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…

Where are the coach builders now?

The Rolls-Royce Sweeptail is the first in-house coach-built car by the company.

A brief look at the life, death and rebirth of coachbuilding As with the watch industry, the art of coachbuilding has had its ‘quartz crisis’ moment. Bespoke, luxury and labour-intensive bodywork were phased out for similar reasons. However, there is hope yet for the coachbuilders evolve in the new era of automobiles. Where it all…

Shelsley Walsh Hill climb – A time capsule of motor racing

Long-running motorsport events tend to evolve and change over the years for a multitude of reasons ranging from boosting competitiveness, improving safety to just keeping up with the times. With these changes comes the risk of chipping away at the soul or essence of the events that made the original so engaging. There is, however,…

Interview: Michel Disdier – The only European NASCAR driver

The following is an interview between myself and Michel Disdier. We discuss what it takes to become a qualified NASCAR race driver, the hurdles he faced to get there. He is currently the only European race driver in the whole of NASCAR which has a known history of struggling with diversity. We also discussed how…

Bloody Heroes: Juan-Manuel Fangio

Introduction Last time on Bloody Heroes, Juan-Manuel Fangio was briefly discussed as a mentor to Sir Stirling Moss’, but he was more than just that. He was nicknamed by many as El Maestro (“The Master”) and seen as a father figure to Moss. We will be looking at how he earned that title and what…

The Bugatti Queen

From cabaret dancer to Grand Prix racing driver, Hellé Nice was one of the most inspiring female pioneers of the 20th century, and one the most successful female racing drivers of her time: competing in the highest echelon of motorsport with some of the best drivers in the history of racing. On top of that,…

Alfa’s Forgotten Flagship

Photo by @corsaitaliamagazine on Instagram.

If you were to ask someone who doesn’t spend every waking moment thinking about cars to name a couple of 60s Alfas, the Spider and Giulia Sprint would probably be the first they would mention. However, arguably far more desirable is the Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint; the gorgeous six-cylinder flagship of the 60s Alfa range.…

Alfa Romeo’s Monsters – Part 2

Last week I asked you to endure the appearance of the polarising Alfa SZ. This week I ask you once again to don the ugly-protection goggles as we take a look at the SZ’s equally eyeball-upsetting cousin, the Alfa Romeo 75 Quadrifoglio Verde. The name is about as elegant as the car’s appearance is, so…

She’s definitely a fair-lady

The Nissan S30, Fairlady Z or Datsun 240z is part of the legendary Japanese cars that marked the manufacturer’s history by being one of the most successful designs ever created by Nissan as its timeless shape was used and approved by the public for almost a decade. The aimed goal for the Datsun was to…