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Byline: BRUCE BOOTH

THE Mazda6 has lifted yet another prestigious title to add to its growing list of awards after being named Northern Irish Car of the Year 2003.

The car was voted for by the panel of journalists from the Ulster Motoring Writers' Association, beating off competition from Citroen, Lexus and Honda.

The judges praised the Mazda for its driving experience, range of spirited engines and fine chassis as well as Mazda itself for the dramatic turnaround in fortunes over the last 18 months.

The award is the latest in a long line of awards, including being named Scottish Car of the Year.

But it's not just the media who have given the Mazda6 a vote of confidence, sales last year exceeded 6000, way ahead of the original target of 4500 and this year are expected to top 12,000.

Mazda say the new 6 was designed to offer a fun drive, giving back to the driver the pure pleasure of driving that is perhaps lost in many other family cars and to offer some of the sporty heritage from the Mazda MX-5, which over 13 years has also racked up an impressive amount of awards around the world.

THE 1953 Le Mans- winning works Jaguar C-Type, driven by Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt, will return to the famous circuit next month, where it will be paraded by Hamilton's grandson, Dominic.

This appearance on June 15, celebrates the 50th anniversary of its victory, when it hit the record books as the first car to average more than 100mph in the history of the world's premier endurance race.

The car was also the first one to be fitted with the then experimental Dunlop disc brakes and covered 2534 miles at an average speed of 105.85 mph.

Jaguars also finished second, fourth and ninth.

Duncan Hamilton's son, Adrian, bought the C-Type from the Briggs Cunningham Museum in the United States in 1984. Since then it has been fully restored and has appeared at a number of international historic racing events including the Le Mans Classic, where it won its class with Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel.

LOOKING to make your Astra or Vectra saloon really stand out from the crowd, then check out the new accessories brochure from styling experts Irmscher, available from all Vauxhall dealers.

The latest offerings for the Vectra include a deep lower spoiler and matt black Irmscher cross-hatch grille, while sculptured side sills, rear lower skirt and a subtle rear wing spoiler transform the car's profile.
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Date:May 16, 2003
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