Category Archives: Tales from the Black Stuff

Do you Phil the need to write about cars?

642891_au012994DO you love writing (or talking) about cars?
Would you like to kickstart a career as a motoring journalist?
How about £1,000 in travel vouchers and other great motoring prizes?

mgmw-new-logoIf you’re aged between 12 and 18 and love writing or talking about cars (or even photographing them), here’s a chance to make a name for yourself with the Midland Group of Motoring Writers, one of the leading groups of motoring journalists in the country – AND win a prestigious Phil.

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RENAULT‘S Mégane Renaultsport is widely acclaimed as a benchmark hot hatch, but on the off chance it isn’t quite exclusive enough for some, here’s the answer – a new limited edition, the Mégane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing RB8.

The French manufacturer and Milton Keynes based Red Bull Racing celebrate their third Formula 1 Constructors’ world title with this limited edition which pretty well guarantees exclusivity – there will only be 30 sold in the UK.

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SMMT TEST DAY: Zoe to be the new Nicole?

RENAULT‘S latest electric offering, ZOE, is set to bring all the advantages of quietness, responsiveness and refinement to a bigger audience when it goes on sale in June – but is she the new ‘Nicole’?
The chic little city car took its UK bow at the SMMT’s annual test day for motoring writers at Millbrook, and proved a popular addition to the list of cars available to drive. In fact one scribe was so captivated he proved reluctant to bring it back for others to try out…..

SILVERSTONE CLASSIC: tribute to the flying Scotsman

THE legendary racing achievements of double world champion Jim Clark will be honoured during a special event at this summer’s Silverstone Classic.

Staged in the dramatic new Silverstone Wing building, the inaugural BRDC Silverstone Classic Dinner will take place on Friday July 26, almost exactly 50 years after Clark won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 20, 1963 en route to his first World Championship crown. Open to members of the British Racing Drivers’ Club and Silverstone Classic competitors, the commemorative dinner will include special tributes to the Scotsman – a racing legend still widely hailed to be the greatest ever Grand Prix driver.

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WHITE VAN MAN: I like to keep it clean

A REPORT from Nissan has helped dispelled the myth that all white van drivers are a breed apart….

The official launch of the Nissan Van Report says they do actually care about how they drive, and it came as Nissan debuted their 100 per cent electric eNV200 at the CV Show in Birmingham. The report gives an insight into the modern day professional driver and shows that they’ve got more in common with other motorists than we might have thought.

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SILVERSTONE CLASSIC: tribute to Jim Clark

SILVERSTONE’S three day Classic in July is to stage a special tribute to racing legend Jim Clark.

It’s 45 years since the fastest farmer in the world lost his life in a meaningless Formula 2 race at Hockenheim, but his memory lingers on, and those who appreciate the sublime skills he brought to the sport will be eager to pay their respects to the two times world champion at the Northants track, where he won the last of his five British Grand Prix wins in 1967.

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AN imaginary 160mph dash from Wolverhampton to Salisbury has won a £1,000 holiday for lucky William Core, a 14-year-old who wants to be a car designer.

William, who lives in Finchfield, Wolverhampton, took the award for a short story he wrote in an annual competition organised by the Midland Group of Motoring Writers.

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Would four be greedy?

FROM here to Infiniti could be the new battle call for Milton Keynes all-conquering Red Bull Racing now they’ve announced a closer link up with the premium car brand.

The wraps came off the new RB9 to show a new revised paintjob for the 2013 campaign, as the team attempt to lift the constructors crown for the fourth consecutive year. And possibly take Sebastian Vettel to his fourth title in a row as well.

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