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Out of the pothole, into the dark

Here’s a tip that I’ve learned. Before you assume something is damaged beyond repair, try giving it a good rub first.  Let me back up a bit. Last weekend, a really wet and windy weekend, I was out having fun in a little run-around I...
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Suck, squash, bang, blow – what I’ll miss when EVs rule the world

My niece asked me on Saturday whether I thought I’d bought my last petrol-engined car. I had to stop and think. Of course I haven’t. But then I thought again: well, maybe I have. I’m not a big fan of electric vehicles (EVs) – not...
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Hypercars evolve as same, same but different

I think most of us can agree that evolution is a pretty good theory. You might prefer to believe a divine entity created every living thing, all in a hurry, about 6000 years ago, in which case all power to you, even though you quite...
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Wake Up To Yourself, And Give Me A Break

[mw_tag id=545] This column is written for the man I met at a cocktail function in Melbourne last week who bragged about how he could do the journey from where he lives in Melbourne to where his kids live in Sydney in just under eight...
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I Had One But The Wheels (Almost) Fell Off

Beware if you drive a 2019 Mazda 3. If you’re a Madam Wheels reader you probably don’t, but maybe one of your kids does. Mazda issued a recall on July 3, concerning “an issue with the wheel studs that connect the wheels to the car”....
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The Grand Unified Theory of Roadworks

I have a theory. Bear with me – it has to do with roadworks. And it formulated in my mind recently because the end of a financial year seems to be when there are more roadworks taking place than at other times of the year....
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Let Me Slap Your Face And Call It A ‘Luxury’

I don't know if you’ve ever strapped yourself into a Lotus Evora, or one of McLaren’s vehicles – say, the 720S, or something even more maniacal like the Senna – and given it a bit of a push. But let me tell you, when you...
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HIGHWAY TO HELL

Happy New Year to all Madam Wheels readers. The Companion and I are now safely back home from the Christmas road trip but we’ve made a resolution to never again venture out in peak holiday highway traffic. For some reason, this year seemed much worse...
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Victoria’s Secret Not What I Imagined It To Be

As Enthusiastically and unexpectedly as I have taken to television streaming services recently, I still like to read as much as I can. The production values and the creativity and imagination of the best shows available on TV are very high indeed, but there is...
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How To Stay Calm Under Pressure

One the newer vehicles in my garage has a dashboard display you can dial up with a twiddly knob on the centre console that shows the temperature and pressure of each tyre. It’s driving me mad. The two rear tyres seem to be OK. The...
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Musing On Maserati

There’s a fair bit of anticipation in and around the SUV market at the moment, as several top-end manufacturers bring their latest offerings to market, apparently unaware or uncaring of the tautological nature of the term “luxury SUV”. ‘Quattroporte sounds exotic until you learn the...
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The W Series Will Be Good For The Girls – And You Can Quota Me On That

NEXT year a new motor racing series will kick off, exclusively for female drivers. The so-called W Series will feature 20 drivers in identical cars competing in races across Europe. My first reaction was that developing a female-only motor racing series is all well and...
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