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I Witnessed: Lotus launch five cars at once

Could Lotus really bring five brand new cars to market? At the 2010 Paris Motor Show it briefly looked like it might. An agog Ben Oliver was there


Crossing the Darien Gap

Fifty years ago today, two rather second hand-looking blue Range Rovers arrived at Cape Horn, the southernmost point of Chile's Tierra del Fuego...


Fangio and my father

The Platinum Jubilee may be dominating the headlines and the life of the nation as we publish this, but another anniversary is being more quietly marked...


The van of my dreams

Judged on fitness for purpose alone, you could argue that the Ford Transit is the best vehicle on sale: up there with the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Ariel Atom...


Our Cars: Ben’s 205 GTI

Ten years ago, CAR magazine turned 50. To celebrate, it assembled what its writers felt were the 50 most significant cars of the previous 50 years – significant to enthusiasts, anyway...


Tell Tale: The birth of petrol

Petrol was invented in the East End of London. I don't mean the actual substance: a great brown-black crude oil gusher didn't suddenly erupt on the Bethnal Green Road...


Tell Tale: World leaders’ wheels

At 11pm on July 4, 1976, the sentries guarding the main terminal building at Uganda's Entebbe airport saw a long black Mercedes saloon approaching fast, followed by...


Tell Tale: The real Elon Musk

I first spoke to Elon Musk in 2008, long before he became the second most controversial American. His public image is now an odd hybrid of Willy Wonka, Dr. Strangelove...

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