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The birth of the MX-5

Cars People

"Our Japanese friends are a thoughtful, spiritual lot. It was their spiritual reflections on the famous lightweight British sports cars of the 60s and 70s that led them down the path to creating what was to eventually become the world’"

Miataland

Cars People

"First unveiled in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show, The Mazda MX5 has been around for a while now, and shows no sign of losing its popularity as a beautifully engineered roadster. Now in its fourth incarnation, the styling, sophistication and "

Drift Outlaws

Cars People Culture

"Wah… wah wah… waaaaah!! In stabs and ricochets, a deep-lunged bellow thumps out of the gloom. Far over to our right, beneath the ageing concrete flyover, a square-edged shape pivots through 90 degrees and launches into the sunlight. Squinting, you can "

Electric 911

Cars People

"The sheep looked around suddenly and had every right to look baffled. Sheep don’t generally expect to be stalked silently by a 1979 Porsche 911 Targa. Yet, here it was, the smooth, low-slung bonnet and iconic slightly oval headlight surrounds within "

Why become a driving instructor?

People

"What, you may well ask, would cause a 55-year-old software engineer to suddenly decide to become a driving instructor? Good question! Well, for me a number of disparate factors came together to coincide with a tempting offer of a voluntary "

Ash Sutton – a star of the future?

Cars People

"Ron Dennis said that when he was the boss of McLaren Racing and watching Ayrton Senna in his early career, he saw a driver with pace, dedication, but also a driver with huge intellect. When I interviewed Ashley Sutton at "

Tim Harvey – M3 Master

People

"It’s often the ones you least expect. Isn’t it? Pass Tim Harvey as he walks through a paddock, you'll see he'll probably be smiling from ear to ear, chatting amiably to Nomax-clad sponsor-heavy racing drivers, or leathery-palmed mechanics, "

Ada ‘Sayonara’

Cars Bikes People

"Ada Sayonara was one of the most talented drivers of the 1950s. With Maria Teresa De Filippis, she was one of the first women to impress in motor racing, often leaving men behind her. A plate with the message "Sayonara" "

Chaparral: Formula of One

Cars People

"Active aerodynamics, the automatic gearbox and side-mounted radiators are all features of the 21st Century racing machine and features that you would expect to have been first found in Formula One. In fact they emerged from just one racing team "

Legend: Ford Capri

People

"I guess my interest in Ford Capri started in 1972 when I was 9 years old. I was given a copy of The Observer Book of Automobiles as a present by my parents. I found it fascinating. I loved all different sorts "