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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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'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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'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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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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'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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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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'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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'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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'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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'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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'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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'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
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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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Aston Martin

'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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'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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'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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'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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'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