Category Archives: Road Rants

Bad times need big ideas

I often wonder what it must have been like to have been one of the pioneers of motoring in the late 1800s and early 1900s; those well-to-do gentlemen with their pipes, moustaches and a lot of resources to spare to … Continue reading

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Making it up as you go along

If you need any further proof that politicians make up transport policies on the hoof you only have to look at the latest suggestion for pay-as-you-go motorway ‘express lanes’. From the political class that brought us the infamous M4 bus … Continue reading

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Strong arm of the law

Anyone caught by a speed camera has already served their punishment, so you can feel a little bit of sympathy for those captured by an all-seeing but unthinking automaton. It’s hardly what you would call a pleasant choice, but personally … Continue reading

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Think once, think twice, think truck

There’s some old but wise logic that says it would be a good idea for every car driver to ride a bike for a day, that way they’ll have more respect for those on two wheels when they’re back inside … Continue reading

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Testing my patience

My name is Matt Joy, and I’m a neglectful car owner. It’s been three months since my last oil check. I’ve got no excuses for behaviour like this, but I’m going to try and come up with some anyway. Unlike … Continue reading

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Four-cylinder engines are killing fun cars

Without a doubt, the biggest single threat to the idea of driving for fun is the perpetual switch to efficient four-cylinder engines. When a car makes a great noise, people love it even if they don’t know much about cars. … Continue reading

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Planes, trains and automobiles

Car launches usually follow a predictable format: you fly somewhere to drive a few cars, talk to some engineering types then fly home, all the time cocooned in a bubble of the manufacturer’s making. And what’s becoming clear in the … Continue reading

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Speed ills

A large can of automotive worms were opened last week when Transport Secretary Philip Hammond floated the idea of raising the speed limit on the UK’s motorways from the current 70mph to 80mph. Part of the problem is that the … Continue reading

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