Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee Overland CRD review

June 28th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

I’m sitting in Wellington airport as I write this review, listening to a woman talking loudly on the phone next to me advising her client how not to go bankrupt. What’s more distracting is that her client’s name is Darren, so every time she mentions his name it’s doubly attention-grabbing. The conversation pulls my focus away and proves how difficult it is for me to do two things at once. Continue reading “Jeep: 2015 Grand Cherokee Overland CRD review” »

Toyota: 2014 Land Cruiser Prado VX V6 review

May 13th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham

toyota-land-cruiser-prado-2014-rear-quarterOne of those ads out there says that big is good. This Land Cruiser is so big that each one they build has a bottle of champagne cracked across its bow and is released from the factory down a slipway. Continue reading “Toyota: 2014 Land Cruiser Prado VX V6 review” »

Land Rover Defender 110 Station Wagon 2012 Review

November 28th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

Go back to the late 1940s and you’ll find a fledgling off-roader scrabbling for traction in a post-War economy. The market for luxury cars was pretty sour after the War, but plenty of utility vehicles were needed for farming and industry as the world rebuilt itself. Along came the Land Rover Series I.

Sixty years later, while almost every other vehicle has evolved into something better-handling, more comfortable and faster, the Series I eventually became the Defender, making just incremental improvements, and remaining a no-nonsense and versatile mud plugger aimed at specialist applications off road.

To be perfectly honest, on the road the Defender is Continue reading “Land Rover Defender 110 Station Wagon 2012 Review” »

Hummer H3 commercial “New Math”

December 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Get 20MPG in highway and traverse 40% side slope with the new Hummer H3


Hummer H3 Alpha overview

December 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

King of the mountain: Hummer H3 Alpha overview

Massive end over end crash

December 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Huge crash at the Northern Off Road Club. Carnage starts at 0:30

Camel Trophy – Amazon

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mini documentary of the 1989 Camel Trophy in South America


Camel Trophy – overview

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Land Rover and Range Rover’s involvement over its last 10 years


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