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.

26 Aug 2016

    It’s been far too long since I sampled something from the Mercedes Benz press fleet, so when the always lovely PR lady emailed offering me the opportunity to try their latest Tourer I jumped at the chance. Mercedes Benz are after all going to great lengths to appeal to a younger audience (that’s why their spending so much on Formula 1), so surely then this new Tourer was aimed directly at...

09 Aug 2016

 

   Sightings of Subarus out in here in the sticks are pretty regular. The farming fraternity, the horsey types, and the catch it, kill it and (not necessarily always) eat it brigade seem to love them, drawn in perhaps by the Japanese manufacturer’s enviable reputation for reliability, near legendary ruggedness, and of course the all-important four wheel-drive. An aged Subaru Legacy,...

19 Jul 2016

 

   You may, like me, not have noticed the subtle face-lift Fiat gave their loveable little 500 last year. After 8 years of production and over 1.5 million sales, Centro Stile FIAT decided it was time to refresh both the 500’s exterior and interior, whilst retaining the unmistakable looks - that were so obviously inspired by the genius of what was the original Dante Giacosa rear-...

03 Jul 2016

     As the popularity of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) continues on its meteoric rise and their sales figures continue to climb the best seller charts pushing aside hatchbacks as they go, it’s almost all too easy to overlook the traditional family-orientated saloon car. For instance: Would you believe it if I were to tell you that these days BMW’s 3 Series outsells Ford’s Mondeo, or what if...

17 Jun 2016

     If there’s a greater invention than ventilated and cooled leather seats I’m yet to find it. Sat in the late afternoon’s traffic, under a panoramic glass roof, and on a day when the dashboard tells me that outside it’s 26 degrees C, I’m actually beginning to feel a tad chilly. As Widnes’s Wednesday commuters wind down their windows and complain about the roadworks I relax, sit back, switch...

04 Jun 2016

 

  Suzuki is well known globally for its expertise in small cars and this is their latest example. Called the Baleno, at 3.99 metres long, it fits nicely into Suzuki’s range between the smaller Swift and the more off-road-orientated Vitara SUV and offers a more rational choice for buyers looking for extra interior space and a larger boot capacity. Suzuki say, the Baleno offers the best...

28 May 2016

   Certain invitations are simply too good to refuse.  “Would you care to join us…?” read McLaren Automotive’s email “for the launch of our all-new 570GT next week. We’ll be based at the Ritz Carlton Abama - in Tenerife”

  Well, they did ask me nicely; it would’ve been rude to say no.   

    A couple of days later and I’ll admit, still trying to fathom why me exactly? I found...

14 May 2016

 

     After my first acquaintance with Suzuki’s new Vitara not long after it was launched last year I concluded that its interior plastics were a little bit on the hard and scratchy side, and that if prospective customers wanted certain specs and options, they should “do their sums carefully before signing on the dotted line”.  

    Having just recently spent another week in the...

08 May 2016

 

With a new name and a firm place on the motoring calendar, the family-friendly Cholmondeley Pageant of Power is one of the most-loved motorsport events in the UK. This year it’s shaking things up with a new name and a host of new exciting features and a revised format.  

And Love Shrewsbury are offering a 15% discount on all tickets to the event.

From...

Airtsream 684 International travel trailer review
25 Apr 2016

 

   It’s a long time since I last had breakfast in an aluminium trailer in Cumbria. Twenty-five years or so ago on a cold November morning I bought a bacon sandwich and a polystyrene cup of luke-warm coffee as I made my way into the Grizedale Forest to watch the RAC Rally. A local farmer had set up a barbecue and an evidently unreliable boiler in the back of a livestock trailer; as the...

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