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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

They have travelled through time, chased bad guys and entertained millions of viewers – now they are coming to Suffolk.

Fast Fords, past and present, will be highlighting the Blue Oval’s performance heritage at John Grose at Ransomes Europark on Sunday.

A technology mad Suffolk drone pilot is to drive an electric car 1,200 miles across the breadth of the UK to prove it is a viable alternative to fossil fuel, “even in the most remote areas”.

We’ve all had near-misses while driving but now motorists are being urged to think what they could have done differently to reduce the risks on future journeys.

Norway is a magnificent country. Thousands of miles of scraggly coastline, epic mountains round every corner and countless waterfalls cascade down rocky faces as glaciers melt in the relative warmth of summer.

The take-up of automatic cars has almost doubled in the UK in eight years as motorists look to make driving in congestion easier and the gearboxes keep improving.

RAC Traffic Watch calculates that 36.5 million leisure journeys could happen in the next two and a half weeks and this weekekend will be the busiest on the roads.

Young people are passing on the idea of even learning to drive by being priced off getting on the road, according to new research.

The iconic, lightweight, two-seater Seven sports car, which started life as a Lotus and later became a Caterham, is celebrating 60 years of production.

An experimental converted Mini, once owned by a controversial government minister, has caught motoring editor Andy Russell’s eye.

Fifty of the “most iconic cars ever produced” will return to a Suffolk country fair this weekend - this time with several vintage aeroplanes.

Changes to the practical driving test are being introduced in December but new research says one in three drivers would like to see more to tackle bad and dangerous driving habits.

The exciting DS range of cars is the focus of a special DS Experience Event at John Grose in Ipswich including special editions and offers.

What makes a good tow car? The Tow Car Awards 2017 put 44 cars through their paces with a series of rigorous driving performance and pracicality tests to find out if the only hitch is the one the caravan hooks up to.

Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival will be welcoming a race-prepared Porsche 924 which is on a mission to promote awareness of and prevent unnecessary deaths from prostate cancer.

New car road tests

Looking for an elegant estate with loads of class and space? How about Vauxhall’s new Insignia Sports Tourer. Motoring editor Andy Russell was surprised too.

Worthy, but dull, to dynamic and desirable – motoring editor Andy Russell finds Nissan’s fifth-generation Micra has closed the gap on the supermini stars.

Renault is the latest car-maker to expand its SUV line-up to three models with the launch of the large Koleos. Motoring editor Andy Russell checks it out at the UK launch.

Gallery: First drive: Fiat 500L gets techy update

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The latest Fiat 500L sees minor styling updates and more technology introduced but what hasn’t changed is it family-focused practicality.

Vauxhall has moved its trusty Insignia range upmarket with the all-new hatchback version dubbed Grand Sport. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it lives up the promise.

With electrified cars making the headlines, Jack Evans tries out MINI’s new Countryman Cooper S E Hybrid.

SEAT SEAT has given the hot Leon Cupra hatchback and estate even more go. Darren Cassey went to see whether power really does corrupt.

Upwardly-mobile Volvo has started the next phase of its regeneration with the all-new XC60, Europe’s most popular compact SUV. Motoring editor Andy Russell gets a launch drive.

My first car

Dulcie was a bit of a drinker and smoker when Michael Horne met her. But he soon sorted the 1951 Morris Minor’s thirst for oil.

Jonathan Mayfield had his fair share of minor niggles with his Fiat Punto but travelled in style.

Ivan Rooke still owns the Morris Eight that took him on some great journeys and adventures but it’s now laid up in his shed.

Dave Barnard took to the road in a 1957 Ford Popular but with his new-found independence came the need to learn the art of motoring maintenance.

Fred Tooke is still driving his first car, a Morris Minor 1000 Traveller, 40 years later having bought it to transport the family labrador.

An Austin A30 not only put radio enthusiast Allan Papworth on the road to freedom but on the air as well.

After much welding and many new body parts, Brian Hampson’s ‘souped-up’ Ford Anglia was a head-turner for the right reason.

Judith Dale’s first car was an Austin Ruby and, 54 years and a few house moves later, the now renovated 1936 car is still very much part of the family.

When Alan Hall bought his first car on stormy night it coloured his judgment and also left him feeling blue!

It leaked water going through puddles, had no heater and doubled up as holiday accommodation – Robert Owen has fond memories of his Austin Big Seven.

Keith Hirst recalls his father’s first car which survived rust only to be attacked by termites which munched their way through the timber floor.

Choosing a Triump Herald over a Morris Minor 1000 puts Stewart Hurrell on the road to several Triumph sports cars.

Andy Nix’s customised Morris Mini van may not have been the most reliable but it got him to Moscow... well, the one in Scotland.

Malcolm Hill swapped his scooter for an eye-catching MGA sports car and enjoyed open-air motoring until he sold it to get married.

Summer 1964 was really special for Stuart Wallis and his Ford EB60 Special until his pride and joy was written off by a van

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