The best content from around the web this week

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world.

Here’s a handful of the articles, videos and social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand-new, others have been online for a while.

Enjoy them – just not too much, okay?


An Open Letter To Design Directors – Who Did What?

Eric Gallina, Form Trends

We're used to crediting head designers – think Peter Schreyer or Chris Bangle – for everything that happens under brand umbrellas. In reality, car design involves collaboration from lots of different people.

Why don't junior designers get credit for their hard work? And why the focus on a few rockstars in the industry?

Find out here. 


Highlights from a snowy Goodwood Member's Meeting

Goodwood Road & Racing, YouTube

Lots of classic sports cars being driven at their absolute limits around a snowy track. What more could you ask for? The Goodwood Member's Meeting always delivers, and this year was no different.

Now, it's onto the Festival of Speed.

Check out some pre-war action, F3 classics, and 1960s sports car craziness here. 


A Gearhead's Guide to Ireland

Brendan McAleer, Road and Track 

"The reason British Racing Green exists has nothing to do with Norman heraldry or oak leaves or the ivy-covered walls of some motorsports-obsessed Lord's stately mansion. When the English painted their cars shamrock green in 1903, they did so because racing was illegal in England, but perfectly acceptable in Ireland.

"Properly, it should be Irish Racing Green, as the wee island nation loves speed as much as they love–to choose an example at random–potatoes.

"When 79-year-old Rosemary Smith took the wheel of Renault's 800hp Formula One car, the world was shocked at how well she handled it. Irish people weren't. Sure, she was a Dublin lass."

Get the full story here. 


VW Up GTI: Rebirth Of The Hot Hatch?

Henry Catchpole, Carfection 

The Volkswagen Up GTI is an exciting little car, with throwback dimensions and similar outputs to the original Golf GTI. How does that translate to real-world performance?

Henry Catchpole puts the little vee-dub through its paces on some typically beautiful British roads to find out.

Watch the video here.