Category Archives: Classic Cars

Object Of Desire – The Maserati Ghibli.

MaseratiWho remembers that star of the silver screen, Gina Lollobrigida? In her heyday not only was she a fine actor but was also heart-stoppingly beautiful and very, very Italian. I’m delighted to say she is still with us today. This is the thing about Italy; the country staggers from one financial or corruption linked scandal to another yet consistently manages to turn out lasting things of beauty. It has always been so. Continue reading

Jaguar F-Type Coupé 5 litre V8 AWD – Short Drive Review

Jaguar F-Type CoupeColin Hubbard continues his series: Since Tata bought Jaguar and Land Rover in 2008 both companies fortunes and successes have flourished to make them a worldwide premium brand. Look down a celebrities’ street or box office movie and both brands will be commonplace. Jaguar have traditionally been a gentleman’s car builder, making cars for the more mature professional. My Father aspired to own one for many years and took the plunge in 1993 with an XJ6, followed that with an XJ8 and then a modern day Morse car replica the S-Type. Continue reading

The American Road #10: Goodbye General Lee

confederate flag, General Lee, Dodge ChargerBill Crittenden talks personally about why the fuss over the Confederate battle Flag in the USA is important: You might have heard that the Confederate flag is a bit controversial here in the States all of a sudden since nine African Americans were gunned down in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s even seeped into the automotive news, with Warner Bros. canceling licensing of models of the flag-adorned “General Lee” Dodge Charger and NASCAR issuing a statement about their non-use of a flag quite popular at stock car events across the American South. Continue reading

Rolls Royce Ghost Series II – Short Drive Review

Polls Royce GhostColin Hubbard encounters a Ghost: When you turn the key in a modern Rolls Royce the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ elegantly glides out of the top of the vertically staked highly polished grill. Spirit of Ecstasy is Rolls’ mascot dating back to 1911 and roughly translates to heart and soul with overpowering emotion – quite a bold claim for a motor car. Is this BMW owned Rolls Royce Ghost worthy of such a claim? I’m about to sample one to see if it has the power and drama to woo and to wow me. Continue reading

Objects In The Rear View Mirror

The originalReading in my Sunday newspaper supplement I noticed that most of the ads for concerts and the like comprised of ancient creaking relics from the past like The Moody Blues, A-Ha and the Drifters. It seems that these acts can still fill auditoria and turns like the Rolling Stones – who are literally as old as the hills – can still pack a stadium. What passes for pop and rock these days is turned out by pre-packed, ready-to-eat solo singer/songwriters, refugees from appalling TV talent shows or weedy bands with no oomph and tidy hair. Continue reading

A Visit To Great Escape Cars

This article was first published in Classic Motoring magazine: Many people wonder about the pleasures of classic car ownership and Great Escape Cars offer the ideal solution – classic car hire. This provides the opportunity to experience a wide variety of collectible vehicles without the outlay and set-backs. Continue reading

Introducing the Mitsuoka Roadster

Here’s an interesting new entrant into our sports car market. Mitsuoka Motor’s “classic” Mitsuoka Roadster will be making its European debut as it launches in the UK under the exclusive distribution of T W White & Sons and will be on display in a number of their showrooms located across Surrey, South London and Kent. Continue reading

Wilton Classic & Supercar Show Is Next Weekend

Visitors to this weekend’s (June 6/7) Wilton Classic & Supercar show are set to be wowed by some of the most extravagant, historic, expensive and amazing cars in the world. The two day event in Wiltshire will showcase millions of pounds of classic cars and supercars. There will also be the most impressive Bugatti collection ever assembled and the first appearance together of the McLaren of Senna and Prost’s Ferrari since they famously crashed in the Japanese Grand Prix 25 years ago. Continue reading

The Last Days Of The Hot Hatch

Back in the dark, historic days of the Twentieth Century with its Three Day Week, ghastly New Romantics and Cadbury’s Smash, tourists were allowed to roam free around Stonehenge, touch the ancient monument and wonder…
Here, in the blighted present, seekers of history are kept well away from the stone circle (unless they are famous or political or Druids) and are herded through the now ubiquitous visitor’s centre before exiting through the gift shop. Continue reading

British Motoring TV

Colin Hubbard, formerly of the late, lamented Speedmonkey motoring website, writes his first article on DriveWrite: Once upon a time there was a small television programme called Top Gear. A popular, sensible show that concentrated on reviewing cars and even covered motorsport featuring such classic presenters as Tony Mason, Sue Baker, Tiff Needell, Jason Dawe, Chris Goffey, Willian Woollard, Quentin Wilson, the list goes on. Continue reading