Crabbers News

Welcome to Crabbers News 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, and let me know what you’d like to hear about!

Back Home In Yorkshire

It’s grand to be back in Yorkshire, although I am missing the Aussie weather! I’m not sure they’ll be able to promise wall to wall sunshine, but the team at the world famous Ace Café, London, are hosting an event this Sunday, 29th January to celebrate Australia Day. With prizes promised for the ‘Best Aussie Car’ and ‘Best Dressed Aussie’, it sounds like it’s going to be a bonza day! 'Normous Newark Autojumbles are back! If you prefer a good old mooch around in search of a bargain, the first 'Normous Newark Autojumble of 2023 is also being held this [...]

G’Day from Down Under.. Autojumble

Another week, another newsletter, but it’s going be short and sweet this week as I’m writing this from my hotel room Down Under. Yep, I’m recharging and getting ready for the show season to begin. Once that starts, there will be no rest for the wicked…or me. Malvern Autojumble this weekend One event that always catches my eye is the Malvern Drive-in Classic Car & Motorcycle Autojumble at the Three Counties Showground this weekend, as I’m always on the lookout for bits and bobs for Ivan. With over 80 stands of everything you need for a Mini to an Ital, [...]

The New Year brings Events, Events and more Events.. can’t wait!

Now the New Year is well and truly underway it’s time to start filling that calendar up with upcoming events. No sooner than I'd started thinking about this - after one of my many classic chit chats - I found out that the Beaulieu calendar of events has already been published. And not only that, but the event tickets are now on sale. Any of Beaulieu's fantastic events are worth a visit, especially their 'Simply Events'. They also have the National Motor Museum on site with over 280 classic beauties for you to get up close and personal. So [...]

Bluebell’s first Test Drive and Happy 1st Birthday.. to us!

With the festivities well and truly over, it’s time to start planning the year ahead. The Team Evoke diary is already starting to fill up as we hope to attend lots of events this year with our own classics. Bluebell, Joanne’s Triumph Herald, is in the workshop getting lots of TLC in readiness for show season, we really can’t wait to get out and about in our motors! Remember to let us know if you are organising a classic event so that we can add it to our Events page for you free of charge. Watch us take Bluebell on [...]

Thank you.. and have a Happy 2023!

Have you found enough drawer space for all the new socks that Santa delivered? 😉 So, that’s that for another year! I hope you had a super smashing day with your loved ones and managed to bag yourself a few nice pressies. I treated myself to a lovely new diff for the Ital, how exciting is that? I’ll be at the Restoration Show at the NEC in March where the team from the Morris Marina Club and Ital Register will be fitting the diff for me on the club stand. Of course, I’ll be helping them too...by making sure they [...]

Have a very Merry one!

With just two sleeps left until the big day, it’s time for us all here at Evoke Classics to say a massive Merry Christmas to you, yes YOU! We hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with Turkey, sprouts, party hats and car related pressies. It’s time to overindulge without feeling guilty, so spoil yourself and enjoy! 😉... Christmas Opening Times After such a fantastic year most of the team will be taking a break to enjoy the festive period. Yes we will miss you terribly but don't fret as few of us will be looking after the team [...]

John from Rochdale, Will Young and the Man from Del Monte

Not long now ‘til the big fella in the red suit makes his annual visit. For some of our customers though, Christmas came a little early as they’ve already taken delivery of their ‘pressies’. The aptly coloured BMW M3 Convertible found a lovely new home earlier this month and was transported down country by one of our recommended vehicle movers, John from Rochdale Auto Rescue. We had great feedback about John from the vendor and buyer of the Beamer, so he defo deserves a big shout out from us. I’m not sure if he offers a gift wrapping service [...]

Car Journey, Car stories and some lovely new lots

Crikey! I love my job. I’m over at the Great British Car Journey in Derbyshire today where I’ve been invited to drive a selection of their vehicles including the mighty Austin 7. How could I resist such an invitation! I’ll be filming with my good pal Paul Woodford so I’m sure there will be plenty of laughs, and hopefully some entertaining footage...I’ll keep you posted. Check out some of the cars that I’ll be driving today… We want to hear your stories Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with a lovely lady who reached out to us [...]

Great British Motor Shows and dates for your (Evoke) Calendar!

A dry Sunday last weekend meant a last run out for Ivan the Ital, just a steady pootle around the North York Moors. He’s now tucked up for winter and looking forward to being pampered a little in readiness for next year's show season, including... Great British Motor Shows announce new locations for 2023 Great British Motor Shows have just released their dates for next year, adding an extra seven locations to their usual calendar of events. Spreading their wings a little wider than previous years, they will be hosting shows in Yorkshire, Northumberland, Cheshire, Berkshire, Sussex and the [...]

Out & About, get ready for a Classic Advent

Our friends at Historics are holding their last auction of the year tomorrow, Saturday 26th November, at Mercedes Benz World. There’s a rather tasty Zodiac going under the hammer which has been featured in Classic Ford magazine and is said to be the ‘best preserved Mk3 in the world’. I’ll be watching with interest! Check out what else they’re offering: Museums A'Plenty I’ll be making the most of the bad weather over the next few weeks by visiting some of our fabulous classic car museums for a good old mooch. There’s always plenty to see and of course, many [...]

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