Archive for February, 2017

Drive Story : Geneva’s counterpoint to Pearly

Drive Story : Geneva’s counterpoint to Pearly

Steven Ward’s account of a three-car dash from Geneva to Menton, via the Alps, involving two Ford Mondeos and a Citroën C5 hire car.  Read on to see how the team gets on… Words and photography: Steven Ward, originally published in 2009 Kings of the Alps? Mondeo team – would it beat our C5 to Menton? […]

By 28 February 2017 3 Comments Read More →
Drive Story : From Calvin’s City to the Côte d’Azur

Drive Story : From Calvin’s City to the Côte d’Azur

Robert Leitch recounts his hired Ford Mondeo-bound trip from Geneva to Monaco, via the Alps. His car was in convoy (sort of) with Andrew Elphick’s borrowed Citroen C5 and Steven Ward’s (other) Mondeo. Read on to see how he gets on. Words and photography: Robert Leitch, originally published in 2009 Mondeo memories: to the Azure coast In […]

By 28 February 2017 5 Comments Read More →
Drive Story : Citroën C5 in the South of France

Drive Story : Citroën C5 in the South of France

Andrew Elphick recounts a brilliant trip in a Citroen C5 from Geneva to Monaco, via the Alps, Italy… and a little bit more.

Blog : An unpatriotic act?

Blog : An unpatriotic act?

Ian Nicholls on the ramifications of the Margaret Thatcher-led Conservative Government’s decision not to go ahead with Austin Rover’s sell off to Ford… On 3 February 1986 the Conservative Government of Margaret Thatcher admitted it was in talks about an American takeover of a large chunk of what remained of the British-owned vehicle industry. The […]

By 26 February 2017 56 Comments Read More →
Blog : Capri – the car that might have changed history

Blog : Capri – the car that might have changed history

How Ford dropped the ball with an appealing sports car idea that it managed to fumble. Would the front-wheel drive Capri have altered the course of history?

By 26 February 2017 22 Comments Read More →
Blog : PSA-Opel/Vauxhall deal raises Brexit concerns

Blog : PSA-Opel/Vauxhall deal raises Brexit concerns

Just-Auto’s Dave Leggett has an interesting view of the potential GM-PSA alliance, and how it will affect the associated marques – Opel and Vauxhall – in Germany and the UK. Read on… The Chief Executives of GM, Fiat Chrysler and Ford after a meeting with President Donald Trump. US protectionism in the car industry has not been […]

By 25 February 2017 45 Comments Read More →
Archive : 50 years ago today – Leyland closes on Rover

Archive : 50 years ago today – Leyland closes on Rover

Fifty years ago this week, it the merger between Leyland – owner of Triumph – and Rover was getting ever closer. This could only be a good, thing, yes?

By 25 February 2017 11 Comments Read More →
Concepts : Issigonis’ BMC 9X

Concepts : Issigonis’ BMC 9X

The most comprehensive story you’ll ever read about the aborted 9X programme – the ill-fated Mini replacement, engineered by the man who created the original.

By 24 February 2017 12 Comments Read More →
Archive : 30 years ago today – Leyland Trucks is sold off

Archive : 30 years ago today – Leyland Trucks is sold off

On 19 February 1987, Graham Day’s Rover Group continued its march towards privatisation. Selling off loss-making Leyland Trucks – as it was described back then – was seen as an important first step in getting the company shipshape for its impending sell off to British Aerospace.

By 19 February 2017 6 Comments Read More →
History : BMC, BL, Rover and other Development Codes

History : BMC, BL, Rover and other Development Codes

Ever wondered what all those ADO, YDO and LC numbers mean when we’re discussing the history of BMC, BL and Rover cars? Worry not, because our exhaustive list of codenames should help you work out what’s what.

By 19 February 2017 20 Comments Read More →
Essay : Morris Nomad vs Austin Countryman vs Austin Maxi

Essay : Morris Nomad vs Austin Countryman vs Austin Maxi

Phil Rixon takes a rare opportunity to compare the Morris Nomad with an Austin Countryman and an Austin Maxi to see how closely BMC’s tailgated trio are related.

By 18 February 2017 13 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : Keith’s MINI Cooper – lighting up the way

Our Cars : Keith’s MINI Cooper – lighting up the way

Keith’s fitted LED headlamp bulbs to his MINI Cooper in an attempt to improve the view forward. They’re working, but are they legal?

By 18 February 2017 9 Comments Read More →
The converters : Avon Jaguar Estate

The converters : Avon Jaguar Estate

When the Series III Jaguar XJ6 was launched in 1979, Mercedes-Benz had the the up-market estate scene pretty much to themselves, with Citroën and Volvo bringing up the rear. However, Avon Coachworks saw things differently, offering this ungainly conversion of the Jaguar saloon, which traded the base car’s inate elegance for a cavernous rear-end – only […]

Blog : Why I hate the Volkswagen Beetle

Blog : Why I hate the Volkswagen Beetle

Ian Nicholls I drive a classic Mini, two in fact, although not at the same time. The modern family car has two fathers, depending on your choice. If you prefer a capacious 4×4, then Spen King, the father of the Range Rover, is your man. If you prefer something like a Focus, Astra or Golf, […]

Archive : 40 years ago today – strikes galore

Archive : 40 years ago today – strikes galore

On 15 February 1977, BL looked in terrible shape, with strikes crippling the company , cars lying unbuilt, and market share melting away. This is how the papers were reporting the situation back then.

By 15 February 2017 11 Comments Read More →
News : Jaguar unveils new engines in its 2018 models

News : Jaguar unveils new engines in its 2018 models

Jaguar unveils its 2018 model line-up, headed up by a pair of all-new petrol Ingenium engines. There’s also more options, and an increased amount of tech and configurability.

By 15 February 2017 24 Comments Read More →
News : BMH launches Mk1 Mini bodyshells

News : BMH launches Mk1 Mini bodyshells

British Motor Heritage (BMH) has long since been at the forefront of supplying panels for all marks of classic Minis, and complete bodyshells for models from 1976 onwards. What’s been missing until now is a full replacement shell for the Mk1. Mini enthusiasts were given a preview on BMH’s stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show […]

By 13 February 2017 5 Comments Read More →
Our Cars : A new lease of life

Our Cars : A new lease of life

Alexander Boucke Car ownership involves certain plights – at least if the word automobile has a certain importance for you. Of course, we all know that servicing car is essential to remain mobile. When a timing belt slips into the equation, this often means a significant expenditure, in particular when a big V6 fills the […]

The cars : Ford Zephyr/Zodiac Mk4

The cars : Ford Zephyr/Zodiac Mk4

Ford of Great Britain found itself in the enviable position of being able to do no wrong during the post-War years with its large cars. From the Pilot V8, to the Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac, big car buyers flocked to their local blue oval dealership. But in 1966, it seemed that the company stalled with […]

By 12 February 2017 93 Comments Read More →
News : Range Rover reborn – yours for £135k

News : Range Rover reborn – yours for £135k

Jaguar Land Rover Classic has unveiled its latest ‘Reborn’ car. You can now buy fully-restored ‘as new’ Range Rovers from the Solihull factory – for a price.