Spring, which is sort of underway now despite the determined dampness that continues to permeate everything as I write, features two of my favourite classic-car events. One, obviously, is the Members' Meeting just past. The other is my most favourite indoor show, the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, for which I travelled to Birmingham's National Exhibition centre last weekend.
John Simister: The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show
A deep concern for the planet's welfare ensures that the cars in John Simister's current assemblage of classics all have engines of under a litre, including a two-stroke Saab which causes the road behind to disappear from view after a cold start. This squares well with John's status as a Car of the Year jury member and a writer both on modern cars and old ones, the latter for Octane and Practical Classics. He has been a journalist since 1984, and lives in the Chiltern Hills with his wife Deborah and a dog called Sprocket.