Round two of nineteen in the 2019 FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship drops into the shallow ‘bowl’ of Matterley Basin, Winchester this weekend. The large site is a mud-splat away from junction 9 of the M3 and has been home to the British Grand Prix for the last decade. It draws fans from across the UK and Europe to a location used once a year for motorcycle racing and a summer music festival. A (so far) stable weather forecast should see more than 30,000 people converge close to England’s former capital city come Sunday. They will crowd around a jump-laden and spectacular course with vast viewing potential for spectators, permitting full appreciation of a violent and perilous form of motorsport with a vast and unseen grass roots following. Matterley Basin is epic in scale over its forty-four acres and was inaugurated in 2006 for the Motocross of Nations (a ‘world cup’ of the sport): a fixture that was blighted by rain in the build-up but did not … [Read more...] about ‘Good dirt is expensive’ – why a scenic field in Hampshire is home to the British Motocross Grand Prix
Ford moved more than 900,000 F-series pickup trucks in the U.S. last year, and even before you begin factoring in the hundreds of thousands of GM and Ram trucks also sold, that makes it pretty clear America is crazy about trucks. But until only very recently, most of the newest and best options were full-size models. What about smaller pickups? We’re willing to bet many full-size buyers—and particularly those of the F-series—are former owners of the old Ford Ranger, which was discontinued in late 2011 but sold more than 350,000 examples annually at its peak. Now the Ranger is back—more specifically an updated version of the model available globally since 2011—to contest the hot mid-size truck segment that includes the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and the bestselling Toyota Tacoma, which alone saw its sales leap by nearly 25 percent in 2018. I know our opinion of Ford’s newest truck, but I wondered what today’s truck shoppers think, so I took … [Read more...] about What Do Real People Think of the New 2019 Ford Ranger?
I couldn’t leave Subaru STI’s Motorsports Day at Fuji Speedway—where I drove the new STI S209 and a few JDM models, plus rode in an iconic WRC racer—without checking out the parking lots and gaping at the cool stuff fans brought. As I began to peruse the more than 1000 cars in attendance, I challenged myself to find a 22B—this was a celebration of 30 years of STI, and surely an example of one of its most iconic cars would be somewhere, right? Unfortunately, no. After about 30 minutes of searching, it was clear I wasn’t going to see a 22B—but I did stumble across tons of other interesting cars. Unsurprisingly a lot of GC8-generation models were scattered about, as were a few WRX coupes. (This got a bit annoying after the fourth time I thought one was a 22B from afar.) As I surveyed the cars, the dominant theme emerged: rally-inspired modifications. For many, Subaru and STI means rallying, as it’s only been in the last decade or so that the … [Read more...] about The Rad JDM Subarus Fans Brought to STI’s Motorsports Day
PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 March 2019 Mock-up plans for temporary accomodation for 30 families in Brocket Way, Hainault. Photo: JDA Architects Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Council has let down HainaultLes Kaye, Hainault, full address supplied, writes: I write this letter because of the leader of the council, Jas Athwal’s failure to come back to the Hainault Save Our Green Spaces group, following a meeting at the local council forum on February 6 at Coppice School in Hainault.There were many impassioned words spoken to Jas asking him not to proceed with the council plans to build on our parks at Manford Way and Brocket Way, and to listen to the residents of Hainault and call these plans back in, which is within his remit to do.However, there was one speech which stunned both the audience and Jas and it came from 11-year-old Victoria Williams, who made a heartfelt and impassioned plea not to proceed to build on these parks, … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: Hainault parks, NHS beds, larger mosque, markets, road humps, KGH and flight paths
It is extraordinarily blowy on the day I fire up the Ferrari Portofino in readiness for the 126-mile drive from my home in Cheshire to one of my favourite places, the western tip of the Llyn Peninsula - the stretch of land which reaches out from north-west Wales for 30 miles into the Irish Sea. I’m an appalling traveller who won’t go near trains, planes or other people’s automobiles for fear of crippling nausea, so I opt for the sublime piece of Italian engineering that is the Ferrari Portofino. I just can’t resist the lure of an exquisitely crafted motor car. It’s not unusual for me to drive 1,000 miles in a day, so I want the driving experience to be at least magnificent and, at best, heavenly.... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Great British Drives: Ferrari Portofino to the spectacular Llyn Peninsula