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Miss Shilling’s orifice

A racer of cars and motorcycles, Tilly Shilling was also a brilliant engineer. Joana Fidalgo reveals her most important – and perhaps simplest – contribution to the war effort

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The Caterham of the skies

Judging by some of the Hunter S. Thompson style tales I’ve heard in bars late at night on magazine group tests, I think I joined the orbit of motoring journalism...

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Cheating death

It’s 1am. Two young men stand under an enormous wall of rock, snow and ice. It’s mid-summer but they are at an altitude of around 2100 metres, so it’s bitterly cold...

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Plane stupid?

The island of Capri looked so beautiful we had to do another lap. The whole Amalfi coast is stunning, particularly so from the cockpit of a light aircraft a mere couple of thousand feet...

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The Colditz Cock

When I was a child and all my friends were playing Monopoly – a truly awful game whose popularity mystifies me to this day – I instead used to practice escaping from prison...

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Shackleton’s triumph

A century ago this month, a very great man died in less than great circumstances. Aged just 47, early in the morning of January 5th 1922, Sir Ernest Shackleton called his doctor...

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Meeting with a Duke

I won’t be the first to observe that the world often works in mysterious ways. I don’t know exactly how I found myself in this very fortunate position – realising a dream on two wheels...