Dec02

Channeling Jim Clark...

Ford Mondeo ST 24 “Black Bess” from Jonathan Summers on Vimeo. “…so eventually, I said “Mate, maybe you want to slacken off….”, I mean, we were doing 125mph on the M5 at 10 am on a Tuesday morning in this old piece of shyt with a Motorhead logo on the...

Morris Marina: Are A...

In 1995 Ford Europe introduced a new Fiesta, remembered chiefly for it’s perfectly horrid fish-faced grille. At the same time, they kept the old body-style around, perhaps for those who did not want to look as if they were trapped in an oversize guppy, in a poverty spec. special...

Flawed Icons of Amer...

Years ago living in Rome in a shared house, we had horrible problems getting the heating to work in the winter. The boiler was locked away in the basement; to get the pilot light lit and the heating working, it was necessary to book an appointment with the gas board. It was only possible to...

BMWs sampled – the U...

Yes Indeed: Last year I was invited by BMW to the US launch of the double clutch M3. The day opened with a briefing on the car, all about how it used lightweight materials inspired by Formula 1 to achieve its performance. Recently Top Gear had compared it with the AMG C63 and whatever the...

Alfa Brera at the Nu...

My steed for my first Nurburgring visit was a red Alfa Brera. If you’ve only seen the pictures, they look better in the metal. Jeremy Clarkson, he of Top Gear fame, and that wonderful spokesman for misogony, often says that one cannot claim to be a true car lover unless one has owned an...