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.

14 May 2023

  

K-pop, cruise holidays, Game of Thrones, country music, Bruce Springsteen’s back catalogue, football and Wimbledon – well, all ball-sports for that matter, Bounty bars, Coldplay, Ant and Dec, beer, coconut, The Scott Mills show… All of the aforementioned have an enormous and devoted following. However, the appeal of each and every one of them is completely lost on me.

     And...

07 Apr 2023

 

    Friday evening, a rare weekend without commitment. The chance at last to swap the all-encompassing silence of this particularly dark corner of The Far Unit Unknown for a little more culture, and significantly more electric light. Bags packed the night before, a quick change, and drawn like moths we headed for the city.

       One last decision to make: What car to take?...

03 Mar 2023

       

     Isuzu don’t sell cars here in the U.K. I’m not entirely sure they sell cars anywhere else either. A quick Google – just for clarity I hasten to add - reveals them to be “a Japanese truck and engine manufacturer, currently producing a selection of commercial and personal vehicles as well as diesel engines for automobiles, industry and boats”. A few of us may remember the...

03 Feb 2023

    

Just before Christmas last year… Oh, hang on, it was Christmas the year before… I found myself deep in the Brecon Beacons courtesy of Ford’s UK PR team. The Mission was simple: Drive a new Ford Ranger across Sarn Helen’s ancient Roman roads - none of which appear to have been resurfaced in at least 500 years – in the kind of weather only a Welsh winter could throw at us. Snow,...

06 Jan 2023

        

Having owned one in the past, I’ve always had a bit of a soft-spot for Skoda’s Fabia. Not only has the Fabia always offered surprising levels of comfort and economy, it’s also always offered a way to into Volkswagen Polo ownership; the reliability, the build quality, the know-how, without commanding the associated VW price tags. I had a 1.4 16 valve petrol Mk1 Fabia in Elegance...

18 Nov 2022

   

Inevitably, it’ll go down in history as one of those days when you remember exactly where you were. Some were working; nurses, airport staff, the emergency services, motorway service station personnel, no doubt many more. It was a bank holiday, so thousands probably chose to watch the television. Others chose to travel.

    Me? On the day of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II...

14 Oct 2022

 

    So far, the (albeit) small selection of electric cars I’ve sampled over the past few years have failed to impress. There have been exceptions of course.

     Porsche’s Taycan Turbo S for example, is beautifully built, astonishingly quick, and above all, feels like a Porsche should – but at £136,830 before options, one could argue so it damn-well should. The Taycan Turbo S’s...

07 Sep 2022

   

First, an apology. The car you see in the pictures before you is not quite the same as the car I drove recently. However, I can explain.

     This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Porsche Boxster, and Porsche have built a special edition – the car you see in the pictures – to celebrate the occasion. Well, they haven’t built just one, they’ve built a limited run of 1,250...

10 Aug 2022

 

          Here’s a question for you: Which car brand do you think, this year to date, is the UK’s best-selling? Ford perhaps? What about Vauxhall? Hang on! Surely, it’s Volkswagen. Or is it Toyota?

 The answer is Kia.

    Without going too “Financial Times” on you. The first quarter of 2022 began with Kia’s rather successful January, in which they sold 10,504 cars; sales...

02 Jul 2022

   

It’s hard to believe that twelve years have passed since I tentatively approached Volkswagen’s press office to see if they’d consider lending me a car. Whatever it was I wrote in my email must’ve worked: a few weeks later I found myself the custodian of what was then a brand-new 1.2 litre, Polo Moda; all £13,250 of it. With a whopping 69bhp, the capability to go from 0-62mph in 14.2...

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