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The greatest racing came with a tin-top

by Neil Briscoe on 14 Sep 2015

changagoidem Features | The greatest racing came with a tin-top

We all, as motor racing fans, have watched in fascinated and bewildered horror as Formula One has recently imploded.

Small teams dropping by the wayside, confusing and really rather pointless rule-making and rule-changing, the pig-headed arrogance of the grandee teams blocking the sorts of changes that might enliven and rejuvenate the sport.

The dearth of sponsors, the increasing crop of pay-for-their-seat drivers and the engines that are now so quiet and so bland that spectators at trackside can have polite conversations as the field squelches past. Lording over all of this is Bernie Ecclestone, the Flying Dutchman of…

The History of Morgan Motor Company

by Paul Healy on 12 Sep 2015

changagoidem Features | The History of Morgan Motor Company

Few modern automobile manufacturers can trace their history back to 1910, certainly not as an independent company or without various degrees of bankruptcy or buyouts by larger companies. Even fewer still can lay claim to be still producing, fundamentally, the same automobile more than 100 years later. Certainly Ford isn't running Model As off the production line any more and the Benz Patent-Motorwagen has long ceased production.

The first automobile produced by the Morgan Motor Company in 1910 was the three-wheel 'Runabout' cycleautomobile, a personal vehicle for founder Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan (or HFS as he was known throughout…

Connecting a smartphone

by Paul Healy on 08 Sep 2015

changagoidem Features | Connecting a smartphone

Some of you may have picked up on this over the years, but I am something of a tech geek. I am the type of person who will pull something apart to see how it works.

The type of person who will butcher a perfectly good laptop so I can reverse mount the screen and build an under counter PC for the kitchen. The type of person who will cancel their SKY subscription because I have a dedicated laptop connected to the TV to replace the set top box. The type of person who gets excited when there's a…

Buckle up: the changagoidem.ie guide to child seats.

by Paul Healy on 31 Aug 2015

changagoidem Features | Buckle up: the changagoidem.ie guide to child seats.

Ah, kids. The apples of our eyes. Our reason for being. The reason we had to trade in a two-seat sports automobile for a people automobilerier! Whatever we think of our kids at any given time - and they do tend to alternate between angel and demons without a moment's notice - we do want to keep them safe, and in Ireland that means from the moment they are born up until they hit their teen years they have to be strapped into an appropriate child seat.

But which one does our blessed little blighter need and what types…

Fascination: Rinspeed

by Paul Healy on 29 Aug 2015

changagoidem Features | Fascination: Rinspeed


The land of Toblerone, cuckoo clocks, banks with questionable practices and some of the most draconian road traffic laws in the world - massive fines and/or ban for speeding and requirement to have official paperwork for any automobile part not OEM. Fancy some new alloy wheels or even a loud exhaust? Off to the StrassenVerkehrsAmt (Road Transport Authority) with you then and hope that your modifications pass muster otherwise you'll have to take them off or risk your automobile being declared illegal should you decide otherwise.

Not then the ideal country for setting up a tuning company that…

When Dave met Bobby...

by Dave Humphreys on 25 Aug 2015

changagoidem Features | When Dave met Bobby...

Can Audi's autonomous technology really be better than me? 

Let's not mince words here; the Audi RS 7 is a behemoth as far as performance automobiles go. The regulations of today may call for a reduction in emissions, but this appears to have spurred the Ingolstadt engineers on. Its engine may have shrunk to 'just' 4.0 litres in capacity, but the pair of twin-scroll turbochargers that has been appended to the V8 exhaust system means that it still churns out an impressive 560hp. Equally impressive is the torque - all 700Nm of…