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WMW makes donation to Blood Bikes Wales

The Welsh Motoring Writers were pleased to follow up a donation they made to Air Ambulance Wales earlier this year with a donation to Blood Bikes Wales:

Blood Bikes Wales’ 300-plus volunteer members are motorcycle enthusiasts who deliver blood, documents, analyses or other vitally required items overnight or at weekends when NHS Wales transport is unavailable or committed elsewhere. As with Air Ambulance Wales, Blood Bikes Wales is a charity dependent on financial support from public fundraising.

Welsh Motoring Writers Chairman Huw Thomas commented:

“Blood Bikes offer a service of particular value to a country like Wales. They fill crucial gaps in the Gwasanaeth Iechyd Cenedlaethol (National Health Service) transport system – entirely free of charge. We at Welsh Motoring Writers readily offer our support”.

Pic above: Huw Thomas, accompanied by fellow WMW members Liam Bird (left) and Richard Barnett (right), hands donation to Emma Lampke, Chair Blood Bikes Wales, during BBW’s Committee Meeting at Gorsaf Dan Aberhonddu (Brecon Fire Station).

Baglan School of Motoring Becomes First in the UK to Teach Learner Drivers in the new Suzuki IGNIS

The Baglan School of Motoring in Port Talbot, is the first in the UK to offer driving lessons in the new Suzuki IGNIS. Alison and Kevin Crompton, who run the successful tuition business in South Wales, collected two dual-controlled flame orange-coloured compact crossovers from the J&J Motors Suzuki dealership in Bridgend, bringing the total number of Suzuki cars that they have owned since 2011 to eight.

The husband and wife team, who have a combined experience of over 70 years of teaching students in their local area, chose the five-door IGNIS SZ-T as a replacement for their existing models. Its frugal 1.2-litre Dualjet engine offers impressive fuel economy of over 61 mpg and CO2 emissions of only 104g/km. This was a key factor in their decision-making as they have up to 150 students on their books each year and cover around 45,000 miles every 12 months.

Kevin Crompton said: “The IGNIS is the perfect model to learn in, as it’s straightforward to park, and simple to manoeuvre. Plus, with the added advantages of the car being very economical, and comfortable to sit in for hours on end, it ticked all the boxes.”

The Suzuki IGNIS is available with free road tax for three years and one year’s free insurance with 5.9% APR representative*. The SZ-T grade costs from £11,749 OTR.

Jaguar Classic to launch E-type Reborn at Techno-Classica Essen Show

Jaguar Classic is offering an initial batch of 10 comprehensively restored Series 1 E-types for sale direct from its purpose-built facility in Coventry.

E-type Reborn is a complete service from Jaguar Classic, which offers prospective customers the unique opportunity to purchase an original and highly collectible E-type direct from the vehicle’s original manufacturer. The launch of E-type Reborn is a first for Jaguar and extends the successful initiative previously introduced for Land Rover’s Series I and Range Rover Classic models, which were also on show at Essen.

Every E-type Reborn, which starts with a base vehicle sourced by Jaguar’s E-type experts, is completely restored according to the company’s original 1960s factory specification. Unique access to build records and original drawings held by the Jaguar Heritage Trust, and the team’s decades of experience in restoration up to concours-winning standard, ensure absolute authenticity.

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The launch of E-type Reborn is a hugely exciting development for Jaguar Classic. The E-type is the most iconic sports car of all time, so we are delighted to be able to give new life to expertly selected examples for discerning customers around the world to own and enjoy.

“The resources and information available to Jaguar Classic’s expert technicians are unrivalled, which results in the most authentic E-type restorations possible.”

Prices for E-type Reborn restorations from Jaguar Classic are dependent on specification, starting from £285,000.


Riversimple, the world’s only independent hydrogen carmaker, has announced its first crowdfunding round and has received strong backing from investors – exceeding its target of £1m and raising a final figure of £1,138,000 before closing at midnight on April 9.

Riversimple founder, Hugo Spowers said: “I am delighted that we have not only passed our first tranche target of £1m, but the interest was so keen that we exceeded that figure. This is down to a growing demand for low emission personal transport and to the efforts of our team – the people that work here make this company worth investing in.

“This very definite endorsement demonstrates people’s growing desire to be able to travel in a sustainable way and to start to address the catastrophic effects of pollution and global warming, while losing none of the joy of driving a responsive, beautifully-crafted car.

“The funding enables us to start building cars for our beta-test, which will take place in Monmouth, and will be the first trial of its kind in the motor industry. Feedback from users will directly influence the final car design.

 “Wales has been a very receptive location to develop our vehicle and is the only country to have sustainability written into its statute. The react-ion from both organisations and individuals here has been overwhelmingly supportive and we have found it a great base for our business.”

RIDERS GET READY! IAM Roadsmart are Giving Away FREE Advance Motorbike Sessions for a Limited Time Only

Leading road safety charity IAM RoadSmart and participating local groups across the country are embarking on a major FREE giveaway to riders to coincide with the start of spring.

Most of IAM RoadSmart’s local groups are offering a FREE 90 minute riding skills taster session to any rider with a full bike license from now up to 30 June with a fully qualified assessor.

To find out which of IAM Road-Smart local bike groups around the UK are participating in the free tasters promotion, visit

The sessions are open to every full motorbike license holder regardless of their level of experience. Riders will use their own bikes on local roads, and can dis-cuss any areas of concern with their assessor during their session.

What’s more, anyone taking a taster session can then go on to buy the full IAM RoadSmart Advanced Rider Course with a 10% discount on the usual £149 cost.

 Sarah Sillars, IAM RoadSmart chief executive officer, said:

“Many riders across the country will be getting their bikes out of the garage after a long and wet winter – but have they considered whether their riding skills might too be showing signs of wear?

“What many people don’t realise is that a review of different riding styles can increase enjoyment massively. Want to get that bend right? Make better progress? Get in touch and see what advanced riding is all about.”


According to the latest figures from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), the Land Rover Defender has entered the Top 10 Most Stolen and Recovered league table for the first time in 2016. TRACKER reveals a 57% increase in the number of Land Rover Defender thefts from 2015 to 2016, confirming a rise in demand since its production stopped in January of last year.

Commenting on the recent increase in Land Rover Defender thefts, Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER, comments, “The fact that we have seen the number of Defender thefts double this year compared to 2015 shows just how popular these cars have become, particularly since they are no longer in production, making them a major target for organised car thieves.







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