Category Archives: Classic cars

Pell Mell & Woodcote: When the Twenties Roared

As we start the 2020s, Adam Hay-Nicholls steps back in time to sample life at Pall Mall a century ago.

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The Rake: The proud father

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David Gandy grew up in what he calls a ‘Jag family’. Now he has a baby of his own: an XK120 Lightweight roadster, remade into the car of his dreams. Adam Hay-Nicholls joined him for a test-drive on the French Riviera.

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Boisdale Life: The continuing classics


At its old workshops in Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin has begun building new versions of a 1960s legend. Lucky blighter Adam Hay-Nicholls pays a visit, while taking a trio of vintage Aston beauties for a spin. Continue reading

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Pell-Mell & Woodcote: The Joy of the Journey


This year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run again lived up to high expectations; broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh and writer Adam Hay-Nicholls – both Royal Automobile Club members – travelled with the Motoring Committee chairman in a 1903 Daimler.

Words by Adam Hay-Nicholls

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City AM Bespoke: First Love

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You may love many cars in a lifetime, but you only ever have one first love. For Adam Hay-Nicholls, it was an Aston Martin. Continue reading

Asia Tatler: Driving It Home

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Classic cars are not only sexier than stocks and shares, they’re the ultimate high performance investment. Continue reading

Intersection: Tracking the past at Le Mans


After relieving himself under the shadow of a small oak tree, Etienne Moreau scurries back across a stony path, carefully avoiding the burning embers and smoldering beer cans from a recent barbeque, before unzipping the canvas doorway and rejoining his sleeping wife. Their kids are within earshot, comfortably entombed in the leather-lined cockpit of the Moreau’s black and gold Lamborghini Muira.

Doubtless, a Frenchman’s tent is his chateau. But, when you own a real, full-size, portcullis-and-all castle, what compels the likes of the Moreau family to swap it all for flysheets and undercooked andouillettes? Continue reading

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Lotus Magazine: Revolutionary Road


A sleek aristocratic redhead zipped in skintight leather, she was the hottest thing on TV. The Avengers’ Emma Peel had pulses racing in the 1960s, but for her own thrills she turned to the Lotus Elan. Continue reading

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Lotus Magazine: The Garage

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Classic Team Lotus is housed in a small workshop at the bottom of the road that leads to Lotus Cars. It’s like a working museum, with half a dozen grand prix cars garaged in various states of repair. Several of these cars are among the most important in Formula One history. Cutting edge at the time, they’re now priceless reminders of the simplicity and single-mindedness of racing just three or four decades ago. Continue reading