Monthly Archives: March 2015

Hooked On History – Classic Cars

To many people, history is just a bunch of old stuff that’s already happened. That’s a shame because, although you can’t change it, you certainly can learn from it – although social evidence seems to show the opposite these days. Never mind. There remains, however, a branch of society that still considers the past to be of importance and something worth treasuring, as all classic car enthusiasts will be pleased to tell you and probably at some length. Continue reading

Where Are Our Traffic Police? (And It’s Not Just Me)

From time to time I bang on about the lack of policing on our roads. I have said before, more than once, that the sight of a police vehicle at the side of a road has always been the best aid to sensible driving. Further, a word in the shell-like of an offender who knows that his card has been marked for the future is so much better than the blanket money-making camera system currently deployed which the authorities see as the be-all and end-all of road safety. Continue reading

Sick At The Wheel.

At the time of writing this I am languishing semi-prone, like a pallid beached manatee, suffering from some frightful man-ailment. The season for coughs and colds is upon us and this one has been doing the familial rounds where it has been incubated, nurtured and intensified until being passed onto me at its most virulent. Woe, woe and thrice woe! Continue reading

Jaguar XFR Still Has The Power To Please

This review is coming to you earlier than expected because DriveWrite is pinned down in the house with some mediaeval malady. I must have brushed against one of those archeologists digging up the Bedlam pits or something. For this reason, sitting alone outside with lots of lovely petrol in it, is my featured car today, the Jaguar XFR. This is a performance version of the regular XF saloon and it has not had quite the workout I would have liked. Continue reading

The War On Motorists Continues – And It’s Going Global.

The recent announcement from the motorist’s chum, our very own jovial Eric Pickles, about the curtailing of council persecution of drivers for monetary gain is good news. It is tempting to think that the war on motorists is, if not over, then in abeyance but sadly this is not so. Continue reading

When Is Enough Horse Power Enough?

Given the general road conditions, rules and regulations on our tiny island nation there surely has to come a point when an excess of power in a car becomes superfluous. With the wide open spaces available to them (although Bill Crittenden’s article last Monday still applies) American car buyers do not appear to think the same. Continue reading

Barn Find Classic Aston Martins At The NEC

A trio of Aston Martins found at opposite ends of the country are set to appear at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show, held at the NEC in Birmingham on the weekend of 28/29 March. Dave Whiting’s 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Vantage Convertible will make the journey from West Sussex to be apart of the Heritage Insurance Barn Find display, aiming to create the UK’s biggest gathering of barn finds. Continue reading

Range Rover Hybrid – As British As Fish & Chips

The sky was Alice Blue and the breeze was cold but the weak, wintry sun heralded a hint of warmer days to come. Thus the decision was made to drive to Weston-super-Mare for a stroll along the prom and to enjoy one of the finer things in life – fish and chips at Winston’s Fish Bar. As luck would have it we were able to make the journey inside our featured car, the Range Rover Hybrid pictured below, which, coincidentally, is also one of the finer things in life. Continue reading