NEWS & FEATURES

Over and over again I am asked about our mascot Nico and how that chicken in a race helmet came about.   How Nico joined us is down to a few facts and at the time some unknown and very strange coincidences.  

Shortly after we bought the farm that we converted into the Classic Heroes HQ, we were nattering in the office and it was decided that Classic Heroes should have a mascot.  The bickerin...

January for so many businesses is quiet and I am told a slightly miserable time of year.  Never for us.  Thirty years of customer research has clearly shown that us car nuts are ever the optimists.  Despite the perpetual heavy rain fall of a month ago and as soon as the Christmas decorations were packed in the loft, the phone started to ring and the emails started rolling in.  Already plans were...

Clearing up the Christmas aftermath created a consciousness as to how I was ridding the house of the mountain of wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, cards and unwanted packaging. It really brought home just how much waste one household produced over this short period. I felt compelled to dispose of it all responsibly and send it off to be recycled in the appropriate manner.

Compared to a few years a...

The last 12 months have caused me to think back 30 years to my very early days in this business. 1990. As a kid growing up in the 80s, with a car nut Dad, I watched classic car values rise steeply. It appeared the nearer I got to actually obtaining a driving license, the cars that the spotty Barney loved and dreamt of owning, just got more expensive. It was becoming quite depressing realising I...

We had an extremely busy week. We’ve been carrying out a bit of a spring cleaning, some decorating, but, more importantly, producing three new films and mountains of new photographs for our website.   This all took a massive amount of effort, late nights and working a few weekends in preparation.  One always puts this type of work off as it’s so disruptive and brings the day to day business of r...

Last week I carried out, without realising, an interesting social experiment. The findings of which gave an insight into the human mind when buying enthusiast cars. 

The experiment was about the effects of emotion and risk over knowledge.

For the last couple of years I have been promising to carry out some restoration work on my BMW E39 M5.  I have owned the car for about 6 years and every winter...

Our aim here at Classic Heroes is to ensure as many modern performance cars, progress through time and owners with the right level of maintenance to ensure that they evolve in to a Classic Hero as the years pass.

As cars hit the 3 - 4 year old mark, and usually at this point are being sold to the second or third owner, these cars start the most dangerous period of their lives. It is during this p...

Welcoming a new member of our team is always exciting. Dave joins us in the workshop and brings a wealth of experience.

His early career like most motoring engineers, meant an apprenticeship at a local garage in Seaford. On completion of his apprenticeship  and City & Guilds in 1990, and as a keen car nut, Dave was soon looking for more exciting opportunities.  Spells in other garages soon bought...

The most asked question of this year, by almost everybody that walks in to the garage, is "what’s the state of the market Barney"?

Actually, this is a question I have been asked over and over again for the last ten years.  After nearly thirty years in this business, it's incredible the change in type of customer I have seen and of course the incredible changes in the value of the cars that I have...