I've just been fiddling with the two Solex 30 FAI carburettors that feed my 1934 Singer Le Mans engine. One of the great joys of classic cars is fiddling with them like this, to make them work better. This is harder to do with moderns, and the more modern the modern the harder it becomes.
John Simister: Don't be afraid to get your hands oily
A deep concern for the planet's welfare ensures that the cars in John Simister's current assemblage of classics all have engines of under a litre, including a two-stroke Saab which causes the road behind to disappear from view after a cold start. This squares well with John's status as a Car of the Year jury member and a writer both on modern cars and old ones, the latter for Octane and Practical Classics. He has been a journalist since 1984, and lives in the Chiltern Hills with his wife Deborah and a dog called Sprocket.