Motoring: I'M THE TORQUE OF THE TOWN

Even without a lottery win there is a way to get behind the wheel of a vintage Porsche and live in a mansion for the weekend. Master of self-sacrifice Michael Booth finds out

Motoring: Bargain Hunter

Car Of The Week

Finance: on the floor

the diary of a trader

Motor racing: Porsche celebrate Le Mans hat-trick

WITH the marque celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, it was perhaps only fitting that Porsche secured a third consecutive win in the Le Mans 24-Hours race yesterday after the leading Toyota dropped out with just 70 minutes to run.

Art & Design: The legend in front is a Porsche

Power, style and innovation are the hallmarks of the German design dynasty. Hamish McRae was bowled over by a new exhibition showcasing its legacy

Media: The joys of being a creative - and the woes

Advertising attracts many with its promise of fame and wealth, but the reality is harsher, says Richard Cook

Style: Racing certainty

It's difficult to imagine two less similar vehicles. On my right, the Porsche 911: uncompromising, hard to tame, unforgiving of mistakes. Beauty and brutishness in perfect harmony. And on my left, the Volkswagen Beetle. Tin can. Bug eyes. Star of Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. Yet both of these classics come from the same stable, a dynasty that spans three generations of the Porsche family.

Obituary: Ferdinand Porsche

THERE's something eerily precise about the passing away of Ferdinand Porsche. For it is exactly 50 years since the first sports car bearing his name rattled into life in a remote former cowshed in Gmund, in Carinthia, Austria. And his death comes just days before a major retrospective of some 30 Porsche vehicles opens at the Design Museum in London.

Music: Samurai of Harpenden

Photek has hit the big money. So what of his junglist roots? Anthony Clavane reports

Now it's sex and drugs and writing code

A job as a computer programmer or systems analyst has long been seen as one with a career path leading down the road to Dullsville. But a new survey has found that boozing and bonking are rife in the IT department. Lynne Curry reports.

Motoring: Thrash the latest Porsche? You can with a Nissan

If you thought all Nissans were boring, Roger Bell has news for you. The Skyline GT-R is a technical tour de force, and entertaining too.

Records

As we prepare to practise dating things with a '98 instead of '97, it is a good time to look back on the records of the past year:

Motoring: Burnt fingers for hot car speculators

If there's a bubble, it has to burst. Those who bought the Mercedes SLK at an inflated prices in the hope of selling on at a profit will have had their fingers burnt. The Jaguar XJ220 was another dud for speculators. But, James Ruppert discovers, there are always opportunities.

This lad won pounds 11million. Guess who bought the drinks?

Karl Crompton won the lottery. He has been nice to his mum and dad, bought the flash toys and been on the flash holidays. But life lacks the challenge it had when he was an assistant manager at Comet. And it'd be nice to buy a round now and again.

Finance: On the floor

I didn't feel it was a good idea to add: `I wouldn't go out with you if you were the last man on earth and you had a paper bag over your head'
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