The Mazda MX-5 has been one of the most popular and best-loved sports car on UK roads for nearly 25 years.
Whatever type of MX-5 you drive, old or new, we can provide big discounts for club members and, for every policy taken out, we’ll make a generous contribution to the club itself.
Whether your car is modified like Project Merlot, a standard motor, or a Eunos Roadster or Miata model, we have access to a wide range of underwriters specialising in sports and performance cars.
General manager Gerry Bucke said: “Unlike comparison websites, we don’t just run everything through a computer – we look at each risk individually and come up with a package to suit at the right price.
“We understand that owners of performance cars are more likely to look after them and often cherish them more than those who own standard motors.”
A range of other discounts are available, depending on the insurer, for:
- Limited mileage
- Security precautions
- Classic vehicles
- Experience of driving performance models and advanced driving qualifications
Among the benefits available are:
- Free legal cover
- Track day cover
- Protected NCB
- 90 days European Green Card cover
- Agreed value cover
- Increased limits for high-spec in-car entertainment systems
- Modified cars covered
Boasting tutors from various backgrounds, including motor racing and advanced driving instruction, CarKraft has become an award-winning road safety initiative. The course was designed with a view to reducing the number of drivers killed or seriously injured (KSI) as a result of car accidents in the Northamptonshire and surrounding areas.
Since the driver improvement scheme was established in 2001, over 3,000 young drivers have benefited from the wealth of knowledge and experience at their disposal. Based in Northamptonshire, the county actually saw the lowest number of KSIs recorded, during the year of 2011.
In 2012, CarKraft noticed a niche in the market, with regard to providing additional training and education for already qualified or older drivers. Since branching out to older and licenced drivers, a further 200 have embarked upon the sessions.
Operating at the state of the art purpose built facilities at Silverstone, the course offers an enthralling mix of workshops taking in educational tutorial sessions, with hands-on experience on simulated, adverse road conditions.
Driving research expert, Dr Julie Gandolfi, carried out a full and independent evaluation of the courses, with her findings subsequently being published by the Department for Transport as part of a best practice study.
To summarise her conclusions:-
Participants displayed improved attitudes to unsafe behaviours including speeding, drink driving, close following, thrill seeking, mobile phone use, overconfidence and aggression. Female participants displayed a greater degree of attitude change than males. These findings indicate that catching young road users prior to full-scale independent driving brought about the greatest improvements in attitudes.
It is with these changes in driver awareness, education and attitude in mind that we, here at Adrian Flux are proud to have sponsored the CarKraft initiative for a number of years, providing insurance cover for all of the cars and users whilst under tuition at the test centre.
Statistically, 1 in 5 new drivers – regardless of age – will have an accident within 6 months of passing their test (Source; brake.org.uk). However, with the education and insight that it provides, Adrian Flux are happy to place a markedly increased confidence in the skills of new drivers who have completed this course.
In fact, so much so, that all drivers that complete the CarKraft initiative are entitled to a £50 voucher, that can be redeemed against any car insurance policy at Adrian Flux.
For more information on the exceptional courses on offer, please go to www.carkraft.info or call 01604 346606.
Adrian Flux offer great rates for new drivers insurance with discounts available for a range of advanced driving qualifications. We also offer special learner driver insurance for those who want a bit more practice before their test. Call 0800 369 8590 for a no-obligation quote.
Expert wheeler dealer Mike Brewer is continuing his quest on Discovery tonight to trade up from a banger to a supercar.
In the third episode of Wheeler Dealers Trading Up, which airs at 9pm, Mike is in Sweden to look for – what else – Saabs and Volvos.
See how he gets on in his aim to trade up to a $30,000 sportscar and have a sneak preview on us.
Mike gets his hands on a classic Saab 96:
And goes banger racing:
This may well be the worst example ever seen of an attempt to defraud motor insurers. Purely in terms of execution it would be hard to surpass the poor quality of this Russian pedestrian’s attempt to extort money.
Equipped, we presume, with a skinful of vodka and with all the acting skills of a Crossroads extra, he meanders along the middle of the road, waiting for his attempted victim to ‘hit’ him. Unfortunately this kind of thing is so common in Russia that dashcams are pretty much standard issue for the honest motorist, so the entire escapade is caught on camera. Once the bemused driver has let the ‘victim’ know he’s on camera, he trudges off dejectedly.
Criminal fraudsters here in the UK aren’t always so obvious, but dashcams can help insurers detect dodgy behaviour and save you from the costs of a fraudulent claim. That’s why Adrian Flux can offer great discounts of up to 15% to drivers who fit an approved dashcam, such as a ChilliBongo.
If you’ve seen a more egregious dive than this (that doesn’t involve Luis Suarez), let us know in the comments.
I love a bargain banger. In fact the last two cars I bought each cost me less than £800 and, touch wood, they have cost me considerably less to run than the ‘sensible’ purchase I have run alongside them for the last three years. They have also been a lot more enjoyable, and the patina of age has given them personality.
But am I doing this wrong? Perhaps so. What if you could get a bargain banger, clean it up, maybe do a bit of work on it and swap it for something nicer? And what if you repeated the process with the car you got in return? If you rinse and repeat a few times, could you end up with something really nice, like, say, a supercar?
Well, wonder no more, because Mike Brewer, off of Wheeler Dealers, is putting all of his car trading nous to the test in Trading Up, a new series on the Discovery Channel this evening. Starting in India with $3,000, Mike will be travelling the world over the next six weeks as he attempts to turn that initial investment into a genuine supercar. Along the way he promises to show us some used car dealer tips and tricks that can make a car worth more.
Here’s a sneak preview, but you can catch the whole series on Discovery HD tonight at 9pm. Set your Sky+
Edit: The video says 10pm. The Discovery website says 9pm, so does the Sky guide. 9pm is the correct time, so make sure you don’t miss it!
Friend of Flux Jonny Smith finds out just how tough it is to drive an F1 car when he gets to grips with a high tech driving simulator that top teams use to train their drivers in tonight’s episode of Fifth Gear on Discovery (8pm). Here’s how he got on:
And with summer just around the corner (no, really) do you fancy driving some of the best sports cars around for under £5,000? Have a look at these three bargains:
Wheeler Dealers returns to our screens on Tuesday, February 19, looking for a deal on the most successful Aston Martin ever made – the legendary DB7.
Throughout the series, which starts at 9pm on Discovery, Mike Brewer and Edd China buy, restore and sell a range of iconic motors from across the UK, USA and Poland.
They kick off with the glorious DB7, the cheapest of which normally sell for around £16,000. But Mike is looking for the best possible deal and finds a tired trade-in with interior water leaks and external oil leaks at a large main dealer, and successfully beats the price down to below £13,500.
We’ve got a sneak peak as Mike takes the Aston for a spin:
Our favourite motoring journalist Jonny Smith, who is busy restoring an old Enfield electric car in a British speed record bid backed by Adrian Flux, returns with a new series of Fifth Gear on Monday (February 11) on Discovery.
Jonny teams up with Tiff Needell, Jason Plato and Vicki Butler-Henderson for the latest series of the motoring show.
In the new series Jonny heads to Norway to test new cars on the ultimate mountain highway, Tiff experiences the thrills of the Frontline MGB GT and Jason’s at the wheel of the latest version of one of the world’s longest running cars – the Mercedes SL.
Here’s a taste of Vicki putting the new Porsche Boxster through its paces as it goes up against a jet plane.
It’s that time of year when roads can turn into temporary skating rinks as the temperature drops and snow falls.
Adrian Flux Insurance Services has compiled a few helpful hints to help you drive safely in icy conditions if you find yourself forced to make an essential journey. Ensure your tyres are inflated correctly and you have a minimum of 3mm tread to cope with the treacherous conditions, and that your battery is fully-charged before you set off.
Clear all snow and ice from your windscreen, keep locks clear with a quick spray of WD-40 and plan any journeys round busier roads which are more likely to have been gritted.
If you find yourself trapped in your car, make sure you have everything you need on board to stay warm and safe. Keep warm by running the engine, but make sure your exhaust pipe isn’t blocked by snow or you could be overwhelmed by toxic fumes, and never run the engine for more than 10 to 15 minutes in each hour.
10 tips for driving in winter weather:
1. Try not to venture out until the snow ploughs and sanding trucks have done their work and allow yourself extra time – and fuel – to get to your destination.
2. Don’t leave your car running to warm up and then disappear inside to finish getting ready for work. Apart from the waste of petrol, you never know when there is an opportunist thief about.
3. Turn on your lights to increase visibility to other motorists, ensure your lights and windscreen are clean and make sure that you’re wearing dry shoes rather than snow-covered boots which might slip off the pedals. Wear sunglasses to reduce the glare of low winter sun on the snow.
4. Stopping distances are up to 10 times longer in ice and snow. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop.
5. Select second gear when pulling away, if possible, and ease your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin. Use low gears, especially on hills, to keep traction.
6. If you do find yourself skidding, don’t panic – the situation can be remedied. Always remember to steer into the skid – so if your rear wheels are sliding to the left, steer left – and be as gentle as possible with the pedals. There’s no substitute for practising on a skidpan or taking an advanced driving course.
7. If you find yourself stuck, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels (first, try turning your wheel from side to side gently to clear snow out of the way). If you need to clear snow by hand, shovel it away from the wheels and underside of the car and use old carpet, sand, cat litter or salt in the path of the wheels to get traction.
8. If a road hasn’t been gritted, try not to drive in the wheel-tracks of other vehicles, which may be more icy than undisturbed snow.
9. Keep a cold weather kit in the car for emergencies. Include a blanket, hat, gloves, thick socks, a fully-charged mobile phone, a torch, high-calorie snacks, water and a shovel in addition to your all-year-round kit of reflective warning triangle, tow rope, jump leads and first aid kit.
10. Don’t be afraid to turn back if the conditions seem to be too treacherous. No journey is more important than your safety.
Call specialist broker Adrian Flux on 0800 369 8590 or visit adrianflux.co.uk