Ross Smith Alkureishi

Ross Smith Alkureishi

Drive-My senior editor

Write on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 Published in Test Drive

1970s Best buys 10 great sports cars to snap up this spring from just £5000. Seventies scorchers. We sample the 10 best 1970s sports cars for under £20k. Seventies sportsters  From MGB to Porsche 914, and Lotus Seven to Corvette, which of our £20k open-tops is the best classic today? Despite the wild surge in recent years, there’s still a wealth of affordable 1970s soft-top sports cars to be had. Ross Alkureishi puts 10 of the best £5- 20,000 options to the test. Photography Tony Baker.

Write on Monday, 06 March 2017 Published in Test Drive

Lamborghini Silhouette. Hitting the road in a rare roadster. With just 53 made – only one in this colour – the Lamborghini Silhouette forever lived in the Countach’s shadow. We plot a multi-textured test route to see if it deserves a fairer share of the limelight. Words Ross Alkureishi. Photography Charlie Magee.  Out of the Shadows After years of being outshone by the Countach, it’s time for the Lamborghini Silhouette to be given some limelight of its own Laying down rubber in the lesser-loved Lamborghini that was designed around its tyre dimensions.

Write on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 Published in Test Drive

Pure Porsche – style and speed every sensational 356 tested: from Pre-A to C. Porsches amazing 356 hits the street. Stuttgart sensation from Pre-A to C we drive each variant of Porsches stunnig 356. Porsches Miracle. The sublime 356 defied post-war privations and family incarceration to reach production Ross Alkureishi samples the full set. Photography Tony Baker.

Write on Thursday, 26 January 2017 Published in Test Drive

Thunder heart and light of foot Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada. Bizzarrini Strada unleashed after a 27-year slumber. Expect to draw big crowds when you drive a Bizzarrini. This spectacular Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada has been out of sight for nearly three decades. As it wakes from its slumber we climb in for an eye-opening drive. Words Ross Alkureishi. Photography Laurens Parsons. Bizzarrini The short-lived 5300GT Strada was born out of a passion for racing and is a spectacular road car. We drive the Italian supermodel with a thumping American heart.

Write on Monday, 24 October 2016 Published in Test Drive

Getting back on track: tintop rivals from BMW, Volvo and Alfa. BTCC 1994 revisited Roadgoing racers lock horns again. Win on Sunday... …sell on Monday: the old adage was spot-on in the case of the 1994 British Touring Car Championship. Ross Alkureishi compares Alfa-Romeo 155, BMW 318iS Coupe 3 Series E36 and Volvo 850. Photography Tony Baker/LAT.

Write on Saturday, 01 October 2016 Published in Test Drive

The List Reader Ian Burnett’s first car was a Triumph Stag but he’s always longed to drive a Lotus Europa. How does a tweaked S2 stack up for a man used to driving Formula Ford racers?    I’d want to show it off at every opportunity. Ian Burnett loves Formula Ford racers but has always dreamed of driving a Lotus Europa. We get him into the low-slung driver’s seat of a modified twin-carb S2 to see how it measures up. Words Ross Alkureishi. Photography Charlie Magee.

Write on Thursday, 22 September 2016 Published in Test Drive

The Hot 30 Five market experts reveal the classics they believe are set to rise in value, from the Jaguar XJ-S, Ford Escort RS2000 MkI and Jensen Interceptor, to the Renault Alpine A110 and Ferrari 308 – plus 25 other sizzlers. Take your pick – clockwise from the front: Jaguar XJ-S, Ford Escort RS2000 MkI, Renault Alpine A110, Ferrari 308, Jensen Interceptor MkI.  Five experts tip the cars set to rise – sizzlers from £4.5-500k. ‘Each of our experts has tipped six cars across our price categories that still have scope for growth’  With so many classics having multiplied in value, we asked five market experts to pick the next wave of growers. Words Ross Alkureishi. Photography Charlie Magee.

Write on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 Published in Test Drive

Droptops For Drivers. Eight future risers from £1k-£40k to savour now. Fancy the wind in your hair, and want to make it a Modern Classic? Roofless people. It's summer, so it's time to go topless. These choices between £1k and £40k won't interfere with your need enjoy the drive. Real drivers love it topless – we show you the most exciting £1k-£40k options. From £1000 to £40k, you'll find the perfect convertible for you. Words: Ross Alkureishi. Photography: Charlie McGee.

Write on Sunday, 28 August 2016 Published in Test Drive

The greatest hot hatch of the 1990s? We put the Peugeot 306 GTI-6 up against its rivals. Why 1990s beats ’80s How Peugeot’s £2k 306 GTI-6 rewrites hot hatch history… Great pretenders. Six brilliant hot hatches that prove the 1990s were a golden era in affordable performance cars. And they remain so to this day.  Peugeot 306GTi-6 20th Anniversary. The Peugeot 306 GTI-6 hits 20. Time to take a fresh look at the cream of the 1990s hot hatch crop – are these the real champs? Words: Ross Alkureishi. Photos: Laurens Parsons.

Write on Monday, 01 August 2016 Published in Test Drive

The Pilgrimage. Great drives to meet marque gurus 1961 Jaguar E-type. The snaking A-roads and high-speed blasts are stunning. We try out Jaguar restorer CMC’s 100-mile test-route in its freshly rebuilt E-type coupé, then get to see what goes on behind the workshops’ roller shutter doors. Words Ross Alkureishi. Photography Jonathan Jacob.

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