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Perry’s Support Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice Charity with #Miles4Smiles Campaign

Auction of Classic Vauxhall Viva starts today – don’t miss out!
Unless you have had your head buried deep inside a Twitter hole, you will have noticed the Miles4Smiles hashtag that my friends at Perry’s have been promoting.

The #Miles4Smiles campaign is one that is particularly close to my heart and I am sure it is also close to anyone who has been unfortunate enough to have experience with any seriously poorly child.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice supports children in South Yorkshire and the North Midlands who have a shortened life expectancy. They provide ongoing medical respite care as well as practical and emotional support for family members, bereavement support and end of life care.

The 3rd of January saw a fantastic launch to the Perry’s campaign with a 1970’s themed evening at their Barnsley dealership (sadly I was unable to attend, but great fun was had by all, judging from some of the photos!)

Vauxhall Viva Auction – & other goodies!

Today, things get a little more serious with the auction of an iconic Vauxhall Viva straight out of the 70’s and with only 11,500 miles on the clock!

There are also plenty of other great prizes to bid on, including a Kindle Fire, an Apple iPad and lots of goodies from the likes of Ferrari – click here to view and show your support by bidding on whatever item takes your fancy!

Final word!

Vauxhall Viva “Tell them James Hunt sent you!”

Tell them James Hunt Sent You!

Haven’t got time to bid? Don’t worry, you can donate online by clicking here!

I will be making a donation and our friends at All Vehicle Contracts Limited have already pledged to make a bid on the Vauxhall Viva – do let me know how you get on with any efforts to support their #Miles4Smiles campaign by giving me a shout on Twitter@MotorMistress.

Of course, if you could find a spare few minutes to promote the hashtag wherever you can #Miles4Smiles then that would be fantastic.

We wish them all the best and look forward to supporting Perry’s and Bluebell Wood into 2014 – here’s to a fantastic fund-raising final figure!



Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo SRi 180PS 3dr petrol Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

Don’t go thinking that this is just a 5-door Astra with two of its doors lopped off and a few sporty decorations bolted on here and there. The GTC is markedly different from the hatch whose name it shares. How did this range-topping 1.6 turbo SRi version stack up?

A Chip Off The Old Block?

Vauxhall Astra GTC 1-6 Turbo SRi 180PS 3dr Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond - side photo

Not that it would be a bad thing to be associated with the 5-door Astra hatchback, as it is itself a cracking car in many ways – but I really think the GTC should have dropped the Astra name, as it’s quite different. Okay, its design does look somewhat similar from the front and side angles, but have a guess how many components the GTC shares with the hatchback! A hundred? Fifty? No, Continue Reading →


Cake, Cars & More Cars! SimonsCarSpots at Jaguar Land Rover, Gaydon

Having picked up a new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer the day before, kindly provided by Grimshaws Vauxhall of Eccles, Manchester, Simon and I got up at 05:30 to head down in the early hours to Gaydon, Warwickshire, to the Motor Heritage Museum and Jaguar Land Rover, for the JLR Experience Day. Here’s the short introductory video we made on our way down the M6:

Simon Ford & Oliver Hammond from SimonsCarSpots-com at Jaguar Land Rover JLR Experience Day March 2012 - Vauxhall Zafira Tourer SRi from Tilly at Grimshaws Eccles Manchester

As we got closer and closer to Gaydon, we increasingly felt like we were in motoring heaven, even whilst we were still on the M40. Jaguars, Land Rovers and Aston Martins were everywhere! On the drive down, we were in Twitter and SMS contact with Rob Griggs-Taylor (for PetrolBlog) and Chris Auty (Driving Spirit), who were also attending the JLR day.

Nearing the JLR site at the Motor Heritage Museum, we put aside any temptations the National Herb Museum stirred up in us, and resumed our infamous car spotting obsession the minute we parked up in the car park – A Maserati 3200GT, Audi S8, Hyundai Veloster… the list goes on!

Simon Ford & Oliver Hammond from SimonsCarSpots-com at Jaguar Land Rover JLR Experience Day March 2012 - Rob Griggs-Taylor

We were delighted to meet fellow Tweeter and SimonsCarSpots.com contributor Rob Griggs-Taylor (there on behalf of MajorGav’s PetrolBlog) a few minutes later, and had many a good natter with him throughout the day, over the abundance of wonderful cake, tea/coffee and lunch provided by Jaguar Land Rover. We also enjoyed meeting Chris Auty from Driving Spirit, who bravely tackled the off-road course straight after lunch! Our “Twitter table” was later joined by Andrew Merritt-Morling and another nice guy called James, and it was interesting to find out about their own motoring passions and involvements.

Simon Ford & Oliver Hammond from SimonsCarSpots-com at Jaguar Land Rover JLR Experience Day March 2012 - with Chris Auty from Driving Spirit

But enough of the waffle – what about the cars? Simon duly plunged straight in, his first car of the day being a white Jaguar XKR-S convertible, which he will be covering in his own blog post along with his drives of the Continue Reading →


Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTI 165ps 5-door ecoFLEX SE – Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

Now that this 6th generation incarnation of Vauxhall’s ever-popular Astra model has cemented its success in the UK market since its launch in late 2009, SimonsCarSpots thought it was time to see what made the latest Astra substantially outsell Ford’s rival Focus as the best-selling car in June 2010 and continue to do rather well ever since.

Vauxhall Astra 20 CDTi ecoFLEX 5-door hatch SE road test review by Oliver Hammond - external 4

The Astra range starts at £12,995 for the standard 1.4 petrol Expression model and goes up to just over £30,000 a fully kitted 2.0 diesel Elite edition with most available options ticked. The version we had for this week’s review was the Astra 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5-door hatchback with 165bhp in SE trim, in Olympic White with a black interior, costing £25,555 in total. Our car had tasty options fitted in the form of the colour satellite navigation system costing £855, a DAB radio at £160 extra, a Bluetooth mobile phone system priced at £220, FlexRide at £790 and parking sensors at the front and rear costing £395.

We know looks aren’t everything, but…

Although the latest Astra has been around for a couple of years now, it still never fails to impress a large number of people who are actually quite positively surprised when they find out what car you’ve pulled up in. With its really rather striking and some-may-even-say beautiful stylish new design, the new Astra banished any traces of boxy utilitarianism that may have summed up the previous model.

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The 6th generation Vauxhall Astra is actually built on what is called the ‘Delta’ chassis from General Motors, first implemented on the Chevrolet Cruze. The Astra’s design borrows noticeably from the equally impressive Insignia’s styling and I personally am a big fan of the Astra’s sultry, sporty and dynamic lines, especially in SRi guise – although the Continue Reading →


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