I write about classic cars for a living. Most of my friends think it's the best job in the world, but they just don't understand the pressure I'm under.
You see, I have to pretend to like cars I think are, frankly, rubbish. The problems usually start when a friend of mine introduces me to someone because "he's a classic car enthusiast too". I'm then subjected to a lengthy conversation about the guy's MGB and how he's just refurbished his diff. I generally spend the time staring in amazement at his hairy ears.
It's not like I'm against MGBs per se. It's just that they show the owner has absolutely no imagination at all. Got £10k and want a classic car? Buy an MGB. Got £50k? Buy an E-Type. £500k? DB5. Get my drift? It's like going in to the Harrods food hall and coming out with a tin of Heinz baked beans.
No, for me, a classic car has to be all about two things: the driving experience and style, and there are so many fantastic cars out there that there really is no excuse for driving around in a dull, predictable machine that was outdated even when new.
So that's why I've started this Tribe- Lairy, Scary Classics. Here you'll only find those classic cars that make the hairs on the back of your neck rise. Think whale-tails, turbos that suck toupes off at twenty paces, smoking tyres and V-8s that scream like angry baboons. Think sublime style, like the Lambo in the picture above, so cool it could give a blind man a semi-on.
Fortunately, it won't be just me posting this rubbish. I also have a couple of friends who you may have heard of. Simon Lord runs Redux- they take BMW E30 M3s and breathe some sort of Godlike aura over them to create a work of snarling automotive art. Then there's Anthony Reid, ex- BTCC legend, and all round good egg, although between you and me I think he's got a screw loose. Between us, hopefully we'll create a few things that will entertain you.
And finally, there's you. Share your own stories, pictures, loves and hates. Make this Tribe one to be proud of: one whose ethos is to celebrate the cars that your girlfriend's dad wouldn't approve of. Enjoy.