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The take-up of automatic cars has almost doubled in the UK in eight years as motorists look to make driving in congestion easier and the gearboxes keep improving.

RAC Traffic Watch calculates that 36.5 million leisure journeys could happen in the next two and a half weeks and this weekekend will be the busiest on the roads.

Young people are passing on the idea of even learning to drive by being priced off getting on the road, according to new research.

The iconic, lightweight, two-seater Seven sports car, which started life as a Lotus and later became a Caterham, is celebrating 60 years of production.

An experimental converted Mini, once owned by a controversial government minister, has caught motoring editor Andy Russell’s eye.

Fifty of the “most iconic cars ever produced” will return to a Suffolk country fair this weekend - this time with several vintage aeroplanes.

Changes to the practical driving test are being introduced in December but new research says one in three drivers would like to see more to tackle bad and dangerous driving habits.

The exciting DS range of cars is the focus of a special DS Experience Event at John Grose in Ipswich including special editions and offers.

Hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles are to go on show at a Suffolk village green as part of a popular annual event known for its relaxed atmosphere and eclectic mix of vehicles.

What makes a good tow car? The Tow Car Awards 2017 put 44 cars through their paces with a series of rigorous driving performance and pracicality tests to find out if the only hitch is the one the caravan hooks up to.

Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival will be welcoming a race-prepared Porsche 924 which is on a mission to promote awareness of and prevent unnecessary deaths from prostate cancer.

Commuters could avoid four working days a year in traffic jams if they switched to two wheels, according to the organiser of Ride to Work Week.

The death of a much loved and respected Suffolk grandfather has been met with further tributes from the many people whose lives he touched.

New car road tests

Gallery: Road test: Hyundai i30

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hyundai calls its i30 the DNA car and this new third-generation family hatchback, and forthcoming estate, takes the brand to the next level, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The new, even lighter Lotus Elise Cup 250 packs even more of a heavyweight punch. A blast on Norfolk’s ‘Lotus roads’ leaves motoring editor Andy Russell grinning with pure pleasure.

Mazda’s new MX-5 RF with its clever, folding hard-top is stylish but is it better than the standard roadster? Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out.

Stunning from any angle, Alfa Romeo’s new Guilia sports saloon has what it takes to steal your heart. Motoring editor Andy Russell is smitten.

Volvo was a pioneer of the raised, all-wheel drive, ‘soft-roader’ estate 20 years ago and it still has a firm grip on the sector with the new V90 Cross Country, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Skoda has updated its popular Octavia hatch – Jack Evans finds out how extensive the changes are.

My first car

Fred Tooke is still driving his first car, a Morris Minor 1000 Traveller, 40 years later having bought it to transport the family labrador.

An Austin A30 not only put radio enthusiast Allan Papworth on the road to freedom but on the air as well.

After much welding and many new body parts, Brian Hampson’s ‘souped-up’ Ford Anglia was a head-turner for the right reason.

Judith Dale’s first car was an Austin Ruby and, 54 years and a few house moves later, the now renovated 1936 car is still very much part of the family.

When Alan Hall bought his first car on stormy night it coloured his judgment and also left him feeling blue!

It leaked water going through puddles, had no heater and doubled up as holiday accommodation – Robert Owen has fond memories of his Austin Big Seven.

Keith Hirst recalls his father’s first car which survived rust only to be attacked by termites which munched their way through the timber floor.

Choosing a Triump Herald over a Morris Minor 1000 puts Stewart Hurrell on the road to several Triumph sports cars.

Andy Nix’s customised Morris Mini van may not have been the most reliable but it got him to Moscow... well, the one in Scotland.

Malcolm Hill swapped his scooter for an eye-catching MGA sports car and enjoyed open-air motoring until he sold it to get married.

Summer 1964 was really special for Stuart Wallis and his Ford EB60 Special until his pride and joy was written off by a van

Carol Baiey’s first car, a Ford Prefect, was full of character and fun but all good things come to an end... in this case the MOT test.

My first car was a 1961 Ford Classic with the 1,340cc engine which I purchased in 1968 after returning from Germany.

Gallery: My First Car: Austin Pathfinder

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Peter Alder’s first set of wheels were pedal power, not horsepower, as a child but set him on his way to nearly two million miles of motoring.

Barbara Mellor tells of motoring adventures in ‘Pushbar’, a modified Austin 7, which came with a few quirks for the bargain price of £5.

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