Date: 9th October 2017

Under the new rules announced in September 2017, vehicles built up to 1977 will no longer be subject to the annual roadworthiness check-up from 20 May 2018. The rolling exemption will continue each year in line with exemption from road tax. This means that, for example, all Jaguar E-Types, which were originally built between 1961 and 1975, will not need to be tested from next year. The measure is being introduced despite a government consultation on the proposed changes held earlier this year that showed more respondents were against the idea than in favour of it (1130 v 899). In response to concerns around safety, the Department for Transport said that cars more than 40 years old are often ...

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Date: 20th September 2017

Jake Berry, the Government’s secretary for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, visited the £4 million Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) to see how it can help to improve skills in the local workforce. Located at the Stanmore Industrial Estate in Bridgnorth, just steps away from CMC’s workshops, the MCMT is supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and led by a consortium of companies, including CMC, Grainger & Worrall, Salop Design & Engineering and training provider In-Comm. The centre took in its first apprentices last week and will provide a high-tech environment for young people to learn from engineering experts on the lat ...

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Date: 19th September 2017

E-Type Chassis No. 15, restored by CMC to original specification, won the ‘Best of British’ class at the prestigious Salon Privé Concour’s d’Elegance 2017. Held on the grounds of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Duke of Marlborough and his family, the Concours d’Elegance is the country’s oldest and most exclusive classic car competition and is globally recognised as one of the key events on the international concours circuit. Now in its 12th consecutive year, it attracts some of the rarest and most exquisite cars ever produced. Owner Chris Ballard said: “Chassis No.15 competed against some very interesting c ...

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Date: 14th September 2017

Nigel Woodward has been appointed Managing Director at world-renowned classic car restorers Classic Motor Cars (CMC) based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Nigel has an impressive track record in the classic car industry being instrumental in the creation and development of Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover’s heritage divisions. “This is an important appointment that will put CMC on the next leg of its journey,” said Peter Neumark, Chairman of the Employee Ownership Trust that runs CMC. “We are delighted that Nigel has decided to join us and take the company forward. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to CMC.” Nigel has a 30-year career in the prestige se ...

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Date: 11th September 2017

Last weekend, the Goodwood Revival celebrated the 60th anniversary of Ecurie Ecosse’s glorious 1-2 finish at the 24hs of Le Mans in 1957. This was the second consecutive triumph for the Scottish competition team in the most famous resistance race of all, and the third consecutive for the Jaguar D-Type, which on the other hand occupied positions 1, 2 , 3, 4 and 6 in that edition. The team's most iconic cars gathered to mark the occasion and the high-speed celebration parade turned into the largest collection of pre-1966 Ecurie Ecosse vehicles to be ever seen in one place. The line-up included the Le Mans-winning D-Type from 1957 with four more Ds, several C-types, the two Ecosse Imp ...

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