Articles in Category : Motoring

February 2014

The Love Bug

Liam kicks off the new year test driving the Volkswagen Beetle – now in its third incarnation

It’s no secret that car designers the world over have been inspired by what’s gone before. Ian Cameron’sgorgeous BMW Z8 for instance played more than just a little homage to the mid 1950s Bayerische Motoren Werke’s 507. Peugeot’s 208 GTi

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Audi A3

with Liam Bird

AUDI A3….FUN! Liam test drove the NEW Audi A3 last month. Let’s just say he was suitably impressed It’s taken me a little while, but now I think, I’ve finally made myself comfortable in Audi’s all new A3. It arrived

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They say if you can remember the 1960’s you weren’t there. So, if things for some of you are a little hazy, allow me to fill in a few of the gaps. I’ve concentrated mainly on 1963 for reasons which

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Winter 2015

Ever since a late Friday afternoon dash to the coast approximately three years ago I’ve had a bit of a soft-spot for Jaguar’s XF. The purpose of that particular journey was to meet up with the Welsh Group of Motoring

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage

A grand day out

Aston Martin V8 Vantage – a grand day out Liam Bird managed to keep control of his emotions when he spent a Saturday afternoon driving around North Wales in a new Aston Martin. And he found a novel way of

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“Noddy’s been on the phone. He was wondering when he could have his car back”. “Couldn’t you afford the other roller-skate?” “Did someone boil-wash your Golf?” Oh ha-ha. They’re all examples of what passes for wit apparently. And they’ve all

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Long Distance Champion If I was to say the word Porsche to you what would you envisage? A 911 probably springs to mind first and probably a Boxster too. But think a little harder what else does that name mean

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Winter 2015

Nissan Micra DIG-S

Liam Bird test drives the mighty Micra!

When Liam Bird said he had a “super-charged” car in mind for this month, we were surprised by his choice of the mild mannered Micra.  But someone in TheBAY studio was copped for speeding not once but twice in a

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The Love Bug

Classic Car lover Ashley Lovering continues his series on locally owned cars with a bit of personality. Here he introduces a car fitting for Valentine’s Day, a 1971 VW Beetle by the name of Herbie  a.k.a. The Love Bug – he may not be the star of the big screen but in his owner’s eyes he is equally beguiling. 

CLASSIC CAR LOVER ASHLEY LOVERING CONTINUES HIS SERIES ON LOCALLY OWNED CARS WITH A BIT OF PERSONALITY. HERE HE INTRODUCES A CAR FITTING FOR VALENTINE’S DAY, A 1971 VW BEETLE BY THE NAME OF HERBIE  A.K.A. THE LOVE BUG – HE MAY NOT BE THE

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Motoring with Liam Bird – Mitsubishi Evo X

Liam has been test driving the new Evo X – Mitsubishi’s road legal rally car and has discovered that it is a head turner.

Usually when I pass by my local garage it goes unnoticed. Occasionally if I’m in something noisy, a V8 Morgan or a Maserati perhaps, someone will peer through the workshop door to see what’s disturbing the peace. Or, if I’m

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Range Rover Evoque

Liam Bird has been putting the new Range Rover Evoque through its paces – it may be smaller than your average 4x4 but it certainly got the thumbs up from Liam. Evoque!

Finally the wait is over. It’s been three years since Land-Rover unveiled its LRX concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, but now the car they turned the LRX into – the new Range-Rover Evoque, is available to buy. In

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The Bavarian X Factor

How does Liam Bird find the BMW X3?

Not so long ago BMW kept telling us they were building “The Ultimate Driving Machine” and few would argue that the M3 or its larger sibling, the M5 were anything but. Recently the marketing men at Munich have changed tack.

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Porsche 911, with Liam Bird

This month, Liam Bird got behind the wheel of the Porsche 911, one of Europe's Most Recognisable Cars

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS – Driving the Dream “In the beginning, I looked around and couldn’t quite find the car I dreamed of, so I decided to build one myself” – not my words, but those of Ferry Porsche. In

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Lotus Evora S with Liam Bird

This month our motoring correspondent Liam Bird has been test driving the Lotus Evora S – Flower Power?

Agility is something that motoring writers usually attribute to a cars chassis and handling rather than to themselves. But in the case of Lotus’s Evora it helps if, as a driver, you too are supple. The Evora S is the

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Mini by name…

This month Liam Bird encountered the Mini Countryman and discovered that it is anything but mini.

This month Liam Bird encountered the Mini Countryman and discovered that it is anything but mini. When Alec Issigonis sketched his idea for a economical small four seater car with a wheel in each corner, seating for four, and a

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Maserati Granturismo S Review

Bella Macchina! “I knew you were coming, I heard you!” It doesn’t matter where you go in Maserati’s Granturismo S people will know you’re on your way.

“I knew you were coming, I heard you!” It doesn’t matter where you go in Maserati’s Granturismo S people will know you’re on your way. Even before they get to see it’s Pininfarina styling they’ll here its delicious exhaust note

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