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.

26 Feb 2017

 

   Don’t ever let it be said that we don’t fully test the cars we get here at Love Shrewsbury Towers. Due to an urgent appointment, within less than 48 hours of Audi dropping off their latest R8 Spyder its odometer was already showing an extra 400 miles. By the end of our week with it I’d added significantly more than that.

    If it that’s not a testimony to the R8’s “everyday...

14 Feb 2017

   Perhaps the Mazda PR lady’s coat was a bit of a giveaway: Canada Goose Parkas are rated for temperatures of -30C and below. Devon in February doesn’t get quite that cold I’ll grant you, but to quote more than one motoring writer gathered for the launch Mazda’s new MX-5 RF, “It was bloody freezing up on Dartmoor”.

    Dry, chilly days though are actually perfect for trying out a...

27 Jan 2017

 

   With their C, X, L, L Trekking, and L MPW versions, you could be forgiven if you thought FIAT only made cars with the number 500 on the boot-lid. The reality is that’s not the case. There is of course FIAT’s range of vans, or as they like to call them The FIAT Professional Series, and there’s the perennial Panda and Punto too. But for some time now you’ve been left wanting if your...

10 Jan 2017

 

    The first press car loan of a new year is always something to look forward to. After a Christmas fortnight spent performing family duties and putting all too many miles on the already high-mileage “daily-driver” whilst simultaneously and unfairly criticising one’s own vehicle purchase, it’s good to be back inside someone else’s motor and drinking in that most intoxicating aroma:...

31 Dec 2016

 

   Whichever way you look at it 2016 was a shocker. We lost David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Andrew Sachs, Ronnie Corbett, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and a whole host more of equally talented people. There was Brexit – let’s not go there, Trump – let’s definitely not go there, an Olympic doping scandal… the list goes on.

     The automotive world was also equally mixed-up...

18 Dec 2016

 

       One of the oldest motorsport venues in the world is not perhaps the first place you’d think of when it comes to testing an all-new 5-door B-segment supermini from a mainstream manufacturer. Nevertheless, it was close by…

    After the dash-mounted sat-nav in Citroen’s latest, and the 3rd generation of their best-seller, the C3 instructed my co-driver Wayne Gorrett and I...

02 Dec 2016

 

   Funny, isn’t it, how certain cars just feel so instantly comfortable?

   My first encounter with Volvo’s latest S90 was on very dark, very wet evening. After fumbling a little trying to find the correct but frustratingly small button on the S90’s key – strangely for car so determinedly designed to steal sales from the German executive crowd, there was no keyless entry on the...

18 Nov 2016

 

     A glance Google Maps earlier in the week followed by a sharp right just a few minutes ago and I’m on what the map promised to be a gloriously sinuous Welsh B-road up and over Hergest Ridge, the place Mike Oldfield escaped to the avoid all the attention after recording Tubular Bells - easy to see why, even on a Saturday night there’s nobody here.  I’m pretty sure I’ve driven this...

02 Nov 2016

   Practicality must have been high on Honda’s agenda when it came to designing the latest incarnation of their HR-V. Small and far more rounded externally than the original HR-V of 1999 it may be, but the latest entry into the ever growing compact crossover market is (Cliché coming up) positively Tardis-like on the inside. Families take note.

    The HR-V – that stands for High Rider...

24 Oct 2016

Saturday 22nd October: Gwyndaf Evans Motors, Dolgellau and The Quay Hotel & Spa, Deganwy were the venues this year for WMW’s Annual Awards and Dinner. Awards were presented by H.M. Lord-Lieutenant for Gwynedd, Edmund S Bailey.

The Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy recognises the achievements of Rally Driver Elfyn Evans who won this year’s British Rally Championship title. His father Gwyndaf...

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