- Nothing a mug of tea and a fresh outlook can't solve... (yes I know I am one of the only dismal people to have a mug celebrating British Leyland's 50th!)

Right, well, at least half a year has gone by since I have had anything to do with DriveTribe, so I'll get my least favourite and probably the most boring bit of this article, out of the way.

Video for those who want to watch instead of read.

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Apologies for the absence!

I mainly want to apologise for being absent from DriveTribe for so long. Recently over the past 6-8 months, or pretty much since the London Motor Show 2019, I have had one thing after another going on in my personal life and I haven't had the time or the inspiration to think of any articles, or really have chance to work on anything. I won't go into all of the reasons, but one of the main things is that I have now left the motor trade. I have started a new career which requires a lot of training (although I'd still love to be a full time journalist one day). I also want to apologise to Ben Koenig and members of the MG Owners Club tribe. Ben helped me set up the tribe earlier in 2019 and I have left it out on a limb without telling anyone. I am trying to add more and more in the coming weeks to the tribe and even though I am no longer the joint leader with Ben, I hope you will accept me back into the community. Not only has Ben but other members (Patricia Pedrosa, Rob Burnett, Jim Murray Jones, John Coleman and a smattering of others), helped me get my content out there over the past year and for that I apologise to you all but it does neatly move me on to my next point!

The Thank You's!

Now I would like to thank everybody listed above and anyone who has helped me over the past year. I really couldn't have done it without you! Whether it was advice on how to section out an article, set up a tribe, or promoting my content. I just want to thank you. I'm hoping 2020 will be my first proper year of many, writing here on DriveTribe and I hope you will all continue to support me as you have in the past.

The Future Plans.

Right now that's the boring 'soppy' stuff out of the way I can get talking about what I plan on developing for DriveTribe in the future.

Piloting Extremely Nice In Scotland 287

Now most of us here on DriveTribe, have watched The Grand Tour (if you haven't get, Amazon Prime and watch it, as it's never too late). In Season 3 Ep.7, the trio set out in 3 Italian classic sports cars toward Scotland, with the aim of doing the North Coast 500. While the NC500 is one of the most beautiful driving routes in the world, the trio decides to take a route suggested by Hammond. For once this turned out to be a good thing with Hammond's new route becoming a favourite among his fellow presenters and them eventually naming the route 'The Piloting Extremely Nicely In Scotland 287' or PENIS287 for short.

May, Clarkson and Hammond take in the views on the PENIS287.

May, Clarkson and Hammond take in the views on the PENIS287.

My aim is to research the route taken by the GT team and try to recreate it as much as possible, stopping at the same places en'route. Now although it is quite a short trip once you set off from Inverness Castle, I intend to document the whole trip and hopefully produce a small 'guide' like book along with articles for DriveTribe. So if you were involved with the making of the show or in the unlikely but surprising case that one of the trio reads this, please get in touch!

Project MG-3

As most of my regular readers know, I currently drive a 2014 MG-3. Now it is in no way the most exciting car in the world. I actually seem to recall Hammond or Jeremy call it abysmal once. I aim to change that. Now I have one of the last British 'built' MG's, which means that I have taken quite a shining to it in comparison to a post 2016 model MG. So I want to develop the 3 into something that I personally believe it should have been released as in the first place. A hot hatch. This means that some of the cars components will have to be changed or modified to work to my advantage. I don't want to say much more than that as I'll put it all in the articles as the project develops.

My MG-3 at the Longbridge factory back in February 2019

My MG-3 at the Longbridge factory back in February 2019

I want your input!

Let me know what you would like me to cover! Is there some odd old forgotten classic car that you would like me to do an article on? If so let me know! Whether it be an old boring British Leyland banger, modern supermini, luxury sports car, or anything else, chances are I may be able to get hold of one for an article.

Once again thank you

Thanks to those who are still reading after my break and this very long winded article. If you would like to get in touch please do so through direct messenger. I look forward to the next article! - Josh

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