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camping, caravan, NEC, Camping, caravan & motorhome show, holidays, UK, DriveWrite Automotive, motoring, car

This Year The Fun Is In Tents

William Shakespeare, quoting Richard III when the sales were on, penned ‘Now is the discount of our winter tents’, demonstrating how popular camping was even then. As someone who remembers a childhood camping under wet, smelly canvas it is surprising that I still like it now. I guess it must be my inherent sense for the call of the wild. Why, once I went camping in Snowdonia and even France! I’ve been out there Man; I know. I’m not personally so keen on caravans or posh motorhomes which are the required choice of people with soft hands who need to be in a home-from-home with all mod-cons, but I don’t mind a bit of camping. 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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MUSTN’T GRUMBLE: 1. The Councils

‘Mustn’t Grumble’ is a new and occasional feature that will appear when I, rather than explode, will find it necessary to have a very British rant: No.1. The Councils

1852: “As to Corporations, Parishes, Vestry Boards and similar gatherings of jolter-headed clods who assemble to exchange such speeches that, by Heaven! they ought to be worked in quicksilver mines for the short remainder of their miserable existence… how thick skulls may become”: Mr Boythorn, Bleak House by Charles Dickens.

2016: So, not much has changed then… Continue reading

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Traffic Officer DriveWrite – Road Warrior

I love driving but enough is enough. For a long time now I have complained and grumbled about driving standards on Britain’s roads but has anyone listened? No. Today I had to witness, within the space of twenty minutes, two incidences of driving idiocy. One of speeding and one of total carelessness. Both these thoughtless cretins clearly had other things on their tiny minds to bother about other road users. Continue reading

car care, Christmas, driving, road safety,

Make Christmas Different – Don’t Do It!

Before you start, there’s a good reason for this as you’ll see:

Yes folks, it’s that time of year again when the true horror of what is to come begins to dawn upon us. For me, it started in Marks & Spencers. Men in ties were pulling stands about. I said, “You’re setting up for the Christmas displays aren’t you? Do you not realise that it is still September and the sun is shining”? They just smiled sheepishly but otherwise refused to acknowledge their obvious guilt. That’s when the thought came to me… Continue reading

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Subaru WRX STi – Old School, Still Cool

Many will remember the halcyon days of rallying when Colin McRae monstered the World Rally Championship in the forerunner of the Scooby featured here. Then, for a while and unaccountably, the Subaru WRX STi went all hatchback-y and the purists grumbled. It was just wrong. Then it disappeared completely! Then, a couple of years or so ago, Subaru brought it back to the UK! Hurrah! Continue reading

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You’ve Passed Your Driving Test, Now Learn To Drive

With tragic and wearisome regularity, we hear or read about another car crash where the victims are young people. Often, the youthful driver is inexperienced; perhaps having a laugh, then – a wet road with rain-washed gravel, a fast bend and sudden driving death. A familiar mix marked by a sad, soggy memorials at the roadside. Continue reading