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Recommended: Pitstop-Racing


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Today, I discovered and I am delighted to recommend Pitstop-Racing of Brize Norton. This is a proper workshop, where you can not only get your suspension set expertly for your own style, you can meet the mechanic and have a conversation about camber, toe-in and understeer. This may not matter to you, but if you are a driver, it will. The inside shoulders of my winter tyres were chamfered when they came off, suggesting too much toe-out or camber. It’s […]

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A guide to Motorail trains in Europe: Taking your car by train


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An idea for another time: What is Motorail?  Normal passenger trains dont carry cars or motorbikes, just passengers and sometimes bicycles.  However, special Motorail trains carry cars & motorbikes using car transporters attached to the back or front of the train.  These run on a limited number of holiday routes, usually on certain days of the week, usually summer-only. via A guide to Motorail trains in Europe: Taking your car by train.

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Time to go home


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Time to go home, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Left Austria today after two weeks. Spring is fully underway there.

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Altenmarkt to Radstadt, the long way


A worthwhile drive: View Larger Map

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Saab in Austrian Alps


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Saab in Austrian Alps 3, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. Despite recent heavy snow, roads were clear at all altitudes. Click on the photo for more shots from today.

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German autobahns — magnificent


There was some congestion and some of the roadworks were lengthy, but for the most part, the autobahn had moderate traffic and no speed limit. Where there was a limit away from hazards, it was 120 kph, which is still 75 mph. On this trip, the roof box kept my speeds down to double digits, but cruising at 90 mph was a joy.  Even with the extra drag, my Saab was still more efficient over this high-speed journey than it […]

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French péages — marvelous


The lightest traffic and a speed limit just over 80 mph: brisk and pleasant.

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For your ease and convenience: car tax


Apparently, the ease and convenience of the online car tax system means that DVLA in 2007 took 25% more online every day than that retail leviathan, Tesco. Apparently: In July 2007, our Electronic Vehicle Licensing (EVL) service was awarded the Orange Best Use of Technology in Business Award (Wales & West Country) at the National Business Awards. and: By August 2007, our Electronic Vehicle Licensing service is estimated to have saved 13,500 tonnes of CO 2 from 48m miles of journeys […]

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Road speed limit cut to 50mph


THE government is to cut the national speed limit from 60mph to 50mph on most of Britain’s roads, enforced by a new generation of average speed cameras. The reduction , to be imposed as early as next year, will affect two thirds of the country’s road network. Drivers will still be able to reach 70mph on motorways and dual carriageways and 60mph on the safest A roads. via Road speed limit cut to 50mph . But the safest speed for […]

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On-the-spot points for careless driving


The Assault on Liberty continues: Thousands more motorists will lose their licences under plans to give police the power to issue penalty points for careless driving without evidence being heard in court. … Unlike existing fixed-penalty offences, such as speeding and using a hand-held mobile phone at the wheel, the evidence for careless driving is much less clear-cut and is often a matter of the officer’s opinion. At present police must take drivers to court if they want to prosecute […]

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