I bought a JDM R35 GT-R, here’s what sets it apart from the UK market

You’ll forever see in car groups the letters “JDM” thrown around and usually incorrectly at that. But what does it actually mean? Japanese Domestic Market, these are cars specifically designed to be sold only in Japan not the rest of the world. These mean they often have differing specs and configurations to European and US …

I bought the first Gunmetal Grey R35 GT-R in the UK

Cast your mind back to 2007, I was 12 and likely being a little shit at school. Nissan however was unveiling the newest addition to the GT-R franchise at the Tokyo auto show. The R35 was set to be released early 2008 in Japan and 2009 to most of the rest of the world. In …

Buying 5 cars in 2020 made my bank think I was money laundering

2020 has been a difficult and frustrating year for many. In December 2019 I effectively broke my leg so I’ve had extended amounts of time to kill and as a petrolhead that only ends in one way. Scrolling though eBay, auto trader and Facebook marketplace for high performance cars and obviously buying a few. How …

I’ve sold my Aston Martin, here’s what it was like to live with.

It’s been a couple of weeks since my V8 Vantage departed and I’ve since replaced it, but we’ll get that another day. It’s given me some real time to reflect on what they’re like to own, to run and to drive so I thought I’d share that. Running costs. I’ve owned high performance cars for …

Category D cars, are you saving money or cutting corners?

Not once in several months and 3000 or so miles across the UK did anyone say something negative about the looks of my Aston Martin. In fact it was quite the opposite, random compliments approving gazes and the odd candid picture. What if I told she’d had a crash? Back in 2013 my Aston Martin …

How to buy used performance cars without being a dick.

As I wrote about last week with “the trials and tribulations of selling cars privately” there’s a certain amount of bullshit present on both sides of a sale. This unfortunately can interfere with the buying process. A disgruntled seller who’s put up with months of “low ball cash offer today” and being offered rotboxes part …

The trials and tribulations of selling cars privately.

Selling your car privately is a brilliant way of making an extra few grand. Research the market, take some great pictures of your car and let buyers know what makes it special and unique. That being said there’s many headaches that come with selling cars yourself. The continuous messages without purpose , insulting offers and …

I spanked my Aston Martin around Rutland.

I’ve publicly said I think my Aston Martin is slow when compared to rivals of a similar price point and that when it’s presented with a long straight it can be lacking at times. However last week I dug through my coppers down the back of the sofa and bought some new shoes for the …

I tried to buy a high-mileage broken Ferrari

Those of you who know me well, know I’m somewhat susceptible to buying a car with a story. For example a 177,000 mile supercharged Audi RS4 I daily drove before its demise in the welsh mountains. So when I found this black high mileage Ferrari things really got going for me. The F430 was launched …