Classic Car RescueI can”t tell you how much I am looking forward to watching the first episode of Classic Car Rescue on Channel 5 on Monday 24th September at 8pm.

This new Channel 5 programme will see 6 hour-long episodes in which two classic car experts will restore great classics which have seen better days.  To use the programme makers” words, they will “restore shameful rust buckets to their former classic car glory”.  Sounds good, especially when it seems that the first show will feature an E-Type Jaguar. Having seen a clip from the first episode, it is fair to say that no Jaguar deserves to be in the state that this one was in.

During the hour-long episodes, Bernie Fineman and Mario Pacione will work to a tight timescale on a limited budget.  In order to complete the restoration projects, they will search for bargain parts in scrap yards and back yards. This will be no easy task, as their searches will be focused on rare and original parts.

Many of us will already know Bernie Fineman from “Chop Shop”, which was a popular Discovery Europe show.  Whilst he is a jolly character, with no shortage of East-End banter, Bernie can equally be very straight-talking.  He knows his stuff, having held a number of key roles in the motor trade, such as master technician, workshop controller and technical engineer.  Having never lost his desire to stay under the bonnet, he is one of life”s tinkerers!  His experience and knowledge take him across big motoring names from VW to Rolls Royce.

Bernie”s partner in the series , Mario Pacione, shares his passion for classic cars.  Mario, is an entrepreneur, with a wealth of experience in the world of buying and selling classic cars.  He has an eye for the right deal and has an established businesses which specialises in restoring classic cars.

Working towards the same goal, but coming from different perspectives, I am guessing that the restoration journey will not always be a smooth one.

In the process, we will also see them chat to some interesting and knowledgeable experts from the classic car industry, such as designers, engineers, owners and enthusiasts.

At the end of each restoration, the viewers will have the chance to win the restored vehicle in a classic car competition.

Future episodes will feature a range of classic cars which will be restored by the duo: a Mini Cooper, a Cadillac, a Ford Mustang, a Porsche 911 and an MGB Roadster. There seems to be something here for everyone, and no doubt plenty of tips for those of us in the process of restoring a classic car or those of us who are just dreaming of the possibility.

The launch of this new TV show, comes at a time when analysis shows that the right classic cars are performing very well in the investment market.  I suppose that Channel Five will be not only looking to attract viewers with a general interest, but also those looking for the potential to make money.

I am thrilled that there is a new classic car TV programme on the box, and will be tuning in at 8pm on Monday 24th September with a nice cup of tea.  If you miss it, I think that it will be re-shown on Thursdays and also on Demand 5 (iPad / iPhone and Android).

Can”t wait and good luck to all involved with Classic Car Rescue!


PS. click here to visit the official C5 website


Emma Jones


This article was written and published by Emma Jones.  Emma works for Trade Classics as an in-house journalist and copywriter and has many years” experience in the classic car sector.  Why not write a reply on this article below – she”d love to hear your thoughts on her thoughts!Google


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2 years ago

I have jaguar series 2 xj6 almost restored, i have been hoping that once i had it finished to sell it on and use it as a stepping stone to buy a jaguar mk2. My father had one and i always have wanted one from a child. Its been my life long wish but have never been able to afford a mk2 which doesn’t need to much work

3 years ago

I have a mk 2 1.8 digifan big bumper owned it for 20 years. Due to ill health in the last 10 years. I’ve kept it in my garage. Really don’t want to part with it . It needs power steering fitted . Repainted and engine been stood for that long will need rebuilt for old parts that have perished. Its all I have to show who I am. And I’ upset I carnt drive it. Any ideas from any one please. I really want it up and running again. To enjoy it . Its my life I no its only a car but its what I’ve always wanted since I was a little nipper x

J. Timpson
J. Timpson
3 years ago

Hi I have a Jaguar xk8 1999 may husband passed away I owned the car which I would like to restored back in a conditions. Please I don’t know how it works I look forward to hear for you

r c morris
r c morris
3 years ago

I have a lada niva cossack convertable which I would love to be restored.would you be interested and how does it work

r c morris
r c morris
3 years ago

are you looking for a car to restore.I have a rare lada niva cossack convertable which I would love to be number is 01784 452195

4 years ago

How would we get a car on the programme? My dad has just passed away and he owned a Ford Consul 1974 2.5 V6 which would be amazing restoration

Sue parkinson
Sue parkinson
4 years ago


I was wondering if you could help my dad Leonard who is 78 y and lives in westhoughton, bolton.

Some years ago my dad bought a perfectly good gold cortina 1600e.

Being a fanatic and retired he began taking the time to clean or replace parts on it.

Then he decided it would be better to take out the engine paint the engine bay and put engine back.

He finally found the exact same paint for the job and removed the engine.

The above took him many months as he is painfully meticulous and everything has to be just right as mum and myself had previously found out when he did the same to a Morris minor he currently also has covered up in the garage, perfect but now never used.

My dad has always been so strong and determined and has never given up on anything, but Christmas day 2018 was to change all that.

That morning he suffered a burst heart aneurysm and was rushed to Manchester Royal hospital for emergency surgery with only a 2/10 chance of survival. 

He came through the operation and stayed in manchester for 4 months. Being so weak and in bed for so long he had to get the strength to walk again, which he did no problem.

He came home in april of this year and spent a total of 30 mins back there when he tried to pick up a paper off the floor fell backwards and broke his hip!!!

That surgery done he had to begin to walk again, but then he had further complications and doctors had found another heart aneurysm but said they wouldn’t perform surgery due to his body not being able to withstand another major op.

During all this time since xmas day he was unable to eat or drink due to pipes being inserted and a pouch they had also found in his throat during check ups which could have caused him to swallow the wrong way and food could settle on lungs causing pne or worse.

Being unable to eat or drink was extremely tough for dad as he enjoyed his food and loved a good cuppa, he became very depressed and started to refuse to do anything. My dad was giving up, which from being a young girl I had never seen before and was very upsetting. 

A nurse suggested he spend some time at bolton hospice and try and recover away from the hospital environment he by now had got so used to, but also away from the risk of infection etc.

He has been there for 3 weeks now and yesterday he came home for an assessment to see what he would need to come home permanently. He walked around with a Zimmer, hes unsteady but getting there hopefully. All the time all he wanted to do was go into garage and check on his cars.

The reason I have told you all this is my dad would love to see his cortina back together again as he had originally planned and I think he is far too weak now to do it.

Please could you help or know anyone who could.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, from his daughter