Another viral hit

What happens when you race a little Mazda MX-5 Miata against a Lamborghini, Porsche and other supercars? You get a viral smash hit – the most popular film ever to be distributed on Mazda Canada’s YouTube channel. If you look closely you’ll see me in the Porsche. That’s one of the perks of being the producer!

It was more than a motorhome… it was a car I could go to the bathroom in

After a short 2,000km drive from Brisbane to Cairns in a behemoth RV with my family (and after selling my beloved 1972 Bay Window VW to fund the trip) I shared my experience with the readers of The Telegraph. It made the cover of the paper’s motoring section and two pages inside. If only I’d thought of writing this before the trip!

The world’s first hybrid rallyist…

Top Gear Prius Rally

…er, that would be me. And my good mate Tim Bampton. If you google either of us, it’s more than likely that this is what you’ll find first – our assault on the 2002 Midnight Sun to Red Sea Marathon Rally, in a works-prepared Toyota Prius. It was a genuine world first. Seriously, no one had ever thought to race a hybrid before us. And, whilst it was pretty slow going at times, we finished the event (not last!) and I wrote about it for, amongst others, Top Gear and The Daily Telegraph. We also blogged daily – before it was even called blogging – produced web video and an hour-long documentary and were even tracked live by satellite. So I’d better put this in all three of my categories: car stuff, tech stuff and travel stuff! Want to read a bit about it – then click here: TG Rally Story