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The ‘Brigadier General’: Bluffer in Chief

• By: Perry Robb

In the 70’s and 80’s the ‘Brigadier General’ ran the biggest and best known used car business in and around London. He client …

Old Sam

• By: Perry Robb

J.E. Coulters was my first place of work and the main Ford dealership in which the bold Constantine Rogan had introduced me to the finer machinations …

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Volvo XC40 – the Georg Jensen of Compact SUV’s

• By: Perry Robb

The Volvo name has always meant two things to me – quality and strength. In the 70’s and 80’s Volvos were the first choice of car for ev…

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Driverless Cars – the New Sinclair C5?

• By: Perry Robb

I know I’m closer to meeting my old ‘maker’ than many people, but is it me or are those ‘clever’ people who are currentl…

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All Fur Coat and No Knickers (Part 2)

• By: Perry Robb

The other chinless wonder lived slightly closer to home – let’s call him ‘Lord Edward Coates’. We used his family manor for va…

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All Fur Coat and No Knickers

• By: Perry Robb

The story of two privileged individuals with guttersnipe tendencies… As you would expect in a large Porsche centre close to London, we had all sorts…

Herbie Malloy, the Insurance Man’s Friend

• By: Perry Robb

In Belfast, in the 1970’s, the best operator in the motor trade, by a country mile, was the bold Herbie Malloy – always on the go, always look…

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The ‘Inscrutable’ Chinese Car Marketplace

• By: Perry Robb

The staggering growth in the Chinese economy over the past 25 years has been unbelievable for many of us who can still picture Chairman Mao holding hi…

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New Cars – No Servicing Required?

• By: Perry Robb

This week I called over to see how the new Fastlane body shop site at Elstree was progressing. Whilst the site isn’t officially due to open for …