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Hot Hatches of the 1970s – 50 years of affordable fast fun

As Volkswagen launches its eighth-generation sporting GTI ‘hot hatch’ derivative of the new Golf, Mike Brewer Motoring looks at the 1970s 'Hot Hatches' that rivalled the GTI.  Some 45 years earlier, the very first VW Golf GTI was presented in pre-production ‘concept’ form at the 1975 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show...

Motoring Memories – The Aston Martin Cygnet

With 10 years passed since Aston Martin launched its unusual small car - the Aston Martin Cygnet, perhaps it’s time to take another look... I do like a quirky car, and they probably don’t come much quirkier than this one. Toyota’s iQ was a highly innovative and capable small car...

Me and My Car – Michael O’Neal’s Blasphemy Porsche Build

Most motoring enthusiasts fall into one of two camps - purist or modifier so its unusual to find a Porsche lover, who is keen on both and is taking his 911 to a new level. South Californian car enthusiast Michael O'Neal shares his story… I consider myself a Porsche purist. After...

Best cars with the biggest engines under £10,000

Nowadays, engines only seem to be getting smaller, with manufacturers downsizing their motors in the name of fuel economy and lower emissions so we've put together a list of the top five cars with the biggest engines for under £10,000. It’s not all bad when it comes engine sizes –...

Me and My Car – Mick Smith’s Triumph Stag

Half a century since the stylish Triumph Stag was launched, we’re celebrating with a closer look at a stunning example that’s emerged after 25 years in storage. Owner Mick Smith shares his story... What had begun as a styling exercise by Italian designer, Giovanni Michelotti, would go on to become...

Buyers Guide: Fiat 500

Appearing two years before that other small car icon, the Mini, the tiny Fiat 500 Cinquecento was designed by Dante Giacosa. The replacement for the equally diminutive Topolino, the aim was to encourage Italian buyers to swap two wheels for four, and it was a plan that proved to be...

Mike Brewer’s Porsche 911SC power upgrade – the results!

The power upgrade of Mike Brewer's Porsche 911SC by Rasant Products is now complete so there's only one way to see if it all works - drive it! It’s hard to know where to begin with this final part of my Porsche 911 SC story. The car has become such...

Me and My Car – Henric Nieminen’s Mercedes AMG

If you’re a fan of the modern classic Mercedes - and the classy coupes in particular - then you’ll probably love the W126-generation SEC. Add the talents of AMG and it becomes even more special.  So that’s what we’ve got here, right? Well, not exactly. This Mercedes is the...

Powering up Mike Brewer’s Porsche 911SC

With my Porsche 911SC now in the hands of Rasant Products, gaffer Andrew Darud’s team of Ryan, Trevor and Kevin set to work with the first part of this build - the strip down. Ryan carefully removed the old air cleaner box and the tons of bits bolted to...

Motoring Memories: Volkswagen Transporter

Iconic is a much over-used word, but it’s hard not to apply it to the Volkswagen Transporter, a vehicle that has been in production for seven decades and that has come to be loved by millions. Yes, the VW Transporter has reached its 70th birthday and whether it has...
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