“Shoulda had i...

In writing about this 328, the reader has the benefit of the authors direct comparison with both a european spec F90 3-series, and longtime association with an E46 325iA. These comparisons are interesting, because it seemed to this scribe that the 328 was not one car, but four. We picked up...

Morris Marina: Are A...

In 1995 Ford Europe introduced a new Fiesta, remembered chiefly for it’s perfectly horrid fish-faced grille. At the same time, they kept the old body-style around, perhaps for those who did not want to look as if they were trapped in an oversize guppy, in a poverty spec. special...

Flawed Icons of Amer...

Years ago living in Rome in a shared house, we had horrible problems getting the heating to work in the winter. The boiler was locked away in the basement; to get the pilot light lit and the heating working, it was necessary to book an appointment with the gas board. It was only possible to...

Significant Mileston...

I read in Car and Driver that there is now a car which is able to ignore you doing even the most willfully stupid things with the steering wheel, throttle and brake, and still it cannot be crashed. I daresay I could still find a way to put it in the ditch, but apparently the Mercedes Benz...

BMWs sampled – the U...

Yes Indeed: Last year I was invited by BMW to the US launch of the double clutch M3. The day opened with a briefing on the car, all about how it used lightweight materials inspired by Formula 1 to achieve its performance. Recently Top Gear had compared it with the AMG C63 and whatever the...

Reading…Henry ...

Samuel Marquis was Henry Ford’s friend, church minister and employee for many years. The book isn’t a biography, rather is is an honest and clear-eyed assessment of Henry Ford. It is not completely complimentary – infact Marquis and Ford fell out and it was this which...