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Going through a car’s technology and equipment list can be a mind-boggling series of abbreviations.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Nine out of 10 young drivers admitted that they hadn’t always given the road their undivided attention.

Young drivers are more likely to be distracted while driving than their grandparents, it is being claimed.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Paul Marjoram, dealer principal at A W & D Hammond Ford, handing over the sponsored car to Roger Coombs, head coach at Diss Rugby Club.

A W & D Hammond, the Halesworth Ford dealer and long-time supporter of Diss Rugby Club, has provided head coach Roger Coombs with a sponsored car.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Donalds Volvo is backing talented young Ipswich ski racer Tom Rampton's bid to  break into the top five UK racers.

Donalds Volvo has sponsored a young Ipswich-based top 10 UK ski racer so he can continue to train and compete to try and achieve his goal of breaking into the top five UK racers.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Some of the Citroens on the DS Drive parked at Snape Maltings.

The second annual DS Drive started in brilliant sunshine from John Grose Citroen on Ransomes Europark in Ipswich.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
A road safety charity is urging people to check their eyesight.

One and a half million drivers on the UK’s roads have never had their eyesight checked and a quarter admit to not having an eye test in the previous two years, according to a new study.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Judging panel is announced for Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake. Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket, and Patrick Chung, St Edmundsbury Mayor are this years judges.

Judges are preparing to inspect more than 650 eye-catching cars and motorcycles at an event next month.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
This second-hand Rolls Royce owned by Dad's Army creator David Croft is expected to fetch £50,000 at auction.

In the early 1960s, Ann Croft, wife of the late Suffolk-based Dad’s Army creator David Croft, splashed £1,700 on a second-hand Rolls-Royce.

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Now is a good time to check your lights are working with the nights pulling in and poor visibility.

Don’t be kept in the dark over car maintenance – check your lights work and use them as the nights draw in, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

New car road tests

Lighter, slighter, mightier Mazda MX-5

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 has shrunk in size but the driving pleasure has grown, making it even more agile and pure.

Mazda has taken the world-beating MX-5 sports car back to its roots – smaller, lighter and even more fun to drive, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Practicality takes precedent over style with the seven-seat Ford Grand C-Max but it's still cool family transport.

If you want a compact seven-seater that’s good to drive, Ford’s revised Grand C-Max is a neat choice, says 
Matt Kimberley.

Kia's city car, the Picanto, combines style, value and low running costs in a refined package.

Kia’s Picanto city car won’t break the bank to buy or run which makes this little looker even more attractive, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Audi’s hi-tech magnificent Q7

Saturday, August 15, 2015
Audi says its second-generation Q7 is a luxury sport utility vehicle fit for an oligarch but you don't need the budget and trappings of one to run it.

When it comes to big, luxury sport utility vehicles Audi’s Q7 has always been imposing but the second-generation model makes an even bigger impression by giving more from less, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

It's what you don't see that makes the mildly-facelifted Honda CR-V better to drive and own with a more powerful diesel engine and new technology.

The improvements to Honda’s latest CR-V are not immediately obvious but motoring editor Andy Russell says they’re changes for the better.

Volkswagen Golf  estate, seen here GTD guise, boasts a practical 605-litre boot, 225 litres more than the hatchback.

What’s new?

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is a good example of the marque’s bold, youthful design policy but the lifestyle estate is more practical than the four-door Coupe.

Seeking out lucrative niche markets has been Mercedes-Benz’s plan for some time. Its compact CLA saloon is a good example of a product that works. It’s hoped that adding an estate, or Shooting Brake, serves to enhance the car’s appeal, says Iain Dooley.

2015 BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

BMW’s first seven-seat multi-purpose vehicle opens up loads more appeal for growing families, says Matt Kimberley.

Why Kuga is another Ford popular

Friday, August 7, 2015
Ford Kuga has loads of style and appeal in the competitive sport utility vehicle sector.

Ford’s Kuga is a stylish sport utility vehicle with a lot of appeal as flexible family transport, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

My first car

Geoff Copson racing his 1928 Riley 9 Tourer.

This week we bring you the next instalment in the story of 1928 Riley Tourer WK 4894, which featured in our My First Car series having been bought by Alan Hazlewood in 1954-55.

Brian Simmons's 1939 Ford Prefect wasn't as pristine as this one.

Brian Simmons tells of some of the trials and tribulations of keeping his 1939 Ford Prefect on the road.

Terence O'Mahony's 1963 Vauxhall Cresta which he bought at 12 years old for £150.

Terence O’Mahony still has fond memories of his wonderful and much-admired Vauxhall Cresta.

Gill Rose with her shiny black Austin A30.

Gill Rose couldn’t stop laughing when her husband was trapped under the bonnet of her Austin A30.

Anthony Sweeney's experiences of dismantling his Mini engine, so he could paint it yellow, without taking it out of the car was featured in Car Mechanics magazine.

Anthony Sweeney did a bit of paint-stripping on the engine in his first car – a 1965 Mini.

Ian McLauchlin's motoring in his Ford Popular wasn't without incided but he saw the mileometer change from 99999 to 00000... and then back again.

Ian McLauchlin’s first car, a 1954 Ford Popular, went round the clock... twice in one evening.

Roy Batley says his first car, a 1936 Morris 8 called Emma, proved to be the most exciting time in all his years of motoring.

Roy Batley tells of his love affair with first car Emma – a 1936 Morris 8.

Mike Leek spotted his 1935 Series 1 Morris Eight Tourer on popular BBC TV series All Ccreatures Great and Small being driven by actor Christopher Timothy as vet James Herriott.

Mike Leek was amazed to see his first car – a 1935 Series 1 Morris Eight Tourer – in a star role in a popular TV series.

John Cragie giving the Morris Traveller its first polish, three days after purchase, helped by his elder son who is now 60.

My First Car – John Cragie tells why a puncture in the family Morris Traveller put a dampener on a journey with a full load on board.

Ivy Jones with Bessie the Morris Traveller.

My First Car – Ivy Jones tells how Bessie the Morris Traveller bravely battled back home after being patched up after a big shunt.

My First Car – A50 Austin Cambridge

Thursday, July 2, 2015
An Austin A50 Cambridge like the one that gave Trevor Long the freedom of the road.

Trevor Long tells of testing and crunch times in his A50 Austin Cambridge... and getting it back on the road.

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