My enduring love affair with a 1976 Triumph TR6

How I found myself scrabbling around on a cold garage floor trying to breathe life back into a car that should have gone to the knackers years ago

My enduring love affair with a 1976 Triumph TR6A few years back, after at least 25 years of driving various Morgans, I sold my 1955 Plus-4 Special and bought a 1976 Triumph TR6. Some might counter that I jumped from the frying pan into the fire by acquiring a Triumph, but after some 10 years of ownership, I’m still a happy camper. The…

Winter tires are essential when the snow falls

Better traction, more contact with the road and even studs – winter tires give you superior control and quicker braking

Winter tires are essential when the snow fallsI hate to say it, but winter is just around the corner. In fact, in many places in Canada it’s already snowing, with sub-zero temperatures all over the place. Better get ready for coldness and the best place to start is where the rubber meets the road. Let’s start with the obvious: Get winter tires…

The best oil-change options for vintage car owners

What you need to know about zinc dialkyldithiophosphate, or ZDDP, in engine oil and why it matters – or doesn't, depending on your car

The best oil-change options for vintage car ownersOil. When it comes time for a change, most of us just wheel into the nearest lube joint or dealership and get it done by someone else. The do-it-yourselfer who breaks out the tool kit, jacks up the front end, rolls up their sleeves and changes their own oil is becoming something of an endangered…

Valvoline buying Calgary-based Minit Lube service centres

All Minit Lube centres are expected to be rebranded as Valvoline Great Canadian Oil Change

Valvoline buying Calgary-based Minit Lube service centresValvoline Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, is acquiring certain business assets of Minit Lube in Alberta. The company said in a news release that it will acquire four service centres, which will become Valvoline company-owned stores. They will franchise the remaining two service centres to the existing owner.…

Mazda MX-5 has the heart of an MGB – and much more

The MX-5 has better handling and braking, a much more appropriate engine, better rust resistance and a manageable soft-top

Mazda MX-5 has the heart of an MGB – and much moreIn its 18-year production run – from 1962 to 1980 – the MGB was purchased by more than half a million people. It was – and still is – one of the most successful two-seaters ever made and, even today, stands up well. There are still thousands of them around the world and the parts/service…

Is the golden age of show and shines coming to an end?

The people who attend these events – and those who bring the cars – are getting older

Is the golden age of show and shines coming to an end?It’s almost a cultural cliché these days. The old cars roll in and park, their drivers set up folding chairs or start polishing, the hot dog and hamburger vendors start cooking, someone puts on some Chuck Berry or Bill Haley, and the people file in to gaze at vintage and classic automobiles. Sometimes they’re British…

Surviving the contact sport of buying a used car

Beware con artists, smoothies, carpetbaggers, excuse-makers and truth-stretchers

Surviving the contact sport of buying a used carA few months ago, I got the chance to take my own advice and put my money where my mouth is. My daughter needed a cheap but decent used car – something sensible, with back door/seat access and a decent-sized trunk. Budget: $5,000 max. Here are some of the cars we checked out: 2003 BMW…

Five things that changed the classic car hobby

Electronic ignitions, new carburetors, synthetic lubricating fuels, eBay and collector car insurance all play a role

Five things that changed the classic car hobbyLike pets and people, cars need to be exercised regularly, especially those with a few miles on them. If those old bones and joints aren’t given a regular workout, they deteriorate. Rubber gets brittle, oil loses its viscosity, gas sheds its octane and moving parts become arthritic. Cars aren’t couch potatoes – they like it…

Back to basics formula delivers 35 years of success

Back to basics formula delivers 35 years of successPARTNER CONTENT In the competitive and noisy world of automobile sales and service, how do you stand out? Precision Hyundai has a simple answer. The secret ingredient has been a standalone, family owned and operated business that has advocated family values — respect, communication and transparency — throughout the dealership from Day 1. Now celebrating…

Winter tires should be mandatory across the country

We shouldn't have to count on government to force common-sense solutions. But drivers can't seem to figure it out for themselves

Winter tires should be mandatory across the countryCanada has experienced many cold, harsh winters. That’s why we check the weather forecasts, dress warmly, shovel plenty of snow, and take extra care when we’re on the streets and highways. You know what? Scratch that last one off the list. There are far too many drivers in Canada who don’t put winter tires on…