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ME AND MY CAR

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...

Me and My Car: Niamh Smith and her Ford Fairlane

Inspired by pioneering women of speed, Niamh Smith has hopped-up her sixties Ford Fairlane so that she can fly down the drag strip, but getting it ready for lift off was far from plain sailing. Here, she tells Charlotte Vowden why it was worth it. Plucked from the production line...

Me and My Car: Manson Cheung and his DeLorean

Great Scott! Not only does Manson Cheung own a gull-winged car just like Doc Brown’s iconic time machine, he’s responsible for designing the Hot Wheels version too. Here, he tells Charlotte Vowden how he made two DeLorean dreams come true. In the early hours of October 26 1985 a delighted...

Me and My Car: Terry Newton and his Ford Focus

Turn up, and burn up: Terry Newton tells Charlotte Vowden why he chose a mass market, everyday underdog to go drag racing. Henry Ford built his first experimental car in a workshop behind his home in Detroit in 1896 and over one hundred years later, Brit-born motoring maverick Terry has...

Me and my car: Ed Westby and his Rover Metro

After the extortionate cost of insurance put the brakes on Ed Westby living his Rover Metro dream for two years, he ditched student digs to get his base model Metro on the road. Here, he tells Charlotte Vowden why his little white motor is a beacon of all that...

Me and my car: Alex Phillips and her Austin Allegro

Pass the wrench and leave it to me: AA Patroller and Austin Allegro owner Alex Phillips is the woman to call when your car is in need of SOS. Here, she tells Charlotte Vowden what it’s like on the front line of roadside recovery and repair. Of the five classic...

Me and my car: Jon-Paul Lennard and his Vauxhall Viva HB

He passed his test in it, and then he turbo’d it. Jon-Paul Lennard tells Charlotte Vowden why, and how, he transformed his four-door Vauxhall Viva HB into a one of a kind performance car. Meet this sharp-suited Vauxhall Viva at a red light and you’ll be in for a surprise...

Me and my car: Aubree Jones and her ’57 Thunderbird

Princesses of the pageant: pin-up girl Aubree Jones tells Charlotte Vowden why her American car - a regal Dusk Rose Thunderbird is a life-changing lucky charm. Over 5,000 names were suggested for this retro-futurist American car, but Ford stylist Alden Giberson came up with the winner over his morning coffee....

Me and my car: Best of British Car Show special

Held on St George’s Day, this debut event paid tribute to Britain’s most magnificent (and mundane) man-made machines. From steam engines to a Mini with 800lb of thrust, Charlotte Vowden shares her highlights of Santa Pod’s inaugural Best of British Car Show and talks to the owners of two...

Me and my car: Chix and his Mk1 Triumph Stag

Lots of WD-40 and a little bit of divine intervention: father-of-four Chix tells Charlotte Vowden how his Triumph Stag became a restoration project for both man and machine. In its original incarnation, the Triumph Stag had a reputation for unreliability, but fitted with a Ford Essex V6 engine, this 1971...
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