2018 Classics on the Common

Our car week in review: the biggest mid-week car show in the UK

2018 Classics on the Common

When the largest mid-week car show in the United Kingdom takes place on your doorstep, surely it would be rude not to attend? That is the situation for Motoring Research, which sees the annual Classics on the Common event take place in our hometown of Harpenden. 

This year was particularly special, as the show celebrated a 25th anniversary. With up to 1,000 cars turning up in the searing heatwave, it was hot work to check out all the classics on offer. Members of the Motoring Research team picked out their particular favourites, and you can see all the action with our exclusive video

We have also tested out two new cars this week, with first drives of both the latest Kia Ceed and the third-generation Volkswagen Touraeg. There is also the usual mixture of features, opinion and news for you to catch up on, too.

Car News

McLaren Senna 001 first drive to France
First McLaren Senna goes on a road trip
We’re all too familiar with hypercars languishing unused in collections, rather than being driven like intended. The first McLaren Senna owner had different plans

Dog in hot car
Dogs still die in hot cars
Despite the message being repeated for decades, careless owners are still leaving dogs in cars on hot days. The RSPCA wants to make sure everyone knows the risks.


2018 Volkswagen Touareg
2018 Volkswagen Touareg – first drive review
Want to live a Bentley lifestyle but only have a Volkswagen budget? Meet the latest version of the Touareg, which shares a platform with the luxurious Bentayga SUV. 

2018 Kia Ceed
2018 Kia Ceed – first drive review
The new third-generation Kia Ceed hopes to build on the strong and stable progress of the previous car. Can a drive further upmarket deliver a genuine rival to the Golf?

Features and opinion

Classics on the Common 2018 – our favourite cars
Taking place literally on the doorstep of the Motoring Research office, we picked our favourite cars from the 2018 Classics on the Common. See them on video, too!

Dylan Miles classic cars
Aston Martin ‘James Bond’ star cars
Think James Bond, and you might well think of Aston Martin. Classic car collector Dylan Miles has assembled a number of Astons, inspired by the ones which featured on the silver screen. 

The best new cars of cars of 2018 so far
The best new cars of 2018 so far
We’re over halfway through the year, and 2018 has already given us a number of exciting new cars. Join Gav for a rundown of the latest new metal which has impressed us so far.

Auto Express Driver Power best car dealers 2018
The best – and worst – car dealerships of 2018
The results of the 2018 Auto Express Driver Power survey are out, ranking the best and worst dealerships in the UK. We’ve profiled who came out on top, and those that really need to try harder.

MOT test centre
Opinion: should we keep the MOT test?
It’s an annual experience of dread for many drivers, and a think-tank has now suggested the MOT should be abolished. Gav disagrees, however. Read why he thinks the test needs to be maintained.


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