Blog james elliott

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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 ...

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Supersize me? No thanks

It's easy to criticise modern car design, everything being oversized and bloated as shark-shapes have become whales. In fact, there's a brilliant ...

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The compulsion to own complementary classics whatever the budget

I meet a huge number of enthusiasts who manage it, but for me it is nigh-on impossible to own – or to even consider owning – just one ...

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The finest feats of engineering at Goodwood aren't necessarily the cars

A few people seem to have become a bit blasé about the enormous, alien sculptures that loom annually over the Goodwood Festival of Speed. I can ...

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Casual comments that set alarm bells ringing

The other evening I pulled up at a nicely traditional row of shops on the way home. You know the sort: set back from the road, their own service ...

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A dead-of-night blast along the Welsh border will never be forgotten

My list of dream drives is endless – and I'll revisit that along with some escapades that never quite came off another time – but it brings to ...

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How the power of the internet reunited a stolen Mini with its owner

Meet Joel Vermiglio. You may not have heard of him, but you might well have seen his car somewhere in the past week. Joel is worthy of bringing to ...