Opinion

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Lamborghini Aventador

'A Lamborghini Aventador is pure showtime, and the way it speaks to my young son demonstrates that to a T'

Does Porter like the Aventador? No, but his boy doesn’t need to know that
22 Sep 2020
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Opinion

'The thought that I could well have been to my last Geneva motor show is decidedly sad'

The car world will be a less colourful place if motor shows are driven to extinction
9 Sep 2020
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Cupra

Porter seeks enlightenment on one of the most mystifying issues in motoring

"You cannot stop now!" Jesus shouted. "Your soul will not rest if you do not find the answer you need!" 
18 Aug 2020
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Opinion

'The world doesn't need this many supercars'

Covid-19 is a wake-up call for certain car makers and their business models
4 Aug 2020
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Opinion

'It's conceivable that the spiritual home of the supercar could have become not Modena, but Macclesfield'

The early days of the supercar in an alternate reality that's also strangely familiar...
21 Jul 2020
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Opinion

'Driving a new Ferrari on those glorious roads was to feel like we had been given the keys to a kingdom'

Our passion for the thrill of driving owes so much to the thrill of Italy
7 Jul 2020
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Opinion

'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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Opinion

'Some famous names are deadly serious about e-sports and have spent a bomb on a new home racing simulator'

Lockdown reminds us how good it feels to get in a car - real or otherwise
9 Jun 2020
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Opinion

'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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Opinion

Meaden’s love for the Subaru Impreza always leads back to those early Turbos

'With all-wheel drive and a price tag of just under £18,000, it was an Integrale Evo II for the common man'
13 May 2020
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Opinion

'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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opinion

Car auction sites have rekindled Meaden's desire for the attainable

I'm going to wean myself off the glamour and glitz and reconnect with stuff that's good for the soul
14 Apr 2020
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opinion

'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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opinion

'Why roofless collectables tarnish the image of the cars that inspired them'

I cannot conceive of any moment where you wouldn't look like a complete pillock in any of them
17 Mar 2020
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Hot hatchbacks

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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Classic cars

'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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Supercars

'Who wouldn't want Ferrari to build something akin to a slightly scaled-up Alpine A110?'

Meaden feels the big boys should look to bike manufacturers for some 'less is more' inspiration
4 Feb 2020
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opinion

'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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Skoda Octavia vRS

'Top speed may ultimately be pointless, but it’s still fun chasing that childhood rush'

Doing the best part of 230mph in a Skoda Octavia vRS was strangely undramatic
7 Jan 2020
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opinion

'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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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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Opinion

'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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Electric cars

'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