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Pictures of the week 047

Happy reunion for Healey theft victim

HAVING your car stolen is an experience not to be recommended, never mind how revolting the car happens to be. It happened to me once. I had left my company car parked on the road outside my home and next morning there was just a gap with a sprinkling of broken glass where the car … Continue reading

Pictures of the week 046

White is right for car values

COLOUR prejudice can prove expensive when it comes to selling your car. If it’s white, you could be quids in – but if it’s maroon or turquoise, the chances of finding a buyer are much diminished. Not only will the car fetch less money but potential buyers will also realise that you have seriously dubious … Continue reading

Pictures of the week 045

The cost of air makes me gasp

I KNOW we’re in a recession, times are hard and inflation is driving up prices but I must say the cost of air took me rather by surprise. I usually use the gadget I keep in the garage, a thing with jump-leads for flat batteries, a compressor for pumping up tyres, a cigarette lighter, a … Continue reading

Oo-la-la comes to Beaulieu

BEAULIEU could have been mistaken for one of its French counterparts as around 200 French vehicles rolled up into the Hampshire parkland to create a beautiful display in the grounds of the National Motor Museum for its inaugural Simply French event. While much of the weekend was cold and wet, Sunday turned out to be … Continue reading

Pininfarina’s greatest car designs

SERGIO Pininfarina, arguably the world’s greatest ever car designer, died on July 2, aged 85. The son of Battista Farina, who founded the Pininfarina dynasty, he took over as president of the Turin-based coachbuilder in 1966 following his father’s death. Paying tribute, Luca di Montezemolo, chairman of Ferrari, described him as “a great advocate of … Continue reading

Pictures of the week 044

Motor Mouth’s Car of the month: Vauxhall Mokka

VAUXHALL’S entry in the burgeoning compact SUV segment has the look of an overweight Corsa and comes loaded with the smart equipment that we’ve come to expect from every new model. A big plus with the Mokka is that it can be bought with an on-demand all-wheel-drive system, as well as a more fuel-efficient two-wheel … Continue reading