09 January 2009 09:25
It was a story I’d wanted to do for years – since I first read The Right Stuff in fact. Drive a proper, big, lairy Corvette to Cape Canaveral, witness a rocket launch and spend some time on Cocoa Beach – the place where the NASA’s legendary Mercury 7 astronauts, according to Tom Wolfe, ‘would get in their cars and ...
01 January 2009 11:30
In 1959 Stanley Kramer directed a film called ‘On The Beach’ – an adaptation of the book by Nevil Shute. Set in 1964, the film depicts a doomsday scenario whereby an atomic war has rendered the northern hemisphere uninhabitable. Australia is the last country to succumb to the fallout, so with six months before the planet is poisoned the survivors ...
11 August 2008 11:58
The Ferrari F40 wasn't the first supercar I ever drove. It was in fact the third. But before you shed a tear for me, you should know the F40 was the worst supercar I’ve ever driven. Back in June 2007 we celebrated Ferrari’s 60th birthday, gathering together the company’s ten best cars. It was a stunning selection, my first chance ...
06 August 2008 10:39
With oil at $130 a barrel, petrol at £1.20 a litre, our roads traffic clogged, our police force ever more vigilant against ‘speeding’ and eco green taking over from Italian racing red as motoring’s colour of choice, whither the supercar? Well fear not, anxious reader. The supercar will be just fine. We’ve been here before. The ‘oil’ crisis of the ...
01 August 2008 10:50
My 21-month-old son already has an unhealthy obsession with all things four-wheeled: tractors and cars, lorries and trolleys. You name it, he loves it. Pushing them around the floor. Up table legs. Along beds. And you know what? His favourite mode of four-wheeled transport appears to be the supercar. I should hasten to add that I’m not forcing my son ...
01 August 2008 10:43
It’s funny how speed works. In a car designed and engineered for serious pace, anything up to 150mph feels pretty normal. Driving to Waitrose normal. Calm and controlled, as you lap the Millbrook bowl on the 155mph limiter. Pass that mark however, and everything goes into fast forward. You’re suddenly made aware that you are travelling very briskly indeed. The ...
30 July 2008 08:30
No messing around in the is-it-isn’t-it-a-supercar middle ground for me. When it came to popping my supercar cherry, I went straight for the Ferrari Enzo. You can’t argue with an Enzo. It’s rear-wheel drive, there are 12-cylinders mounted behind the driver, it’s from Maranello, it’s mega rare and hugely expensive. It is definitely a supercar. Think about driving an Enzo ...
30 July 2008 08:30
Fate has never had a clumsier moment than when it decided that I should be the first journalist in the world to drive the €1m Lamborghini Reventon. At the time it was the only finished example in existence and it had already been sold. So no pressure. Scary enough for a skilled supercar pilot such as our own Chris Chilton, ...
11 July 2008 15:19
‘Okay, light them up!’ Queue to drive up the famous Goodwood hill at the Festival of Speed and, just before the start line, you’ll find yourself in the tyre-warming area. Great if you’re in a rear-wheel drive car. Not so great if you’re in the four-wheel drive Nissan GT-R. The marshall clearly doesn’t understand and clearly thinks I’m a pussy ...
Will supercars survive ask Gavin GreenBy Gavin Green Crashing on the Lamborghini Reventon launch...By Greg Fountain Popping my supercar cherry in a Ferrari EnzoBy Ben Barry Why little boys love supercarsBy Tim Pollard Doing 200mph for the first timeBy Ben Whitworth
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- 10 July 2008