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Hotel de France: my new must-visit Le Mans-related monument

In the new issue of C&SC there is a fantastically evocative scrapbook of pictures from the back pages of the Hotel de France. I was mesmerised ...

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A life-long lust for Italians that is inexplicably unfulfilled

This week, the C&SC team is furiously putting to bed a very special issue of the magazine. The April edition will come with a free supplement, ...

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Memories of C&SC's impish inspiration Mike McCarthy

Sadly, I never met the recently departed Mike McCarthy when he was in his prime. By the time I joined C&SC in 1996, this legendarily ...

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A new year and a fresh start – as a non-Lotus owner

For the first time this millennium I am not a Lotus owner. Doesn't sound too serious, but indulging myself in some outrageous drama queenery (and ...

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Pre-sale nerves and preparing to lose my auction virginity

As you are reading this, I am hopefully parking up in Droitwich Spa for the Chateau Impney Speed Celebration on Wednesday, a new event backed by ...

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Small may be beautiful but for pre-war saloons tiny is terrific

Everyone goes through classic car phases – one year it's all about small engined sports car, the next year's obsession is big-engined ...

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Is it time to seek counselling for my classic obsession?

We all know that classic car enthusiasm is a bit of a disease, but sometimes you find yourself in a situation where how gravely debilitated you ...

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How Hai jinks were the perfect cure for jet-lag

Flying to San Francisco should be a chore. It's a hell of a long way, I always get the one seat with a busted DVD player and usually find myself ...

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Why preservation classes feel like the elite acknowledging the everyday classic fans

Anyone who has been an enthusiast any length of time will recognise how much the classic car world has changed in the past 20 years. First, there ...

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Let's put the '80s behind us and forgive the Porsche 911 Turbo

While the modern motoring press is getting overheated at the Frankfurt Motor Show, digging deep into the cliché tombola and complaining of sore ...