Archive for January, 2013

First Drive : MINI John Cooper Works GP

First Drive : MINI John Cooper Works GP

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. […]

By January 31, 2013 66 Comments Read More →
Events : Group B cars to star at Donington

Events : Group B cars to star at Donington

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 […]

By January 31, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
News : Classics to get a new TV show

News : Classics to get a new TV show

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, […]

By January 30, 2013 33 Comments Read More →
News : World Cup Maxi goes under the hammer

News : World Cup Maxi goes under the hammer

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 […]

By January 29, 2013 11 Comments Read More →
Blog : What is Jaguar Land Rover’s future?

Blog : What is Jaguar Land Rover’s future?

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 […]

By January 25, 2013 85 Comments Read More →
The commercials : 1986 Ford Transit

The commercials : 1986 Ford Transit

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 […]

By January 25, 2013 53 Comments Read More →
Sales Talk : Managing the expectations

Sales Talk : Managing the expectations

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 […]

By January 25, 2013 42 Comments Read More →
News : MINI Bond Street unveiled

News : MINI Bond Street unveiled

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 […]

By January 24, 2013 46 Comments Read More →
Advertorial : 10 essential items to pack ahead of a road trip

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

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 […]

By January 24, 2013 9 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 relocates

Our Cars : Mike’s Rover 75 relocates

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 […]

By January 24, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Video : Three generations of Vauxhall Cavalier

Video : Three generations of Vauxhall Cavalier

Between 1975 and 1995, the Vauxhall Cavalier was one of the UK’s favourite family cars. Watch three generations of TV advertising to see just how the Cavalier moved with the times. Enjoy the changing styles through 20 years of Vauxhall, and let us know which is your favourite of the three… 1975 Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1 […]

By January 22, 2013 33 Comments Read More →
From the archive : January 1983

From the archive : January 1983

Thirty years ago, British Leyland was on the cusp of launching its most important car in a decade – the Austin Maestro. And the company management was already beginning the important task of briefing the press… The Times, January 1983 BL’s hopes riding on Maestro in the medium car market On the road special report […]

By January 21, 2013 40 Comments Read More →
Brochure : Austin Allegro Series 3

Brochure : Austin Allegro Series 3

Austin Allegro Series 3 brochure – Publication number 3331, September 1979.

By January 20, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
News : JLR needs to invest in the future

News : JLR needs to invest in the future

Jaguar Land Rover has returned to health in the four years since it was bought by Tata Motors, but now comes the hard part for the luxury British automaker: proving it can build new models without former owner Ford. Since Tata took a $2.3bn gamble to buy JLR from Ford at the height of the […]

By January 20, 2013 74 Comments Read More →
Features : Interactive map of BMC and BL factories

Features : Interactive map of BMC and BL factories

BMC and British Leyland had a bewildering array of factories dotted around the UK when the empire was at its peak. Using this interactive map as created by Jonathan Barber, you can now navigate around them and see for yourself as to what was built where. It’s still a work in progress, and we’re going […]

By January 20, 2013 65 Comments Read More →
Around the world : Sipani Automobiles

Around the world : Sipani Automobiles

Every car company is allowed at least one or two failures, but for the unfortunate Indian car company Sipani this would prove to be the fate of every model they made in their quarter-century of car building. Based in Bangalore, India, Sipani had its origins in Sunrise Automotive Industries Ltd (SAIL), which was set up […]

By January 19, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Concepts and prototypes : Chrysler Diplomat

Concepts and prototypes : Chrysler Diplomat

Keith Adams Diplomat: the Chrysler 180’s big-brother that wasn’t We’ve long admired the ability of Australia’s engineers to take a European product and make it fit for purpose for their home market. Cars such as the Austin Lancer/Morris Major, Morris Nomad, Austin Apache, and Austin Kimberley showed that with a little development, our Antipodean counterparts […]

By January 19, 2013 20 Comments Read More →
Around the world : Australian Chryslers

Around the world : Australian Chryslers

Chrysler’s attempted Australian invasion of the UK The history of Australian Chrysler cars in Britain has its roots in America – a truly multi-national tale!  The story starts in the pre-war era when Walter P Chrysler started to expand his rapidly growing American company across the world. By the early 1930s, Chrysler had set-up an […]

By January 19, 2013 14 Comments Read More →
Blog : Designing a new MG

Blog : Designing a new MG

Ben Richards has MG running through his veins. He’s also a very talented design graduate who decided it was time to design a new one of his own. Here’s his story, in his own words, and also what it takes to design a new coupe. But will it lead to a future in the motor industry? […]

By January 18, 2013 32 Comments Read More →
News : SAIC posts a record 2012

News : SAIC posts a record 2012

MG Motor UK’s parent company, SAIC Motor, has enjoyed a record year of production, with 4.49 million vehicles sold in 2012. The company is now China’s largest car company, and the eighth largest in the world. These numbers make an interesting comparison with the 782 MGs sold in the UK during the same period. Last […]

By January 17, 2013 39 Comments Read More →