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Project TVR Cerbera. Wow…..

This is an interesting and unexpected development for sure. I love the TV programme Wheeler Dealers with Edd and Mike….these pictures I found on the web. But the car is real.

I recently spotted a rather unusual car for sale here in Italy, a 1997 TVR Cerbera. The car is RHD and has only 42k miles on the clock, she dates from 1997 and was then transferred onto Italian registration plates in 2007. I aim to go and see her this weekend. This car has the TVR-made 4 litre V8 engine. The story is that this plus another TVR were owned by an enthusiast and his wife is looking to sell them as he has passed away. Very sad.

So what is the plan?? Well, this car is far too beautiful to keep here in Roma and given that she is RHD she is not readily usable nor saleable here in Italy. So, my idea is to take her back to the UK and sell her there where there is a reasonable market for these very specialist cars. TVR is a UK manufacturer which survived on a shoestring but made some truly stunning cars.

I have my trusty Vito van and I can borrow a car trailer from a friend so I have contacted some specialised UK dealers for their opinions. One is very interested and has suggested how I should proceed so I think that I will take the car to him first.

I went to see the stunning Cerbera last weekend and goodness, what a car. I have made an offer so let’s see what happens. And here below are some pictures of the car for sale…


Valentino Rossi and Tavullia

As most residents of planet earth will know, Valentino Rossi is Mr Moto GP. Valentino  has been racing for 20 years and has won the Moto GP title 9 times now, he fought for his  10th win with Yamaha this year but Marc Marques and Honda denied him. Rats.

His home town is Tavullia which is on the East Coast of Italy near to to Rimini and to the Misano World Circuit. Rossi has very strong links with his home town and he is now involved in the the Sky Racing Team VR46 which is intended to help young riders who are invited to his famous ranch for fun and games and training.

Well if you fancy visiting his home town to see the ranch, I can take ya!! We could also visit the wonderful Ducati museum in Bologna. Tell me how many are in your group and I will collect you with a minibus or a car. No worries!!!

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Ok so how can I help you to discover Italy and the Italian way of life…lets see a few examples

So how about you wanna fly into Roma, and then spend a week in beautiful Amalfi and a few days exploring Roma?

Or perhaps you fly into Roma and you fancy exploring the areas of Abruzzo and Umbria. Or you really want to visit Tavullia and see the famous Valentini Rossi ranch???

Or you really fancy visiting the Ducati factory in Bologna, and or the Bimota factory in Rimini, or you would like to see one or more of the Italian race circuits Mugello, Vallelunga, Misano, Monza or others. You fancy some cooking classes, or you would love to see some Italian wine makers or olive oil producers. Maybe you and your partner want to follow two different programs??

Well it could work like this:

You tell me what you need, you give me an idea of the proposed itinerary plus some idea of the hotels you fancy (look on so I have an idea of the level of hotels you fancy). Tell me how many are in your party and I can work out the rest. Collection from the airport (Roma has two, Ciampino and Fiumicino), then I can take you to your hotel. Then collect you and take you around Italy, and of course I speak Italian so I can help.

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The new Yamaha MT10. A truly amazing bike and what fun…

Over the years, indeed since I was 14, I have owned and ridden a lot of motorbikes. Since my first Honda 50 in 1973 for which I paid a princely 15 pounds from my pocket money and managed to break my collar bone in the fields, to my latest Yamahas I must have owned at least 25 ‘bikes.

Honda C100, BSA Bantam 175, Suzuki GT185, Yamaha RD400, Honda CB750, Honda CBR1000, goodness I really wish that I still had them all!. I remember that when I bought an almost-new CBR1000 tourer in 1989 it was seen as a “watershed” bike as it developed 132bhp and the EU was discussing a power limit of 100bhp (and indeed Germany still applies this limit, as far as I know). So this seemed like a possible last fast bike before the ban, big brother and all that. Here is a pic I found and mine was the same colour and model in white and red.


Well the CBR weighed some 270 kg and so had 1 bhp to push each 2 kilo of the bikes weight. At that time the performance was amazing and I felt like I was riding the Starship Enterprise. I rode the bike down to Roma in 1990 and really enjoyed myself, the CBR was a fantastic motorway cruiser with great wind protection and a very strong engine.

Yamaha R6, Yamaha R1, Yamaha R1, track Yamaha R1 and track Suzuki GSXR1000, Yamaha XJR1300, Yamaha FJR1300, Yamaha MT09, Yamaha Raptor 700R, Yamaha SuperTenere 1200 and now the stunning Yamaha MT10. I still have the last 3 mentioned.


Goodness. Truly amazing and the MT10 gave me the same initial feeling as I remember from the old CBR1000 but this bike weighs only 190 kg and produces 160 bhp from a detuned crossplane R1 engine. In a recent track test by Tony Rutter for Performance Bikes Magazine, he suggests that most “ordinary” riders could get round a track faster on the MT10 than on the R1 with the full 200 bhp engine, as its combination of shorter gearing and riding position makes it much easier to ride fast.

The MT10 has a combination of features that make it amazing fun to ride. Great suspension which is multi-adjustable, very comfortable riding position, slick gearbox plus a very comprehensive set of electronic features including cruise control, traction control and 3 power settings. I have just fitted an aftermarket exhaust system so that I can get rid of the heavy catalytic converter system and let the bike breathe better and lose a bit of weight too, and I will shortly fit the electonic gearchanger too.

To describe the riding experience is not easy. The MT10 is a compact bike (it feels like a 600) with a relatively short wheelbase. The clutch and gearbox are both very light and positive and cluthless changes are very easy. The bike pulls like a train in every gear regardless of the revs, and even in top still pulls very strongly. When I rode the bike 2,000 km from the UK down to Roma recently I could not believe the speed as well as the ease of the bikes performance. I had a small screen fitted plus the comfort seat and this was enough for me to cover the distance in 2 days with ease and it was really great fun too, at silly cruising speeds. And when my wrists were tired I switched to cruise control and had a rest…..

And all this for almost 15 km/litre, which is about 42 mpg I think. Truly amazing engine and amazing bike. I look forward to getting to know her better!!

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Discover Challenge: Animal

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I have loved animals ever since I was a kid, as I grew up with dogs plus 2 sisters and generally got on better with the mutts (sorry sis)!!. We had many dogs over the years but the three I remember best were William the boxer, Shambles the border collie mix and Joe the small black poodle who kind of ran the show, despite his size.

I did a paper-round in those days to raise some cash for my numerous motorcycle projects, so each morning they woke me up at 6am ready to head out into the cold and dark UK morning. William usually shared my bed and if he stretched during the night then one of us usually fell out of bed, such was his strength. He never really understood his size and he often tried to climb onto a lap which could never really work, once he leaned on our little Gran and pushed her onto the settee by mistake. What a guy.

Now I live in Italy and this year I spent my summer holiday in stunning Amalfi, on the wonderful Amalfi coast. I took my Yamaha Raptor 700R quad with me and used it to explore the area, almost every day. Well one day I was off road, just exploring an area above Scala when I met three lovely dogs, they kind of greeted me in a very friendly way and they seemed to be telling me that they were rather hungry. As I looked around I could see that they were indeed quite slim (2 out of 3) and they did not appear to have any form of food or water available.

So well I kind of “adopted” them. I guessed that they already had names as they were so friendly that they were not strays so I did not make up any names, but in the countryside the locals keep dogs but perhaps do not feed them every day. So having made friends with all 3 I headed off to the local shops to get some dog food and some aluminium dishes to feed and water them.

I decided that I should not feed them every day as that would perhaps ensure that they gave up any hunting activities as I guessed that they could perhaps catch some mice or other small snacks. So I started to visit them every second day and we became the best of friends. The largest and oldest of the three was obviously the boss but as he is almost blind the other two manage to grab some of his food. But when I gave them everything in a single bowl he would eat about 70%, the black and white guy might get 20% and the runt of the group managed to grab the remaining crumbs.

So I refined my feeding strategy and using 3 bowls placed a good distance apart I managed to get them to share the food rather more equally. And over the 3 weeks of our friendship the runt grew a little as the other guys allowed him to get a bit more of the food, so really it worked quite well. And then one day I met their owner and he proved to be a really nice guy called Antonio and he thanked me profusely for looking after them and he confessed that he sometimes did not come every day so yes, sometimes they got hungry BUT they had plenty of water.

Well that was August. Now I go most weekends to Amalfi and of course I go to see the guys. They are great!!!

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A fascinating visit to a historic ceramic factory on the Amalfi Coast

Vietri sul Mare is perhaps the most famous town for ceramic tiles in the Naples area of Campania, perhaps one of the most famous in Italy. But the surrounding area, not just the town, still manufacture tiles and other ceramics using the traditional methods.

I went recently with Daniela to a local ceramic factory in Cava to choose the new tiles for their next hotel room restoration. The factory is a truly amazing place where the tile decorations are made totally by hand. The Aurora Hotel in Amalfi was built in 1959 using these tiles in every room, with different patterns and colours in each bedroom, and this is one way that the hotel continue to support the local economy, to keep their traditions alive and to offer their guests a real taste of traditional Amalfi Coast life.

Feast your eyes on this amazing factory, the workers and the products. Amazing.

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Cars and bikes for sale….cheap (ish). LOOK at the beautiful new MT10…..

Our fleet of cars and bikes are always up for sale, at the right price. Here follows a brief description and a photo of each with an approximate value, but any prices will be calculated at the time you make an enquiry ‘cos of course the value depends on many factors including the age and mileage, so I list the current mileage (early September 2016).

Mercedes Vito 120 CDI (diesel). 2009, red, worth about 18k euro. Purchased new in Roma in November 2009, this lovely van has loads of factory extras as well as some stuff I have fitted over the years. Here we go:

  • Vito Van “medium” wheelbase with 3000cc V6 turbodiesel engine, auto gearbox (5 speed) plus cruise control, 205bhp. 3 seats “leather look” with arm rest for driver, extra side sliding door, protective load tray with hooks both on floor and side walls. Fitted with Pioneer satnav/stereo with decent speakers plus subwoofer fitted under the middle seat. Motorbike front wheel holder in rear of van. Chrome mirror covers plus rear light surrounds. Lovely black alloy Merc wheels with summer tyres (new July 2016) plus a set of standard metal wheels with winter tyres. I have just this month fitted a SuperChip to increase the power to about 235 horses but above all this has greatly increased the driveability and torque so its now even more fun to drive. Currently about 86k kms.



Audi A5 3200V6 (petrol) S line silver 2008, purchased very third hand in Roma in 2014. Quick description:

  • Audi A5 Sline, front wheel drive and 3200cc V6 normally aspirated petrol engine with 265 bhp and 8 speed auto gearbox, worth about 20k euro. Full black leather interior with electric front seats. Standard stereo with subwoofer added in the boot. 19″ Audi alloy wheels recently refurbished and finished in dark alloy with Pirelli PZero tyres. Currently about 150k kms and running great. Just fitted a throttle controller and so now much more responsive.


Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 2015 blue, UK registered.

  • The Super Tenere is the latest model (2015, worth about 16k euro) with electronic suspension, ABS, cruise control, heated grips plus a host of other electronic stuff. Beautiful in Yamaha blue. Fitted with Givi aluminium engine bash protector, Givi engine bars plus Givi carrier bars with alloy cases. Support for TomTom satnav plus Puig headlight protector.  Currently about 8k kms. Amazing for cruising 2 up and fully loaded this bike just floats, fairly quick too. New lighter exhaust system on order.
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Here is the lovely Super Ten in Sicily.


Yamaha MT10 2016, blue, UK registered.

  • The MT10 is the latest Yamaha to be launched, worth 16k euro. It has the 2016 R1 crossplane engine, detuned from 200 to about 160 bhp. Mine is standard just fitted with the Yamaha comfort seat plus a small windscreen and TomTom satnav holder. Now about 4500km after I rode her down to Roma from the UK. FLIES!!! Here she is on the train, ready to cross the channel tunnel. Aftermarket Leo Vince exhaust system just fitted.


Yamaha Giggle 2010. UK registered and yellow.

  • The most amazing 50cc moped ever, the 4 stroke Giggle was made in Japan for the Japanese market and Yamaha only brought a few to Europe, they sold very very few cos they cost almost 3000 Pounds new!!. Mine is worth about 1.2k euro. It is 50cc with electronic fuel injection and limited to 50kmh so returns about 60km per litre. Mine has a Yamaha windscreen plus metal front carrier fitted and has suffered some Roman road rage but still runs great, some 5800 miles now. I must find a picture, in the city I am asked for a pizza or an ice cream at almost every traffic light….

Yamaha Raptor 700R Quad 2006, white.

  • The Raptor is powered by a fuel injected 700cc version of the 4 stroke single cylinder XT660 engine, now worth perhaps 6k euro. She is rear wheel chain driven and has 5 speeds plus reverse. Mine is standard just with a topbox and goes really well, amazing fun off-road. Will climb almost anywhere and is at her best off road of course, sand mud and snow are her specialities. Fun on the road too but needs a firm hand to convince her to turn a corner.

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Here is the Raptor, having a quick spin round the office car park.





What a wonderful journey, and what a bike!!

Well in theory I was visiting the UK in August (2016) to see my beloved mother and sister. But I spent more time with Martin Cole (pictured above when my bank transfer arrived!) in his wonderful Midland motorcycle dealership ( than I did with my family. And well I left the dealership with an almost-new Yamaha MT10 and rode home to Roma.

The weather in the UK was wonderful all week ,warm and sunny, how unusual!!!. So I looked carefully at all of the new and used bikes in stock (Martin sells Yamaha and Suzuki new and almost everything second hand) and I was very tempted by the Honda Fireblade and by the Kawasaki ZZR1400. But then cunning Martin suggested a test ride on the lovely blue Yamaha MT 10 demo bike. Within the first five kms I decided that this was the bike for me!!. Goodness. Unlike cars, a bike is really a “heart” purchase and depends on how you like the “feel” of a bike. This feel is a combination of the power, speed and handling of course but is really much more than that. You cannot get a feel for a bike unless you ride it and the sad irony is that not many dealers will lend bikes to potential customers, given that they cost up to 20k pounds these days and of course can fall over……or worse.

The MT10 is a new Yamaha launched 6 months ago and is powered by the 1000cc engine from the R1 suitably detuned for this naked or “street fighter” concept. The gearing is also shorter, the riding position more upright and the only extras I had fitted to mine are the small windscreen plus the comfort seat. Nigel and the boys got her ready and tweaked the suspension settings for me too. So I was ready!

One of my greatest rides ever, details follow:

  • Day 1, Friday the 2nd September. 136km. I fitted my Givi bag onto the back seat (again with help from Nigel, Chuck, Darrel and young Ashley, they really are THE BEST) and headed off towards Cambridge. I took it very easy for the first miles as I had to get used to this brand new feeling. I have had several R1s in the past but not with this new cross plane engine (so called “big bang”), so I really did not know what to expect. Suffice to say that it is breathtaking. Indeed in a recent article in the UK magazine Performance Bikes (see a former racer Tony Rutter suggested that 90% of normal riders could go faster on the MT10 (160 bhp) round the track than on the R1 (200 bhp) as the MT10 is much easier to ride and less intimidating. Amazing. Despite the A14, I was soon in Cambridge to visit Mother.


  • Day 2, Saturday. 497km. Following a lovely lunch with Don and his curious mate George (pictured)
George has become a member of the family……but that’s another story

it was time to leave. I donned my waterproofs as there was some drizzle in the air and I headed off down the M11 towards London. The traffic on the M11 and M25 was ok and the rain stopped but then the M20 was closed so I had to follow a detour down the M23 to get to the Chunnel, but I got on the train very quickly at about 1630. This was a first experience for me and quite expensive (as I bought an open ticket) but fast and efficient. The bike was not strapped down but stayed quite steady during the 35 minute crossing.

The MT10 takes a brief rest on the Chunnel before heading south.
  • Then from  Calais I headed south down the excellent motorways towards Reims, famous for its lovely cathedral, as I was thinking about possible routes south and I had already stayed in Reims so it seemed like a good stopover. I hate planning as I have always been obliged to plan my trips for work so when I travel for pleasure I really enjoy taking each day as it comes. And for me the bike is all about freedom. The journey was uneventful and I found the Ibis Hotel at about 7pm with the help of Tom Tom of course, and the bike performed faultlessly. Fast, with a stop every 200km to refuel with 14litres. Great fun.


  • Day 3. Reims to Bologna. 974km. I was up at 5.30 and left the hotel at 6.00, still dark and damp so with waterproof trousers on again! Weather was cool and damp but the rain was very light and soon stopped as I headed south again. Luckily the bike and Tommy took care of everything and I just had to hang on and watch the stunning scenery. And this bike even has cruise control!!! The French motorways are fantastic and I discovered that unlike the rip-off Italian motorways which charge a bike the same fees as a car, in France the bike pays MUCH less so given that the route through France and Switzerland was several hundred kilometres less than going through Germany and Austria, I decided to stick with France. I developed a routine. I reset trip 1 at every fuel stop. The bike runs to reserve at 13litres so that gave me 200km of autonomy and then the remaining 4 litres gave me a 60km breathing space so I stopped about every 200km to fill up, and then either a coffee or water or whatever.This amazing sports bike even has cruise control which proved very relaxing as well as great fun so the almost 1000km that day were really not so tiring but as I reached Bologna I was feeling a bit weary so I found a great place to stop for the night.
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    Lovely hotel.

    This wonderful hotel and restaurant gave me a lovely room for just 57 Euro and the food in their restaurant was stunning too. Early bed for me.

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    Good night!!

Day 4. Bologna to the office in Roma. 370km. I got out of the hotel and onto the bike at about 6am and following breakfast, 2 fuel stops and a very uneventful journey I was in the office in Roma by about 10am. The new motorway around Florence is truly amazing and wonderful fun, I took the scenic route and with very light traffic it was great fun and soooo smooth. The MT10 performed faultlessly, as fast as anything on the road and it handles like a race bike. And all this at an average of 15km per litre is a truly amazing package. Stunning. Thanks Yamaha and thanks to Martin and the gang!!

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Now she is happily tucked up next to her sister Super Ten!!

The ONLY sensible ways to travel around the Amalfi coast area……….

As a sort-of local (I have lived part time in central Amalfi now for 4 years) I travel here from Roma all year round and I really love to explore the local area. The locals out of season are very open and friendly (there are about 3,000 inhabitants) but during the summer peak season the population grows to over 30,000!! So of course nobody really has time to talk to you.

I generally use my motorbike and/or car or van to travel to Amalfi but in the summer I use either the motorbike or public transport as there is nowhere to park a car. Car parking is a major problem as the town’s 2 car parks fill up very early  and cost 30 Euro per car per day, and then visitors cannot stay as the fines for incorrect parking are terrible!!. Around 150 Euro tow fee plus 30 Euro fine.

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So during the peak season which is June to September you should use the EXCELLENT public transport. The main two are SITA buses ( and Alicost ferries ( Both work very well indeed and hey, let the bus and or the ferry take the strain and lean back and watch the scenery!!!

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The woods around Amalfi are well worth exploring….walking, mountain bike, motorbike or quad, beautiful scenery

Of course the Amalfi coast is world famous and draws visitors from everywhere. But did you know that the mountains above Amalfi rise up to more than 1,000 metres?? Nor did I until recently. Look at the following pics to get an idea. I spent a whole day exploring and met only 3 people, 2 on horseback and 1 on a mountain bike.

Clean air, no traffic, beautiful countryside, beautiful views. Stunning.

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What an amazing area to explore….

Wow the Amalfi area is even more stunning and suprising than I thought. This area really offers FAR more than first meets the eye of the casual visitor.

Of course the coastal towns are stunning and they are all very well known and documented. Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento for instance are all very special and truly amazing places to visit, each has her own specialities whereas of course the fresh fish and the lemon products are common to them all. See Wikipedia for all the history and details you need.

But who knows Atrani?? Conca dei Marini, Vettica and Praino?? All of these small towns are on the Amalfi coast and all are really worth a visit and as they are not so well known they generally cost much less then the “Big Four”.

And then if you travel inland only a few kilometres from Amalfi you can find Scala, Pontone, Sambuco, Pimonte and many many more small towns, and most of these are way way higher then Amalfi so they are fairly cool even in August!!

And this is just the start because over the last couple of weeks I have been exploring the area both on and off road with my Yamaha Quad (Raptor 700R) and there are some truly beautiful area to explore off road too so some pictures will be uploaded very shortly.

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Stunning views all round……

WHAT fun and what a great place to discover!



Amalfi out of season, and all of her traditions

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Amalfi is truly stunning. Historical and beautiful, it clings onto the amazing coastline and uses every square metre available. To park a car in Amalfi costs you about 30 euro per day, as the parking spaces are very limited and demand well exceeds the supply.

During the peak season which lasts from Easter or April through to October (as the weather is generally very mild), the town of 3000 residents becomes host to 20 or even 30,000 visitors per day. The crowds come by bus or coach or minibus, by ferry, by car and by any other means available. The 2 main car parks are full by about 10am. Massive cruise ferries unload  thousands of folks at a time, either into the port of Naples or by a fleet of small boats from the sea, anchored off Amalfi.

All of this in the summer heat is well, very tough.

I suggest to visit Amalfi out of season. You can appreciate all of its history and beauty and avoid the heat and the stress. Depending on the weather, but this year November was very warm and December still sees some folks swimming in the sea and enjoying the warm sea, 16 degrees and sunshine, some of the attractions are indoor (the cathedral, many churches, the ship museum and so on) whilst the rest of the attractions are al fresco.

Some of the hotels and restaurants close and some remain open so you can still eat and sleep well, and costs are also more reasonable. And the locals are much more friendly and have time to chat as they are less under pressure, of course.

See Amalfi out of season and enjoy.

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