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WHEELER DEALERS UK PREMIERE HELD AT LANCASTER INSURANCE CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW, WITH DISCOVERY

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An exclusive UK premiere of the new series of Wheeler Dealers, featuring show stalwart Mike Brewer with his new lead mechanic and co-host Ant Anstead, will be held at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, on Saturday 11th November.

The global classic car restoration show will air the first episode in the 14th season for around 200 guests in an after-hours screening at the NEC ‘season finale’.

Show stalwart Mike Brewer said: “Making Wheeler Dealers with a new partner and thousands of miles away from our native country is difficult, but the reward is bringing one of the world’s biggest and greatest car shows to the screen.

“We are immensely proud of our efforts and we are excited to share the new look Wheeler Dealers with a live UK audience for the first time ever. The show has more mechanical content than ever before and both Ant and I are thrilled with what we believe is a ground breaking build.”

Classic motoring enthusiasts are being given then chance to win two tickets in a prize draw which sees them automatically entered when booking their show tickets before Thursday 26 October.

The lucky winners will join Mike, Ant and special guests once the show doors are closed as part of an exclusive audience to watch the first episode of the brand new series, which will be introduced by the fellas themselves – host Mike Brewer and his new co-host and classic restoration expert Ant Anstead.

Enjoy a beer with the boys as we toast to the new era of Wheeler Dealers with an intimate Q&A session immediately after the screening including an appearance by the legendary designer of the vehicle featured in the show!

Mechanic and ‘new boy’ Ant added: “Joining Wheeler Dealers was like jumping into the deep end! We ran straight into filming and I’ve had to adapt quickly and roll my sleeves up and crack on. Just the way I like it!

“I am super proud of the cars Mike and I have restored and the car show we are making. A lot of sacrifice, dedication, sweat, tears and passion has gone into this. And I know the true car fans will see that.”

To be in with a chance of winning tickets to this exclusive premiere, enthusiasts need to simply book tickets to the UK’s biggest and best classic motor show before Thursday 26th October to be automatically be entered into the prize draw. For those that have already booked tickets to the show, they will automatically be entered into the prize draw for this exclusive prize draw*.

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, returns to Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 November. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

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

Ant Anstead joins Mike Brewer as new co-host and lead mechanic of Wheeler Dealers

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Discovery has announced established automotive expert Ant Anstead is the new co-host and master mechanic on the global hit series Wheeler Dealers. After 13 seasons, longtime co-host and lead mechanic Edd China has decided to leave the series to pursue other projects. Wheeler Dealers will continue for a season 14 later this year with current co-host Mike Brewer who will now be joined by Anstead. Ant Anstead is the former host of the Channel 4 series “For The Love Of Cars” and previously hosted “Building Cars Live” for BBC2.

“First, the Discovery family wants to thank Edd China for the care, dedication and effort he’s given to the Velocity network, Discovery networks worldwide and Wheeler Dealers for more than a decade. While we’ll miss his signature orange gloves, we know that anything they touch will turn to automotive gold,” said Robert Scanlon, executive vice president and general manager of Velocity and Automotive Content at Discovery Communications. “We’re committed to making Wheeler Dealers the best automotive series on TV, and feel Ant brings the in-depth knowledge our viewers crave and a unique style our viewers will love. He, Mike Brewer and the production team are laser focused on delivering the best car projects and best episodes possible.”

“As the first, original format for fans interested in fixing cars, it’s fair to say most TV motoring shows trace their heritage back to Wheeler Dealers,” said Anstead. “I grew up watching and learning from Edd and Mike, and in recent years have come to know both as close personal friends. It is with Edd’s blessing that I join the team for this new and exciting challenge. I hope he and viewers enjoy what I bring to the show and recognize that for me it’s always been about the love of cars.”

Ant Anstead is best known for his day job as a car builder, but he is also a designer, artist, world record holder for selling vehicles for the highest price in the World at auctions, and a semi-professional soccer player. As a car nut, Anstead has been building custom-made cars since he was a kid. He has built a global reputation for building custom-made classic vehicles to individual client specifications. Anstead creates true works of art and he has built an enviable reputation supplying cars and art works to museums, private collections and enthusiasts all around the world.

Anstead was approached by Love Productions in 2013 to front the Channel 4 series “For The Love of Cars” with Philip Glenister. The series was a huge hit and returned in 2015 for a second season with a one off special in 2016. In 2015 he hosted BBC2’s pioneering live show “Building Cars Live” alongside James May and Kate Humble. In addition to Wheeler Dealers, he hosts the new 10-part Channel 4 series “World’s Most Expensive Cars”, and is often seen hosting the live stages of some of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious car shows. Anstead also supports a number of charities alongside being an ambassador for the U.K. apprentice scheme.

For 13 seasons Wheeler Dealers has successfully found, fixed, flipped, tested and traded roughly 135 cars on the international market. The international hit series and Velocity’s #2 franchise continues hunting down deals in America – the most exciting, most competitive car market on the planet. From the sunny beaches of southern California to the coldest edges of Maine, Wheeler Dealers searches coast-to-coast for the best vehicles to buy, restore, test and sell for a tidy profit in all new episodes. Season 14 of Wheeler Dealers debuts on Velocity in the US, Discovery in the UK and internationally in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Wheeler Dealers is produced for Velocity and Discovery Networks International by Discovery Studios. In the U.S., Joshua C. Berkley is executive producer for Velocity and Robert S. Scanlon is executive vice president and general manager of Velocity and Automotive Content.

The World’s Most Expensive Cars

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Ant Anstead is to present a new TV series that goes behind the scenes of the world’s largest auction house for the most expensive and rare cars.

The World’s Most Expensive Cars will air on Channel 4 in late spring, showing presenter and car restoration expert Anstead travelling around the world with experts from RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house for ‘investment quality’ classic cars.

Ant follows their car hunters as they travel the globe seeking out some of the finest and most thrilling motor cars ever built – often with mind-blowing price tags.

Each episode sees Ant follow three car specialists – or ‘hunters’ – on their detective trails across North America and Europe to find some of the best and most valuable collector automobiles on the planet – cars that are rare, limited editions or race winners, often with fascinating histories or famous owners.

The car hunters need to find roughly sixty plus jaw-dropping cars for each of their spectacular auctions, often outwitting their competitors along the way. First the car hunters have to use their experience, knowledge, contacts, tip-offs and intuition to track down suitable classic cars – Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Jaguars etc.

They’re after nothing short of the world’s most desirable vehicles, often carrying million-dollar-plus price tags. They then have to persuade the often obsessive owners to part with their prized possessions, agree on estimate, and take a chance at one of the company’s upcoming sales.

Each story climaxes with the real life jeopardy of the auction itself. Will the super-wealthy turn up to bid? Can these motors hit the jackpot or will they fail to reach their reserve?

The car hunters are based out of the company’s main hubs in London, Los Angeles and Chatham, Ontario.

Ant, who was announced as Edd China’s replacement on Discovery Channel’s Wheeler Dealers, said: “The World’s Most Expensive Cars is an absolutely brilliant show. I’ve been travelling around the world dealing with some of the world’s best cars, meeting some of the craziest people and going to the best locations.

“It was a real car fan’s dream to be involved in this job.”

Ten 60-minute episodes will air throughout the year, as cars with both famous and racing provenance pass under the hammer.

In episode one, a Jaguar D Type is sold for $19.8 million (£15.81 million), breaking the world record for the highest price paid for a classic UK racing car.
“This car won Le Mans in 1955,” said Ant. “I got to sit in that car, touch it smell it less than one hour before it sold for a shade under 20 million in California.

“This show isn’t like any other, it’s not trying to be Top Gear or Fifth Gear – it’s more about the cream of the crop, the best of the best cars and it’s about the personalities of the people who are involved in buying them, finding them and restoring them.

“This truly is champagne and glamour.”

The most expensive model of the whole series is a 1956 Fangio Ferrari 290 MM, which made $25.5 million (£20.37 million).

Stay tuned to find out when the show will be aired on Channel 4

Ant Anstead to appear at Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show

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Ant Anstead will appear at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 31 March to 2 April 2017. 

He will be appearing on the Practical Classics Live Stage as well as popping up around the show.

Ant said: “I can’t wait. This show gets the mechanical juices flowing. Its a fantastic weekend with die-hard classic fans. The cars are unreal, the barn find display blows me away year after year. Can’t wait!”

With over 120 classic motoring clubs and around 1,000 vehicles on display, the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show features a fantastic mix of live demonstrations, expert advice, stunning classics and specialists traders including an extensive Autojumble.

The show’s most popular feature, the UK’s biggest display of barn finds will be a focal point of the event along with the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition looking for visitors to pick their ‘best in show’.

The Sporting Bears’ Dream Rides will also be offering a ten mile ride as a passenger in one of the cars from the Dream Rides Garage in exchange for a donation to charity. The car you chose will determine the size of your donation and with a mix of marques from British Sports to Italian supercars, there will be plenty to chose from.

As well as more classes for novices and masterclasses for those looking to enhance their skills in the Workshop, more special guests on the live stage and more seminars offering expert advice, there’ll also be around 350 specialist traders with marque specific retailers on offer including the UK’s biggest Spring autojumble.

For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, visit visit www.necrestorationshow.com