IF you’re an expert on anything car-related, then this is no place for you. If you can strip down an engine and rebuild it, know the difference between a crank shaft and a sunroof and can tell a Zephyr from a Zodiac at 300 yards, then be off with you – don’t waste your valuable time here.
This is a blog for people with no expertise whatsoever, specifically in cars and motoring-related matters. Because, you see, I am just a journalist – not even a specialist motoring journo but a bits-and-pieces, jack-of-all-trades journo – whose only real qualification for setting up this blog is a lifelong fondness for cars.
My technical knowledge is close to zero; my hands-on skills amount to being able to drive, to work out where the bonnet latch is located, but barely extends to such technical stuff as fully understanding the mysterious workings of my car’s climate control, cruise control or sound-system controls.
However, I have spent my working life as a purveyor of words and, among my humble freelance assignments, I wrote motoring bits for various local or regional publications.
From 2005 until 2014 I penned a weekly column called Motor Mouth for the Dorset-based Blackmore Vale Magazine. It was a repository for my ramblings. It contained many of the Motor Mouth columns, as well as my Car of the Month features, plus sundry other motoring-related articles and snippets, and a few loosely related motoring musings too.
The newspaper columns ended early in 2014 but this blog site trundles on, enlivened, I hope, by a constant stream of motoring news and views.
Please don’t take it all too seriously. It is, in the main, intended to entertain and maybe inform here and there. Don’t get upset when you disagree with me – but please do write and tell me your thoughts. I need all the help I can get.