Features - by Ben Barry

  • My first race and my biggest crash, on video

    09 June 2008 by Ben Barry

    For a baptism of fire, it was biblically wet. I’d been invited to pop my racing cherry in a Jetta TSI at the VW Racing Cup, Rockingham and everything was starting to go horribly wrong. First, the...

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  • How Derek Bell made me physically sick

    28 April 2008 by Ben Barry

    An old-age pensioner gave me the biggest adrenaline rush of my life the other day. No, not some myopic relative with a Metro stuck in ‘R’ and their foot stuck to the floor. I’m talking about multiple...

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  • Why Brits slate Lewis Hamilton

    01 October 2007 by Ben Barry

    He's set to achieve our wildest dreams, so what's with the cheap digs, asks Ben Barry The British always like to cut people down to size. That’s why, even as a UK driver is set to clinch the Formula 1...

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  • What F1 stars do the night before a race

    12 July 2007 by Ben Barry

    Ever wondered what F1 stars do the night before a big race? Ben Barry joins Honda's F1 team Last Saturday evening I had the most surreal experience of my career on CAR. Invited to Silverstone for an...

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  • Tata's vision for a greener India

    03 June 2007 by Ben Barry

    Ben Barry applauds Tata's shift from cheap 'n' cheerful to cheap 'n' green While the alternative energy debate has been gathering momentum over the last couple of years in Europe and North America,...

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  • My first Ferrari drive - in a 456

    03 May 2007 by Ben Barry

    Popping your Ferrari virginity is fraught with the risk of disappointment, says Ben Barry Two weeks ago I'd never driven a Ferrari. I'd had the F40 poster on the wall, played Outrun with a Testarossa,...

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  • Why I don't trust customer surveys

    24 April 2007 by Ben Barry

    Customer surveys throw up some odd results, finds Ben Barry Don't know about you but I'm incredibly suspicious of reader-voted 'best car' awards. Seems that drivers of underdog cars are determined for...

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  • Why Touring Cars beat F1 hands-down

    02 April 2007 by Ben Barry

    Forget Formula One. Touring Cars is where the action's at, says Ben Barry Just back from Brands Hatch after watching the British Touring Car Championship. What a day – three races packed with some of...

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  • Too much electronic nannying in modern cars

    26 March 2007 by Ben Barry

    Safety matters, but not if seatbelt beeps drive you up the wall, says Ben Barry I’m all for not flying through the windscreen in the event of an accident, but it seems ‘bleep’ warning systems have...

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  • BMW's green engine drive

    03 June 2006 by Ben Barry

    BMW can do it all: screaming M3 engines to clever, new-tech green advances, says Ben Barry Gas guzzlers. I can’t stomach how the mainstream media are chucking this handy catch-all around at the...

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