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  • Modified Mercedes turned to gold

    Modified Mercedes turned to gold

    German tuning firms are known for occasionally crossing the barriers of taste, but this latest offering from Carlsson appears to have gone into new territory. Called the CS50 Versailles – after the Palace of Versailles which King Louis XIV turned...

  • A dream come true

    A dream come true

    From the fabulous SSK and SSKL of the late 1920s and early 1930s to the post-war Gull Wing 300 SLR made even more famous in the hands of the master himself, Fangio, or even the fabulous 300 SL Roadster, Mercedes fascinated me as a young man. Then...

  • F1: More screech than roar

    F1: More screech than roar

    The F1 championship has evolved over the years and new technologies have been introduced, but with the first Grand Prix this month in Melbourne, and today in Malaysia, we are witnessing a whole new ‘silent’ revolution with new rules and...

  • New engines, new rules, new sound

    New engines, new rules, new sound

    Formula One is looking and sounding different this season, with the new regulations and the introduction of a turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems. The following looks at the main changes, with the sport going through its most...

  • Geneva’s ‘Big Stage’

    Geneva’s ‘Big Stage’

    At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, dozens of new models were given their European or even full global debuts. From the rabid Lamborghini Huracán to the humble but hideous Fulu Meteor, Matt Kimberley sniffs out the stories that shaped this year’s...

  • Audi kicks off Le Mans campaign in style

    Audi kicks off Le Mans campaign in style

    There’s no getting away from the fact that Le Mans is a big deal for Audi. The German car maker has dominated the famous endurance race in recent years, and to reinforce the event’s importance the launch of its 2014 car was a little...

  • Persuaders Aston for sale

    Persuaders Aston for sale

    Finished in rare Bahama Yellow, the 1970 DBS was built specifically for use in the popular detective series. However, Aston Martin had yet to launch its DBS V8 model, so it took a standard DBS with the smaller six-cylinder engine and made it look...

  • Ford’s legendary Mustang turns 50

    Ford’s legendary Mustang turns 50

    The iconic Ford Mustang has reached its 50th birthday, and the largest gathering of racing models ever in the UK is being planned to mark the occasion. More than 25 race-prepared Mustangs are being assembled for the Silverstone Classic event on...

  • Father and son passion

    Father and son passion

    Working in a quarry is no mean job. Consequently, when the dust has settled down at the end of a long, hard day, Joseph Vella and his son Roderick leave the family quarry in Naxxar and head to the father’s residence in Mellieha, to spent some...

  • No disappointments

    No disappointments

    Over the past 60 years we have seen dramatic changes in the way people enjoy, and use their motors. Wheels are all-important to enthusiasts of all ages. But Audi has the ability to introduce the entry engined A3, especially in Sportback form with...

  • The latest Peugeot 308 is so pure it offers 99.1 mpg

    The latest Peugeot 308 is so pure it offers 99.1 mpg

    The Peugeot 308, recently awarded European Car of the Year 2014, completes its range with the arrival of the new PureTech 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, producing 130bhp. In official witnessed tests, it has been shown to achieve new records for...

  • Alfa Romeo to lead touring car pack

    If you want to get a good look at Alfa Romeo’s dramatic-looking new 4C sports car you’re going to have to start watching this season’s World Touring Car Championship. The Italian car maker isn’t competing though, as the 4C was been made the...

  • Volkswagen aims high

    Volkswagen aims high

    VW has announced pricing and specification details ahead of the launch of its updated Polo. The first deliveries of the cosmetically and mechanically enhanced supermini are expected in July, with the entry-level model priced from £11,100 (€13,413).

  • All-seeing dash cam

    If you’ve spent any time at all on the internet, you’ve probably at some point come across at least one Russian or Chinese You Tube video filmed with a dashboard-mounted camera. You might have spent hours giggling at hilarious Russian driving...

  • Record breaker aiming high with Audi

    Record breaker aiming high with Audi

    Not content with falling out of a balloon from a great height, Austrian extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner is tackling his next big challenge on the famous Nordschleife circuit of the Nurburgring in Germany. Teaming up with Audi, the Austrian will...

  • Toyota i-Road hits the streets in first public trials

    Toyota i-Road hits the streets in first public trials

    Toyota has launched the first public trials of its ultra-compact i-Road electric three-wheeled ‘personal mobility vehicle’ to find out how it shapes up in the cut-and-thrust of real-world urban driving. Consumer testing in Tokyo started on March...

  • Honda Civic Type R

    Honda Civic Type R

    Debut: Geneva Motor Show Appearance: To call it aggressive doesn’t really scratch the surface. The huge rear spoiler, steeply raked wedge shape and road-hugging stance all mean serious business. Honda is predicting power output of as much as 300...

  • Volvo Estate

    Volvo Estate

    Debut: Geneva Motor Show Appearance: Simple, elegant and Swedish. If you remember, Volvo used to make sensible but dull-looking cars for owners to whom those kind of attributes were appealing. But now things are very different, and to showcase the...

  • Learn to drive your SUVs!

    Learn to drive your SUVs!

    I’m about to irritate a great number of drivers – people who, often without training or experience, own and drive the larger Sports Utility or Multi-Purpose Vehicles. Not, I hasten to add, the drivers of series and other competitive...

  • EVS race truck smashes own record

    EVS race truck smashes own record

    After an absence of six years, the 1,800-bhp race truck sponsored by Express Trailers, more popularly referred to as the EVS race truck, made a great comeback at the national drag racing event when this month it managed to break its previous...

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