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Vorsprung durch Project Fear
Audi Lincoln was right. I have a problem with my A3’s Dunlop Maxx tyres. It was a bit like Mark Carney’s “scenarios”, or a greedy consultant urging surgery and I was sure I didn’t need to part with £456. But it raised questions 1) Will Audi and Dunlop call in a batch of tyres made in 2017? 2) Do Audi owners question alarmist videos? 3) Are the rules on redress for faulty tyres adequate?
MG gave away secrets to Japan. Four years after the sleek EX-E prototype was shown at Frankfurt, I tested a Nissan 200SX. Austin-Rover was broke in 1985 and EX-E rests a museum piece at Gaydon, milk spilt in the dog days of British Leyland. A reminder of how inept politicians were at trying to run industry.
EX-E was not forgotten at Nissan.
Sometimes you need Jeremy Clarkson: “Jaguar Land Rover delivery people: Don’t come to London to pick up the iPace tomorrow. I couldn’t charge it so it’s not there,” he tweeted. He could have phoned them. It was his way of drawing attention to the electric fervour engulfing car people. The virtue-signalling of spin doctors pleading with us to embrace cars with batteries.
Every year the Pebble Beach Concours highlights a classic make. First time I went, in 1989, Aston Martin was celebrating the 30th anniversary of a memorable victory at Le Mans and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) International Championship for Makes, the world sports car championship. Winning drivers reunited with their cars. Aston Martin caretakers Victor Gauntlett and Peter Livanos brought former owner, octogenarian Sir David Brown, together with six drivers for a week-end reunion
Our latest releases and new editions of classic works.
Out of print for twenty years, the 2017 edition of Jim Clark: Tribute to a Champion is newly revised and expanded and completely redesigned in colour throughout. This classic of motor racing celebrates the life and achievements of Jim Clark (1936-1968).
Covers the MGs of 1922-1939 with a detailed history of MG’s foundation by Cecil Kimber and WR Morris, through its struggles in the aftermath of the first world war to its triumphs before the outbreak of the second. Forty-seven distinctive examples of MG are detailed, illustrated and described along with comprehensive specifications.
Covers the MGs of 1945-1965 with a detailed history of MG’s postwar expansion into the export market, development of austerity-era saloons and sedans, and triumphant return to the motor racing track at Le Mans. Forty-one distinctive examples of MG are detailed, illustrated and described along with comprehensive specifications.
Covers the years 1965-2001 and follows the closure of the Abingdon-on-Thames factory in 1980 after the turbulent British Leyland years and the transition to MG-Rover. Despite modest resources MG kept up with the times and met stringent safety and emissions regulations imposed by world markets with landmark cars such as the MGB GT. Thirty-five distinctive examples of MG are detailed, illustrated and described along with comprehensive specifications.
Newly revised and expanded, this complete history of Vauxhall includes great Edwardian sports cars like the 1911 Prince Henry and the 1920s 30-98 up to the 2007 VXR8. Over 170 individual models are fully illustrated, with a 200-word description plus a full technical specification.
The Complete Bentley is the only single volume with an accurate comprehensive model-by-model guide with details, specifications and pictures of every Bentley made. It starts with the notable rotary aero engine of World War I and describes all the collectors’ classics, including a fully-illustrated chronology of the company and its racing since 1919.