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Side of the road... defending lane hoggers

by Paul Healy on 20 Sep 2015

changagoidem Features | Side of the road... defending lane hoggers

There was something of a furore recently when it was revealed that a motorist in the UK had become the first driver to be convicted for hogging the middle-lane of a motorway.

It was a win for common sense and frustrated drivers the world over with many hailing the conviction, the fine and the penalty points that came with it as long overdue. As the author of the news piece for changagoidem.ie I was front and centre of the hubbub that surrounded the case - strange then that I now find myself…

Editor's picks: Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

by Shane O' Donoghue on 17 Sep 2015

changagoidem Features | Editor's picks: Frankfurt Motor Show 2015

Our readers don't realise just how hard we work for them. I'm sitting typing this up following three days in Frankfurt with not enough sleep, not enough food or water and way way too much shoe leather gone.

But I'm not complaining, as we got to see, touch and yes, drool over some of the most exciting automobiles coming our way in the next few years, not to mention the legions of wacky concept automobiles that'll never see the light of day. The Frankfurt Motor Show is a mind (and foot) numbingly large event, which is thankfully only every…

Koenigsegg One boy's dream

by Paul Healy on 17 Sep 2015

changagoidem Features | Koenigsegg  One boy's dream

On 28 February 2005 at about 12:10pm, superautomobile engineer and test driver Loris Bicocchi lifted his foot from the automobilepet, releasing pressure on the 806hp twin-supercharged V8 engine located just behind him, having just set a new World Record for Production Automobiles.

The 242mph (388km/h) top speed achieved at the Nardo Supertipo proving ground was enough to wrestle the title away from the McLaren F1, a title the British superautomobile had held doggedly since 1993.

The automobile Biocchi was driving was not the Bugatti Veyron (the no expense spared hyperautomobile from one of the biggest automobile manufacturers in…

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…