Yummy new BMW 5 series

BMW launch new 5 Series saloon. 4 door saloons have to earn their place on the YW pages. The mundane are not welcome here. This latest, sixth generation version of the 5 Series though qualifies on looks alone. Near 50:50 weight distribution, rear wheel drive, cracking engines and a focus on driving pleasure means the […]

New 6th generation BMW 5 Series

New 6th generation BMW 5 Series


BMW launch new 5 Series saloon. 4 door saloons have to earn their place on the YW pages. The mundane are not welcome here. This latest, sixth generation version of the 5 Series though qualifies on looks alone. Near 50:50 weight distribution, rear wheel drive, cracking engines and a focus on driving pleasure means the brand starts with a fighting chance ;-). The current generation has lasted well, still looking fresh, but was often unloved because of its controversial looks (but we liked it). This new version works straight out of the styling studio, taking an evolutionary step beyond the smaller 3 series. Fortunately, it doesn’t follow the awkward looks of the 5 Series Gran Turismo. Forgotten how older 5 series evolved into the new one? Checkout this new BMW website www.thenewbmw5series.co.uk

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Tiff Needell interview – Yellow cars: size matters

Since starting a site ostensibly about yellow cars, we’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve been asked “why yellow ?”. Apart from the obvious quip: “why not ?”, we thought we’d rather turn the table and pose the question to others. It’s way more interesting to hear the response, than trot out our […]

Tiff Needell and yellow cars...

Tiff Needell and yellow cars...


Since starting a site ostensibly about yellow cars, we’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve been asked “why yellow ?”. Apart from the obvious quip: “why not ?”, we thought we’d rather turn the table and pose the question to others. It’s way more interesting to hear the response, than trot out our raison d’être. So what do you think of yellow cars ? First up, is racing driver/TV presenter Tiff Needell of Fifth Gear fame. We cornered him at the MPH / Top Gear show in Earls Court and wrenched (rescued ?!) him from the crowd of autograph hunters, sat him down on a handy Caparo T1, thrust the handicam up his nostril, and garnered the answer. Dear readers, we have to report, that his stand point is somewhat at odds with the YW philosophy. Without a moment’s hesitation Tiff declared, in no uncertain terms, that Ferraris should never be yellow! Woah! What’s this then Tiff ? Unrepentant he surmised that it was all a question of size. Yellow cars should be small, and restricted to Fiat 500s, Caterhams, Lotus Exiges. Well, now Mr Needell, we beg to differ, as within spitting distance of the start up area, there was a dashing YELLOW Gallardo festooned with fetching Bob Forstner addenda. Although a Gallardo is compact compared to some supercars, we think it wears it’s yellow paint with pride and splendour. Tiff did at least concede that large taxis are allowed to be yellow. Inevitably, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but why not join the YW forum and tell us what your thoughts are….

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Lamborghini Gallardos & Murciélago star in 2010 Pirelli Calendar

Hey, it’s Pirelli Calendar time! And here’s Brit pop singer James Blunt emerging from a Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce. But rather than train the spotlights on the celebrities, the extra LED lighting highlights the cars’ wheel arches where the Italian rubber is the star. The Venue is London where JB is joined by Lady […]

James Blunt arrives in Murcielago at Pirelli Calendar launch in London

James Blunt arrives in Murcielago at Pirelli Calendar launch in London


Lady Victoria Hervey & Lambo Gallardo Balboni

Lady Victoria Hervey & Lambo Gallardo Balboni

Hey, it’s Pirelli Calendar time! And here’s Brit pop singer James Blunt emerging from a Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce. But rather than train the spotlights on the celebrities, the extra LED lighting highlights the cars’ wheel arches where the Italian rubber is the star. The Venue is London where JB is joined by Lady Victoria Hervey, fab actress Lily Cole, and gorgeous Brit model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who stars, amongst others, in the Brazilian shoot for the fabled Milanese tyre co. This super coveted calendar is limited to corporate gifts, so photographer Terry Richardson’s work won’t be seen too widely, unless the prized wall-adorners make their way on to ebay or google images..!
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YW chauffeurs Trafalgar “plinther” – episode 3

Episode 3 of 3 of our bizarre Trafalgar Square saga. See Episode 1 , Episode 2 Intro and recap: What do you get if you mix a JCB, a monk, and a vampire? Answer: an hour’s worth of 4th Plinth material. We think an explanation is in order… Location: Trafalgar Square London, UK Date: 21st […]

Glorious weather ruined only by strange going-ons on 4th Plinth

Glorious weather ruined only by strange going-ons on 4th Plinth


Episode 3 of 3 of our bizarre Trafalgar Square saga.

See Episode 1 , Episode 2
Intro and recap:
What do you get if you mix a JCB, a monk, and a vampire? Answer: an hour’s worth of 4th Plinth material. We think an explanation is in order…

Location: Trafalgar Square London, UK
Date: 21st August 2009, 9am
Problem: Three of four plinths in Trafalgar Square have large statues devoted to the great and good of Britain’s past. The fourth has always been empty.
Solution: Artist Anthony Gormely dreams up the idea of letting anyone fill the vacant spot for an hour. One hundred days long, this experiment in free expression, means 2400 people get to expose their talents (and some exposed more than the organisers bargained for!), and they can do almost anything.

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MPH / Top Gear Show – YW reports and brings you a photo gallery

MPH Show / Top Gear Live: is it a motor show, gladiator’s arena, or a circus? No: it’s ice skating for cars; Clarkson and co on ice, with all the paraphernalia. OK, so it’s meant to be a family show, but does it also have to be panto? Featuring Mother Goose, Snow White and the […]

MPH / Top Gear Show at Earls Court

MPH / Top Gear Show at Earls Court


MPH Show / Top Gear Live: is it a motor show, gladiator’s arena, or a circus? No: it’s ice skating for cars; Clarkson and co on ice, with all the paraphernalia. OK, so it’s meant to be a family show, but does it also have to be panto? Featuring Mother Goose, Snow White and the Wicked Witch, cars skated around, fire canons roared, and a frigid mist descended onto the haunted floor of Earls Court. More chilling still, was the cool wall where the heckling crowd decided which motors would live or drown. Produced out of a magic cauldron (or garden shed), presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond raced farcical chariots built from gardening gear, quite clearly not made by them, but the props dept…This was more Roman arena, than London cat walk, with very desirable cars being consigned to the uncool wall, if not mauled by lions. Last chance to see whether good or evil prevail in the UK is tomorrow 15th November at Birmingham NEC, before we can gladly shout “it’s behind you !” and the show moves onto sunnier climes (well, Dublin actually).

Never mind, ’cause the crowd were loving it, and there was a wealth of motoring splendour to drool over in the main hall. Rather than trying to catalogue the whole show, we decided to restrict our cameras to the yellow beasties laid out, grid like, for the public’s delectation. Enjoy the photo gallery. We’ll be bringing you more posts from the show soon.
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YW chauffeurs Trafalgar “plinther” – episode 2

Episode 2 of 3 of our bizarre Trafalgar Square saga. See: Episode 1 , Episode 3 Intro and recap What do you get if you mix a JCB, a monk, and a vampire? Answer: an hour’s worth of 4th Plinth material. We think an explanation is in order… Location: Trafalgar Square London, UK Date: 21st […]

4th plinther Adam Lyal (deceased) aka Robin Mitchell + JCB

4th plinther Adam Lyal (deceased) aka Robin Mitchell + JCB


Episode 2 of 3 of our bizarre Trafalgar Square saga.
See: Episode 1 , Episode 3
Intro and recap
What do you get if you mix a JCB, a monk, and a vampire? Answer: an hour’s worth of 4th Plinth material. We think an explanation is in order…

Location: Trafalgar Square London, UK
Date: 21st August 2009, 9am
Problem: Three of four plinths in Trafalgar Square have large statues devoted to the great and good of Britain’s past. The fourth has always been empty.
Solution: Artist Anthony Gormely dreams up the idea of letting anyone fill the vacant spot for an hour. One hundred days long, this experiment in free expression, means 2400 people get to expose their talents (and some exposed more than the organisers bargained for!), and they can do almost anything.

Click on thumbnails to get the full glorious story!
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Cool new Porsche Boxter Spyder

Porsche release details of their new Boxster Spyder If you are still trying to get over the shock of the Panamera, feast your eyes here on Porsche’s newest offering: the Boxtser Spyder. Rejoice: this is what Porsche enthusiasts will salivate over. Launching at Los Angeles Motor Show in December, it harks back to the original […]

Porsche release details of their new Boxster Spyder

Porsche Boxster Spyder

Porsche Boxster Spyder


If you are still trying to get over the shock of the Panamera, feast your eyes here on Porsche’s newest offering: the Boxtser Spyder. Rejoice: this is what Porsche enthusiasts will salivate over. Launching at Los Angeles Motor Show in December, it harks back to the original 550 Spyder, while hinting at the rather more recent Carrera GT. At last a minimalist, lightweight sportscar to drool over. Porsche’s lightest offering in the range at 1275 kg, will zing to 100 kmh in 4.8 secs, using it’s 10 bhp advantage over the standard Boxster S’s to get there in a blinding flash. Before you get too excited about it’s lack of lagging lead, consider this: the original 550 weighed a mere 550 kg….

Porsche Boxter Spyder with tent and awning

Porsche Boxter Spyder with tent and awning

Clearly though, it’s aimed at rain-free climates as the aesthetics go awol once the tent contraption of a roof is erected over the beautiful, Carrera-GT-like rump. You won’t want to be seen driving around with the canvas up, complete with sun-awning (BBQ anyone?!)

Porsche Boxter Spyder showing Carrera GT like rear deck

Porsche Boxter Spyder showing Carrera GT like rear deck

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Drift X170 Headcam review – film your car, bike, kart…

Since we reviewed vHoldr’s ContourHD headcam last month, Drift have brought their new X170 offering to the market. Whilst it’s not the first to feature a super-wide 170º lens, it offers a colour LCD to frame the view and adjust settings. This is really good news for reviewing footage with your mates after filming. Before […]

Drift X170 mounted on Porsche nose

Drift X170 mounted on Porsche nose

Since we reviewed vHoldr’s ContourHD headcam last month, Drift have brought their new X170 offering to the market. Whilst it’s not the first to feature a super-wide 170º lens, it offers a colour LCD to frame the view and adjust settings. This is really good news for reviewing footage with your mates after filming. Before going any further we should point out though, that this headcam doesn’t shoot HD, not even semi HD, but plain old 720×576/480 4:3 footage (both PAL and NTSC flavours). This has been fine so far and the norm in this market, but things are moving on rapidly and any camera, be it point and shoot, or video camera, needs to at least shoot 1280×720 HD to look good on our latest widescreen TVs and computer monitors.

We took the X170 for a bit of Club 100 karting first: the supplied headstrap was tightened to maximum and slipped over our racing suit around the lower leg, just below the knee. We then used the goggle strap mount and slipped in the camera pointing back at the driver. After warnings from the kart mechanics that headcams always fall off due to vibration, we decided to add some gaffer tape just to be sure; this camera is kindly on loan from actioncameras.co.uk , so better not get it mangled by 18 karts running it over!

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Tomtom updates to iPhone Satnav apps

Tomtom have made version 1.1 updates available for their satellite navigation apps for iPhone. There has been speculation as to whether these would be free. Good news: We can confirm that they are free updates. Bad news: you have to download the whole app and its data again. This is a hefty 241MB (which took […]

Tomtom iPhone satnav

Tomtom iPhone satnav

Tomtom have made version 1.1 updates available for their satellite navigation apps for iPhone. There has been speculation as to whether these would be free. Good news: We can confirm that they are free updates. Bad news: you have to download the whole app and its data again. This is a hefty 241MB (which took nearly 90 minutes to download in YW office) for the UK & Ireland, and a whopping 1.44GB for the Western Europe edition, so best to wait till you go to bed and leave it downloading overnight…All updates are only available through the iTunes app store.

See our reviews of the (version 1.0) UK & Ireland and Western Europe versions

Rather than offering a flock of new features, the update disappointingly just addresses a few small issues, improves contacts interaction with the app, and enhances the display accuracy of your position rather than any GPS improvements. Happily, the upgrade doesn’t overwrite your favourites and replaces the old version automatically.
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Buy Tomtom app on iTunes store TomTom Western Europe = Western Europe Edition

Buy Tomtom app on iTunes store TomTom U.K. & Ireland = UK & Ireland edition

Buy Tomtom app on iTunes store TomTom U.S. & Canada = U.S. & Canada edition

Buy Tomtom app on iTunes store TomTom Australia = Australian edition

Buy Tomtom app on iTunes store TomTom New Zealand = New Zealand edition

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