Range Rover Evoque review

Resource’s Editor, Lisa, was one of the first journalists in the UK to test drive the striking, groundbreaking Range Rover Evoque production car. She was flown to Edinburgh this week to test drive it around the wilds of Scotland, both on-road and off. A fan of the car ever since she first saw the drawing board designs when the concept LRX was launched, it looks like the Evoque will be joining the Resource stable. Read her review of the car here in full.

Easy Rider // made.com

We love bikes. And while we may not clamber onto two wheels as often as we’d like to (admittedly, the Resource team are not hardcore, go-anywhere cyclists now that we’ve moved our HQ back to the mean streets of London), cycling aesthetics please us in many ways: from the, erm, alluring lycra outfits that enticed us to watch each and every stage of the Tour de France, to the mechanics and design of bikes. Whether it’s a super-cool fixed gear affair ridden by a Shoreditch hipster or a precision engineered racing machine, we love.
Made.com, the website currently responsible for us living beyond our means, has a shiny new old-school Hollander bike now on its beautiful books. Designed for comfort, it’s available in vintage pink, buttermilk cream and khaki green with leather-look handles for a smooth ride. Priced at £179 (compared to a high street price of £549), we’re thinking of trading in the Prius.

On Our Bikes // Tweed Run

The combination of dressing up in our finest country garb with bike-riding and a proper knees-up in Shoreditch is a winning one for us. The Tweed Run, now an annual fixture in the London hipster calendar, takes place this year on Saturday 9 April. With limited places available, registration for the event takes place on Saturday 26 February – bear in mind that all places were snapped up in just 45 minutes last year. Dig out your flat caps, cycling capes and plus-fours for a jolly stylish ride through the streets of the metropolis. Prizes will be given for those most handsomely dressed, and for the best cycle. There’s also a prize for the best moustache, so there’s still time to start your facial cultivation! The 10-mile jaunt will take in the city’s most famous landmarks, stopping for a spot of tea en route, with the whole shebang winding its way to the fashionable streets of Shoreditch.

Ferrari Fun Ride

Entertainment when travelling to other countries doesn’t always have to be serious and high-brow. And while we are self-confessed culture vultures here at Resource, we think we can guess the first pit-stop being made by members of our team who are travelling to Abu Dhabi next week. The fact that they’re petrolheads makes a visit to Ferrari World, opening next week, an absolute must – and it looks like such fun. We are most excited about the park’s Ferrari rollercoaster, featuring Ferrari F430 Spider-styled cars and seats, which will see our team sharpening their elbows to make sure they get to the front car. With acceleration at over 1G and a high-speed of 95km/hr, this is a ride fit for rollercoaster aficionados. Unashamed high-speed fun, under a gloriously high-tech roof. Opens 4th November 2010.
Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, UAE

His Eyes On The Prize

We never used to be fans of Formula One here at Resource – a sport spending too much money on big boys’ toys and riddled with in-fighting and politics, as far as we were humbly concerned. Some of the team were living in Spain for a few years, watching the Fernando Alonso craze reach fever pitch. We still weren’t bothered. Until… enter stage left Lewis Hamilton: a beautiful boy with excellent manners and a skill of mind-boggling, fearless proportions. Not only can this boy drive, but his media presence is a rare thing indeed. Stopping politely for interviews and avoiding the back-stabbing methods of his former pocket-size team-mate, Hamilton is our new favourite sportsman. Even after being pipped to the post in last season’s competition (cue cries of ‘he was robbed’ by the Resource team), Hamilton is firmly back on track (so to speak) with a win at the first race of the new season in Melbourne. We’re very much looking forward to his cohesive overviews of his many winning races and just hoping he’s ditched those awful shiny suits. Come on Lewis!

We’ve Seen The Future…


… And it’s beautiful. 60-year-old Land Rover’s LRX hybrid-crossover is a catalogue of technological advancements and incredible detailing, without losing sight of the brand’s core values. From the iPhone docking system, to its tyres engraved with the LRX logo; from the spacious interior that glows colourfully depending on how the vehicle is being used (green for economy mode, red in sports mode, blue in standard), to the floating LCD graphics on its electronic display; from its 4×4 agility, to its sound environment credentials. Muscular yet sleek, the compact two-door signifies the future of the Land Rover brand: lighter (thanks to the use of polycarbonates and aluminium), more environmentally friendly (from chromium-free dyes, carpeting made from sustainable source, fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles, improved fuel efficiency and reduced C02 emissions) and yet still practical and gorgeous, the LRX is expected to hit showrooms in three years. Your iPhone is going to have to wait a long time for its rather swanky new mobile home.



Speedy Baby

Roller Buggy

If one of your resolutions (and, quite frankly, whose isn’t?) is to get fit in the new year, then one of the most obscure, bonkers and yet brilliant ideas we’ve seen is the Roller Buggy. Invented by an Austrian designer, and produced by Pix Studio, the baby buggy boasts a retractable scooter platform meaning that when the busy pavements clear before you, you can pull out the platform and speed off. With chunky wheels and all the safety equipment needed to keep your baby tucked safely into its seat, it’s perfect to increase your heart rate when you’re out in the park. No more risky than the three-wheelers you see being pushed around by joggers, it means that having a baby is no longer an excuse to pile on a few extra pounds. (We’re just hoping that the lady in the picture didn’t hit a high kerb when speeding through Manhattan as she appears to have mis-laid her child. An unfortunate publicity shot, certainly).

Join The Club

MINI Clubman

We love clever additions to things we already love – nay, cherish. Take the MINI, for example. The Resource team have always coveted a fleet of the little beauties. As well as the super-cute exterior design, it’s the interior features that we love. The latest MINIs push the extras envelope even further with the some quirky little accessories that make driving even more pleasurable – that’s what it’s all about, after all. We especially love the new start button, which roars your little beast into action; the new stereo that automatically increases in volume when you put your foot down is rather nifty; the air-conditioned glovebox, so you can keep your Purdey’s or Diet Coke lovely and chilled, is a downright necessity; with the pièce de resistance being BMW’s iPhone connection capabilities. A very modern take on a design classic.

The new Clubman goes on sale in the UK on 10 November.
Visit Cotswold MINI for more information: www.cotswoldmini.co.uk

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