Ask anyone to name a racing circuit in Britain, and in just about every case, Silverstone will be the first one that comes to mind. It’s incredibly famous, even amongst people who aren’t even racing or car enthusiasts. It is of course home to the Silverstone Classic, a huge event which is known to be the largest classic racing festival anywhere in the world. If you’re interested in watching classic hurtle round a track, then this is undoubtedly the place to be.
The car above is a real vintage car. I saw this at the 2011 Councours d”Elegance at Pebble Beach. But now that it’s so easy to recreate parts, there are tons of fake vintage cars out there. Check out this story from BusinessWeek and do your research, and you’ll be a lot more careful before opening your wallet on that gorgeous vintage auto someone is trying to peddle. Prices are skyrocketing, but that’s just driving more fakes into the market. Buyer beware!
Taking a four-wheel-drive vehicle into difficult terrain is a recreational activity that continues to grow in popularity. While modern 4WD vehicles come with off-road equipment that once could only be imagined, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few other optional extras to take on your next 4WD adventure.
Snorkels fitted to diesel engines not only enhance efficiency, but help you take your 4WD through flooded creeks where you would otherwise be stopped short. Indeed, if fitted correctly, you should theoretically be able to cross your vehicle through water to roof height, though this is inadvisable and should be tried only in an emergency. Other advantages of a snorkel include cleaner air through dust filtration and cooler engine operation. However, before fitting a snorkel to your 4WD, contact an engine specialist such as Hi Tech Diesel for advice on the best product.
Front protective bars
A protective bar at the front of a vehicle is considered by many 4X4 enthusiasts to be the must have accessory. Going by a variety of names, such as roo bar in Australia or bull bar in the United States, these were once heavy constructions that protected vehicles from front end collisions with animals, trees and other objects. Today, they come in a range of light-weight materials, shapes and sizes, with many sporting accessories of their own such as infra-red sensors, storage spaces and ultimate lighting systems.
If you are travelling into the unpopulated wilds, it’s always best to be prepared for the worst. A recovery kit is the ultimate accessory if you’re stuck in a gully or creek bed. The kits come in a range of sizes; from basic pulley systems to help drag your vehicle from its resting place to deluxe packages that include pulley blocks, snatch straps, tree trunk protectors, extension straps, drag chains, bow shackles and rigger gloves.
Personal locator devices
Should the unthinkable happen and you become hopelessly stranded through breakdown or accident, it may be necessary for authorities to launch a search. A personal locator will help them pinpoint your exact location. These come in a range of prices and are invaluable if you’re stuck and someone needs to know where you are.
Tyres and wheels
All new and used 4WD vehicles come equipped with at least five wheels and tyres but they aren’t always to the standard your need. Some manufacturers cut corners and provide tyres that only meet the requirements for on-road use. If you’re going on an adventure, ensure your tyres can handle the off-road tracks you are negotiating, and consider adding a second spare tyre to your vehicle. These second spare accessories can be bolted to the rear of the vehicle, next to the existing spare tyre and rim.
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Once you have the perfect tyres, ensure they maintain perfect pressure with an electronic tyre monitoring system. Sensors attached to each tyre valve send real-time messages to a monitor in the car or via Bluetooth to your smart phone. Visual and audio alerts also warn of slow leaks and punctures.
There are literally hundreds of gadgets and devices available to make your 4WD trip more exciting, enjoyable and safe. Check them out and make sure you don’t get left behind.
Regardless of financial position nobody likes to spend more money than they should. While we are counting pennies on one hand we may be burning down $100 bills on the other. Spending your money wisely is another way of increasing your living standards. You need to look at your household spending closely. First area to look at is the type of expenditures that keeps repeating like utilities, mortgage and vehicle insurance.
Buy Safer Cars: Auto insurers closely monitor the safety features on cars that reduce accidents and injuries. This means that they pay less for claims. As the risks of injuries and accidents go down so the premiums. Before you buy a car, shortlist several of them and check their insurance ratings. There is a high chance you can still purchase the type of car you want and get premium discounts for years to come.
The Peugeot 107 and its sister cars the Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 were fantastic city cars for first-time drivers and downsizers. The low entry prices, keen three-cylinder engine and fun chassis sold the car well and even now years after they first came out they still feel rock solid. Replacing the 107 then is no easy task.
As is the way with the automotive industry, it has to be replaced though, and the new version is going to be called the 108. So, what’s it like?
The first thing you notice about the 108 is that it’s radically different to the 107 in design. This is still one of the shortest and lightest cars in the super mini class, although it is longer than the 107, to add extra boot space (the 108 has a 197-litre boot, the 107 a 139-litre boot) and rear leg room. Like the 107, the 108 will be rebranded as a Citroen and Toyota, but as before, it will be the Peugeot that offers the best deals such as those from Bristol Street Motors.
The new styling includes LED daytime running lights as standard, alloy wheels, sporty bumpers all round and chrome detailing on the bottom bumper air vents.
The new 108 will also be available as a three-door and five-door. Both with share the exact same dimensions, although the five-door version will be around 5kg heavier.
Unlike in the 107 range, there will be two engines to choose from in the 108, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit and a 1.2-litre unit. Both are petrol powered and Peugeot have worked hard to ensure that they are smoother and more economical than before. The 1.0-litre engine is the same as before but has been modified for less friction to reduce thermal properties.
No diesel engines will be available at launch, although a 1.3-litre diesel would suit the character of this car in my opinion.
Driving wise, Peugeot have said that the 108 maintains the playful character of the 107, yet delivers a more grown up and refined experience. In other words, the 108 will have go-kart handling characteristics but be quieter and smoother on the motorway and on uneven surfaces. This, I expect, will be a welcome improvement for owners of the 107.
Used Peugeot (click here) have always been a good buy and the 108 looks like it will be too. New pricing has not yet been announced but you can expect the entry-level car to dip under the £10,000 mark, as this is what made the older version so accessible. It is this accessibility which will drive sales and so if Peugeot can get the equipment levels right and avoid any new engine issues and recalls like some manufacturers (ahem, Porsche), Peugeot, Citroen, and Toyota could be on to another winner.