Opinion

Meaden’s love for the Subaru Impreza always leads back to those early Turbos
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
'Australia fell out of love with Holden, and it’s paid the ultimate price'
Porter
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
Car auction sites have rekindled Meaden's desire for the attainable
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
'Everything you always wanted to know about wipers (but were too sensible to ask)'
Porter
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
'Why roofless collectables tarnish the image of the cars that inspired them'
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
Hooning around was a rite of passage, for Porter’s generation at least…
Porter
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
'Horse power, rum coves and the faint whiff of manure…'
Porter
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
'Who wouldn't want Ferrari to build something akin to a slightly scaled-up Alpine A110?'
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
'Jaguar has a swish new design studio, but could it make Jag’s designs less swish?'
Porter
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
'Top speed may ultimately be pointless, but it’s still fun chasing that childhood rush'
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
'Want to become a motor racing legend? Lose the Terry Thomas ’tache'
Porter
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
'The new Trophy-R deserves to be celebrated, however much it costs'
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
'The curse of a creak can really take the shine off a great car'
Porter
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
'They may impress in some ways, but electric cars mostly leave Meaden cold'
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
'The sorry slide from quiet confidence to muddled mediocrity'
Porter
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
'Hypercars at Le Mans will look magnificent, but how genuine will the racing be?'
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
'It’s time car makers gave us the wheely good alloys for free'
Porter
Opinion

'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
'A classic British (and Italian) job will always be Meaden’s kind of Mini adventure'
Opinion

'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
'Who knew sticking a motor in the back was going to become hip again'
Porter
Opinion

'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
'Porsche 911s are now some kind of genetic throwback'
Opinion

'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
'Still hanker for that childhood supercar?'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'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
'Old cars reconnect us to what we love about driving'
Opinion

'Old cars reconnect us to what we love about driving'

Stop the pace race! If you’re listening, manufacturers, less can actually be more
3 Jul 2019
'Keeping your wheels scuff-free isn't that hard - is it?'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'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
'The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a truly extraordinary project'
Opinion

'The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a truly extraordinary project'

Concorde was the product of boundless ambition; Aston Martin's Valkyrie represents that same spirit too
18 Jun 2019
'The new Land Rover Defender needs to change'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'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
'Think race circuits are scary? Try a test track...'
Opinion

'Think race circuits are scary? Try a test track...'

Once the barrier lifts you enter a different realm. One entirely different, often vaguely military
4 Jun 2019
‘Ford’s Expedition SUV is the epitome of American motoring'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

‘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
'Supercar launches used to be something special'
Opinion

'Supercar launches used to be something special'

Supercar launches used to be something special, now they’re a monthly occurrence
22 May 2019
'The Prius is the equal of any evo favourite'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'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
The biggest thrills often come from the simplest of things
Opinion

The biggest thrills often come from the simplest of things

The most enjoyable and rewarding thing with four wheels and an internal combustion engine is a kart
7 May 2019
'The Alpine A110 is anything but sterile to drive'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'The Alpine A110 is anything but sterile to drive'

The absolutely brilliant Alpine A110 is anything but sterile to drive
30 Apr 2019
The 488 Pista's not a patch on the ‘flawed’ F40'
Opinion

The 488 Pista's not a patch on the ‘flawed’ F40'

The demands the F40 places on you to keep it on the boil would never be sanctioned today
23 Apr 2019
'Why a Range Rover could help you avoid Espace man'
Richard Porter opinion
Opinion

'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
'Reborn classics are a hark back to simpler times'
Opinion

'Reborn classics are a hark back to simpler times'

There's a powerful craving for cars that are compact, characterful and beautiful
11 Apr 2019
'An electric E-type beats the Goldfinger DB5 Continuation'
Richard Porter opinion
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
The erosion of our ability to enjoy the open road isn’t new
Opinion

The erosion of our ability to enjoy the open road isn’t new

It’s the prescience of his observations and the relevance almost half a century later that really resonates
26 Mar 2019