Gallery: M celebrates its 40th birthday
And TopGear.com headed to Germany to join the party… Rowan Horncastle reports
Posted: 11 Dec 2013
The first thing you notice about the M1 is the low seating position. After limboing down to its 45-inch height, you sit legs straight, bum low and back upright. The second thing you notice is that the pedals have moved. They're massively off-centre, so you need feet from the 70s (we're assuming that evolution has grown feet in the meantime). The clutch is in the middle of the steering column and the other pedals go east from there.
First time up, my foot gets stuck on a ledge next to the clutch when depressing it. Slightly disconcerting, but with a quick wiggle it's free, and then I face my second problem. My less brawny 21st century arms aren't quite prepared for the heavy steering. But with a fictitious can of spinach consumed, and an emergency pair of gentlemen's veg spurred into action, the M1 and its ageing Pirelli P7s are out on track.