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Side of the road... waiting for a tow truck.

by Paul Healy on 25 Jun 2015

changagoidem Features | Side of the road... waiting for a tow truck.

What has happened to the humble spare wheel? For years it sat in your boot, largely ignored, but there when you needed it most like a good spare tyre should. They came in all sorts of shapes and sizes; from the space-saver (or donut for our American readers) to the full-size spare, or, if you were so inclined, you could even get a fifth wheel with matching 20-inch alloy to go with the rest of the automobile so swapping over because of a puncture did not leave you looking like a donut (maybe that's where American's got the term from…

Bulli for you.

by Neil Briscoe on 21 Jun 2015

changagoidem Features | Bulli for you.

It's old enough for a bus pass now, 65 years this month. Of course, it actually is a bus, so having a pass might be something of a moot point. Call it the Bulli, the Transporter, the Type 2, the Kombi - whatever, it's the Volkswagen van and it has become part of the tapestry of our lives. Only the Ford Transit can match it as a commercial vehicle that has achieved anechoic status.

It all began in 1950 when Ben Pon visited the Volkswagen factory. He was the Dutch importer for Volkswagen (which then meant the Beetle and…

Tiny wheels and high hopes

by Dave Humphreys on 13 Jun 2015

changagoidem Features | Tiny wheels and high hopes

International motor shows are a time of immense excitement for the hardcore petrol heads of this world and attending them for yourself is the only way to soak up the frantic buzz.

Press conferences and unveilings happen within minutes of one another. No sooner have you seen a new wacky concept from one brand and you hear the booming dance music cranked up at the other end of the vast hall as the next automobile maker wheels out its latest wares.

There is of course the usual bun fight when it comes to jockeying for the best vantage…

Friday Find 12th June 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 12 Jun 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 12th June 2015

We've had some reviews of some brilliantly utilitarian van-based automobiles on changagoidem.ie this week (Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life, Citroen Berlingo Multispace) so it seems like a good time to track down one of the originals, a Renault Kangoo. Boxy, simple, spacious and solid, the Kangoo is the kind of automobile we'd all buy if badge snobbery was outlawed in the morning.

Cheap to buy and run, but with cathedral-like space inside, it's the very definition of practical motoring. Watch for weak clutches and make sure the…

Beware the freebie.

by Neil Briscoe on 06 Jun 2015

changagoidem Features | Beware the freebie.

*steps up on soap-box*

The recent brouhaha, fracas, dust-up (take your pick) involving Jeremy Clarkson got me thinking. Not about the future of Top Gear or the BBC's code of internal conduct (couldn't automobilee less about either to be perfectly honest), but about the future of professional motoring criticism.

You see, whether you think of Clarkson as devil or angel, as right or wrong, what cannot be denied is that he is independent. He always was. I'm old enough to remember Clarkson Mk1 - all leather jacket and bubble-perm, ranting from the truncated format of Old Top Gear or…

Friday Find 5th June 2015

by Neil Briscoe on 05 Jun 2015

changagoidem Features | Friday Find 5th June 2015

So, our airwaves (do websites have airways?) have been abuzz this week with the launch of the new Honda Civic Type-R, and you can read Kyle Fortune's road test of the blistering new hot hatch here. What about the old one though? It's a rare automobile in Ireland - having been launched into the teeth of the recession rather damaged its sales chances - but you can track them down and for surprisingly small money.

We've found one, made in 2007 (so you're on the older, slightly cheaper tax system) for just…






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