My new Vito, what a van…

I recently drove to Italy from the UK with my new-to-me Mercedes Vito and goodness, WHAT a van. My Vito was delivered new in 2017 to the Mercedes Maclaren Formula One team in the UK to support the race team throughout Europe so she is LHD but with British number plates in special order colourContinue reading “My new Vito, what a van…”

Red rocket and I head to France to her new owner, what an emotional journey…

I had contact with a lovely guy from French France who replied to my advertisement and wanted to buy my beloved red 2009 Vito. We exchanged emails and photos and messages until we agreed on a price and then he was looking for a delivery company to collect the van so I offered to deliverContinue reading “Red rocket and I head to France to her new owner, what an emotional journey…”

Time to say farewell to my lovely van sob….

I have been thinking long and hard about my much-loved 2009 Mercedes Vito van. She is now 13 years old with 170k kms and goes GREAT, in all this time she has never let me down and we have had some wonderful trips around Europe together. I love driving my red Vito and the 3LContinue reading “Time to say farewell to my lovely van sob….”

The red Vito FLIES up to France and back…

As regular readers will know I LOVE my Mercedes Vito and since I bought her new in 2009 I have always enjoyed my trips with her, Italy to the UK many times plus Germany and France and so on. She has NEVER let me down and is now at 165k kms. When we had theContinue reading “The red Vito FLIES up to France and back…”

Meeting Rocket Ron and Leon Haslam!!!!

Back in 2015 I was helping some mates at RunxFun to run a stand at Bike Expo in Roma and on the nearby Aprilia stand I spotted their two official WSB riders signing autographs for a massive queue of fans. I went over to say hello as I recognized Leon Haslam and I helped himContinue reading “Meeting Rocket Ron and Leon Haslam!!!!”

A very Happy Brian rides up from Bergamo to sunny Bedrock on his new Honda VFR1200F…

I met up with my mate Brian recently in Bergamo in the north of Italy. We planned this trip two months before when Brian decided to purchase my 2012 Honda VFR, he had been without a bike for several years and finally decided that he wanted one for trips with mates. Of course he canContinue reading “A very Happy Brian rides up from Bergamo to sunny Bedrock on his new Honda VFR1200F…”

Do we really need 180+ cv motorcycles?

I have been a motor bike fan all of my life, at 14 I purchased my first Honda 50 for riding round the local fields and I broke my collar bone for the first time at 15, luckily I was wearing a helmet so I had no other injuries. Fast forward to 2022. I amContinue reading “Do we really need 180+ cv motorcycles?”

We did it, France again and WHAT a fast, fun trip..

I love France, ever since I visited many times with my parents and sisters as a kid, our dream holiday was our annual 2 week stay at “Camping Le Soleil” in Argeles sul Mer close to the French/Spanish border. We would drive down in our trusty old Land Rover 109 (with tent on board andContinue reading “We did it, France again and WHAT a fast, fun trip..”

Barnes does Europe….very fast!!!

I first met Brian the Barnes perhaps 20 years ago when he came on board the Alf England ship in Bedworth (north Coventry). He came from a car dealer to work as Service Manager for Martin the Cole, Martin and I have been mates since I studied in Coventry many moons ago. Brian had loadsContinue reading “Barnes does Europe….very fast!!!”

My updated view on used cars and stuff…

Well, like many lucky fellows, for most of my younger life I owned or had access to new or almost new cars. And I guess that like most of us I would totally avoid an old or high mileage or damaged car, convinced as I was that they should be scrapped or something! When IContinue reading “My updated view on used cars and stuff…”