Well, this is more-than-slightly overdue. As with any good excuse, I can explain, though.
Some of you might have noticed that the Tweets to the right of this post aren’t all about cars anymore. That’s because I’ve finally finished my studies and moved onto The Scotsman in my role as a Multimedia Journalist. While I’ve been settling into my new role, Motormessenger has been parked up on the hard shoulder (and the puns have got steadily worse). Things are back on the road, and I’ve got some new content to reward your patience with very soon.
That’s not to say that I haven’t been involved in car happenings, though. A personal highlight has been utilising my weekends to the full during this unusually warm ending to the Scottish summer. Dad and I took the classics out in convoy into the countryside at the end of September, with his gorgeous 1974 DS23 Pallas a glamourous counterpart to the bare-bones Bug. Seeing the French boat wobble its way down tree-lined B roads makes me feel very lucky to have had an afternoon with the two twentieth-century icons.
As for the daily, Project Junior Executive has seen some improvements as a reward for its faithful service. A new bonnet badge, front anti-roll bars and a K&N panel filter have all been installed to freshen things up, with the panel filter slightly increasing the note of the straight-six. Plus, the 320i now makes a wee sooky noise under acceleration, which never gets boring. The gains are minimal, though I do think the throttle response has been marginally improved (I would say that – the thing costs £45 after all).
In terms of supercars, a rare treat descended on my home city last week. Despite the quality of metal that you can see at supercar shows, it’s always more fun to spot exotic playthings in the wild in amongst badly-parked Audis and battered Fords. One of Scotland’s few Porsche 918 Spyders was in residence in a grotty car park and I managed to catch a first glimpse of the bug-splattered hybrid. I know they’re a well-established thing by now but top-mounted exhausts are so damn cool. Look. They’re top-mounted! With me having seen both the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918, now all that’s left is for me to hunt down one of the country’s LaFerraris to complete the Holy Trinity.
Finally, Motormessenger’s friends over at GT Scotland hosted a supercar event for charity ball with an excellent turnout of cars recently. Having been in attendance, it was one of the most varied car parks I’d had the pleasure of being in.
In the meantime, be sure to take the long way home.