Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Cruising For Burgers – Driving For Pleasure

The annual Riviera Run coming up at the end of April, is a two-day weekend festival held at the Newquay View Resort nestling in the folds of Porth Valley on the outskirts of the popular Cornish resort town and dedicated to the Mini of legend. There’s all manner of larks – this is in Newquay after all; there’s a show and shine and, of course, the chance to cruise the streets in and around the town in a display of automotive passion. Continue reading

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Honda Civic Type R – Men 2 Boyz

One of the things that gladdens my heart is the knowledge that car makers are still prepared to build cars like the Honda Civic Type R featured here. Cars that fly in the face of the current mood of eco-consciousness like a hot dog stand at a vegan conference. People who ask, ‘what is the point of vents and gills that don’t appear to do anything’, are, by saying that, missing the very point of them. Continue reading

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Car vs Bike: The Saga Continues

As an experienced driver and also a long-time cyclist I am often asked which is best, motor car or bicycle, and I always answer clearly, precisely and definitively: ‘It depends’. Each form of transport has its merits and its drawbacks. I resolved to give it some proper thought because it is well overdue for the constant war of words, abuse and fists to stop and for motorists and bikeists to finally get along. Continue reading

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Speeding? Can You Trust Your Insurer?

A few years ago I was flashed by a speed camera. Apparently – although I continue to swear it wasn’t me and anyway even if it was, and I’m not saying that, it was all a terrible mistake – I was speeding at 37 miles per hour in a 30 zone, they alleged. As you can expect I fulminated and fumed. I cursed and cried bitter tears of frustration about the injustice of it all. Above me the skies darkened and it began to rain in sympathy and even the clouds seemed somehow sad. Continue reading

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Mazda MX-5 RF Fastback – What We Always Wanted

Mazda have revealed the Mazda MX-5 RF (“retractable fastback”) today on the eve of the New York International Auto Show. The latest version of the legendary sports car offers a new dimension of open-top driving fun while at the same time staying true to the purpose of the company’s previous retractable hardtop MX-5. The idea is that this makes the roadster experience accessible to a broader range of drivers. Continue reading

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Peugeot 508 RXH – It’s Good But What Is It For?

I always applaud efforts by car makers to try something that moves at least part of their range out of the ‘mainstream’ even if it doesn’t always work out. The RCZ-R from the French manufacturer is a fine little sports car for example but is, alas being, deleted from the catalogue. That’s a shame and a sign of the times. The Peugeot 508 RXH is another example; it is the company’s effort to add a premium ‘all-roader’ model to the range but sadly it doesn’t quite come off. Continue reading

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Shun The Car

As you go about your daily grind have you ever wondered how you set about getting highly lucrative employment in the fields of research and investigative study? The jobs must, like the truth, be out there because there seems to be many well-funded organisations at home and abroad that each have a ‘Department of Researching & Stating The Bleeding Obvious’. Continue reading

Motorparks’ Essential Pre-MOT Checklist

Motorparks, new cars, used car, MOTThese helpful tips provided by Motorparks – who know a thing or two about car maintenance – will give drivers a very good chance of getting their cars successfully through a MOT test on the first time of asking.

Fortunately, the Chancellor has spared us from motoring tax rises this time but such advice is sure to be welcomed for motorists who are looking to save money where they can.  It just makes sense: Continue reading

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Volvo S60 – In At The Business End

With the proliferation of hatchbacks available these days it is hard to see the appeal of saloon cars, like the Volvo S60 D3 SE Lux Nav featured here, in the family car market. Certainly, it is family-sized with a roomy interior and a deep boot that will swallow 380L of luggage but without the wide-open aspect of, say, the V60 hatch models and I would hazard a guess that sales will be limited. The appeal of this car lies in my view firmly in the executive business car bracket. Continue reading