My all-time favorite Jeremy Clarkson-ism is about TVR. He once said the sports car company “built a car, put it on sale, and then found out how it handled – usually when one of their customers wrote to the factory complaining about how dead he was.”

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TVR’s working to come back from the dead, but the legacy of British insanity lives on with companies like BAC and their Mono. And reader stoke gets what they’re all about:

So as I understand it, this is the market positioning of the small British street-legal trackday car makers:

Caterham: go around a track really fast with classic looks

BAC: go around a track really fast with modern style and design

Radical: go around a track as fast as goddamn possible

Caparo: go around a track really fast and possibly catch fire

Ariel: go around a track really fast and hey everybody look at my socks

Smashing, baby!


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