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Motoring journalist writing on the automotive industry

Richard Aucock
F1 insight – Lewis Hamilton speaks

F1 insight – Lewis Hamilton speaks

FIA decisions are generally illogical, as the latest McLaren saga proves. But, at least motorsport’s governing body is, in the...

MINI special edition website treasure find!

MINI special edition website treasure find!

Well, today’s Mini discovery is one of my best yet. A website DEDICATED to my Mini thrills. And no mistake....

Volkswagen Golf looks to history for GTD inspiration

Volkswagen Golf looks to history for GTD inspiration

How cool is this? The Golf GTD. Like a GTI. But green and eco, too. Even PR genii are rarely...

Have I (again) solved the great Mini search?

Have I (again) solved the great Mini search?

So, as you know, I’ve been looking back at old road tests in Autocar. The Mayfair one was revealing. While...

Porsche makes cranky Cayenne cool

Porsche makes cranky Cayenne cool

Everyone’s least favourite Porsche is the Cayenne. (Yes, even the 924 has fans). But here’s why it’s suddenly cool: the...

Mini fixes easy to come by…

Mini fixes easy to come by…

Over to my mate Keith Adams’ AROnline site, for my daily fix. And, lo, what should sit at the top,...

Fuel economy economical with the truth?

Fuel economy economical with the truth?

Fuel economy is all nowadays. Not since the 1980s have manufacturers been so intent on producing efficient cars. It’s all...

Why car scrappage is now inevitable

Why car scrappage is now inevitable

It is now a matter of when, not if, the Government introduces a new car scrappage scheme. Because, such is...

What can I expect from a Mini – 2

What can I expect from a Mini – 2

OK, I’ve been ploughing the Autocar library again, seeking out tests from back in the day. 22 January 1997 doesn’t...

What can I expect from a Mini?

What can I expect from a Mini?

I have yet to drive a Mini, but am getting more eager by the day. Until I snare one, I’m...

NEW: Bentley Continental GTC Speed photo stream on Flickr

NEW: Bentley Continental GTC Speed photo stream on Flickr

Want to see what I’ve been up to on my latest launch event? Well, check out my Bentley Continental GTC...

Pre-launch impressions: Bentley Continental GTC Speed

Pre-launch impressions: Bentley Continental GTC Speed

What do I expect from the Bentley Continental GTC Speed? Something very, very fast, that’s what. Last year, I drove...

CITN: Citroen C1 RV threat?

CITN: Citroen C1 RV threat?

Citroen, like model partners Peugeot and Toyota, shifts a fair few C1s in the UK. That tally was boosted recently,...

Just how loyal are the super-rich?

Just how loyal are the super-rich?

Bentley customers are, sometimes, a loyal bunch. 82 per cent of those who bought, back in 2006, an original GTC...

Why I’m a mug for Minis

Why I’m a mug for Minis

Lo, what should I find in my mum’s mug cupboard today, but this peachy Mini 30 mug! Now, I thought...

BMW Z4 chassis secrets

BMW Z4 chassis secrets

Heinz Krusche is BMW’s chassis guru. I’ve met him several times, and always enjoyed top insight from him (not least...

NEW: BMW Z4 photo stream on Flickr

NEW: BMW Z4 photo stream on Flickr

Want to see what I’ve been up to on the BMW Z4 launch? Well, check out my Z4 photo stream...

Pre-launch impressions: BMW Z4 2009

Pre-launch impressions: BMW Z4 2009

Sitting on the plane, going through the press information for the Z4, writing this, I’m really rather intrigued. See, I...

France goes digital – sooner than anyone expected

France goes digital – sooner than anyone expected

I’ve got an in-car digital radio; it’s so awesome, I’d never be without it.  Made by Pure, it works a...

What I learnt… from Fleet News, 20 March 2009

What I learnt… from Fleet News, 20 March 2009

So far, new car sales have fallen by 28 percent. The new car market is predicted to fall from over...