Motoring in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Mini is still making its mark

New members were signed up by Downton Motor Club at the 2019 International Mini Meeting (IMM) in Bristol from August 8 to 12. This year, the event celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the iconic Mini, for enthusiasts attend from all over the world.   Even though the...

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Solstice run raises £100 for air ambulance

About 15 riders took part in Salisbury Motorcycle and Light Car Club's Horses & Henges Solstice Run on June 23 to raise £100 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. "We are a little disappointed with the numbers because this a lovely route but those who took part enjoyed it...

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Road ride aids air ambulance

Each year, Salisbury Motorcycle & Light Car Club hosts various events to raise funds for a chosen charity. Last year, members’ and friends’ ride outs cashed in about £1,500 for Salisbury Women’s Refuge. This time, the events will raise funds for Wiltshire Air...

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Classic car show marks Mini’s 60th anniversary

The Mini's 60th anniversary was celebrated in fine style in Downton with a dedicated classic car show on May 4, organised by Downton Motor Club. About 100 Minis, classic and modern, were displayed in the...

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Motor Spares on track at Japfest 2019

Automotive parts distributor Melksham Motor Spares is at Silverstone Circuit on May 5 exhibiting at Japfest 2019, Europe’s biggest Japanese car show. Non-stop high-speed performance Japanese track action includes spectacular drifting displays, a huge retail village...

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It’s a family car affair

The Verbinnen family, from Amesbury, appear to be AYGO fanatics and have bought four Toyota AYGOs, one for each member of the family. Jane Harding was the first AYGO owner, but set up a chain reaction as each member of the family chose the vehicle as their next car....

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Beat the tariffs

By Maurice Hardy Brexit – where’s it going and, more importantly, will it affect buying your next new car? Nobody knows, as I write this, but some manufacturers are reportedly asking customers to sign an agreement to pay tariffs when they place an order. As most of...

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Mini jubilee joins Cuckoo Fair’s celebrations

By Viktor Berg This year’s Downton Engineering Works Classic Car Show celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Mini, first introduced in 1959 and is sure to water the mouths of car enthusiasts. The show, at The Brian Whitehead Sports Ground, Downton, coincides with the...

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Westover bought by Hendy Group

Dorset and Wiltshire-based Westover Group is now part of the Hendy Group, which has become one of the largest dealership networks in the country. The deal, for an undisclosed sum, takes Hendy into the £1bn turnover range, with 2,000 employees and businesses spread...

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Auction bidders disprove mathematical theories

By Maurice Hardy Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions got its 2019 season off to a flying start at Henstridge Airfield, marking a return to the venue where many of its previous sales were held. Star of the cars was a 1907 Darracq 10/12 hp Two Seater which sold for...

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5 Tips to Choose a No Credit Check Loan

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Which Car Is Best For Your Commute?

Most of the best-selling cars in Europe are among the best reasonably priced commuter cars. For instance, Fiat is one of the leading carmakers in Europe and has produced several commuter and family models over the years. However, before popping into your town’s Fiat...

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Castle Combe sponsors celebrate 50th year

Independent motor factors Melksham Motor Spares is sponsoring the Formula Ford Championship at Castle Combe Circuit for a second year. A as part of 50th anniversary celebrations, the Melksham Motor Spares team will be present at some of the race track’s Action Day...

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Paul clocks up 25 years

PAUL HUGHES, group Nissan brand manager at Westover Group celebrated 25 years of service at the motor dealership. He left school at 16 and started working in the motor industry and joined Westover in 1993 as a sales advisor. Nine years later, Paul was promoted to a...

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The new electric LEAF is stunning

THE TWO new versions of the LEAF electric car offer improved infotainment, with the e+ Limited Edition providing a boost in power and extended range. Both feature an 8-ins touchscreen infotainment system, the e-pedal function with regenerative braking and the ProPILOT...

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Motor group celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and privately-owned motoring and car sales company Westover Group is providing a platform for young people to build their careers in their chosen trade. The group employs 21 vehicle technician apprentices and one service...

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Hats off to open top motoring

By Maurice Hardy It may be cold outside but that’s exactly the right reason to be thinking of buying a convertible car. After all, driving with the roof down is all about warm and balmy summer days, although you may have seen some barmy, hardy (not me!) types driving...

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Gillingham’s Station Garage back in the family

After a nine-year absence, Station Road Garage, Gillingham is back in family hands, now trading as Station Road Garage 1912 Ltd under Nick and Valerie Baker. They bought back the Service Workshop and Tyre Bay and named it to link back to when Nick’s grandfather Percy...

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This time, it really is Superb

Car Tested: Skoda Superb SE L Executive Estate 2.0 Diesel. Price £23,450 - £38,500 With thanks to Westover Skoda, Salisbury. 01722 448851 By the time you read this, the yearly stress-fest of the family holiday will probably be a retreating thought. Of course, holidays...

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Ton-up drivers face court

Police are prosecuting 18 drivers stopped over the weekend for speeding, including one driving at 120mph, and five others doing more than 100mph. Officers from the Roads Policing Unit on patrols on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday  July 1, reported the drivers to court...

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Track and legend Derek Bell at National Motor Museum

Multiple champion racing driver Derek Bell MBE shared memories of his long career on the track at an event hosted at the National Motor Museum by Smith & Williamson. Derek, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours race five times, the Daytona 24 three times, the World...

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Sitting is believing

Car Tested: RXL 450h Luxury Price as tested £54,095 CO2 136g CO2/km 3.5 Litre petrol hybrid Copyright Dominic Parkes 2018 With Thanks to: Lexus Poole, West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1JF. 01202 974044. By Dominic Parkes Are you sitting comfortably? No, I am not about to...

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Perky little performer is a class act

Car Tested: T-Roc SEL 2.0 TSI 4Motion 190PS 7-speed DSG OTR Price - £32,205 Inc. Sport Pack. Pre-crash preventive occupant protection. Emissions: Car tested 155 g/km With Thanks to Heritage of Salisbury Volkswagen. 01722 431300. By Dominic Parkes  Take any vaguely...

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