Kim Henson writes... My A30/A35 book 'Accessible Classics' (Enjoying Your Austin) is still available direct from me and if you would like a copy in time for Christmas, please let me know as soon as possible! Again this year several people have asked me whether my book on Austin A30s/A35s is still available… Yes it is (I wrote and published the book), and it can be purchased direct from me if you … [Read more...]
Motoring for FUN!
It’s all about having fun out on the road
As many of us already appreciate, ‘essential’ motoring in the 21st Century – when we really do need a car to get somewhere (such as when commuting and/or for business purposes and carrying items too bulky or heavy for public transport) is not always fun. Often it involves frustrations such as queueing in traffic jams, also keeping out of the way of, and/or ignoring rude and aggressive drivers, and generally making slow, painful progress on packed urban roads. In truth the word ‘enjoyment’ doesn’t usually apply to such driving; it’s more of a necessity.
Nevertheless, these days, and in fact just as it always has done, the motor car can still give individuals, couples, families and groups of friends a happy means of ‘escaping’ for a while from humdrum everyday life. Indeed it can represent a passport to pastures new, for a breath of fresh air and a little rest, relaxation and exploration.
Some ‘Wheels-Alive’ viewers/readers may have discovered, or may even recall, that many motoring magazines of the past regularly used to feature touring with cars, covering visits to different localities in Britain, and even trips abroad. These fascinating articles provided information about the ‘feel’ of places visited, as well as illustrating, by way of photographs and/or line drawings, the new horizons which the car could open up.
Of course, in the 1920s and 30s (and even during the 1950s), owning a car was a relatively new phenomenon, and the thirst for ‘adventure’ in motoring for pleasure was evident in the way that the features were written.
I was very keen for my ‘Wheels-Alive’ online motoring magazine to re-create some of the atmosphere and magic of these day trips and longer tours of the past, so stay with us (and check back often!) as we bring to you motoring-related visits to some amazing places, starting with a few in the U.K.
In our new ‘Motoring For Fun’ series, always written from a personal perspective, we shall be using a variety of vehicles, from new models to more elderly classic cars. In each case, if you are a motoring enthusiast, the ‘getting there’ really is almost as important as the destination itself…
We hope that our series of features – which we hope will serve as ‘appetisers’, but of course cannot hope to include ALL the attractions within a particular area – acts as encouragement for our viewers/readers to visit and explore further for themselves. We have chosen a wide variety of areas, each with its own unique character and history. Please just enjoy!
Kim Henson tells a true winter's tale. (All words and photographs by, and copyright, Kim Henson). Cornwall beckoned, but our trip had to take in Swindon and Montacute as well… After a busy year during which my wife and I had been obliged to postpone two separate breaks in Wales, the idea of a few pre-Christmastime days away in Cornwall to unwind was very appealing. In fact, our planned … [Read more...]
Enjoying his Audi to the full... An affordable 2023 pleasure! Driven often, with more miles under its wheels and fewer bills in 2023, this modern classic TT makes sense, and delivers a 'content grumpy old man' (says Jeremy Walton)! In this seventh instalment of his series on his TT quattro Sport, Jeremy tells his story of the driving pleasure he has enjoyed this year in his cost-effective … [Read more...]
Genesis Electrified G80 saloon tackles the High Road, with Guy Loveridge at the wheel... I live in a village of 1,500 odd people in West Yorkshire. We are 8 miles from Huddersfield and within 30 miles of Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Bradford. We do not have a single EV charging point in the place. Late in 2022 I had the opportunity of borrowing a Genesis Electrified G80 for a week. Having … [Read more...]
For Your (Christmas and New Year!) Bookshelf – Seven Years With Samantha (Around the World in a Vintage Austin Seven) Reviewed by: Kim Henson Author: Clive Ball (with black and white photographs by the author, plus drawings by Cedric Baxter) Published by: Patrick Stephens Ltd. (First edition September 1974) 248 pages (hardback) UK Price: Varies (no longer in print but used copies are … [Read more...]
'From loaning to owning'... A heartening story, thanks to the Classic Car Loan Project. The excellent, highly respected Classic Car Loan Project (CCLP) exists to introduce young newcomers to the world of classic car motoring, and to encourage them in this by loaning a vehicle to them for a year, as an extended driving experience. Here’s the happy true story of how the scheme has changed the … [Read more...]
Guy Loveridge describes a whistle-stop tour of the north of Scotland in Kia's Stinger GT Sport Line... (Words copyright Guy Loveridge. Photographs, as individually credited, by and copyright Guy Loveridge and George Loveridge). That Kia introduced a big engined “GT” car attracted my attention instantly. That they allowed it to reach a second generation and to maintain its place in their model … [Read more...]
George Loveridge describes an enjoyable 'classic' day out to Donington Park... Giles Dive, Jim, Guy, and George Loveridge take their classic British cars to Donington Park for trackside action at one of Motorsport Vision’s ‘Drive!’ events. All words and photos ©George Loveridge At the close of 2020, I was checking my emails when a notification from MSV (Motorsport Vision) popped up, … [Read more...]
A fascinating true tale of a much-loved 1960 Ford Anglia 105E – ‘Two hundred pounds well spent'... Auboné Braddon describes how ‘Mary’ the Basic Anglia 105E came into his life and has stayed for 33 years so far! (All words and photographs in the story by, and copyright, Auboné Braddon). Kim says, “Before Auboné tells the story of his Anglia ‘Mary’, a little background information may be … [Read more...]
George Loveridge took the new MG HS PHEV (very distant relative to BMC’s B-Series!) to the Irish Sea Coast. Here’s his story of the trip… (All words and photographs copyright George Loveridge and, where individually credited, to Adam Carpenter). Myself, my girlfriend, my best friend, and his girlfriend, all booked a holiday to Lytham St. Annes back in February 2021, with extreme optimism I … [Read more...]
An idyllic autumnal trip to the far south-west of Wales… Kim Henson drove westwards in a Maestro that has been family-owned since new. (Kim adds: DO NOT GO THERE NOW!! Of course I realise that as I write this – during the 'Covid-19 lock down' – in February 2021, at the moment long-distance ‘motoring for fun’ and touring on holiday in Britain is not possible, nor even permitted. However, I feel … [Read more...]
Kim Henson describes a happy week in Normandy in his 1954 Austin A40 Somerset Coupé… together with friends in a 1939 Amilcar Compound. Note: This trip took place in September/October 2016; this article about the holiday is intended to cheer readers while the current lockdown applies, and to help everyone look forward to the time when we can once again undertake pleasure motoring. However, for … [Read more...]
‘Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon (in Summertime)’… Kim Henson describes a relaxing meander on a hot day through a west country landscape where time has (almost) stood still. (Kim adds: Of course I realise that as I write this (April 2020), sadly for the time being ‘motoring for fun’ in the real world is not possible. INDEED THE ADVICE TO "STAY AT HOME AND SAVE LIVES AND HELP THE N.H.S." IS VITAL. … [Read more...]
MILES ON THE ROAD IN INDIA JUST BEFORE THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN… …By David Miles (Miles Better News Agency), who describes the motoring scene in India, as well as his own trip there. (All words and photographs by David). When my wife and I left the UK for our recent two week tour in India just over a month ago, there was hardly a global mention of coronavirus, just the odd mention of a … [Read more...]
Rachel Henson describes an exhilarating adventure on the wild, beautiful Yorkshire coast – in search of history and wildlife, and made possible by a classic vehicle... (All words and photographs by Rachel). Wind beat at the drenched tarpaulin, making it hard to hear our guide. It was tied tightly to the sides of the Unimog due to wet and blustery weather. We were on a two-hour long safari at … [Read more...]
Choosing a roof box for my car (and fitting it)... Gerald Morgan tells all. Disclaimer This article should NOT be read as giving full advice on using a roof box. It is up to the individual to check the weight limit that can be safely used on their vehicle, and to ensure that the roof bars are correctly and safely attached to the roof of the car, and that the box is attached and packed in … [Read more...]
Helping young people to become enthusiastic about, and look after, classic cars... Robin Roberts reports. Duckhams Classic Oils were on hand to help launch this year’s Classic Car Loan Project, designed to encourage the next generation into the classic car movement. The project gives a new enthusiast the opportunity to have a classic car in their care for a whole year! The present … [Read more...]
Rachel Henson drives a diminutive car in a big country... ...and provides some helpful advice (which could save you some money) about renting a car abroad. Renting a Fiat 500 in the Costa Blanca When I decided to visit Sella, a small village near Benidorm in Spain, my first thought was to take a taxi. Being driven to the village would mean not having to worry about parking, driving on the … [Read more...]
Monte Carlo looks to Clydebank for classic rally start… Latest details have been released about the quality of entries for the Clydebank start next month of the 2019 historic rally run to Monte Carlo. It is the second time the town has hosted the prestigious event, with thousands turning out to watch the event when it last started there in 2012. It is the only British start point of six … [Read more...]
Venturing overseas with your vehicle? If your headlamp beams are not properly converted for driving in other countries, this can have serious and expensive consequences… Kim Henson reports. As with so many things in automotive life, things have become more complex in terms of modern headlamp design and operation, compared with the units of a few years ago. In turn this impacts on what you can do … [Read more...]