Jaguar confirms September reveal for all-new XE

Jaguar has confirmed its all-new XE Saloon will be revealed in London on 8 September.

The Gaydon manufacturer has confirmed some of the first technical details of the crucial BMW 3-series rival, which Jaguar says “combines thrilling performance, agile handling and precise, responsive steering, with outstanding levels of refinement”.

The XE will be equipped with F-type-inspired double wishbone front suspension made from aluminium, which Jaguar claims results in stiffness levels equivalent to the larger XFR sports saloon and the sophisticated rear suspension is an integral link set-up that also uses aluminium extensively. Jaguar says this system “delivers sharp response and handling while retaining a refined, luxurious ride”.

Porsche 911 Limited Edition

A limited edition Porsche 911 Turbo S to commemorate 40 years of the 911 turbo has been revealed. It is a 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB edition and is unique to the UK market and only 40 will be built.

The new variant has been designed to incorporate styling cues from the original 911 Turbo 930.  It features a black rear upper spoiler, Sport Classic wheels in black, black finished exterior door handles, and the black Porsche script along the sills.

Other special kit includes carbonfibre door sill guards with ‘911 Turbo S – Exclusive GB Edition’ in illuminated lettering, carbonfibre interior trim, including the PDK gear lever and bespoke floor mats with leather edging and decorative stitching.

The 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is available in a choice of three exterior colours: silver, white or red.

Bolton Classic Car Rally has returned

A CLASSIC car rally, last held eight years ago, is making a comeback to Bolton to raise money for the mayor’s charity which will provide funds for Bolton Hospice, Bolton Lads and Girls Club, and the Sensory Centre for the Blind and Fortalice.

So far 50 vehicles of all ages and makes which includes Fred Dibnah’s Land Rover have been signed up for the classic car run which will start in Victoria Square, Bolton, and take in 50 miles of the Lancashire countryside.

The rally, on Sunday, April 6, will set off from Victoria Square at 10.30am at which point the participants will be given their route, which is kept a mystery until the day.

Prescott Bike Festival

Prescott Bike Festival takes place on Sunday April 6, featuring plenty of action on the Prescott hillclimb near Cheltenham as well as a host of family activities with proceeds going to the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes and Severn Freewheelers.

The fourth annual event will be larger than ever before, with even more bike manufacturers and clubs confirmed, plus a large display of historic, modern and race bikes on display in the paddock, demo areas, passenger rides, stunt show, trade stalls, live music, good food and a host of entertainment both on and off the track to keep the whole family amused.

Special guest appearances include: former three times British Superbike Champion and Bloodbike ambassador John Reynolds, MotoGP commentator Steve Parrish, racer Michael Rutter and motorcycle adventurer Nick Sanders.

Do community speed watch volunteers work?

Lots of villages now have speed watch volunteers.  The question is whether or not they have a long term impact on speed and accident reduction?

The main people who drive over the limit are mostly mums driving their kids to and from school, followed by the infamous white van man.

The speed watch volunteers spend their time recording speeds through their villages, but despite the fluorescent jackets, their powers are limited.  If a driver far exceeds the speed limit say by 10mph they can write to the local police with the vehicle details.  Officers will then check that the vehicle is being driven legally and then write to them warning them about their speeding.

Suffolk Police state that since their CSW initiative started in 2009, 51 schemes have been set up across the county with the volunteers are trained by police, sites are vetted and then volunteers are left to decide how often they operate.

Suffolk Police have issued nearly 43000 fixed penalty notices for speeding in 2012 with 16000 licences endorsed and 2900 prosecutions.  The fastest recording speeding offence was 129mph in a 70mph zone.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), has said that Community Speed Watch schemes can be a useful way of monitoring speeds and encouraging drivers to stay within limits.

What do you think?