Friday, 24 March 2017

Silverstone Classic 2017 - Press Day

This year's Silverstone Classic event will take place over the long weekend of Friday 28th - Sunday 30th July. For more information, including how you can buy tickets, go to

To see the full album, go to our Flickr site.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Using Emergency Puncture Repair and Tyre Inflators

You've just noticed that one of your tyres is looking flat, and you can't see any big holes in it.... Now is the time to try an Emergency Tyre Inflator canister.... and we'll show you how!

Whilst these cans are not appropriate for every tyre deflation problem, we'll guide you through the times that you'll be thankful that you keep one in your boot!

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Looking After Your Tyres - Pressure, Tread and Condition

As the only points of contact that your vehicle has with the road surface, keeping your tyres at the optimum pressure, tread depth and general condition is of the utmost importance.

In this episode we guide you through the checks that you should regularly perform on your car.... Tyre pressures, where to find the manufacturer's recommended pressures, and how to pump up your tyres when needed.... Tyre tread depth to help you stop in an emergency... and looking for cracks and damage...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Under the Bonnet - How complicated is it really?

UKMotorTalk's Forecourt Fixes guides you through the major components that are under the bonnet of your car.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Forecourt Fixes - New Video Series

In response to the various maintenance related questions that we are often asked, the UKMotorTalk team are producing a series of "back to basics" videos to help you keep your car and passengers safe, and perhaps save a few quid... Forecourt Fixes guides you through the various tasks that can easily be performed by ANY driver...

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Friday, 10 March 2017

John Surtees dies aged 83

I was sad to hear of the death of John Surtees CBE, famously the only man to win world championships on both 2 wheels and 4.

Our thoughts go out to his family.

John Surtees won the Formula One World Championship for Ferrari in 1964, and before that, the son of a motorcycle dealer, dominated motorcycling’s highest levels, winning four world motorcycling titles from 1956 to 1960.

In 1962  he transferred his massive skills from 2 to 4 wheels, coming second in only his 2nd F1 race when pitted against such luminaries as Graham Hill. His talents soon caught the eye of Ferrari boss Enzo Ferrari whom he joined in 1963, and won his world title with the following season.

Truly a champion of champions, and having met and interviewed Sir John, yes, I believe  he should have been knighted such were his contributions to motor sports. John was a champion gentleman too,  a very unaggressive and unassuming man and a gentle man, yet in interviewing him many times one one sensed an iron will within.

But John seemed to lose heart after the untimely death of his son Henry in a freak motor racing accident. John devoted his tireless energies thereafter to charity works raising millions for charities concerned with head injuries, even selling at auction recently his treasured F1 champions book, a massive tome, an exhaustive history of F1, its ownership limited to only those who had reached the absolute pinnacle of motor sports. 

It is extremely unlikely that anyone will ever repeat John's feats, the times are very different. Like his contemporaries, John could and did drive anything and everything. He was competitive in everything, saloons, sports cars, even the mighty CanAm cars. But it was in the rather fragile Ferrari that his smooth driving style shone, forming a strong relationship with “il Commendatore”, Enzo Ferrari, the legendary boss of Ferrari, though they were later to fall out mostly over safety.

For all his time on 2 wheels and 4, John not only survived in an era when many didn't, but he had very few crashes, again a testament to his smooth driving. 

I will miss his willingness to chat any time we met, especially at Goodwood events which he came to every year. Many will miss him for his talents, others who met him for his charm. His name will stay in the record books for ever and that's entirely fitting. He achieved every goal he set himself, and there are few who can say that.

RIP John Surtees. 

Graham Benge