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Aug 21
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Get this man a shield is the greatest single line of any trailer, ever.

May 14
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OK, I was enjoying that video, and then the little bursts of sound effects at the end made me REALLY REALLY ENJOY IT. Brilliant. Nice one, Jill.

May 4
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Anyone else thinking that the Dornier might have partly inspired the design of The Manadalorian’s space ship? It’s what I think of every time I see it anyway, but then I’m odd...

Apr 9
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Welp, at least we can now close the case book on finding the worst TV intro titles of all time. 

Aug 8 2019
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This will be meaningless -- meaningless, I say -- unless the Japanese Lamborghini Owners’ Club is involved in some way.

Mar 21 2019
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Doesn’t need it. I literally just drove one across the Swedish, Finnish, and Norwegian Arctic with studded winter tyres and it didn’t miss a beat. Tyres not driveshafts, folks.

Sep 25 2018
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Fiat Ritmo. A used Fiat Ritmo. That is all.

Sep 7 2018
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Please say he’s going to do this to an Alfa 75...

Jun 26 2018
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Good to know!

Jun 25 2018
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Mazda did let us drive a couple of MkIII RX-7s that day too, which were ENORMOUSLY good fun, and still properly quick by today’s standards, but my heart was won by this one. 

May 26 2018
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I have two. One was at the age of 17, on the West Cork Rally, getting to see an MG Metro 6R4 Group B rally car in action for the first time in my life. The second was many years later, in 2009, at my first Le Mans, standing at Arnage with a good friend, approaching sun-down, listening to the Corvettes and Aston Read more

Feb 13 2018
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If you’re nuts enough to buy one, always, always check a Touareg V1o for damage to the sump, front suspension, and nose. They’re incredibly under-braked for the torque and weight, so have a habit of going straight through/over such road impediments as kerbs and roundabouts.

Oct 25 2017
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Wright said, in an Empire magazine interview some time back, that he fancied doing a Hot Fuzz spinoff with Rafe Spall and Paddy Considine’s characters, The Andies. It was supposedly going to be called Maximum Tache. This was, presumably, a joke, but I am still disappointed every day when I get up and this film is Read more

Jun 15 2017
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I’ve been thinking about this a lot today and am actually writing this while watching night quali live from Le Mans. While it would be sad if Porsche pulls out (not least because in all likelihood that would mean the end of Toyota’s campaign too) I’m thinking that this might not be the absolute end of the world. Read more

Mar 18 2017
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MDL also built Mazdas (early model 323s) and the odd Merc 190. Had the distributorship for Citroen for a while too, but I don’t think any were built here. MDL still has the import gig for Mercedes incidentally and the factory building is still in use, albeit mostly for offices and storage these days.

Mar 10 2017
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Here’s an anecdote that illustrates the pointlessness of crossovers such as the 500X, even though it’s quite a likeable car. Case in point. I live in Belfast, Northern Ireland. My parents live in Ballydehob, West Cork, literally at the other end of the island of Ireland and about a 6-7hr drive, with stops for coffee Read more

Feb 3 2017
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John Hindaugh from Radio Le Mans wear Pilotis. I believe this makes them almost unbearably cool.

Dec 8 2016
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Dunno – I’ve been driving cars professionally for nearly 20 years now and I’ve still not driven one that I liked. Some that are tolerable, but none better than that.

Dec 8 2016
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I’ll have to take your word for that – neither is offered with a CVT in Ireland. We are getting the nice new nine-speed auto in the CR-V though. Still haven’t driven a CVT that was entirely satisfactory, although in fairness, Subaru does a better one than most.

Dec 7 2016
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Nice piece. I also have a soft spot for the Outback although thanks to the Yen/Euro rate they’re crazy expensive here in Ireland. One thing to pull you up on though – Honda CVTs are OK? Definitely not. The CVT version of the Jazz (Fit) is appalling, in comparison to the really quite pleasant manual version.