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Mazda CX-9 Review – Dressed to the Nines

Silly season is almost upon us, a chance to spend quality time with loved ones and family (sometimes they are even both). You buy presents, eat copious amounts of food and get the invite to attend parties and events where you have an excuse to dress up in flashy attire. Now although I complain about […]

The Land Rover Discovery Sport Review – Born Free

Elsa was an orphaned lion cub brought up in Kenya by Joy and George Adamson. The movie Born Free follows Elsa as she and her older and bigger siblings are cared for by the couple. Over time, Elsa’s sibling’s ‘Big one’ and ‘Lustica’ are relocated to the Rotterdam Zoo but the Adamson’s choose to rehabilitate […]


Power of naturally-aspirated 6.0 litre V12 engine increased to 600PS   Suspension set-up honed to deliver greater poise and precision Exterior features new exposed carbon fibre splitter and diffuser, plus striking new quad exhaust outlets Aston Martin has turned up the heat on it’s ultimate Super GT to create the new Vanquish S. Sharper styling, greater […]

Ford Mustang review and Experience – Time to Ride a Pony

Ford invited me to Newcastle in Australia to check out the new Ford Mustang. We would be getting behind the wheel of the entire range, fastbacks and convertibles, Manual and Autos, GT’s and 2.3’s – all the Pony’s in one stable – excellent. I have to admit that I went there not wanting to like […]

Lexus ES300H Review – Needle in a ‘H’ Stack

I had the chance to test drive the new Lexus ES300H and shhhh, I found it very quiet. So quiet in fact that I’m embarrassed to say that once I pushed the start button and nothing seemed to happen I ended up starting it again – damn hybrid cars always catch me out. On ignition […]

Jaguar XE R-Sport Review – Dial Up a Hero

Alright so I’m an Englishman reviewing a Jag, don’t think for one moment I’m going to be biased or nostalgic in any way. I’d like to think, I’m going to look upon this marque like every other car brand and review this XE in the same impartial way as I do all the others and […]

Range Rover Evoque Convertible HSE Si4 Review – It’s a bit posh.

When Jaguar/Land Rover call and offer you a car to review; you immediately look to clear the schedule and make room for something special. So when the offer of the Range Rover Evoque convertible HSE Si4 came up; there was a quick juggle plus a crossing of fingers that the current temperate Auckland weather would […]

Hyundai Veloster Review – the VelociRAPTor

Anyone that has seen the Jurassic Park movies will ‘know’ that Velociraptors are nasty dinosaurs that are fast, cunning and have big sharp teeth. As they stand a mere 2M tall (5M length) so you may be mistaken for thinking that they are rather cute (in Dinosaur terms) but Spielberg has them portrayed as aggressive […]

Bicycle, Bicycle – I want to ride my…

Last weekend saw the annual ‘Bike the Bridge’ event in Auckland.  It was a chance to get the family together on their 2 (or more) wheel steeds and do something that you seldom get chance to do – bike cross the Harbour Bridge. Mountain, Road, e.bikes, tandem, tricycles, folding, drop down bars, cross handle… the […]

Audi SQ7 review – Two plus one equals WHEEE

Let’s face it, regardless of how much patience we claim to have; none of us really like to wait. Queues bring on sighs, the revolving wheel or hourglass on the computer sparks anger and frustration and don’t get me started on the endless wasted hours shoe shopping with the wife. On the flipside we do […]