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Delorean Motor Company
On August 12th 2015 I was lucky enough to visit the former DeLorean Factory in Dunmurry-Belfast and was surprised to find that the site is still being used in the manufacture of car components for no other that Peugeot and Citroen. I visited the site on a Sunday and as such it was much like a ghost town which how it must have felt shortly after DMC demise and closure in 1983.



On looking around the various factory units it was amazing to still see some of the original DMC-12 production line equipment still hanging from the ceilings and which sit redundant and forever waiting. I look round and try to picture what the site would have looked like in the heyday of production and feel a sadness that the production was cut short.






Unfortunately I did not get a chance to look at the historic Delorean test track due to a lack of time which was real shame as it is under threat from being built on. Nor did I get to drive up to the famous Delorean House as it is a private residence which had subsequently sold the year before.

I do hope that Belfast stops any proposals of housing on the Delorean test track, as it would be a great loss to Belfast due to the history the test track and the rest of the factory complex holds for city.
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MG Longbridge
On the 9th August 2015 I had the fortune of visiting the historic MG factory at Longbridge in Birmingham, and on arrival we waited for our guide in the MG Showroom which gave me a chance to have a look over the MG3 and MG6. Our guide then met us and took us across to the main buildings where we were shown into a room and learnt the history of the MG brand and SAIC future plans for the marque.


After the presentation the real fun began and we were shown a faithful reconstruction of Morris office and then moved onto the Technical Centre. As no surprise we were not allowed to take any pictures, but we were show an MG3 turbo prototype as well as the CAD/CAM machines as well as the engine test facilities. The test facilities at Longbridge design and develop the engines and suspension for European MG3s and as such they differ from their Chinese siblings.


We then moved onto the heart of the site where we saw the build process for the MG3 but I must confess the conveyor belts and production lines were silent on the day of our visit as production only occurred two days a week. We were also informed that the cars arrive from China to the UK as Complete Knock Down (CKD) kits and reassembled at Longbridge. The silence was eerie but I was just pleased to see the factories still being used for their orginal purpose instead of just idling.










The final part of the tour was to be shown MG’s private collection of prototypes and historic vehicles which included some limited edition models and key successes such as the Mini, TF and Austin Healey. Overall the factory tour was a great day out and a real insight into the current operations of MG.   

 
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Brexit: what it means for the British car industry
The entire automotive industry talks nervously of disruption. Autonomy, China, electric vehicles… these days it’s a case of pick your threat.
In the UK, however, disruption is coming much faster and from a much more traditional source: politics. Brexit and, to a lesser extent, the decline of diesel are probably the two biggest forces acting on our industry right now, and the fate of both, by and large, lies in the hands of the Government and its opposition.
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The Golf Mk4, another future classic?
It’s now 20 years since the first Golf Mk4 was registered in the UK, and to mark the occasion Steve reviews whether or not the fourth generation Golf could be considered a future classic?


The fourth generation Golf was introduced to the UK in mid-1998 to replace the aging mk3 model and was available in 3 or 5 door hatchback, estate or cabriolet even though the latter was just a facelifted Mk3 Golf convertible which naturally confused buyers. The Mk4 Golf brought with it various improvements over the outgoing model as it was both longer and wider than the previous model as well as being taller which all improved the cabin space. One key improvement over the mk3 variant was the fact the mk4 Golf body shell was galvanised to prevent against rust and backed up with a 12 year perforation warranty. This was a big thing as the mk3 became notorious for rust, so much so it equally matched with the Ford Escort and Ford Ka on the amount of rust issues that developed.
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Kia Niro
Steve sets to find out whether Kia’s first attempt at a compact hybrid SUV is a good one, and whether you should consider purchasing one

The word Niro is an interesting one because it is pronounced the same regardless if its spelt Niro or Nero. Why is this relevant to a car review I can hear you ask? Well the word Niro/Nero will mean different things to different people. For example coffee connoisseurs will think of the coffee shop, to Trekkies they’ll think of the baddy in the 2009 Star Trek franchise reboot film and for me I think of Kia’s new  compact SUV. This also brings me nicely to my photo location which is the National Space Centre in Leicester, which I have chosen as a nod to the Trekkies but also as the Kia and the Space Centre have something in common – the focus on the future.
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Motoring Guide to Driving Abroad
So, you have decided to take the plunge and take the family abroad by car....but do you know really the pleasures and pitfalls of driving abroad?

Driving abroad is generally one of the best ways of experiencing all of what Europe has to offer and is generally completely stress-free because of empty roads, wonderful scenery, much less traffic and cheaper fuel costs.

On the slightly pessimistic but realistic side of the coin, there are several rules and regulations that are different to the UK and must be observed to avoid fines.

We have listed some of the Laws and Hints & Tips you should know prior to setting off on your road trip.
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Buying a Used Car
What to look for when buying a used car - Used Car Buying Checklist

So you're looking at a second-hand car but don't know what to look out for, read our guide and print a copy to take with you when viewing potential purchases....you could save a fortune!
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Mazda 2
After the success of the previous Mazda 2, Steve is set to find out whether the current model can build on the reputation.

 
The Mazda 2 is now into its third generation here in the UK and marks a step forward for Mazda, as it is the first small car in over 20 years that Mazda has designed and built without using Ford Fiesta underpinnings. The current model, released in 2015 has also moved away from the curvy lines and bubble shape of the previous model and has adopted a sharper front end partly in thanks to a raked bonnet angle.
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Car Review: Ford Kuga (mk2)
SUV’s are forever increasing in their popularity with motorists and Steve reviews whether Fords mk2 Kuga is a serious contender with the buying public.
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Lexus LC500 Review
The LC500 is available as a 5.0 litre V8 which is bred from the race-track or if you are after something a little less aggressive and eco-friendly then look no further than the LC500h which is powered by a 3.5 litre V6 and hybrid motors.
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Faraday Pouch
Following on from our report on faraday pouches, Steve reviews whether or not they make a sensible purchase with a long-term test.

Keyless entry and keyless ignitions have become a convenient edition to most vehicles in the last ten years, however, this has allowed the criminal fraternity to capitalise on this through theft of motor vehicles or theft from motor vehicles. Criminals have been able to obtain the key code for vehicles by using devices which can trick the car in thinking that the key is nearby and thus allowing the criminal access to the vehicle. 
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You may be ready for this year's Summer Holiday, but is your car?
You may have waited all year for this holiday, but what are the potential consequences of not having your car checked over or serviced before you head off to the Airport or especially if driving abroad? – breakdown misery, lost holiday time, unexpected costs incurred, disappointed children…the list goes on!
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Suzuki Swift (Mk2)
With its cute and curvy looks, Steve reviews whether the second generation Suzuki Swift makes a good used car purchase in a very competitive market sector by driving a 1.5 petrol GLX model
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MG3
I intended to find out by test driving the new MG3 which is a new small hatchback and designed to bring the MG back to the masses. The MG3 I had on the test drive was the top of the range Style model with a price tag of £11,695. With any new car in this highly competitive sector first impression count and the MG3 does not fail to disappoint.  
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Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique nav
The Renault Clio, a chic looking supermini but is it any good as a used car purchase? Steve went to Northern Ireland to find out.
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Classic Car Review: Delorean DMC-12
The Delorean DMC12, a timeless classic but will the driving experience take Steve back in time or to the future?
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Ford Fiesta Mk8
THE ‘ALL-NEW FIESTA HAS MATURED INTO A VERY PLEASANT SMALL CAR, WITH A BIG CAR FEEL !

First thoughts when driving it were how the 1.0 EcoBoost engine responded much akin to the performance from a 1.6 litre and also how the interior cabin area gives the impression of a seemingly much larger car.
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Ford Edge
Ford’s new Crossover SUV boasts the combination of the latest technology and refinement to rival other premium manufacturers’ offerings, but at a fraction of the cost  

The Ford Edge is a superb car to drive either around town, motorways and also mild off-road conditions. The combination of safety and Driver assistance functionality result in a car that you can feel secure in the knowledge that you are driving something that get you to your destination safely and still feeling relaxed after a long distance.
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Guide to Cleaning your Car
Cleaning your car offers the ultimate reward for motorists: a gleaming vehicle that turns heads when you drive around or park up. Just giving your car a good shampoo is all well and good, but the best way to ensure a truly sparkling vehicle is combining this with a beautiful polish and wax.
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Tom Barnard, a local author, racing driver, engineer, boat builder, track designer, car designer along with a string of other accomplishments.  His book 'I gathered no moss', an autobiography detailing his fascinating life story

His book starts with the advent of WW1 when his father returned from the war and purchased Bluepool at Furzebrooke. He then set about landscaping the grounds with rare plants and trees. Soon enough, tourists started flocking to this wonderful place of tranquillity.  

WW2 then disrupted proceedings and Tom writes about the Army taking over the land and buildings, overhead dogfights and near misses from exploding bombs. 

After the war, he schooled at Eton and entered into a social life in London. Around this time, he got interested in Engineering but also in Motor Racing. This was the golden era for racing and he was fortunate enough to compete in races with the likes of Mike Hawthorn, Stirling Moss and driving cars for Colin Chapman at Lotus. 

A few years later on, he decided to adapt his engineering business to small-scale racing cars that children (or an adult) could race on any track, The Barnard Formula Six. The car could be adapted so that it was safe for any youngster to drive at a very early age and the controls were within reach of a supervising adult.

His early childhood, first in South Africa and then in South Dorset was suddenly interrupted by World War Two. The Barnards were evicted from their house, which became a military hospital, and bombs soon became part of daily life. 

After schooling near Swanage, and then at Eton, Tom was called up for National Service in the Army. He then spent sixteen years in his chosen profession of engineering but managed, during this time, to fit in seven years as a racing driver, mostly with Lotus. 

His invention of the Barnard Formula Six miniature racing car earned him enormous publicity in the UK and abroad with over four hundred models sold. This was followed by boat building, classic car restoration and then four years helping to develop Silverstone Circuit. His success with race track designing led to projects in a dozen countries spread over a further twelve years. Finally, with a quiet life in mind, he began a study of his family history and the writing of his book. 

The fourteen chapters confirm that the title is fully justified. He has been throughout his life, a true rolling stone. 

Buy this Book here
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In 2018 a number of new driving laws, rules and regulations will come into force

A number of new laws and rules have been and will continue to be introduced over the course of the year, which could have an impact on drivers.
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So, what is a Faraday Cage? and how it can stop your Car from being stolen!

In simple terms, it shields electronic components from static electric fields by using a metal screen that conducts electricity, much like a force-field

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A quick guide on how to reattach numberplates with the adhesive pads. Usually once you remove number plates the previous adhesive pads are still stuck to the bumper or what's left of them. 

1. Use a hair dryer or heat gun to warm up the pad on the bumper

2. Then use your finger nail or credit card to scrape off the residue of the pads. 

3. To further help to remove the residue you can use WD40 or white spirit which will help lift the glue off the bumper. 

4. Then repeat stage 2 to remove more residue. Followed by stage 1 and 3 if it is being tough to remove. 

Hint: you could also buy specific cleaning products to remove glue and tar which unfortunately I did not have to hand. 

5. Once the number plate area is clean you can attach the new adhesive pads. 

6. Now align the numberplate and make sure it's straight. 

Job done! 
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