Category Archives: Classic Cars

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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

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

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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

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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

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Favourite James Bond Cars Of All Time

Last month saw the eagerly-anticipated release of ‘Spectre’ – the 24th James Bond film – with Daniel Craig once again playing the role of secret agent 007. The movies is said to be one of the most expensive films produced of all time and it also featured some of the most iconic cars. Continue reading

A Grand Day Out With Audi Driver Magazine

On Saturday 17th October it seemed like every fast Audi in the UK had descended upon the Castle Combe Circuit in glorious Wiltshire. They were there to celebrate the ever-growing Audi Driver International event organised by Autometrix, publishers of Audi Driver and Volkswagen Driver magazines. Continue reading

Audi Driver International Track Day 2015

Audi RS3, Audi driver MagazineLast week I had the pleasure of the company of the astonishing 362bhp Audi RS3 Sportback for one whole week; a week that seemed to rush by in more ways than one. Although it doesn’t seem appropriate to use the term ‘hot hatch’ for a car that costs the thick end of fifty grand it is in fact so, given that it is one of the fastest and most dynamic of its type on our roads today. Continue reading

The Secretary of Transportation

Crittenden Automotive LibraryWith Tony Bennett crooning ‘If I Ruled The World’ in the background Bill Crittenden wishes he was Secretary of Transportation in the USA: Weird title, I know. It was inspired by a discussion of CVT gearboxes with DriveWrite’s Geoff Maxted where he said he’d ban them as king and I suggested writing about how he’d rule the roads as king. So while we may assume that CVTs will soon be banned under the forthcoming hypothetical rule of King Geoff I (Hey, less of the hypothetical – It’s only a matter of time. Ed.), he also suggested I come up with the same for the United States. Continue reading

Little Boxes – Are Cars becoming Boring?

DriveWrite AutomotiveIt is wrong to generalise, so they say. In the global scheme of things though sometimes it is necessary to get a point across and the point is the state of the car industry. On the face of it, the motor car business is in rude health and car makers boast on a monthly basis about the latest, greatest sales results ever. That’s great, but at what price for real car enthusiasts? Continue reading

Hell’s Grandparents – Age With Attitude

Vauxhall VivaIn an effort to promote their new Viva, Vauxhall have revealed new research that show older British folk are experiencing a ‘second wind’ (not curry related) in their fifties, rediscovering the feeling they had from their early twenties. Wahey!! That Helen Mirren eh? What a doll etc. Continue reading