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The Carchive:- ’71 Ford Transit

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On Tuesday, after leaving it safely locked down for a few weeks, I gingerly opened the gate to The Carchive, and out gushed a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa brochure. Well, it was lovely and everything, but it’s wasn’t really Hooniverse heartland stuff, now, was it?

Today we’re heading back into our comfort zone with the 1971 Ford Transit.

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The Carchive:- The Ferrari Testarossa

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It’s Tuesday, it’s 21:30 here on the glorious Essex coast. But we can’t just sit here admiring the view, It’s high time we donned our disposable overalls, connected our breathing apparatus and took a cautious step into the dank, dripping cavern that is The Carchive.

The most recent episode saw an upbelching from The Carchive’s Scandinavian outpost; I had no idea the caves reached that far, but apparently so. Antti uncovered a vintage brochure for the DeTomaso Pantera, and scanned it way too professionally. To try and avoid my being comprehensively outdone, here’s a 1988 brochure for the Ferrari Testarossa.

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Latitude 2014: Lykke Li Likey Le 108.

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There’s a big yearly music and arts festival that takes place local to me, the Latitude Festival, and I’ve just spent a weekend there. It was three days drenched with music, poetry, literature and dance, and naturally, being that it’s England and camping is involved, Rain.

Yet amidst all this culture, I still managed to find a car-shaped escape. One of the headline acts on Sunday night was Spectacular Sultry Scandinavian Songstress Lykke Li, who just happens to be the celebrity chosen to spearhead the launch campaign for the new Peugeot 108. So what effect did that have on my festival experience?

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Review: 2014 Seat Ibiza FR 140; Poetry in Auto Emoción?

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Appearing at Millbrook where I spent a day at,
Was this little red hatchback manufactured by SEAT,
This motoring journalist lark that I play at,
Was an excuse to take it for a spin.

From it’s antecedent some thirty years back,
The Ibiza’s evolved to a meal from a snack.
Let us check its development, is it on the right track?
Take the jump, there are more words within.

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Honda NSX lovin’ at Goodwood 2014

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It must be a terrific asset to have a car like the NSX in your back catalogue, especially when you’re a company typically known for shops-and-back shuttles like, er, the Shuttle.

The NSX is something of a Hooniverse Idol, and quite rightly so. It first appeared in dealers in 1990 on the back of Honda’s very successful contributions to Formula 1 racing, and the Civics and Accords that clogged the world’s asphalt arteries were suddenly bathed in an exciting new, empassioned light.

After a lengthy production run, the right-first-time NSX was finally taken from us in 2005, and there’s been nothing quite like it ever since; Honda badge or not. At this years Goodwood, though, Honda were flying the NSX flag high.

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Project Car SOTU: PROJECT AUDINARY

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It’s not peer pressure. Just because I don’t lay on my back every evening with warm multigrade running down the inside of my sleeves doesn’t make me any less of a man. Much as I’d have liked one, I’ve never had a project car because I’ve never really had the time, the space, the funds nor the knowledge to take one on. Well, we all have to start somewhere.

Suddenly, and probably misguidedly, my daily driver Audi has become my project car. Take the jump for all the how on Earths and the why the hells.

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Goodwood 2014:- 1955 Mercedes Renntransporter

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At the Goodwood Festival Of Speed, the background awesomeness level is cranked so high that you walk past impossibly cool stuff without even registering it. I’m guessing I walked past this, the Legendary (note capital L) Mercedes 300S Renntransporter, four times before I even noticed it was there. To be honest, it was probably mostly obscured by onlookers with their jaws on the floor.

If you’re here, looking at this website, then you’re probably familiar with this unmistakeable machine. It’s been scientifically proven that a typical car-addict thinks about the Renntransporter on average 147 times a day. Take the jump to make that 148.

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Review: 2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost 1.0 Powershift. Fun… if you insist.

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I like my cars to be visceral, possibly brutal. I like to feel the car fighting back as I wrestle it around my favourite backroads route. I like to feel as if I’m working as part of a team, the car and myself acting in unison to cover ground as entertainingly as possible. The car doesn’t have to be totally reliant on muscle and it doesn’t have to have racetrack credentials to provide fun, a grunty lightweight like a Z4M or a heavy old horse like a Bentley Turbo R are equally adept at making me grin.

On the face of it, a low-powered Ford Fiesta with an automatic gearbox should be pretty much the opposite of what I love in a car. Take the jump to see whether this really is as miserable  a combination as it sounds.

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Goodwood 2014:- Retrofuturism with the 1971 Mazda RX500

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When we think of the Wankel engine, the first thing we do is snigger about the funny name, because we’re all so infantile. The second thing we do is think about Mazda, who have carried the torch for Rotary engine usage and development higher than NSU, Norton, Citroen and all the others combined.

Some of the Mazdas to use Felix’s wonder-engine have been more successful than others, the JDM only Roadpacer, for example, was an hilarious disaster. Nevertheless, Mazda’s faith in the concept was self-evident, and in 1971 Mazda unveiled a show-stopping concept car to spin up a bit more rotary interest. 43 years later, I damn near tripped over the thing during the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Edit: Antti wrote about this back last year and now, by sheer stroke of luck, I appear to have written almost exactly the same as he did….

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Review: 2014 Dacia Sandero Access 1.2 75

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Last year I was overcome by waves of delirious excitement when the opportunity arose to test the entry level Dacia Duster, the cheapest quasi-SUV available on the UK market. It lived up to every one of my expectations and my verdict fizzed with superlatives.

And you know what, this time I’m even more excited. I’ve just driven the Dacia Sandero. Good news! And even better; the one I spent time in was the 1.2 litre “Access” model. In other words, the cheapest new car British money can buy. Take the jump to ascertain the ratio of cheap and / or cheerful.

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