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Tricks of the trade

Pay attention to professionals, take notes, save money. Your first car is always a blessing, even during those moments when it feels like a curse. Mine was a ‘one careful owner’ Mk1 VW Golf. The freedom of personal mobility it offered was a constant source of joy … until it caught fire. This happened

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Grave new world

“The future is big data, anti-heroes, and bedrooms on the freeway,” says Wayne Batty. It is a bird, it is a plane; no, it is Superman. Delivered with giddy levels of 1978 Hollywood melodrama, you can feel the optimism. Superman, with its message of justice and hope, resonated with an audience looking

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Learning to drive

It matters little how you learned to drive, Judgement day, aka the driving test, remains the great leveller. Whether you have been drifting the Blomqvist family Saab since you were eight years old, or you have only had a few sweaty-palmed driving school lessons in a Toyota Tazz, nothing prepares

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Who killed the sedan?

Wayne Batty reckons it is a casualty of excessive choice. If you owned a Nintendo Game & Watch **Fire** device in the early 1980s, your childhood was probably awesome. Controlling two trampoline-wielding firemen in a bid to bounce evermore frequent jumpers from a burning building into an ambulance seemed the best way

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The Grande Tour

Three Saffers take a British car from its German home on an Italian jaunt. … Preparing for our first European road-trip involves a frantic search for discounted plane tickets and blind faith in Booking.com. Five days, four nights equals hand luggage for me, but wife and daughter appear ready to emigrate. I

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Unbridled excess

The first time man realised a horse could be ridden, be assured he also quickly felt the need in his nethers for increased ride comfort. Enter the padded saddle, a welcome boon to his favourite pastimes, namely, exploration and war. Not only could he lord it over pedestrians – sorry, infantry –

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