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  • July 4, 2023

    A Heritage Honoured

    As a car-mad 13-year-old back in 1986, being handed a copy of the Mercedes-Benz bookazine In Aller Welt was a huge deal. Not only did it provide incredible insight into the popular marque, it also happened to be issue number...

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  • The Hoffman Prototype
    June 5, 2023

    The Hoffman Prototype

    Regardless of how well you know the world of motoring, the sheer diversity of passion of its devotees means the opportunity to be surprised by a car you never knew existed is seldom far off. Whether it be a concept car abandoned prior to its unveiling, a perfectly developed prototype hidden away for decades, or an all-new race car that never saw competition, you can be sure that at every moment over the last 125 years, somebody somewhere has been building a car in secret. You can be equally sure that someone will eventually discover these automotive treasures and put them on public display for all to enjoy.
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  • March 16, 2023

    Murray signs off first T.50

    By Wayne Batty Judging by recent happenings, it’s safe to say the gestation period for a contemporary hypercar is nothing less than four years. Croatia’s Rimac, maker of the blisteringly quick battery-powered Concept One, first showed that car’s follow-up, the...

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  • March 15, 2023

    A Model Photographer

    By Wayne Batty How diorama builder Nico Ongena uses the illusion of scale to capture visual magic. Three years ago, Nico Ongena began a new hobby: taking photographs of relatively cheap 1/64 scale model cars with his smartphone. From the...

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  • Porsche 917 meets 963 at Daytona
    February 2, 2023

    Porsche 917 meets 963 at Daytona

    By Wayne Batty There’s even earlier history here, but the last time Porsche went top-tier endurance racing in both the North American IMSA series and the FIA’s WEC (née World Sportscar Championship) in the same season was all the way...

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  • January 11, 2023

    A Bugatti for Christmas

    By Wayne Batty At the tender and still impressionable age of 13, Philip Porter received, as a birthday gift from his parents, a veritable tome on Bugatti written by the great expert Hugh Conway. Poring over those pages again and...

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  • December 16, 2022

    Bugatti Baby 2.0

    When you are Ettore Bugatti and you need a birthday present for your son who is turning four years old, you don’t pop off to the department store for some die-cast trinket. No sir, you get your factory to build a half-scale version of your phenomenally successful Type 35 motor car instead.
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  • Rolls-Royce Twenty turns 100
    October 5, 2022

    Rolls-Royce Twenty turns 100

    Most car manufacturers with more than just a few decades of history behind them can point to a single vehicle that saved their bacon when times were hard. For Rolls-Royce, that car is the Twenty, the car that left a permanent mark on the marque.
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  • Citreon SM Espace
    August 23, 2022

    Maserati-engined Espace

    For a brand so synonymous with sometimes quirky, often brilliant innovation, at least prior to its merging with Peugeot in the mid-70s anyway, it is quite unusual to come across an innovative and beguiling Citroën concept car seemingly too niche for even this bravest of car manufacturers to produce. 
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  • Audi article
    August 9, 2022

    Ten Reasons Why – Audi

    Two World Wars, several mergers, two acquisitions and eleven decades of fierce competition; Audi appears to have thrived through it all. Wayne Batty offers ten reason why.
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  • Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport
    July 21, 2022

    Following the Mille Miglia

    A thousand miles in the tyre tracks of the greats

    In its original guise, the Mille Miglia involved the bravest of drivers racing a thousand miles from Brescia to Rome and back, on public roads, sometimes in almost total darkness. It was thrilling, but fraught with danger.
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  • Classic Nostalgia
    July 21, 2022

    Classic Nostalgia 2022

    Classic Nostalgia, held this past weekend at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, was yet another great reminder of why the glory days of motorsport are so worth celebrating. Listening to the melodic shriek of the V16 in BRM’s 2021 P15 as it carried out its demonstration runs up the hill was spine-tingling – you don’t get that with electric. 
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