From vintage-inspired driving goggles to Savile Row tailoring, clothing has become a defining feature of vintage car events. When the historic motoring season kicks off with Goodwood's 72nd members' meeting — the first since 1966 — enthusiasts will be showing off their wardrobes as well as their wheels. "I like my cars to be well turned-out and what I wear to drive has got to be right, too," says Ben Cussons of the Royal Automobile Club, who will be driving his C-Type 1952 Jaguar.
When I am looking for a car to restore, race or rescue, I sort through a list of important things to look for and the dollar cost of a car with or without certain mechanical, cosmetic and general service items addressed. This is based on real experience earned in buying and selling several dozen 944s. The reality is that a well-sorted NA costs $5,000 and up, and Turbos are twice as much. As I sit here flipping through FSBO ads, I thought it would be cool to put my own tips and theories into practice and walk you through what I have encountered in the very car that's on the lift in my shop today.
Lotus are on the verge of breaking into the top ten on merit, despite their torrid start to the 2014 season, according to the team's technical director Nick Chester. The Enstone-based squad have been consigned to competing at the back of the field in the opening three Grands Prix, with neither Romain Grosjean nor Pastor Maldonado starting from higher than 15th on the grid. The Renault-powered E22 has only made it to the cheered flag once, in Grosjean's hands in Malaysia, though his 11th place finish was achieved in part by seven retirements during the race.