No two off-road pursuits are ever the same. It’s all about easing across treacherous terrain, putting yourself and the vehicle through the motions as you battle with the elements and ultimately tackle some of the most high-octane courses known to man. Here are a few essential factors to look out for when choosing the right off-road vehicle for you.
The four key elements
Navigation has been a critical turning point in the development of off-road pursuits over the last 20 years. The latest technologies enable drivers to focus on taking full control of the vehicle, helping to ensure a safe journey regardless of natural obstructions like thick forest or poor weather conditions.
Off-road vehicles are naturally large and bulky in order to enable strength and movement through tough terrain. Teaming this with effortless precision is one of the most difficult tasks that designers face, yet it’s a crucial aspect of any off-roader – especially those that are required to steer through tight spaces or avoid unexpected obstacles.
Everything about an off-road vehicle should be specifically designed to enhance traction, suspension and drive. Four-wheel drive, low ground pressure and low gearing are recommended for off-road pursuits and help in giving full control of the drive to the person behind the wheel.
Additional safety features including the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Hill Hold Assist (HHA) are also present in some modern vehicles, including the VW Amarok – recently launched for 2017 by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles with the help of their #TrailBlazers challenge campaign (see below).
The sheer size and weight of off-roaders isn’t always enough to establish them as powerful vehicles. The potential to tear through unpredictable landscapes with speed and force is critical, while the perfect off-roader should also have the power to tackle both hard and soft land with minimal difficulty.
Most of us don’t have the money or space to invest in a vehicle that is used solely for off-road ventures – however much we’d love to. The VW Amarok is unique in its ability to seamlessly balance off-road precision and power with a design that is just as well suited to city life. Ultimately, it’s a fearless adventurer that wouldn’t feel out of place on the school run, making it one of the most perfect off-road vehicles we’ve come across.
Taking place at Donington Park from the 28 to 30 April 2017. The refreshed festival will feature a new ‘Get Involved’ theme, where visitors can enjoy attractions ranging from stunt driving to drift driving in Caterhams. The season opener has a new format, with qualifying for all grids taking place on Friday, allowing spectators to enjoy greater race action over the weekend. As a result, the festival has been able to attract its biggest line up of cars to date, featuring Pre-War grids through to cars from the early 1990s. Rounding off the first full day of racing will be the 1,000km series of races. The 90-minute endurance race for pre-73 prototype, Touring and GT cars is a must for all spectators. These powerful beasts will take to the track for qualifying on Friday, and will be battling it out for nearly two hours on Saturday afternoon. These sensational cars will take spectators back to the golden era of the World Sportscar Championship of the late 1960s and early 1970s, testing drivers, cars and pit crews alike. Cars to look out for include Lola T70s, Chevron B8s and Ford GT40s, which should provide plenty of closely-fought action.
After the overwhelming success of the inaugural event in 2016, The Confused.comLondon Motor Show is returning to Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park in the capital this year from 4-7 May and we have teamed up with the organisers to give away two pairs of Friday tickets to our readers.
This year’s event, which will see HRH Prince Michael of Kent continue as show Patron, is set to be even bigger and better with displays from some of the most high-profile names in the automotive industry.
There will be over 130 brand new cars from major manufacturers and dealerships, including Tesla, Aston Martin, Fiat, Hyundai, Vauxhall, Mazda, Nissan, BAC, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and Maserati. In addition, a selection of iconic historic vehicles will also be on display, showcasing the heritage of some of the world’s best-loved marques. Read more »
eBay has unveiled the three classic restoration projects that will take part in eBay Car Challenge 2017. Following a successful inaugural year in 2016, the online marketplace reveals that this year the challenge will feature a 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto, a 1974 VW Camper Van and 1964 Series 2a Land Rover. All three vehicles will be transformed over the next three months using parts and accessories from eBay.
With nearly two thousand entries, competition was fierce, demonstrating that the UK really is a nation of budding amateur restorers. Entries came from across the country, including father and son teams, retirees wanting to breathe life into a family heirloom, engaged couples hoping to restore a car for their wedding day and students eager to take on their first ever restoration project.
Each of the three lucky restorers will now receive a budget of £4,000 and a deadline of the 10th July to make their restoration dreams become reality, with eBay tracking their journeys along the way. Wow, that’s surely a tough challenge and will take an immense load of work. Check out the state of the cars below.
Meet Alex and his Alfa:
The rarest of the three cars, Alex Morris’ 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto has only had one other previous owner. As a child, Alex was always gripped by rare cars but developed a true love of Alfa Romeos as soon as he could drive – appreciating their ‘under-stated style’. The restoration will be the first full project Alex has undertaken and describes it as his ‘baptism of fire’. With the engine needing a full repair, and new upholstery, a nose replacement and a full strip and repaint required, the task ahead is a daunting one. But with youth and enthusiasm on his side, Alex is confident he’ll be bringing a bit of ‘Italian chic’ to the Dartmoor roads come July. Read more »
Congratulations to our 3 competition winners, who will each receive a pair of complimentary tickets to the Donington Historic Festival 2017.
It’s a very cool classic car show/ motorsport event. Anyone into their motorsport and especially classic motorsport will love it. Our winners and congratulations go to:
David Rooker; &
We have no doubt that you’ll had a great time at this wonderful event. Let us know all about it below, so those that did not attend can get your thoughts and highlights, so they don’t miss out for next year.
Here’s our video from the 2017 London Classic Car Show. On Grand Avenue we got to see some lovely classic cars. Here’s our video of the Supercar Class. The cars on display featured in the Supercar class included:
It’s not that often that we do a book review, but we’re always delighted to do one if it’s a book about our love for Classic Cars, Motorsport, Supercars or Hypercars. We were recently asked to take a look at this new book by Skira, titled Ayrton Senna – The Last Night. Now I have to say this is just my sort of book, big on pictures, little on words.
This is a great coffee table book for sure, and if like me you have a place in your heart for Ayrton Senna, then you should love this book. This book is mainly photographs by Ercole Colombo, the most experienced photographer in Formula 1. His photos, his passion for F1 shine through in this book.
Giorgi Terruzzi writes a few pages as an introduction to the book, and that is adequate. A picture can tell a thousand words after all.
Here’s our video from the 2017 London Classic Car Show. On Grand Avenue we got to see some lovely classic cars. Here’s our video of the Sports Racer Class. The cars on display featured in the Sports Racer class included:
More exciting changes to Donington Historic Festival have been announced with the release of this year’s confirmed timetable. Taking place at the iconic Derbyshire circuit on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of April, the timetable sets out the exhilarating racing taking place across the long weekend. You can win a complimentary pair of tickets here by entering out competition.
A big change to the 2017 format will be to qualifying, which will now be taking place on the Friday, leaving Saturday and Sunday packed full of racing action. This will make Friday a veritable feast as every grid competing at the event thunders around the circuit to secure the best qualifying time. Saturday and Sunday will then contain a mix of grids from the 1920s to the 1990s, providing a packed timetable of non-stop racing with 19 races in total.
Featuring a ‘1,000km’ pre-73 Prototype, Touring and GT car race on Saturday evening and the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for pre-56 sportscars on the Sunday both days contain world class racing.
Richard Grafton, organiser for Donington Historic Festival, commented: “We work hard to assemble the best racing in this period. Our grids are exciting and contain the finest cars and drivers in these disciplines. Donington Park is a circuit that both drivers and spectators love and bringing these elements together is what makes Donington Historic Festival such a great event. Coupled with the ‘get involved’ attractions such as Paul Swift stunt driving, Caterham drifting and supercar and rally car passenger rides, it’s a unique day out for all the family.”
Salon Privé is the UK’s premier ’boutique’ motoring event comprising of the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance, a Tour d’Elégance, the Supercar Show, Boodles Ladies’ Day, an Art & Memorabilia Fair and a Luxury Brands Village. A hospitality-only event appealing to discerning guests, collectors, buyers, owners and enthusiasts who prefer a more intimate and engaging experience.
It is a presentation of the very finest automotive and luxury brands as well as the rarest and most valuable of classic cars and motorcycles. The 2017 event will take place from 31st August 2017 to 2nd September. We cannot wait, as it’s an event we would always want to attend and get’s better and better every year. We are counting down the days just as they are: https://www.salonpriveconcours.com/
Here’s a well put together video from the 2016 event.
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