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Fiesta XR2 fails its MOT, but there’s plastic surgery planned

Feb 11th, 2012

Fiesta XR2 fails its MOT, but there’s plastic surgery planned

Failure. It’s never a nice word, especially when it’s plastered all over the top of a bit of paper with MOT written next to it. Yes, that’s right, the trusty old XR2 has failed its annual check up. My tame mechanic Matt gave it the once over a week ago and unfortunately, despite only covering [...]

Aug 15th, 2011

Swapping the ST for a Kia Sportage

I never thought these would be words that I’d type. It feels a bit too much like a confession. But here goes: I am buying a Kia. There I’ve said it. It’s out in the open now. I’ve admitted it and it’s something I’m going to stick by. I know my dad won’t be pleased. [...]

Aug 15th, 2011

Old cars bad, news cars good. I think.

IN my line of work I get to drive a lot of new cars. Sort of comes as part of running a car mag I suppose. Last month, for example, we tested five city cars that could be had for the measly sum of just £99 per month (after a chunky deposit). There was a [...]

Jul 25th, 2011

The XR2 is sporting its original numberplate once again

There was a nice surprise lying on the door mat when I got back from holiday. No, not cat sick (that would have been a surprise as I haven’t got a cat), but in amongst the junk mail and bills was some official looking docs from the DVLA. After my inspired talk from Matthew, I [...]

Jun 25th, 2011

Riding the London gauntlet on a BMW GS Adventure

THE handy thing about having the GSA tucked away in the garage is it’s always ready for an impromptu trip to London. I used to get the coach, but now the Beemer gets used so infrequently it’d be rude not to take it. If you’ve never riden in our capital before then be prepared for [...]

Jun 15th, 2011

Driving without an MOT is so easy it’s criminal

I WONDER how many people are driving around on the roads today illegally? And I’m not talking about those that know they’re breaking the law, I’m talking about those that are doing it unintentionally. How many of you have gone to check the documents of your car or motorbike only to realise that said vehicle [...]

Jun 14th, 2011

First Time Buyer’s Guide To Buying A Boat

BUYING a boat for the first time isn’t like buying your first car. Back then your old man usually rocked up with a wad of notes/credit card and handed over some folding after kicking the tyres, checking the engine had yellow liquid in it and giving it a test drive – and that’s if you [...]

Jun 13th, 2011

How to swap a cherished numberplate for a standard one

WORD of warning. Do not, whatever you do, under any circumstances ever, and I mean ever, call the DVLA. Why? Because you will lose an hour of your life you will never get back. It would actually be quicker to walk to Wales (it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, it’ll still be [...]

Jun 12th, 2011

Why I bought a 1977 Honda ST70 Monkey Bike

TO BE honest, I’m really not sure. But it’s probably the one I love the most in My Garage (just don’t tell the others). Buying it was a bit of a strange one really. I had just interviewed Hyundai UK’s MD for Car Dealer when press officer (and former Auto Express staffer) Tom Barnard ambushed [...]

Jun 12th, 2011

Why I bought a BMW R1150 GS Adventure

WORKING as a motoring journalist – a car one at that – has ever so slightly dulled my passion for cars. Not a lot, but just enough for them to feel like work. That’s what got me into bikes. I’ve never really written about them in a work capacity (I did review a few scooters [...]

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