If you could sum up the essence of classic English motoring it would look like a GCS Hawke. With its swooping front wings that seem to go on forever and its spritely performance it is the quintessential weekend tourer, with space for a driver and passenger plus luggage.

Yes, I know that many Lotus Seven lookalikes get you from A to B faster and any one of a million Cobra clones will probably win in the popularity stakes but if you want a car that soaks up the miles AND turns heads as you glide past you really can’t do much better than a Hawke.

Underneath the body shell lies a heavy duty steel ladder frame chassis that is plenty rigid enough for any number of engine options, from a Ford Pinto or Zetec to a Rover V8. So it’s obviously no slouch when it comes to putting your foot down.

To bring everything to a halt, the GCS Hawke sports front disc brakes and rear drums, with an option to upgrade to rear discs if you feel the need. Spax adjustable shocks keep the power where you want it, hugging the tree lined country roads as you flash towards your weekend destination.

Overall, while the Hawke will probably never win any prizes on the racetrack, it more than makes up for it by being a stunningly pretty and very capable weekend tourer that will leave you itching for that weekend rally to come around sooner.