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.

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...

13 Oct 2014

   As its name, or should I say its number suggests, the 108 is Peugeot’s replacement for their much loved 107, and, just like its predecessor was, it’s also part of an automotive trinity; Citroen’s new C1 and the new Toyota Aygo being the other members. All three come off the same production line and out of the same Slovakian factory, and all three are available in 3 or 5...

03 Oct 2014

    First, some bad news: You can’t buy a new BMW 3 series convertible anymore, BMW no-longer makes them. But, I here you cry, that’s what you’ve been driving. That’s what I’m reading about now. Just look at the pictures!
  You’re right of course, but, you’re wrong too.
   Allow me to explain. BMW now use even numbers on their coupes and convertibles, and odd numbers on their...

21 Sep 2014

     Take your time. Say Maserati slowly. What images fill your mind? Fangio and Moss maybe in 250Fs around Monaco, or are they wheel-to-wheel on the Monza banking? Perhaps it’s the Italian manufacturer’s road cars instead that you envisage; the grand-tourers like the Quattroporte, or the sportier, sleeker ones such as the GrandTurismo, the Merak and the Mistral? Or is it...

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...


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