created many legacies, however, including Fairthorpe.

Classic Character: Les Leston (1920-2012)

A pioneer of flame retardant racing overalls, Les Leston was a successful driver, jazz musician, WWII aircraft gunner, businessman and broadcaster – i.e. a multi-talented character of a bygone era.

Hurricane Force

Though the immortal Spitfire generally gets top billing, 60 percent of RAF victories in the Battle of Britain were achieved by Hurricanes. Hawker Restorations are the world’s leading restorer of these iconic aircraft.

Motoring Cssics in Motorsport

British Motor Heritage MD John Yea reports from the cockpit.

Triple Treat!

There are now no less than three ways to enjoy your Motoring Classics magazine. So there’s no excuse for missing a single Motoring Classics issue!

Sure You’re Properly Insured?

With everything from meerkats to moustachioed opera singers touting for your car insurance business, how can you be sure of achieving the best cover for your classics? We sought the advice of two very experienced companies.

Christmas Corkers from Motoring Classics

The Motoring Classics range of clothing, luggage, car parts and accessories etc has been carefully assembled by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, and contains everything from £9.50 leather key rings to items of hardware at several thousand pounds

Note: Prices correct at time of publication. Competition is now closed (Winter 2012)

About British Motor Heritage
British Motor Heritage

British Motor Heritage Limited was established in 1975 to support owners and the marketplace by putting genuine components for classic British cars back into manufacture, using original tools wherever possible. Since 2001, when the company was acquired from BMW, it has been successfully run as an independently owned company.

British Motor Heritage is the largest organisation of its type in the world. With access to unparalleled knowledge, authentic production information and original drawings and patterns, the company manufactures previously unobtainable body parts for British classic cars.

It occupies a unique position since it assembles 32 derivatives of body shells and has built total production volume of over 7,000 for the MGB, MGR V8, MG Midget, Austin-Healey Sprite, Triumph TR6, Original Mini and Mini Clubman using original press tools and assembly jigs.

Website: https://www.bmh-ltd.com/

Tex Automotive

Tex Motor Accessories have been manufactured in England for over fifty years, and many of our products are still produced in our factory in Witney on the original tooling.

Since their first appearance on British cars in 1947, Tex products evolved over the years to keep in step with changing car designs. The current range includes wipers and mirrors that were original equipment on a huge range of Austin, Ford, Morris, MG, Triumph, Vauxhall, etc. from 1974 to 1983.

Tex are also major distributors of the Renovo car care product range (specialising in hood refurbishment) and Samco Silicone hose Kits.

Website: https://texautomotive.com/

Copyright Information

Motoring Classics is the printed and online publication of British Motor Heritage and its retail trading arm.

Motoring Classics reproduction in whole or any part of any text, photograph or illustration without written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited.

The publisher makes every effort to ensure the magazine’s contents are correct but can accept no responsibility for any effects from errors or omissions.

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