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ME AND MY CAR

Me and My Car: Patrice Garrett and her Mk2 Polo

An impulse buy at the age of 16, Patrice Garrett’s first car experience wasn’t as straightforward as just jump in and drive. Here, she details the highs and lows of ownership and tells Charlotte Vowden why she wouldn’t change a thing – even when the Mk2 Polo is getting up...

Me and My Car: Lewis Warren and his Renault 5

Even when it’s falling apart Lewis Warren’s bargain Renault 5 helps him see the sunny side of life. Here, he tells Charlotte Vowden how his humble hatchback has become an ambassador for driving change in the dialogue surrounding mental health and shares advice on what people can do if they’re struggling. Popular in...

Me and My Car: Georgina Wootten and her Fiat Panda

After its winter hibernation for restoration, Georgina Wooten’s favourite pet Fiat Panda is hitting the road in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Here, she tells Charlotte Vowden why she’s chosen this car to raise awareness of a cause that’s close to her heart Fiat is famous for its small cars...

Me and My Car: Harriet Fuller and her VW Beetle

A Bug is for life, not just for Christmas! Photographer Harriet Fuller tells Charlotte Vowden why her VW Beetle is worthy of far more regular outings. The VW Beetle may have been a by-product of war but it became a symbol of peace. Over 21.5 million were built between 1938...

Me and My Car: Amberley White and her Jaguar XJS

Enchanted by an E-Type as a little girl, Amberley White, now 26, found true love with a facelift XJS. Here, she tells Charlotte Vowden why she pounced on the opportunity to own a car that’s often prowled in the shadow of its big cat predecessor.  The E‑type was revered from...

Me and My Car: Amy Ellicott and her VW Scirocco

VW Scirocco owner Amy Ellicott tells Charlotte Vowden why she doesn’t mind it when people mistake her eighties Rocco for a DeLorean, but she does take issue when they assume it’s not her name in the log book. Designed by Giorgio Giugiaro, who was also responsible for the Volkswagen Golf,...

Me and My Car: Caleb Tait and his Proton MPI

Caleb Tait is the big brother you always wanted. Here, he tells Charlotte Vowden how he saved his Proton from banger racing to take his little sister on surprise road trips. Made in Malaysia with a Japanese engine, the Proton MPI was marketed with a free 60,000 mile powertrain and...

Me and My Car: Josh Spencer and his Audi 200 Avant Turbo Quattro

Survival of the unloved: Dad of one Josh Spencer owns one of the five Audi 200 Avant Turbo Quattros still left on Britain’s roads. Here, he tells Charlotte Vowden why it’s one of the greatest underrated cars of the eighties. The quattro was the car that put Audi on our...

Me and My Car: Shelby Webster and her Ford Popular 100E

I made mine a sleeper: Shelby Webster’s Ford Popular 100E is a masterpiece of understated engineering. Here, she tells Charlotte Vowden what it takes to upgrade a classic sympathetically and shares insight on the dynamics of tackling the project with her dad. Made in Britain between 1953 and 1962, the...

Me and My Car: Alistair and Ben’s Riley Elf

Bringing it back from extinction: after a marque specialist introduced them to the understated charm of a rare Riley Elf, Alistair and Ben decided it was the perfect car to launch their career in the classic car world. Here, they tell Charlotte Vowden what it’s like to co-own their...
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