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How does a rally co-driver really feel?

by Maurice Malone on 27 Mar 2017

changagoidem Features | How does a rally co-driver really feel?

Nerves. They can manifest themselves in many ways. For some, it’s trembling, clammy hands. For others, a marked jump in the frequency of bodily functions signifies the onset of an event that the brain isn’t 100 per cent comfortable with. Me? I’m currently experiencing both, and I can barely zip up my overalls thanks to the useless, quivering sticks that are supposed to be my fingers. Oh great, I need to wee again. Back behind the trees once more. Around me, I spy three or four helmeted and overall-clad individuals doing the same.

Despite what you may be imagining, I’m…

10 Best Automobiles of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

by Dave Humphreys on 09 Mar 2017

changagoidem Features | 10 Best Automobiles of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

There's always something a little bit special about the annual Geneva Motor Show. As well as being the first major European motor show of the year, it's relatively compact and most manufacturers, big or small, seem to bring their A-game along. Naturally, there's a smattering of superautomobiles, but some of the more normal stuff has just as much appeal. Here's a rundown of my top ten automobiles from the show, in no particular order.

1. Aston Martin Valkyrie

Granted, we already knew quite a bit about this automobile before the show. In fact, it was just the…

The joy of early morning driving

by Maurice Malone on 07 Feb 2017

changagoidem Features | The joy of early morning driving

"Why have you set an alarm for four in the morning? Have you lost your mind?" A valid point from a long-suffering girlfriend. "Don't you dare wake me!" .

It's 11pm on a Saturday night, a time when most people are doing something less nerdy than scouring maps and checking weather forecasts.

There's some semblance of method to my madness. I've long held the belief that roads and automobiles are best experienced in solitude. Don't get me wrong; road trips and group drives with friends are great, but there's always the danger of being goaded into pushing that bit too…

Who was king of the Super Bowl?

by Neil Briscoe on 07 Feb 2017

changagoidem Features | Who was king of the Super Bowl?

Does anyone actually watch the Super Bowl for the football anymore? Well, I say football - American football is of course really rugby for sissies, but to be honest, most of us probably stopped tuning in for the game itself. Nowadays it’s for the half-time show (thank you, Lady Gaga) and, of course, the adverts. American and global companies roll out the big marketing budgets and the Hollywood director phone book for Super Bowl Sunday, confident that they will be placing their products in front of one of the biggest TV audiences of the year.

And which advert was the…

WRC 2017: a new dawn?

by Maurice Malone on 27 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | WRC 2017: a new dawn?

Now that the dust (and snow) has settled, Maurice Malone analyses what effect the new World Rally Automobiles have had on the spectacle, and how the viewing public have reacted.

The real thing

An aggressive soundtrack of rising and falling revs, interspersed with the faint popping and banging of anti-lag can be heard further down the valley. Super-intense spotlights do their best to illuminate the icy blackness of the road ahead, the trajectory of their beams switching back and forth like crazy as the automobile negotiates a series of switchback hairpins, highlighting the smoke from campfires lit below. The sound…

Winter, snow and ice driving tips.

by Neil Briscoe on 12 Jan 2017

changagoidem Features | Winter, snow and ice driving tips.

Shakin’ Stevens must have been psychic or something because snow really is falling and it is indeed all around. Whether the cold snap is just going to be a light dusting of the white stuff or whether this really is the beginning of the final Snowpocalypse, it seems like a good time to brush up on those winter driving techniques…

Preparation, preparation, preparation…

The first thing to do is make sure your automobile is ready for any serious weather. Tyres are critical here, so make sure you’ve got plenty of tread depth and that your pressures are correct all round.…