A trip to Lancaster Insurance’s Classic Car Show at the NEC this month leads me to the conclusion that happiness is a little old car. Little because they fit in the garage, don’t (usually) shout about anything, and are generally nippy to drive. And old because no-one likes paying car tax or full-whack insurance. Here are pics of some of my favourites from the show.

And a few more. The Metrovan was weirdly captivating, a classic example of cars we once saw everyday and now, well… never. ‘scuse the Porsche 911, but the colour did it for me, no widebody, PDK nonsense here, just a small, simple old car. Love it.

The Abarth 500 is some dealer-special Ferrari model which is so silly I can’t help but smile. The red Mini above has twin engines (!) and check the spotless S1 Elise. It wouldn’t be MotorPunk without some Lotus content, would it? And, finally, the Zagato Zele thingy which may or may not have been one of the inspirations for the Chelfing car company, many moons ago…

Final pic – a line up of lovely old Twingos.

Happiness is a little old car.

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Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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