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Matt drives into business Passion for classic cars now Internet success they say you should never mix business with pleasure, but one Shropshire man has turned a hobby into a thriving internet business.

Matt Footner bought his first classic car, a Porsche 912, five years ago, and has been scouring markets and conventions ever since for new models and parts. Frustrated at having no specialists to help him indulge his passion, he set up a new website last month to provide a portal for classic car fans around the world. Nearly one month on, the website,, has almost 100 classics for sale and now features an insurance section for an instant quote.

Mr Footner said today: "I've got a couple of classic cars and felt there was
a market out there for people who are passionate about classic cars. All I could do was traipse around auctions. I thought I may as well put people in touch with each other through a website." The site, which enables people to sell their cars for only £35, also includes a growing ‘cars Wanted' section, Mr Footner added: "I bought my first classic car five years ago, a Porsche 912. It's only ever been a sideline, now I've turned it into a business. We've also got a Lancaster insurance company involved. They said they are ‘excited about getting involved with all new projects specific to Classic and vintage cars, and felt hit the right mark'.