French Fancies COTD: Hommell Berlinette

Another tale from Gran Turismo’s past, the guys from Polyphony digital seem to have a knack of popularising car companies that please gamers over bank managers. My first interaction with Hommell was on Gran Turismo 4 on the PlayStation 2, the one that a lot of people believe is the nerdiest of all the Gran

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French Fancies COTD: Mega Track

Remember the Ligier story from Tuesday? The supercar maker that turned to little microcars? Well, this is the reverse of that story but with a car which is a little more unusual. Aixam are a company I’m sadly very familiar with, they make those irritating little noisey single cylinder diesel crash-test avoiding death traps. The

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French Fancies COTD: Venturi Atlantique

As a child of the PlayStation generation and a scholar at the academy of Kazunori Yamauchi’s Gran Turismo my early opinions on cars were a little bit skewed. For one, all of my knowledge of the 911 came through independent tuning arm RUF who I became accustomed to in Gran Turismo 2. When I finally

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French Fancies COTD: Ligier JS2

From one racing driver to another today, this time the focus is on Guy Ligier and to say that Guy lived an interesting life would be an absolutely gigantic understatement. He was a real story of rags to riches, doing the impossible through hard work and true grit plus a little dash of cunning thrown

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Me and My Mercedes part one: The convert

I have now owned my W124 Mercedes-Benz 300ce for almost 2 months and together we’ve travelled 2500 miles all over the place for an eventful Christmas and New Year, so I think now is a good opportunity to fill you in on my new baby. So why the biggish Benz? Well like most of my

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A Brief History of Sh*!e, Cool and Weird Small Luxury Cars – My Top 11:

For some strange reason I have been thinking a lot lately about Ford giving the Vignale treatment to the humble Fiesta. It will be no  small feat if it manages to make a Prestige car in a pint sized package. Small luxury cars are nothing new to the industry, and I’m not talking posh polo

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Save the analogue car, buy a motorbike.

The news of late has not been that great for the petrolhead, there has been a lot of talk about the outright ban on petrol sales in the not too distant future and City bans even sooner than that. The demise of the internal combustion engine is sad, but to me, it all pales in

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The Korean Killer: How Hyundai captured the West

In December of this year (2017), the Hyundai motor corporation will be blowing 50 candles from its cake, an absolutely coffee-spitting achievement when you think they now have an empire that stands as the 4th largest automotive business in the world. So how did a company from Seoul do it? well heres my very abridged

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Cool Video: Alfa Romeo factories in the 60’s

This weeks video follows the story of the completion of the then new (1966) Arese Alfa car plant north of Milan that would slowly replace the ageing original Factory in portello. The video is in Italian but it’s a great watch just to see the classic 1960’s proper Alfas like the Giulia and Gt being

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