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Driven | Petrol & Pasties – Devon & Cornwall Tour

So this weekend we popped down to the West Country for our Petrol & Pasties tour of the finest roads Devon & Cornwall has to offer. Up at the crack of dawn we tore up the tarmac on practically uninterrupted roads through Devon before crossing the border for breakfast at the famous Jamaica Inn. From their we headed further South …

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VIP tour of the Mclaren Technology Center

McLaren…..it’s a name synonymous with the manufacturer of cutting edge children’s push chairs, however there is also a company of the same name that nail cars together, small world eh. The company in question has quite some pedigree too. Just mention the Mclaren F1 with its centre mounted driver’s seat, of the mid 90’s to any petrol head almost regardless …

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UGD | Drive for Daniel

When the email came in from Teddy Bear Run to ask if UGD members would help arrange a special day for a Cornish lad having a tough time, we were delighted to ask our members to spare some time. The lad in question is Daniel, a 5-year-old from Bodmin who was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour back in July of …

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Driven | UGD drop in on Cambridge

The number of reasons I ever get excited about meeting in a Tesco car park, can be counted on one hand, well actually even then there are 4 rather redundant fingers! Irrespective of Tesco’s insistence that “Every little helps” the only help they have provided me is making the shopping experience slightly more depressing. However the 1 positive thing and …

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UGD attend the first test of the Bloodhound at RAF St Mawgan

1000…..It’s a number synonymous with a marked move in current automotive times. The number relates to the jaw dropping announcement by Bugatti that their new Veyron would have 1000BHP. At the time it was a game changing number, and even now few machines have matched it. However on this mist cloaked morning at RAF St Mawgan nr. Newquay in Cornwall, …

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Driven | UGD visit the South West

In an automotive nod to the Magnificent Seven, the various member’s machines started to gather on a crisp Sunday morning. The location for our initial gathering was the romantic and picturesque Whiddon Down Services. If you don’t know it I will leave this lovely image to form in your craniums, if you do know it, don’t tell the others the …

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Charity Meet for St Elizabeth Hospice

Some people consider that one of the only bad things about a car meet is the seeming necessity or a morning start ahead of the dawn chorus, however this does bring with it the benefit of predominantly empty roads. This was certainly the case as the A12 towards Ipswich opened ahead of us as we set a course towards our …

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VMAX200 Q | UGD Racing the Runway

With the day creaking into life, across the country eyes are rubbed and yawns emitted from the various owners of exotic and more everyday machines…..the very cars attending VMAX200 at Bruntingthorpe. VMAX200 has been around for long enough now to be a well-known event in the hydro carbon’s diary, but for the uninitiated it’s a runway day, which means it’s …

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UGD go back in time at Goodwood Revival

If you have never been to the Revival festival at Goodwood, you could be forgiven for thinking that Tweed is the preserve of Game Keepers in Scotland and a handful of country gents. However, every year a smorgasbord of some of the most incredible (and valuable) classic and vintage cars converge at Goodwood circuit. This is unlike a meet at …

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Members Ariel Atom & Noble take on London!

Take an extreme car, with sticky tyre’s and a big rear wing……..then drive into London and meet a Supercharged scaffold tube Mecano kit creation purporting to be an Ariel Atom. Central London is hardly the normal stomping ground for vehicles so single mindedly created in pursuit of performance, these two members managed to find some quite streets to bounce decibels …

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017

Having become one of the key dates in the Hydro Carbon Snorters Chronical, the FOS (a term spawned by Social Media and HashTags) is basically Glastonbury for Car Nuts. The main difference is the Musak is created by exhausts and pistons rather than Beyoncé and Chris Martin. Cars from every era and background are piloted up the Goodwood Hill Climb …

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Midnight Photoshoot

Take 1 Porsche 911 Turbo, preferably one distantly related to Beelzebub!!… Clean and polish it to within an inch of its existence….. Take it to a moody and dark tunnel nr. Exeter……… Get there at some ungodly hour of the morning, so it’s dark and empty….. Find a bloke who’s rather good with a camera (not the disposable ones you …

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Terminal Velocity

On your marks…….Get set……..Shred Tyres!!! The idea is hardly a new one, its just a drag race people pure and simple. However, what used to be the preserve of a Saturday night in Hicksville Mississippi has evolved over the years into a far more organised, bejeweled and commercial idea. Runway days have become a well-established and regular thing on the …