News Issue 23

Run To The Fun

We’re celebrating our 40th birthday, but we’re a wee baby compared with the NSRA’s mighty Fun Run, which celebrates its 47th anniversary this year! It’s happening over the weekend of June 14th to 16th at Rutland Showground, near Oakham. The gates open at 9am, then it’s time to relax, maybe take a ride out to Rutland Water, or check out the NSRA Pre-29’s Vinyl Chillout area. Saturday is cruise-out day, and Sunday is the massive show’n’shine, and what better way to celebrate Father’s Day? The Pop Festival celebrates the E04A Anglia’s 80th birthday, the E494A’s 70th, and the 105E Anglia and 100E Popular’s 60th, and there may be cake… There’s live music throughout the weekend, John Price on the mic, and if you pre-enter before May 31st, you could win a £400 North Hants Tyres voucher, so see www.nsra.org.uk for entry details, then pop LE15 7TW into the sat-nav and get ready to Fun Run…

Shop Fuel

Santa Pod recently renewed their partnership with VP Racing Fuels, which means that all VP fuels can be bought through the Pod Shop on site. Racers can even pre-order it for collection on race day, so see www.santapodshop.com or call 01234 782828.

Sweet Eighteen

Research by Honest John Classics has revealed the magic age at which cars become ‘classics’. Apparently, once they hit 18, owners begin cherishing them and putting money back into them, and that’s the age when MoT pass rates stop falling and begin climbing again. Their top tips for cars that are going through this mid-life crisis are the BMW Mini, Rover 75, MG TF, Toyota MR2 and Jaguar XJ.

Vaux Happening

Listen up, Vauxhall fans! Every year, during the Luton Festival of Transport, Vauxhall’s Heritage Centre throws its doors wide for an enthusiasts’ open day. This year it’ll be on June 9th, between 10am and 4pm, and the whole 75-car heritage collection will be on display. They’ll also be celebrating 60 years of the Bedford CF van, so search Luton Festival of Transport on Facebook for more details.

No More Bull

Taurus evolved with the addition of the SHO model in 1989, which came equipped with a 220 horsepower high-performance V6.

After over 34 years of almost continuous production, and more than eight million examples sold, the last Taurus rolled off the production line at Ford’s Chicago plant in March. Motoring enthusiasts around the world were completely indifferent to the occasion…

Toe The Lime

Grabber Lime is one of two new feature colors available across the Mustang lineup for 2020; Twister Orange is the other. In addition, new Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic will freshen up the new Mustang palette, including for Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500 models.

Ford have added this rather vivid lime green to the palette for the 2020 Mustangs. Grabber Lime is yet another shade calling back to the Seventies. What do you reckon?

Garage Therapy

I expect most of us treat working on our Street Machines as a sort of therapeutic exercise – there’s a cathartic element to achieving what we set out to build. The people at Rusty Road 2 Recovery are taking it to the next level, though, and really spreading the love. Take it away, Vince…

“Thank you for showing an interest in Rusty Road 2 Recovery – we are really excited about this new venture and it’s had an amazing response. All of us at RR2R have been fans of your magazine. We have been restoring classic cars and building a number of custom cars over the years; even at present I’m building a sleeper Morris Minor on a Mazda MX5 with hydraulic suspension.

“I decided to do RR2R because I have been through the mental health system for a lot of my life. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and a personality disorder at the age of 14; I’m now 52 years old, and for years, cars have been a big part of my life.

“I found a horticultural group that ran all day, which is really quite unusual as most therapy groups run for just an hour or so. I attended this group – Seed of Hope – for over two years, and it had a massive impact on my life and wellbeing, so much so that I came up with the idea of RR2R. The co-founder of SoH is on board with us, as he also is a petrolhead as well as being psychiatric nurse.

“Our main aim and purpose is to help people – young adults that have had a difficulty in education, older people that have fallen into isolation, and people who suffer with mental health problems. Now for the fun part: restoring the classic cars or building custom cars or bikes, and by working as a team we build relationships with one another, find friends we can talk to, all the while building something that you can be proud of, which gives a massive sense of achievement.”

The RR2R garages are in Bridgewater, Somerset, and are open on weekdays. If you’d like to learn more, or even offer your support, see www.rustyroad2recovery.co.uk. If you can spare a few quid for this very worthwhile cause, there’s also a link to their crowdfunding page. Check it out…