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.

21 Aug 2015

   A friend of mine, let’s call him John, is an analytical kind of chap. He has an eye for detail. Hand John a pair of designer jeans and he’ll ruthlessly check the seams; he’s the same if you hand him a jacket, a pair shoes, a suitcase, you name it… He’s the kind of guy who can tell a genuine Fred Perry Polo shirt from a Chinese copy at 50 paces - I know because he showed me how. Minutiae it...

09 Aug 2015

 

Excitingly practical is how Honda describes the latest edition to their ever popular Civic line-up: The Civic Sport. And to a certain extent at least it’s not stretching one’s imagination too far to see why.

      If ever there was a car that exploded the myth that all new hatchbacks had to look the same then surely the last generation Honda Civic was that hatchback. The...

22 Jul 2015

It’s taken me a week and around 600miles to really make myself comfortable with the Audi 8.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say that Audi’s flagship executive saloon is in anyway uncomfortable, far, far from it in fact, it’s just that when there are so many ways in which you can tailor it to your individual needs it takes a while before you really feel like you know it.

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06 Jul 2015

   

   If  your opinion of Volvo estate cars is that they’re all boxy and a bit boring then Volvo’s V60 might just come as something as a surprise to you. Gone are the set-square designed lines of old, replaced instead by an attractive low slung nose, muscular front, and rear arches and a roof line that, if you stretched your imagination just a little bit, might just count as coupe-like...

17 Jun 2015

 

    The all new XC90 is, say Volvo, a place to relax, think and connect with the world on your own terms; it is a place without clutter. It is the result of them asking: How can we make life easier for you?

    I’m not entirely sure how I’d answer that. But I can tell you that there certainly is evidence of a vast amount of thought having been put into Volvo’s all-new flagship...

Words: Liam Bird. Picture: Rebecca Thomas.
01 Jun 2015

 

   “Have you driven one before?” asks the delightfully plummy PR lady as the glass elevator descends towards to the ominously entitled H block.

  “No” I reply before adding, slightly sheepishly, “But, I have driven this car’s predecessor, a couple of times”

   “Oh, in that case you’ll be fine” she says. “Keep the key in your pocket, you’ll only need it to lock the doors...

19 May 2015

     This is not the first time I’ve driven a Bentley Flying Spur. I’ve been lucky, privileged you could say, to have sampled Bentley’s lesser known – well if the amount of   “What’s a Flying Spur” questions I received prior to it’s arrival are anything to go by – super-saloon twice before. On both occasions you could argue I was in prime Bentley territory; the first drive was in London’s...

08 May 2015

   It’s the looks you notice first, the glances, the stares, the swivels on the pavements. Some faces are agog, some simply smile. There are the looks of appreciation and of pride, and there are those, inevitably, of scorn. The questions then follow; you can see lips mouthing them as you approach, through the windscreen and in the mirrors as you glide near-silently by. Who is that? Where’s...

20 Apr 2015

  Think about it. How many superminis currently in production can you name? Corsa, Polo, Ibiza, Yaris, I20, Clio, Jazz, A1, Ibiza, MiTo, 500, DS3… There’s a dozen straight away. It’s not such hard question really is it?

    OK, now try this one: How many supermini estates currently in production can you name?

   Suddenly the list gets a lot, lot shorter doesn’t it? Full marks if...

06 Apr 2015

Subaru WRX Sti

 

   Think Subaru and I’ll wager it probably won’t be long before you start to reminisce over one, or maybe both of the following: Rugged and slightly battered four-wheel drive pick-ups or estate cars, usually covered in horse poo, driven by slightly grumpy people who tend to have of whiff of the same. Or, metallic-blue, mud splattered Imprezas,...

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