Monthly Archives: May 2015

Money In The Black Box

It has recently been announced that, thanks to an EU edict with effect from 2018, all new cars in Britain and Europe will have to be fitted with automatic ‘SOS’ black boxes. These emergency calling devices will be mandatory under new rules despite opposition from the UK’s Conservative led Government on grounds of cost. Some are also concerned about ‘Big Brother’ tactics and are not convinced that car owners’ privacy will be adequately safe-guarded. Continue reading

BMW 520d Touring M Sport Auto

Colin Hubbard assesses a frugal 5 Series: There was a time that when you ordered a big Mercedes or BMW the informal rule was that it would have to be at least the 6-cylinder engine for ease of progress and ultimately smoothness. This was also the time that people asked you how fast your car goes, but the question now is how many miles do you get from a gallon of fuel. Continue reading

The Last Days Of The Hot Hatch

Back in the dark, historic days of the Twentieth Century with its Three Day Week, ghastly New Romantics and Cadbury’s Smash, tourists were allowed to roam free around Stonehenge, touch the ancient monument and wonder…
Here, in the blighted present, seekers of history are kept well away from the stone circle (unless they are famous or political or Druids) and are herded through the now ubiquitous visitor’s centre before exiting through the gift shop. Continue reading

British Motoring TV

Colin Hubbard, formerly of the late, lamented Speedmonkey motoring website, writes his first article on DriveWrite: Once upon a time there was a small television programme called Top Gear. A popular, sensible show that concentrated on reviewing cars and even covered motorsport featuring such classic presenters as Tony Mason, Sue Baker, Tiff Needell, Jason Dawe, Chris Goffey, Willian Woollard, Quentin Wilson, the list goes on. Continue reading

Rise Of The Old Drivers

For as long as I can remember, ‘old people’ have been represented on television and elsewhere as being decrepit denizens of bowls clubs, bingo halls and old folks homes. It is as patronising as saying that all young people are drug addicts. Even the former ‘so-called’ presenters of Top Gear used to place everyone over sixty into the slow lane of life, usually in a Peugeot. Continue reading

Review – The Formidable 2015 Audi TT Coupé

When people think about the name of Audi there’s a good chance they will immediately associate it with the word ‘quattro’ because that, in a way, sums up the brand. Thus it was very refreshing to drive a TT version that was front-wheel drive for a change. Further more, our car eschewed the ubiquitous DSG auto gearbox in favour of a good old six speed manual. Continue reading

New: Ford Ka Special Editions

Ford have just announced that the company is introducing the new Ka Black and Ka White editions of its city car, with exclusive and stylish exterior and interior designs. The Ford Ka Zetec Black and Zetec White editions offer a sophisticated, personalised design with black bodywork or white bodywork and white interior detailing. Both colour schemes create a classic look with a fresh, contemporary appeal and pure, uncomplicated styling. Continue reading

Introducing The Audi TT Ultra TDI

Last week it was my pleasure to enjoy a week road-testing the brilliant Audi TT (pictured left) powered by the usual 2.0L TSFI 230PS petrol engine. Once, back in the day, we would never have dreamed of considering a sports car with a diesel engine – it just wasn’t right, somehow. Oil-burners were for working vehicles, not recreation. How things have changed. Continue reading