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VAUXHALL’S DECADE-A-DAY – 1 – The Vauxhall 5hp Light Car

In Short Cuts, Vauxhall by Development

Built from 1903, Vauxhall’s first year of car production, and known as the ‘Light Car’, the model featured a slow-revving, single-cylinder engine producing just five horsepower. Perhaps showing Vauxhall’s roots as a producer of marine engines, the Light Car was steered by a tiller, with its speed regulated by a brass hand-wheel next to the driver. A two-speed epicyclic gearbox …

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The perfect vehicle for apocalyptic survival

In Short Cuts by Kieran Bicknell

The current COVID-19 situation is prompting lockdowns across the globe; With views of the Contagion movie on the up, many people are jokingly referring to the situation as the ‘Apocalypse’ – this is, of course, complete nonsense.  But just in case the apocalypse did come knocking though, here are my four choices that may just be the ticket to riding …

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Kia cars, there’s a whole world out there

In Kia, Short Cuts by Jonathan Humphrey

On spending self-isolation time looking at Kia, worldwide there’s another range of cars we just don’t get here, large and small from diminutive city cars to V8 luxury saloons, monstrous eight-seater SUVs to battery electric vehicles. Kia sold thousand of cars in the UK and millions of vehicles worldwide in 2019, 2.77m in fact, with 5000 dealerships in 180 countries. …

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For those dreamy, wind in the hair days

In Morgan, Short Cuts by Jonathan Humphrey

A future one to look out for, the Morgan Plus 4 70th Anniversary, last week, the first four cars rolled off the production line. The handcrafted sports car factory in Pickersleigh Road, Malvern has now just closed for one month to help combat the spread of Covid-19. First coming to the market in 1950 the Plus 4 has been one …

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Fiat 500 Dolcevita, Italian glamour in a small package

In Car Reviews, Featured Articles, Fiat, Short Cuts by Peter Nunn

It’s celebration time once again for the Fiat 500. A ritzy new special edition model, the 500 Dolcevita, was launched with a flourish recently in Rome. With this latest iteration of the hi-fashion 500, Fiat has taken the heady days and glamour of Italy in the go-go sixties as its central theme.  The 500 Dolcevita thus comes to market with …

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The Inbetweeners Fiat Panda, be special

In Featured Articles, Short Cuts by Jonathan Humphrey

Created by Fiat as a tribute to the iconic Fiat Cinquecento that starred in several episodes of the cult TV show ‘The Inbetweeners’. This Panda ‘Hawaii’ comes with free insurance included to all first-time, teenage drivers. We love the distinctive yellow with a pre-dented red passenger door – just like Simon Cooper’s in the show – with just 1,419 Hawaii …

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DS Automobiles – ‘Chihuly at Kew Reflections on Nature’

In DS Automobiles, Featured Articles, Short Cuts by Jonathan Humphrey

The works are being exhibited in Kew Gardens one of London’s most spectacular settings for this perfect marriage of art, science and nature. This being for the iconic artist only his second visit to the UK. Chihuly is famous worldwide for his dazzling glass sculptures. Throughout his 50-year career, his work has been exhibited in more than 240 museums around …