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Figures show extent of drink-drive problem

Figures show extent of drink-drive problem

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Road safety charity appeals to public to take a zero-tolerance approach this summer Brake, the road safety charity, has issued an appeal to the public to not drink and drive - not a drop - this summer and year-round, as figures show one in 15 of those breath-tested were over the limit. (more…)
The fastest lawnmower in the world

The fastest lawnmower in the world

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Honda's Mean Mower  has officially broken the Guinness world record title for the fastest lawnmower, averaging 116.57 mph to break the previous record by almost 30mph. The successful Guinness world records attempt took place under the watchful eye of a Guinness world records Adjudicator at the IDIADA Proving Ground, in Tarragona, Spain, on Saturday 8th March 2014. Behind the wheel was Piers Ward of BBC Top Gear Magazine, who eclipsed the previous record of 87.83mph set in May 2010. (more…)

New checklist aims to prevent ‘easy’ MOT failures

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New figures released by VOSA show that of the 8.1 million MOT failures in 2012, a significant proportion were caused by easy-to-spot issues. Simple problems, such as worn tyres, blown bulbs, ineffective windscreen wipers and low fluid levels contributed to a large number of test fails. Had motorists notified garages prior to the test, these items could have been replaced beforehand. (more…)

Hundreds of new electric vehicle charge points to be installed in the UK

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The UK government has announced the winning bids for £37 million of funding to install new electric vehicle charging points around the country. Money will be made available to dozens of local authorities, NHS trusts and train operators to provide charging points on their property and town and city streets. Kent, Cornwall and Essex county councils, along with stations along the East Coast main line and Greater Anglia franchises, are just some of those who will see government-funded charge points installed. (more…)

150th Anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth

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July 30th 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth. The ‘father of modern motoring’ introduced the production line and other initiatives, which revolutionised vehicle manufacturing, and made the motor car affordable. Today, Ford is a large global company, producing millions of cars a year. The anniversary is being marked by different markets throughout the year. So far, Ford of Germany has held a series of five road rallies that celebrated Ford’s numerous automotive breakthroughs over the last 110 years, while in the UK, celebrations were capped by the reveal of a restored statue of Henry Ford at the company’s UK Tech Centre. (more…)

Porsche celebrates 50 years of the 911 at Goodwood

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off today, with Porsche taking centre stage (and centre feature) as it celebrates 50 years of the 911. Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built since 1963, and examples of each of its seven generations will be present at the 2013 Festival of Speed. From the very beginning the car has been at home on race circuits and rally stages all over the world, earning a reputation as a quick and dependable winner. In fact, two-thirds of the 30,000 race victories achieved by Porsche to date have been recorded by the 911. (more…)

Jaguar to launch Project 7 at Goodwood

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Jaguar will debut its Project 7 concept, based on its acclaimed F-Type two-seater convertible,  at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, on July 12th. Project 7 is not a static concept, but a fully functioning high-performance sports car. The F-Type’s rigid all-aluminium architecture provides the perfect starting point, power coming from Jaguar’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine in 550PS/680Nm form – an increase of 55PS and 55Nm over the F-Type V8. (more…)