In one of the most decisive moments of the Formula 1 season, the Turkish Grand Prix signalled a return to battling team-mates when Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber came together while fighting for the lead. It was a full 'toys out of the pram' moment.
Our own track action thankfully passed without incident (almost), first when we took our newly acquired long-term Renaultsport Mégane Cup to Spa for a track day, and then when, as part of a review of the best hot hatches of all time, we retested an Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf. Why? Because when we asked Colin Goodwin to go out and buy the best hot hatch he could for £1500, that's what he came back with. At the MIRA test facility, it proved to have lost little of its performance, or stopping power, but the fuel filler cap had seen better days. Which was when we decided (and were told by track control) to stop.
Making more sedate progress was Matt Saunders, who attempted to travel the length of the UK in an electric Mini. Starting in Brighton, he got as far as Glasgow but it took a grand total of 72 hours, an average of 10mph.
June, as it turned out, was the month of off-the-wall twin tests. We pitched the crazy Honda Civic Type R Mugen against an Audi R8 V10 to see how close a top-notch hot hatch could get to a bona fide supercar. Steve Sutcliffe opted to "take the hot hatch and a big bag of change every time".
Then there was Porsche versus Porsche when we timed the new Cayenne Turbo and a 911 Carrera 4S around Millbrook’s handling circuit. The shock result was that the Cayenne was only a second slower. Putting our practical hat back on, we pitched Ford's revised S-Max against a seven-seat Mercedes E-class wagon.