The original Audi Quattro, introduced as a road-going car in 1980, wasn’t a great car. Weighing 1,290kgs (which might be lightweight now – the new A1 quattro weighs the same –  but it wasn’t, not then) it under-steered like a pig because the majority of the five-cylinder engine’s weight layContinue Reading

Pack the picnic and weigh anchor. Liz Henry talks stress-free boating with Rib Club Global founder, James Patterson. One of life’s greatest adventures is to take to nature’s most exhilarating playground, below azure skies and blazing sun, to join the ranks of history’s distinguished mariners, exploring undiscovered coves of silverContinue Reading

The Battle of Cambrai saw the first combined tank action take place; we look at the rise of this modern fighting machine. Since its development in 1915, the tank has proved itself to be instrumental in changing the course of land battles throughout the history of modern warfare. From theContinue Reading

Long an American icon, the Wrangler is starting to make its presence felt among the UK’s offroading community, writes Carlton Boyce. Despite being an all-new vehicle, the new fourth-generation ‘JL’ Wrangler is still instantly recognisable as a Jeep. In fact, it’s so recognisable that it’s probably one of only half-a-dozenContinue Reading

The Audi A5 might be all the car you ever need, according to Carlton Boyce. The answer to the question: “What car should I buy?” always used to be the VW Golf, usually with a turbo-diesel under the bonnet. Thus equipped it was fast and frugal while being spacious enoughContinue Reading

Few things bring out the big kid in us like cars do – or are capable of igniting a life-long passion…   All photos: Andrew Green @picturecorner

The McLaren F1 is still widely considered to be one of the most beautifully engineered cars of all time. But Carlton Boyce explores the one aspect of its design that escaped almost everyone’s attention… When Mark Roberts, McLaren Automotive’s design operations manager, studied technical drawing at college he fully expectedContinue Reading

Cycling is an excellent way to get fit, lose weight, live longer, improve mental well-being and sleep quality, save time and widen your social circle – all while being kind to the environment. What are you waiting for? In recent years, road cycling has been moving towards wider tyres asContinue Reading

I was stuck. Completely and totally and irrevocably stuck, head-first in a bank of snow at the side of the Dempster Highway. All four wheels were spinning uselessly. It was -25°C and early afternoon. It would be dark in just a few hours when the temperature would fall even further.Continue Reading