Tearful and sad to wake up to the news today that we’ve lost one of our own – a dear friend, highly respected colleague, and a tremendously inspiring individual – the great Raj Warrior. Just like in this pic, my abiding memory of him will be that he was always smiling, never ever complained and remained positive no matter what. And of course such an awesome name, one that reflected his quiet composed determination to take on all odds and overcome them. A true gent, a proper car journo, and always hilarious company. Can’t believe he’s gone. Rest in peace my friend – hope you found light at the end of that wet tunnel, sorry I couldn’t be with you through this one – an in-joke, but he’ll get it, I know he will.
As I’m testing the current Honda Civic Type-R here’s the pants-soiling story of when I first drove one!
#FlashBackFriday to the first time I drove a Type-R – it was at the UK launch of the EP3 Civic Type-R in 2001 on the Isle of Man, where we got to thrash it on the TT Course with the roads closed off just for us, and Police Honda Accord Type-R sweep cars – although perhaps not quite ‘closed’ enough!
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In the 55th year of Mustang, I’m reminded of a feature I did on the 50th anniversary
This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, and I’m reminded of a feature I did for Motoring Middle East on the 50th anniversary – featuring an 1965 Ford Mustang owned by the lead pilot of the UAE aerobatic team! The full version was published on 27 April 2014: