124 Spider: Has Fiat missed the boat?

The Fiat 124 Spider looks terrible. We all know it. For what seemed like a recipe dreamed up by the gods, and served dripping in honey to the salivating media, the result is a bit…ghastly. There is no excuse for this. The Japanese, not particularly renowned for the elegance of their vehicles, have managed to make the fourth-generation MX-5 look slender, sculpted and – crucially — pretty. … Continue reading 124 Spider: Has Fiat missed the boat?

The curious case of the racing livery

The race livery is a fascinating thing. Superficially speaking, it is nothing but an advertising hoarding, designed implicitly to raise brand awareness and to ‘sex up’ whichever company happens to slap their logo across a car’s bows. In reality, this is nonsense. A great livery can transform people’s perception of a car, team or driver. In days gone by, the liveries adopted by F1 teams were a massive deal, because the … Continue reading The curious case of the racing livery

The Porsche 718 Boxster – brave new world?

With the unveiling of its new 718 Boxster, Porsche has been the centre of much furore. Has arguably the world’s most single, bloody-minded sports car manufacturer sold its soul to the dark art of turbocharging? This has been the question on everyone’s lips. For good reason, too. The advent of mass-turbocharging across the board has led to performance cars which are less responsive, less engaging … Continue reading The Porsche 718 Boxster – brave new world?