Motoring: Snow patrol

11 February 2012 1:00 pm

The American poet Robert Frost wrote memorably of pausing on his pony in the snow and looking longingly into woods…

Motoring: Value for money

14 January 2012 1:00 pm

The concept of cheap and cheerful appeals for the obvious reasons: the prospect of something-for-(nearly)-nothing; the assumption that it does…

Motoring: Fashion statement

17 December 2011 11:00 pm

In The Spectator of 27 August I reviewed the new Range Rover Evoque despite not having driven it; a narcissistic…

Motoring: Extreme driving

19 November 2011 12:00 pm

One week, two convertibles. The first, a 40-year-old held together by rust, with doors so warped I’ve taken them off,…

Motoring: Question of speed

22 October 2011 5:00 pm

I should have used the Discovery 3 to tow an ancient and heavy horse-trailer loaded with well over a ton…


24 September 2011 12:00 am

Beware the vultures

Motoring:  Feel-good factor

27 August 2011 6:00 pm

 Feel-good factor

Motoring: Simple love

16 July 2011 12:00 am

I recently met a gentleman of Dorset who kindly showed me his car collection.

Motoring: The pick of pick-ups

18 June 2011 12:00 am

Cliveden House, that great architectural confection above the Thames in Berkshire, is best known as the seat of the Astors and for the start of the Profumo scandal in the 1960s.

Motoring: Company man

21 May 2011 12:00 am

There recently left these shores a benign and fecund angel of the automotive realm, Dr Franz Josef Paefgen, retiring chairman and CEO of Bentley. Benign because he was unfailingly polite and helpful and understood the Bentley tradition and the sort of people who buy into it.

Motoring: Power and glory

23 April 2011 12:00 am

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Motoring: Battle of the giants

2 April 2011 12:00 am

When I was young I knew an elderly Scottish gentleman who had the good sense to fall for and marry, despite his advanced years, an American widow of verve and charm.

Motoring: Glamorous Ghost

5 March 2011 12:00 am

The motor industry likes anniversaries because they help sell cars.

Motoring: Faithful servant

5 February 2011 12:00 am

And so to my 72nd car (71st if you don’t count the horsebox).

Motoring: Designer’s dream

8 January 2011 12:00 am

I have seen the future and it looks like a Jaguar.

Motoring: Wrong footed

4 December 2010 12:00 am

I picked up the Bristol 410 from Spencer Lane-Jones, the Bristol specialist in Warminster whose clean and cheerful workshop had swiftly eliminated the petrol smell.

Motoring: Wheels of fortune

13 November 2010 12:00 am

New tyres this week for my 1999 Discovery. The last lot, General Grabbers, lasted 30,000 miles. Their Michelin predecessors (bought and fitted at Costco, 20 per cent off) did 37,000 miles. I doubt the new £88 Cooper Discoverers will achieve that but I’ll be disappointed if they don’t reach 30,000.

Motoring: Petrol-head heaven

9 October 2010 12:00 am

Petrol-heads know about Millbrook, the 720-acre Bedfordshire proving ground bought by Vauxhall in the 1960s for testing cars and now, still owned by General Motors, shared with other manufacturers and the military.

Value for money

11 September 2010 12:00 am

If money is a universal act of faith — working when we believe in it, collapsing when we don’t — what about value for money? Is that just part of the beneficial illusion or is it something more tangible?

Shape of things to come

7 August 2010 12:00 am

I don’t know about China, but here it’s the Year of the Jaguar — 75 years since baptism, sales up 42.5 per cent, the launch of the new XJ — and for one of their birthday parties, Jaguar took some hacks to try out the current model range on Germany’s notorious Nürburgring.

My old girls

7 July 2010 12:00 am

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Good manners

9 June 2010 12:00 am

Alan Judd's Motoring

Perk of the job

5 May 2010 12:00 am

Motoring with Alan Judd


7 January 2009 12:00 am

Something to smile about


20 August 2008 12:00 am

Hopeless romantic