Monthly Archives: January 2016

camping, caravan, caravaning, DriveWrite Automotive

UK Camping And Caravan Holidays in The 21st Century

Aren’t Summer holidays great! Winging your way to warm, foreign climes for two weeks of relaxing bliss; coming back totally skint with a sunburned spouse, a daughter who is just going to die because she’s had to leave Alexandros – the Greek waiter and would-be consummate lover (if you hadn’t had the little toe-rag sussed from day one) – and a bowel-disturbing condition which may have been caused by the ‘freshly washed’ salad bar or last night’s slow-cooked lamb kleftiko. “Does this smell funny to you”? Continue reading

Public transport, DriveWrite Automotive

The Case For Public Transport. Or Not.

I sat down over Christmas and actually did something that might be considered to be akin to proper work. I did some calculations and considered the ramifications of travelling from my place of residence in glorious, rainswept Wiltshire to beyond Castle Black and The Wall and on to Edinburgh. The choice: Car or public transport. Continue reading

Range Rover Sport: Out And About

I usually hate snow. As lovely and white and virginal as it might appear on the surface, it has an underlying dark side which makes driving unpleasant and arduous. I don’t want it on my patch, it’s as simple as that; except of course when my ride is the magnificent Range Rover Sport you see in the images. When I heard that the Sport was booked it was like the sound of music to my ears. The cold white stuff would be a welcome distraction. Continue reading

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The DVLA – And All Who Sail In Her.

As we know, the sensible thinking behind the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” rarely applies to anything any government does at any given time. Usually and disingenuously they like to tell us that changes are for our own good yet in reality this rarely seems to be the case. Continue reading

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Tesla Model X Marks The Spot

When you are born with a name like Elon Musk – which is open to anagram activity and Spoonerisms – it pays to quickly gain credibility amongst your peers by becoming successful. It helps that by reaching back in time to the founding fathers of electricity, you name your company Tesla and become a cutting edge, worldwide automotive brand. Getting in on the burgeoning SUV market, Tesla Motors now offer the remarkable Tesla Model X. Continue reading

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Should Older Car Journalists Be Humanely Put Down?

Life moves on. Time and tide wait for no man. Science advances, but like the grizzled denizens of the automotive jungle that they are, perhaps some car scribes have been left behind by the technology of the motor car. Before you cry foul, it is with great misgivings that I guess I’ll have to class myself in the ‘older journalist’ bracket so I know of what I speak, yet I must remain impartial. Continue reading

Jaguar XE, DriveWrite Automotive

Out And About With: The Jaguar XE R-Sport

It is oft times said that, in life, a little rain must fall. Well, old sayings are all very well but this winter has been a bit much, frankly. Then, one day last week, appearing like the sun’s rays through sodden skies, like the first snowdrop that heralds Spring, the Jaguar XE R-Sport 2.0L i4 you see in the snaps appeared and suddenly all was right with the world. Continue reading

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The Unsung Automotive Heroes

On a chilly, wet and windy morning that heralded the onset of this freezing spell we are currently enduring, the Jaguar XE R-Sport (that will be reviewed tomorrow) was delivered straight to my domicile. How good is that? Not only are motor manufacturers prepared to lend the likes of me their wares (although it is in their interests obviously) but they actually deliver and collect them. It’s all very civilised. Continue reading

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… And Somewhere A Prius Dies.

Recently I was asked to write an overview of the Tesla Model X. It’s very smart, both aesthetically and technologically, and is very much a clean, green electric machine. I was impressed with it – on paper at least – but my problem is that it does not run on petrol. Continue reading