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A motocross enthusiast has called for better facilities for young riders in Suffolk after long-running concerns about illegal racing resurfaced.

Desira is launching the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, its debut sport utility vehicle, with an exclusive test-drive event on Saturday.

Have you found it impossible to get anywhere near your car’s claimed economy? New, stricter testing, introduced from this month, aims to make the results more realistic and relevant in what is dubbed the biggest overhaul of emissions rules in a generation.

Volkswagen has motored to a milestone production anniversary by building its 150-millionth vehicle since the brand was founded.

The new school year starts next week so road safety charity GEM Motoring Assist is urging eveyone to take extra care whether walking, cycling or driving.

When it comes to children learning to drive, some mums would rather give birth again than be driven around by their offspring, according to new research.

The forthcoming DS 7 Crossback sport utility vehicle was centre of attention at a DS Experience preview event staged by John Grose.

More people are turning to caravans, motorhomes and camping and enjoying a staycation in Britain with sales and site bookings rising.

Ford today announced it is offering an extra £2,000 scrappage incentive, on top of customer savings on specific models, in a move to get older vehicles off the road and cut pollution.

They have travelled through time, chased bad guys and entertained millions of viewers – now they are coming to Suffolk.

Fast Fords, past and present, will be highlighting the Blue Oval’s performance heritage at John Grose at Ransomes Europark on Sunday.

A technology mad Suffolk drone pilot is to drive an electric car 1,200 miles across the breadth of the UK to prove it is a viable alternative to fossil fuel, “even in the most remote areas”.

We’ve all had near-misses while driving but now motorists are being urged to think what they could have done differently to reduce the risks on future journeys.

New car road tests

Vauxhall’s growing SUV family has welcomed a new arrival with the compact Crossland X crossover replacing the Meriva multi-purpose vehicle. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out if it’s family friendly.

Peugeot has updated the 308 family hatchback and estate, but can the revisions boost the range in a fiercely-competitive market? Dave Brown finds out.

Land Rover’s fifth-generation Discovery is hugely imposing and equally impressive to drive and live with motoring editor Andy Russell’s only (minor) niggle that offset rear numberplate!

The new Nissan Qashqai has landed in the UK. Simon Davis drives the latest version of the original, pioneering crossover to see how it fares.

Isuzu’s D-Max has always been a seriously capable pick-up but now a new smaller, more efficient engine powers up its appeal, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

The Arteon is an all-new premium saloon from Volkswagen which replaces the CC. Has it done the job? Jack Evans finds out.

Jack Evans tests the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe on British roads to see how the luxury cruiser copes with our broken Tarmac.

It’s hard not to like, or be impressed by, the talents of Skoda’s Octavia and this new facelifted model also gets a technology upgrade, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Motoring editor Andy Russell is pleasantly surprised by the all-new Suzuki Swift supermini – competent, attractive and fun to drive.

My first car

Barbara Hardiman’s Mini van was a big part of her life, carrying loads of rubbish to the dump and full of happy memories over 45 years of ownership.

It was crash – and nearly bang, wallop – when Norman Willoughby went to confront youths who had deluged him with buckets of water and sent him off the road.

Clive Dyball’s luck ran out when his polished, but unserviced, Ford Prefect ran into problems in the Australian Outback.

Colin Clarke was a Messerschmitt three-wheeler fan and still drives a modern equivalent. Here he tells of some of the delights and drawbacks of the ’Schmitt.

Dulcie was a bit of a drinker and smoker when Michael Horne met her. But he soon sorted the 1951 Morris Minor’s thirst for oil.

Jonathan Mayfield had his fair share of minor niggles with his Fiat Punto but travelled in style.

Ivan Rooke still owns the Morris Eight that took him on some great journeys and adventures but it’s now laid up in his shed.

Dave Barnard took to the road in a 1957 Ford Popular but with his new-found independence came the need to learn the art of motoring maintenance.

Fred Tooke is still driving his first car, a Morris Minor 1000 Traveller, 40 years later having bought it to transport the family labrador.

An Austin A30 not only put radio enthusiast Allan Papworth on the road to freedom but on the air as well.

After much welding and many new body parts, Brian Hampson’s ‘souped-up’ Ford Anglia was a head-turner for the right reason.

Judith Dale’s first car was an Austin Ruby and, 54 years and a few house moves later, the now renovated 1936 car is still very much part of the family.

When Alan Hall bought his first car on stormy night it coloured his judgment and also left him feeling blue!

It leaked water going through puddles, had no heater and doubled up as holiday accommodation – Robert Owen has fond memories of his Austin Big Seven.

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