HIDDEN deep in the Leicestershire countryside you’ll find a grey slab of land called Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome. In 1942 it played host to the RAF and US Air Force. Today it’s quite literally an aeroplane graveyard, littered with decommissioned aircraft from days gone by. On a rainy January day it can be a sombre place. These once-majestic lords of the skies slowly rot while overlooking lakes of unsold modern cars — collateral damage of dieselgate. Everywhere you look is mechanical decay. But where there is death, there is life, and since the 1970s Bruntingthorpe has provided a crucial service as a proving ground for manufacturers testing cars before they’re offered for public consumption or a life in racing. It’s on this 4.2-mile stretch of Tarmac that you’ll find a man called Rob Wilson. He drives a diesel Vauxhall Astra. He seems like he would drive an Astra too. Dressed head to toe in Marks and Spencer, a cigarette and a smile are never far … [Read more...] about Learn the secrets of blistering motoring with the world’s No1 track driving instructor
LET’S be honest, embarking on a love affair with motorbikes may not be the most logical thing you ever do. In the middle of winter, when the rain is horizontal and the cold is freezing the tears to your face, you may start to question your decision. But even then, nine times out of ten, I would still rather be on a bike than in a car. Well, no one ever said love was logical, right? Which is why, despite some flaws, I’ve fallen for Harley’s new FXDR 114 power cruiser. Hell, I do not even particularly have a thing for Harleys. As a sportsbike fan, I always felt they were a bit too heavyweight and agricultural. And the feet-forward-arms-stretched-out riding stance of your average cruiser takes some getting used to. But Harley has sexed up its best-selling Softail design and added a huge dollop of power, courtesy of its Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine. The design brief was to make the FXDR look like a cross between a drag racer and a fighter jet – and, boy, does it … [Read more...] about Harley’s new FXDR 114 power cruiser seriously delivers on its fighter jet and drag racer brief
There are also perfectly rational explanations, she reasons, for the odd behavior of David’s old nemesis, the physically fragile, intellectually steely Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), and also of Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a serial kidnapper last seen juggling 23 distinct personalities in Shyamalan’s 2017 movie “Split.” Heroes or villains, victims or abusers, these individuals are all ordinary human beings suffering from, as Dr. Staple puts it, “a delusion of grandeur.” … [Read more...] about Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s eccentric thriller ‘Glass’ doesn’t break new ground
The evening closed, inevitably, with an updated spin on an awards-show set piece that Franklin took part in numerous times during her life: a group rendition of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” in this case with Day, Cara, Carlile and Fantasia, the last of whom had been teamed earlier with Rob Thomas for a profoundly chemistry-free “I Knew You Were Waiting.” … [Read more...] about Review: Was Aretha Franklin properly honored at her all-star Grammy tribute?
It’s true that the Tesla Model 3 has been plagued with various quality issues since day 1, but that doesn’t stop the compact EV from being one of the most likeable electric cars on the market right now. Despite the much-advertised $35k version of the Model 3 is still in the pipeline, the smallest Tesla has gathered nothing but praise for its handling and speed, while its 310-mile (508 km) range is one of the best across the EV realm. The range-topping Performance model combines that range with ballistic, er, performance, thanks to its dual-motor all-wheel drive and a combined output of 450hp and 471lb-ft of torque. The 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint takes just 3.3 seconds, while top speed is set at 155mph (250km/h). Even the slowest derivative of the Model 3, the Mid Range, can’t be compared with other affordable electric models in the market as it offers a much stronger punch and still manages to travel 264 miles (424 km) on a full charge. It’s no wonder then that … [Read more...] about Tesla Model 3 Performance Declared To Be In A Class Of Its Own