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.

11 Sep 2012

Usually, when you’re given the keys to a new SUV you start digging out the OS maps and looking for, how shall I put this, un-chartered territory. Green lanes, gravel roads and rivers that need to be forded are all fair game. Surely that’s the point of an SUV isn’t it?  Funny then, that when Audi delivered there new Q3 to me a few days ago thoughts of getting off the beaten track weren’t the...

04 Sep 2012

If I was to say the word Porsche to you what would you envisage? A 911 probably springs to mind first and probably a Boxster too. But think a little harder what else does that name mean to you? Do you see images of Le Mans winning 956’ and 962’s or maybe 959’s blasting across the desert on the way to Dakar? What about a little 356 on the Grossglockner pass? Or perhaps your head is filled with...

27 Aug 2012

“Noddy’s been on the phone. He was wondering when he could have his car back”.
“Couldn’t you afford the other roller-skate?” “Did someone boil-wash your Golf?”

Oh ha-ha. They’re all examples of what passes for wit apparently. And they’ve all been aimed at me during my time with Volkswagen’s latest and tiniest city car to date, the Up!

At only 11feet 7inches long the Up! Is...

14 Aug 2012

Cynics and fans of the original Mini (I’m including myself on both lists) have sometimes accused BMW, makers of the “modern” MINI, for stretching the concept a little too far. Over the years we’ve seen the introduction of the Cooper and then the Cooper S. Next came the Convertible, followed by the asymmetrically doored Clubman; and soon after that, the larger- than-life Countryman, complete...

07 Aug 2012

BMW’s 3-series seems to have been around for about as long as I can remember. Launched in 1975 it’s only a couple over years (yes, honestly) younger than me, and ever since then it seems, it’s been considered the benchmark aspirational executive saloon.

Recently though, it’s faced some stiff competition.  Obvious contenders include the Mercedes C-class and Audi’s increasingly competent...


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