Xcar focuses on famed Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis

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In its latest video, Xcar interviews Jaguar's great test driver Norman Dewis. He tells some fantastic stories about the company from the '50s and '60s, including being at Le Mans in '55 and driving an XKE overnight from London to the Geneva Motor Show.

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Xcar focuses on famed Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Xcar experiences the 2015 Mille Miglia from a Jaguar C-Type

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Xcar shows what it's really like to take part in the Mille Miglia by experiencing the entire historic rally from the seat of a Jaguar C-Type.

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Xcar experiences the 2015 Mille Miglia from a Jaguar C-Type originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Xcar tries to figure out what makes the Miata so great

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Mazda Miata History

Over the past 25 years and 3 model generations, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has shown that you don't have to be the best to be a massive success. The little, Japanese roadster has never been the absolute peak of automotive performance, but it's precise handling, good reliability and frugal running costs have helped make it a star. Autoblog recently tried to give you the experience of driving one on video, and now Xcar Films has made its own in an attempt to show what makes this droptop an icon.

As Xcar puts it, the Miata isn't the world's best sports car, but it is the world's favorite. When they were originally designing the roadster, Mazda's engineers took everything that made British droptops from the '60s great, and junked all of the stuff that made them a terror to own. The result was a car that would start up everyday with no fuss and get drivers wherever they needed to go with a huge grin on their face.

The fourth-generation Miata is imminently on the way for its September 3 unveiling, and the very early rumors indicate that Mazda doesn't plan to rock the boat too much with the latest one. It supposedly rides on a longer wheelbase and wider track but with the weight trimmed by over 200 pounds. Check out Xcar's video for a primer on MX-5 history and why the automotive world loves this little roadster.

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Xcar tries to figure out what makes the Miata so great originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Celebrating the Ferrari F40 and the man who raced it

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John Pogson Ferrari F40

The Ferrari F40 has become one of the iconic cars of the last 50 years. It presaged the supercars of the future with its extensive use of carbon fiber and turbocharged engine, but it was also old school with no traction control, stability control or even anti-lock supervision to save the driver if they got in over their head. In its latest video, XCar Films takes a look at the F40 through the lens of a man in the UK who specializes in keeping them on the road and occasionally races these quintessential sports cars.

John Pogson has spent his entire life surrounded by engines. His father was a transport manager for a trucking company and he used to accompany him out on repairs. When he was old enough, John started repairing vehicles at a Lancia dealer, and from there, he started working for Ferrari. Eventually, he saved up enough money to open his own, independent Italian car garage. His new business proved successful, and Pogson's customers started asking him to race their Ferraris, including the F40 - something he did with great success. How could you say no to that opportunity?

While Italian cars are his specialty, Pogson also has a soft spot for all performance cars. The video shows him driving his AC Cobra with a claimed 600 horsepower and doing some smoky donuts in it. Scroll down to learn more about the F40 from one of the people that knows it best.

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Celebrating the Ferrari F40 and the man who raced it originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Celebrating the Ferrari F40 and the man who raced it

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John Pogson Ferrari F40

The Ferrari F40 has become one of the iconic cars of the last 50 years. It presaged the supercars of the future with its extensive use of carbon fiber and turbocharged engine, but it was also old school with no traction control, stability control or even anti-lock supervision to save the driver if they got in over their head. In its latest video, XCar Films takes a look at the F40 through the lens of a man in the UK who specializes in keeping them on the road and occasionally races these quintessential sports cars.

John Pogson has spent his entire life surrounded by engines. His father was a transport manager for a trucking company and he used to accompany him out on repairs. When he was old enough, John started repairing vehicles at a Lancia dealer, and from there, he started working for Ferrari. Eventually, he saved up enough money to open his own, independent Italian car garage. His new business proved successful, and Pogson's customers started asking him to race their Ferraris, including the F40 - something he did with great success. How could you say no to that opportunity?

While Italian cars are his specialty, Pogson also has a soft spot for all performance cars. The video shows him driving his AC Cobra with a claimed 600 horsepower and doing some smoky donuts in it. Scroll down to learn more about the F40 from one of the people that knows it best.

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Celebrating the Ferrari F40 and the man who raced it originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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