These older vehicles are suprisingly good

Ever since I started to own and ride road bikes and later cars, my habit was always to trade up. My first road bike was a tatty Suzuki GT185 which 2 years later I sold and purchased a brand new Yamaha RD400, which after 2 years I sold and purchased an almost new Honda CB750K6Continue reading “These older vehicles are suprisingly good”

The old Audi finally lets me down…..happy update: back on the road!!!

Well last weekend I headed to the north of Italy to see some friends and family and I had three destinations in mind: Alba (where my son lives), Omegna on Lake Maggiore (where he played an important basketball match) and then home via Milano to visit my little girl. Well the journey north went veryContinue reading “The old Audi finally lets me down…..happy update: back on the road!!!”

Using an Audi S4 V8 as a daily driver…really??

Ever since the days when I worked for Land Rover Ltd I have always loved the V8 petrol engine. In those days the Range Rover V8 engine was purchased (the license) from the USA Buick I think and was aluminium and thus very light, it was considered at that time too small for the StatesContinue reading “Using an Audi S4 V8 as a daily driver…really??”

WD40 for ever!!!!! Its amazing what a little squirt can do….

That was the punch line to one of their adverts many years ago and in my opinion it still holds true today. The story of the product is very interesting too, see the company web site or Wikipedia. I first came to know this product when I was a kid and my Dad showed meContinue reading “WD40 for ever!!!!! Its amazing what a little squirt can do….”

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…”

Second-hand vehicles are now increasing in value…..amazing

The current combination of factors from Brexit to COVID to Russia to world transport/container shortages plus the shortage of electonic components and the economic crisis cum boom all add up to a very wierd situation with regard to the second hand vehicle market that I love to frequent. To cut a very long story short,Continue reading “Second-hand vehicles are now increasing in value…..amazing”

My old Audi S4 gets better with age !!!

Well, I have now had this 2006 car for 2 years but for the first year (thanks to COVID) I never really used or appreciated her. I had a few problems too so I was not really in love, although the few drives I made were very enjoyable indeed (see previous posts). I also discoveredContinue reading “My old Audi S4 gets better with age !!!”

What a lot of car for 9k Euro mmmmm

As the old saying goes, you pays yer money and you takes yer choice (or something). And this truth applies to everything that we purchase whether a house, a car, a bike, a van or whatever and I should know cos I have a van, a car and er several bikes too. BUT as weContinue reading “What a lot of car for 9k Euro mmmmm”

Another crazy “plan” coming up….

Given that Europe is slowly opening up again after the COVID shutdown, I think that some cautious European travel is possible again. Italy has so far managed to contain the crisis very well and we still use masks and social distancing so I feel fairly safe here, and on my recent rapid visits to FranceContinue reading “Another crazy “plan” coming up….”

Engine, engine, engine……

Ok the title does not really do justice to my idea so let me explain further. Over the many years of enjoying both cars and motorbikes (I had a Yamaha Quad Raptor 700 too), I have formed this idea. Basically before I even consider purchasing a car or bike I start with the motor. InContinue reading “Engine, engine, engine……”