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.

17 Jun 2016

     If there’s a greater invention than ventilated and cooled leather seats I’m yet to find it. Sat in the late afternoon’s traffic, under a panoramic glass roof, and on a day when the dashboard tells me that outside it’s 26 degrees C, I’m actually beginning to feel a tad chilly. As Widnes’s Wednesday commuters wind down their windows and complain about the roadworks I relax, sit back, switch...

04 Jun 2016

 

  Suzuki is well known globally for its expertise in small cars and this is their latest example. Called the Baleno, at 3.99 metres long, it fits nicely into Suzuki’s range between the smaller Swift and the more off-road-orientated Vitara SUV and offers a more rational choice for buyers looking for extra interior space and a larger boot capacity. Suzuki say, the Baleno offers the best...

28 May 2016

   Certain invitations are simply too good to refuse.  “Would you care to join us…?” read McLaren Automotive’s email “for the launch of our all-new 570GT next week. We’ll be based at the Ritz Carlton Abama - in Tenerife”

  Well, they did ask me nicely; it would’ve been rude to say no.   

    A couple of days later and I’ll admit, still trying to fathom why me exactly? I found...

14 May 2016

 

     After my first acquaintance with Suzuki’s new Vitara not long after it was launched last year I concluded that its interior plastics were a little bit on the hard and scratchy side, and that if prospective customers wanted certain specs and options, they should “do their sums carefully before signing on the dotted line”.  

    Having just recently spent another week in the...

08 May 2016

 

With a new name and a firm place on the motoring calendar, the family-friendly Cholmondeley Pageant of Power is one of the most-loved motorsport events in the UK. This year it’s shaking things up with a new name and a host of new exciting features and a revised format.  

And Love Shrewsbury are offering a 15% discount on all tickets to the event.

From...

Airtsream 684 International travel trailer review
25 Apr 2016

 

   It’s a long time since I last had breakfast in an aluminium trailer in Cumbria. Twenty-five years or so ago on a cold November morning I bought a bacon sandwich and a polystyrene cup of luke-warm coffee as I made my way into the Grizedale Forest to watch the RAC Rally. A local farmer had set up a barbecue and an evidently unreliable boiler in the back of a livestock trailer; as the...

03 Apr 2016

 

   “Whatever you do don’t call it a Citroen” said the delivery driver before handing me the keys to what I should correctly refer to as the DS4 Crossback. Or is it a 4 Crossback from DS Automobiles? The truth is I’m still not really quite sure.

   Using the kind of infinite wisdom that only Citroen can, the ever-so slightly out-there and archetypally French manufactuerer des...

10 Mar 2016

 

   Jazz: a type of music, black American in origin which emerged at the beginning of the 20th century, characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and usually a regular or forceful rhythm.

Or automotively speaking…

   Honda Jazz: A small hatchback sub-compact type car Japanese in origin which was first seen in Europe in 2002,...

22 Feb 2016

   One look at what’s parked on your local High Street is probably all it takes to tell you that SUVs (that’s Sports Utility Vehicles) are proving rather popular these days. So popular in fact that for the first time, last year, sales of small and mid-sized SUVs, be they four–wheel drive or just those just pretending, out-sold hatchbacks. SUV registrations rose 24% in 2015 to 3.2 million, and...

02 Feb 2016

 

    The Suzuki Jimny, the smallest SUV on the market I’m reliably informed, has believe it not, been around since 1998 and it’s simple, upright squared-off, wheel-in-each-corner, spare-wheel-on-the-back, Land-Rover Defender-that’s-been boil-washed stance has never really changed. A thorough freshening up in 2013 that saw the Jimny gain a new front bumper, restyled grille and a new...

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