While The Mini is Seen as a Modernist Masterpiece, The Minor is a Thatched Tudor Cottage’

By Mark Walton, The Incurable Enthusiast

WHO REMEMBERS Exchange and Mart? It does still exist as a website, though as a household name it’s been usurped by the likes of eBay and Auto Trader. My dad was a car enthusiast before me, and he used to buy Exchange and Mart every week, to thumb its densely packed pages (no pictures!) in search of cars. Consequently, I grew up driving all sorts of old dross that would come and go on the farm: an Austin Champ, a Peugeot 304, a Mini pick-up, a Mk1 Polo, a Jaguar 420G… eclectic, eccentric and always cheap.

Mercedes, Gavin Green, The Voice of Experience

By Gavin Green, The Voice of Experience

HEY MERCEDES! It seems puerile – don’t you think? – to slip behind the wheel of a car wearing the three-pointed star, probably still the most distinguished badge in motoring, and say ‘Hi’ to your Mercedes-Benz.

Does Lewis Hamilton salute his F1 W09 racer with ‘Hey Mercedes’? Did Moss have a natter with his 300 SLR before the ’55 Mille Miglia? I have owned five sturdy Benz estates – a breed of car I like – and I have never spoken to any of them. We have happily communicated by touch, not speech.

A NEW RACES INTO the F1 season, and already there are rumours about drivers getting dropped or replaced. Williams has had a dreadful season and Sirotkin is looking vulnerable; Stoffel Vandoorne lacks raw pace and is permanently in Alonso's shadow; and that youngster, Max Verstappen, surely he's going to get sacked by Red Bull. He's useless.


By Mark Walton

A NEW RACES INTO the F1 season, and already there are rumours about drivers getting dropped or replaced. Williams has had a dreadful season and Sirotkin is looking vulnerable; Stoffel Vandoorne lacks raw pace and is permanently in Alonso's shadow; and that youngster, Max Verstappen, surely he's going to get sacked by Red Bull. He's useless.  

ONCE, I WAS a professional mechanic. In my twenties, after earning a university degree in English Literature. After months of searching, I hadn't found a job in my chosen field that would simultaneously fund both rent and cheap soup, because that is how literature degrees work. So I started working on cars for a living. I was good at it, in the sense that I repaired things. I was also terrible at it, in the sense that I was slower than uphill mud.

By Sam Smith*

ONCE, I WAS a professional mechanic. In my twenties, after earning a university degree in English Literature. After months of searching, I hadn't found a job in my chosen field that would simultaneously fund both rent and cheap soup, because that is how literature degrees work. So I started working on cars for a living. I was good at it, in the sense that I repaired things. I was also terrible at it, in the sense that I was slower than uphill mud.  

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