It’s now been over a month since I last posted an article here, and for that I am sorry. The past few weeks have flown by much quicker than I expected, and given everything that is going on in the world, I really can’t complain about my situation. I have been very busy with my day job, and that mixed with a lack of test cars due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, it’s been very hard to put together anything worth reading.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The car dealers have re-opened, events are being rescheduled and we’re now allowed to get out more to road test cars and get back to what we love the most – talking about cars!
So, what’s coming up, you ask? Well, the diary is hardly teeming with events, but it is certainly starting to look a lot better than it did 3 months ago. The first rescheduled event to get booked is the annual pilgrimage to Millbrook Proving Ground for the SMMT Test Day – it should have been 1 or 2 weeks ago, but it has now been moved to September and I really can’t wait. It’s one of my favourite events of the year – not only because there is always a huge selection of cars to test both on and off-road, but it’s also a great opportunity to catch up with loads of people in the industry from the manufacturers themselves to fellow bloggers, vloggers and journalists! It’s also a great place to make plans for later on in the year!
There are also some new road tests lined up with both some new cars and also some classics! You may remember 2 years ago I tool the tricked-out Isuzu D-Max AT35 to Heveningham Concours d’Elegance and had a bit of fun plugging around the Suffolk countryside in it. Well, Isuzu and Arctic Trucks have made some tweaks to this great truck including some suspension upgrades and a few other little bits to make it even better and I’ll be spending some time with the revised model in August so keep your eyes peeled for updates on the Well Driven social media accounts (links at the bottom of this article!)
Another thing you may have started to notice on the website is the new “Stories About Cars” series – a series of posts written by members of the Well Driven community about their own cars and why they are special to them. Whether it’s a brand new Ferrari or a 30-year-old Rover, it’s not about prestige or badge-snobbery, it’s about the stories and the memories. There will be plenty more of these entries popping up on the site in the coming months!
Finally, a brief update on my P38 Range Rover…
I’ve had the P38 for 4 months now and due to hardly being able to drive it since March, there really isn’t much to update. Apart from giving it a good clean and treating all the faded black trims to a bit of a spruce, the maintenance list has been pretty short. However, a small wobble has surfaced from about 15mph so it’s booked in to be looked at next week along with having a couple of other small niggly bits addressed. On the plus side, this is the longest I have owned a Land Rover without having to book it into a garage, so it was well overdue… Don’t get me wrong, there is still a long and potentially costly list of jobs that need to be done, but until they become essential jobs, they will have to wait. The plan now is to get the wobble fixed and have it road trip ready so when restrictions are lifted we can enjoy some overlanding and camping!
This may not look like a big update, but given how the world is right now, we all need to look forward and take the positives. As I said before, please keep an eye on the Well Driven social media outlets below, and if you have a story about a car and you want to share it with all the Well Driven readers, please drop us a message via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or you can send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org