Woody’s gone all ’80s

I seem to have developed a sort of accidental niche when it comes to cars. I’ve always liked cars from the 1980s, but I realised when updating my Classics Driven channel last night that, in fact six of my last films feature ’80s automotive icons.

Paul WoodfordAdd to that, the fact that I’m back  at Harewood House this weekend hosting the VW Festival (complete with its ’80s theme) and you’d be forgiven for thinking I’d purposefully set out on some kind of mission to pigeon hole myself.

Don’t worry I haven’t, and the volume of my hair is entirely a combination of excess energy and wax. No perm in sight.

But actually, when I think about 1980s motoring, it just makes so much sense to me. I enjoy the smells, the sounds and the fun of back-to-basics driving, I like quirky cars with red seat belts, I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to brands and cult marketing. And above all? I was born in the very same decade.

Paul WoodfordSo while it has kind of happened by accident, perhaps there is some greater power at play in the way my motoring content is coming together. I promise though, should someone hand me the keys to a 1963 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III, I’ll put the Woody into 1960s motoring. Is that a deal?

In the meantime, please do check out my Classics Driven channel, and get involved on Twitter – there’s a big box of car conversations that we haven’t had yet!

Thanks for your continued support – I love doing this, and as long as there are interesting cars to drive, I’ll film them for you!  

Paul Woodford

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