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BROKEN DREAMS

Elliott starts the process of ‘bringing it back’ on the tired A4 with some much-needed maintenance work.

It’s safe to say I’m hard on my cars. In fact, the handful of people that are brave/mad/unlucky enough to have worked on my vehicles would probably call that an understatement. I remember once taking one of my old Mk1 GTIs to a mechanic friend so he could attempt to diagnose why it had become temperamental at starting. Let’s just say it didn’t take him long: I’d driven it so hard that the starter motor had pretty much shaken itself free and was practically hanging out of the engine.

Anyway, it’s safe to say any car I drive daily needs to be pretty tough and my trusty B7 Audi A4 TDI Avant has been incredible in terms of reliability and taking abuse. Well, right up until it cracked the 100k mark and things started to show signs of wear and tear. Now, while I drive them hard, I’m pretty good at keeping on top of servicing, too, and honestly, the Audi hadn’t missed a beat in the five or so years I’d owned it. It all seemed to start the moment it reached 100,000 miles, though.

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Welcome to the Cool Britannia issue. The UK scene continues to push boundaries, bring out ideas and develop trends and put simply, blow our collective minds. So we thought it was about time we put together a special issue packed full of some of the UK’s finest cars to drop over the last year. With the flawless execution of Martin Barker’s restomod’d two-door Audi 80 to Jim Offord’s impeccable Mk2 G60 and Carl Levy’s homegrown Mk1 Caddy we’ve got the old school covered. And with Shaun Lewis’ ever-evolving T5 and Craig Levens’ incredible Mk5 we’ve got the new school wrapped up too. We haven’t forgotten the smaller Dubs either, Jamie Jackson’s 400bhp Lupo is a real giant-slayer and Jake Belfied’s carbed Mk2 Polo Coupe proves you don’t have to build a Golf to take the showfield by storm. Like the cars themselves, PVW magazine continues to grow, push boundaries and hopefully, inspire people as it goes. We’re in this together, and it’s a great place to be, Enjoy the issue.
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