OK here’s some interesting numbers. 2,000 rpm, 8th gear (yes, 8th), 95 mph, 41mpg.That’s the complete recipe for pan-European progress in the Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0 turbo diesel. I’m impressed and the more I drive it, the more I’m smitten. Not just by it’s looks, as I think it’a one of the best looking sports-estate cars out there right now, but by it’s combination of relaxed motorway cruising ability and it’s almost Jeckle and Hyde like ability to transform into a very agile cross country … [Read more...] about Stealth Fighter – Driving the Jaguar XF Sportbrake
The Historic Racer Project
The Historic Racer Project was a website that I created and edited for several years.
However, Historic Racer has not died. Many people still enjoy reading the features I created, so they remain right here and I'll be adding more.
The Historic Racer ethos remains - writing passionately about the things I care about. I figure you feel the same way.
Anyone with a passion for aviation will have head the tale of the Royal Air Force ground technician who accidentally took off in an English Electric Lightning after an error on what was supposed to be a ground engine run. It's a story I've heard recounted at various times across the years, but this is the first time I've read the account from the horses mouth, as it were. The account has been widely published across the internet, but we make no apology for running the story here, as it's a … [Read more...] about The Accidental Fighter Pilot
As the bright blue car burbled it's way into the distance, the exhaust was still set as I left it, popping and crackling in Dynamic Mode, the carbon blade rear wing slowly getting smaller, my driving licence heaved a sigh of relief in my wallet. My Shell points card, of course, was sad to see the XKR-S depart, but my pink licence had grown grey hair and crows feet over the last seven days undertaking the Jaguar XKRS review. The horns on my head slowly disappeared and my forked tail fell off. … [Read more...] about Mr Blue Sky – Jaguar XKR-S Driven
Steady rain is dripping down my neck as I swing the buckle of the ratchet strap over centre to release it. The webbing is soaked and dirty from the road spray it's collected en-route to the track and I can feel the water being expelled between my fingers as I pull the reluctant, rain swollen strap through the slot, the final part flicking up past my face, spitting more dirty road water down my cheek. I love it when that happens. The rest of the straps are now undone and the Frazer Nash is … [Read more...] about The 1935 Elektron Frazer Nash Racer on Track
It's March 2006, Orebro, Sweden. A bright sunny, early spring day, but very cold. The nearby lakes still frozen over, with only the beginnings of a thaw. I'm in Sweden with Andy McKenna, in the embryonic stages of what will one day become a premier winter ice driving company. We're looking for infrastructure and frozen lakes, but today we've taken an hour or so off our quest to find a location in the suburbs of Orebro that we've wanted to see for some time. A tourist map marks it loud and … [Read more...] about In Memory of Superswede
For those of us of a certain age, the phrase RAC Rally stirs emotions. Memories of misty cold November days spent walking into a forest, Ordnance Survey map folded to the correct Special Stage and stashed in a rucksack alongside a Thermos flask and some Mars Bars. Then arriving at your chosen vantage point to find it wall to wall with people who all had the same idea, the crowd murmuring in anticipation, the occasional fart ringing out to be congratulated by colleagues. As dusk falls, the … [Read more...] about The Real RAC Rally – That’s Roger Albert Clark To You…