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Discover East Anglia’s Auto Heritage

East Anglia may be one of the most historically rich regions of the United Kingdom, but the area’s heritage is not limited to the days of horse and cart! In fact, Norfolk and Suffolk’s auto-motive history is extremely rich, and any motorhead-historian may just be surprised at what they might find in these auto-history sites!

Caister Castle 

Don’t let this 15th-century building’s ancient exterior fool you – hidden within Sir John Falstof’s private estate, is the largest and most varied private car collection in the UK that is also open to the public! Located just north of Great Yarmouth, the purpose built museum is home to a staggering amount of “fine and rare veteran, vintage, classic, sports and touring automobiles”, spanning from an 1893 Panhard et Lavassor to the very first Ford Fiesta! 

Caister Castle

Caister Castle

With everything both an automobile aficionado and car-mad kids will enjoy, Caister castle is sure to impress the whole family but be quick, the opening season closes in October, so get driving!

For information on the location and opening times for Caister, visit www.caistercastle.co.uk

 

Classic Team Lotus

In the small village of Hethel, located only a short drive outside of Norwich, you may be surprised to find the headquarters of one of the most prestigious and celebrated car manufacturers in the UK – Lotus Cars. While the company is still constructing their new home facility, which will be available for visitation sometime in the next year – there is still over 70 years of Team Lotus history to discover on their Classic Team Lotus Tours. 

Classic Team Lotus

Sporting a wide collection of classic and special examples of Lotus’ prestigious engineering, any F1 fanatic is sure to find something of interest touring the home of this 7 time Formula One winner! Show-cars, which are often demonstrated during events, can be seen making the rounds of the area, as can the dedicated team of engineers, whose workshops are available for tours! 

For more information visit www.classicteamlotus.co.uk/en/home/

 

East Anglia Transport Museum

Not all motor history is flashy rides and muscle cars, and sometimes we should take the time to really respect the hard-working cars and motors that helped us build the nation! Located in Lowestoft, the East Anglia Transport Museum is offering that precise experience for any historically minded motorheads!

East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

With vehicles and exhibits that are not only exclusive to automobiles but also proudly harbour an extensive fleet of trams and trolleybuses, the East Anglia Transport Museum is sure to invoke that classic blast-from-the-past experience. Sparking life into these old machines by lovingly crafting a variety of period-correct street scenes, this time capsule can be a great way to school up on the little aspects of our motoring heritage, or simply a fun and educative day to spend with friends or family, everyone is sure to find something that they will enjoy   

For information on exhibits, events and opening times, visit www.eatransportmuseum.co.uk

 

Snetterton Circuit

Not all automobile heritage has to be about the gears and engines, and sometimes we have to remember that without long winding tracks, or tight hairpin turns, what would be the point of automobiles? For all the racers looking for a bit of history – or maybe want to watch it being made, you would be missing out by not driving into Snetterton Circuit, located in Thetford, just outside of Norwich! 

Snetterton

Snetterton

Originally opening in 1953, this 3-mile track has been host to some of UK motorings most famous events, including hosting the UK’s first-ever 24-hour race, the Willhire 24 hour. Initially used for motorcycling racing, Snetterton soon became the testing ground for Lotus, and eventually other racing teams! Still hosting some of the most prestigious races in the country, and with new revisions made to the track, this really is a must-visit. And for the up and coming racers, don’t forget that Snetterton offers the opportunity to drive around this historic track yourself!

For circuit information, events and tickets, visit www.snetterton.co.uk

While we all love history, make sure your vehicle doesn’t get on the wrong side of it – East Anglia Smart Repair offers all car and van paint repairs as well as paintless dent removal services.  Everything you need to keep your car in prime exhibition condition! To book an appointment with our automobile experts, you can fill out the form on our website, calling us 0330 111 0203, or feel free to email us at [email protected]

Have you visited Norfolk’s Vehicle Graveyards?

 

There are a great number of places to take a look at spectacular cars around our county. With the right treatment, your garage could be one of them. There’s nothing that beats a perfect finish, especially when done using quick, cost-effective methods such as our specialist Norfolk Paint Repair services. However, we can’t ignore the morbid curiosity that comes with visiting a graveyard.

The kind of graveyard we’re talking about is full of rusting vintage cars. Amateur photographers, urban explorers and car enthusiasts make the journey to the depths of Norfolk to seek out scenes of old cars in the middle of the woods. Although they’re old and decrepit, there’s just something so fascinating about seeing a piece of history just abandoned in the woods. Once immaculate examples of engineering, nature has taken over and these cars have become home to moss and fungi. Who knows what animals have made nests in them?

Here you can see one filmmaker show off some of the motors you can see at one of these graveyards. Even though they’re old and rusted, the cars look beautiful! What is it about the vintage look that’s so pleasing to the eye?

Part of the appeal of these places is the mystery. How did these graveyards come to be? There are many who speculate on the internet about how those cars get there. No matter the answer, we’re glad that there are these hidden treasure troves of classic cars just waiting to be discovered.

That’s right! It’s not just one graveyard, Norfolk ramblers have found sites like these all over the county. The one in the video is in Medlar’s Field in Horsford, 6 miles from Norwich. Another one is in Hevingham, where some car parts have even become part of the trees! These car graveyards aren’t forever, though. Sometimes they get cleared away, so they’re not always around forever. If you want to catch a glimpse of these rotting vehicles, you better get a shift on. If it’s too late for one, people are discovering these kinds of sites even today! Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover one that no one has seen before.

EASR Car Graveyard

Even though they’re beautiful in their own way, these cars are a reminder of what can happen when you don’t properly look after your vehicle. Rust, dents, paint scratches might look like superficial problems but they can build up and cause real damage. Do you think you can start the engine on any of these motors?

Luckily, East Anglia Smart Repair is equipped with the technology and expertise to deal with all kinds of damage to the outside of your vehicle. Using specialist Norfolk vehicle paint repair specialists and providing mobile paintless dent removal services, we can maintain your car’s shine. Rust, scratches and dents are no match for our Norfolk SMART repair services! Rusty looking cars have their place, but you can keep your car in top form with just a click of a button. All you have to do is fill out our form, email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 0330 111 0203.

 

‘Speed up for crossing pedestrians!’ and other crazy road rules to remember if you’re driving abroad

‘Speed up for crossing pedestrians!’ and other crazy road rules to remember if you’re driving abroad

Driving rules! Do you know them? Whilst driving on the right is the obvious rule to remember, some countries might have some other driving laws that have slipped below your radar. Since the time to think about going abroad is getting closer and closer, we at EASR decided to bring together a list of some of the rules that make driving a little bit different in other countries.

Costa Rica – Drinking and driving.

 

Tropical bird fom Costa Rica

 

Is actually legal! Just as long as you don’t get drunk. Forget cruise control, if you can keep your blood alcohol level to stay below 0.75% whilst having a beer, that’s some real self-control. 

 

Cyprus – Drinking and driving.

 

Larnaca, Cyprus

 

Water! That’s right. In Cyprus, if you’re caught drinking water at the wheel you could get an €85 fine. So you can forget about that coke can, coffee cup, or even that protein shake. Speaking of shakes…

 

Cyprus – Shaking your fist at other drivers is illegal

 

Woman with road rage

 

We’ve all experienced a bit of road rage. No matter how much that idiot who cut you off deserves it, letting off some steam and giving them a piece of your mind could land you a fine. So, if you’re angry, just bottle it up! (But don’t drink it.)

 

Alabama – Driving while blindfolded

 

Guntersville, Alabama, United States

 

This law is suspiciously specific. So specific that there’s almost definitely a story behind this. It’s like seeing a sign that says ‘no breakdancing at the pool’ or going to Tescos and finding out the dishwasher pods are now kept behind the counter. Whatever the reason, let’s hope it was worth it. (It most likely wasn’t.)

 

Massachusetts – Driving with a gorilla in the backseat

 

 

This law is suspiciously specific. So specific that there’s almost definitely a story behind this. It’s like reading about a law that says ‘don’t drive while blindfolded in Alabama’ or going to Tescos and finding out the dishwasher pods are now kept behind the counter. Whatever the reason, let’s hope it was worth it. (It most likely was).

Either way, if your pet gorilla is in the car with you, make sure they’re riding shotgun or you could get landed with a fine.

 

Russia – Dirty Driving

 

 

In Russia, driving in a dirty car can land you a fine of 2,000 rubles (about £19). If only a car wash was included for paying the price of the fine. Now that’s a thought. 

 

China – Don’t slow down for jaywalkers

 

 

Because of the number of accidents that have happened as a result of drivers slowing down for pedestrians, China has outlawed it outright. Wonder if it’s actually helped. Either way, no other country has adopted this law, probably for the best.

 

That’s our list! No matter what the country (though Russia most especially) having a stunning, dent-less, rust-free ride to tour the country with is universal. You don’t have to go abroad for a fast, cost-effective SMART Repair. In fact, you don’t have to go anywhere at all. Our SMART Repair experts will travel straight to your vehicle. All you have to do is fill out our form, email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 0330 111 0203.

 

smart car paint repair sanding

What Makes SMART Vehicle Repairs Smart?

SMART is an acronym for ‘small to medium area repair technology’, but what really makes this repair method so smart? 

You may know that smart repair technology is a modern high-tech method for repairing cosmetic damage to vehicles, including dents, scratches, and scuffs. You may even have heard that it can help maximise the value of a car. But how exactly does it work, and what are its benefits? 

Not only do SMART repairs allow for the repair of damages without affecting or replacing entire parts of the car, but the technology often allows repairs to be carried out swiftly at any location. Because of the targeted, mobile nature of the service, it also saves customers a lot of money compared to most body shop repairs, often without affecting the vehicle warranty. Smart repairs further allow customers to avoid making claims on their insurance while still carrying out necessary repairs and maintenance.

Target a Specific Area

SMART repair methodology is ideal for external vehicle damage like dents, scratches, and scuffs, because it allows technicians to carry out work on localised areas. This means they can avoid repainting entire panels and replacing whole parts, while still restoring the car to its original factory finish. Specialists are able to do a lot without paint, but can also match paint colours perfectly

Mobile Service

Many SMART Repair providers, including East Anglia Smart Repair, offer mobile repair services. This means specialists can be called out to any necessary location, and repair vehicles using a mobile workshop. This is ideal for auto retailers with short turnaround rates, as well as private customers with a busy schedule, who can have their cars repaired at home or at work.

Hours Instead of Days

The targeted approach of SMART car repairs doesn’t only mean that vehicle owners can avoid unnecessary large-scale work and driving out to an auto shop, but it also significantly reduces the time needed to refurbish a vehicle. The technology allows for small to medium repairs to be completed within a space of hours instead of days. Minor damages can disappear miraculously in less than an hour, given the proper tools and expertise.

Great Value for Money

You already know now that SMART car repairs significantly simplify the repair of dents, scratches, and scuffs. This means the method costs significantly less than traditional bodyshop repairs. But does a lower price mean lower quality? Not at all. Depending on the scale of the damage, many smart repairs will leave no trace of accidents or subsequent works. In other words, it will be like nothing ever happened. This also allows sellers to maximise the value of cosmetically damaged cars without investing more than it’s worth. The lower cost of SMART repair methods also means that many customers can avoid making a claim on their insurance, saving more money in the long-term by keeping their no claims discount. 

In conclusion, smart repairs provide an excellent (and often more sensible) alternative to traditional auto-shop repairs, while ensuring vehicles are finished to original factory standard. Ultimately, they are convenient, accessible, and exceptionally effective. To find out more about various smart vehicle services or what we can do for you, get in touch with our friendly team today!

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