Author: Chris Pollitt

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1976 Mercedes-Benz 280SE – Classified of the Week

The ‘70s have a lot to answer for. Avocado bathroom suites. Flares. Prawns being served in wine glasses. Yes, there was a lot wrong with the ‘70s. But we can forgive its transgressions because in amongst all the horror, there were some brilliant things. Alien (yes, it was 1979, sorry), The Good Life and this, […]

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Playing Dirty – Five Formidable Rally Classics

Motorsport in general is a brilliant thing. The speed, the excitement, the door-to-door action, it’s just ace. However, within the broad church of competitive driving, there is one discipline that, for us at least, stands tall above all others, and that’s rallying. We mean no disrespect to any other form of motorsport, and in fact […]

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Scale Models – The Joy of the Build

Just the other day, we were suggesting some model cars for you to buy and build. But why? Why should you bother with what is, at it’s core, a toy? Because building a model car is brilliant, that’s why. The build is detailed, the satisfaction that comes from adding in intricate features is immense and […]

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Five Bargain Design Icons

Good design is a joyous thing to behold. Something poorly designed makes the task it was (poorly) designed for seem mammoth. Bad design ruins experiences. It ruins ideas. It ruins what may have, once upon a time, been a good idea. Good design makes life easier, it makes tasks a breeze and it makes us […]

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1966 Peugeot 204 – Project Profile

The classic car world is full of wonderful oddities, and that’s just when you’re looking at cars that were available here in the UK at some point in their lives. Throw your net into the waters of automotive offerings from other countries, and you will find no end of weird, wonderful and exciting cars. And […]

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Volvo 480 – Cult Classic, Not Best Seller

The image of Volvo today is one of bold design, exceptional luxury and incredible levels of safety. Modern day Volvos are also, dare we say it, cool. The brand has successfully managed to shake the staid image of being boxy and bland. However, back in the 1980s, this image was still very present. As yes, […]

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1971 Triumph GT6 – Classified of the Week

The Triumph GT6 was a great car, but by the end of its life it simply couldn’t compete with the MGB, which was a shame, because as the MkIII GT6 here shows, it was a car that had evolved wonderfully. The MkIII was sleeker, it was more aerodynamic and as such, it was faster than […]

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Living With Failure

Yesterday, I was on the road, racking up the miles in the Mercedes-Benz W124 as I drove to and from Milton Keynes to photograph a car for Car & Classic. I love that old Mercedes. It’s not the most frugal of cars, given that it weighs as much as a small frigate and has only […]

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Millbrook Turns 50 – The Ultimate Proving Ground

Millbrook Proving Ground is a place that you perhaps won’t know by name. However, you do know it, because you have almost certainly seen it. You might have seen it while watching James Bond. You might have seen it while watching a music video. It might have been there while you were looking at car […]

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Scalextric – Slots of Fun

Scalextric has been around since the ‘50s, and as such, it has become a household name synonymous with small scale vehicular fun. As a giddy child, you may well have launched a ‘Might Metro’ off the track and into the skirting board, much to the chagrin of the family cat or your father’s passing ankles! […]