We would never give up an opportunity to drive a car we've never driven before. Even if it is French. So when a friend sold his GT86 to buy a 2002 Renault Sport Clio 172 (and a farm in Wales) we were intrigued. Everyone loves a hot hatch. What's not to love about a … Continue reading Between the devil and the deep blue Clio
Research shows that car people have a few things in common, and no it's not just their dislike of the Prius. 1. Your neighbours ask if you're a mechanic. Nope. I just spend my time lying underneath my car in a puddle on my driveway because I love it. 2. Your garden looks like a … Continue reading Things every Petrol Head can relate to…
Nothing could prepare me for life as a Subaru owner. I kind of fell into Subaru ownership. I had passengered in one once, seen a lot of pictures and heard even more stories. I frequently would get confused with the difference between bugs, blobs, Turbo 2000s and GX's. I had heard that if you own … Continue reading Why should I buy a Subaru?
Rallying was back in the plan. I sold my Supra, sold my Impreza and spent hours researching what car to rally. Previously I’d had success in a Peugeot 205 1.4, but that specific rally class was dead and gone. The 1.6 GTi version is still a popular choice in the rally community, but parts are … Continue reading Less hot hatch, more like tepid trash.
Enticed out of bed by the prospect of wheelspins, patina and the smell of uncatylised fuel on a sunny, August, Sunday morning we headed on down to Shelsley Walsh, home of the hill climb. We had met up with friends the evening before for the infamous "Tat Auction" ahead of the big day. If you're … Continue reading Retro Rides Gathering 2017
Rally entrant lists are full of Mk1 and Mk2 Ford Escorts but unless you’re very friendly with your bank manager a fast escort isn’t affordable. Is there another option? A few years ago I tried to find out, when I bought my second rally car, a 1987 BMW 325i coupe. This was the E30 model code of the … Continue reading The E30 Years
The Toyota Supra It was big, heavy, faded red and in desperate need of a good service, but on the upside it had a 3 litre straight 6 and a manual gearbox. Yes, we went out and bought a 1991 Toyota Supra Mk3. Not a car I really knew much about before turning up to … Continue reading Super Supras
The 350z is awesome. That is really all I have to say. On arriving home from work one sunny Friday afternoon I was greeted by the sight of my new car. Tatty, drift spec and clearly a little abused. None of that mattered. I jumped in and went for a spin. It needed some work … Continue reading Clutching at strawZ…
We have owned the hippo for over a year now and some much needed improvements and maintenance was required. To celebrate the improvements we also planned a day out with some other "real" Land Rovers playing in the mud. What better way to start the summer? During our off road adventures so far the Freelander … Continue reading Evolution of the Hippo