My mags are all packed up in advance of the house move.
I've told the story before, but until the June/July copy of CAR I was a huge Ford fanboy. RS200, RS500, BTCC, WRC etc. That particular issue had the first review of the then-new Escort RS Cosworth, a car I'd been waiting for since its rally car debut in 1990.
It looked so mad, so extreme, I didn't think anything could come close to visual aggression.
Then I turned to the review of the Maserati Shamal, appearing out of the pages like the Alien hatchling bursting through someone's chest in the films. From there my love of Maserati, and Italian cars in general, grew...
Many years later I got to drive that very car for Modern Classics magazine. Richard Grace sold it a couple of years ago; one day, maybe, I'll buy it off the current owner.