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My Sapphire Cosworth was in Max Power, Oct 98 I think.

 

Pretty much all the spec of the car appears to have been made up on the spot my Max P. Car was 528 BHP, they put 385 bhp. Suspension was BBR, they put Koni. The only thing in the article which was true was the opening paragraph, where they explained that I'd sold it before they actually turned up to shoot the pics.

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I still have this magazine from 1995 when I wanted to ‘improve’ my R5 GTX but didn’t have the money to do it (insurance on the 1.7 was incredibly nasty for a 17yo).

Did Max Power it a bit with stickers and the filler cap (plus Halfords specials wheel trims - no money for alloys) and a R19 style grill innit!

 

Long since scrapped I fear as sold it for a Metro GTi with a big exhaust...

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I turned 17 in 2003 and this whole scene pretty much passed me by, looking at that monstrosity I'm glad it did..

It's a shame that it did, im only a little older than you but i was immersed in it all, it was such a laugh i met some great people who i still see today

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About 1997 I used to have an Orion 1600e with an RS Turbo bodykit, lowered on larger Wolfrace alloys with stiffened springs. Couldn’t go over an expansion joint at any speed without something breaking. Car was a hoot but only hand it a couple of months before it got nicked :/

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A pal of mine built a few cars which ended up in Max P.

 

One was a yellow Orion 1.6i, RS body kit, huge stereo system, heavily tweaked RS turbo engine producing around 220 bhp. Lowered as far as it would go, it would regularly rip its fuel pump from the mountings.

 

He sold the car for an extreme amount after it was featured in Max P. Where the average Onion wad lucky to fetch £1500, he sold his for £7500. He used that money to buy a slightly rusty RS500 which he restored.

 

He now drives a 600 BHP 911 GT2 RS.

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Anyone remember a TG mag one off supplement from the 90s? It was a sort of max power parody with a catalogue of motors rated and a section at the back where they got a 205 gti and modified it, IIRC you could win it in a competition. The “front man” was one of the TG journos with a Quentin Wilson haircut felt tipped on top.

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I might have that somewhere. I still haven't properly looked through my old TG magazine haul.

 

 

Still got the last ever Max Power somewhere. Probably worth less than its original price.

 

JC did a video in 2000/2001 and it focussed on modified cars, there was quite a lot of Max Power lampooning, but it was one of the more interesting videos he made.

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I might have that somewhere. I still haven't properly looked through my old TG magazine haul.

 

 

Still got the last ever Max Power somewhere. Probably worth less than its original price.

 

JC did a video in 2000/2001 and it focussed on modified cars, there was quite a lot of Max Power lampooning, but it was one of the more interesting videos he made.

 

 

I've still got the VHS of that somewhere. Always wanted the Paramount Performance XK, and it introduced me to the Alpina B10. I've got a copy of the last Max Power too - I stopped buying it round 2002 but I figured I had to have a copy of the last ever one as it was a big part of my teens. I didn't go in for the dodgy mods too much though....

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I didn't think I'd ever been influenced by Max Power etc, until I remembered Mrs N's XR3i in 1993...

1988 on an E , it was white , very white with a 90 RS Turbo front bumper and rear spoiler, colour coded obvs.

I changed the bumper piping for lime green, removed the rubbing strips and had a lime green pinstripe, plus lime green XR3i script on the back. Oh and lime green Ford ovals.

The whole thing was set off by 15" TSW Hockenheims , for that instant dating stereotype look.

She hated it as all the Boy Racers wanted to race it and it was completely stock mechanically and a particularly coarse, poor riding example which wouldn't see which way my company Montego GTi estate went.

But, thanks to Max Power etc, we were fighting them off with a shitty stick after the nice Autotrader Lady took a good picture and it sold by the Friday night for more than I thought was sensible.

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