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How to stay calm under pressure


ONE of the newer vehicles in my garage has a dashboard display you can dial up with a twiddly knob on the centre console that shows the temperature and pressure of each ...

ONE of the newer vehicles in my garage has a dashboard display you can dial up with a twiddly knob on the centre console that shows the temperature and pressure of each tyre. It’s driving me mad. The two rear tyres ...


Musings on a Maserati


THERE’S a fair bit of anticipation in and around the SUV market at the moment, as several top-end manufacturers bring their latest offerings to market, apparently unaware ...

THERE’S a fair bit of anticipation in and around the SUV market at the moment, as several top-end manufacturers bring their latest offerings to market, apparently unaware or uncaring of the tautological nature of ...


The road to hell is paved with bad champagne


I DO wonder, sometimes, if The Companion is slightly stupid. I don’t really think he is, but when I stop to think about why I think he’s not stupid it’s mostly because he ...

I DO wonder, sometimes, if The Companion is slightly stupid. I don’t really think he is, but when I stop to think about why I think he’s not stupid it’s mostly because he keeps saying: “I am not stupid”. And usually ...


Horsepower of a most important kind


SPRING swept into Melbourne early this year, bringing a spectacular run of sunshine, an explosion of greenery and motivation aplenty to get us outdoors. It was the ...

SPRING swept into Melbourne early this year, bringing a spectacular run of sunshine, an explosion of greenery and motivation aplenty to get us outdoors. It was the perfect run up for last week’s Melbourne Cup ...


A toast to great television


SOMETIMES I get sick when I travel a lot and about two weeks ago I travelled a lot and I got sick. I was bedridden and moping around the house for days, which is why I ...

SOMETIMES I get sick when I travel a lot and about two weeks ago I travelled a lot and I got sick. I was bedridden and moping around the house for days, which is why I missed a recent deadline for Madam Wheels. I ...


The price of everything and the value of fun


MY FINANCIAL adviser rang me this week. We haven’t been together long – only since, you might recall, I dumped my previous money man when he turned up to a meeting at the ...

MY FINANCIAL adviser rang me this week. We haven’t been together long – only since, you might recall, I dumped my previous money man when he turned up to a meeting at the farmhouse in a new Lamborghini. My new ...


McLaren produces its fastest car yet in Speedtail


FANS of McLaren will probably be across the brand’s legendary F1 vehicle produced in the mid-90s, a car which pushed boundaries further and faster than any of its rivals ...

FANS of McLaren will probably be across the brand’s legendary F1 vehicle produced in the mid-90s, a car which pushed boundaries further and faster than any of its rivals in its day. It was followed in 2012 by the ...


Audi’s e-tron prototype charges into country Victoria


ANYONE travelling the Hume Highway through country Victoria this week may have caught a sneak peek of Audi’s e-tron prototype which made a surprise appearance almost a ...

ANYONE travelling the Hume Highway through country Victoria this week may have caught a sneak peek of Audi’s e-tron prototype which made a surprise appearance almost a year ahead of its due delivery date. The ...


Why it matters to be match-fit for McLaren’s 720S


IF YOU’RE into buns of steel and thighs of iron, a car from the British luxury automobile maker McLaren may just be the car for you. If you haven’t already got said ...

IF YOU’RE into buns of steel and thighs of iron, a car from the British luxury automobile maker McLaren may just be the car for you. If you haven’t already got said physical attributes, you’re likely to end up with ...


The road to hell is paved with bad champagne


I DO wonder, sometimes, if The Companion is slightly stupid. I don’t really think he is, but when I stop to think about why I think he’s not stupid it’s mostly because he ...

I DO wonder, sometimes, if The Companion is slightly stupid. I don’t really think he is, but when I stop to think about why I think he’s not stupid it’s mostly because he keeps saying: “I am not stupid”. And usually ...


The price of everything and the value of fun


MY FINANCIAL adviser rang me this week. We haven’t been together long – only since, you might recall, I dumped my previous money man when he turned up to a meeting at the ...

MY FINANCIAL adviser rang me this week. We haven’t been together long – only since, you might recall, I dumped my previous money man when he turned up to a meeting at the farmhouse in a new Lamborghini. My new ...


Why it matters to be match-fit for McLaren’s 720S


IF YOU’RE into buns of steel and thighs of iron, a car from the British luxury automobile maker McLaren may just be the car for you. If you haven’t already got said ...

IF YOU’RE into buns of steel and thighs of iron, a car from the British luxury automobile maker McLaren may just be the car for you. If you haven’t already got said physical attributes, you’re likely to end up with ...

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