We Love American GTs


" We're always amazed, here at Influx towers, how creative photography can tease out unexpected perspectives for cars that we believe we know intimately. Take the shot of the GT40 MK 11, for example, taken by the very talented Boyd Jaynes. We "

Dickie Davies Digs the Escort

Cars People Culture

" We've been a little obsessive about paying homage to ITV's brilliant World of Sport magazine show, which graced many a wintry British saturday afternoon from the late sixties to the mid eighties. It was in the heart of the seventies, "

Show Girls


" With the Paris car show looming in the headlights, we thought it timely to devote a daily post to our occasional study of automotive marketing. One the the great and enduring perennials of any car industry event is, of course, "

It’s Stock Car Racing


" Stock car racing UK style didn't die a death once the seventies ended. Far from it, in fact, Stock Car racing is thriving. I remember brilliantly spectacular footage from the dirt tracks being shown on Dickie Davis's Saturday sports magazine "

First Hand: A Clowder* of Cool Cats


" My first Jaguar experience took place when I was six years old; for some reason my parents abandoned their penchant for 1970's Renaults (4, 12 and 16 I seem to recall, but not in numerical order) in favour of something meatier; a Mark 2. "

Cosworth Love


" It seems that our omission of the Sierra Cosworth from out list of definitive cars of the eighties set the cat amongst the pigeons. Close readers of Influx may have noticed my disclaimer: having come to the age of road-legality "

The New Lotus Elite


" In ten days time Lotus will unveil their redefinition of the "modern classic" in the shape of the new Lotus Elite. If you won't be at the Paris Motor Show to enjoy this new machine in its full glory, here's "

Definitive Cars of the 1980s


"Escort XR3i Image: Chris Taylor Near ubiquitous in the suburban environs of Britain in the mid eighties, Ford’s everyman classic is possibly Britain’s most instantly recognisable eighties motor. Porsche 911 (959) Spookily locked in tight to the aesthetic of "

Arcade Fire


"If you were a child in the 1980s, you will remember Outrun. The fact that are reading this is probably in large part because of Outrun. It's easy, of course, to overstate cultural influences, and to tease a thread out "

Definitive Motorbikes of the 1980s


"The eighties in bike culture was a story of Japanese dominance and technical innovation. European brands suffered greatly from the explosion in popularity of fast, reliable and colourful machines coming out of the far east, which were rooted in high "

Montecarlo or Bust!


"The North of the 80s, the North of my coming of age felt like a giant oil-grey canvas and we stamped our youthful enthusiasm across it in a rainbow of defiance. Against a backdrop of the miners strike, soaring unemployment "

Knight Rider, Neon Soul


"Somewhere in the saturday evenings of the eighties, I was led to believe that cars could have soul. But the sort of soul that I imagined wasn't the cod-mystic, seventies-bred abstract quirkiness of Herbie. No sir. In the eighties, our "

Turbo Redux


"In 1966, 3-litre normally aspirated engine regulations were introduced to F1 with a 1.5-litre equivalency formula for anyone wanting to run a turbo instead. Nobody did. Until, that is, a decade later. The British Grand Prix of 1977 saw two highly significant "