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1985 Opel Manta – Classified of the Week

There are a number of things that are maximum ‘80s. You could dance with a pipe wrench like Go West. There’s Gordon the Gopher. You could watch people being pranked by Jeremy Beadle. Or, you could drive an Opel Manta, a car that is so ‘80s it makes shoulder pads and big hair look normal.  […]

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Guilty Pleasures – The Austin/MG Maestro

See that cartoon image up there? That’s not a work of fantasy. That’s an image that was made for me by the very talented Why Grow Up? designs and is based on a photograph of my old MG Maestro track car. I wanted that image so I could print it on a t-shirt, which I […]

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Trading Paint – The Origins of the BTCC

The idea of watching souped-up, race versions of our daily drivers compete head-to-head at local British tracks is an appealing and enduring concept that is ostensibly what drew people to this particular brand of racing in the first place. It’s all well and good watching Formula 1 cars tear it up at myriad international circuits, […]

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In-Car Tech – Five ‘Must Haves’

Being a classic car owner does not preclude you from embracing modern technology. We can have our old cars and we can enhance them with modern, cutting-edge technology. Now we’re not saying you should glue a load of neon lights to your Spitfire. Far from it. What we’re suggesting is a small brace of clever […]

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The Ford Puma – The Time is Now

There is something utterly joyful about slipping behind the wheel of a car that is unexpectedly brilliant. For many motoring journalists back in the late ‘90s, that sense of joy was in abundance. It was a given that the Ford Puma would be good, because Ford is, after all, brilliant at making hot hatches. However, […]

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1989 Ford Escort XR3i – Project Profile

We’ll be the first to admit that in the case of this old Ford Escort, the pictures aren’t brilliant. Furthermore, the car is most definitely a bit of a forgotten relic. But this is what hunting for a project car is all about. You can’t expect every car, especially cars that people need to get […]

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The Car’s The Star – W126 Mercedes-Benz

Introduced in 1979, the W126 Mercedes-Benz S Class was a revolution in luxury motoring. The build quality was off the charts. The car was handsome, long, low and wide and as such, carried the kind of presence that leaders of industry so demanded. It was outrageously comfortable, especially in SEL guise, which featured a longer […]

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1992 BMW 850i – Classified of the Week

The 1980s were a time of serious excess. Bigger was better, loud wasn’t loud enough, subtlety was not on the table. It was a decade for making a statement, for flashing one’s cash and for getting all up in the face of your fellow man want whatever you had, for example, your car. ‘But the […]

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The Ford Probe – Cult Classic, Not Best Seller

From the moment Ford put the final nail into the Capri’s coffin in 1986, we were asking for a new one. While the Capri perhaps ended its life under a cloud, thanks to being overshadowed by the emergence of the hot hatch, there was no escaping that for many the Capri was the ultimate in […]

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Bring Back Repair Culture…

Where, exactly, did it all go wrong? Was it the advent of the smartphone? Was it the slow, societal shift into believing everything is disposable? Has it just been an increase in laziness? I don’t know what ground zero was, but the fact remains that these days we just don’t fix things. At the first […]