Blog: It’s an addictive thing, this Maestro


I HAVE put my Maestro Turbo away for a little rest now… It had a nice outing at the 14th Annual BMC/BL Rally, as well as a hot, fast run to work this morning, and I’ve come to the inescapable conclusion that this thing is rather addictive. You see, it’s not the fastest or most glamorous car I own – I’d say my SAAB 900 aces it for glamour, and the 9000 leaves it for dead in terms of performance, but what really does it for me about this Maestro is its sheer low-key giant-killing ability.

Being dressed down for the occasion means that my poor car is open to all sorts of abuses from other motorists – usually in the aggressive sort in company motors. Now I’m no boy racer (more of a ‘gentleman racer’ really), but there’s a lot of satisfaction to be had in more than keeping your own in modern traffic. From 50-70mph in fifth, this thing really flies – you don’t need to change down to get the old girl to lift her skirts, and in those two-lane situations where boxed in behind a truck, it’s satisfying to pull away from that annoying tailgating BMW 3-Series when the lane clears.

From 50-70mph in fifth, this thing really flies –
you don’t need to change down to get the old
girl to lift her skirts…

As a passenger said to me yesterday, it would be great to discover what the Maestro’s victims muct be thinking when their car gets a drubbing from what outwardly looks like an unlikely source. Seeing all the Tickford Turbos yesterday made me realise that the bodykit transforms this car into something approaching attractive, but such is the underground cult of these cars that there’s little chance of doing the Q-Car thing. I’d have one of course, because I prefer the styling… but that’s just me.

If it’s so much fun, why have I put it away for a few days? Well, I value my driving licence, and I’ve been growing little red horns from behind the wheel of this one…

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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