PROJECT CARS: Welcome Project 944

Uh-oh, from the last check of my banking app, it looks like my inability to keep my hands in my pockets at classic car auctions compulsion has struck again. So, say hallo freund to Project 944… our 1983 Porsche 944 2.5 Lux… which is (believe it or not with my car-buying disease), my first ever Read more about PROJECT CARS: Welcome Project 944[…]

PROJECT CARS: Ruby T16S Abbott Racing Service

“Summer time, and the living is easy, fish are jumping and the river is high…” says the sensational Ella Fitzgerald song, and how right she was. And to assist in the living easy bit, we need Project Ruby in fish jumping form. So, it’s high-time for a bit of love and attention for our very own Read more about PROJECT CARS: Ruby T16S Abbott Racing Service[…]

PROJECT CARS: Project Beast Vredestein ULTRAC VORTI

In 1985, Madonna famously sang in the film Desperately Seeking Susan… “Get into the groove Boy you’ve got to prove Your love to me, yeah Get up on your feet, yeah Step to the beat Boy what will it be…?” And the answer? Well surely she was singing about the as-yet-uninvented deepest groove we’ve felt Read more about PROJECT CARS: Project Beast Vredestein ULTRAC VORTI[…]

PROJECT CARS: Falken EuroAll Season AS200 Tyres

One of the trick features and specifications on our funky little Project Panda 4×4 from the Fiat factory is a set of winter tyres –helping it gain the richly deserved reputation as the vehicle of choice for North Italian hill famers, capable of ploughing up 30-degrees of mud, ice and snow, 24:7:365. And they were pretty Read more about PROJECT CARS: Falken EuroAll Season AS200 Tyres[…]

PROJECT CARS: Powerflex Suspension Bushes

  If you’re like us and have got a classic car in need of some much needed sharpness, modernity, precision and added ability, then you might be considering a swap from the standard, rubber, cracked and worn-out rubber suspension bushes to something more dynamic. Project Ruby, our fabulous 1993 Saab 900 T16S, may not have Read more about PROJECT CARS: Powerflex Suspension Bushes[…]

PROJECT CARS: New Boots Falken ZIEX ZE914

When you buy a car at auction, like we did with Project Ruby – our beloved 1993 Saab 900 Turbo T16 end-of-the-Mk1-line special ‘Ruby’ edition – you buy what you see. And one thing we saw was that the old gal had obviously been sitting a while, or under-used, as the Toyo rubber on there Read more about PROJECT CARS: New Boots Falken ZIEX ZE914[…]

PROJECT CARS: K&N Deep Breathing

  For a quarter of a century, I’ve been fitting “the world’s best air filter” to my cars – K&N – with great results. And when you’ve got an engine as modifiable and up-for-it as the turbocharged gem that is the 1,985cc B202 T16 ‘Carlsson’ spec engine as found buried on a 45-degree slant under Read more about PROJECT CARS: K&N Deep Breathing[…]

PROJECT CARS: Welcome Saab 900 T16S Ruby

Auction Introduction Say a lovely, friendly, quirky, laggy, boosty Hallå to our new retro project car – Ruby – a very special, very tidy, very original Saab 900 Turbo T16S Ruby Edition… the last hurrah special edition Mk1 Saab 900 Turbo the superb Swedish manufacturer ever made #motoringhistory We bagged this iconic, idiosyncratic beauty of a modern Read more about PROJECT CARS: Welcome Saab 900 T16S Ruby[…]

PROJECT CARS: Welcome Project Lotus LF1

Say a big Road Magazine & Blog hello to our first ever Project Lotus, owned and written about by contributor & friend, Andy Robinson. Well, life with the big cat (Jaguar XFR) finally came to an end, and I can honestly say this has been one of the most pleasurable cars I’ve ever owned (and Read more about PROJECT CARS: Welcome Project Lotus LF1[…]

PROJECT CARS: Welcome Project Panda 4×4

“I believe the word you are looking for is, AAAHH!” said the super-villain penguin in Batman Returns, and so did I the first time I laid eyes on the new Road Magazine Project car – a 2014 FIAT Panda 4X4 Antarctica, festooned in not one, but two laid-back penguin decals. That and “I’m buying that!” I Read more about PROJECT CARS: Welcome Project Panda 4×4[…]

PROJECT CARS: Cybex Solution Q2-Fix

Picking the right, safe, comfy, easy to use, affordable child seat for your precious cargo can be an arduous process when you first start parenthood and carting your kid about safe – ideally with the minimum amount of cussing and fussing. Selecting one that’s going to offer maximum safety, good snuggle-snooze factor, lasting longevity, easy-use Read more about PROJECT CARS: Cybex Solution Q2-Fix[…]

PROJECT CARS: Karcher High Pressure Washer

Thankfully for all of us who hate a mild, wet, windy Winter, Spring is in the air – and that means it’s time to de-grime Project Beast & Project UP!   And when you live in deepest, darkest Norfolk and the roads around you resemble a rally stage (just one of the reasons we love Read more about PROJECT CARS: Karcher High Pressure Washer[…]

PROJECT BEAST: What’s next?

  Maybe it’s because I’m now middle aged and my memory is not what it was, but I’ve owned so many cars over the years I’ve lost count. But one thing I can tell you about them is that I’ve modified, tuned, enhanced – or in some early, inexperienced cases, ruined – every single one Read more about PROJECT BEAST: What’s next?[…]

Project UP! Kumho Wet Weather Winter Wellies

As a boy racing youth, pretty much everything I spent on my hot hatches was with one thing in mind – more power, leading to more speed… or so I thought anyway. But the older I’ve got and the more motorsport and track miles I’ve done, the more I realised power is one factor for Read more about Project UP! Kumho Wet Weather Winter Wellies[…]

Project UP! Britax ADVANSAFIX Car Seat

No matter how cleverly designed the interior space of the new Project UP! is, there’s no escaping the fact it’s a tiny little city car and that meant the beefy, brilliant, but big rallyesque Recaro seat had to go. So the mission was on to find a replacement – compact enough to fit in the ickle Read more about Project UP! Britax ADVANSAFIX Car Seat[…]

Project UP! “Say Hello to my little friend…”

“Say hello to my little friend” said a deranged, drug-fuelled Al Pacino in Scarface! And that’s as irreverent and irrelevant a way as imaginable to introduce our new little friend and Road Magazine (ec0) project car, this fab little VW UP! The UP! is replacing our Project Ecowagon VW Golf Bluemotion Sportline Estate which has served Read more about Project UP! “Say Hello to my little friend…”[…]

Project Beast: Breaking Down Shouldn’t Mean Having a Breakdown!

So, you think you’ve got breakdown recovery sorted? Think again! Yesterday, I had the wake-up call of wake up calls – breaking down in the outside lane of the M25 approaching rush hour, surrounded by wagons, with my wife & two-year-old daughter onboard (see picture of them cowering above, left hand corner) – and it’s Read more about Project Beast: Breaking Down Shouldn’t Mean Having a Breakdown![…]

Project Beast: Auto Genie Valet

With the Summer spa service sorted, and Project Beast running better than ever, it seemed an appropriate time to get it looking better than ever – with a little help from The Auto Genie; the pro-valeting, ex-racing, car-loving Stuart Staples. The equally knowledgable and charming man mountain Stu gave our old Project P38 a proper Read more about Project Beast: Auto Genie Valet[…]

Project Beast: Suck, Squeeze, Bang… no blow!

Like anything bursting with muscularity, our Project Beast supercharged V8 Range Rover needs the occasional pamper to keep in tip top, bionic condition. So, after nine blissful months and many thousand enjoyable miles of supercharged ownership, I decided to book “Rangey” in for a good Spa treatment at the highly experienced Land Rover specialists, John Kemp Read more about Project Beast: Suck, Squeeze, Bang… no blow![…]

Project Beast: Fitting New Boots (Falken Azenis FK453CC)

The one & only thing ‘wrong’ with Project Beast when we bought it was the rubber – as the rears were right on the legal limit at the pre-sale MOT. And with Winter here and the roads thick with mud and slick with rain, ice and maybe even snow if we’re lucky, the right thing to Read more about Project Beast: Fitting New Boots (Falken Azenis FK453CC)[…]

Project S4: Ravenol Racing Oils

Project S4 has been sitting on the driveway wanting some proper fun of late, as we’ve been knocking about in the frugal VW Golf Project Ecowagon, enjoying daft mpg and huge fuel ranges! But, as a petrolhead, there’s only so much of that oil-burning stuff I can take, before the call for Shell’s V-Power Nitro Read more about Project S4: Ravenol Racing Oils[…]

Project Ecowagon: K&N Filter & Ravenol Oils

Despite the B4 Car Network offering us one, we bought Project Ecowagon knowing it needed a service – haggling a little discount on the price accordingly. So, after only 1,000 miles of driving and with the ‘Service now!’ indicator on the MFD beeping away in a consistently German manner, we took our new VW Golf Read more about Project Ecowagon: K&N Filter & Ravenol Oils[…]

Project Ecowagon: RECARO Baby Car Seat

Baby car seats… a world of pain for us dad shoppers, right? Its a decision – being in the clearly defined dad domain of cars – that invariably gets left with us, along with the mountain of pressure and responsibility that goes with it! Sure, it’s not the day-to-day pressure cooker of motherhood our wives/gf’s Read more about Project Ecowagon: RECARO Baby Car Seat[…]

Project Ecowagon: Goodyear ‘EfficientGrip’

Tyres are the only point of contact with the road surface and it can’t be stressed just how much a good (or indeed conversely a bad, or worn) set of rubber can affect your car’s handling, grip, poise, balance and ultimately, safety. They are arguably the most important part on your car… and certainly worth Read more about Project Ecowagon: Goodyear ‘EfficientGrip’[…]

Project Ecowagon: Purchase & Introduction

So, fatherhood has definitely kicked in… I’ve just bought my first ever sensible, economical family car in 20+ years of car ownership! Welcome to Project Ecowagon: A 2010 Mk6 VW Golf Estate 1.6 TDi BlueMotion Technology Sportline, to give it it’s full, rather wordy title – aka Ralph, as I christened it when my gorgeous Read more about Project Ecowagon: Purchase & Introduction[…]