"Paul Newman was a Hollywood actor. But he was also racing driver. Many of you will have known that. But it might be a shock to discover that, from the time he first piloted a racing car in his mid "
Max Power People
a fisftul of folk that defined the Max Power generation
Jordan: AKA Katie Price
Few individuals are more associated with the excesses of the Max Power era than Jordan. We’re not sure whether she ever owned a Saxo, but she certainly graced covers, spreads and the bonnets and other parts of various Modded UK rides. Jordan may be an award-winning author, mother and Loose Women’s person of the year – but to us she’ll always be Queen of the Showgirls.
When Mike Skinner of The Streets decked out the cover of his 2006 Album The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living with an Aquascutum-trimmed Rolls Royce Silver Shadow – he became the left-field totem of a generation of UK kids to who the ride was life. Listen to his defining sounds and you can just hear the spirit of the McDonalds Car Park. Skinner was the Arctic Monkeys crossed with Jarvis Cocker with a tinge of the Goldie Looking Chain. Forget the Chavalier. Skinner’s Roller is the one.
Racing Driver Jon Minshaw took over his dad’s family business in the mid-1990s – and Demon Tweeks soon became the definitive stop on the UK Modding’s scene shopping list. Like a souped up Halfords for a new generation – when the high street chain went all middle of the road and started majoring in push-bikes – Minshaw saw the gap and charged into the corner to take the lead. He’s now scheduled to be racing in this rather lairy Lamborghini Huaracan. Keep up the good work Mr Minshaw.
When in 2014 Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker died after crashing his Porsche Carrera GT – he was recreated as a James Dean-ish martyr. That the F&F franchise postdates Max Power’s demise and that anyway it is a cheesy schlockfest and only a vague representation of anything approaching street racing reality matters not, of course. There are cruises in memorial to the actor, and a strange sort of iconography emerging in the actor’s memory. Porsche North America, when sued by the actor’s family over his death said: “…[Porsche North America] alleges that Mr Walker knowingly and voluntarily assumed all risk, perils and danger in respect to the use of the subject 2005 Carrera GT, that the perils, risk and danger were open and obvious and known to him, and that he chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself to such perils, dangers and risks, thus assuming all the risks involved in using the vehicle.”
Andrew ‘Fly’ Tipping
Andy Tipping just might have been responsible for more Max Power covers than any other individual – as well as defining the saturated colourful style of the modified culture’s magazine pages. Elusive these days as the proverbial Scarlet Pimpernel – we sought him everywhere to contribute to this issue. We can only hope he is somewhere out there reading this, and that he will allow us to run some of his pictures some day.
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