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Richard Porter
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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 - 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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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 - 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
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Opinion - Richard Porter

Supercars no longer put the fear of god into their owners. Porter advises remedial action
10 Jul 2018
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'The Land Rover Defender is a rewarding drivers' car'

Is there an ‘evo’ defence for the Land Rover Defender? As an owner of one one, Porter believes there is
3 Jul 2018
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Opinion - Richard Porter

The treatment of fine supercars as static investments is a crime, says Porter, this is why...
21 Jun 2018
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Opinion - Richard Porter

After considerable efforts to control his pedantic rage, Porter is taking the high ground and not correcting his son's Porsche faux pas
5 Jun 2018
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Opinion - Richard Porter

Sport modes are everywhere… It’s a shame most have the subtlety of a sledgehammer, says Porter
22 May 2018
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'The hardest thing to engineer into a car is niceness'

When you’ve got to live with a car, there’s a lot to be said for niceness, reckons Porter.
15 May 2018
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Opinion - Richard Porter

Porter ruminates over that intangible quality that makes some cars so much more pleasing than those without: niceness
9 May 2018
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Richard Porter opinion

It may not be the quickest north-south route, but its ability to surprise, entertain and even disgust makes the A1 the natural choice
24 Apr 2018
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‘A stranger tainted my car and it’ll never be the same’

Mrs Porter’s car has been damaged in the street. Mr Porter isn’t taking it well...
3 Apr 2018
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Opinion - Richard Porter

Treating cars as investments is nothing short of wrong-headed, reckons Porter
21 Mar 2018
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Richard Porter opinion

Where will you find the most sophisticated four-wheel-drive system available? Look no further than man’s best friend, says Porter
27 Feb 2018
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'POA should be banned from classic car ads'

Few things infuriate Porter more than ‘POA’ on classic car ads, so it’s a term he’ll swiftly outlaw once he becomes dictator.
13 Feb 2018
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The art of disguising a car – what’s happened to it?

Manufacturers used to exhibit extraordinary creativity in disguising their prototypes. Porter laments the loss of these pantomime cars
23 Jan 2018
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Richard Porter on Jaguar

There’s a stale attitude pervading the internet forums, and revitalised Jaguar is the victim. Porter takes aim at the naysayers.
9 Jan 2018
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Porter Opinion

Admire a car that’s fit for purpose? Then if you do most of your driving in an urban environment, Porter reckons you need a Nissan Leaf
19 Dec 2017
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Opinion - Richard Porter

If supercars sit at the top of the automotive tree, what are their absolute polar opposites? Porter thinks he’s nailed it
5 Dec 2017