evo magazine founder and Youtube star of Harry’s Garage, Harry Metcalfe, has had his classic vehicle mind quizzed by Footman James, but what would your answers be? Tell FJ your thoughts by commenting below!
I like the idea, particularly when used on cars where the engine is not its star feature. I'd like to see electric versions of the Fiat 500, VW Camper, Citroen Mehari, Citroen DS and Rolls Royce Cloud, for example. These would make perfect runabouts in tourist areas.
I think that would have to be in the Sahara Desert when the Testarossa refused to start one morning. There's no roadside rescue services in Morocco and little in the way of garages, so it's all down to you to fix stuff by the roadside and we ended up stripping out the wiring loom to try and find the fault. With the sun getting hotter by the hour, it was a huge relief when we found a broken wire and the flat-twelve roared into life again.
Hmm, tough one. Maybe my Maserati Granturismo MC, which looked great but had one of those rubbish auto-manual gearboxes. That, plus the fact it had a noisy exhaust (which meant Mrs.M wouldn't drive it) meant it had to go. As for which car I regret not buying, that would have to be the Ferrari 288 GTO, which I turned down to buy the Pagani Zonda C12S. Next time...
The easy answer is getting home! But the drive back to the hotel at midnight, after we had captured the amazing shots with the green Aura dancing above the Rolls was extra special. We rounded a corner and suddenly the sky lit up and with the most energised Aura we'd ever seen exploded in the sky above us. We parked up in the freezing temperatures and watched the nature's light show in awe.
My annual favourite is the Goodwood Revival, but I didn't go this year, so it must be the Hampton Court Royal Concours, thanks to its spectacular setting and extraordinary cars.
A bit odd, as I like another set of eyes going over my car, pointing out any potential issues. On the flip side, as an owner, I like the fact that I can now run my forty-year old classics for zero road tax and not MOT to worry about. Feels like you've escaped 'the system' somehow.
Buy something you are going to enjoy driving as I find if I don't enjoying driving a car I never actually love it, even though it might be the best example out there and very handsome to boot.
Yikes, that's tricky one. I think it would be the engine from the Lamborghini Espada with the Ferrari Lusso. Fact is Lamborghini made better, more exciting engines in the sixties, while Ferrari made the most beautiful cars.
Jay Leno is a big hero of mine, he's such an enthusiast and has been for decades. I'm also mightily impressed by the Duke of Richmond for maintaining such a high standard at all of his Goodwood events. That takes some doing.
I think it has to be the Lamborghini Miura. It was the first Miura I have really enjoyed driving as it was very well sorted and set up for driving, rather than winning a concours event. I'm hugely grateful to the owner for letting me rag it along my favourite Cotswold roads.
Why not watch some of Harry’s adventures, including his Arctic trip and Lambourghini Mira video, by visiting video section of the Classic Hub on the Footman James website? And remember, don’t forget to have your say by commenting below.