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Count Stanisław Czaykowski - Gone but not forgotten

War hero, aristocrat, and a brave racing driver who deserves more than a mere footnote in history.

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1982 BMW Observer Coupé - unique glass-roofed 635CSi E24

In the early 1980s, a designer sought a calling card. With backing from The Observer newspaper, this unique glass-topped BMW 635CSi E24 show-car was the result.

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Jaguar F-Type GT4 X152 launch, January 2018

Although Jaguar had come close to building a competition version of the F-Type not long after its 2012 debut, apparently working with the Williams F1 team to develop such a model, it never came to fruition. In early 2018 a genuine racer based on the car finally broke cover. But although it was built by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) based in Ryton, having been developed for an independent team, Invictus Games Racing, it wasn’t the works effort many had been hoping for.

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1966 AMC ‘Project IV’ - Cavalier & Vixen

AMC debuted a trio of interesting ‘idea’ cars in 1966 and while none of them saw full-scale production, they inspired certain ideas on future models that went into production in the following years…

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1999-2003 Honda S2000 AP1

Honda’s convertible was a technical masterclass that was big on thrills, low on compromise.

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Aston Martin drivers - Sebastian Vettel

With the four-time World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, retiring at the end of the 2022 season, we look back at his successful career.

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Alfa-Romeo Alfasud-based 1988 Hunstman Spyder

Huntsman Spyder Alfa Romeo. An intriguing mid-engined Alfasud-based one-off.

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1973, the Belgian Gendarmerie became Porsche’s third police customer

Between the late 1950s and the end of aircooling, the German and Dutch police forces ran Porsche fleets of several hundred cars. In 1973, the Belgian Gendarmerie became Porsche’s third police customer. The Gendarmerie operated as a civilian police force under a military command structure. Among its responsibilities was road policing. By 1970, Belgium had a motorway network that not only facilitated traffic flow, but criminal activity as well.

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Jaguar XJR 12D wins the LM class at 1993 Daytona

Due to the global economic downturn of the early Nineties, Jaguar and its racing partner, TWR, had already pulled out of the World Sportscar Championship at the end of the 1991 season and then the American IMSA series the following year. But with the team contemplating a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1993, three V12-powered XJR 12Ds were entered into the Daytona 24 Hours in late January as a way of gathering race experience with the cars.

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Jaguar MkVII finishes second on 1953 Monte Carlo Rally

Despite Ian Appleyard dominating the Alpine Rally throughout the early Fifties with his cream XK120, registration NUB120, since the Monte Carlo Rally’s rules at the time demanded cars over 1ó litres had to be four-seaters, it meant he had to ditch the sports car in favour of a MkVII instead. For his first Monte in 1952, Appleyard ordered a brand new example, registered PWN 7, but due to poor weather he, together with his co-driver wife, Pat (who was also the daughter of chairman of Sir William Lyons) finished a lowly 53rd. He would use the car again for that year’s Tulip Rally in April when he came home a strong second.

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40th anniversary of its launch, we remember the Jaguar XJ-S based Lynx Eventer shooting brake

On the 40th anniversary of its launch, we tell the story of the XJ-S Eventer, Jaguar’s best-loved sports estate.

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Ford Mustang II 1973-1978 - Monroe Handler

The Mustang II might be considered to be an anaemic pig-faced wretch of a car by some, but it’s amazing what a bit of aftermarket tweaking can achieve, especially if you’re aiming to inject some performance into it!

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1963 Lotus 25 racing car designed by Colin Chapman for the 1962 Formula 1 season

From blown diffusers to front-tyre-warming, toe-angle-adjusting steering columns, both born then banned in the past two decades, Formula One has been defined by relentless rule-bending engineering innovations since its inception. However, the most primal of them all doesn’t even hail from this century; it supersedes carbon fibre as F1’s go-to construction material in the 1980s.

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Lost 1980s Alfa Romeo 10C V10-powered super-coupe

Matteo Licata reveals how Alfa Romeo planned to make a spectacular – but doomed – V10-powered super-coupe in the late 1980s.

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