You may have noticed that summer seems to have well and truly ended over the past ten days or so, a fact we were reminded of during a recent trip to the Peak District. The shoot was arranged back in the heady days of August, with the new Ford Focus ST, Hyundai i30 N, VW Golf GTI TCR and our long-term Renault Sport Megane 300 Trophy along for the ride. Four hot hatches, we're sure you'll agree, that couldn't be better suited to exploring the twisty sun-scorched roads of the north.
Mother Nature had other ideas, though, and the downpour that greeted us and poor photographer Sim dispelled any hopes of one final balmy day out of the office before the seasons changed. Still, while we turned our heated seats up a notch he persevered, coming away with some fantastic shots - including this one of the convoy traversing Winnats Pass.
You'll be able to read our conclusions from the sodden showdown this weekend, but for now you can enjoy our efforts in Pic of the Week form. As the weather continues to turn and the nights draw in, it'll hopefully serve as a reminder that there's plenty of motoring fun still to be had.
Photo: Sim Mainey