liam bird

I'm Liam Bird, a freelance Motoring Writer based in the South Shropshire Marches. I currently write car reviews and road tests for a number of regional lifestyle magazines and newspapers which are distributed throughout Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, most of Wales and beyond.

As a member of the Welsh Group of Motoring Writers I'm as happy behind the wheel of a super-mini as I am in the latest super-car. I have press accreditation with most of the major motor manufacturers, meaning that as well as always being on the look out for further commissions, I always have a number of cars arriving each month ready to review.

Find out more on my website or Twitter.

14 Aug 2012

Cynics and fans of the original Mini (I’m including myself on both lists) have sometimes accused BMW, makers of the “modern” MINI, for stretching the concept a little too far. Over the years we’ve seen the introduction of the Cooper and then the Cooper S. Next came the Convertible, followed by the asymmetrically doored Clubman; and soon after that, the larger- than-life Countryman, complete...

07 Aug 2012

BMW’s 3-series seems to have been around for about as long as I can remember. Launched in 1975 it’s only a couple over years (yes, honestly) younger than me, and ever since then it seems, it’s been considered the benchmark aspirational executive saloon.

Recently though, it’s faced some stiff competition.  Obvious contenders include the Mercedes C-class and Audi’s increasingly competent...


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