So much for unlucky number 13… 2013 has been, in my opinion, one of the most exciting years in the automobiles history! Once in a decade launches such as the Porsche 918, LaFerrari and McLaren P1 all came at once to create a world war of performance. Loyalists from all brands will forever argue on forums about which is the best, but one thing we can all agree upon is that they are each technologically beautiful. 2013 also saw the rebirth of an old petrol head favourite, the Porsche 911 GT3, BMW showed to the world their next-generation M3 accompanied by the M4 Coupe, Oh, and just before the year was out Lamborghini surprised us with the Gallardo’s replacement named Huracan. It wasn’t all just about supercars through, we saw many rising stars from other segments. Ford’s Fiesta ST is the hot-hatch pick of the bunch right now and won our overall “Car of the Year” award, the all-new Mazda 3 proved to be more than a match for the other established kings of hill in the family hatchback segment, as well as Mini taking to the stage to showoff their new hatchback. Those are just a few of the many great models from 2013.
For us, 2013 saw the introduction of our brand new website and all of its shiny new features. We like it and hope you do too! As always we have endeavoured to report on even more of the worlds biggest automotive stories, attend more launches and be even more daring with big features. In particular we hope you enjoyed our content generated from us getting the keys to a 1966 Jaguar E-Type and 1961 Aston Martin DB4. A lot of hard work goes into keeping Inside Lane ticking over, but us boys love what we do and shall continue throughout 2014.
Last but not least comes the moment to thank those around us. Firstly, family and friends who have supported us so well throughout both the good and some of the more trying times. A mammoth thanks to all of the car manufacturers PR teams who work so very hard behind the scenes inviting us to launches and ensuring we get the machines for you guys and girls to read about. Also we need to thank you, the readers. Without you we wouldn’t have a job and it is your enthusiasm and our shared passion for cars that gives us the drive to do what we do.
Have an excellent New Year!