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Shoe-string motoring fleet update

by Craig Castle on 14 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | Shoe-string motoring fleet update

I've done it. I've sold the Puma. While I was sad to see such a clean and low mileage automobile leave my fleet, it was not being used and so makes sense to sell it on.

Of course that leaves a void to fill in the fleet. What could replace it? Well, in the interests of my running reports, I figured many of the sub €1,000 automobiles are bought as first automobiles after passing one's test or cheap economical second automobiles for the family. So that's what I did; I bought a tiny little automobile with equally tiny running…

Paris Motor Show 2012 - preview 1: five weeks to go

by Shane O' Donoghue on 13 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | Paris Motor Show 2012 - preview 1: five weeks to go


Audi never lets a big show go by without unveiling a few new production models and a concept or two. Paris will be no different. We're expecting the five-door version of the new A3 for starters - called the Sportback of course - plus possibly a hot S3 variant. The facelifted Audi R8 will be on display too, including the new 550hp V10 plus model. We also suspect that the production-ready electric version, the R8 e-tron, will get its world debut. Other rumours surround an open-topped RS 5, a new Audi A2 and a concept previewing the Q2…

So you think new Porsches are cool?

by Paul Healy on 13 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | So you think new Porsches are cool?

Ford famously has one. We recently spent some time in Opel's and both BMW and Mercedes-Benz maintain their own. We are talking about historic fleets of course; the somewhat rag-tag collection of automobiles that a manufacturer has chosen to preserve to signify their importance to the brand. For the most part these fleets reside in non-descript building and comprise celebrated classics, decorated racers and low mileage models of automobiles that have shaped the company.

Porsche, as usual, chooses to display its historic fleet differently. Opening in 2008, the Porsche Museum stands proudly at number 1 Porscheplatz in Porsche's…

Bizarre V12-engined BMW Z3 surfaces

by Paul Healy on 10 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | Bizarre V12-engined BMW Z3 surfaces

Nowadays BMW's M Division appears to be little more than an extension of the marketing department, building more 'M Performance' automobiles to appeal to the masses than full-fat 'M' automobiles. But there was a time when 'M' lived up to its skunkworks name.

When BMW was developing the Z3 the 'M' engineers took one look at the roadster and, deciding it was not rigid enough for its needs, built a coupé version instead. It was the coupé that would form the basis for the M-badged variant of the Z3 and not the roadster that had been originally planned.


Shoe-string motoring: living with the Renaultsport Clio

by Craig Castle on 08 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | Shoe-string motoring: living with the Renaultsport Clio

What an expensive month July has been thus far. No, the Renault hasn't gone on strike - well at least not yet. Tax was due on the Clio, so having paid the princely sum of €366 for six months use on the roads I also decided to have the timing belt done.

Being a highly tuned belt-driven engine with 16 valves it's not a chance I wanted to take and with no hard evidence of it having been done I didn't want the horror of a snapped belt and bent valves rearing its head one evening miles from home.…

Shoe-string motoring: our own fleet of bangers

by Craig Castle on 03 Aug 2012

changagoidem Features | Shoe-string motoring: our own fleet of bangers

Being an advocate of running cheaper, older automobiles that is exactly what I do myself. I have three principle reasons for this:

First, they cost next to nothing to buy. If they get dinged in a automobile park it doesn't matter.

Secondly, as a passionate automobile enthusiast I cannot bear to see a perfectly serviceable automobile scrapped when it still has plenty of life left to give. We are still a throwaway society when it comes to automobiles. Many of us think nothing of condemning a automobile that could still give good service to someone.

Lastly, as a petrol-head, I…



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