Our long-term McLaren 12C pauses at the 2013 Cholmondeley Pageant
The joy of Brooklands, museum director Allan Winn happily explains the ancient banked-circuit's history
Easy trip from Maidstone to Paris and back opened our eyes to the beauty and potential of the Tesla Model S
Silverstone WEC: Aston Martin fielded four cars, and needed 100 crew
The Nürburging 24 Hours, incredibly exciting racing
F1 champion John Surtees ran this racer on public roads
Aussie Ford Falcon, seen in Kent, is unfortunately for the chop
Successive cohorts of Imperial College students field this car in the Brighton Run every year
I last saw this venerable Bluebird 1200 in my home town in inland Australia, but it turned up again in Japan
Snapped in LA, the beautiful and complex engine cover of Porsche's 918 Spyder is worthy of any art museum
Porsche boss launches the new Macan in LA, undoubtedly one of the stars of the show
The weirdest Dubai motor show stand, displaying potent police cars
Launch of the latest Mini in Oxford also referred to Alec Issigonis's earlier masterpiece, the Morris Minor
If it weren't for the shortness of the days, I’d swear we were in April.
So rapidly has the motoring year flashed by – a few highlights recorded here on my phone’s camera – that it’s difficult to believe salt is once more coating our roads, hobby cars are locked away, homeward trips from work are tackled in darkness and it’s time for Christmas.
As usual, the magnificent managers, innovators and fulfilment personnel of the motor industry are primarily responsible for our breakneck dash through the year. Most manufacturers have seen hard times. All know only one way to combat their problems: to make better cars. A list of arrivals proves the point: Mini, BMW i3, Range Rover Sport, Jaguar F-type, Mercedes S-class and more.
The Chinese and US car markets, which justify so much of the car world’s investment, are bullish again. Even the worst markets of Europe are beginning to turn. A generation of new cars, the product of unprecedented levels of creativity, awaits us in 2014. There may have been a better time in the past 120 years to follow the progress of the world’s automobile industry, but I seriously doubt it.
…let me send hearty season’s greetings to you, who support us so loyally. Without you, this website and the magazine could not be in their current healthy state and our jobs would not be worth doing. So when we all raise a glass over the next few days, the first quaff will be for you.