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Car of the Day… BMW M3 Coupe


The BMW M3 is a high-performance version of the BMW 3 Series developed by BMW’s in-house motorsport division, BMW M GmbH. M3 models have been produced for every generation of 3 Series since the E30 M3 was introduced in 1986.



The initial model of the BMW M3 was available in a coupe body style, with a convertible body style added soon after. The M3’s biggest contribution to both driver safety and the performance industry is BMW’s continual development of their limited-slip differential, which mathematically maximizes torque and grip without compromising handling. The M3’s most notable implementation of technology came in 1992 when they fitted the E36 M3 was outfitted with the SMG-I gearbox. After this occurred, it officially took the title as the fastest shifting gear box in the world!



CoupeA massive thank you to our client Mr V for letting us showcase his incredible BMW M3 Coupe!

Give our friendly team a call for a quote on 02380 268 351!


Welcome to AIB Brooke Jenkins

We are delighted to welcome Brooke to AIB as Administrator & Customer Service Advisor.

Brooke joins us straight out of Barton Peverell College, where she also worked part-time at the Fox and Hounds public house in Fair Oak, Eastleigh.

Brooke is excited to bring her customer service skills to her new role at AIB and is keen to learn the many aspects of a busy insurance consultants. Including motor, property and home and insurance.


  • Brooke loves to chill with a glass of white zinfandel
  • She has a French Bulldog called Diesel (Cool!)


  •  All crisp packets go out of date on a Saturday! (We’re not sure how accurate this is?!)


 Director, Kirby De–Gray Birch: “It’s a pleasure to employ staff who are just beginning their career journeys. Brooke has many transferable skills that stand her in good stead in her new role at AIB. We hope that together with ongoing training, tools and resources. Brooke enjoys a rewarding career in a satisfying and friendly team environment. We are looking forward to seeing Brooke develop and progress at AIB.”


If you are interested in a career within the insurance sector and feel you have the skills or passion to deliver great customer service, please send your CV to info@aib.co.uk with a covering letter.


Car of the Day… Jensen GT


The Jensen GT is a British sports car. It was introduced by Jensen Motors in 1975 as the shooting-break version of the Jensen-Healey. During its short production run from September 1975 to May 1976, 511 Jensen GTs were built before Jensen Motors went into receivership.


The only estate-bodied Jensen car made, the GT represented, along with the Coupé, the company’s swansong. It remained in production right up until the last day the company was in operation before the liquidation in May 1976. Introduced alongside the Coupé at Earls Court in October 1975, the GT shared the dubious distinction of being a model introduced under the shadow of receivership with that car.

Although the GT was not unveiled until late 1975, ideas for something like it had been around for almost as long as the Healey. Drawings of an estate version can be discovered from as early as 1972.

From 1974 to 1976, only 511 GTs were made with 230 of them being sent to Mainland UK and 260 were sent to the USA. The first Jensen GT was made in 1974, the next 216 made in 1975 and the final 294 were made in 1976. This makes the oldest Jensen GT 48 years old. Had the cars continued in production for longer than circumstances allowed, GTs would probably have followed the Healey in finding their way to North America in larger numbers.

Thank you to our client, Mr C, for letting us show of his incredible Jensen GT!

Give our friendly team a call on 02380 268 351 we would be happy to help!




The Concorde Club Classic Car Show

Last weekend the team headed down to The Concorde Club in Eastleigh, Hampshire. This is the first time that we have sponsored the event and it turned out to be an incredible day! Not only were we very lucky with the hot sun to be out all day but the event raised an astonishing amount of £15,246.56 for the amazing charity Naomi’s house Children’s Hospice. Naomi House first opened in 1997 to offer care and support to children who were not expected to live until adulthood.


Since then, they have cared for more than 1,000 children and families from across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Surrey and beyond.


Naomi House nursing and medical staff provide individualised nursing care that helps to enhance short lives and allows local families to make the most of their precious time with their children.


Whilst wondering around the show you will see a great selection of cars, treasured by their owners all willing to chat about their cars and what they have and do to maintain them, whilst relaxing and enjoying the show themselves. The show has a Ferrari and Super Car section, often sporting the newest Super cars on display for visitors to see. At intervals during the show, you will hear the ‘Sound Off’ competition and this is great to hear the rumble of V8 and V12 engines.


It was quite hard to miss us there with the big AIB marquee and colour matched Lotus Evora GT410 brought to the show by one of our clients! The team kept all the family happy with great value insurance for the adults and fun games for the kids with many prizes.

The show always attracts a lot of attention, and the show often gets celebrities attending to help support the show. This year Tiff Needell came to the show! Famous for his racing driving and many years on the hit motoring show ‘Fifth gear’. You will often see ‘The Stig’ at the show, although don’t expect him to talk to you, but he does enjoy sitting in people’s cars.


Whilst wondering around the show you will see a great selection of cars, treasured by their owners all willing to chat about their cars and what they have and do to maintain them, whilst relaxing and enjoying the show themselves. The show has a Ferrari and Super Car section, often sporting the newest Super cars on display for visitors to see. At intervals during the show, you will hear the ‘Sound Off’ competition and this is great to hear the rumble of V8 and V12 engines.


If you fancied a ride out in a car, then the show had Sporting Bears Charity running ‘dream rides’ for a donation to the show charity. You will be taken on a 10-mile drive to experience an array of different cars and is a must do for any visitor, so make sure you book your slot on the day next year as early as possible as places go quickly.

The Show Winners!



The ‘Richard Bailey Trophy’ is awarded each year to the car of the show. The trophy is in memory of Richard Bailey who has supported the show for many years!


This year’s winner of the trophy was awarded to the 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud Drophead Coupe, the first Rolls Royce to ever get a V8 underneath the spirit of ecstasy!


The ‘Best Modern’ Winner went to the stunning Ferrari F12 Berlinetta


And the ‘Best Winner’ went to the car we all know and love from the James Bond movies, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5.


Enjoy some of our favourite cars of the show!


Lamborghini Diablo SV

Only fools and horse’s Reliant Robin

DeLorean DMC-12 from back to the future

Ford Capri 2.8 Injection

1989 BMW 325i

2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

We want to thank all of you who came down and showed support for such a great cause and remember to give us a call on 02380268351 for any of your insurance needs!


All photos used belong to Rob Heard



Car of the Day .. Lotus Elan +2S!

In 1948, Colin Chapman CBE, founded one of the most iconic British racing car companies of all time. Lotus is profoundly known for, not only their Formula 1 team but for their 2 seater sports cars sold in the tens of thousands.




The Lotus Elan was the first Lotus road car to use a steel backbone chassis with a fiberglass body. This style of construction was to be repeated in subsequent Lotus models for nearly three decades.



In 1971 the Elan +2S was upgraded to include the Big Valve engine and then renamed to the +2S 130. This stunning example of the +2S is owned by one of our clients. The vehicle has undergone a full nut and bolt restoration and resprayed by a Lotus specialist in Lagoon Blue with a contrasting silver metal flake roof. Alongside the full restoration and paint job, the car has had a full interior re-trim, making this look as good as the day it rolled of the factory line in Norfolk. In fact, with under a thousand miles on the clock this may be one of the best examples of an Elan left in the country. Unfortunately, it’s not known how many rolled out the RAF based factory; however, it is estimated at roughly 3,300 with under 1,000 left on the roads today.


Give our fantastic Quotes team a call for quote on your classic car! Call us on 023 8026 8351!

Car of the Day … Cadillac Elorado Biarritz 1959!

The Cadillac Eldorado is a luxury car manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1952 until 2002 over twelve generations.



Arguably the most desirable of the Eldorado’s was the Biarritz convertible; it was Cadillac’s most expensive open-air car for 1959, and only 1,320 of them were built.



For many, the 1959 Cadillac represents the peak of American industrial design in its era. The Eldorado Biarritz is the most desirable among its ranks.



Our wonderful client Mr H has shared some photos of his lovely Eldorado Biarritz.



Mr H has this beauty insured through ourselves here at AIB Insurance, we offer specialist classic car polices which can also include optional extras, such as UK and EU breakdown cover, Motor Legal Expenses Cover up to £100,000, Courtesy Vehicles for the duration of repairs and Agreed Value.


If you have a Cadillac or another classic car you would like covered under a specialist classic car policy, call our friendly motor team on 02380 268351.

A Big Well Done To Jordan Thomas!

Jordan Thomas’s natural enthusiasm and academic background has seen him very quickly gain his Level 3 Certificate in Insurance.


This has provided Jordan a general understanding on the regulatory environment, underwriting, claims & key disciplines required.


Director, Kirby De – Gray Birch commented. “Really well done Jordan, I’m super impressed how you’ve thrown yourself into the qualification, onto the Diploma next”.


The Car of The Day…. Ferrari F355 Berlinetta

Our lovely client Mr S has allowed us to share photographs of his stunning Ferrari F355 Berlinetta.


This vehicle is a continuation of the iconic Ferrari 348, improving on its foundations to produce one of the best driving experiences Ferrari has ever manufactured.



The beauty of the 355 berlinetta’s exterior is also matched by its engineering prowess, being the first road car to be equipped with an F1 style gearbox management system.




We have this beautiful Ferrari insured under a specialist policy offering; agreed value, choice of repairer, legal expenses, salvage retention and many more benefits which we offer here at AIB Insurance.



We value every classic car, understanding the needs of each client, offering bespoke policies which cater to cover our clients needs! If you have a classic car of your own call one of our specialist consultants on 02380 268351 for your bespoke quotation.

Thank you, Mr S, for sharing your wonderful Ferrari F355 Berlinetta.