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Richard Meaden
A motoring journalist and racer for over 20 years, Dickie is one of the founder members of the evo team, a former editor, and current columnist. He made his race debut in 1993, and since then has raced in various one-make series with Ginetta, Vauxhall, Renault and Porsche, and has competed in the Nürburgring 24 Hours since 2006. In 2007 and 2008 Dickie competed in Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and in 2011 set a new world record for a production sedan at Bonneville Speed Week… in Skoda Octavia vRS. The speed? 227.08 mph. Yes, honestly.
Ferrari Roma v Lexus LC500 v Bentley Continental GT V8 v Aston Martin DB11 AMR
Ferrari Roma v Lexus LC500 v Bentley Continental GT V8 v Aston Martin DB11 AMR
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Ferrari Roma v Lexus LC500 v Bentley Continental GT V8 v Aston Martin DB11 AMR

Ferrari’s brilliant Roma is built for long drives on epic roads, so that’s where we’re heading, with a Bentley, Aston and Lexus for company. Which is …
3 Jun 2022
‘There’s something joyful and juvenile about crate-engine culture’
Dickie Meaden opinion
opinion

‘There’s something joyful and juvenile about crate-engine culture’

Why is it only US car makers who offer crate engines, asks Meaden
31 May 2022
My Life & Cars – David Richards, Chairman, Prodrive
David Richards Prodrive Life & Cars
Features

My Life & Cars – David Richards, Chairman, Prodrive

From co-driving for Ari Vatanen to his decades of motorsport campaigns with Prodrive, David Richards talks about his past, present and future in the w…
26 May 2022
Porsche 718 GT4 ePerformance 2022 review – the electric racer you'll want to watch
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Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

Porsche 718 GT4 ePerformance 2022 review – the electric racer you'll want to watch

Porsche's new all-electric one-make racer is a looking glass into the future of the electric performance car
16 May 2022
Corvette Z06 v Exige Cup v GT3 RS v Noble M400 – battle of the road-racers
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Corvette Z06 v Exige Cup v GT3 RS v Noble M400 – battle of the road-racers

This group test was first published in evo 89 back in 2006, where we put the then-new Corvette ZO6 against three deadly European rivals
8 May 2022

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Aston Martin Vantage V600 v Aston Martin Vantage GT8 – limited-run Astons go head-to-head
Aston Martin Vantage V600 v Aston Martin Vantage GT8
Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin Vantage V600 v Aston Martin Vantage GT8 – limited-run Astons go head-to-head

Coming from very different approaches, the GT8 and ultra-rare V600 took Aston Martin’s previous-generation Vantage to different extremes
25 Apr 2022
‘Tesla's yoke is a deliberate poke in the eye to people like us’
Tesla Model S yoke
Tesla

‘Tesla's yoke is a deliberate poke in the eye to people like us’

Reinventing the (steering) wheel is a delicate business, explains Meaden
12 Apr 2022
Bamford X Bishops Heritage Limited Edition Range Rover 2022 review
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Land Rover

Bamford X Bishops Heritage Limited Edition Range Rover 2022 review

This classic Range Rover is the latest to get the restomod treatment, thanks to a special collaboration between Bamford and Bishops Heritage
27 Mar 2022
2022 hot hatchback battle: superminis
2022 hot hatchback battle superminis
Superminis

2022 hot hatchback battle: superminis

(Long read): For the second of our series of shoot‑outs to determine the best hot hatch on sale, it’s the turn of the superminis. So which will be our…
26 Mar 2022
Final Lotus Elise delivered to Elisa Artioli
Final Lotus Elise delivered
Lotus Elise

Final Lotus Elise delivered to Elisa Artioli

The last Lotus Elise has rolled out of the Hethel gates and into the hands of the very person that inspired its name
4 Mar 2022
'I've discovered that a love of old tractors is a guilty pleasure concealed by lots of car people'
Dickie Meaden opinion
Opinion

'I've discovered that a love of old tractors is a guilty pleasure concealed by lots of car people'

Meaden’s looking forward to life in the slow lane with his next purchase
1 Mar 2022
McLaren 600LT Spider v Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante – open conflict
Aston Martin DBS leading McLaren 600LT
Features

McLaren 600LT Spider v Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante – open conflict

McLaren’s 600LT Spider and Aston Martin’s DBS Superleggera Volante take very different approaches to the drop-top supercar formula. But is one necessa…
28 Feb 2022
'Sounds have left imprints on my memory every bit as vivid as anything I've seen'
Dickie Meaden opinion
Opinion

'Sounds have left imprints on my memory every bit as vivid as anything I've seen'

The sounds of internal combustion will be greatly missed, says Meaden
18 Jan 2022
Ferrari SF90 Stradale 2022 review – driving the game-changing 987bhp hybrid flagship
Ferrari SF90 eCoty – front slide
Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Ferrari SF90 Stradale 2022 review – driving the game-changing 987bhp hybrid flagship

LaFerrari pace and tech for a third of the price
5 Jan 2022
Driving an Aston Martin DB5 James Bond stunt car
Aston Martin DB5 stunt car
Aston Martin

Driving an Aston Martin DB5 James Bond stunt car

When is an Aston not an Aston? When it’s a DB5 fresh from the set of No Time To Die. Don’t break it, Meaden…
3 Jan 2022
'I always feel a fizz excitement at putting a car key in my pocket, walking outside and driving away'
Dickie Meaden opinion
Opinion

'I always feel a fizz excitement at putting a car key in my pocket, walking outside and driving away'

Meaden might think he’d fallen out of love with cars, but for one thing…
7 Dec 2021
My Life & Cars – Chris Ward, Historic racing driver
Chris Ward Life in cars
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My Life & Cars – Chris Ward, Historic racing driver

From a young age Chris Ward was surrounded by the world of motorsport. Here he reveals how he got into racing cars, via motocross, and his love of his…
19 Nov 2021
'It's saddening to see the Countach name applied to such a cynical exercise'
Dickie Meaden opinion
Lamborghini

'It's saddening to see the Countach name applied to such a cynical exercise'

Lamborghini’s ‘homage’ to the Countach sees Meaden in reflective mood
26 Oct 2021
'Kei-cars like the super-sexy Honda Beat remain some of the most joyous road cars ever made'
Dickie Meaden opinion
Opinion

'Kei-cars like the super-sexy Honda Beat remain some of the most joyous road cars ever made'

What we need right now, says Meaden, is a kei-style framework for sports cars
28 Sep 2021
Prodrive Hunter review – behind the wheel of a rally raid monster
Prodrive Hunter
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Prodrive Hunter review – behind the wheel of a rally raid monster

Don't be fooled by its odd looks, the Prodrive Hunter is a truly impressive loose surface machine. We've experienced it first hand
25 Sep 2021
'Every empty-headed EV start-up feels compelled to build a 2000bhp hypercar'
Dickie Meaden opinion
Lotus

'Every empty-headed EV start-up feels compelled to build a 2000bhp hypercar'

In a world gone power-mad, we need the next Elise more than ever, says Meaden
17 Aug 2021
'Do brands who have gone all-in on EV risk waking up and wondering what the hell they've done?'
Dickie Meaden opinion
Opinion

'Do brands who have gone all-in on EV risk waking up and wondering what the hell they've done?'

Meaden’s warming to EVs, but he isn’t convinced they’re the only way forward
6 Jul 2021
Treating cars as investments comes with a price of its own, reckons Meaden
Dickie Meaden opinion
Opinion

Treating cars as investments comes with a price of its own, reckons Meaden

'We're blinding ourselves to quirky or characterful cars that are genuinely affordable'
25 May 2021
McLaren 620R v Porsche 911 GT3 RS – Woking tackles Stuttgart's best
McLaren 620R v Porsche 911 GT3 RS
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McLaren 620R v Porsche 911 GT3 RS – Woking tackles Stuttgart's best

McLaren’s 620R wants a seat at the road racer top table. To earn it, it has to compete with the very best in the class. Bring on Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS…
23 May 2021
Bentley Continental GT V8 v Aston Martin Vantage – front-engined supercoupes go head-to-head
Bentley Continental GT V8 and Aston Martin Vantage
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Bentley Continental GT V8 v Aston Martin Vantage – front-engined supercoupes go head-to-head

The latest Bentley Continental GT V8 and Aston Martin Vantage offer two different takes on the front-engined supercoupe formula. But which should you …
17 Apr 2021
'In a moment of white-hot clarity my brain calculated McRae would be apexing precisely where we were standing'
Dickie Meaden opinion
Subaru

'In a moment of white-hot clarity my brain calculated McRae would be apexing precisely where we were standing'

How a close encounter with Colin McRae left a lasting Impreza impression
14 Apr 2021
'Electric cars may herald the sound of silence, but that brings with it a unique advantage'
Dickie Meaden opinion
Opinion

'Electric cars may herald the sound of silence, but that brings with it a unique advantage'

Increased listening pleasure is one of the few upsides Dickie can see to the proposed shift to all-electric power
30 Mar 2021
'I'll reserve the right to have one of Miki Biasion's Martini-liveried Delta HF Integrales'
Dickie Meaden opinion
Opinion

'I'll reserve the right to have one of Miki Biasion's Martini-liveried Delta HF Integrales'

Meaden’s thought up a new twist for the classic three car garage game
2 Feb 2021
Singer Vehicle Design All-Terrain Competition Study revealed
Singer Vehicle Design ACS - beach
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Singer Vehicle Design All-Terrain Competition Study revealed

Singer ACS to channel Porsche’s rally raid heritage in homage to 953 and 959 Safari
5 Jan 2021
Aston Martin Rapide S v Aston Martin Lagonda
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Aston Martin

Aston Martin Rapide S v Aston Martin Lagonda

We compare Aston’s four-door saloon, the Rapide S, with its 1970s predecessor, the weird and rather wonderful Lagonda
6 Dec 2020
'Now, more than ever, we should draw on our collective love of cars and driving'
Dickie Meaden opinion
Opinion

'Now, more than ever, we should draw on our collective love of cars and driving'

I can't wait to be sitting in a bloody great traffic jam, surrounded by humanity
17 Nov 2020
History of the Porsche 911 GT3 – driving the original 20 years on
Porsche 911 GT3

History of the Porsche 911 GT3 – driving the original 20 years on

Getting the green light for the original 911 GT3 was something of a miracle. This is the story of how it happened, and how that same car drives twenty…
7 Nov 2020
Behind the wheel of the Bentley Continental GT3
Bentley Continental GT

Behind the wheel of the Bentley Continental GT3

Bentley’s Continental GT3 has proved an unlikely force to be reckoned with on race circuits around the world. Now there’s a new, improved version, and…
1 Nov 2020
'The thought that I could well have been to my last Geneva motor show is decidedly sad'
Opinion

'The thought that I could well have been to my last Geneva motor show is decidedly sad'

The car world will be a less colourful place if motor shows are driven to extinction
9 Sep 2020