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Motors from the movies will be on display at a Suffolk classic car show this weekend.

New sign technology, being trialled in Norfolk, to shame drivers using hand-held phones cheered up motoring editor Andy Russell after he diced with a mobile phone menance on a busy dual-carriageway.

A Suffolk celebration of classic cars and motorcycles enjoyed a “record turnout” with up to 400 vintage vehicles in attendance.

The best car for hauling caravans and trailers have been honoured at the Tow Car Awards 2018 with titles going to some surprise newcomers as well as old favourites.

With vehicle theft on the increase, and hi-tech ways of duping keyless entry fobs, motoring editor Andy Russell tries out both new and traditional security devices designed to deter car criminals.

Will having a dash cam fitted to your car protect you in the event of an accident? Could it lower your insurance premiums? Will it damage your battery? All these questions answered and more.

Hay fever season is here but, before driving, have you checked the side-effects of any remedies or medicines you plan to take or, worse still, are already? Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s advice not to be sneezed at.

Putting your exact home address into your sat-nav could be an open invitation to criminals. Motoring editor Andy Russell passes on a sensible suggestion for improving your security.

For a Suffolk painter with a passion for motorcycles and stamps, it is hard to imagine a more fitting commission.

MINI celebrating 25 years of the convertible did not add up for motoring editor Andy Russell but it was a case of poor memory, not poor maths.

Alan Burbridge’s first car was a 1967 Ford Anglia Super and fond memories still coming flooding back whenever he sees one at a classic car meet.

A special find while spring cleaning the garage brought back happy car maintenance memories for motoring editor Andy Russell.

Opinion: Cracking down on mindless minority

Monday, April 9, 2018

I’ve reached that age at which it’s good to be grumpy but action on two of my pet-hate motoring issues cheered me up this week – middle-lane hoggers and pavement-parkers.

An extra hour of daylight makes a big difference to our lives, health and wellbeing but safety charity Rospa wants to step up daylight saving to cut road deaths and injuries.

Motoring editor Andy Russell enjoyed a trip down memory lane with some high-revving Type Rs and vociferous VTECs from the Honda heritage fleet and the car that started the ongoing Civic success story.

New car road tests

Vauxhall certainly offers buyers SUV and crossovers plenty to choose and has now launched a more rugged Rocks version of its Viva city car. Motoring editor Andy Russell says you pay the price for those chunkier looks.

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Volkswagen’s third-generation Touareg may be the ‘budget buy’ of the upmarket Volkswagen Group SUVs but it has a premium feel, inviting interior and a host of hi-tech kit says Tom Wiltshire.

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Kia has pulled off a game-changing image-builder with the launch of its stunning Stinger sports fastback, a true grand tourer loaded with driving appeal, kit and charisma. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it’s a winning combination.

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A new engine, facelift and driving upgrades have refreshed the dynamic appeal and styling of the flagship family Mazda6, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

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An all-new Ford Focus is with us, and it’s packing plenty of tech and equipment to ensure it remains the leader of the pack as Jon Reay finds out.

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Volvo’s winning formula and success story gets new momentum with the second-generation V60 estate. Motoring editor Andy Russell enjoys an early drive and says the trio of German giants has a serious new rival.

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As SUVs become more and more luxurious, Toyota’s Land Cruiser is one of the few unashamedly old-fashioned off-roaders around. Tom Wiltshire finds out how it copes in the urban jungle.

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Small SUVs are all the rage but why not simply add SUV design cues on to an existing hatchback? That’s the route Dacia has taken with the Sandero Stepway, says Tom Wiltshire.

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For all its off-road SUV heritage, Jeep has lagged in the popular compact class but now it’s out to make up ground with the all-new Compass, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

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The Fiat 500’s been around more than a decade in its current form – a tough show for any small car, let alone a niche, fashion-conscious model. Tom Wiltshire drives the convertible version of the latest facelifted model.

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