This Pandora’s box is a can of worms


USUALLY when I open a Pandora box I expect to find a pretty trinket and a note of abject apology, but a different kind of Pandora’s box has recently led me into the ...

USUALLY when I open a Pandora box I expect to find a pretty trinket and a note of abject apology, but a different kind of Pandora’s box has recently led me into the strangely compelling world of car recalls. They ...


The warts-and-all health benefits of cars


THE most effective wart treatment I’ve ever found is the engine oil from a 1964 Wolseley. It was, specifically, a W28/40 Mk II. I’m not sure how old the oil was when it ...

THE most effective wart treatment I’ve ever found is the engine oil from a 1964 Wolseley. It was, specifically, a W28/40 Mk II. I’m not sure how old the oil was when it came gushing out of the sump all over my ...


The psyche of a car obsession and other matters


THE first time I ever sat in a car and didn’t ever want to get out of it again I think I was 9, or maybe 10. Whenever the family made the trip from the country to the Big ...

THE first time I ever sat in a car and didn’t ever want to get out of it again I think I was 9, or maybe 10. Whenever the family made the trip from the country to the Big Smoke, our route took us past a car dealer ...


This is one product recall that’s not over-inflated


OUR friends at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are looking out for us again. You might remember they released a report late last year that ...

OUR friends at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are looking out for us again. You might remember they released a report late last year that looked deeply into the issues around getting our ...


Pardon my tardiness, I’ve been incommunicado


MADAM Wheels is a forgiving soul, which is lucky for me because I was late filing my column this week. I could blame The Companion for his attempt to rewire the farmhouse ...

MADAM Wheels is a forgiving soul, which is lucky for me because I was late filing my column this week. I could blame The Companion for his attempt to rewire the farmhouse and install a wifi network but that would be ...


The dirty work of cleaning the car


I WANTED to wash the car this week. A job worth doing, I thought, but I was wrong. Very wrong. Usually someone comes in to do it for me. The van pulls up outside and the ...

I WANTED to wash the car this week. A job worth doing, I thought, but I was wrong. Very wrong. Usually someone comes in to do it for me. The van pulls up outside and the cars that need washing get washed, and ...


Hot wheels, hot mess


SITTING in a corporate presentation recently we were told that our brains are a bit like houses. I lost track of the metaphor about half-way through, but it was something ...

SITTING in a corporate presentation recently we were told that our brains are a bit like houses. I lost track of the metaphor about half-way through, but it was something to do with our brains having different ...


A damn good thrashing


IF YOU’VE ever driven a rental vehicle you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say the temptation to absolutely and mercilessly drive the door handles off a car is ...

IF YOU’VE ever driven a rental vehicle you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say the temptation to absolutely and mercilessly drive the door handles off a car is directly inversely proportional to your ownership ...


It’s not me, it’s you: bad habits on the road


IF YOU had to make a list of the most annoying driving habits of other people, I wonder what would be on it. For me, it would include failing to signal lane-changes or ...

IF YOU had to make a list of the most annoying driving habits of other people, I wonder what would be on it. For me, it would include failing to signal lane-changes or exits from roundabouts; tailgating; falling ...

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