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Richard Porter
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'Want to become a motor racing legend? Lose the Terry Thomas ’tache'

Fernando Alonso was morphing into Dave Grohl by way of Laurence Llwelyn-Bowen
11 Dec 2019
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'The curse of a creak can really take the shine off a great car'

The mystery creak is the sole reason I've thought about selling it, or setting the damn thing on fire
13 Nov 2019
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'The sorry slide from quiet confidence to muddled mediocrity'

It's contagious. And when you catch it, it's game over. Suddenly you've no idea what's right and good any more
15 Oct 2019
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'It’s time car makers gave us the wheely good alloys for free'

The problem with the proliferation of alloy wheel choices is that it's exposing us to deliberately cack wheel design
17 Sep 2019
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'Who knew sticking a motor in the back was going to become hip again'

A rear-engined Up GTI could have been the "mini 911" we thought we were getting with the soggy Smart-based Twingo
6 Aug 2019
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'Still hanker for that childhood supercar?'

S1 Esprits catch my eye for the purity of that sensational shape and the seats trimmed like Jackie Stewart’s most lurid underpants
11 Jul 2019
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'Keeping your wheels scuff-free isn't that hard - is it?'

Eighty per cent of alloy wheels are scratched to buggery. And I hate that. It makes the car look terrible, and it speaks of carelessness
26 Jun 2019
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'The new Land Rover Defender needs to change'

The market for this car isn't a mythical throng of utility workers and cattle herders, it's suburban families who dream of G-wagens
11 Jun 2019
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Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography review

Rapid, luxurious and expensive, the Velar SVAutobiography takes a more laid-back approach than its SVR siblings
10 Jun 2019
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‘Ford’s Expedition SUV is the epitome of American motoring'

You’d assume the Expedition is part of that US tradition of gumming modern gadgets to 50-year-old iron work. Except it isn’t
30 May 2019
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'The Prius is the equal of any evo favourite'

It's actually an incredible piece of engineering. And as people who like cars we should also like incredible pieces of engineering
14 May 2019
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'The Alpine A110 is anything but sterile to drive'

The absolutely brilliant Alpine A110 is anything but sterile to drive
30 Apr 2019
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'Why a Range Rover could help you avoid Espace man'

I just liked the Rover 75. It was calming and comfortable. It also earned absolutely zero respect from other road users
17 Apr 2019
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'An electric E-type beats the Goldfinger DB5 Continuation'

In a nutshell, the Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 Continuation Edition is an expensive, largely unusable and deeply naff car for dullards
3 Apr 2019
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An unlikely head-turner holds great promise

I’ve parked Ferraris outside my house and no one’s paid much attention, but everyone on my street went absolutely nuts for this
19 Mar 2019
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'Thanks to SUVs, normal car's days are surely numbered'

Getting modern SUVs to handle in a half-decent manner is like getting a bear to dance: everyone's very impressed, but it's just not natural
6 Mar 2019
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Richard Porter evo opinion

This memory made me smile, but also made me sad, because I released I don't get quite as excited about cars as I used to...
19 Feb 2019
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Opinion

Opinion - Richard Porter

If McLaren wants to continue its success with road cars, it’s time to pull down the pitlane shutters
31 Jan 2019
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Richard Porter, Columnist interview - 20 years of evo

To mark 20 years of the magazine, we ask Columnist Richard Porter to recall his most memorable evo moments
19 Dec 2018
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Would we miss Italian car makers?

If the Irish can cope without moles, are there some car companies that we can all live without?
20 Nov 2018
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Opinion

Opinion - Richard Porter

Rusting bodywork is largely a thing of the past, but it’s unlikely car makers will address certain other issues, reckons Porter
23 Oct 2018
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Opinion - Richard Porter

Supercars no longer put the fear of god into their owners. Porter advises remedial action
20 Sep 2018
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Opinion - Richard Porter

Finding a carefully stored old car part in his father’s garage has got Porter feeling nostalgic for simpler, more resourceful times
4 Sep 2018
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Opinion - Richard Porter

The French are good at being French, the same can’t be said for French cars which often display an identity crisis, says Porter.
7 Aug 2018