The 1980s were just brilliant. Apart from the miners’ strikes, those really thin ties, Howard Jones and rickets, of course. I thought it was so brilliant that I’ve written a book telling everyone about The German Car Industry -  My Part in its Victory.

Indeed there is a free copy up for grabs. All I want you to do is tell me just what was the best car of the 1980s, and it will of course have to be German.

Apart from a couple of Italian cars as the exception, one four wheel drive and the other with a big rear wing and prancing dobbin on the bonnet, every single decent car made in the 1980s was German, no question.

I mean a Volkswagen GTI, has there ever been a better hot hatch? Er, no. Executive express? That would be the E39 BMW, but also the W124 deserves a special mention. Compact executive? Well that's the E30 BMW without a doubt, although the 190 made a surprisingly good taxi.

Supercars - well where do we start? A Porsche Turbo will certainly do and the 959 was the ultimate of course. But hey, the Quattro changed everything in just a couple of years of rallying and of course M3s won everything on the track.

Then again, a little Polo could have been all the car you needed to get you to the shops and back.

So to sum up. Tell me what the best car of the 1980s was. I’ll read through the posts and decide who has made the most convincing argument. I may not even agree, but wherever you are in the world I will post a copy of The German Car Industry -  My Part in its Victory.

Plug over.