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Ford Mustang V8 GT: Past Master.

It is dusk. The dark descends as, out of the gloom, emerges a slender figure. “That’s enormous”, said my wife, “also a bit flash”. Naturally, I expected this reaction and was ready for it. I started the car and the Ford Mustang 5.0L V8 grumbled into life; I switched on the lights and, jumping out, went around to the passenger side and opened the door to reveal – a puddle light shining a bright, white Mustang onto the road like a personal bat-signal. Job done. Sold to the lady! Continue reading

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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

The American Road #12: 3-Door SUV – USA Shooting Brake.

Bill Crittenden continues his series: The term “shooting brake”, rarely heard in the American automobile market, in modern usage refers to a type of car that combines aspects of a coupé and station wagon. Essentially, it’s most often a 2-door or 3-door station wagon (pick your name…they both refer to two side doors and one rear door). 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

The American Road #8: On The Right Side Of History

Bill Crittenden of the The Crittenden Automotive Library wonders who first decided on which side of the American road was the right side to drive:  I spend a bit of time reading really old newspaper articles on cars, and I’ve got to say that it gives one a completely different perspective to read what was considered important at the time rather than the basic “history” that has filtered down through the years. I found one line especially interesting… Continue reading

When Is Enough Horse Power Enough?

Given the general road conditions, rules and regulations on our tiny island nation there surely has to come a point when an excess of power in a car becomes superfluous. With the wide open spaces available to them (although Bill Crittenden’s article last Monday still applies) American car buyers do not appear to think the same. Continue reading

Sweet Dreams: 2015 Corvette Stingray

There’s not much chance of seeing it in the UK so Matt Keegan of Auto Trends in the USA gives us a vicarious thrill by regaling us about a week of love and lust with the new Corvette Stingray: The seventh generation Corvette (C7) may be GM’s best effort so far in this still young 21st Century. The current interpretation of this iconic sports car made its debut in 2014 and has been pulling down well-deserved awards since. Continue reading