James Bond, Sherlock...

There is something special about a flying car, be it the “true” flying car, a work of fifties science fiction, James Bond villains ( Scaramanga’s unforgetable, preposterous yet still wonderful AMC Matador ) or children’s fiction, such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A conventional car...

Subaru Impreza vs. I...

Towards the end of last year I learned about Subaru’s attempt to set a new lap speed record for cars around the famed Isle of Man TT course. This involved a specially prepared Impreza, with Mark Higgins, a former British Rally Champion, at the wheel. With this onboard film in mind it is...

Grand Prix – F...

Grand Prix stands as a dramatized snapshot of Formula 1 in the mid-sixties. Director John Frankenheimer chose to film real Grand Prix in order to capture the right level of drama and speed, and in so doing produced an amazing document of the 1966 season. It is important that all of the things...

Motoring Films ̵...

There are a range of issues with the depiction of cars in films, not least that the film makers are not usually “car guys” so the resulting film does not hang together if one is a “car guy”. Unrealistic chases, with preposterous tyre squealing on desert surfaces and driving into...

At the Targa Florio

Sicily stands apart from the Italian mainland in more than simply geography. Always strategically significant, Sicily has experienced a continual stream of invaders over the past few thousand years, each leaving their own distinctive layer. There are spectacular Greek and Roman ruins, and in...

The Isle of Man TT &...

The history books have it that the first motor race was the Paris-Rouen of 1894. This was deliciously rule free – a pure open road race, with no proscribed route, on roads still open to the public. With the roadside lined with spectators many of whom had never seen anything move faster...