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Goodwood 2009

Cars Culture

" It’s opening day here at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009. No matter how often you come to these verdant Sussex hills, and no matter how part of the annual motorsport circuit the event becomes, it keeps getting better. The "

Citroen GT: Fantasy to become Reality?

Cars

" Citroen came to London last week to show off their GT concept which had been designed for the new Grand Turismo ‘street circuit’ featured in Gran Turismo 5 – the new PLAYSTATION 3 driving game. The virtual-turned-reality supercar 'swapped pixels for Piccadilly' as "

Trabant: Communist Chic?

Cars

" Now we are all up for purity, simplicity and stripped-down functionality in our cars. We like to drive, after all, rather than sit in a cossetted virtual environment redolent of bubble economies and the ubiquitous pixel. But it's fairly difficult "

Hybrid Landrover On the Way?

Cars

" Any regular Influx reader will confirm that we in these offices love Land Rover. In fact, we are midway through an experiment to prove that despite environmental imperatives, practical considerations and spiralling running costs, a Discovery 3 is the most practical "

Ode to Leylandia

Cars

" With dole queues lengthening, a generally despised Labour government and revolution arising in Iran, It feels like 1979 all over again! What better time, then, for a bit of reminiscence back to the days of British Leyland and the cars that "

Nissan’s SM Simulacra

Cars

" The 216X concept was the first in a series of Nissan test-beds that were clearly influenced by inhouse Citroen designer Robert Opron’s Citroen SM, which hit the streets in 1970 after almost a decade of development from the starting point "

Francophilia

Cars

" Fans of French cars are usually pretty easy to spot. They’ll be the ones leafing through a car magazine or hanging around a Peugeot, Citroen or Renault dealership with a look of mild sadness and disappointment on their faces. "

Bonkers: Mégane Renaultsport R26R

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" //BONKERS. It’s the word of the (Early) summer// And if Bonkers is your thing, and you want your motoring world to be full of staccato shimmies, banshee wails and ludicrous performance-to-pound rates of fun, then the Renaultsport Mégane "

Paris Retro: DS Doctors

Cars

" Francophilia is a common, if perhaps unexpected thing in these islands. Agincourt, Norman invasions, and centuries of general and endemic antipathy between France and Britain hasn’t diminished the reality that we have a grudging admiration for many things French. “"

Hail the (French) Spirit of Youth!

Cars

"Strip away the guff, the fat, the decoration, the ego-toys, idiot-gadgets, marketing widgets, the extras, the unnecessary; leave only what is essential. Only then, unadulterated and pure, will you come close to a true experience, the experience of owning, of "

Veyron Grand Sport: Final French Fling?

Cars

" The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, a roadster version of the epoch-making hypercar, launches this month. With only 100 up for grabs, even a €1.4 million base price won’t stop the global elite from grabbing the ultimate in alfresco driving. Like the "

Le Mans: Evolution of a Legend

Cars

"There are few races in the world as totemic as Le Mans. You can talk about iconography if you like, but it’s a hackneyed word. The 24 Heures Du Mans is without question the single most famous race in the "