Top 30 pet names Brits give to their cars

Gareth Herincx

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David Baddiel - The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars

Betsy, George and Beast have topped a list of the most popular ‘pet’ names for cherished cars.

A study of 2,000 drivers found four in 10 have named a car, with Bessie, Betty, Bertha, and Bertie also common monikers.

Boris, Lucy, and Dolly completed the top 10, with other popular names including Bella, Priscilla, and Rusty.

It also emerged 60% feel they grow emotionally attached to their car, with 37% going as far as to say they feel like it is a friend or family member.

The stats emerged in a study by Your Red Car, a new online auto marketplace powered by Santander.

They’ve partnered with writer and comedian, David Baddiel, to bring seven real life memoirs of cherished cars to life in a series of short stories, entitled The Adventures of Pre-Loved Cars.

“Cars aren’t just transport – every car you own can bring back a memory of your life as it was then,” said David.

The study also found 31% of drivers refer to their cars as ‘she/her’, while 19% say ‘he/him’.

Others express their love for their cars by buying accessories (36%) and talking to them (32%).

Top 30 most popular car names

  1. Betsy
  2. George
  3. Beast
  4. Bessie
  5. Betty
  6. Bertha
  7. Bertie
  8. Boris
  9. Lucy
  10. Dolly
  11. Molly
  12. Baby
  13. Bella
  14. Blue
  15. Priscilla
  16. Bluebird
  17. Rusty
  18. Jack
  19. Milly
  20. Roxy
  21. Dave
  22. Suzie
  23. Peggy
  24. Percy
  25. Cherry
  26. Daisy
  27. Phoebe
  28. Bert
  29. Billy
  30. Fiona

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Win a James Bond driving experience

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Drive 007’s car, wear his clothes, and watch an exclusive screening of the icon’s new film...

Specialist car dealership Dick Lovett is celebrating the release of the latest Bond movie in style, offering one lucky entrant the chance to spend a day in the shoes of the MI6 agent.

The winner will be given the ultimate driving experience – a test drive in an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera on the open roads and motorways of South-West England starting from Aston Martin’s state-of-the-art showroom in Bristol.

You will be accompanied by an Aston Martin pro driver who will show you all the buttons, gadgets, tips and tricks for driving this powerful car.

Of course, driving the car isn’t enough. Dick Lovett will also pay* for a full tuxedo fitting to make sure you get to test drive in style and provide two tickets to a screening of No Time To Die on location in the Everyman Cinema in Bristol.

All you need to do to enter is explain why you are the biggest Bond fan. Maybe you can recite all the words to every film, or you were born on the same day one was released? Either way, Dick Lovett wants to hear why you deserve to be Bond for a day. Entries close on 19 September 2021.

* Full competition terms and conditions.

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Harold Baggott – from Ford Model T to Mustang Mach-E

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Centenarian Harold Baggott, who learned to drive in a Ford Model T, has demonstrated an all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E to his great-grandchildren.

The event took place at the British Motor Museum, Beaulieu, near the Hampshire home of Harold, who still drives daily.

The 101-year-old’s great-grandchildren, Felix and Charlie, also got to ride in a Model T – the same as Harold first drove on private land in 1930.

“Since the age of 10, I’ve retained my interest in motoring and today find myself interested in the switch to electrification following the government phasing out the traditional combustion engines I’m used to,” said Harold.

“I have reminisced about my driving history with the Model T and seen what the future has in store. It was exciting to get behind the wheel of what I expect to see my great grandchildren will be driving.”

After Harold got his driving licence in 1936 (the first year they were introduced), he purchased his first car (a Ford 8 Popular) in 1937 for £100, followed by a Ford Anglia the next year.

Since then his family has owned 20 Fords privately, as well as Ford commercial vehicles in chassis form, converted into coaches for a fleet of 140 run by their travel and coach business.

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UK’s best wild beauty spots revealed by MINI

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MINI UK has discovered the Top 10 wildest beauty locations in the UK, helping Countryman owners beat the busiest spots for an off the beaten track adventure this summer.

From waterways to peaks and underground caves, more than 100 nature-based destinations were identified and judged against two sets of criteria – popularity and wildness. The average of these scores then determined the best, undiscovered and wild hidden gems of 2021.

Taking the number one spot is Uyea in Shetland, Scotland, an uninhabited island which lies off the Northmavine peninsula and is only accessible at low tide. There are several natural arches along its rocky coastline and challenging rock climbs, making it the perfect destination for the avid adventurer.

Top 10 ‘wild wonder’ destinations

Rank Location County Country
1 Uyea Shetland Scotland
2 Llyn Dinas Gwynedd Wales
3 Binevenagh County Londonderry Northern Ireland
4 Gaping Gill North Yorkshire England
5 Whiteless Pike Cumbria England
6 Llyn Glaslyn Gwynedd Wales
7 Pedn Vounder Beach Cornwall England
8 Sgwd Yr Eira Powys Wales
9 The Roaches Staffordshire England
10 Fingal’s Cave Inverness-shire Scotland

MINI reckons the Countryman is the ideal companion for a wild, go-anywhere adventure, offering the perfect balance of space and versatility.

It has plenty of room on the inside to pack everything owners need to explore the great outdoors, plus the roof rack means bringing along bikes, surfboards or extra luggage is made easy.

To discover more than 100 hidden gem locations and find those closest to you, try MINI’s new interactive map.

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Unusual Facts About Car Tyres

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While you may be familiar with the basics of car tyres, there are plenty of interesting and unusual facts that you still may not be aware of. Let’s take a look at some!

Tyres can be recycled into a variety of products!

With the help of the recycling process, tyres can now be recycled into multiple products. Due to this great initiative, the quantity of scrap rubber has decreased in the landfills. Recycled tyres are commonly used for roading, artificial turf and playground mats.

Ever thought of where the word “tyre” came from?

The word “tyre” or “tire” was originated from “attire” as this product was seen as clothing for the wheels. Pretty cool, eh?

What’s a Dot Code?

Tyres actually have the date they were produced, written on their sidewall, it’s called a dot code. The first two numbers indicate the week in which they were produced, whereas, the last two numbers indicate the year they were produced in. Every tyre has a dot code which should be checked properly before buying new tyres so that you don’t get tricked into buying expired tyres.

Run-flat tyres have the ability to work for a while with no air in them!

Reinforced sidewalls of run-flat tyres enable them to travel without any air in the tyre. Therefore, run flat tyre gives an advantage as with them, you don’t need an emergency roadside repair. However, once punctured, it is not advisable to repair a run-flat tyre as that may affect its structural integrity. It’s better to just replace them!

Winter tyres are not only required during snowfall!

Winter tyres are not just required on icy or snowy roads, rather they are suitable for temperature below 10 degrees. This is because their optimal tread pattern and special rubber prevent them from getting stiff in the cold.

Thanks for reading! If you happen to be in the tyre market, looking for new tyres in Basingstoke, contact Headley Tyres – With a team of trained professionals, Headley Tyre Shop Basingstoke is always ready to pick and fit your new tyres and have your car up and running in no time.

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