The second installment of ‘The Car Years’ presented by Vicki Butler-Henderson and Alex Riley is back on TV soon with some cracking motors including a Ferrari 308, Datsun 240Z, BMW M3, and Subaru Impreza P1…
For those not familiar with the format, ‘The Car Years’ involves presenters VBH and the rather dubiously dressed Mr. Riley going head to head on a mission to ‘sell’ their chosen car for a particular year to a panel of motoring Journalists and broadcasters in a bid to gain bragging rights – only one car can win.
The expert panel of judges will include former Top Gear Stig and Hollywood stunt driver Ben Collins, motoring presenter Rory Reid, former F1 driver, and broadcaster Karun Chandhok, World-renowned car journalist Jason Barlow, author, and Grand Tour script editor Richard Porter, plus journalist and presenter Erin Baker.
Viewers are treated to some jaw-dropping scenery as the show traveled to Northern Ireland to put the classic cars through their places on some of the most picturesque driving roads in Europe. From the stunning Antrim coastal roads of Ballygally, Carnlough, Ballintoy, and Portrush, through the epic switch-back roads of the Mourne Mountains and Slieve Binnian, the landscape provides an extraordinary backdrop to the stories behind the featured cars.
It’s been an incredible experience bringing The Car Years to Northern Ireland. The roads are terrific and you’re treated to some incredible views and warm welcomes wherever you stop. If you want a cracking road trip holiday, start by exploring this beautiful country
The initial episode sees the dynamic duo pitching for their chosen sports saloon car that was born in 1986. Vicki opts for the street boy’s favorite mode of Hot Wheels, the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, while Alex sticks to German engineering in the guise of the sublime BMW M3.
The second episode features the effervescent Vicki championing what she believes to be the best technologically advanced sports car to evolve in 1978. Vicki hitches a ride in a Mazda RX7 sports car while Alex, dressed in his demob suit, makes a case for the iconic Porsche 928.
With the year 1969 selected Vicki Butler-Henderson and Alex Riley argue the case for the best affordable GT car released in this classic year. Alex makes a case for the highly desirable Datsun 240Z, while Vicki drives 70s TV detectives favourite the Ford Capri.
VBH and Alex Riley each make a case for a supercar released in 1975 but would go on to become an 80’s icon. Vicki drives and champions the Ferrari 308 made famous by the Magnum PI TV series while Alex gets behind the wheel of one of his childhood heroes, and one of the cars that made James Bond famous – the Lotus Esprit.
It’s the noughties and the pair get behind the wheel of two rallying icons of the Playstation generation… Alex argues the case for the Mitsubishi EVO 6 Tommi Makinen Edition while Vicki tries to blow her floppy hat off in a Subaru Impreza P1.
Remember 1948? Well, it’s just after World War II and Vicki gets personal with an egg transporting Citroen 2CV, while Alex makes a strong case for the British mud-plugging legend, the Series 1 Land Rover.
In 1962 the cars continued to evolve and the Beach Boys were flogging vinyl like it was going out of fashion, so deciding which is the best British sports car to mark its tracks in 1962 is difficult. Vicki picks the bone-shaking and stylish MGB while Alex takes the less reliable option in the shape of an ultra-lightweight Lotus Elan.
1970 stands out for many things, not least, of course, was the Beatles disbanding but also the birth of an automotive stunner – the Citroën SM, which Alex Riley just can’t get enough of. Vicki goes for the world’s first luxury SUV in the shape of the instantly recognizable Range Rover.
Northern Ireland provides the most incredible backdrop to the latest series of The Car Years. Driving some of the World’s great cars along the Antrim coast was a thrilling experience and I can’t wait for viewers to see just how amazing they look in this extraordinary landscape
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