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Unipart Automotive enters administration

Unipart Automotive enters administration

Parts supplier Unipart Automotive has gone into administration, putting around 1,300 jobs at risk and seeing yet another of the former elements of the BMC/BL/Austin Rover Group slide into the annals of motoring history. While the parent group, Unipart Group, its rail operations and Car Care Centre franchises will continue to operate outside of the […]

News : British Motor Heritage’s 2014 catalogue is out now

News : British Motor Heritage’s 2014 catalogue is out now

For anyone restoring or running a British classic car, this catalogue will be right up your street. The ever-increasing array of replacement bodyshells and panels, and complementary parts and accessories offered by British Motor Heritage (BMH) is fully detailed in the company’s new-for-2014, fully-illustrated, 40-page catalogue and price list. This all-embracing publication is available free of […]

Classic Car Driving Experiences – the perfect gift this Christmas

Classic Car Driving Experiences – the perfect gift this Christmas

John Rooney For some of you, the halcyon days of the British automotive industry may seem like a distant memory, but with one of the classic car driving experiences on offer from U Drive Cars you can get the opportunity to get behind the wheel of some of the finest vehicles this country ever produced. For […]

By December 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Book review : Mini Cooper, James Ruppert

Book review : Mini Cooper, James Ruppert

Keith Adams reviews My Mini Cooper – Its Part in My Breakdown, by James Ruppert Regular readers will need no introduction to the works of James Ruppert. He’s becoming a bit of a legend within the car enthusiast fraternity, thanks to his excellent regular column Kerbcrawler in Car magazine during the 1980s and ’90s, before […]

Book review : Brick by Brick, Martyn Nutland

Book review : Brick by Brick, Martyn Nutland

Robert Leitch reviews Brick by Brick – The biography of the man who really made the Mini by Martyn Nutland In 1975, the humorist Alan Coren published a collection of his newspaper columns entitled ‘Golfing for Cats’. His explanation for the title was that Coren was pouring scorn on the sort of authors who saw […]

Blog : Treading safely with an Adrenalin rush

Blog : Treading safely with an Adrenalin rush

Mike Humble   If there is one thing in the automotive trade that struggles to capture any emotion or excitement at the time of purchase, it surely must be tyres. They tend to be viewed as an item that, along with engine oil, is purely an evil necessity bought purely on a cost factor unless high performance is […]

Advertorial : Top five car accessories currently on the market

Advertorial : Top five car accessories currently on the market

Our cars are swiftly turning into sophisticated pieces of computer technology, and industry experts are predicting an explosion in the number of apps and options that will come with new cars. In fact, some are even predicting that by 2015, all new cars will be connected to the Internet. Of course, with the new cars, […]

Advertorial : Choosing the right tyres for your car

Advertorial : Choosing the right tyres for your car

The tyres on our car are often the least considered feature, but they are actually one of the most vital parts of any vehicle. Your safety, fuel economy and braking efficiency all rely on having the right tyres on your car. So when it comes to replacing them, the decision is a critical one and […]

By February 9, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Products : Spencer Haze is back, read his story

Products : Spencer Haze is back, read his story

Remember Spencer Haze, the time travelling private eye? James Ruppert’s popular creation is back, and available in book form… You might remember Spencer Haze from the brilliant 4Car website. He was a private detective who wrong-sided a big league villain, who left him for dead in a chest freezer in 1973 when it looked like […]

By August 23, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Products : Rimmer Bros now selling Jaguar parts

Products : Rimmer Bros now selling Jaguar parts

Keith Adams If you’re one of those very lucky people who own a 21st century Jaguar, you’ll be interested to learn that Rimmer Bros – the Rover and Triumph parts specialist – is now stocking parts for your cars. The company’s extensive parts catalogue has been swelled by the addition of all the recent models […]

By August 20, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Products : Win £100 of fuel with Auto Trader

Products : Win £100 of fuel with Auto Trader

Auto Trader, is giving away £100 of petrol vouchers to five lucky winners every week throughout August. The cost of fuel is the main financial concern for motorists when it comes to running a car, and with the price of petrol rising, Auto Trader is helping to ease the burden by entering every customer that […]

Products : Skyfall set introduced by Scalextric

Products : Skyfall set introduced by Scalextric

To celebrate the release of the 23rd instalment of the iconic James Bond movie franchise, Scalextric, owned by Hornby Hobbies Ltd, is introducing its Skyfall set. Throughout the past 50-years, Bond movies have brought to life some of the most recognisable cars in history and Skyfall is no exception. The new set heralds the return […]

Parts and accessories : TomTom auto-updates

Parts and accessories : TomTom auto-updates

In response to complaints of outdated mapping, from 28th June 2012 TomTom is enabling all of its 60 million satnavs to receive and make inter-active updates. Map Share allows drivers to personalise the TomTom map on their own system and also inter-actively share and receive map changes with the Map Share community around the world. (Map Share was […]

Products : Haynes manuals online

Products : Haynes manuals online

Haynes has launched a new online service for its DIY car manuals. The 50 biggest-selling guides – covering cars like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Astra – can now be accessed by computers, tablets and smartphones. And the online versions feature video guides, too. They work out more costly than the £21.99 book, although for […]

By June 19, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Parts and accessories : TomTom searches for drivers to map five paradise islands

Parts and accessories : TomTom searches for drivers to map five paradise islands

TomTom today kicks off its Map Paradise Project, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for five families or groups of friends to spend two weeks on a tropical island and earn £10,000 for mapping it.  The Map Paradise Project will help create five new navigable maps for Fiji, St. Lucia, Mauritius, Cape Verde and the Seychelles.  To apply, […]

Parts and accessories : New Ring Apollo DRLs

Parts and accessories : New Ring Apollo DRLs

Lighting the way to Safety and Style AROnline  has long campaigned that being seen in variable lighting conditions is a fundamental part of avoiding accidents  – and advises that drivers should have their lights on all the time, day or night. Standard fit DRLs are slowly addressing this issue, but as new cars take time […]

Guest Blog : Are we nearly there yet?

Guest Blog : Are we nearly there yet?

William David In-car entertainment systems to keep children happy In daily life there are few situations more trying than a dispiriting car journey that stretches hour after hour. Having to conquer your own boredom and discomfort is one thing – but dealing with bored and fidgety children is quite another. And while adults may be […]

By December 27, 2011 11 Comments Read More →
Blog : Gadgets and accessories keep your smoker up to date

Blog : Gadgets and accessories keep your smoker up to date

The car industry’s quest for tech is moving forwards at an incredible rate. Built in TVs, iPod players, key-less entry and tons of other great inventions are common in luxury cars, yet it takes some time for them to feed down to the cars we can all actually afford. Yet there are some gadgets and […]

By September 30, 2011 4 Comments Read More →