Mike Brewer’s Car Clinics returns to Silverstone Classic

TV’s Wheeler Dealers presenter Brewer will again host popular Car Clinics stage in association with Haynes Publishing during this month’s Silverstone show

The organisers of Silverstone Classic have today announced that Mike Brewer’s hugely popular Car Clinics will return for the 2018 event on July 20-22, presented by Haynes Publishing.

An Austin 7 ‘special’ and an Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite are two of the revered classics that will come under Brewer’s expert eye during breaks in the extravaganza’s unrivalled roster of retro races. Both of these models represent some of Haynes Publishing’s best-selling publications.

To complement Brewer’s expert opinion, Haynes will also present its own stand from which visitors can purchase the model manual they require.

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What’s more, the two models set to come before Brewer both have great stories to tell. Christened Simplicity, the Austin 7 was crafted as a competition special in 1930 by Jack French and today is still regularly seen in VSCC-organised sprints and hillclimbs.

Meanwhile, the Sprite remains one of the most important of its kind in existence, having won its class during the 1959 Sebring 12-hours.

Other notable cars being reviewed on Brewer’s Car Clinics stage include an ex-works MGA boasting RAC Rally and Mille Miglia pedigree, a 1954 Ford Consul now armed with a 2-litre Ford Zetec engine, and a painstakingly restored Porsche 356, which is currently celebrating its 70th birthday as the genesis of the Porsche marque.

Nick Wigley, CEO of Silverstone Classic organiser Goose Live Events, said: ‘We could hardly have found a more apt – nor able – partner for our Car Clinics than Haynes Publishing. It’s a legendary company whose manuals have become a godsend to all those lucky enough to have a classic car in their garage.’

He continued: ‘In recent years, Mike’s highly informative and entertaining clinics have become a big hit with Silverstone Classic visitors. He certainly has some wonderfully interesting cars to review later this month.’

As with so much of the amazing off-track entertainment at the world’s biggest classic motor-racing festival, admission to Mike Brewer’s Car Clinics presented by Haynes Publishing is totally free to all holders of a general event ticket.

A little bit about Haynes…

Founded by John Haynes OBE, Haynes Publishing has been the power behind the world’s leading illustrated workshop car and motorcycle manuals for more the 50 years. Its range of essential guidebooks will be well known to the vast majority of the 100,000 people attending the magical three-day Silverstone Classic – notably the owners of the 10,000 classic cars that make up the dazzling in-field displays.

While still at school in 1956, a young John Haynes wrote and published his book on building a ‘special’ based on an Austin 7. Then, ten years later, the first ‘proper’ Haynes owners’ workshop manual followed the strip-down and rebuild of a Frogeye, complete with the practical step-by-step photography that has become so synonymous with all Haynes manuals.

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