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Peter Smith loses his bet

Another night out with the directors of Bridge Classic Cars. Renowned motor sports hill climber and Riley Redwing owner Peter Smith bet that Gordon didn't
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Kieron Dyer leaves the jungle

KIERON Dyer has come 4th in I’m A Celebrity 2015. The former Ipswich Town footballer narrowly missed out on tomorrow night’s final, following being evicted in tonight’s show,

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The Merak’s V6

The Merak’s V6 engine descended from the 2.7 L Tipo C.114, originally designed by Giulio Alfieri in 1967 for use in the Citroën SM, that

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Number Plate News

PEN 15 The government has recently issued a 46-page report outlining the registrations that have been withdrawn from issue for risk of causing offence. It’s

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New Mazda MX-5 Gets Wide-Body Kit From TRA-Kyoto

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The world’s best selling roadster ever is very popular with tuners, and its brand-new iteration is no exception.

The fourth generation of the Mazda MX-5 has received Tra-Kyoto’s not-so-subtle (to say the least) treatment.

Sporting basically the same visual elements that put the small tuning shop on the world map, the ND MX-5 comes with widened fenders, front and rear bumper lips, side skirts, roll bar, humongous time-attack rear spoiler and deep-dish wheels to match.

As a true TRA-Kyoto street-racer, the project couldn’t miss the JDM tow hook and the symbolic lightening holes on the front fenders. Discreet, it is not, but its makers were always intending to make it look OTT and transform the fun, yet sensible, roadster into something of a track weapon.

No specs have been released yet, so we have no idea whatsoever about what’s going on under the hood. On the other hand, if it’s meant to be more than a looker, we expect power to have increased substantially so as to light those fat rear tires, something the stock engines definitely won’t do.

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Peter Smith loses his bet

Another night out with the directors of Bridge Classic Cars.

Renowned motor sports hill climber and Riley Redwing owner Peter Smith bet that Gordon didn’t have a tattoo of the Monte Carlo rally on his back.

If proven wrong Peter reluctantly agreed to walk the length of Elgin high street in Morayshire, Scotland with your trousers down.

He should have known that Bridge Classic Cars always deliver…

Peter Smith

Kieron Dyer leaves the jungle

KIERON Dyer has come 4th in I’m A Celebrity 2015.

The former Ipswich Town footballer narrowly missed out on tomorrow night’s final, following being evicted in tonight’s show, along with Jorgie Porter.

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On leaving the camp, Kieron – who threatened to quit half-way through – said: “I came in thinking I’d have a game plan, and it would be easy, but it was tough.

“I’ve never cried so much in my life.”

Kieron formed a close relationship with Lady Colin Campbell in the jungle, and he admitted he was “gutted” she left on medical grounds.

He said: “It might surprise people but I’m a mummy’s boy and she was a mother figure.”

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He continued: “She’s an amazing woman, and I’m gutted she left on medical grounds because I think she would’ve been a finalist.

“She’s so strong-willed and that’s what I loved about her.”

Kieron also revealed Ferne McCann‘s feelings for George Shelley aren’t requited, despite them planning a date on the outside.

He said: “Ferne definitely has the hots for George, but I’m not sure if he feels the same.”

 

Kieron Dyer – I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

He is somewhat notorious for his bad boy behaviour during his lengthy stint as a premier league footballer.

But Keiron Dyer has revealed is hoping to alter the public’s perceptions of him when he appears in this year’s series of ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Now happily married to partner Holly and a proud father of four, the 36-year-old sports star claims his controversial behaviour is very much a thing of the past.

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Beginning his footballing career at the tender age of 18 at Ipswich Town, Kieron’s sporting ability eventually saw him snapped up by Newcastle United at 21 for £6 million, with the star admitting his accompanying fortune soon got the better of him.

‘I was earning fortunes having grown up in a poor background and you did end up in trouble. But you do mature, you learn from those errors. Now I’m in my thirties, I’m nothing like I was in my twenties, thank God,’ Kieron explained.

The Ipswich-born athlete has been embroiled in his fair share of controversy over the years having been involved in a sex tape and a speeding ban, as well as his infamous fight on the pitch against teammate Lee Bowyer at Newcastle.

But despite his tumultuous past, Kieron believes his settled lifestyle has made him a reformed man.

‘Fatherhood does change you, and just getting older and wiser. It’s a combination of everything – age, being a father, being a husband. I’ve been married a year now, things settle you down,’ he confessed to The Daily Mirror.

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However, Kieron insists he isn’t entering the jungle in a bid to alter the public’s perceptions of him and is instead doing it ‘for my kids and for charity’.

‘When I told my kids I had the chance to do it, I think they want to see daddy embarrass himself on telly, going to do the trials.’

Kieran is donating a fee for the ITV show to the Jude Brady Foundation, which helps families coping with stillbirth and raises awareness of neonatal death.

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Occupation: Former England football star

Age: 36

Phobias: I don’t like spiders or snakes but there is no way I am going to look a wuss on the trials!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I’d like to change people’s perceptions about footballers in general but I know my family and friends know the real me – and that is what matters

Role in the Camp: Definitely not the chef! I’d like to provide banter to keep us all amused

Miss most: Aside from my wife and kids, my mobile phone and not being able to have any control over decisions I make

Dream Campmate: Brian May and Kim Kardashian

Celebrities enter the Jungle for many a reason. For former England footballer Kieron, it was to earn some serious dad-points.

“I’m A Celebrity… is a favourite in our house,” says Kieron. “I watch it with my children and they wanted me to do it. They begged me to go on!”

It wasn’t just his kids pushing him into it though – he’s also doing it for charity, donating his entire fee to the Jude Brady Foundation. But Kieron’s up for having a laugh whilst doing some good, with his eye firmly on the role of Camp clown: “I like to stir things up and I am a mickey taker,” he says. “I will amuse myself and have a banter with everyone.” Let’s hope they’re actually in the mood for some laughter…

Ed Sheeran passes his driving text in Ipswich

Ed Sheeran can ditch the L-plates after passing his practical driving test… less than three months after smashing theory.

He might be 24, but as one of the world’s top musicians, it’s fair to say he’s has a busy few years.

But singer Ed Sheeran can finally ditch the L-plates after he passed his practical driving test in Ipswich, Suffolk on Thursday.

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The Thinking Out Loud hit-maker took to Twitter to confirm the news, writing to his 15.6million followers: ‘Passed my driving test yesterday, zoom zoom zoom’.

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The news was reiterated by driving school Total Driving who took to Facebook on Thursday to congratulate the Grammy-nominated star on his achievement.

The post read: ‘Congratulations to Ed S who passed his car test with us in Ipswich this afternoon. Good effort Ed!!!’

The caption was accompanied by a picture of the smiling redhead posing with his certificate in his hands.

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Ed’s happy news comes three months after he proudly passed his theory test, and was seen waving his certificate about as he emerged from a test centre in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

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He was greeted by a small group of fans who he willingly showed his results to, proudly showing off the piece of paper as he snapped selfies with an office worker.

After bidding farewell to the handful of admirers, the chart-topping singer headed to his car with a female companion, possibly his driving instructor.

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Ed jumped in the driver’s seat and drove off without divulging whether it’d been a successful test or not.

It’s been an extremely busy few months for the chart-topper, with the Suffolk-born star receiving an honorary degree for his outstanding contribution to music at University Campus Suffolk earlier this month.

It was soon followed by the premiere of his new movie Jumpers For Goalposts, then a presenting stint hosting the MTV EMAs with Ruby Rose in Milan, followed by a cameo appearance in Home and Away this week.

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Better test your brakes before driving this route!

Better test your brakes before driving this route!

Incredible images show nerve-shredding cliff-side road in China – with 45 deadly hairpins in just three miles.

A spectacular mountain road in southwest China has become the new talking point among petrolheads after pictures of the mind-boggling motorway emerged on the Internet.

Breathtaking photographs on People’s Daily Online capture the dozens of deadly hairpin turns on the winding road, which stretches for 3.5 miles (5,757 metres) in Xiushan county, Chongqing municipality.

The cliff-side motorway, dubbed ‘Road to Heaven’, has become one of the must-visit destinations for Chinese driving enthusiasts.

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The nerve-shredding road is carved into the side of a steep mountain and is surrounded by luscious greenery.

Elevating from 2,050 feet to 3,855 feet above the sea level, it has an astonishingly 45 hairpins.

The formidably road connects Chuanhegai, a 1,000-family mountain village situated at an altitude of 3,117 feet high, with its nearest town called Pingma.

The local government plans to brand the monster motorway as a main tourist attraction and hopes it will bring more visitors to the remote region.

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Bridge Classic Cars spends evening at Moray Motor Museum.

There’s a magical place,
We’re on our way there,
With toys in their millions,
All under one roof,

It’s called…Moray Motor Museum

Being very good friends with racing legend Darren McWhirter does come with some huge perks! Like spending a good few evenings at Moray Motor Museum and seeing some of the incredible vehicles he personally owns and is happy to show to us all.

 

Moray Motor Museum

Based in the centre of Elgin (the capital of Morayshire, close to the Cooper Park), Moray Motor Museum is housed in a light and airy old mill building, part of which dates back to the era of the Cathedral when the Bishops of Moray ruled Moravia, and was used by them as a grain mill.
The Moray Motor Museum houses a superb collection of veteran, vintage, classic cars and motorbikes. Most of which are on the button ready to go. Added to this are the model cars and automobilia which make this a visit not be missed.

So please feel free to browse the website and find out more about the museumthe exhibits, and events which we partake in.  And don’t forget to contact us if you require any more information.

The Mills and Stills Tour 2015

Joining Bridge Classic Cars in the beautiful Mansion House Hotel in Elgin, Morayshire, are the drivers and their companions on the “Mills and Stills Tour” 2015.

The week long event that promises to be suitable for all sizes and types of veteran cars.

The Laich of Moray’s quiet country roads are ideal for the early motorist to enjoy a worry and stress free break doing what they like best – touring with their pride and joy!

Four daily routes are planned covering approximately 60 -80 miles a day – travelling north, south, east and west – beautiful scenery with plenty interesting attractions en route.

The Laich of Moray or Laigh of Moray is the rich agricultural coastal plain in Moray. Laich of Moray is from Fochabers to Brodie and also includes the towns of ElginForresLossiemouthBurgheadHopeman and Lhanbryde.

Welcome to The Mansion House Hotel & Country Club

The Mansion House Hotel & Country Club is nestled on the banks of the River Lossie within beautiful grounds, yet only a few minutes walk to the historical centre of Elgin.

Rated at 4-Stars by both the AA and VisitScotland.com, The Mansion House Hotel & Country Club is the perfect destination for business, pleasure or a special celebration. Decorated in an elegant country house style this 19th century Baronial mansion combines the grace of a bygone age with all the modern amenities of a 21st century hotel.

The Mansion House Hotel & Country Club with its own Health and Leisure Club Facilities and many Golf Courses nearby, offers a unique experience of a truly magnificent setting and Scottish hospitality. Set on the famous “Whisky Trail” and near many of Scotland’s major attractions, The Mansion House Hotel & Country Club provides a perfect venue for Special Events such as Weddings, Anniversary Breaks, Birthday Celebrations or just a relaxing holiday.

Modern classics, a sound investment

Classic experts from across the globe share market intelligence on the models gaining in value – and highlight the ones that are struggling. Market experts from both sides of the Atlantic say prices for 1980s and 1990s modern classics will continue to rise – and they’re predicting that cars from the early 2000s will become hot investment tips.

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The Porsche 968, Honda S2000 and Mitsubishi Evo are among those tipped by members of a panel assembled by Hagerty International to assess the current state of the market. They also identified that British classics from the 1950s, particularly Ford saloons and Rootes Group models, are struggling to set the market alight.

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The price experts also highlighted – using sales data from the US and Europe – that investment in the classic market is currently offering a quicker return than either gold or the FTSE100, but while they think a price crash similar to the late 1980s is unlikely they did warn that speculators still had the potential to destablise a buoyant market. The panel also said it expected performance cars from the 2000s to be the next ones to find favour with classic car collectors. 

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Hagerty International managing director Angus Forsyth said: ‘The future cars of interest will be those which would be a screen saver for tomorrow’s collectors – we call it the Top Gear effect, because we know a wide audience including teenagers enjoy seeing the cars that the show features. It’s these cars that are predicted to be the next collectibles of the classic car market.’ 

The future is bright at Bridge Classic Cars

Today’s the day Jack Smith, Bridge Classic Car’s exceptional young talent starts his 2 year apprenticeship at Colchester Institute.

Jack is a very gifted individual with the flair and qualities you’d expect to find in someone with many more years of experience.

The future looks bright for Jack as he starts his journey on a 2 year course in Motor Mechanics and Bodywork.

In addition to his course, Jack will also be attending the Classic Car Restoration course that Colchester Institute has to offer.

Top Gear presenter Chris Evans auctioning £11 MILLION worth of classic cars including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

New Top Gear presenter Chris Evans, is selling off £11million worth of classic cars at auction next month.

Evans, who is replacing Jeremy Clarkson as the new presenter for the BBC show, has consigned 13 cars to the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Evans revealed that he had bought the 1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, the same model used in the 1968 children’s film, in 2012 and has since restored the 17ft motor which comes complete with multi-coloured “wings”.

The items include the rare right-hand drive 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy, with an estimate of £2.6-2.9m, the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 ‘Daytona’ Spider, estimate £2.3-£2.6m and the 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’, estimate £1.4-£1.8m.

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Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams Director of Motor cars, said: “Chris Evans is offering 13 incredible motor cars at Bonhams sale, a stable which includes six outstanding Ferraris.

“Chris has been a long-standing client of Bonhams, so we’re delighted to offer his incredible motor cars at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale.

“In refreshing his collection, others will have the opportunity to enjoy Chris’ fantastic cars after all, you never ‘own’ a classic car, you enjoy it, look after it, and pass it on for others to appreciate.”

More than 140 lots of Evans’ Automobilia will also be offered, the proceeds of which will be donated to BBC charity, Children in Need.

Other motor cars offered from Chris Evans include a 1949 Jaguar XK120 ‘Alloy’ Roadster estimate between £500K-£600K and a 1967 Jaguar XKSS ‘Lynx’ estimated £325K-£375K.

* The sale takes place on September 12 at Goodwood in Chichester, West Sussex

Stonham Barns Classic Car Show 2015

The Stonham Barns Classic Car Show received more than 800+ entries in 2014, and even more showed up this year. A better turn out of a wide range of amazing classic cars too.

Car clubs are the absolute lifeblood of the classic car scene and there was plenty of clubs present offering information, and of course showing off their marquees and models to the public.

Other show attractions such as a family funfair, fine food and a licensed bar.

Festival of Classic and Sports Cars

Sunday 2nd August 2015: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Held in association with the Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts Club (SVEC).

Over 5,000 people attended the 2014 festival. The event attracts classic and sports car owners who exhibit their cars some of which parade up and down the main drive on the two concourse runs throughout the day.
Over 700 vehicles attend, representing the last 10 decades of motoring history, including many from Britain’s motoring heyday – marques on display included Alvis, Bristol, Jensen, AC Riley, Armstong Sideley, Lea Francis, Crossley, BSA, Lagonda, Lanchester and Gordon Keeble. The oldest vehicle seen on display was a 1914 Ford Model T and the latest sports car models have included the Chevrolet Corvette and a Ford Mustang as well as Ferraris’ and Porsche.

This amazing collection of vehicles is displayed against the magnificent back drop of Helmingham Hall and its surrounding moat which sits in the middle of the ancient deer park.

The Merak’s V6

The Merak’s V6 engine descended from the 2.7 L Tipo C.114, originally designed by Giulio Alfieri in 1967 for use in the Citroën SM, that was bored out to 91.6 mm (piston stroke remained 75 mm) to displace 3 litres (2,965 cc).

It was a chain-driven double overhead camshaft, 12-valve unit featuring an unusual 90° angle between the cylinder banks.

The lubrication system used a wet sump and an oil cooler. This V6 did not end its days on the Merak: it was later modified and made into the first ever production twin-turbocharged engine in the Biturbo, ending its career in the 1990s Ghibli after reaching the highest specific output of any production engine at the time. The powerplant was mounted longitudinally behind the passenger compartment, and joined through a single-plate dry clutch to a 5-speed, all syncromesh Citroën transaxle gearbox and a limited-slip differential.

Now Recruiting…Classic Vehicle Restorer

Here at Bridge Classic Cars we are looking for new talent.

If you have a love for classic vehicles then we want to hear from you. We are searching for a new restorer to join the team and help us grow!

If you have experience in restoring classic vehicles, welding, motor mechanics, engine rebuilding, auto electrics and can work on your own initiative then why not get in touch. Experience in all of the fields above is a bonus but it’s not essential.

Email your CV to: info@bridgeclassiccars.co.uk or call Gordon on 07796175064

Number Plate News

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The government has recently issued a 46-page report outlining the registrations that have been withdrawn from issue for risk of causing offence.

It’s a thankless task, over which the licensing authorities have often been ridiculed. But UK number plates have never been intended to represent names or words; it’s just a happy – and valuable – coincidence arising from a random process.

Almost since inception the guardians of the system have had to be on their guard. But times, fashions and language change. Very early on, the sequence ‘BF’ was blocked because of the now innocuous and laughable interpretation ‘bloody fool’.

Inevitably, some howlers have slipped through and it is rare for them to be recalled after the event.BO11 LUX was released in 2011, then withdrawn, but the owner took on the DVLA and it is now back on the road.

Perhaps the most infamous example is that of the registration PEN 15. The representation cannot be considered offensive on any grounds yet, since it has been in the possession of Regtransfers, it has fallen foul of more than one newspaper publisher reluctant to feature its promotion.

PEN 15 is being offered for sale at online auction until 11.30am Monday 6 July.

One Direction

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Unless they’re your initials, the letters DUK probably won’t mean much to you. But, to fans of the pop group One Direction – and, quite possibly, the members of the ensemble themselves – the registration 1 DUK says one thing: ‘1 D’ [One Direction] ‘UK’ [United Kingdom]. Consequently, a high price is anticipated when it goes up for auction in Stourbridge, West Midlands, on 6 July.

Of course, the plate dates back to 1963, when it was first issued by Wolverhampton County Borough Council and would be a desirable and distinctive combination in its own right.

Organisers of the sale are expecting the hammer to fall at between £25k and £30K. This respectable price is nothing compared to what was paid for the simple 1 D plate, which fetched a staggering £352,000 in 2009, the year before One Direction were formed.

1933 Austin Seven Special arrives at Bridge Classic Cars

Bridge Classic Cars have just taken delivery of a beautiful car collection. All the cars are being recommissioned in our workshops in Ipswich.

1933 – Austin Seven Special – Fantastic condition, engineer designed and built. Something special!

1937 Austin Nippy has arrived at Bridge Classic Cars

Bridge Classic Cars have just taken delivery of a beautiful car collection. All the cars are being recommissioned in our workshops in Ipswich.

1937 – Austin Nippy – Truly beautiful and in fantastic condition.