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ME AND MY CAR

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...

Me and my car: Tom Robinson and his Jaguar XJR 6

Back from the brink and reincarnated for racing: pioneering engineer Tom Robinson tells Charlotte Vowden why he ignored the naysayers who said a wallowy XRJ 6 would never make it to the front of the pack. Built in 1995 and saved from the scrap yard several successful racing seasons ago,...

Me and my car: Alex Orchin and his Peel P50

One man and his 23mph three-wheeler: Alex Orchin tells Charlotte Vowden what it was like to travel over a thousand miles in his 54-inch daily driver. Manufactured on the Isle of Man in the 1960s, the Peel P50 was made famous when Jeremy Clarkson drove one around the BBC offices...

Me and my car: Lauren Elwin and her Austin Mini Mayfair

Walking and driving in six-inch heels is a skill, but so is stripping down and rebuilding your first car. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Lauren Elwin tells Charlotte Vowden how she’s redefining the car girl stereotype. The Austin Mini Mayfair said hello to the world in 1982 and was described...

Me and my car: Charlie Deycon and his Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL

Don’t fear The Dictator: when owner Charlie Deycon and his son Bash are in the neighbourhood, the only power being exercised is that of their mighty Merc’s V8 engine. Here, the father-of-two tells Charlotte Vowden how he’s using his eighties ‘baddie’s’ car to inspire the next generation. With a few...

Me and my car: Charlotte Kendall and her 1993 Rover Metro Rio

It’s my car and I’ll do what I want to! Charlotte Kendall has given her limited-edition Rover Metro pink pinstripes and refuses to fix its leaky sunroof. She tells Charlotte Vowden why she set up her own car club and refuses to be pigeonholed. “A British car to beat the...

Me and my car: Adam Enright and his 1983 Ford Capri

Press play and head for the mountain pass: Adam Enright tells Charlotte Vowden why the wilds of north Wales are the best place for listening to cassette tapes in his Ford Capri.  It’s more than three decades since the Ford Capri went out of production, but third-generation Ford fan Adam...

Me and my car: Jane Brinkmann and her Series III ‘Outlaw Daisy’

Just for Jane: the owner of this brightly dressed Series III tells Charlotte Vowden why she’s fallen in love with a Land Rover that gives her blood blisters and a rough ride.  The most obvious, yet subtle, difference between the Series II and series III Land Rover was the...
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