After a few miles breaking myself in gently with Aston Martin’s new 211mph flagship super grand tourer, I judged on a nice long straight stretch of beautifully smooth road that the time was right to open her up.
Pressing down hard on the accelerator of the new £225,000 DBS Superleggera, I felt a surge of jet-like G-force push me back into the sportily supportive seat as two words shot involuntarily from my mouth. One of them is unrepeatable in family circles.
For bless me, it really is fast.
Vintage vehicle fan Peter Waller, now 85, diving his ERA R9B at the Prescott HillClimb in the Seventies
This weekend, about 250 pre-war racing and sports cars — including MGs, Bentleys, Bugattis, Austins, Alvises and ERAs — take on the steep 880-yard course at Gotherington, Glos.
Tickets at the gate £25 per day, £40 for the weekend. Under 16s free. Visit vsccprescott.co.uk
Demise of diesel hastened by ‘political confusion’
Diesel’s death is premature but its demise has been hastened by politicians ‘sowing the seeds of confusion’.
Mike Hawes, of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said reports that diesel and petrol cars would be banned by 2040 were harmful — and it took ministers a year to clarify that electrified hybrids wouldn’t be affected