My French Love Affair

  The Clio V6 is one of the weirdest cars you’ll see on the road. It’s this tiny hatchback that’s been subjected to so much performance enhancement that it looks halfway between an LMP1 racer and a powerlifter with dwarfism. Contemporary road reviews, and even subsequent media, gave the impression that it had the attitude…

SOLD | 2014 B8 Audi RS4

Price: SOLD Mileage: 55,500 miles Year: 2014 Exterior Colour: Misano Red Interior Colour: Black with Grey Headlining Documentation/Service: Full Service History Transmission: 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Gearbox Engine: 4.2 Litre Naturally-Aspirated V8 The B8 generation RS4 is the last of its kind. Being the final estate produced with a naturally aspirated V8 engine, and the only fast…

SOLD: 1957 Austin-Healey 100/6

SPECIFICATION Mileage: 7000 miles since restoration Year: 1957 Exterior Colour: Colorado Red Interior Colour: Black Documentation/Service: Full Service History Available Transmission:4-Speed Manual with overdrive on 3/4th Engine: 2900 cc straight-six featuring a fast cam and big SU’s Price: £58,500 MODEL HISTORY Introduced in 1956 as a replacement to the Austin-Healey 100, and produced between 1956…

The Hidden Homages in the Ferrari F8 Tributo

The 488 GTB’s successor is finally here: it’s a bit of a stunner and it’s called the Ferrari F8 Tributo. Well, I say “finally”, but really it seems like just yesterday we were all gawping at the press photos of the 488. However, with McLaren and Lamborghini breathing down Ferrari’s neck with the likes of…

Monday Money: The Maserati 4200 GT

These days, if you were to walk into a showroom looking for a new car, £15,000 is only enough to buy you a small supermini. However, thanks to depreciation you don’t have to spend all that dough on some dingy little tin can, instead you could buy something bigger, with more leather, and Italian. Something…

Monday Money: The Lotus Elise S1

Photo by Laura Kukuk @kukuklaura on Instagram.

When the Lotus Elan ended production in 1995 the company was facing a rather unique issue: they didn’t have a single car in their lineup that fit their founder, Colin Chapman’s philosophy, ‘simplify, then add lightness’. Sure, there was the 1300kg Esprit, but compared to the Elan’s curb-weight of 997kg, it was a bit of…

Monday Money: The C36 AMG

It was the nineties and Mercedes was growing a little tired of watching BMW dominate the small sports sedan market with their M3, and as 1995 approached, the lederhosen in Merc HQ were beginning to get so bunched up that they were at risk of breaking. If only there was someone who had experience making…

Monday Money: The Porsche 914

Photo from RM Sotheby's.

Never before had a manufacturer dared to make a car’s front and rear ends looked so similar, until in 1969 Porsche and Volkswagen teamed up to produce the delightfully symmetrical Porsche 914. However, by the looks of things, both companies seemed to think they were designing the front. Or back? Hard to tell, but that’s…

French Insanity: The Clio V6

Photo by Mikey Snelgar, @mikeysnelgar on Instagram

As the new millennium was approaching, Renault had managed to keep track of their marbles for almost 13 years. The bonkers, mid-engined, homologation special known as the Turbo 2 had ended production in 1986 and les boffins at Renault began misplacing their marbles and were itching to produce a spiritual successor, which would emerge in…

Monday Money: The Z3 M Coupe

1998 saw the introduction of the Z3 M Coupe; also known as the bread van, the clown shoe, or my personal favourite, the smurf hearse. It started life as an engineering study to work more structural rigidity into BMW’s Z3 M, but today it has been elevated beyond a mere mechanic’s experiment and has earned…

Bloody Heroes: Stirling Moss Part 2

Moss and Jenkinson, dirty but victorious.

It was a victory Stirling Moss himself described as his “greatest win”, and is a record that still stands to this day; over 1000 miles on unfamiliar public roads, with spectators spilling onto the course and the possibility of death looming over every twist and bend, Moss managed to complete the Mille Miglia in just…

Bloody Heroes: Stirling Moss Part 1

Stirling Moss in his Maserati 250F

If you have even the faintest interest in cars or motorsport you will have heard of Stirling Moss; of the 529 races he entered during his racing career, he won almost half, with 212 victories between 1948 and 1962. Often described as “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship”, he won 16 Formula…