James Elliott

James Elliott

Write on Friday, 07 April 2017 Published in Test Drive

Lamborghini Islero S Miura pace, MG practical. Versatile supercar: this Lamborghini’s been with the same owners since new. Life and times of an Islero. It has done trackdays, hillclimbs and transcontinental touring in the careful hands of just one family. The only Lamborghini you’ll ever need.  James Elliott tells the amazing story of this unique Islero S – one of just five right-hookers built – that’s been with the same family from new. Photography Tony Baker.

Write on Friday, 10 February 2017 Published in Retro

The Greatest Folly of Youth. The UK’s finest pre-war sports car and the kid who built the Squire. Squire: man and machine. How Adrian Squire created an Alfa 8C-baiting sports car on a shoestring. The Squire was one of the finest pre-war cars ever to turn a wheel, yet it was dreamt up by a single-minded schoolboy. James Elliott recounts the remarkable tale. Photography John Colley.

Write on Sunday, 08 January 2017 Published in Test Drive

Siata back on track. From the fairways of Pebble Beach to the banking of Montlhéry. Rare Siata 208S Motto Spider returns to its natural habitat. ‘Returning to a Montlhery full of atmosphere makes the spine tingle’ So says James Elliott as he takes a super-rare example of the Otto Vu-engined Siata 208 to the French circuit where it competed in period. Photography Dirk De Jager.

Write on Saturday, 22 October 2016 Published in Test Drive

Interceptor and FF at 50 Jensen’s amazing GT duo. Jensen’s GT revolution Interceptor meets the radical FF. Jensen’s Genius. The contradictions inherent in the Interceptor and FF mean that these grandest of tourers remain sorely misunderstood, says James Elliott. Photography Tony Baker.

Write on Saturday, 03 September 2016 Published in Retro

In the wheeltracks of a masterpiece. Elliot joins the Jensen owners driving from Turin to Windsor. James Elliott joins the Jensen faithful on an inspired journey to retrace the Interceptor prototype’s trip back from Italy to the UK. Photography Tony Baker/Mike Jones/John Winfield/JOC.

Write on Sunday, 13 March 2016 Published in Test Drive

Light Sabre. Road-legal Lotus racer Manic Lotus Type 47 on test. Chapman’s road-racer. Flat-out in a street-spec Lotus 47. You’d expect a Lotus 47 to be quick – it weighs just 558kg and packs 175bhp – but nothing prepares you for the pin-sharp handling, says a stunned James Elliott. Photography Tony Baker.