The Mille Miglia, Alfonso Portago and the Kiss of Death

The Mille Miglia, Alfonso Portago and the Kiss of Death

The Lombardy region in Northern Italy is a fabulous place to visit – and still so very Italian. If you’re visiting the area I have a great, albeit sad little story for you to bore entertain your companions. The story dates from 1957 and the list of...
Racing Circuits – Around the World

Racing Circuits – Around the World

Just a quick informative one… Some people have no idea just how much entertainment there is to be had at racing circuits. There is so much more to racing tracks than the high-profile stuff you’re likely to see on the television.Spectators can watch...
Reims-Gueux, France

Reims-Gueux, France

Abandoned anythings are spooky. Abandoned places that were once the scenes of fun and frolics are somehow even spookier. I’m thinking here about derelict funfairs or holiday camps. I get a bit weird and tend to imagine the ghostly sounds of laughing children....
The AVUS Motel and Restaurant: Berlin

The AVUS Motel and Restaurant: Berlin

When I first saw a photograph of the building you see above, it went straight to the top of my list. I have to go there one day. The excellent photographer who created the photograph above has made the building look very stylish and elegant – it dates from...
Visiting Italy: The Fisogni Museum

Visiting Italy: The Fisogni Museum

When I was a kid, my dad’s business was the motor trade. His businesses sold cars, repaired cars, sold petrol, sold oil … this was a long long time ago and it seemed that this relatively new business – based on the motor car – would be around...
The Bertha Benz Memorial Route

The Bertha Benz Memorial Route

An American chap was once telling me a joke. It was about cars, two men were arguing; an American and a something-else that I don’t remember. The punchline was that the American said “Well, I should know because we Americans invented the car”. I...
Hymer Museum, Germany

Hymer Museum, Germany

Now, Jeremy Clarkson and I have very different views on one certain subject.His views have been widely aired on TV and in print and mine, sadly, haven’t. On this particular subject though, Jeremy and I – were we to meet in a cosy pub somewhere for a chat...
The Morgan Garage, Samso, Denmark

The Morgan Garage, Samso, Denmark

Samso is a Danish island located off the Jutland peninsula. It’s a picturesque and peaceful place and it is a model community, one of its outstanding features being the fact that it runs on planet-friendly power. One hundred percent of its electricity comes from...
When Stephen King Travels…

When Stephen King Travels…

Do you agree with me that Stephen King must have a pretty weird imagination? I think he must have to ensure his many years of great success writing those really creepy (but deliciously creepy) books. But what is Stephen King himself afraid of? In an article a couple...
The Sani Pass, South Africa

The Sani Pass, South Africa

The roads in South Africa have considerably improved since my adventurer dad made his first African endurance drive in the early sixties. However, there are still plenty of challenges for the adventurous driver and the Sani Pass is definitely one of them. This...
The Wienermobile. Really

The Wienermobile. Really

If you’re American, you might not be as gobsmacked by this as I am. To me, it comes into one of those only-in-America categories. But the Wienermobile – for that is what the vehicle you see illustrated is – really is a thing. I admit that I had to go...
The Dymaxion At National Automobile Museum, Reno

The Dymaxion At National Automobile Museum, Reno

The man who is credited as its inventor, Buckminster Fuller, doesn’t describe the Dymaxion as a mere car. This is because it was intended to evolve further into a flying vehicle. Unfortunately the technology to create this was not available in the 1930s when the...
Spain: Autódromo de Sitges-Terramar

Spain: Autódromo de Sitges-Terramar

For many years now, travellers have been attracted to abandoned places. This isn’t surprising as most have an atmosphere that’s hard to compare with anywhere else. It’s as though, forgive a little poeticness – these place still retain the...
Nordschleife Nurburgring: Germany

Nordschleife Nurburgring: Germany

If you’re a motor racing fan (like me) then the Nurburgring needs no introduction whatsoever. But have you driven it? If not, add it to your to-do list right now. These days, the ‘ring even offers plenty for the non-motorsport fans in the family....
Lake Maggiore: The Legend of the Bugatti

Lake Maggiore: The Legend of the Bugatti

Lake Maggiore is simply beautiful. This sparkling lake is located partly in Italy and partly in Switzerland. And during the early twentieth century, there was a curious legend regarding the lake – a legend that turned out to be true. Locals were sure that a 1926...
Atlantic Ocean Road (Atlanterhavsveien) Norway

Atlantic Ocean Road (Atlanterhavsveien) Norway

Norway’s Atlanterhavsveien (the Atlantic Ocean Road) is just over 5 miles long and is considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful road. Rather like the Overseas Highway in Florida, the road travels over small islands and bridges – it curves...
Trollstigen, Norway

Trollstigen, Norway

What does Trollstigen mean? In Norwegian, it means ‘Trolls’ Road’ and this twisty and narrow road runs perilously on the side of a mountain. It’s appropriately named as in Scandinavian mythology trolls are rather evil little goblin-like...
Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

If you’re not from the UK, it’s easy to think that ‘only the British’ drive on the left-hand side of the road. And by the same token, British people sometimes think the same – that wherever else they go in the world, they’ll have to...
See Mae West’s 1931 Housecar

See Mae West’s 1931 Housecar

For the very few readers who don’t know, Mae West was a raunchy actress, writer and comedian who was born in Brooklyn in 1893. To try to explain a little about her, the first play she wrote and acted in  – in 1926 – was entitled Sex. She continued to...
Truckhenge: Topeka, Kansas

Truckhenge: Topeka, Kansas

At the end of the last century, Ron Lessman, a native of Topeka, was farming the land that his family had owned since the 1870s. he had also built up a small collection of antiquated vehicles – a handful of old pickup trucks and an old bus.  The authorities did...
Monaco: Prince Rainer’s Car Collection

Monaco: Prince Rainer’s Car Collection

Prince Rainier of Monaco, who lived until 2004, was a well-known monarch. He is probably best known, in the United States in particular, for marrying American actress, Grace Kelly, in 1956. What is less known is that he was an avid collector of the finest automobiles...
V8 Hotel & Motorworld: Stuttgart

V8 Hotel & Motorworld: Stuttgart

Stuttgart, in the Baden-Württemberg area of Germany, is an ancient city with so much to see and do for travellers. But if you’re keen on cars or if you’re a motorsport fan there are even more reasons to visit this fascinating place as Stuttgart is often...
Road Trip Accessories: Suaoki for your Battery

Road Trip Accessories: Suaoki for your Battery

One of the strange curiosities of road trips is the way that your car battery is perfect when you’re at home but suddenly, when you’re on a road trip and right when you really don’t need problems, the battery dies on your car. Why this happens...
Drive an Aston Martin at a Famous British Circuit

Drive an Aston Martin at a Famous British Circuit

Yes, you can drive one of the world’s most luxurious and powerful cars (and to me, the most beautiful) at a prestigious British racing circuit. This is a great opportunity for any keen driver or motorsport enthusiast. Your adventure includes full briefing from...
Drive your Favourite Supercar in Yorkshire

Drive your Favourite Supercar in Yorkshire

What would you like to drive at high speed? Would you choose a Porsche, a Lamborghini, an Aston Martin (my own choice), a Ferrari? All these and more are available for you to drive in scenic North Yorkshire. This also makes a great gift for the petrol-head in your...
Audi & Airbnb: Marketing

Audi & Airbnb: Marketing

In a very clever marketing move, Audi has partnered with Airbnb to provide the ultimate driving and accommodation experience.It was announced in September 2016 that guests could rent a fabulous Mid Century Modern styled home in Scotty’s Junction in the Nevada...
Converting a Van

Converting a Van

  Have you ever thought of converting your own van for travel? Imagine the freedom; the luxury of going where you want, exactly when you want – safety contained in your own tiny home. Today more and more people are being attracted by this kind of travel and...
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