Every Halloween, we notice that the clocks go back, the evenings get darker and everything gets a whole load spookier… there could be any kind of phantom lurking in the shadows, mystery V8 gurgling on the movie screen or cloaked figure taking flight out on the open road. On the scariest day of the year, the Torque team lives to tell the tale of their most ghoulish automotive encounters.

Oli Zombie-Walker - Design Intern

One of the scariest cars to have been made was certainly the Group B era rally cars from the ’80s, in particular the infamous MG Metro 6R4 which was known for its unpredictable heavy handling thanks its lack of power steering, 400+ horsepower and a short-wheelbase making it a very dangerous car to drive on the limit.

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Photo credit: Author's collection

Alex Juggins - Count (Dracula) Manager

The scariest car to haunt the UK’s roads is surely the Reliant Robin – simultaneously the most ironically-named and terrifyingly engineered vehicle ever to be deemed roadworthy. Despite having a name that inspires confidence, conjuring up images of blissful springtime jaunts, the Reliant Robin was in fact a three-wheeled death-trap created by mad scientists in a lab somewhere.

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Photo credit: Author's collection

Paul-tergeist O'Malley - Account Director

My Ford Fiesta 1300 Sport was pretty ghoulish – I painted it in gold Hammerite. The scariest car I ever had was a Renault 5 GT Turbo. In fact, it was terrifyingly fast.

Photo credit: Renault

Photo credit: Renault

Simon (Spider's) Webb - Graphic Designer

I put forward Goliath, the evil nemesis of KITT, who has the Molecular Bonded Shell that Goliath needs to become impenetrable to convectional weaponry. Goliath, built around a 1973 Peterbilt 352 Pace maker was equipped with four missile pods and sleeping gas projectors hidden behind a razor sharp grille guard. The Peterbilt was created to acquire missiles form a top secret military instillation for an African general. Goliath, after acquiring the secret shell coating, was defeated by KITT using a powerful laser targeting the trailer hitch which wasn’t missed in the coating process. Then another laser was used to target the missile pods which destroyed the cab.

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Eu-ooooo-an Antona - Junior Account Executive

Surely nothing is more horrifying than the Pontiac Aztek. I know it’s somewhat of a cliché in the automotive world to throw shade at the Aztek but, like 1960s concrete architecture, it is truly a design of its time. With its ‘go-anywhere’ plastic cladding and confused crossover silhouette, it’s enough to make anyone recoil.

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Photo credit: Author's collection

Peter 'Haunting' Haynes - Group Director

I once sat in a Maserati 3200 GT press car as we tried to ‘max’ it on Millbrook’s bowl. The terror as we hit about 150mph and the car began floating towards the Armco barrier will never leave me. Scary.

Photo credit: Maserati

Photo credit: Maserati

Tomb Ricketts - Senior Account Executive

The Doof Wagon from Mad Max: Fury Road. Nothing more terrifying than a giant truck with stacks of speakers being ridden by a masked warrior blasting metal on a flame-throwing guitar.

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Horrid Henry Willis - Senior Account Manager

The Caterham Seven is a phenomenal car — yet the rapid-fast 620R I drove on open roads was enough to push the best of us mere mortals into the land of the undead. Driving on cut-slick tyres, the tuned sports car’s wheels spun at even the slightest suggestion of grabbing at the clutch, and its incredible acceleration is truly a scary feat of fear-inspiring engineering.

Photo credit: Caterham Cars

Photo credit: Caterham Cars

Ian 'IT' Tonkin - Account Director

A throwback to Microsoft Monster Truck Madness for Windows 95. I spent hours playing as Grave Digger and managed to even witness him at a live monster truck rally. What a legend.

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Deadly Dija Mulla - Social Media Manager

I nominate the Chevy COE from Jeepers Creepers. It was the first horror film I ever saw and it really creeped me out, but for some reason, my brothers and I watched it loads of times! Every time I see a similar car, I get the hibigeebies. Who knew a car could be so creepy!

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