Horsepower ’80s-Style

February 29th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

As we settle back into our routines after the Christmas break, I find myself making resolutions and planning for the year ahead. It is my favourite time of the year, looking at a relatively clear diary and not knowing what the year will hold. For many it is a time where car projects gain a [...]

Crown Prince

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

As I pull up the drive of the Dawber family property it is not long before my eye is caught by the late afternoon sun glinting on the chrome work of an unfamiliar car slowly being enveloped by grass and moss. The chrome parts I can see are set off by a patchwork quilt of [...]

  • Nissan Pulsar GTI-R brochure

The Cass Files – Performance ‘Oriented’ – Mid-to-late ’80s Japanese Hot Hatches

April 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last time we looked at the development of the hot hatch from the early 1970s through to the mid-1980s. Although design during that period had been progressed mainly via the European manufacturers, by 1983–4 some of the Japanese manufacturers were beginning to move into that market segment. While VW with the Golf Gti and Peugeot [...]

V12 Limousine

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

I still remember the very first V12-powered car I drove – my father’s Daimler Double-Six – a Jaguar XJ12 with a fluted radiator grille surround. Once I’d become accustomed to that car’s super-light power steering, I was amazed at the exceptional smoothness of the engine. The Daimler simply swooshed down the road, and the grin [...]