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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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Goodwood 2014: Ford Mustero: Professional Hack-Job?

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When I’m drunk and armed with a Sawzall and absolutely no safety equipment nor any prior planning, there’s nothing I enjoy more than cutting the rear end from a perfectly serviceable car and “converting” it into a pick-up truck.

I don’t really, of course; but if eBay and Cragslist are anything to go by, there are an awful lot of people out there who do. Not all of them can string a sentence together, but they all have access to power-tools. Usually, though, they start off with some rough old beater before commencing their round of “improvements”.

This machine, seen on display at the Cartier Style Et Luxe competition at Goodwood, promised to have rather more provenance; though I’m not quite sure. Make your own judgement after the jump.

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Goodwood 2014: The Koenigsegg Agera One:1 Causes Breathlessness.

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Choosing a “car of the show” from the rich assortment at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is a difficult choice. There are so many categories to choose from, some of which could deserve the title through historical significance alone, and some of which could be nominated through sheer honest to goodness allure alone.

Though I won’t be forced into naming mine, I can see this as being a frontrunner for the Car Of Show plaudit. And because I move in entirely the wrong societal circles, I’m extremely unlikely to ever spend time in the company of a Koenigsegg again, let alone see it hurled noisily up a narrow tarmac track. Take the jump to gawp at more naked carbon fibre and watch it attack the hillclimb.

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Goodwood 2014: The Actual Action. Audi Quattro Sport S1 Hillclimb. Etc.

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The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed finished on Sunday. But not here it didn’t! Hooniverse is going to keep on milking that sucker for all it’s worth.

Central to the appeal of the FOS is the actual hillclimb run found at its geographical centre. It’s along this 1.1 mile tarmac ribbon that some of the all time greats of motoring history are given the chance to strut their mechanical stuff, to the cheers and applause of a grateful gasoline-veined audience. So far, my coverage of this event has been found somewhat wanting in terms of actual footage of the good stuff.

Thankfully, regular contributor and serious fan of fast-moving metal Jason Connor has my back on this. While I’ve been fruitlessly pointing my DSLR at cars on totally inappropriate shutter settings, trying in vain to get a shot as they roar past, Jason has been studiously editing the live stream from Goodwood, slicing it into manageable portions. Step past the jump to enjoy the Audi Sport Quattro being ragged senseless by Hannu Mikkola.

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Goodwood 2014: More Sunday Noise- ’97 Penske Mercedes PC26

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Well, it’s 14:00 Stateside, and this will be my final post for this afternoon. I hope that Hooniverse’s coverage of the Goodwood Festival Of Speed in little old England has been to your liking. Those of you who have enjoyed it will be pleased to know that there will be a veritable deluge of FOS posts during the week as I wade through the various photos and videos that I’ve collected over the weekend and try and string a few descriptive sentences together. Those of you who have hated every single minute of the whole affair will be mortified to hear the same thing.

As a parting gesture, I thought I’d share a properly transatlantic racer with you; built in England, raced in America, powered by Germany and making a right old racket right up in your grill. After the jump.

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