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    Like The First Time

    For this reason and that, I’d sort of fallen out of love with rallying. I can’t quite put my finger on why. Busy with work I suppose, and busy with other things in life. It’s been a while since I’ve set an alarm for 5am to go and spectate at some far-flung event. I’m ashamed to say that I...

    Forza Gilles

    I’d heard of Jacques Villeneuve. Of course I had. Watching RTE’s Formula 1 coverage in the 1990s, you were never more than a few seconds away from one of Peter Collins’ excited utterings proclaiming the young Canadian as the best thing since sliced bread, his enthusiasm tempered somewhat by David Kennedy’s calming and knowledgeable intonations. I was six years...

    Un sacré numéro

    Modern hot hatches are massively capable, but is that really the point? Maurice Malone drives a legend and finds that pace isn’t everything. Just look at this thing. Has there ever been a more perfectly shaped hot hatch? Or hatchback in general? It’s best viewed in elevation, the stubby overhangs accentuating the wheel-at-each-corner stance, the wheels themselves a piddling...

    Bad Moon Rising

    “As the Czech driver was driving, the main thought of the laptop guy was setting up the launch control in second gear or first gear… Second gear…. First gear…  And it went on for hours as I stood there.  You decide if that is relevant for winning a rally.” It’s 2005, and with Markko Märtin and Francois Duval now...