Motoring Article June/July 15

Auto Biographies – New Ford Mondeo by Tim Barnes-Clay  @carwriteups

The fifth generation Mondeo is now available with Ford’s range of economical EcoBoost engines and, for the first time in the UK, a hybrid petrol-electric option.

Introduced in 1992 to replace the Ford Sierra, the Mondeo went on to become a piece of popular culture in 1996 when Tony Blair used the phrase ‘Mondeo Man’ in his Labour Party Conference address. What a shame there’s so much badge snobbery around these days though. The reaction I got from premium-badge car lovers when I mentioned I was attending the Ford Mondeo press launch wasn’t exactly upbeat. […]

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Money Matters Apr/May 15

Pay Less To Get More by Martin Lewis @MoneySavingExpert

If you’re jet set on tripping abroad this year, here’s my top tips on how to use the web to pay less to get more.

Slash flight costs using the RIGHT comparison. Unlike package holidays with scheduled flights, leaving it until the last minute means prices rocket. So make sure you’re booking in advance and use the right site for the job. Cheapest price on normal flights – Just use a flight comparison site. I like (for gizmos), (for ease), and (for breadth).  […]

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Mini Magic for Myton Hospice 2015

Best buddies, Mark Evans and Steve Heard are embarking on another motoring tour to raise funds for charity.

In 2009, Mark and Steve acquired a red Robin Reliant and used the special three wheeler to travel from Coventry to Cowes on the Isle of Wight raising money for Against Breast Cancer. Taking A and B roads only, they only managed to overtake one car on the whole tour, a Morris Minor, on the way back. Sponsors were very generous and they raised £2,500 for Against Breast Cancer.

This time, the charity motoring tour is particularly poignant for Mark, as his wife Amanda Evans sadly passed away in November 2012 from breast cancer at the age of 44 at Myton Hospice in Warwick. It has been a very emotional time for Mark and their girls, family and friends. Amanda was cared for at Myton Hospice who made tremendous efforts to ease Amanda’s pain and support the family through an extremely difficult time. This trip is dedicated to Amanda with all proceeds going to Myton Hospice. […]

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Motoring Article Apr/May 15

Auto Biographies – New Nissan Qashqai by Tim Barnes-Clay  @carwriteups

The latest Nissan Qashqai, which went on sale in January 2014, is available in four time-honoured grades: Visia, Acenta, Acenta Premium and Tekna. The model tested here comes in flagship Tekna trim. But we’ll come to that in a bit. Firstly, here’s some background.

The second generation, family oriented car is now longer, lower and wider, giving it a more imposing stance while maintaining a raised driving position. The vehicle under review is front-wheel drive, the set-up which Nissan says will account for most sales, but all-wheel drive is available too. The Qashqai’s exterior looks modern and there’s a better quality feel to the cabin – perfect for many years of hardcore family use. The range-topping Tekna model features an array of technologies that highlight the Japanese motor manufacturer’s lead in the crossover market. […]

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Motoring Article Feb/Mar 15

Auto Biographies Hyundai i30 by Tim Barnes-Clay @carwriteups If looks could kill then you’ve got no worries if you drive the Hyundai i30 Tourer. Put it this way; the car’s practical, but it’s no oil painting. Harsh of me? Probably. And let’s face it, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It doesn’t look like a bulldog chewing a wasp, but it has a bland, characterless presence, especially from behind. The ‘face’ of the South Korean produced model is only saved by the smart LED daytime driving lamps. Enough of my shallow thoughts about the i30’s appearance, let’s take a deeper journey into what the motor is all about. Like it’s slightly older hatchback sibling, the latest generation Hyundai i30 Tourer, launched two years ago, offers excellent levels of comfort, refinement and efficiency. What’s more, the car adds a greater load-carrying capability to the i30’s overall package. Space is amongst the best in the class, with the Tourer boasting a larger luggage capacity than the majority of its key rivals. […]

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Motoring Article Dec 14/Jan 15

Auto Biographies New Peugeot 308 (Feline THP 156) by Tim Barnes-Clay @carwriteups Peugeot must have sprinkled fairy dust over its designers, because there are now some attractive motors in its automotive stable, including the 308. It’s no secret that the French firm hasn’t always produced beautiful motors – yet, conversely, Peugeot has created some of the most popular cars on the road. To bring more of a balance to the automaker’s looks department, the brand is moving upmarket. It’s an initiative started several years ago and seen most recently with the 208 and 2008. The initial design brief of the New 308 had the highest levels of quality at its heart and that has been more than noticed already. Crowned 2014 European Car of the Year, at the Geneva Motor Show, the suave Peugeot offers a touch of technology, comfort and practicality. The new 308 is the fourth Peugeot model to be distinguished by the ‘Car of the Year’ accolade; it comes after the 307 (2002), 405 (1988) and 504 (1969). […]

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CV Car Valeting Oct/Nov 2014

Steve Mills of CV Car Valeting answers your questions: “How is the best way to remove tar from car paintwork?” Steve says: “The way to remove tar from paintwork is buy Tar and Glue Remover, spray it on the tar and when it starts to run, wipe it off, continue to do this until tar is removed, and then wash down area with water.” “My alloys have lost their shine. I go through a drive-through car wash at least once a month but they seem to be dull.” Steve says: “Car washes are very aggressive ways of cleaning a car, as it can remove the lacquer from your paintwork and alloys. If this has happened you will need to have then relacquered or you can try wheel polish to see if that helps.” “Is there an easy way to get dog hairs out of the car’s carpets? It’s my real bug bear.” Steve says: “There is no easy way to remove dog hairs. You can buy a rubber brush to help remove the hairs or a rubber glove is just as good, also a good hoover to help suck the hair out.” “What is the best way to treat the leather on a steering wheel?” Steve says: “You will need a leather cleaner and then use a leather cream applied to the steering wheel.” […]

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Motor Mania Oct/Nov 2014

Best 4x4s by James Baggott, Car Dealer Magazine (
With rugged looks, a commanding view of the road and the ability to get you out of some sticky situations, a 4×4 makes sense for lots of drivers. From mummies collecting at the school gates to business owners who need a reliable working vehicle, there’s plenty of choice in the off-road category.

What’s more the latest crop of pumped-up SUVs also offer clever technology, luxurious interiors and don’t have to cost the earth. Here we take a look at five of our favourites for you to put a new reg plate on.

Nissan Qashqai

Price: From £17,595

The Nissan Qashqai has recently been revamped – giving it fresh looks to keep it firmly placed in the top 10 best-selling cars in the UK chart. It’s a compact SUV that’s easy to live with every day, affordable and extremely comfortable. The new exterior design tweaks look superb, it’s wonderfully refined and the interior is packed with helpful new technology. With plenty of engine choice it’s hard to beat.


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Motoring Article June/July 2014

Sébastien Loeb Interview by James Baggott, Editor of He’s the most successful driver in the World Rally Championship’s history, with an incredible nine titles to his name. He holds the record for fastest ascent of the buttock-clenching Pikes Peak hill climb – and if you haven’t seen the video, go and watch it now. But most of all he’s an all-round nice guy and a massive car nut. Sébastien Loeb is a legend among rally car fans and a hero to petrol heads. After years of dominating the world’s rally stages with Citroen, the 40-year-old is now starting at the bottom rung of the ladder once more and taking on a new challenge – competing in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with Citroen. Here, in an exclusive interview, Loeb talks about crashing his first car, gives his tips for driving on the limit, tries to sell us his Lamborghini Aventador and says he simply doesn’t care how he does in WTCC as long as it’s not finishing last. […]

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CV Car Valeting June/July 2014

Steve Mills of CV Car Valeting answers your questions: “My car seats have got mould on them from condensation during the cold weather.  How can I remove this and possibly prevent it from coming back?” Steve says: “To remove mould there is two ways. One is to shampoo the seats, the other is to steam them. To prevent it happening again make sure the interior is dry and put in a humidifier if you are putting the car in to storage.” “At this time of year bird droppings can be a problem.  What is the most effective way to remove them?” Steve says: “Remove them ASAP if they have dried on, do not rub it off as there is grit inside the dropping and you will scratch the paint work. So the way to do it is to run water over the dropping until it softens up, and lightly wipe it off.“ […]

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