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Lurking in a suburban garage, among the neatly-trimmed lawns and well-tended flowerbeds, lurks a monster.

When new, the Ford Popular was Britain’s lowest priced car, a sit-up-and-beg budget model featuring a sidevalve 1172cc, 30bhp engine capable of just 60mph (which took about 30 seconds to reach).

But now, Michael Bates’ Pop could blow most modern cars away in a race from the lights with a dip of the throttle – thanks to a 5.7-litre Chevvy V8, churning out about 300bhp.

We chatted to Michael, from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, to find out why … and you can see much more about the British hot rod scene over at Influx.

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