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04 Apr 2021
  If you passed your driving test in the late ‘80s / early ‘90s, I’m willing to bet that you did-so a Fiesta. On the other hand, was it a Micra, a Corsa, or a Clio? I used to teach people to drive in a Corsa: BSM pyramid, phone number on the side…  Anyway as I was saying, back then Lancia Deltas, and Toyota Corollas fought over World Rally Championships, the Sierra Cosworth dominated the British...
02 Feb 2021
   If I were to ask you what you thought the best-selling French car of all time was, what would your answer be? The Citroen 2CV perhaps, the Peugeot 205? And what about the Renault 4, or the Renault 5 for that matter? All surely are contenders.        The correct answer? The best-selling French car of all time is actually the Renault Clio. In fact, since its launch, the Clio has become the first...
22 Dec 2020
     How would you cope if you had a really, genuinely famous relative? I’m talking proper A-lister; instantly recognisable, known the world over, and popular with nearly everyone, regardless of their age or class.      That (albeit perhaps a tad tenuously) is the situation that SEAT’s Leon has always found itself in: The Leon’s famous relative you see, just happens to be the Volkswagen Golf...
17 Nov 2020
    Let’s see now… First is over and down, and Second is up, across, and up. Third, that’s opposite Second. Fourth is up, across, and up again, and opposite Fourth is Fifth. Sixth is up, across, and up once more. Then there’s Seventh, that’s next to me, straight down, opposite Sixth. When required, Reverse is all the way over to the left and up, directly opposite First. This is going to take...
21 Oct 2020
   You probably don’t need me to tell you that life is chock-full of compromises, and especially-so when it comes to buying the family car. As the driver you’ll no-doubt want something that does at least possess some potential to entertain; an element of involvement, after all, goes a long way. Running costs too need careful consideration; monthly payments, residual values, miles per gallon etc....
30 Sep 2020
    I can’t find my notes from when I drove the previous generation Nissan Juke, neither can I find a copy of the my review of it anywhere - presumably it was printed in what is now a long-defunct title. I do seem to remember though, that in 1.5 petrol form I thought the Juke was quite thirsty. I wasn’t particularly convinced about its styling either; a centre console designed to look a...
26 Jul 2020
 Up until fairly recently the chances are that if you were in the market for an Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck you were probably either a farmer or a builder, or a fleet manager for a utilities company. Isuzu state they are the pick-up professionals and in April, the D-Max won the Trade and Van Driver Best Workhorse pick-up award - for the 8th year on the trot. The D-Max then is a truck for those with...
27 Jun 2020
  Bang! There’s one. Bang! Sorry, there’s another. Oof! That was close. Look out for the next one…     I’m para-phrasing, but that’s pretty close to how a recent conversation played-out whilst driving the new Ford Focus ST. Pot holes are not its friend. And sadly, the B-roads that criss-cross the Shropshire/Welsh border, the very roads upon which a fast Ford should shine, are littered with them....
29 May 2020
   This was going to be the place where I told you all about my drive to this year’s Goodwood Member’s Meeting.     The 78MM - to give it its shorter title – was, as has often been the case of late - to be 2020’s motorsport season opener (well for the UK at least, the F1 jet-set always start early), and as usual it was to offer a host of automotive delights.     The main attraction for me this...
26 Apr 2020
    According to my notes, it’s approximately five years since I splashed around Land Rover’s Experience centre at the Heritage Motor Centre in what was then their all-new Discovery Sport.    Well, I say all new. The Discovery Sport may well have been a new model – and one that boasted 5+2 seating too – but the truth of the matter was, like it’s smaller Evoque sibling too,  it owed more than a...
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