The Ford Mondeo mk5 (from 2015 onwards) has a number of useful features that are disabled in the factory but can be unlocked using free software and a USB cable, without any special knowledge. Here’s how. You will need a compatible ELM327 cable. There are loads on eBay but it can’t be just any – […]Read more "Unlocking features in your mk5 Mondeo with FORScan"
The M5 motorway is notorious for accidents in the summer holidays, and 2019 seems to be the worst year than anyone can remember – it seems like there is a crash on the M5 every other day. I’ve done a little light research to put some numbers to the congestion.Read more "M5 traffic incidents"
Some of our friends got married recently, and their wedding car was a Bentley Mark VI. I’m no classic car buff but this vehicle was beautifully built, maintained, and polished, and well-worthy of a picture or two. Photographs taken on Frenchay Common, Bristol.Read more "Bentley Mark VI"
I don’t normally go in for this pop art style of photography, but when I saw this Beetle parked up, I couldn’t resist.Read more "Pop Art Beetle"
The result of an idle thought. Dear Top Gear, I’m trying to imagine how a car would handle if mounted on bicycle wheels. I wager that some sturdy mountain bike wheels would take the weight of a light car, and that it could probably be driven forward. I bet the spokes would disintegrate as soon […]Read more "A letter to Top Gear"
The other day I was knocked off my bike deliberately by an impatient driver. I was cycling along a stretch of road where there were no parked cars. I was probably doing around 20mph, which is a fairly typical speed for a city cyclist on a flat road. Ahead, there was a line of parked […]Read more "Impatient drivers"
My car was due its MOT and service today, so a couple of weeks ago I booked it into the a Ford dealership in north Bristol. Since then, there’s been a funny rattling sound from somewhere under the car. I guessed it might be the rear suspension or something like that. When I dropped the […]Read more "Three wheels on my wagon"
In response to questions such as “Will it blend?“ I am asking “Is it stronger than a Ford Mondeo?”. This morning, I turned my head too fast and my cycling glasses flew off my nose and landed in the road. A Mondeo came along and crushed them, So the answer is no – cycling glasses […]Read more "Is it stronger than a Ford Mondeo?"
Today I replaced the sidelights in my car with white LEDs. I was annoyed by the very yellow tinge of the traditional 501 (aka W5W) bulbs. The new LEDs produce a very narrow beam and don’t illuminate the reflector as the bulbs used to. I like it. I promise to upload more photos in a […]Read more "LED sidelights"