Special girly parking spaces in China

A furore has been caused in China by the creation of some pink parking spaces for women only. Not only are they pink, but they are larger than the other spaces. The implication is of course that women can’t drive and therefore need larger spaces. Personally, if someone wants me to park in a larger […]

The new M3: School run at warp factor 10

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I do have a few friends who do school runs in something fun. The trouble is that usually fun cars and kids don’t combine because said fun cars generally only have two doors. However the M3 saloon has four. Happy days :)

Sunday Times. Female writer – good. Subject matter – bad.

I sigh deeply once again. Whilst commendable that the editor of Drive commissioned a woman to write a piece, given that it NEVER happens, it was disappointing to see that the woman in question had been tasked with harping on about the merits and demerits of some extremely bland family wagons. The headline was equally […]

More “girly” car advertising

Now it’s Chrysler’s turn. A lovely photo of a confused looking model with huge red lips and gigantic shopping bags…to advertise a car. The strap line proudly proclaims that it’s cheaper to buy the Ypsilon (stupid name) than the average monthly spend to “look good”. Yes, because all of us silly women only think about […]

Lack of female journalists highlighted in Diesel Car magazine

Journalist Simon Hacker has written an interesting piece in Diesel Car about the lack of women on the board of Car of the Year (COTY) and about the lack of women in general in motoring journalism – and yours truly is quoted.

BMW launch driverless car

Well, at least that’s what it looks like from the latest 4 series convertible ad! Hopefully I’ll be testing the new M3 and M4 soon. Watch this space…

The ERF (extended rear facing) i-size car seat problem

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Government guidelines in the new i-size car seats (which will likely be law from 2015) will mean that toddlers must stay rear facing until 15 months minimum. In countries like Sweden it is 4yrs old. This is a GOOD thing. Small children have large heads and weak necks, and can suffer catastrophic neck injuries in […]

Citroen joins Fiat in the patronising advert campaign

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Citroen have jumped on the sexist, twee, patronising school of advertising. This time, it’s all about the incredibly important need to match one’s car to one’s nail polish. I find this to be a recurring problem and often cannot leave the house as I can’t quite match the shade. Fortunately, Citroen have the answer. Not […]

MG3 SuperMini

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This is a good looking little thing. Well styled, with raked, angular headlights, leds and squared off exhaust pipes. I like. Putting aside the clichéd colour scheme of this particular car (pink wing mirrors, pink 1970’s style check roof) the new MG3 supermini could audition for a part in Dr Who as the new Tardis. […]

Where are the female motoring journalists?

If you go and buy any of the big, glossy car magazines (Evo, Car magazine, Top Gear) you won’t find a single road test written by a woman. Ditto websites like PistonHeads. A nameless (male) motoring editor friend of mine told me that none of these publications want women because they marginalise cars and that […]

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