Monthly Archives: February 2017

Absolute Reg, private number plates, personalised registrations, car reg, number plate

The Road To Individuality

Have you ever seen one of those old films that show a gloomy future that is dull, colourless and where everyone dresses the same? Big Brother in black and white. Prisoners of society. Nobody wants that yet we get sort of sucked into conforming to this standard or that mode of dress by the dictates of the law, of the fabric, fashion and food industries and, yes, even by the motor industry. Continue reading

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In The Heart Of England With A Porsche 718 Cayman

In England rain is a tradition. We look to the skies and wonder what that bright orb is above our heads. Eventually we recall dim memories of something called the sun. Well, a couple of weeks ago a little sun entered my life in the form of the latest version of the legendary Porsche Cayman (launch reviewed here), now designated with the number 718 in memory of a long-ago racing car. Inevitably, the weather failed to play ball and was typically appalling. I therefore am obliged to apologise for the dirty state of the car in some of my images. Continue reading

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Alfa Romeo Mito & The Curate’s Egg

I must apologise for the state of the test car in my images, which is why I have also used AR media snaps. In my defence, the weather that week was appalling. You simply cannot keep a car clean in winter. That’s my excuse. Now, call me peculiar but I have a soft spot for Alfa Romeo cars of all ages. When, in due time, Gabriel and his air-horns call me to that great parking garage in the sky I know I will be given free entry to the petrolhead’s bar and the executive ‘restroom’ because, you see, I have personally owned two brilliant but flawed cars from the Italian manufacturer. Continue reading

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World Rally Championship – The Ice Men Cometh

The all-new specification World Rally Cars head for another fresh challenge as the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship takes the contenders to the snowy and remote forests of Sweden and Norway for the only true winter round in the series. And, once again, fans can catch all the spectacular sideways action on Red Bull TV. Continue reading

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ClearScore & The Finer Things In Life

They are what we all reach for, but the finer things in life usually cost money. If we don’t have it, we can save it or we can borrow it; that’s normal. For example, in 2015, the percentage of people who financed a car purchase rose from 45% to 75% thanks to new ways of buying or leasing. The trouble is, borrowing money comes with the twin burdens of risk and responsibility. Continue reading

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Nissan X-Trail – A Worthy SUV Contender

Nissan X-Trail is not a silly or meaningless name for a car – unlike some I could mention. It conjures up an image of the great outdoors and of rugged exploration. The thing is, like almost every other car in these lifestyle days, or so it seems to me, the Nissan is now softer in its approach to the SUV market. Continue reading

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Motoring Money: Cars That Hold Their Value

It is often said that buying a car can be one of the most expensive lifetime purchases with the obvious exception of your house. Unlike a house, cars will suffer value depreciation quickly so new or used car buyers will want to try and lay hands on a vehicle that will still be worth as much as possible when it comes time to sell it on. Continue reading