21 November 2013
This month’s cover car is a pretty rare beast. Sometime Classic American contributor Alex Gunn had one way back (20 years ago?) which he drove across Europe and we followed him in the magazine. Even in North America these first generation Monte Carlos are rare beasts too, falling into the ‘big, Seventies smogboat’ category that was so decimated in the Eighties and Nineties by demolition derbies and sheer disinterest. Then you wake up one day and they’re all gone... or almost.
17 October 2013.
The summer car show season may be over, but there’s still plenty going on in the run up to Christmas, with cruises and events like the Prescott Hill Climb, Rhythm Riot and of course the Classic Motor Show at the NEC. Classic American will have a stand at the NEC and be holding the grand finals of the Footman James Car of the Year competition – you could even win a pair of tickets to the show, so why not enter the draw on page 6? You can also enter online if you prefer.
20 September 2013.
Many would argue it’s V8 power, body-on-chassis construction and rear wheel drive that makes a car truly American... and for that reason the Corvair is probably overlooked, possibly even rejected by some enthusiasts, boasting as it did a flat-six, air-cooled motor out back, unibody construction and compact size. It was, of course, GM’s answer to the phenomenally (and disturbingly so for the Big Three) successful Volkswagen Beetle.
14 August 2013.
The months of June and July are always the busiest ones here at Classic American, with car shows just about every weekend. This year has seen the usual ups and downs with the weather, although for the first time in what seems like years the UK was gripped by a heatwave in July that lasted for weeks – it’s what many of us had been praying for, literally for years: real, honest-to-God feelgood weather! My neighbours say they can tell what the forecast is going to be depending on whether or not I leave my Olds parked outside the house on the street overnight; it was out there for almost a fortnight, that’s how good it’s been!
20 June 2013.
Welcome to your new-look Classic American. We decided to coincide it with our 25th anniversary issue, as it seemed appropriate that 25 years since the very first issue of Classic American hit the shelves we should tart the old girl up with a bit of a refresh! You’ll find a new fresher look and some tweaks here and there to your favourite features.
18 April 2013.
It is with great regret that I learned last week of the death of Bob Draper. Bob was a true American car enthusiast through and through and over the years had owned many wonderful cars. What always struck me about Bob, however, was not just his enthusiasm and his wealth of experience with his cars, but his genuine modesty, despite his almost encyclopaedic knowledge.
Current Issue: Dec 2013
♦ 1970 Monte Carlo - Chevrolet's luxury coupe
♦ Vintage style - we meet Bettina Scarlett
♦ Prescott American Day
♦ Meteor Dry Lakes Roadster
♦ 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
♦ 1965 Olds Starfire ♦ Chrysler 300 ♦ 1961 Ford Starliner
• Next issue on sale: December 19, 2013