joi, 21 aprilie 2016

Man’s best friend - World Of Classic Cars -


The classic car you choose and the dog you own can say a lot about you. In their own way both reflect your personality. Both will require more love, time and investment than any sane person would choose to give. So for the crazy people out there who act with their heart and not their head we’ve put together a selection of our favourite canines and the classic autos we think they match.

Italian thoroughbreds

The Lancia Fulvia HF and the Italian greyhound


The Lancia Fulvia is an Italian rally icon. Road and Track summed it up best when they claimed that ‘it’s truly a precision motorcar, an engineering tour de force’. The only real dog of choice for our money that can match it is the Italian greyhound. Much like the car the greyhound is fast, agile and athletic. Equally at home on rough terrain or city roads with the ability to gallop with all four paws off the ground. They’re nice and compact and would be happy curled up on the passenger seat of your HF.

Enduringly British

The Land Rover Series 1 and the British Bulldog


The Land Rover Series 1 is as classically British as roast dinners. A reliable workhorse that was only ever intended to get the cash flow going at Rover in the post-war years. It proved far more enduring than that and a version of the car can still be bought today, long after Rover ceased trading. For such a redoubtable car we need a redoubtable dog. And none other than the British Bulldog fits the bill. Often thought of as being stubborn, grouchy and lazy, the bulldog is actually a very equable, dignified and stoic animal. And while it may not be willing to go round the clock quite like the Land Rover they would certainly be happy enough to nap in the back of one.

German non-conformists

The VW Golf GTI and the Dachshund


The Golf GTI is widely viewed as the original hot hatch (although the Alfasud and the Renault Gordini both launched earlier but we’ll save that argument for another day). People were surprised at just how fast these cars could shift and VW were even more surprised by how quickly they shifted out of the showrooms. It was the start of an icon and in the end it doesn’t matter who launched the first boy-racer as the Golf has stubbornly outlasted them all. For such a free spirited original we need a free spirited hound. A dachshund to be exact. Stubborn, determined and a non-conformist, E.B. White once said; “I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command…(my dog) even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do”. In short a dog and car made from the same mould.