Freddie Flintoff flies the flag for Shell FuelSave

What do you get if you mix a cricketer, a kart track, and a litre of petrol? We thought we’d send our learned correspondent to find out. Timtim knows enough about cricket to fill a postage stamp – ideal we think so he’ll pay attention to the technicalities of brewing jungle juice and not sink […]

What do you get if you mix a cricketer, a kart track, and a litre of petrol?

We thought we’d send our learned correspondent to find out. Timtim knows enough about cricket to fill a postage stamp – ideal we think so he’ll pay attention to the technicalities of brewing jungle juice and not sink to his knees in front of sporting gods!




Timtim: I’m off to Sandown Park in the outer reaches of the Greater London metropolis. My mission to bring you the secrets of saving fuel with Shell’s new 95 octane miser “FuelSave”. The answer my friends is not letting your car be blown by the wind but to fuel up and drive. Simplistic? Yes! Disappointing answer? It’s just that there’s not much to swallow. Your car will experience reduced piston friction, cleaner valves and detonate it’s fuel-air mixture a nanosecond earlier. Shell say you’ll save a litre per tankful which sounds more impressive than  “save 1/60th of your consumption” or “1.66666666667% more fuel efficient” (if your typical car holds 60 litres). But before you all nod off, Shell have wheeled in cricket superstar Freddie Flintoff to bat for them. Come on Freddie your challenge starts now. Watch the video for the answer to life, the universe and saving the princely price of a couple of pints of milk…Oh, and there’s an official site where you can take the Flintoff challenge

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YikeBike electric bike – is this the future of personal mobility?

YW test drives the latest electric bike invented by YikeBike Top gadget or serious last mile commuter electro-cycle? The bulky Segway really put a firecraker in the staid environs of the PMD or Personal Mobile Device. Their electric twin wheeled lean-mobiles are a triumph of lateral thinking made possible by the availability of new battery […]

YikeBike - folded and ready to go


YW test drives the latest electric bike invented by YikeBike

Top gadget or serious last mile commuter electro-cycle? The bulky Segway really put a firecraker in the staid environs of the PMD or Personal Mobile Device. Their electric twin wheeled lean-mobiles are a triumph of lateral thinking made possible by the availability of new battery technology and gyroscopes. Their success spurned inventors to create other revolutionary devices and for the results to be taken seriously by investor and public alike. Electric longboards, trikes and trad-bikes in all shapes have appeared. Most striking one of these was on display and available for test drives at the recent Gadget Show Live exhibition: the YikeBike. Kiwi inventor and entrepreneur Grant Ryan and YikeBike co-founder Peter Higgins flew in with their team all the way from Canterbury New Zealand to show their carbon fibre YikeBike to press and public.

Unable to resist making a fool of himself our valiant scribbler Timtim queued up for a few tentative laps of the test area. Over to you Timtim.

Safety gear donned and disclaimer signed I approached the YikeBike a trifle nervously. I’d just watched a demo of how the “bike” folded from adult sized electro-penny-farthing-for-the-23rd-century to briefcase-sized-carbon-centrifuge with the flick of a few catches and levers. I’d also sampled the minuscule weight. Would 10kgs of carbon and li-po battery form a stable platform from which to navigate the urban roads it’s designed to handle? That’s the weight of a normal bicycle without battery, electric motor, control box, front and backlights, indicators!


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Renault World Series Megane Trophy Racer Hirschi

Nurburgring hosts Renault’s Megane Trophy race The scene is the Nurburgring, weather splendidly sunny, crowds basking in the aura generated by the weekend’s racing. There’s a mini funfair, bars aplenty, Renaults everywhere in all shapes and styles. Classic Renaults bid for attention next to slick single seaters, all powered by the french marque. But we […]

HiFi-Filter Megane Trophy racecar - Driver: Pierre Hirschi


Nurburgring hosts Renault’s Megane Trophy race

The scene is the Nurburgring, weather splendidly sunny, crowds basking in the aura generated by the weekend’s racing. There’s a mini funfair, bars aplenty, Renaults everywhere in all shapes and styles. Classic Renaults bid for attention next to slick single seaters, all powered by the french marque. But we are strangely drawn to the menacing shape of the Megane Coupe racers nosing out of pit the garages.

Pierre Hirschi - cheerful banter with the team

These silhouette, mid-engined monsters race in a one make/model series that’s part of Renault’s World Series. These events are free to the public and consequently well attended. We pick, slightly at random (and guess what, it’s yellow), a Hifi Filters sponsored Megane amongst a trio of Oregon Team prepared cars. Driver Pierre Hirschi speaks broken English which is a start, and perfect Swiss-French which suits us fine. We decide to follow him for the day rather than write a race report about a formula we’ve never witnessed. This genial 50 year old is clearly not out to be the next Schumacher, but enjoy a weekend’s racing. He qualifies as a “Gentleman Racer”, an amateur sub-class of the large field contesting the Megane Trophy Series.


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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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Murray Walker – The Scrapbook

From 1949 to the early naughties Murray Walker really has been the true legend of motor racing commentary. We caught up with him at the Silverstone Classic race meeting last weekend, where he was signing and selling his current book “Murray Walker Scrapbook”. Newer still is Stirling Moss’s version “Stirling Moss Scrapbook” from Porter Press. […]

Murray Walker Scrapbook

Murray Walker Scrapbook

From 1949 to the early naughties Murray Walker really has been the true legend of motor racing commentary. We caught up with him at the Silverstone Classic race meeting last weekend, where he was signing and selling his current book “Murray Walker Scrapbook”. Newer still is Stirling Moss’s version “Stirling Moss Scrapbook” from Porter Press. Stirling had already left, but we got a 60 second voxpop from Murray, describing his book, what’s in it, and a potted history of his career. He really is a true pro and having been told he had 60 seconds stopped, unrehearsed with just a few seconds to go. Listen to him here by clicking on the mp3 link below. It’s so great to hear his unique voice and style again. Thank you Murray!

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