Archive for January, 2013

First Drive : MINI John Cooper Works GP

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Considering the MINI is due for replacement in 2014, the number of new variants rolling out of Cowley in its final few months shows that the brand is keen to maintain buyers’ attention. For its latest version, MINI is reviving the limited edition two-seat 2006 Works GP, creating the fastest production version of them all. […]

Events : Group B cars to star at Donington

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Rallying with Group B and the Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) are joining forces to stage live demonstrations at this year’s Donington Historic Festival (3-5 May), bringing added excitement of Group B to an already action-packed weekend. Throughout the Festival Donington Park’s Melbourne Loop will see the legendary Group B rally machines in action; a […]

News : Classics to get a new TV show

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A new classic car show is about to hit TV screens in the UK. It will show the restoration of neglected classics, charting their return to former glory. It’s called Car SOS, and is exclusive to National Geographic Channel. Presenter  Tim Shaw, (above left familiar from Fifth Gear) teams up with mechanic/musician Fuzz Townshend, (above right, The Wonder Stuff, […]

News : World Cup Maxi goes under the hammer

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Historics of Brooklands is offering one of the more unlikely competitors in the 1970 World Cup Rally, an Austin Maxi. The car, which goes on sale on 9 March in Surrey was one of the first 500 built and ended up taking an all-female team on a 16,000 mile epic. The Maxi was professionally-prepared for […]

Blog : What is Jaguar Land Rover’s future?

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Christopher A Sawyer Another Detroit show come and gone, but one thought remains rattling around in my head: what about Jaguar? Despite what everyone might believe, even though it was sold to Tata Jaguar is still in the orbit of the Ford Motor Company. Every one of the cars it produces today owes something to […]

The commercials : 1986 Ford Transit

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On the eve of the end of UK Transit production, James Godwin tells the story of the design process at Ford’s Dunton facility in Essex. It was an interesting process – and a tale of inspiration and improving on the best… Transit’s aero outlook Launched in the 1960s the Ford Transit became inspiration for the […]

Sales Talk : Managing the expectations

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Mike Humble In a previous muttering, I explained how ‘messers’ are the most universally loathed folk in the motor trade. Too often I hear people bemoaning about the shark infested car showrooms and how sales staff seen to sink to unheard of depths in order to get your moniker on the dotted line. Much of […]

News : MINI Bond Street unveiled

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John Slavin, Honest John MINI has announced its latest London inspired model, called the Clubman Bond Street. Named after the famous and busy London shopping street, it’s to go on sale in March 2013 and will be sold for a limited time, costing from £20,275. To differentiate it from its standard counterparts, the Clubman Bond […]

Advertorial : 10 essential items to pack ahead of a road trip

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Millions of motorists agree that taking a road trip is one of the most liberating and exciting ways to travel. Jack Kerouac even went as far as to proclaim that “the road is life”. But whether you are embarking on an odyssey across the country or heading to the nearest stretch of coastline, the key […]

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 relocates

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Mike Humble Well, that’s it folks, after just over one year of enjoyable ownership, the project Rover 75 has moved on to pastures new and from leafy Sussex to deepest Essex. The proud new owners – Richard and Jill Fernandez – are sure to enjoy the timeless good looks, quality body engineering and soothing ride of MG Rover’s swan […]