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Richard Meaden
A motoring journalist and racer for over 20 years, Dickie is one of the founder members of the evo team, a former editor, and current columnist. He made his race debut in 1993, and since then has raced in various one-make series with Ginetta, Vauxhall, Renault and Porsche, and has competed in the Nürburgring 24 Hours since 2006. In 2007 and 2008 Dickie competed in Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and in 2011 set a new world record for a production sedan at Bonneville Speed Week… in Skoda Octavia vRS. The speed? 227.08 mph. Yes, honestly.
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Renault Megane RS

'The new Trophy-R deserves to be celebrated, however much it costs'

Why am I smitten? Because it's a car conceived and created by engineers and racers 
28 Nov 2019
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Porsche 911 GT3 vs GT3 RS vs GT2 RS - track battle

Porsche’s GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS are the most hardcore of the 911 breed, but pitched head‑to‑head which will we crown champion?
15 Nov 2019
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'They may impress in some ways, but electric cars mostly leave Meaden cold'

Put simply, EVs don't live and breathe or require much in the way of effort or connection
30 Oct 2019
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Porsche 911

Porsche 919 Hybrid review - driving one of Stuttgart's most successful racers

Porsche’s 919 Hybrid is one of the most successful endurance racers of modern times. But what’s it like to drive – properly? We get the once-in-a-life…
18 Oct 2019
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2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake review 

Extrovert, extravagant and extraordinary to drive, this might just be the world’s ultimate estate car 
16 Oct 2019
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'Hypercars at Le Mans will look magnificent, but how genuine will the racing be?'

Far from being a gloves-off clash of the titans, the new Hypercar class will also be a battle of Balance of Performance
2 Oct 2019
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Miltek Volkswagen Up GTI review

VW’s Up GTI is already a favourite of ours. Can Milltek’s upgrades improve it further?
16 Sep 2019
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Opinion

'A classic British (and Italian) job will always be Meaden’s kind of Mini adventure'

The Mini's handling and the sheer tenacity of its road-holding were revelatory
27 Aug 2019
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Opinion

'Porsche 911s are now some kind of genetic throwback'

Sadly, the submissive new 911 now sits dutifully in the shadow of Porsche’s money-spinners
23 Jul 2019
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Formula e cars driven on track

Formula E has come a long way and so have the cars, we test the latest Audi Formula E car against its predecessor to gauge the progress made
13 Jul 2019
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Opinion

'Old cars reconnect us to what we love about driving'

Stop the pace race! If you’re listening, manufacturers, less can actually be more
3 Jul 2019
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New Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante review

Removing the roof adds another dimension of enjoyment to the DBS without detracting dynamically. A truly fabulous machine
3 Jul 2019
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Opinion

'The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a truly extraordinary project'

Concorde was the product of boundless ambition; Aston Martin's Valkyrie represents that same spirit too
18 Jun 2019
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Opinion

'Think race circuits are scary? Try a test track...'

Once the barrier lifts you enter a different realm. One entirely different, often vaguely military
4 Jun 2019
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Opinion

'Supercar launches used to be something special'

Supercar launches used to be something special, now they’re a monthly occurrence
22 May 2019
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Opinion

The biggest thrills often come from the simplest of things

The most enjoyable and rewarding thing with four wheels and an internal combustion engine is a kart
7 May 2019
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Opinion

The 488 Pista's not a patch on the ‘flawed’ F40'

The demands the F40 places on you to keep it on the boil would never be sanctioned today
23 Apr 2019
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Opinion

'Reborn classics are a hark back to simpler times'

There's a powerful craving for cars that are compact, characterful and beautiful
11 Apr 2019
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Opinion

The erosion of our ability to enjoy the open road isn’t new

It’s the prescience of his observations and the relevance almost half a century later that really resonates
26 Mar 2019
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Opinion

Alpine’s leading a lightweight revival with the A110

What excites me most is that it could be the beginning of a new and thrilling family of sports cars
12 Mar 2019
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Opinion

‘The joys of a group test are an increasingly rare treat in

The magazine road test is under threat at a time when it’s needed more than ever
28 Feb 2019
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Opinion

'you don’t need 500 horses to put a smile on your face'

Power and speed are intoxicating, but you don’t need 500 horses to put a smile on your face
12 Feb 2019
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Behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper S at Goodwood Revival

Richard Meaden races one of the original British performance-car greats the Goodwood Revival – with unexpected consequences
3 Feb 2019
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Opinion

Opinion - Richard Meaden

It's over 30 years since Meaden passed his driving test, and it remains as the single most momentous thing he's ever passed
8 Jan 2019