Monthly Archives: December 2015

Nissan GT-R, West Way Nissan, DriveWrite Automotive

Nissan GT-R: My Favourite Car Of 2015

In 2015 I have had the privilege of driving more cars than ever before. It’s been a great year and I’m grateful to all the manufacturers and press officers who made it possible. I don’t usually participate in all this COTY stuff because all the motors are different: differently designed for different people for different purposes to cater for different needs, seen differently. Continue reading

Peugeot, DriveWrite

The Peugeot 308 GTi – Last But By No Means Least

When I say ‘last’ I mean my last press car of 2015 and it is great to end the year on a high note. Just lately I have been moaning about the lack of a fun factor in the motors I’ve been driving. They’re all very worthy and packed with connectivity and designed to run on green veg and seeds and the like, but where’s the driving pleasure? Fortunately today’s friendly French manufacturer has reached up to the top shelf at the back of the shed and taken down the dusty bottle marked ‘pizazz’ and spooned a big dollop of it into the mix that has become the Peugeot 308 GTi. Continue reading

Kawasaki, DriveWrite Automotive

DriveWrite & The Sons Of Panicy

For the most part, the global Everyman would wish in one way or another that his life was other than it is. We endure the cold, dead, bony fingers of State poking into the nether regions of our existence and are thus subject to infuriating interference into how we live and behave. It shouldn’t have to be this way. Continue reading

Classic cars, supercars, DriveWrite Automotive

Wilton Classic & Supercar Show – Now Summer 2017

For the last couple of years I have really enjoyed attending this event and was looking forward to renewing my acquaintance with some fine metal in 2016. The bad news then is that I won’t. With the new vision for the Wilton Classic & Supercar being, they say, as exciting as it is ambitious, it has been decided today to reschedule the event for the Summer of 2017. Continue reading

car mechanics, DriveWrite Automotive

The Dead Art Of Car Mechanics

Although it doesn’t happen so much now, there once was a time that the casual observer would know it was a Sunday because loads of blokes would be out in their drives washing and tinkering with their cars. For some reason this doesn’t happen nearly so much today. Continue reading

dashcam, DriveWrite Automotive

Day Of The Dashcam

Right now, on a shelf high in what is laughingly known as my office, sits a RAC Super HD CarCam awaiting the time I can get off my pert British butt and trial it. This dashcam has many excellent features that I have itemised below, for brevity, and I have no doubt it will do a good job. Continue reading

DS5, Citroen, DriveWrite Automotive

The New (Citroen) DS5 – C’est Magnifique.

I know I’ve said it before, but I like a Citroen. In fact, I own one and I’m very happy with it so I’m always pleased to receive them for evaluation. When Citroen added the DS sub-brand a few years ago it was, they said, designed to “express French style and luxury with beautiful details and exceptional quality”. Essentially, when you get past the usual automotive hyperbole, this means they wanted an upmarket version of their cars. Just like this DS5. Continue reading

YourParkingSpace, parking, driving, bad drivers, automotive

Motoring: Goodbye Neighbour, Hello Councillor.

Here we go again. It is reported in the press that local authority parking profits have risen to a new record high. I think the attitude that prevails in our town halls stems from calling our councils an ‘authority’. Call me naïve but I though that your local politicians were elected to serve the community by making sure the bins were emptied and the like but slowly and insidiously something unpleasant has happened to those who would serve. Continue reading

Motoring, driveWrite Automotive

Too Much Motoring Choice Is Bad For You

Once, long ago in the mists of the 20th Century, people were satisfied with what they had when it came to material things. Austerity had taught them to be careful with money (unlike now). They expected things to last. For their motoring needs they purchased a family car and kept it pretty much until it had reverted to a brown organic state for want of galvanising. Continue reading