Indulge me returning to the thorny subject of the original-not-original Mini but I’d now consider the ‘real’ one a classic car in the traditional sense. As in something you’d own accepting stuff like hands-on tinkering, night terrors over rust and rationalising the fact you’re the crumple zone in a crash are all part of the experience.
Dan Trent: Is the 'new' Mini already a modern classic?
Exposure to a Performance Car review of the Lamborghini Countach 5000QV at an impressionable age set Dan Trent on course for a life-long obsession with cars. Immersion in the world of used car temptation with a spell as editor of PistonHeads.com only sealed the deal, compulsive online tyre-kicking now a daily ritual. He’s still some way off that Countach though.