2019 Toyota Corolla SE (USA)

The Toyota Corolla is almost certainly the best selling car in the world, and it has been for a considerable number of years. "Almost certainly", as it depends on how you count and what you include, both in terms of the Corolla itself and some of its rivals. As many manufacturers who have tried to p...

Devizes Italian Auto Moto Festival – July 2022

Although a lot of popular and successful events run from year to year, changes, sometimes beyond the organiser's control, do mean that there are some which sadly disappear from the calendar. One such is the Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival, a celebration of Italian cars and bikes that was held for...

Wheels at Prescott – July 2022

"Wheels at Prescott", a monthly mid-week evening gathering at the legendary Prescott hillclimb on the slopes of the Cotswolds and just a mile or so from the village where I grew up, as been a welcome addition to an already busy calendar. It is not without competition from other such events in the ar...

2019 Hyundai Veloster 2.0i (USA)

You may well remember the Veloster, a small coupe-styled hatchback from Korean giant Hyundai. It won't be because you recall seeing lots of the roads, as in Europe, sales were not exactly significant, but it had one feature which made it stand out as completely different from anything else on the ma...

Abarth Festival – July 2022

Such was the success of Abarth Festival 2021, the largest gathering of Abarths there had ever been in the UK, with a grand total of 557 cars present, that it was clear that a repeat was called for in 2022. Having listened to the feedback and taken account of what was realistic and possible, we decid...

Northern Italian Car Day, Raby Castle – July 2022

Encouraged by the very positive reaction to the Northern Italian Car Days held in 2020 and 2021, organised by Phil Ward and his team who put on other fabulous Italian car events, it was no surprise to see it featuring in the 2022 schedule, returning once more to Raby Castle. This stunning location i...

2019 Ford Escape 1.5T SEL AWD (USA)

  In 2018 Ford made a bold announcement about their future US product range. No more saloons and hatches, they said, just Crossovers and SUVs, Vans and Trucks and the Mustang. And the evidence was there when I went to the Los Angeles Auto Show later that year, with a smaller stand and no ...

Galleria Ferrari – Maranello (I) – June 2022

For the past ten years there have been two Ferrari museums in Italy for the fans and enthusiasts to enjoy. The larger and longer established of the pair is to be found in Maranello, the proverbial stone's throw away from the factory complex and the Fiorano test track. Needless to say, it attracts a ...

Morgan Overtime with Queen Square Car Club – July 2022

Earlier in the year my good friend Dan Grazier told me that he had been contacted by the team at Morgan Cars inviting him to hold a Queen Square meet at their site in Malvern. Whilst he always to get a large number of cars to the Queen Square meets in the Bristol area, getting cars to travel further...