Track days - for gals - the key to a happy marriage


SOMETIMES a gal just has to cut loose, escape the mundanity of day-to-day life, and seek the kind of satisfaction that just isn’t usually (nor legally) available at home. ...

SOMETIMES a gal just has to cut loose, escape the mundanity of day-to-day life, and seek the kind of satisfaction that just isn’t usually (nor legally) available at home. One has to be open about it, and I do it ...


Up, up and … oh god, not again


AIR travel used to be so glamorous: a car to the airport and valet parking, a short stint in the lounge, on to the plane with a glass of bubbly, and away. When did that ...

AIR travel used to be so glamorous: a car to the airport and valet parking, a short stint in the lounge, on to the plane with a glass of bubbly, and away. When did that change, I wonder? I think the answer is: this ...


Autopilot’s no substitute for life’s great pleasure


A GIRLFRIEND told me a story the other day, and while I don't know if it’s true or not (if only there were some way to connect to a massive, world-wide network of ...

A GIRLFRIEND told me a story the other day, and while I don't know if it’s true or not (if only there were some way to connect to a massive, world-wide network of computers that could answer this question), it made ...


Macho muscle not the future of F1 success


YOU probably didn’t notice, but I have been away for a couple of weeks. I was ostensibly in Melbourne for the Formula 1 Grand Prix, but that only really lasts for a few ...

YOU probably didn’t notice, but I have been away for a couple of weeks. I was ostensibly in Melbourne for the Formula 1 Grand Prix, but that only really lasts for a few days, even including setting up and packing ...


On high alert for hidden costs of over-serviced cars 


IN MY carefree and single days I drove a sporty little number, one that the lid came off (sometimes even when I wanted it to). It made a hell of a racket, in a good way, ...

IN MY carefree and single days I drove a sporty little number, one that the lid came off (sometimes even when I wanted it to). It made a hell of a racket, in a good way, and required enthusiastic and dedicated ...


When waiting for wheels is hard to do


THE late, great and wholly wonderful Tom Petty wrote that the waiting is the hardest part. He knew what he was talking about. Late last year, a factory in Germany ...

THE late, great and wholly wonderful Tom Petty wrote that the waiting is the hardest part. He knew what he was talking about. Late last year, a factory in Germany produced the latest addition to my stable. It was ...


How high-performance cars can mean risky business


MY FINANCIAL adviser paid me a visit last week. I had long since ceased making the journey to him; there’s no parking near his office anyway but, more to the point, ...

MY FINANCIAL adviser paid me a visit last week. I had long since ceased making the journey to him; there’s no parking near his office anyway but, more to the point, public transport simply won’t do. Recent visits ...


Your rights when new cars go wrong


LAST time I bought a new car all was going well until I found I had to rely on the manufacturer’s warranty. Then things went downhill, fast. Lucky for me, the issue I was ...

LAST time I bought a new car all was going well until I found I had to rely on the manufacturer’s warranty. Then things went downhill, fast. Lucky for me, the issue I was having had nothing to do with the brakes. It ...


The gift of the gadgets and other complexities


NO-ONE loves a toy or a gadget more than The Companion. I mean loves one. The houses are full of them. We’ve left family reunions overseas to attend toy shows and ...

NO-ONE loves a toy or a gadget more than The Companion. I mean loves one. The houses are full of them. We’ve left family reunions overseas to attend toy shows and consumer electronics fairs in Germany and the US. If ...

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