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    Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s to today.

    Each issue encourages you to:

    • Explore readers’ own recollections and memories in our Yesterday Remembered section
    • Discover more about days gone past with stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons and from Christmas traditions to great days out
    • Enjoy regular reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword

    We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler

    Motoring On
    Although it was nice to hear that a new series of Aston Martin DB4 is under production at the company’s spiritual home in Newport Pagnell, I can’t be alone in wincing at the £1.5m price tag.

    Often, our cars are chosen initially for reasons of cost, then familiarity. It was for this reason Derek Lamb, the writer of our lead feature, had a succession of Austin A35s – like those pictured on the cover – while I’ll probably continue to buy Fords of all shapes and sizes for the rest of my motoring life.

    Talking of Ford, the company was a founder sponsor of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Not only does that mean there’s everything from a Model T through to a Sierra RS Cosworth on display, but more than 2,000 films and videos made by the company from 1925 onwards are held in the Museum’s library.

    Because of this and other manufacturers’ collections, curator Sarah Wyatt and her team of volunteers have found some gems previously thought lost. Clips of these gems will be presented at the Museum later this month and this issue I speak to Jeff Wright, the volunteer who found many of the films, and former Top Gear host Chris Goffey, who will be introducing the clips.

    And on the subject of films, Michael Montagu remembers his friendship with actress Nora Swinburne, who, in her day, was once as well known as Vivien Leigh. We also speak to Matt Monro’s daughter Michele about her father, who had, some fans reckon, “the greatest voice in British pop”. Given some of the classic movies that Monro’s voice graced the soundtrack to, such as The Italian Job – one of the greatest ever car films – I’m not going to argue.

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