The Tokyo Motor Show is a wonderful event, although the best thing about it this year was once again the parking lot. However, if you can escape for a bit, you might find something interesting. Like 13 Toyota 2000GTs in a hidden warehouse. And other stuff too.
It’s amazing where a bit of luck can land you. Over the last few days, I’ve found myself adrift without GPS on a sinuous bit of remote Japanese rural road, blitzing along in a Murcielago R-GT without ear protection, and the lone Westerner in a Mazda fan event numbering 1200 cars - and then Yojiro Terada broke out the…
Think the only way to come away with a trophy at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is with a fat stack of money and your best spats on? Guess again.
Want an ASBO? Here ya go.
This pair of beauties belongs to the Green brothers, both long-time BC Hot Rod Association members. One has 3,000kms on the clock, the other has 40,000kms. There’s a reason for this, and one you should pay attention to.
Two days after driving this thing, I had a McLaren 650S for a day. A friend asked what it was like. “Pretty fast,” I replied, “But it’s no AZ-1.”
Like many gearhead fathers, I dread the coming day when the wall goes up. And it’s not just the teen years either - cars and coffee has a tough time competing with Minecraft. Happily there is a solution. A Defender, in fact.
Flat out over crest! ...is somewhat different when you’ve only got 25 horsepower at your disposal. But don’t worry: with four tuna-can-sized drum brakes, we’ll probably crash into a tree and die anyway! Huzzah!
Sometime it’s not just about what a car is, it’s what it represents. Even just sitting there, machines project the potential for speed, for escape, for the journey. The Delica? Your ultimate adventure vehicle.
Rumour has it, there’s a barge-load of postwar Czechoslovakian machinery beneath the waves of the Strait of Georgia near Vancouver. I went looking for the story.
You know your dad isn’t forever, right? I remember the first time I realized he wouldn’t always be there - a sudden drop in weight thanks to a hyperactive thyroid thinned Dad out, made him seem less substantial. He bounced back of course, but it shook me up for a while. He was always just there, the rock, the oak, the…
The legendary Rb26 straight-six powertrain. ATTESA all-wheel-drive. A redline past 8000 rpm and at least 300whp. And hey, room for your dog!
Every so often you meet somebody that’s driving their dream. Here are two.
Strewth! That goosey drongo is chucking a tire in the bushes. Stone the crows! Give the bloody garbo a dose of the blueies, the carvey bloggo wobbling dingo-smuggler!
This isn’t a car - this is a stab in the face on wheels. How can this be real? And wait until you see the interior...
Remember when the Golf used to be called the Rabbit? Well, meet the Killer VW Rabbit of Caerbannog: twin-turbo, all-wheel-drive, 740hp, rip-your-head-clean-off insanity in the body of a 6th gen Golf. Run away! Run away! Somebody fetch me the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch!
This little mutt is an AMC Spirit AMX, a mini-musclecar from the late seventies with flares n’ white-lettered tires n’ a big ol’ hood decal - and a somewhat lamentable 130hp V8. Based on the Gremlin, it’s a sawed-off runt that few remember. Well you’d remember this one: it’s got a 96-inch wheelbase and a built 401ci…