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.

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,...

24 Mar 2015

 

   SUVs, they’re everywhere. Qashqais, CR-Vs, Tiguans and Jukes clog up the school-run; Evoques, Q3s, X3s, and Macans do lunch in the more well-to-do parts of town. Suzuki have just announced a new Vitara, Jaguar will build the F-Pace, and even Bentley, Rolls Royce and Maserati are getting in on the act.  The doctor’s got a V60, the local builder drives Sorrento, the window cleaner...

09 Mar 2015

 

   “A Fiat Panda 4x4, that’s one I’ve got to see!” came the response when I reeled off my latest list of cars I’d either driven or I would be driving soon. I’m not sure some of my friends actually believed such a thing existed.

    Funny really, Fiat’s go anywhere (well ok, with in reason)  Panda has actually been with us, albeit in various guises, since 1983; it’s won...

27 Feb 2015

An all-new Discovery

 

     A few years ago a fellow motor-noter gave me a piece of, what turned out to be, very useful advice: “Never” he said “turn down invitation – if you’re fortunate to get one – from Land Rover”. I listened intently and took heed of his wisdom.

   That was more moons ago now than I care to mention, but since then every time Land...

11 Feb 2015

Audi Q7

 

       Audi’s Q7 couldn’t have arrived at better time. The weathermen delivered ever more panicky forecasts whilst turning their yellow weather warnings to red; tabloid newspapers covered their front pages with pictures of snow-covered motorways; primary schools shut for the day. Britain was once again gripped by winter. Oh, what were we to do?

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30 Jan 2015

Journalism students in Cardiff will have the chance to compete for a £1,000 cash prize, a high-performance driving experience day and a two-week work placement at some of the UK’s top motoring publications.

Launched by Welsh Motoring Writers in memory of John Arfon Edwards, one of the group’s founder members who passed away in 2014, the prize will be open to students at Cardiff...

28 Jan 2015

 

   Being delivered in a covered trailer is usually the preserve of the more luxurious machinery I’m privileged enough to try, even the Audi Q7 I sampled recently was driven back the press office. So it came as a bit of a surprise the other day when I was told Dacias’s Duster was being unloaded outside. Such was the job of the Dacia (it’s pronounced...

14 Jan 2015

   Ever since Alec Issigonis sketched what was to become the original (and still the best) mini on a napkin during dinner, nearly every small car you can think of has followed his layout of transversally front-mounted engine, front-wheel drive. There have been exceptions; Hillman’s Imp springs to mind immediately, partly because I had one; the original Fiat 500 too. And of...

14 Jan 2015

Soft not prickly.

 

   Citroen: A car manufacturer that, when it comes to design, has never been afraid to think out of the four-wheeled box. They’re the people who brought you the Traction Avant, the automotive icon that was the original DS, the H-Van, and probably most famously of all, the 2CV. Idiosyncratic...

29 Dec 2014

Nissan X-Trail

   You can’t blame Nissan for wanting to, ahem, please pardon the pun, cash-in on the success of their family friendly Qashqai, its success took everybody, not least Nissan themselves, a little by surprise. So much so in fact that their Sunderland plant has been on 3 shifts a day, seven days a week, more or less from...

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