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.

29 Dec 2014

Honda CR-V

  Perhaps it’s not exactly “cool” to say such things, but I’ve long had a soft-spot for Honda’s soft-roader: The CR-V. And, seeing has Honda have sold more than 5 million CR-Vs since they first appeared, I suspect I’m not the only one.

  It’s not hard to see why. Since its inception the CR-V has...

02 Dec 2014

   There are few invitations upon which receiving for which I would readily embark upon what is in effect a 600 mile round trip. But, for some people, or should I say some Marques, I’ll readily make an exception.

    By the time you get to read this the whopping great pothole that shut all three lanes of one side the M25, and thus caused major traffic...

19 Nov 2014


   Even to the bloke in the van in front of me at the filling station this morning, the Alloro Green and yellow paint job on AMV 8, Aston Martin’s N430 Vantage press, demonstrator was instantly recognisable.

    “I love Astons, beautiful aren’t they?” he declared as I topped-up its tank. “What’s the top-end on this one?”...

07 Nov 2014

Llanrhos’s Bodysgallen Hall has become affectionately known as HQ by the Welsh Group of Motoring Writers (WMW) and once again this year it proved the perfect venue for their annual awards evening and dinner. The same weekend just happening to fall-in with my time with Porsche’s new Macan S was purely coincidental – well at least that’s what I said… The 200-or-so mile round-...

29 Oct 2014


My daily commute is suddenly a rally stage. I can’t help it; I find myself driving the 9 miles that separate my house from where I work at maximum attack. My drive-way is the starting ramp, the office car-park the finish line. Every corner has a line, every bump is a yump, and every straight – however short – an overtaking opportunity. I find myself...

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...


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