Shatchback Calendar 2013

It seems as though you can get a calendar for just about anything these days. Walk into a shop during the run up to Christmas and you’ll be greeted by a selection of calendars to suit all tastes. If you like firefighters, kittens, kittens being rescued by firefighters, Cliff Richard, New Kids Take Direction 17, Top Gear or Jordan Price, you’re pretty much sorted. But as far as I’m aware, there’s never been a calendar for Shatchbacks. Until now…
If I’d have sorted myself out last year, there would have been a Shatchback calendar for 2012. But I didn’t. So there isn’t.

Instead, it’s time to plan for 2013 and thanks to the input of James Winstanley (@JWinstanley), I have a cunning plan as to how it will work. And this is where the readers of PetrolBlog come in.

Chery QQ6 Shatchback
Chery QQ6

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to snap Shatchbacks. That’s right, if you’re out and about and see an automotive afterthought, whip out your iAndBerry or camera and take a photo. The best 12 will be chosen for the Shatchback 2013 calendar.

What’s in it for you? Well, anyone who submits a photo that makes it on to the calendar will receive a copy of the calendar absolutely free. It’s often said that the best things in life are free and this just about proves that theory. Naturally you’ll also receive a full credit for the shot. A few calendars will also be given away a couple to loyal fans of PetrolBlog on Facebook and twitter, as well as the followers of @MajorGav. Depending on the number of photos submitted, I’ll also endeavour to showcase each and every Shatchback captured.

The precise format of the calendar is still to be decided, (offers of a graphic design nature will be gratefully accepted), but it will happen. Yes, the demand will be small, but surely a Shatchback calendar is more appealing than one of Alan Titchmarsh. Or Ann Widdecombe?

You can email your photos to, or post them on twitter using the #Shatchback hashtag. Photos can also be posted on PetrolBlog’s Facebook wall. Just make sure that all entries are received by the 31st August 2012.

Renault Clio Sedan
Renault Clio

The PetrolBlog team will choose the best entries in September. We’re looking for variety of models, interesting locations and good humour. We don’t tend to take things too seriously here. Just don’t get into any trouble taking the photos!

So that’s that. Whether you’re in southern Europe, South America, Southend or Southampton, it’s time to go hunting Shatchbacks. Keep your eyes peeled for those booted horrors.

But please, don’t have nightmares. PetrolBlog takes no responsibility for photographic equipment damaged as a result of Shatchback snapping.

For a reminder of the Shatchbacks that have appeared on PetrolBlog to date, have a look here.

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Gavin Big-Surname
The chief waffler and founder of PetrolBlog in 2010. Has a rather unhealthy obsession with cars from the 80s and 90s, and is on a one-man mission to collect the cars nobody else wants. Also likes tea and Hobnobs.


  1. May 12, 2012

    Sadloons? Sad ‘Uns? I know the currently accepted term is Shatchbacks but they were all Autocars once.

  2. May 12, 2012
    Antony Ingram (@antonyingram)

    Cracking idea. Time to get a’huntin’…

  3. May 12, 2012
    Simon Hingston

    Will put the camera in the car 🙂

  4. May 13, 2012

    I live in Portugal so may have a bit of an advantage………… Camera is packed in the car and ready

  5. May 14, 2012

    I do believe I too will jump aboard this band wagon, need a good excuse to get the camera out anyway!

  6. May 14, 2012
    Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

    Thanks for all your comments, guys. I saw a classic example myself today. A base-spec, white Megane Shatchback with one hubcap missing. I’ll be hunting it down this week!

  7. June 5, 2012
    James Godwin

    an interesting prelude to the forthcoming Shatchbacks from BMW and Audi, the A3 and 1-Series. I love this fascinating stuff and will be poised with a camera in Greece next month (or I may just drink beer and stay on the beach). Sorry to see the Clio has been done to death though as that is a classic Belmont. In fact is there a collective noun for these runts? An Orion of S/backs? A Ballade?

    • June 5, 2012
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      Ah yes, the premium Shatchbacks! Will watch them with interest.

      A collective noun you say?! Good call. The winning idea may make its way on to the calendar…


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