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  • Dressed for Excess: Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 vs 205 XS

    Dressed for Excess: Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 vs 205 XS

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    The fantastic thing about my Peugeot 205 XS ownership is that I’ve driven precious few 205s. I’ve spent 22,000 km behind the wheel of mine after I bought it in 2013, and every other 205 I’ve touched has had less power. That’s why it was so interesting to sample a 205 1.9 GTi after all […]

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  • A Return To Rugged Ridge

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    The phrase, “It’s a Jeep thing you wouldn’t understand” is one we have all heard, and to a point understand, but have you ever deep dived into the Jeep culture? Even just for a short time? A recent trip to Atlanta to visit Omix-ADA (i.e. Rugged Ridge) gave me a taste. In a fairly short […]

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  • I Finally Drove A Porsche

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    Have you ever seen a movie that your friends had over-hyped to such degree that there was no way it could possibly match your expectations? Well, that’s a bit how I feel. At 54 years old, I finally got to drive a Porsche for the first time* last night. The car in question was a […]

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  • Ethereal Express: Driving The Citroën XM

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    There are countless phenomenons out there which defy description. To know that something exists, having this fact backed up by the reports of others, even seeing it documented on TV still can’t hold a candle to experiencing it first hand. I found this to be true when I visited Iceland in April and was lucky […]

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  • Red Riding Hood: Taking a 1982 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet for a spin

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    Today, I did the sensible thing and handed over my 1986 Volkswagen Polo to the local school’s auto shop. They, in turn, will mount the cylinder head, time the belt, adjust the carb and generally pay attention to turning the white VW into something other than a paperweight. Make no mistake, I haven’t given up […]

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  • Review: The 1997 Rover 825Si- Rusty's 500th Post Special Edition

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    This post marks my 500th published contribution to this hallowed web address, and as a very indulgent celebratory gift to myself I thought I’d run a full review of my own car. If any of you ever harbour unclean thoughts about owning a 1997 Rover 825 as a daily driver, the below will either encourage […]

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  • Austin Allegro- The One That Got Away

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    I had a specific story in mind when I had a chance to drive a Vauxhall Nova and Ford Fiesta back to back, but sitting nearby was something else, something which recalled a perverse itch that I had wanted to scratch for year and years (a secret which I kept buried deep inside, protected as […]

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  • Crapcan Showdown: Elderly Vauxhall Nova Vs Ancient Ford Fiesta

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    Speaking as a high-roller, as one of life’s winners, the youngest of my TWO cars is a mere seventeen years old. The problem with living on the cutting edge like this is that you can get a bit blasé about the plight of the average motorist. In order to bring myself down to Earth a […]

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  • Having Your Cake vs. Eating it. Driving the AE86 Corolla GT TwinCam

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    I don’t have a bucket list. If I was ever to compile one I fear there would be such an inconquerably tall pile of ambitions to remain unfulfilled that my resultant spiral into depression would only accelerate my progress towards the grave. I do have a to-do list though, and driving this car has been […]

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  • Suzuki SC100: Small Wonder- Driving The WhizzKid

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    About twelve years ago I visited a Coventry scrapyard in search of bits for my rapidly self-composting Rover. Just outside the office of that Ryton-On-Dunsmore car breaker, there sat a pale metallic blue SC100. I wondered what parts the owner might himself be searching for. Next day, when I returned to collect the cast aluminium […]

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