Archive for May, 2011

The new V8 Somerset Ladder

Monday, May 16th, 2011

I’d never driven a car with a tax disc that does 0-60mph in 2.3 before. Funny that, because they don’t crop up every day. Easily the most scary but enjoyable driving seat experience of my life. Because it’s so sickeningly rapid I will excuse the Atom 500 for not actually having a regular V8 engine sound at all.

This is my drive up a hill for Fifth Gear

Here is the item that went out on the TV with me and Tiff trying to tame the thing.

Weather’s been too good to blog

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Crap excuse I know, and not entirely true. One thing the decent climate has done is accelerate the process of de-hibernation. The Dodge is back out on the road. After a little clutch seizing mishap (damn you cold winter snap) and then some issues with the alternator supply wire things are running ok.

I get a lot of Twitter followers asking for info about my Dodge so figured it might be time to put the link back up from EVO magazine for further info.

In a country where the cost of fuel is rocketing skywards and the cost of living is chasing it hard, there is still something deeply satisfying about getting free road tax on a 6.3-litre V8 dinosaur. It feels even better when you see those tax discs on modern fast metal that say £950. £950 buys quite a lot of unleaded and valve saving potion.

Next step, replace the piddly alternator supply wire, remove the instrument panel (to start making more than the ammeter work) and take it to John Sleath’s Yorkshire barn of V8 worship for a well overdue rolling road session. That flat spot on acceleration is pishing me right off.