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Crabbers Corner

Welcome to Crabbers Corner, my little piece of the Interweb where I waffle on about all things classic.

Do pop and see me from time to time to see what I’ve been up to, I promise not to go on too much!

Events for your diary

Being a classic enthusiast, I bet you are loving these cold short days and long winter nights aren’t you?! Yeah, me neither, although I did manage to get out for a spin in the Ital last weekend. I headed over to www.themotorist.com for their New Year meet, it was so good to be out and about again, plenty of friendly faces, plenty of lovely metal and plenty of car chat. Perfect, and just what everyone needed after all the turkey, sprouts and chocolate. A real tonic. Sunday Scramble If you are looking to blow the cobwebs off the carburettors this [...]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I’m sure you’ve had time to reflect on 2021 and hopefully amongst all the rubbish, you have been able to salvage plenty of happy times. Times spent tinkering in the garage, simply cruising down the open road or busy gawping at lots of shiny metal at car shows.  Actually, thinking about it, 2021 has been very much like driving a classic car. Often a non starter, tricky to steer, unpredictable, shaky and a bit of a let down at times. There were definitely moments last year when we all just wanted to pull over onto the [...]

Bag yourself a Classic this Christmas

Merry Christmas! So you've opened all your presents and are deep into the festive frivolities...what next? How about bidding for that last minute classic. Well here's your last chance, our first auction lots are ending very, very soon. Could you could bag yourself a Christmas classic for a cracking price? Take a look for yourself. Find a classic you like, click on its link, find 'Bids' under the 'Description' and you can see the current auction activity with just days to go. We hope you have a super Christmas and enjoy the build up to the New Year. Thanks [...]

Jake the Mini – The One That Got Away

First published on www.Hagerty.co.uk / written by Charlotte Vowden in discussion with Crabbers I do believe, and I don’t know why, that Jake is out there somewhere, waiting for us to be reunited. I can just feel it in my waters. The last time I saw him he was orange with a pea green boot, but it doesn’t matter what state he’s in now, I’d have him back in an instant. Jake was my first car; he is the little Mini that I loved.I say this in a really loving way, but Jake was crap. I don’t think I paid [...]

December already?!

Recently, there’s been lots of talk about what the future holds for classic vehicles and to be honest no one knows the answer, do they? So, let’s live in the here and now and talk about how well classics are doing at the moment.  Having been out of the public-attended auctions loop for a few months, it was great to be back amongst it again with Historics last weekend. Plenty of car chat, plenty of bums on seats and more importantly, plenty of bidding. As usual there were a few vehicles that got more than their fair share of interest [...]

The NEC and upcoming Auction News – Historics, Morris Leslie and Manor Park Classics

Team Evoke are still recovering from a three day stint at the NEC last week! The Classic Motor Show certainly know how to throw a party, with over 3,000 vehicles on show and more than 60,000 visitors, it really was the season finale they promised us. We were overwhelmed with the response to our attendance at the show. For us, being there was all about giving the classic community the chance to meet us, look us in the eye, check us out and find out just how committed to classics we really are. It seems to have worked. Thank you for the love. Auction [...]

Who’s joining us at NEC Classic Car Show?

I'm back on my feet again and looking forward to attending the Classic Motor Show at the NEC this weekend, if you are going you’ll find Team Evoke in Hall 2, stand-382. Three full days engaging with like-minded people, drooling over cars and eyeing up motorcycles...sounds like heaven. I’m sure there will be plenty of autojumble there too, so no doubt I’ll be having a rummage. Autojumble Speaking of autojumble, did you realise that for a limited time our classifieds page is free to use? I know for sure that you have some parts or memorabilia lurking in the [...]

An eventful week.. Thankful for our NHS

It’s been a rather eventful week in the Crabtree household. Something happened that I want to share with you, not to gain sympathy votes or anything silly like that, purely to spread awareness. Last Tuesday evening I began to feel a little unwell, by the early hours of Wednesday morning I had a fever and felt really rough. Wednesday and Thursday passed in a haze of sleep, hot sweats and cold chills. I had no appetite or energy. On Friday morning I went to see the doctor, who, within two minutes of seeing me called for an ambulance. His quick [...]

Auction News – Tennants and Spicers

You know I can’t resist having a peep at upcoming auction catalogues, all in the name of research you understand! ​ There are a couple of auctions this weekend not too far from me, both of which have some tasty little numbers, here’s my favourites, I’m sure you’ll find something too. Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn, North Yorkshire kick off at 10.30 on Saturday 16th with some lovely lots of automobilia but it’s the bonnie Montesa Cota that’s fired up the inner biker in me. Looks like it needs a tidy up but it’s a runner, a chance to use and [...]

Crabbers on Tour

As you read this I will just be setting out on an epic journey from Malta, back to Yorkshire …………… in a Fiat Panda! Wish me luck #Imayneedit although if we break down in Italy, we should be able to find someone to fix it! The lovely guys n gals over at www.petrolheadswelcome.com know a thing or two about travelling and recently offered lots of great advice about driving in Europe, so just in case you decide to get out on the open road too, check it out in our Motoring News section - https://www.evoke-classics.com/petrolheads-welcome You can also subscribe to [...]

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