Bowood House, Jaguar F-Pace, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring, car, blog

A Change Of F-Pace At Bowood House

A version of this article, written by me, first appeared on Automoblog in the USA:  Last week I was forced to spent my time driving and assessing a Jaguar F-Pace for the ultimate benefit of others. I know what you’re thinking but it really was not too much of a hardship. Somebody has to do it. There’s really no need to thank me. Continue reading

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Jaguar F-Pace – The Distinctive SUV

As you no doubt know, the Jaguar F-Pace has been warmly received and is highly regarded. What’s not to like, after all? It is stylish and well made right here in Britain; it drives with athletic prowess and there’s ample space for the whole family yet I couldn’t quite help harbouring a slight sense of disappointment when the first snaps appeared. I guess I was hoping for something different and more exciting. I’m not complaining though; after all I am very fortunate to be loaned these cars and the distinctive Jaguar F-Pace almost reaches the pinnacle of the prestige SUV pole. Continue reading

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I Want My Old Car Back!

There is a wearying inevitability about new mainstream car launches these days. The latest technology that can do this and that when underneath they are all pretty much the same. Automotive things ain’t what they used to be. On the other hand, our personal history of cars past could just be recollections that are half-created, half-perceived, perhaps, but none the less real for that. In short, were the cars of yesteryear much more interesting? Continue reading

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The Internet & The Final Frontier

Some of us remember the brave new day of computers. Spending a half hour watching an oblong shape turning through ninety degrees and going, ‘Wow!’. Then, with a fanfare, the electric internet arrived. The ultimate computer tool; facts at our fingertips. The world will be a better place. Continue reading

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Banging The Drum For Honda & Swindon

The 10th generation of the extremely attractive new Honda Civic has been unveiled at the company’s UK manufacturing base in beautiful down-town Swindon, Gateway To The West; and by west I mean as far as the United States. Production of the car is already underway and the first units already are landing in North America. Continue reading

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The Subaru Forester – Not Trying To Be Something Else

It is well known in my circles that I am prepared to drive many miles for Rossi’s ice cream. One taste a long time ago on the Southend seafront and I was hooked. You can extol the virtues of your modern, exotic-flavoured, nature’s own ice-extravaganzas as much as you like but I will always, always say, ‘Make mine a Rossi’s’. I love it because all trends and fads pass it by like so much floating ephemera. It does not try to be something it isn’t. Rather conveniently like the Subaru Forester 2.0L XC diesel 4×4 featured here. Continue reading

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Cars & Advertising: Make It Stop.

A company has employed professional man-candy Johnny Depp to be ‘The Face Of’ a scent for men. In it he encounters a commuting buffalo, does some digging and and stands in the wilderness with a thousand-yard stare. What does this tell you other than the advertising ‘executive’ who came up with this tosh presumably has a mentality that makes Ronnie Pickering seem like a dangerous intellectual. Welcome to the world of advertising. Continue reading

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Subaru WRX STi – Old School, Still Cool

Many will remember the halcyon days of rallying when Colin McRae monstered the World Rally Championship in the forerunner of the Scooby featured here. Then, for a while and unaccountably, the Subaru WRX STi went all hatchback-y and the purists grumbled. It was just wrong. Then it disappeared completely! Then, a couple of years or so ago, Subaru brought it back to the UK! Hurrah! Continue reading