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May 2017

Evenin’ All – Ant needs your help

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Ant Anstead needs your help as he is looking for unusual police vehicles, anecdotes, and cars to photograph for a book about the history of British police cars. And he’s the right man for the job as he was a serving police officer before his TV career.

He launched the appeal at the Police Car UK (PC-UK) club meeting at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon.
Ant said: “Any help would be deeply appreciated. It’s going to be an epic book and researching it meant that I got to hang out with old police cars, which was very cool.”

The Museum’s Events Manager Tom Caren was pleased to help as he has a real passion for Police cars; showing a picture of his model police car collection on his phone, its great real enthusiasts are employed at the museum. Those attending Ferrari and Jaguar events running concurrently at the Museum were surprised and delighted to find 20 or so Police cars dating back to a 1931 Invicta Flying Squad car.

PC-UK was formed in 2005 and has over 120 members, the majority of whom are serving or retired Police officers keen to preserve the service’s motoring heritage in their spare time. The other vehicles present were all genuine ex-police vehicles, not film replicas, and included a black Wolseley 4/44, Jaguars Mk2, X300 and XJS (from the JDHT collection) as well as a Rover SD1, two Range Rovers, a Diplomatic Protection Group Vauxhall Omega and the Ford Heritage collection’s now almost finished Mk2 Zephyr Farnham ex Berks Constabulary motorway patrol car.

If you have any info, please contact johnlakey@gmail.com

Lancaster Insurance make charitable donation with each quote/sale using #TEAMMIKE or #TEAMANT

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Lancaster Insurance has pledged to donate up to £5 to charity for customers who quote the phrases ‘TeamMike’ or ‘TeamAnt’ when they ring up for an insurance policy. Customers who show support to the Charity Build Off by picking a team when they receive a quote will also be helping the Marie Crawford Boyd Foundation (Mike’s chosen beneficiary) and Harrison’s Fund (Ant’s chosen beneficiary) .

Further reinforcing its commitment to the recently launched, Classic Rumble, a Charity Build Off between Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, Lancaster Insurance will be making a donation to the Wheeler Dealer’s chosen causes; £1 for every classic car quote provided and a further £4 if the policy is then purchased.

Live now, new and existing customers must quote TeamMike or TeamAnt for the donation to be made. When the campaign closes on the 31st December 2017, the amount raised will be split equally (50/50) between the two and provide an additional donation, on top of the values each car make at auction for the two causes.

Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager, comments: “We’re thrilled to further support the initiatives, by providing up to £5 to charity for every policy we sell that references Team Mike or Team Ant. Every single penny makes a difference to these two incredible organisations and we’ll be doing our very best to support them throughout the year.”

James Crawford, founder of Marie Crawford Boyd Foundation, comments: “This is an amazing platform for us to increase awareness and educate people on Wegener’s Vasculitis, a poisoning of the blood which is known as a ‘silent killer’. We’re thrilled to be involved in the activity and this extra donation will help us provide support for people who suffer from the terminal illness as well as funding research into treatment and hopefully, a cure.”

Alex Smith, founder of Harrison’s Fund, comments: “We’re delighted to be part of this exciting partnership. Ant has been a supporter of the charity and its work for a long time and knows just how important every penny we raise is in fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – the most common genetic killer of children. The money raised will go towards funding cutting edge research at the University of Reading which is developing a platform technology for the delivery of RNA-targeted gene medicines that help address the spectrum of pathologies of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It is through research projects like this that we hope Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will one day be a treatable, if not curable disease and our children have a life past childhood.”

Find out more about Mike and Ant’s Charity build off here

Ant Anstead to host Britain’s Greatest Inventions

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From antibiotics to the television, steam engines to the mobile phone, what is Britain’s Greatest Invention?

In a one-off special for BBC Two, the Science Museum will open the doors to the biggest invention time capsule in the world, their secret vaults, and ask the nation to vote for the British invention that’s defined and shaped the modern world.

Hosted by Ant Anstead and Dr Hannah Fry, seven celebrities will raid the archives and champion one object each, exploring the science and history behind the inventions that have defined modern Britain.

Selected by the Science Museum curators, the inventions are: antibiotics, concrete, the fridge, the jet engine, the mobile phone, the steam engine or the television, with the winner being announced live on BBC Two.

Nobody has ever answered the question what is Britain’s Greatest Invention?… until now.
Britain’s Greatest Invention, a 1×90’, is made by Thoroughly Modern Media, in association with BBC Learning and produced in partnership with The Open University. The Executive Producer is Jay Taylor. The BBC Commissioning Editor, Science, is Craig Hunter.

Britain’s Greatest Invention is part of the BBC’s year-long season of science and technology programming under the banner of Tomorrow’s World.

It will take science out of the lab and into peoples’ homes, as we seek to address how science is changing peoples’ lives, reshaping the world, and rewriting the future of healthcare. Our aim is to make science personal with the biggest scientific partnership we have ever convened to answer the big questions relevant to everyone.

Wheeler Dealers to host MGLive! 2017

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The MG Car Club is thrilled to announce that TV’s Wheeler Dealers are coming to MGLive! taking place at Silverstone circuit on June 17th & 18th.

Series stalwart Mike Brewer will be joined by the show’s latest recruit Ant Anstead, recently announced as Mike’s new partner for the upcoming series.

Neither Mike nor Ant are strangers to the world’s biggest MG show, with over 3,000 MG cars on show as well as spectacular motor racing on the GP Circuit. 2017 will be the third year in a row that Mike has featured at the event, and Ant’s second after an impressive debut last time around.

At MGLive! Mike will appear on the Saturday, while Ant will be with us all weekend hosting the Live Action Arena, and alongside some exciting stunt displays, the pair will be taking part in various games and challenges which will see them get the audience involved in more ways than ever before!

Mike commented: “As ever with a live event, the best bit is the people – like-minded enthusiasts who share the same passion for cars. I had a fantastic time in 2016 with my good mate and new on-screen partner Ant Anstead and my dear friend Russ Swift. I can’t wait for more of the same this year.”

Last year saw the second ever human gymkhana take place, which got members of the audience to compete in a timed activity course with car-related tasks.

The Mac Tools Challenge was the newest addition to the arena, with massive prizes awarded to those that could change a tyre in the quickest time using an electric wheel gun.

For 2017, Mike and Ant will be adding a new game that will see them face off against one another in a challenge that involves four wheels and lots of water!

MG Car Club General Manager Adam Sloman said: “We’re delighted to have Mike and Ant back with us for MGLive! this year – and officially as the Wheeler Dealers!

“After working so well together at the show in 2016, it would have made no sense to not have them back. Their enthusiasm has given the event an extra spark in recent years, and that’s something we want to keep hold of as it’s unique to MGLive!”

To celebrate the Wheeler Dealers at MGLive! 2017, the MG Car Club is giving people who book tickets to the show between now and April 30th the chance to win an MG SMEG fridge.*

Unveiled at last year’s MGLive! and having produced just 39 units, the limited edition fridge was launched to celebrate the new SMEG UK headquarters moving to the site of the old MG factory in Abingdon.

The collection of 39 fridges is a significant number as it represents the number emblazoned on the MG K3,

The K3 famously won the prestigious Mille Miglia road race in Italy, beating all marques in its class, the first non-Italian car to ever take honours, back in 1933.

Everyone that books tickets from now until the end of the month will be thrown into the prize draw where a winner will be picked at random.

For more information, the latest updates, and to book tickets, please visit www.mglive.com.

Lancaster Insurance launches Mike vs Ant ‘Charity Build Off’ initiative

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Lancaster Insurance is thrilled to announce a new initiative for 2017 with two classic car ‘heavyweights’, Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, going head to head for charity. The two restoration experts will each be restoring/building a car that will be auctioned, through Silverstone Auctions, at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show in November, with the proceeds going to the charity of their choice.

Both projects were launched on the Lancaster Insurance stand at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show in a #ClassicRumble. In the blue corner stands a 1989 Ford Escort XR3i which Mike Brewer and his team will be restoring, whilst in the red corner is a 1950’s Grand Prix race car replica that Ant and his team will be building from scratch!

Mike said: “It’s always a delight getting the chance to bring a classic car back to life and to do it for charity in conjunction with Lancaster Insurance makes this build even more special. I’ve chosen an everyman car that I hope will have huge appeal and with the right team behind the project I know we can raise some much needed funds for the Marie Crawford Boyd Foundation!”

Ant commented: “Being able to combine two things I am passionate about is a no brainer for me! I get to build a car and at the same time help Harrison’s Fund, a charity which is very close to my heart. Oh, and battle off against Mike Brewer! Wait that’s three things I love! Oh this just gets better. Lancaster Insurance has just become the ultimate match maker… bring it on!”

The journey of both cars will be exclusively covered in Classics Monthly and the completed cars will then head for the final auction ‘showdown’ in November. The ultimate aim is to raise funds for two incredibly worthwhile causes, Harrison’s Fund and The Marie Crawford Boyd Foundation, who will each benefit from the sale of their respective ambassadors incredible car; meaning whatever the outcome, both are winners.

Richard Morley, Operations Director for Lancaster Insurance comments: “We’re delighted to be bringing two of the biggest stars in the classic car industry together for this fantastic charity initiative. Mike and Ant are the perfect ‘combination’ and both projects reflect their passion and expertise seamlessly. We’re hoping to raise an incredible amount for these wonderful causes at the final round in November and can’t wait to see whose car will be the champion.”

Find out more at www.lancasterinsurance.co.uk