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.

05 Sep 2014

Were it not for certain significant Vauxhall estate car, I may not have been writing this at all. In early 1969, pre-empting the arrival of my older brother, my Father bought a blue Viva HB estate; brand new, on an H plate. He was chuffed. The Viva served him well and provided the perfect means of practical family transport he’d been searching for. Four years later when I arrived (I’ll let you...

18 Aug 2014

Eleanor Thornton. Does the name mean anything to you? I thought it might not, but I can almost guarantee that you, like me, have admired this most elegant of ladies from afar on probably more than just one occasion.

Still not ringing any bells? Allow me to explain.

Eleanor Thornton, or Thorn as she was known to her lover, John Scott-Montagu, second Baron of Montagu of Beaulieu,...

11 Aug 2014

When Nissan launched their original Qashqai almost 7 years ago it seemed to take everyone, including Nissan themselves, a little by surprise. Such was the success of their new crossover that the Japanese manufacturer’s Sunderland plant all of a sudden could hardly keep up with demand; the Qashqai proved that popular. Since it first appeared the Qashqai has become the most popular Nissan model...

04 Aug 2014

The new Mini Cooper S and I didn’t exactly get off to the best of starts.

It arrived on a Tuesday afternoon, resplendent in its Volcanic Orange paintwork and contrasting black roof, plus matching black wheels and mirrors. After it was unloaded from the transporter I was told where the starter switch was – it’s the big red one in the centre of the dash by the way; Minis these days are...

31 Jul 2014

If you’re a fan of this year’s British Touring Car Championship you’ll already be familiar with the shape of the estate – sorry!, Tourer, - version of the Honda’s new Civic. What might come as a surprise to you though is that originally Honda had no plans for Tourer version of their latest version of the Civic at all.

The new Civic Tourer is the first stretched Civic since 2001’s...

07 Jul 2014

Whether you’re the kind of who scrutinises every car you see or who simply someone who barely gives anything automotive a second glance, it’s unlikely that you’ll not have noticed more than just a few Volkswagens these days baring Bluemotion badges.

BlueMotion is the moniker VW have applied to a range of their vehicles that have been fitted with certain fuel-saving technologies. And, of...

04 Jul 2014

When Nissan launched their original Qashqai almost 7 years ago it seemed to take everyone, including Nissan themselves, a little by surprise. Such was the success of their new crossover that the Japanese manufacturer’s Sunderland plant all of a sudden could hardly keep up with demand; the Qashqai proved that popular. Since it first appeared the Qashqai has become the most popular Nissan model...

30 Jun 2014

“Legendary sports-coupe with rally-bred reputation. Tough, durable, immensely fast, but costs a small fortune to run”

I may be paraphrasing a little; the exact words escape me, but that‘s how, I think, a recently re-discovered What Car used car guide of 1997 described the original 200bhp Audi Quattro.

If ever there was a car that changed the game; turned the world upside down;...

27 Jun 2014

A certain blue and yellow logoed Swedish furniture store is hardly the first place I’d think of when trying to come up with a suitable destination for a day’s car reviewing. But, with Mrs B suddenly showing a previously unforeseen interest in garden seating arrangements whilst simultaneously eyeing-up the boot space in the Grand C4 Picasso Citroen had kindly lent me over the recent bank...

23 Jun 2014

When it comes to four-wheel drive, the two names that mean more to the enthusiasts than nearly all the other contenders, and in some cases pretenders, put together are our very own Land Rover, and of course Jeep.

It probably goes without saying that both brands have come an awful long way since their humble beginnings and perhaps both are now seen more as luxury brands rather than as...

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