Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Special Profile - Mike Turner of Cuff Miller

In a special edition of UKMotorTalk, as part of Littlehampton's Ford dealership, Cuff Miller's 70th Anniversary, Graham Benge talks to Mike Turner about the longevity of the business, and some of the characters involved throughout its history.

Mike also shares the ingredients of what has made the business successful, and his view of the current state of the car market in the UK.

Thanks to Cuff Miller

UKMotorTalk - Special Profile - Mike Turner of Cuff Miller, a Ford dealership in Littlehampton

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Ford Anglia Cosworth drag-racer and Focus RS

At the Cuff Miller 70th Anniversary event, UKMotorTalk's Graham Benge talks to Cuff Miller's Michael Gates about an extraordinary car... A 1950s Ford Anglia that is now adapted for drag-racing with a Cosworth engine...

They also talk Mountune Performance Parts and what they can do to a Focus RS...

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Ford Popular 100E @ Cuff Miller 70

Are Dash Cams really the future of road safety?

I have been on record for many years denigrating the use of speed cameras as a means of improving driving behaviour. I suggest that only the visual presence of marked police traffic cars really makes drivers adjust the manner of their driving.

Perhaps then it's time to modify my views as the development of dash cam technology seems to have overtaken my thinking...

Dash cams are everywhere! They are cheap, easy to install and use, and insurance companies seem to like their use.

Now four police areas in Wales are to pilot a scheme which will accept dash cam footage which shows bad driving and will use it in court as the basis of a prosecution.

One of the UK's most senior traffic cops, Jane Willets, says she broadly supports the initiative and is watching the pilot project with interest. Her view is that, after years of cuts, with only 4000 specially trained traffic cops across the entire UK, the technology may now allow them to use dash cam offerings to prosecute the worst cases and to educate others to drive more safely.

Think about the numbers and you can understand that view. 4000 traffic cops in the UK. That's just over 1300 per shift, and, given that they are normally rostered in pairs, that's just 650 cars on the road at any time. Those 650 traffic cars are effectively policing 30 million cars!!!

However, the trial organisers won't accept just any clips sent to them...

They are well aware of privacy issues so, no anonymous clips. No clips sent to social media or the internet. And anyone taking part must be prepared to be a witness in court.

Perhaps using this technology will help improve driving behaviour, but I would still rather see more police cars on the road. Perhaps then my daily journeys wouldn't make me witness so much crass, rude and downright dangerous driving.

Graham Benge

Monday, 21 August 2017

Ford Cortina Estate Mk1 1966 @ Cuff Miller 70

The 1966 Ford Cortina Mk1 Estate proved of great interest to many visitors to
Littlehampton's Cuff Miller 70th Anniversary event.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Britain's Drink Drive death and injury figures increase

Like many people I thought we had got on top of the drink driving problems of past years. Only last week, when writing about micro cars, I used the phrase "regained some control".

A combination of decades of horrifying tv ads, better education, and social pressures, seemed to have exercised controls over those who might have been tempted to drink drive. It was even hailed as a  government awareness success story by several transport ministers.

It comes as a shock therefore, to discover that, and featured in very small stories in weekend newspapers, deaths and injuries directly attributable to drink driving have in fact increased.

Department of Transport statistics for 2015 show 1370 deaths and serious injuries, up 4.5 percent on the previous year. Or, to put it another way, 60 more people killed or seriously injured in drink drive related accidents on Britain's roads.

The number of drink driver collisions resulting in slight (4570) or minor (5730) injuries was also an increase on the 2014 figures.

Will we never learn?

ANY alcohol will dangerously impair your ability to drive. Forget the "1 pint I'll be ok" mantra.

There is NO safe limit.

Graham Benge