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hy? Well, you might imagine that the banter would consist of long drawn- out tales of childhood science and mind-boggling mechanical wordplay.


You would fear too that the passenger footwell would be littered with tweed jackets and straggly bits of grey hair. And what’s more, he’s not called ‘Captain Slow’ for nothing, you know...


But think again! Because if you’ve ever poked your head under a car bonnet and thought ‘that looks pretty awesome’, or even for the merest second wondered how an old Vauxhall Astra can go faster than any living thing on Earth, then forget Jeremy Clarkson, and give not a sniff in the direction of Richard Hammond. (Those two are only there as eye candy appeal, naturally.)


The fact is, what James May might lack in terms of fashion sense or cheap chat-up lines, he more than makes up for in sheer mechanical mind power, as Rev found out!


Future’ car yet, but we could be getting closer. There is, for instance, a two-seater Terrafugia that counts as a ‘roadable aircraft’ – due out this year.”


“Maybe we’ve not managed to create the ‘Back to the


“I love the science behind cars,” our wily interview subject begins, excitedly, and at pace. “We all know that cars serve multiple purposes – they’re practical, they thrill us, but they also amaze us; tremendous feats of engineering. And the really interesting thing is that the fantasy cars of yesteryear are now reality.


“Maybe we’ve not managed to create the ‘Back to the Future’ car yet, but we could be getting closer. There is, for instance, a two-seater Terrafugia that counts as a ‘roadable aircraft’ – due out this year. It’s made of carbon fi bre and can lift off from almost any long straight road. The manufacturers have started taking orders but it’s a bit out of my price range.


“I drove the Taylor Aerocar a few years back – it was a 1956 vintage, and one of the most expensive cars I’ve ever sat behind the wheel of, at over $1.5million. But there were a few shortcomings - a dodgy gear box, wonky wheels, and the noise from it was colossal. Oh and the gear knob came off in my hand every fi ve minutes, which wasn’t too reassuring.”


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