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Richard Porter
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'I'd forgotten how much you discover about a car when you have to rub your hand over every panel' 

Wash and learn - there's still life in the old car-design ways 
23 Jun 2020
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Are these the worst cars of evo Car of the Year?

For every eCoty winner there’s also a bottom-of-the-table loser. So what were the cars that limped home last during the past 21 years, and – more impo…
21 Jun 2020
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'The most memorable drives are rarely just about the car'

Turning that tenner for the pub into petrol for my very own car was well, well worth it just to keep that first drive going
26 May 2020
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'Australia fell out of love with Holden, and it’s paid the ultimate price'

The Commodore was a symbol of an old Australia, of mulleted blokes in vests skulling VB and rocking over-engined cars
28 Apr 2020
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evo encyclopedia: the world of fast cars from A to Z

Every month evo columnist and TV script writer (from a motoring TV show you might have heard of before) Richard Porter debunks automotive jargon
6 Apr 2020
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'Everything you always wanted to know about wipers (but were too sensible to ask)'

Car companies employ people whose entire job is wipers, and it's more complicated than you might assume
1 Apr 2020
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Hooning around was a rite of passage, for Porter’s generation at least…

In just a few weeks our mate had got a car, learnt to drive it and then broken it beyond repair. It was textbook
6 Mar 2020
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'Horse power, rum coves and the faint whiff of manure…'

The motor car comes with several drawbacks, chief among which is meeting the appetite of the blasted things
18 Feb 2020
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'Jaguar has a swish new design studio, but could it make Jag’s designs less swish?'

The higgledy-piggledy old place turned out some of the best-looking cars in the world
21 Jan 2020
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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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BMW

'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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‘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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Opinion

'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