Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Classic Car of the Year


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You can stop holding your breath waiting for the car chosen as the winner of the Classic Car of 2012. Alan Bartlett's 1934 Jowett Long Saloon has taken the title in the final round of voting. He inherited the beauty from his great-grandfather and did him well by restoring it and making sure it was roadworthy. The 23-year old Bartlett knew little about classic cars in general, let alone the one he was left in an inheritance. As far as he knew, it was the old car that always sat in his father's garage.

Learning from the Ground Up

Bartlett, who was a media student, decided six years ago that rather than sell his inheritance, he would restore it to its original beauty. At that time, it had not seen pavement for some eight years, so he had his work cut out for him. He began researching the car and its connection to his family and literally changed career direction as he fell head over heels in love with his new classic. He began a blog and picked up lots of interest in his new venture as he detailed his restoration steps to the public. After many hours extending over a number of years and a lot of elbow grease, he got the car back on the road with 40,000 miles on the meter. Although roadworthy, he has stopped driving it on a daily basis and saves it for classic car shows.

Grand Prize Winner

In the tough contest for winner of the 2012 competition, the Jowett had to beat two other cars from the '30s, an Austin and a Morris. In all, he did win the top prize, and is now proudly employed by Wheelpower, who are MG specialists.