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Motoring marriage of convenience

THERE are a lot of unlikely tie-ups behind the scenes in the global car-making industry and the latest romance features a couple who really do seem made for one another. Fiat and Mazda have just revealed details of the deal – known as a Memorandum of Understanding – and the exciting ‘first-born’ of the coupling … Continue reading

Pictures of the week 038

My Triumph TR7

(Picture is not the actual car) IT seemed like a good idea at the time. The TR7 belonged to Mrs Mouth and was proving unreliable, impractical and quite unsuitable for her needs. By now I had a company car for everyday needs but the Escort Estate was no fun so a solution was clear: I’d … Continue reading

Renault tops the MoT failure list

ONE in five cars first registered in 2008 failed their first MoT three years later, a sobering new report has revealed. Heading the list of shame are cars from French manufacturers Renault, Citroen and Peugeot. Other makes among the biggest failures are Chevrolet and, rather surprisingly, MINI. Inevitably the best performers were Japanese manufacturers Lexus, … Continue reading

Going out in style: the world’s flashest hearses

(Article and pictures courtesy of MSN Cars)

Pictures of the week 037

A kit car Swedish-style?

Rusting old Mini bought for £40,000

WANT to buy a rust-riddled old motor in desperate need of restoration? The engine hasn’t been started for years – and you can have it for a mere £40,000. No, I haven’t completely lost my marbles but someone with a lot more spare dosh than I has just laid out the money for a totally … Continue reading

Cars made in strange places

MOST countries have some history of making their  own cars – but some are more unlikely than others! (Article and pictures courtesy of MSN Cars).

The flavour of Italy comes to Beaulieu

THE Simply Italian extravaganza at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, on Sunday was a spectacular event blessed with the best weather for weeks. Hundreds of people arrived at the New Forest venue in a wide variety of Italian cars, with Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini and Fiat among the marques on show. It was Beaulieu’s … Continue reading