Ford Cougar (1998 – 2002) 2.5 V6 24V 3d. Part 2: Paradise City

A few months ago the latest car to grace the car park here at MotorMartin Towers arrived, looking rather wonderful resplendent in it’s faded, battered and bruised, classic Ford blue paintwork. The history of Ford’s attempts to recreate the popularity of their legendary Capri have already been covered in Part 1, Ford Cougar (1998 – 2002) 2.5 V6 24V 3d: Dreams Should Never Die and are interesting to say the least but this series is to be about the Cougar itself and the ownership experience of a modern classic, rather than it’s place in Ford’s illustrious history. First impressions are … Continue reading Ford Cougar (1998 – 2002) 2.5 V6 24V 3d. Part 2: Paradise City

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News: MAZDA TEAM JOEST SHOWS SPEED AND TESTS ENDURANCE AT TOUGH DAYTONA 24 HOURS

With the #MotorMartinRacing team getting up to speed in time for the new season of racing news has arrived that the Mazda RT24-Ps of Mazda Motorsports demonstrated a major leap forward in competitiveness at Daytona International Speedway recently, but unfortunately both cars retired before the finish of the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the first round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Mazda Motorsports have shared with MotorMartin that the heavily-revised RT24-P’s showed their increased speed throughout the week at Daytona. Rene Rast led the first practice in the No. 77 Castrol/ModSpace Mazda RT24-P that he shared with Tristan … Continue reading News: MAZDA TEAM JOEST SHOWS SPEED AND TESTS ENDURANCE AT TOUGH DAYTONA 24 HOURS

News: MOTORCYCLE LIVE ORGANISERS ANNOUNCE 2017 SHOW AWARDS AS VOTED BY VISITORS

The organisers of Motorcycle Live have announced to MotorMartin the winners of the 2017 show awards, based solely on feedback from the visiting public. Kawasaki Motors UK, Triumph Motorcycles, Infinity Motorcycles and Suzuki GB all collected accolades for their efforts at the annual event, which took place at The NEC, Birmingham last November. Kawasaki Motors UK was awarded Best Manufacturer Stand for its innovative design, which was based around the concept of the “ultimate Kawasaki showroom”. The stand drew inspiration from the past with its retro-themed area, while also looking to the future with a focus on Kawasaki’s cutting edge … Continue reading News: MOTORCYCLE LIVE ORGANISERS ANNOUNCE 2017 SHOW AWARDS AS VOTED BY VISITORS

News: McLAREN SUPERCAR ROARS IN AS NEW BEAULIEU EXHIBIT

It’s been shared with MotorMartin recently that every supercar fan’s dream, the 2016 McLaren MSO HS is a new arrival which has roared into the National Motor Museum to go on show at Beaulieu. One of only 25 built, the very special McLaren boasts an exceptional turn of speed, stunning styling and masses of horsepower making it a guaranteed design classic. Each MSO HS was built to its own unique specification by the McLaren Special Operations division, to suit its owner. The MSO HS that has parked up at Beaulieu is number seven of this limited production run, made all … Continue reading News: McLAREN SUPERCAR ROARS IN AS NEW BEAULIEU EXHIBIT

News: PRESS LAUNCH XR3 AMONGST RARITIES AT BARONS’ CLASSIC WINTER WARMER

With Spring not too far on the horizon, many enthusiasts’ thoughts turn to their next classic car. Happily, Barons had a fantastic range on offer at its Classic Winter Warmer sale at Sandown Park on February 27, including the oldest Ford Escort XR3 in the UK, a hugely rewarding E-type restoration project and a host of other interesting cars, from high-end sports cars to starter classics, including a 1989 Jaguar XJS with just 2,600 miles on the clock, and even a Green Goddess fire engine. Marvellous. It’s been explained to MotorMartin that, one of just three remaining original pre-production press … Continue reading News: PRESS LAUNCH XR3 AMONGST RARITIES AT BARONS’ CLASSIC WINTER WARMER

News: SUZULIGHT – SUZUKI’S VERY FIRST CAR

#MotorMartinClassics has been rather excited by the following information shared by Suzuki recently regarding an important moment in their history. Back in 1954, Suzuki Motor Company Limited was formed and Michio Suzuki designed and developed his first Automobile together with his young engineering team, many of whom were in their twenties. Using Suzuki’s ‘Yaramaika’ spirit, (translated as ‘Let’s do it’) which was deep in the root of the Enshu region where Suzuki originated together with his determination to drive forward, Michio quickly began researching vehicles produced overseas, gaining a wealth of knowledge to build the first Suzuki car, known as … Continue reading News: SUZULIGHT – SUZUKI’S VERY FIRST CAR

News: THE LISTER MOTOR COMPANY RECEIVES £3.1 MILLION WORTH OF ORDERS WITHIN 24 HOURS OF ANNOUNCING ITS 200 MPH+ THUNDER

Following The Lister Motor Company’s recent announcement of the fastest, most powerful and luxurious car it has ever built in 65-years – the 666 bhp Thunder supercar – the legendary Cambridge-based marque has been inundated with interest, with a rather incredible £3.1million-worth of orders for the model received within the first 24 hours of model’s announcement. With 22 keen customer orders already placed for the Thunder, priced from £139,950, in less than 24 hours, this bespoke model has already become the fastest-selling new Lister in the specialist sports car maker’s 65-year history. Commenting on the positive early reception to the … Continue reading News: THE LISTER MOTOR COMPANY RECEIVES £3.1 MILLION WORTH OF ORDERS WITHIN 24 HOURS OF ANNOUNCING ITS 200 MPH+ THUNDER

News: ORDERS OPEN FOR THE NEW FIAT TIPO S-DESIGN

Fiat have shared with MotorMartin recently that their popular and stylish Fiat Tipo range is expanding to include the new S-Design, a car dedicated to drivers who don’t want to compromise on style or substance. Available in hatchback and station wagon versions, Fiat day that the new S-Design dials up the sporty styling without compromising the classic Tipo qualities of roominess, functionality and flexibility. This new version is immediately recognisable thanks to its distinctive wide grille with glossy black trim, which continue around the edges of the fog lights and on the mirror caps. It also encases the Bi-Xenon headlights, … Continue reading News: ORDERS OPEN FOR THE NEW FIAT TIPO S-DESIGN

News: MG NAMED UK’S BEST PERFORMING CAR BRAND

MG Motor UK has announced to MotorMartin an exceptional January for sales, reporting a total of 475 vehicle registrations in January –  a staggering 130% increase compared to the same period in 2017 and worthy of a MotorMartin well done. Rather impressively and despite a market downturn of 6.3%, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), MG has successfully bucked the trend becoming the UK’s best performing car brand in January. The Longbridge-based company, which concluded 2017 with a year-on-year registration increase of around 6%, looks on course for a successful 2018, despite challenging … Continue reading News: MG NAMED UK’S BEST PERFORMING CAR BRAND

News: SPECIAL CAMP JEEP® WITH PREVIEW OF THE ALL-NEW JEEP WRANGLER

The fifth annual Camp Jeep® (who thought of that one?) event – the once-a-year gathering of the Jeep Owners Group (JOG) and fans of the brand from across Europe – will take place on 14-15 July to celebrate the arrival of the all-new Jeep Wrangler. Packed with excitement, activities and entertainment, the thrilling two-day event, Jeep say, will be a very special occasion as it will give Jeep enthusiasts a first chance to get up close to the new generation Wrangler and put it through its paces on challenging off-road routes. It’s been shared with MotorMartin that, first revealed to … Continue reading News: SPECIAL CAMP JEEP® WITH PREVIEW OF THE ALL-NEW JEEP WRANGLER