Monthly Archives: June 2015

Is The World Endurance Championship The New F1?

Porsche, Le Mans, F1You may have picked on the the fact that I have been unwell for a few days suffering from some appalling man-ailment. As a consequence I haven’t been at the coalface producing stuff, rather I have been on the sick sofa having to endure some quality motorsport as Mrs DriveWrite ministered unto me in a nearly sympathetic manner. It was during one of the best Le Mans for years that I had an epiphany. Continue reading

Volkswagen Polo GTI 3 Door – Short Drive Review

VW Polo GTiColin Hubbard has been at it again. The man’s insatiable. Here’s his latest excellent review: When I think of a small hot hatch the Clio 200, Fiesta ST, Corsa VXR and 208GTi instantly spring to mind. I find it rather strange that the Polo GTI, little brother to the fabulous Golf GTI, has always lived in its shadow and rarely gets a second look. Previous incarnations were a little tame, fine on paper with engines ranging from a 1.8L 20v turbo to a turbo and supercharged little 1.4L but overall they have lacked sparkle. Continue reading

Caterham Seven 360R – Short Drive Review

Colin Hubbard continues his series of road tests, this time taking to the road in a legendary British sports car: Nothing prepares you for your first drive in a Caterham. Twenty minutes behind the wheel of a Rolls Royce Ghost certainly didn’t and I don’t even think an hour on my bike would have. Today is my introduction into the world of lightweight road cars whose purpose is purely to entertain, not really to get you from point A to point B. Continue reading

Honda CR-V 1.6L i-DTEC – A Great All-Rounder

Honda CR-V, Howards Motor GroupWe took the previous model CR-V White Edition on a South Coast road trip last October and found that it was a good and versatile SUV from the Honda stable. You can read about our trip here and much of what that reveals is carried over in the new vehicle. The good news is that some of the niggles have been resolved and now it’s a cracking family vehicle. Continue reading

Objects In The Rear View Mirror

The originalReading in my Sunday newspaper supplement I noticed that most of the ads for concerts and the like comprised of ancient creaking relics from the past like The Moody Blues, A-Ha and the Drifters. It seems that these acts can still fill auditoria and turns like the Rolling Stones – who are literally as old as the hills – can still pack a stadium. What passes for pop and rock these days is turned out by pre-packed, ready-to-eat solo singer/songwriters, refugees from appalling TV talent shows or weedy bands with no oomph and tidy hair. Continue reading

Maserati Ghibli – Italian Style

Maserati Ghibli interiorThe most recent offering from the Maserati stable, the all-new Ghibli, marks a turning point in the Maserati story, as for the first time in its history the Italian company will have two concurrent four-door saloon models. The Ghibli is smaller, shorter, lighter, more dynamic, less expensive and more economical than the flagship Quattroporte and provides a cornerstone in Maserati’s plans to build 50,000 cars a year by 2015. Continue reading

Twenty First Century Ford

Ford Focus, Dews Motor GroupAt the dawn of the 20th Century a chap named Henry Ford looked at the early automobile and saw that it was good, yet felt it could be even better. Founding a company in 1903 he eventually came up with the Model T, a car that was to bring motoring within reaches of the masses. Suddenly, thanks to production line manufacture, your average Joe could afford to take to the road. The rest, as ever, is history. Continue reading

A Visit To Great Escape Cars

This article was first published in Classic Motoring magazine: Many people wonder about the pleasures of classic car ownership and Great Escape Cars offer the ideal solution – classic car hire. This provides the opportunity to experience a wide variety of collectible vehicles without the outlay and set-backs. Continue reading

Our Battery Powered Driving Future

I may have previously mentioned that I have no interest in, nor aptitude for, any branch of science. When I first started school I thought that ‘physics’ was something to do with old-fashioned sweets that exploded in your mouth with a burst of sherbet delight. Continue reading

Introducing the Mitsuoka Roadster

Here’s an interesting new entrant into our sports car market. Mitsuoka Motor’s “classic” Mitsuoka Roadster will be making its European debut as it launches in the UK under the exclusive distribution of T W White & Sons and will be on display in a number of their showrooms located across Surrey, South London and Kent. Continue reading