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The Way Car Journalists Were

Why writers & journalists have it easy today… In general, car manufacturers are very generous to motoring journalists and it is appreciated. Scribes and snappers are invited to events and launches, all, or at least most, expenses paid. Recently, I was asked to attend, with VIP status, a prestigious motor racing event, for example. Very nice. Certainly the work can be demanding at times but you can’t fault the arrangements. Continue reading

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Cars & Motoring: Help Not Hinder

Whatever the result of June’s exciting general election, the UK’s next government must, says the Freight Transport Association (FTA), support logistics businesses to enable them to reduce vehicle emissions and cope with the transition to Clean Air Zone regulations. Continue reading

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Road Safety: Drive Safer For ’17

Someone, not me, once said words to the effect of, ‘It isn’t ice or fog or snow or rain that causes car accidents, it is drivers’. Very true. I’m reminded of this by the tragic multi-car pile-up on the A40 at Oxford. Generally, we will never know the actual circumstances but at least one fool was clearly driving too fast for the conditions and roped innocent people into his or her death wish. Once again road safety is a hot topic. Continue reading

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Cars & Advertising: Make It Stop.

A company has employed professional man-candy Johnny Depp to be ‘The Face Of’ a scent for men. In it he encounters a commuting buffalo, does some digging and and stands in the wilderness with a thousand-yard stare. What does this tell you other than the advertising ‘executive’ who came up with this tosh presumably has a mentality that makes Ronnie Pickering seem like a dangerous intellectual. Welcome to the world of advertising. Continue reading

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Car vs Bike – The British At War

This week I have been mostly watching the Tirreno-Adriatico CYCLING Stage Race live from sunny Italy. When I mentioned this elsewhere, a car and motoring colleague was slightly horrified. What was I thinking of? Well, back in the day I participated in and wrote about both road cycling and mountain biking; at least until falling off became too painful. The point is, I can see both sides of the battle for our roads between cars and bikes. Continue reading

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Our Disappearing Culture

Picture by Nick Youngson: It’s good that we still have a strongish car culture in this country (although not one that can touch the USA) but, over the coming few years, we will witness it morph and change as the regulations pile up and the interest in proper motors wanes – and it isn’t just our car culture that is disappearing. A few days ago I bemoaned the lack of any decent pop or rock music these days and I don’t want to labour the point again, but I will. Continue reading

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Smoking, Choking Cars

Those amongst you who have been around for a very long time may well remember that there was once a brand of cigarettes called ‘Strand’. The advertisements had the strap-line, “You’re never alone with a Strand”. The standing joke was that total strangers would come up and try and mump a snout from you. Presumably if you happened to be in the City of Westminster, on the Strand, with a Strand, you may have been absolutely mobbed by people, possibly politicians. The point was, smoking made you popular. Continue reading