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While the UK is now only the 13th biggest producer of cars in the world, it still occupies a distinguished position in automotive history. A glance at the list of the country's defunct car marques reveals hundreds of obscure names – from the Ekstomer, an electric car manufacturer from the 1900s, to Packman & Poppe Motorcycles, which was consumed by the depression of the 1930s. The carmakers that have survived war, overseas competition and economic recessions represent some of the most...
Recent events in British politics already appear to be having a real-world effect on consumer confidence, with June seeing a 0.8% decline in UK car sales. With more than a soupçon of uncertainty lingering over the economy, some of us may be putting off buying those 'big ticket' items. And it doesn’t get much more big ticket than a car. However, for those keen to balance pecuniary restraint with owning a new motor, there are a number of economical options available.
Keen to ensure that bike safety isn’t at all boring, Northamptonshire Highways and Northants Police have teamed up to organise BikeSafe 2016 at the Rockingham Circuit. Motorbike enthusiasts from across the UK are expected to attend the event on July 16th, which follows two successful events at Castle Combe in 2014 and 2015. Visitors can get to ride around Rockingham Circuit on their own bike and have their riding assessed by a friendly police motorcyclist.
Aston Martin and red Bull Racing have released new images of the forthcoming AM-RB 001, a road-going hypercar built using carbon fibre technologies. The car will be powered by a naturally-aspirated V12 engine, which will sit in the middle of the machine. Designed by famed F1 designer Adrian Newey, in conjunction with Marek Reichman and David King of Aston Martin, the AM-RB 001 will have a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1.
Year-on-year UK car sales fell by 0.8% in June, only the second time they have done so since 2012. It is believed consumers were thinking twice about 'big ticket' items such as cars due to uncertainty over the EU referendum vote. The last year-on-year fall in sales was in October 2015. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said the figure was in line with “expectations that market growth would stabilise following a record 2015”.
Triple F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will "pray and hope" that Mercedes do not introduce orders at the British Grand Prix. The team fears another crash between Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg. Orders "take the joy!" out of racing, Hamilton has said. The British driver trails his German rival by 11 points, despite his victory over Rosberg at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton collided with Rosberg while racing for the lead on the final lap.
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