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Meet Josh – the lucky lad who got loaned a Triumph Herald

Peter James Insurance is proud to sponsor the Classic Car Loan project and help inspire and enthuse tomorrow’s classic vehicle owners. Over the coming weeks and months, we aim to meet and share as many of the stories and adventures this year’s lucky applicants are undertaking in a huge...

The AJS 1954 500cc Grand Prix racer

Our motorcycling legend, Bruce Cox, returns with another fascinating story from the world of historic bikes.  A “Porcupine” Without the Spikes! The original AJS 500cc Grand Prix contender made history in 1949 by taking Les Graham to the inaugural FIM World Championship but the twin-cylinder racer did not fulfil...

The Tiger’s Tale – Triumph’s TT Challenger

The Tiger 100 was Triumph’s 500cc challenger to the BSA Gold Stars and Norton Internationals in the Isle of Man Clubman’s TT races of the early nineteen-fifties. It acquitted itself reasonably well in that role, with ‘top six’ leaderboard places in nine of the ten races held between 1947...

Moto Guzzi’s Grand Prix Greats: Part Two

THE LEGENDARY GUZZI V8 The Ultimate Racer? Ask anyone interested in motorcycle history to nominate the most exotic and most desirable Grand Prix racer ever built, and the Moto Guzzi 500 V8 will certainly be very close to the top of their list of choices. It is a prime...

Moto Guzzi Grand Prix Greats: Part One

THE MOTO GUZZI 500cc V-TWIN A Grand Prix contender for twenty years Moto Guzzi’s 500cc V-twin was the longest-lasting Grand Prix contender of all time. It competed with success in top-level international races for two decades, winning its first race in 1933 and its final World Championship GP race...

Corvette: Our 70-year pictorial story of an American muscle car legend

The Chevrolet Corvette celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2023. An American Muscle car icon now, the Corvette was never actually meant for production, but seven decades on is still going strong. Here, we document the pictorial highlights of the incredible lifespan of this iconic classic. Scroll down and enjoy!...

Chevrolet Corvette: Plastic Fantastic!

How a fibreglass show car, initially not meant to be built as a production machine, captured the heart of America. America’s own sports car is 70. In that lifetime it’s been transformed from an anaemic, auto-only show car to a 200mph plus supercar, lived through 8 incarnations and, like...

Hot Hatch Genesis: The Golf GTI

At Peter James Insurance, we love the VW Golf and are the insurance partner to the Mk1 Golf Owners Club. Our earlier blogs examined how the Golf saved VW from the financial oblivion they had risked by sticking to their traditional Porsche-designed, rear-engine, air-cooled layout for far too long...

Freddie Dixon Climbing Kop Hill

In 1910, motorcyclists looking for somewhere to fully use the performance of their machines found just what they were looking for in the steep Kop Hill road that climbs to the top of the picturesque Chiltern Hills just outside the town of Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire. Within a year...

Mazda MX-5 history timeline

The Mazda MX5 was the sports car that revived the genre and today has a huge following around the world, not least within the UK, a country that was reminded of its obsession with the soft-top small sports car by Mazda’s masterpiece. You can read our other blogs starting...