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.

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...

29 Dec 2014

Honda CR-V

  Perhaps it’s not exactly “cool” to say such things, but I’ve long had a soft-spot for Honda’s soft-roader: The CR-V. And, seeing has Honda have sold more than 5 million CR-Vs since they first appeared, I suspect I’m not the only one.

  It’s not hard to see why. Since its inception the CR-V has...

02 Dec 2014

   There are few invitations upon which receiving for which I would readily embark upon what is in effect a 600 mile round trip. But, for some people, or should I say some Marques, I’ll readily make an exception.

    By the time you get to read this the whopping great pothole that shut all three lanes of one side the M25, and thus caused major traffic...

19 Nov 2014


   Even to the bloke in the van in front of me at the filling station this morning, the Alloro Green and yellow paint job on AMV 8, Aston Martin’s N430 Vantage press, demonstrator was instantly recognisable.

    “I love Astons, beautiful aren’t they?” he declared as I topped-up its tank. “What’s the top-end on this one?”...

07 Nov 2014

Llanrhos’s Bodysgallen Hall has become affectionately known as HQ by the Welsh Group of Motoring Writers (WMW) and once again this year it proved the perfect venue for their annual awards evening and dinner. The same weekend just happening to fall-in with my time with Porsche’s new Macan S was purely coincidental – well at least that’s what I said… The 200-or-so mile round-...

29 Oct 2014


My daily commute is suddenly a rally stage. I can’t help it; I find myself driving the 9 miles that separate my house from where I work at maximum attack. My drive-way is the starting ramp, the office car-park the finish line. Every corner has a line, every bump is a yump, and every straight – however short – an overtaking opportunity. I find myself...

Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy goes to RNLI Porthdinllaen Lifeboat. Automotive Achievement Award to Ken Jones, Pentraeth Group
20 Oct 2014

Welsh Motoring Writers - 2014 - Gohebwyr Moduro Cymru

Saturday 18th October: RNLI Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station was the venue for this year’s Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy and Automotive Achievement Award conferred on behalf of WMW by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Gwynedd, Edmund S Bailey.

The Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy, awarded on the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the...


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