Weekly wheelspin: Exam results, advice from Jeremy Clarkson, flash floods and emergency landings

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Author: | Updated: 17 Aug 2018 16:27

There were tears of joy and tears of sadness this week. Yup, it was A-Level results time. Teens around the UK were awarded the highest proportion of As and A*s since 2012, amid changes toughening the exams in England. Give yourselves a pat on the back.


Elsewhere, Elon Musk has been accused by rapper Azealia Banks of tweeting while on acid which might explain some of his more recent social media output. He could have more trouble coming his way though. Having tweeted about Tesla going private, he’s now under investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission as a result. Oh-err.

In the news

It was National Cycle to Work Day this week, on the same day it was National Relaxation Day. Who makes these things up and how could it be both?

Outside of overthinking the quirks of made up days on social media, we put together a handy guide which answers some of motorists most pressing questions about their two-wheeled pals. Why don’t cyclists…

Driver and cylist getting along

The all-new BMW 3 Series underwent dynamic testing at the Nurburgring this week, ahead of its reveal at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

The whole development process of the seventh generation saloon has been geared towards enhanced sporty flair, and from what we’ve heard so far it sounds like its achieved exactly that.


Don’t shoot the messenger but we’re getting close to back-to-school, so we’ve refreshed our top five seven-seater’s for the school run article. If your main concern is bragging rights and looking the best on the school run, we’d probably opt for the Audi Q7.

Perhaps the biggest news this week was the horrific collapse of a bridge in Genoa, Italy which sent vehicles about 300 feet into “a heap of rubble below”, and so far has seen at least 35 people declared dead.

Genoa Bridge

The bridge sits 295 feet high and runs just over half a mile, with the section of the bridge which collapsed spanning over 650 feet. Our thoughts go out to all affected.

On social

As mentioned, its A-Level results week. Which means it’s also time for Jeremy Clarkson to roll out his annual motivational tweet about how he got a C and two Us but now has the right to be freely obnoxious to people he’s considerably richer than, which is most people. Here’s this year’s humblebrag:

Ongoing for three years now it’s really become something we always look out for. 2016’s remains a highlight:

Meanwhile, excitement abounds in the States as a light aircraft had to make an emergency landing. Be advised, the dashcam footage features lots of loud hyperbole and constant use of the phrase: “Oh my gosh!”

That's not the only exciting thing to happen on the other side of the pond this week as a New Jersey dealership's Jeeps and Rams got swept away by a raging flood resulting in a mountain of soaked and bashed-up trucks and SUVs.

It's beginning to feel like the end times a little bit innit?

Leasing dealhunters

We’ve made no bones about the fact we think low deposit leasing is the future of the industry and key to convincing more people to lease.

With this in mind, we’ve produced a top five collecting some of our favourite cars currently available with a low initial payment. The list includes the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Volkswagen T-Roc. Give it a look…


Latest reviews

When the Mercedes-Benz X-Class came along last year, Mercedes heralded it as the world’s first truly premium pick-up truck.

But while that three-pointed badge on the grille of a truck is always a sign of a quality product, was it really the first premium pick-up?

Mercedes X-Class vs Volkswagen Amarok lead

We recently put the great pretender head-to-head with the Volkswagen Amarok to see which really has bragging rights.

And finally…

This week we got to wondering if there were any good car tattoos out there. There are. But there's a lot of bad ones too...

Tattoo fails

This left me going down a dark inky rabbit hole to discover some of the best and worst. Check them out here.

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