News: LAST OF THE LINE, TIME WARP SAAB AT CCA’S CHRISTMAS SALE

MotorMartin is excited to share the following news about a very special and rare 1978 Saab 96L Souvenir V4, the very last made for the UK market, which will be going under the hammer next weekend in Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) Christmas Sale, taking place on Saturday 5th December at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa.… Read More News: LAST OF THE LINE, TIME WARP SAAB AT CCA’S CHRISTMAS SALE

News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV IS NAMED PLUG-IN VEHICLE OF THE YEAR BY THE SCOTSMAN

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a 4 x 4 with a conscience, the 4 x 4 that you can, quite literally, look down on other drivers from. There haven’t been too many times in the past when an off road driver would be looking through the motoring press to see if their vehicle had won… Read More News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV IS NAMED PLUG-IN VEHICLE OF THE YEAR BY THE SCOTSMAN

News: NT SHAW OF LOUTH IS FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS

It seems like here at MotorMartin there’s not a week that goes by without news from MG about their continued UK expansion plans or exciting information regarding revamps of their existing models. Today we find out that the latest dealer to join the MG Motor UK network not only comes with almost 40 years experience,… Read More News: NT SHAW OF LOUTH IS FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS

News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV IS SUV OF THE YEAR AT 2015 NEXT GREEN CAR AWARDS

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a sales phenomenon here in the UK where the key figures, as supplied by Mitsubishi, give us many of the reasons behind its success. Unlike purely electric vehicles (EVs) which still suffer from a lack of serious range the Outlander should keep going for over 500 miles before filling up.… Read More News: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV IS SUV OF THE YEAR AT 2015 NEXT GREEN CAR AWARDS

News: DEMAND FOR NEW FORD FOCUS ST MORE THAN DOUBLES AS DIESEL POWERSHIFT DEBUTS

The latest news shared with MotorMartin from Ford’s European headquarters at Brentwood, Essex is that Ford Focus ST sales have leapt by a quite stunning 270 per cent since the introduction of new petrol and diesel powertrains. This has led to almost 6,700 diesel and petrol Focus STs being sold in the UK so far… Read More News: DEMAND FOR NEW FORD FOCUS ST MORE THAN DOUBLES AS DIESEL POWERSHIFT DEBUTS

News: CELEBRATING DAMON HILL’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

F1 fans of a certain age will always remember where they were when Damon Hill finally won his F1 World Championship and now we can think back to Murray Walker’s famous commentary as Race Retro are putting on a show that will celebrate the career of Damon Hill to mark the 20thanniversary of his World… Read More News: CELEBRATING DAMON HILL’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

Citroën Cactus: Needles and Pins

This green and pleasant land of ours is truly amazing. As MotorMartin gets older it has become easier to appreciate the variety that we have on our doorstep. The contrast between newly redeveloped glass and steel town centres and the older and more traditional terraced houses can be wondrous to behold. Whilst just outside City… Read More Citroën Cactus: Needles and Pins

News: RECORDS TUMBLE AT SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE

Back in the day, MotorMartin paid £350 for my dream car, a slightly tired C-reg Ford Capri 2.0 Laser, nothing strange in that you might say other than buying a reasonable 2.0 Laser today will set you back around £4-5000 and it will still need plenty of money spending on it before it gets to… Read More News: RECORDS TUMBLE AT SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE

News: WEC FINALE: AUDI TO BATTLE FOR THIRD TITLE

In what is to be the eighth race of an extremely exciting FIA World Endurance Championship the title will only be decided after a further six hours of mechanically tortuous racing. The link between the WEC and the average road car has been discussed by MotorMartin back in October https://motormartin.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/news-audi-ready-for-intense-final-stage-in-wec-title-race/ and provides a window into… Read More News: WEC FINALE: AUDI TO BATTLE FOR THIRD TITLE

News: FIRST RIGHT HAND DRIVE PRODUCTION JAGUAR E-TYPE DRIVEN TO THE MAX?

In more classic Jaguar news it was certainly exciting for MotorMartin to be informed that the 1961 Jaguar E-Type chassis 860001, the very first right-hand-drive production Fixed Head Coupé restored by Classic Motor Cars Ltd (CMC), has been driven to 146 mph on a German autobahn by British Hill Climb Champion, David Franklin. David was… Read More News: FIRST RIGHT HAND DRIVE PRODUCTION JAGUAR E-TYPE DRIVEN TO THE MAX?

News: A GREAT CAR MADE BETTER

One of the most satisfying aspects of running MotorMartin is when you get to follow a story from its very beginning, watching the people involved get better and better reactions from the those within their field of expertise and the public embracing their ideas through increased sales. I’ve been keeping an eye on MG Motors… Read More News: A GREAT CAR MADE BETTER

News: ADVANCE DISCOUNTED TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR FLYWHEEL 2016

In addition to the original Flywheel 2016 news published previously at https://motormartin.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/news-flywheel-gets-in-gear-to-take-off-again-july-2nd-3rd-2016/ MotorMartin has now been passed further information regarding ticket prices and how to pre book. Thanks to Chris Byrne for use of the above photo. MotorMartin will be travelling down to Bicester to review the show for the benefit of those unable to… Read More News: ADVANCE DISCOUNTED TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR FLYWHEEL 2016

News: 94 AMAZING CARS IN SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE

Before we get into the main news it’s important to give a little background about Silverstone Auctions. Formed in 2011, Silverstone Auctions is a world-class, specialist auction house for the sale of classic cars, modern supercars, all types of competition cars, modern and historic motorcycles as well as automotive memorabilia. The company holds the exclusive… Read More News: 94 AMAZING CARS IN SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE

News: FASHIONISTA PAGODA JOINS NEC’S BEAUTIFUL LINE-UP

With interest in classic cars and classic car shows increasingly almost daily it is of no surprise to MotorMartin to hear about the latest stunning exhibit due at the Classic Motor Show this November in Birmingham. One of the standout stars at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show has got to be a 1971… Read More News: FASHIONISTA PAGODA JOINS NEC’S BEAUTIFUL LINE-UP

News: 3,500,000 DACIAS SOLD WORLDWIDE

Regular readers will be beginning to understand that MotorMartin is a big fan of affordable, well built, high specification motors that are interesting to look at and offer that little ‘something’ that is a bit different to the norm. OK, the Focus received a positive review and is certainly a popular drive even after all… Read More News: 3,500,000 DACIAS SOLD WORLDWIDE

Citroën Cactus: Auto Reverse and Graphic Equaliser, technology gone mad!

There comes a time in your life when technology catches up with the science fiction movies of your past. For MotorMartin it was the moment when the digital photography software on the HTC Magic (look it up) allowed the user to zoom in and out of an picture by opening or closing your fingers on… Read More Citroën Cactus: Auto Reverse and Graphic Equaliser, technology gone mad!

News: FORD 65-PLATE REGISTRATIONS EXCEED 100,000 WITH SALES LEAD BOOSTED ACROSS ALL SECTORS

MotorMartin is happy to share the good news regarding Ford sales in the UK as reported from their Brentwood headquarters last Thursday. UK market leader Ford recorded 101,598 65-plate registrations during September and October, as it stretched its sales leads in total vehicle, car and commercial vehicles. According to the official October sales figures from… Read More News: FORD 65-PLATE REGISTRATIONS EXCEED 100,000 WITH SALES LEAD BOOSTED ACROSS ALL SECTORS

News: MOTORPOINT OPENS FOR BUSINESS IN BIRTLEY

As has been previously discussed on MotorMartin, Motorpoint have had a close and fruitful relationship with a friend of mine for a considerable number of years. Indeed, it’s safe to say that if Motorpoint don’t sell it then my colleague won’t buy it as they are his one stop shop when it comes to car… Read More News: MOTORPOINT OPENS FOR BUSINESS IN BIRTLEY

Citroën Cactus: Prickly When Wet

Established music history tells us that on 14th November 1952, the first UK record chart was published in the New Musical Express. (Later to become the NME). Crooner Al Martino became the first artist to have a No 1 single in the UK charts and was the only record to make No. 1 in 1952.… Read More Citroën Cactus: Prickly When Wet