Tony and Michele Hamer are former writers for ThoughtCo and contributed work for five years. They own and operate Memory Lanes Classic Cars, LLC and have won national concours awards for original and renovated cars and have competed in tours and rallies, slaloms, and races. Tony and Michele enjoy taking holidays in England, France, and Belgium in their cherished classic steeds. Over the years, their stable has included numerous Jaguars (such as a 1997 XJ6, a 1995 XJS convertible, a 1995 XJS coupe, and a 1968 XKE), an RHD 1964 Morris Minor Traveller, a 1951 MG TD, and a 1966 Mustang convertible.
Tony's interest in classic and vintage cars started in England in the late 1950s, with his passion being kindled by his father. During his teenage years and college, also the golden era of British motoring, Tony was able to drive and own a variety of outrageous vehicles, such as a Hillman Minx, the Mini, a Morris Minor, and an Austin Healey plus MGs, Triumphs, Rileys, Wolseleys, Citroens, Daimlers, and Jags.
Michele's love of classic cars comes from fond memories of growing up during a time when American car manufacturers were creating a "car culture" with vehicles that had a strong street performance but were priced within reach of young people. Between Michele and her three older brothers, there was always a carburetor or transmission being rebuilt in the family's garage.
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