I was lucky to be able to insure my Metropolitan when I was in my 20s
From December 21, Europe has decreed UK insurance companies can no longer ‘discriminate’ again men by offering women a better insurance rate – even though we cost insurance companies less in claims. It wouldn’t be so bad if the companies intended to reduce the male premiums, or at least add the two together and split the difference. But no, premiums for men stay the same, but young women will pay a lot more – I'm sure I wouldn’t have been able to insure and drive all my classic cars if I was starting out now. So would you be willing to have a 'spy in the cab' to reduce your premium? Click here to read more. Photo by Colin Burnham
I found this little book from 1965 in a charity shop. It's got some great cutaway drawings of a Ford Anglia, a Hillman Minx and an original Mini. Most of the trusted British car manufacturers it recommends no longer exist, or are no longer British. But it's surprising how much remains to same – such as the basic method of propelling the thing forwards. We should have taken some of the advice, for example 'Don't be stampeded into buying a car, take the bus or train for a couple of weeks longer.'
A friend of ours sold her Alfa to webuyanycar.com and said they were very fair, so we thought we'd give it a go. The experience was a real surprise. I found myself sitting in an office rather than a used-car dealership, and found the experience quite easy and painless. But was it the right move? Click here for the full story.
I wanted to share this interesting interview with Anthony Prozzi, Chief Interior Designer for Ford US, talking about the links between car design and fashion, and how working for Donna Karan in New York has influenced his work. He says “Before joining Donna Karan, I owe an enormous gratitude to Gloria Jacobs, who was the owner of a specialty shop in Brooklyn called Jimmy’s. She took me under her wing, nurturing my design sense. Donna Karan taught me the sensuality and concept of movement and flow in clothing. This was during a time of transition, as fashion moved away from the excess of the ‘80s, and embraced an idea of balance and spirituality that the ‘90s were about.” Click here to read on.