It’s early, before 9:00am, but even in late September, the heat of the day is making itself felt in Catalonia. I’m in Sitges, just south of Barcelona in Spain, tracking down a circuit I’d heard mention of on occasion, but had never really been able to find out much about. While Sitges may be more […]
Drive - Automotive Thoughts and The Process of Driving
I've worked in the automotive and motorsport industries for several decades, from selling specialist cars to working as a freelance writer and, for more than a decade, as a professional track driver coach.
Today, automotive work forms a smaller part of my life. However, the driving element of my life still forms a strong creative outlet for me.
While for many, driving is an evil to be endured, to get to and from work. For me, on the right roads, in the right car, on the right day, it forms a vital part of my creative output.
It's also one of the places in my life where I achieve 'flow', a subject I will be writing much more about.
The Dynamic Mode including Active Exhaust of the Jaguar F Type S stays set when you switch off the engine. Unlike many other cars with these options, your settings remain as you left them when you return. The owners handbook says that it remains that way for eight hours. It’s 6.00 am, the neat alloy […]
Brumos have been in the Porsche business since 1959, both as certified dealers and one time South Eastern USA Porsche distributor in Jacksonville, Florida and also in motorsport as Brumos Racing. Their heritage is almost as impressive as the factory itself and the Brumos Porsche YouTube channel is a great one to subscribe to. Their […]
It’s been a while. A while since I drove an early, well sorted, lightweight 911. I seem to have spent to much of my time recently in 996 and 997 Turbos. Brutal power of course, with the thrill of the on-boost whoosh throwing you at the horizon as if you’d just left the deck of […]
I first saw this car towards the end of 2011. I was visiting Specialist Cars of Malton, based in Yorkshire, UK, on the pretext of another car photo shoot. Owner John Hawkins gestures, “Here, let me show you this”, heading to a side door. Anyone knowing John will be aware that you should be very […]
OK here’s some interesting numbers. 2,000 rpm, 8th gear (yes, 8th), 95 mph, 41mpg.That’s the complete recipe for pan-European progress in the Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0 turbo diesel. I’m impressed and the more I drive it, the more I’m smitten. Not just by it’s looks, as I think it’a one of the best looking sports-estate […]
As the bright blue car burbled it’s way into the distance, the exhaust was still set as I left it, popping and crackling in Dynamic Mode, the carbon blade rear wing slowly getting smaller, my driving licence heaved a sigh of relief in my wallet. My Shell points card, of course, was sad to see […]
As I mentioned in the first part of our Lexus RX450h review, Twenty Minutes In post, I’d forgotten the unique feel of Lexus build quality. Even today, with the intense competition chasing the quality mantra very hard indeed, it has an ambience unlike other luxury brands. The combination of technology, soft compliant ride and that […]