New Cars

Kia Ceed GT – Have your cake and eat it

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Blacktopmedia Kia Ceed GT

Kia is a marque that not so long ago, were known for their uninspiring but reliable cars that appealed largely to the grey army. Certainly not a brand you would have considered when looking for a hot hatch…….until now. 10 years ago, if your hot hatch had 150bhp you were doing well. Turn the clock […]

Retro Cars

Edition38 – An event by dubbers, for dubbers

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Blacktopmedia Edition38

A few years ago we met one of the founder members of Edition38 and found ourselves on the guest list for our first E38. For those of you don’t know or have never heard of it, Edition38 is one of the most prestigious VW events on the show calendar in Europe. Edition38 was founded in […]

Sidelines

Our tame racing driver @TinTopuk’s latest adventure

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Welcome to the latest in the occasional series of articles where I (@TinTopsUK or Nicholas as my mother knows me) go racing.   Fans of my previous article will know that my first Mini Super Twos race day was a reasonable success, with a 5th and two 6th places. This modest success made me confident […]

Retro Cars

Honda Jazz, Second Hand Delight: #HondaHappening

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The Honda Jazz, now into it’s third generation, is perhaps the Honda, above all others, that defines everything good and right about their cars in the public’s eyes as it is said to represent the last word in practicality and reliability. Owners can’t get enough of the Jazz as the car works it’s charms over a […]

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Lexus GSF – A wolf in wolfs clothing

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In a world that is becoming increasingly sanitised and restrictive, the Lexus GSF is one of a handful of rebellious cars sticking two fingers up at the do-gooders. This is a good looking car. It’s not some tarted up pretender, this is a real, seasoned contender. Parked, quietly poised, it looks lean, fit and ready […]

Retro Cars

Skull & Pistons Garage #fordfrenzy

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Seeing as it’s ford week here at BlackTopMedia, i thought i’d talk about some friends of our who love their old school Fords and have some wicked stuff in their portfolio. The guys i’m talking about are Skull and Pistons Garage (S & PG). Full of rock ‘n roll attitude and style, S & PG […]

Retro Cars

#Fordfrenzy My Old XR3i

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In 1990 I was 16. I’d just read The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and On The Road by Jack Kerouac and thought of myself as some kind of deep, misunderstood, Bohemian journeyman. So, i thought I’d go on a hitchhiking road trip to find myself or something. With my bag packed […]

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Morgan Motor Cars – it’s just so British.

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I recently asked Morgan Motor Cars if it was possible to have a factory tour at their wonderful facility in ‘Malvern’. ‘Of course Morgan said, ‘we are more than happy to help out’ This was great news as it would give me the opportunity to not only see the cars still being traditionally hand built […]

Retro Cars

Be a voice not an echo.

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Stevie Basset JPS Capri Blacktopmedia

Shaun Watts is a lucky lad. His dad, Daz owns this jaw dropping, one of a kind Capri. Daz is a serial pertrolhead who has had a long string of cars including everything from a Supra to a Defender to a Z4 to a Calibra and many many more. The guy has a serious problem….in […]

New Cars

Does that car have outstanding finance?

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Back in the day, when I was in the motor trade, I sold a used Mercedes 190E to a guy, let’s call him Arthur. Arthur bought the car on finance and back then it was £7500. Everything went well. We proposed Arthur to the finance company, they did the relevant history and fraud checks and […]