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The Caterham 7 JPE is a record-breaking blast from the past

In 1993, the now-defunct U.K. magazine Fast Lane was feeling pretty pleased with itself. “We Beat the World” read one of the headlines on the front cover of its May edition.


Beat the world it did. On Monday, March 8, 1993, Mark Hales, a respected journalist and racing driver, found himself strapped into a Caterham 7 JPE (Jonathan Palmer Evolution) lining up at the mile straight at Millbrook, a vehicle testing and development ground in Bedfordshire.


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