Much to the relief of the diehard fans such as myself, Formula 1 is back - with the Australian Grand Prix concluding itself on Sunday. But is it back with a bang, or are there still some fundamental issues that need ironing out?
As this article gets written on this sunny Friday afternoon, McLaren have blown an engine in the final day of testing, and have logged zero laps. Meanwhile, the Toro Rosso Honda is currently third in the time sheets, and while timings don't matter a lot in testing, they have also almost always logged over 100 laps each day. Clearly - painfully - something isn't right at Woking.
Sometimes it seems as though every third car that you see when driving hoists the famous blue oval. You don't exactly have to look far and wide to witness one. But how is it that Ford manage to embed their way in the hearts of the road user?
It's hard to escape the fact that diesel is "so last decade" these days. Once hailed as the future of consumer motoring, it has fallen from grace in the most spectacular fashion in the last few years - thanks mainly to Volkswagen's 'dieselgate', and a greater understanding of the environmental impacts.
To buy a brand new diesel car today isn't considered a particularly smart move, but that doesn't change the fact that hundreds of thousands of diesel cars still flood the used car market, and some of them are temptingly cheap. But should you buy one if you're looking for a set of wheels on a budget?
The 2017 season of Formula 1 went almost as quickly as it came, and, for me at least, it was a season of two halves. Before the summer break, the 2017 season was shaping up to become one of the classics; something I'd argue we haven't seen since 2012. We had two titans fighting for the title, using every ounce of strength in their bodies... that was until Ferrari faltered and Hamilton took advantage big time come autumn. Sigh.
But once again, there was absolutely no discussion regarding McLaren when it came to title contention talks.
Jaguar's newest showing of styling brilliance powered in mid to late last year to try and emphasise the importance of not just being practical, but being fast at the same time. The 2017 Jaguar E-Pace HSE has masses of storage space alongside it's burly engine, taking 'Sports Utility Vehicle' and underlining both 'sports' and 'utility' with a bright red pen.
When you're asked what the best car chase scene in a movie is, does your brain wander to the new, high budget movies with stunning visual effects like Baby Driver, The Fast and the Furious, or John Wick? Or are the classics your thing, like Gone in 60 Seconds, or Vanishing Point?
For me, it's an easy choice - Bullitt.