You might not think it, but living in a converted chapel or church is now becoming increasingly popular, and their popularity is growing every year.
Around 18,000 churches have been sold off in the UK in recent years, and experts are predicting another 10% of the more than 45,000 remaining churches and chapels will be put into private hands before 2020 – only adding fuel to the fire of this latest housing craze.
Even as far back as 2008, just a distant memory now, a survey by the website PropertyFinder revealed that churches and chapels are now the most popular ‘unusual’ building for prospective homeowners, even outpacing barn conversions in the race to be the most sought-after renovation space.
We set to finding out just what made these conversions so popular, and came up with these top five pros and cons of chapel life:
- Distinctive – Mindy from accounts might be bragging about her new extension, and Matt from marketing about his glittering new kitchen, but to hell with them – you’ve got original stained-glass windows and a church bell! Living in a church means never having to be envious of anyone else every again.
- Natural Light – As well as looking nice and showing off some lovely biblical scenes, the large windows present in most chapels and churches provide huge quantities of natural light – perfect for a light and airy family home.
- Open Spaces – Most chapels are just one large room – maybe with a couple of smaller rooms tacked on the side – making them perfect for conversion into enormous living rooms, studio apartments and open-plan kitchens, using the building’s size and shape to its fullest.
Choice of Location – Thanks to the Victorians, the most prolific of church builders, cities, towns and villages across the UK are all home to many churches and chapels. Whether you want a slice of tranquility in the middle of a city or a rural retreat, there’s a chapel out there for you.
- Tranquility – Whether it’s been converted into a home, or is still a functioning place of worship, there is something undeniably calming and serene about churches and chapels – a feeling that survives long after the congregation has moved out.
- Poor Condition – Many of the buildings put up for sale by the Church have been empty for many years, if not decades. Churches are closed once their congregation dwindles to the point where it is merged with another, and the money often isn’t available to maintain empty churches. Combined with their age, older building materials and techniques, and the listed status of many older buildings, potential buyers might have a lot of work on their hands come renovation day.
- Competition – With their distinctive looks, history and good locations, buildings put up for sale by the Church are always fiercely fought over by prospective buyers and developers. Expect stiff competition when you make an offer to buy a chapel to move into.
- Heating – The stained-glass windows, open spaces and high ceilings might look nice, but they’ll have a serious impact on your heating bills. Churches are well known for being cold even in the middle of summer, so you’ll need to wrap up warm if you’re going to make it through the winter.
Graves – Some churches and chapels have rules in place that allow visitors to graves even after the grounds have left Church hands. This can both mean that you will need to allow the public into your land to visit graves, and that you won’t be able to do too much with your garden – and getting permission to move human remains is both a legal and moral minefield.
- Price – With competition high, limited buildings available, various unique selling points and the general rise in housing prices in the UK, buyers face paying a premium for churches and chapels to renovate.
Adrian Flux offers a wide range of specialist home insurance policies, including insurance for chapel and church conversions. To get more information, visit https://www.adrianflux.co.uk/chapel-conversion-insurance/ or call 0800 369 8590 today.
In an increasingly digital world, technology has found its way into every corner of our lives.
From omnipresent smartphones and tablets, to instant online shopping and the on-going social media revolution, modern tech is changing the way we live (for the better, we hope) – and the world of motoring isn’t being left out.
Following hot on the heels of the end of tax discs last October and the demise of paper driving licenses earlier this month, today marks some big changes in the way paper insurance certificates are handled.
As part of the modernisation of motoring regulations, and the current trend of cutting down on hassle and paperwork for all parties, insurance customers will no longer be required to return their certificate of insurance to their insurer when a policy is cancelled mid-term. Instead, it will now be the responsibility of insurers to update the government Motor Insurance Database (MID) when any changes take place.
Laws are also changing to guarantee that motorists will be insured as soon as a policy is activated, without having to wait for their certificate to arrive in the post, and ensuring that it will no longer be a criminal offence to not return an insurance certificate.
Speaking ahead of the changes, Gerry Bucke, general manager at Adrian Flux, said: “The truth is that no one enjoys paperwork, and the changes coming into force today are another long-awaited step towards making motoring and insurance as hassle and paperwork-free as possible.
“With paper licences and tax discs also a thing of the past, it’s never been easier or more simple for drivers to get out on the road without fear of falling foul of paperwork and admin – something we can all welcome.”
If you have any questions about your Adrian Flux insurance policy, or want to find out what these changes mean for you, call our customer services team on 0844 381 6502.
You can read the full content of the Deregulation Act 2015 here – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/20/contents/enacted – be warned though, it’s a tricky read.
It’s been a long nine months since the Adrian Flux-sponsored pink Porsche took to the track in anger. Here, racer Sarah Bennett-Baggs reports on the Pink Panther’s return to action in the dramatic MG Live event at Silverstone.
Last weekend was my first outing in the Pink Porsche since Spa Historic event last September. It would be fair to say I have been chomping at the bit, desperate to get out for some full throttle action all winter. So, when the opportunity to race on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit came up at the MG Live event – we didn’t hesitate to go for it.
I shared the 50-minute two driver race with my partner Mike – it was the first time we have raced together in the Porsche. Naturally, I had to adjust the seating position to suit his somewhat larger self. We qualified 19th out of the 43-strong grid, and we were the only Porsche out there in a pretty mixed grid with a variety of classic and modern MGs, a few TVRs, Triumphs and the odd Caterham.
I took the race start, surrounded by front wheeled MG-ZR’s so I knew we would get away well with the rear wheel drive. What I didn’t account for was a Tiger kit car two rows ahead stalling on the grid, acting as a ramp for an unsighted MG-ZR driven by James Cole who swerved to avoid the stricken motor only to catch a rear mud guard launching his MG airborne. Just as he took to the air, I arrived flat out on the scene and drove right almost underneath him! It was quite a shock to say the least, but I am pleased to say James was fine, just shaken and a bit bruised. His car however, isn’t very well and needs a reshell.
Marshals did a great job clearing the track, and the race was restarted. I got up to 14th overall before handing over to Mike, who took it to the finish where we were placed 11th overall. The Porsche ran faultlessly and we both had some good battles. What’s more important is he liked it! So – expect to see more of the same!
Next outing is the Silverstone Classic in the Healey 100.
With 50 percent of UK households owning a pet, and a staggering 17million cats and dogs sharing our homes with us, it’s no wonder that we Brits have won a reputation as a nation of animal lovers.
Our cats and dogs might be lavished with love and attention all year round, fed the finest foods and given a warm spot in our beds, but sadly there are many animals in the UK that aren’t quite as lucky.
For many down-on-their-luck animals, both wildlife and former pets, animal charities provide an incredibly vital service, offering food, shelter and medical attention, as well as the opportunity to find a safe new home.
With the launch of our new pet insurance policy here at Adrian Flux, we want to give something back to the people who look after the nation’s animals by raising some much-needed funds for our local RSPCA Wildlife Centre in East Winch, Norfolk.
Between June and November this year, Adrian Flux will be giving £5 directly to the RSPCA for every pet insurance quote we give out – helping to support a centre that has become renowned for its care of seals and other local Norfolk wildlife.
Gerry Bucke, general manager at Adrian Flux, said: “Our pet insurance might only apply to cats and dogs, but we want to do something to help all animals, big and small, and have decided this donation is the best way to do it.
“By coming to us for a quote on pet insurance, you can be sure that you’re not only benefitting your four-legged friends at home, but some of Norfolk’s most vulnerable wildlife too.”
The Wildlife Centre in Norfolk was opened in Docking in 1988 in the wake of a viral outbreak amongst the North Sea seal population, later moving to its current East Winch home in 1992.
Decades on, the centre continues to treat hundreds of orphaned, sick and injured seals each year, as well as thousands of local and migratory birds and other local wildlife.
Alison Charles, Manager at RSPCA East Winch, said: “We are thrilled that local company Adrian Flux thought of us and want to give us this generous donation.
“The money will be an incredible support to our work rehabilitating seals, birds and other wildlife and means we will hopefully be able to save the lives of many more animals, and care for them until they are ready to be returned back to the wild.”
With donations already coming in, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date in the coming months on just how much we’re raising for the East Winch RSPCA, and what a difference it’s making to their work.
To get a pet insurance quote for your cat or dog, and to make your £5 donation, call us today on 01553 400700, or visit https://www.adrianflux.co.uk/pet-insurance/ for more information.
Find out more about our local RSPCA at http://www.rspca.org.uk/local/east-winch-wildlife-centre/ or visit their Facebook page for regular updates on events and fundraising activities.
The flesh-eating dinosaurs may be the stars of the new Jurassic World movie, but there’s also plenty to satisfy the petrolheads among us.
While Mercedes got the gig of supplying all the new cars for the blockbuster, the real automotive star turns come from the Jeep Wrangler Sahara from the original Jurassic Park – discovered gathering dust in an abandoned garage – and leading man Chris Pratt’s Triumph Scrambler motorcycle.
Jeep 29, one of several deliberate nods to the film’s 1993 genesis, is the very same vehicle used to transport Jurassic Park’s owner John Hammond (played by Richard Attenborough) from the Isla Nublar Heliport to the Park.
Here it’s chanced upon 22 years later by hapless kids Zach and Gray in the ruins of the original visitor centre in the restricted zone, and used as a getaway car as the brothers flee from the film’s chief dino-villain Indominus rex.
It’s testament indeed to the Jeep’s resilience that all it took was a change of battery to see the car roaring off across the plains and out of (immediate) danger.
In Jurassic Park, the hardy Wranglers were used as staff vehicles to get about the park, painted in distinctive grey with diagonal red stripes, apparently to prevent the Triceratops from charging the cars.
The Wrangler was introduced by Jeep in 1987 as a replacement for the antiquated but much-loved Jeep CJ, which had served as America’s go-to small off-roader since the war.
With its off-road capabilities, and a 174bhp, 4-litre engine that can push it from 0-62mph in under 10 seconds, it’s clearly the perfect vehicle to escape the jaws of laboratory created hybrid dinosaurs – although maybe a roof would be useful…
Jurassic Park fans took to modifying their Jeeps, and the more colourful Ford Explorers used as park your vehicles, to create some stunning replicas.
And then there were those who decided to modify just about any type of car, with some less stunning results at times.
If you fancy having a stab at creating your very own Jurassic Jeep, you can pick up a good car of the right age for about £4,000.
Although the Explorer sadly doesn’t appear in Jurassic World, it does appear in this early publicity poster, and remains an iconic vehicle to film fans.
Not only can you pick up a used example from about £800 upwards, there’s also an online, step by step guide to creating your own Jurassic replica.
The Triumph Scrambler is another vehicle within reach of Jurassic World fans who want to play at being Chris Pratt riding alongside raptors chasing a man-eating monster.
Pratt’s adventures on the Scrambler, basically a modified Bonneville with added off-road abilities, will never quite be up there with Steve McQueen’s legendary Triumph TT Special from The Great Escape, but it’s still one the coolest scenes in the movie.
It’s also done wonders for Triumph judging by the response on social media – sample Tweet: “Now I desperately want a Triumph Scrambler in matte green. Thanks, Jurassic World.”
The Scrambler is first seen with a suitably oily and sweaty Pratt – raptor trainer Owen – tinkering with something or other when leading lady Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire) comes along to have an argument…
Like Chekhov’s gun, the appearance of the Scrambler was a clear sign that it would be used in anger later in the film – and any prospective owner now knows it can keep pace on rough terrain with a pack of hunting velociraptors.
Powered by the 865cc parallel twin engine from the Bonneville, the Scrambler costs £7,899 new, with used examples typically around £6,000.
As for the Mercs, the film features a pretty cool G Wagen, a Unimog truck, a £60,000 GLE Coupe recently launched to rival BMW’s X6, and a humble Sprinter van – the only one most of us could probably afford to buy but wouldn’t want to.
When it comes to retro cool, the Wrangler and Scrambler are way out in front.
She’s alive! The wait is over as JONNY SMITH, TV presenter and motoring journalist, reveals some exciting news about the Adrian Flux-sponsored hot-rod electric vehicle. We won’t spoil his moment, so over to you Jonny.
This is possibly the most exciting blog I’ve written. Because everything until now has been the lead up to actually racing the Flux Capacitor for the first time.
Almost three years after buying an electrically dead flood damaged Enfield 8000, the moment to first shake-down and then race the little nine-foot-long ‘leccy relic was here. Weather conditions at Santa Pod were kind to us, Olly Young at Current Racing was on hand to run the necessary checks and help charge the Hyperdrive Kokam lithium-ion battery pack for the first time, and dial in the desired power tune to the old EV’s modern controller and battery management system.
I know it sounds stupid, but the Enfield felt surprisingly together and ready for action. The first job of the shakedown is to check nothing feels dangerous, then it’s time to bed in both the elec motor’s brushes and also the custom BG Developments braking system.
After the shakedowns in Santa Pod’s deserted pit area earlier in the week (which you will see in the vid) I had half an idea of how the Flux Capacitor felt. And it was quick, even cruising at 1000 of the 2000 available amps. We upped the amps to 1300 for a quick squirt and then felt ready to punish the full quarter mile a few days later.
Race suit on, battery pack charged and happy, the debut quarter mile run was a mild 16-second affair. But the main thing was that the car felt like it was stable and happy at high speeds. That was always my worry, what with the 1.75-metre wheelbase and all. Time to turn up the power.
Over the course of the Santa Pod Big Bang event, the Enfield covered nine quarter mile passes. Our second run was 13.7 second @ 92mph. 3 seconds had been shaved off the ET by simply dropping rear tyre pressure by 10 psi (for grip) and increasing amps to 1400.
In an EV race car, the amps act as your instant torque (acceleration) and the voltage level will govern your terminal speed. The car is direct drive with no gearbox, so it’s all down to the voltage we race with, versus the gearing in the Ford 9” back axle (3:00 to 1 ratio). We raced with just over 200 volts.
Clinching 3 consistent 13 second runs felt amazing. Each time the little Enfield never shimmied at speed or felt like it needed a parachute to stop. We dialled in 1400 amps and took the voltage to 220v.
I’d got used to using the line-lock to hold the front wheels and let the rears smoke up for the burnout. Perhaps it was coincidence but my biggest burnout to date tallied with getting the Flux Capacitor into the 12s. It gripped hard on its street legal drag radials and never lost traction at all. The wheelie bars just kissed the ground on initial launch.
SILENT BUT VIOLENT
I could hardly believe the rate of progression with the car over the weekend. Never did I think would we hit 12 second quarter mile times so soon, but did three in a row.
First a 12.62 @ 101.6mph, then a 12.83 @ 102.3mph. Not only was the yellow peril in the mid 12s, but also it had cracked 100mph before crossing Santa Pod’s finish gantry.
The fastest we have gone so far is 12.56 @ 101.4mph. In other words, 0-101mph in 12.5 seconds. That is the 1/8th mile in 7.9 at 87 mph, which approximately equates to 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds. It felt ridiculous. It was as if the humble British electric midget was born to go this fast with such ease. I barely fought the wheel all weekend.
As it was out first race meeting and the car fresh, we made sure there was still plenty of power and adjustment left untapped. There’s still an extra 150 volts and 600 amps to play with and try to put down onto tarmac, and of course you have to consider track temp, ambient temp (which heavily effects the power of batteries – we were running a second slower in the morning than the afternoon for no reason!) and tyre pressure.
But the best bit? People’s reaction. The chuckles. The cheers. The kids asking their Dads if it was a real car.
I write this as we pack the car to head to our second Santa Pod race session, hoping to see an early 12 second. Who knows, we may break into the 11s quicker than I thought. Who said British engineering was rubbish?
A massive thank you to Adrian Flux, npower, Hyperdrive and Red Maple to their patience and continued belief in this daft little project. Also big props to Nick at Gas It for lending me his motorhome and toaster. Thanks to Olly Young at Current Racing, without whom I would have never got this car finished, safe or fast. Cheers guys.
It seems these days that there is literally insurance for everything (Taylor Swift’s legs for one!). Here at Adrian Flux we pride ourselves on only bringing you policies which are genuinely useful in your day-to-day life, the latest of which is our brand spanking new tyre insurance. Replacing or repairing tyres is a costly business, something particularly true for car enthusiasts who choose top quality makes of tyre or pricey run-flats, so we thought we’d bring our tyre insurance to your attention.
Why not have a little more motoring peace of mind? Don’t be scared of that bumpy road ahead, read our top reasons to get a tyre insurance quote today:
The state of British roads
It’s a sad truth that we really do have some serious road problems on this lovely isle of ours, and we can’t be the only ones to have noticed the prevalence of potholes in the last few years. When the Institute of Advanced Motorists researched this issue in 2014, they found that almost 69 per cent of male motorists consider Britain’s roads to be poor, and the harsh winters we’ve had recently have done nothing to help the situation. Therefore with the local road surface perhaps leaving much to be desired, getting your tyres covered has never been more important.
Malicious damage covered
In an ideal world we’d all like to tuck up our cars safely into a garage at night, or at the very least a private driveway. However, this isn’t always possible, with a large proportion of drivers forced to leave their vehicles in public carparks or on the street. This unfortunately means a higher risk of deliberate or accidental damage to your car, including your tyres. Our cover includes malicious damage, so you’re sorted if the worst does happen.
Low excess, and no effect on your NCB
You needn’t worry about breaking the bank when claiming for tyre damage. With an excess of just £20 per tyre, there’s no worries about having a policy that you dare not actually claim on for fear of living on beans on toast for a month. As an added feature, your car insurance’s no-claims bonus is completely unaffected by any tyre insurance claims. Also, you are not obliged to disclose any claims when purchasing car insurance.
Flexible payment options
No need to shell out up front on your tyre insurance policy – we offer a full flexible instalments option for your convenience.
Tyres aren’t exactly cheap items, and if you end up having to replace one, you’re looking at between £150-£300 per tyre – possibly even more depending on your car. By insuring yourself, you can avoid an unexpected hefty bill in the event of a puncture.
To find out more about our tyre insurance policy and to get a free quote, click here or call 0800 081 8989 now.
“Why would anyone need a car so big? I bet they never even take it out of the town”
“I hate 4×4 drivers – never looking where they’re going, hogging the roads!”
“People in Chelsea Tractors – what is the point?! Just get something smaller and cheaper!”
Hands up if you’re guilty of ever saying any of those – we know we are.
Seen by many as excessively big, uneconomical and sometimes just plain ugly, the British public’s view on 4x4s is a complicated, touchy subject.
Public opinion is pretty well divided over 4x4s, luxury SUVs and Chelsea Tractors, as they’ve been derisively nicknamed. The problem, it seems, is one of perception – a situation where one man’s commanding road position is another’s road-going eyesore, and one’s gadget-packed interior is another man’s tacky plastic clutter.
But, amidst the suburban arguing, the environmental hand wringing and the cries of road-safety campaigners, is a car that seems to transcend the perceived ‘flaws’ of a 4×4.
A car that draws only affection, not hate. A car unchanged for decades, one that successfully avoided the plague of plastic trim that has beset similar motors, staying true to its practical, rural and military roots – the Land Rover Defender.
The Land Rover Defender – A True Icon
Car models may come and go, and marques inevitably update and mould their motors into newer, more modern, sleeker forms, but there has been something rock-like about the Defender over the decades.
Stick on some mid-afternoon telly, some repeats from your father’s generation, and you may well see a Defender starring, a Defender remarkably similar to that one parked just down the road. It’s styling and practicality have never changed or wavered, and are just as relevant today as they ever were.
Whether it’s the Defender’s rugged, hard-working looks, its immense practicality or the fact that it didn’t bow before pressure to conform to modernity, style and luxury, you’d be hard pushed to find many people with a bad word to say about it.
Sadly, this year, the incredible decades-long saga of the Defender is finally coming to a close, as sixty-seven years of Landy Ninety, One Ten and Defender production will grind to a halt this December, a fact being mourned over in the latest edition of Influx magazine.
To commemorate almost seven decades of manufacture coming to an end, we’ve decided to take a look at just how popular the most iconic Land Rover still is, and what makes it so.
How popular is the Defender?
Simply put, the Land Rover Defender remains one of the most popular utility 4x4s in the UK. You might be more likely to see a modern luxury 4×4 on the road, but the Defender has carved out a niche for itself that no other make or model can compete with.
From military and police use, forestry, agriculture and industry needs, through to use as a daily driver, sports vehicle and use by landowners, the Defender excels in almost every role it tackles – only held back from wide-spread success by a lack of modern tech and its not-so-family-friendly, rural image.
Insurance statistics from Adrian Flux reveal that the Defender is as popular as ever, with more than 24,000 motorists on record as having got a quote for their Defender in recent years. Meanwhile, the website howmanyleft.co.uk reveals that more than 102,000 are currently licensed on British roads – a number that has been growing steadily since they first rolled off the production line in 1948.
Taking a look through the Flux stats also revealed that the vast majority of Defender owners are male – 18,900 to 3,200 women. Whether this is explained by Defenders being used in predominately male industries, or that the look and feel of the vehicle appeals more to men than women, we can’t say – but it’s clear that the famous Landy has captured the hearts of a certain crowd.
How Much Will One Cost?
Once we found out that the beloved Defender will soon be put out to pasture, thoughts immediately turned to getting behind the wheel of our very own. But, how much would it cost us to get our hands on a piece of motoring history?
Digging through the statistics revealed some surprising facts about how much the average Land Rover Defender is worth in different areas of the UK. We’d assumed, perhaps unfairly, that the most expensive Defenders would be found in trendy East London, in major cities around England – but in truth we couldn’t have been more wrong.
In fact, the top three locations for pricey Defenders are countryside regions, Banffshire and Clackmannanshire in Scotland, at £19,450 and £15,300 respectively, along with Wiltshire in England at £18,200. These high prices are countered by some remarkably low average values in other areas – just £3,000 in Blackburn, £4,000 in Milton Keynes and £5,000 in Liverpool – perhaps representing the greater need for newer, higher-quality working vehicles in rural areas compared to urban ones.
The insurance stats from Adrian Flux also reveal that the average annual comprehensive insurance policy for a Defender in the UK is £459.18 – making them a relatively cheap vehicle to buy and insure, especially considering what they’re used for.
The End of an Era
The Defender’s reputation as reliable (and what better reputation can a 4×4 have?) has seen it become a mainstay of military and police use and a regular sight everywhere from the farms of England to the Highlands of Scotland.
And, as manufacture draws to a close this December and the production line is retooled to usher in a new model, we’re left in no doubt that the Defender and its predecessors will be revered as motoring titans for years to come.
The world and the taste of motorists may have changed dramatically over the last 70 years, but the Defender has remained strong – a beacon of post-war engineering, examples of which will no-doubt outlast us all.
Find out more about the incredible 70-year history of the Land Rover Defender, and what’s next once production ends this December, over at Influx.co.uk
Here at Adrian Flux HQ, we’re as guilty of a bit of game-geekery as everyone else these days. Many a lunch break has been lost to the latest app crazes, whether we’re fighting off monsters, solving puzzles or chopping up virtual fruit – but recently we’ve been grabbed by Flux’s adrenaline-packed racing game Demolition Dodge.
Competing to last the longest in a packed ring of destruction, all the while collecting bonus items and trying to rank higher than your friends? What’s not to get excited about?
But what about those who aren’t self-confessed gamers? What’s in it for them?
Well, here at Flux, we pride ourselves on providing something for everyone, so even if you’re not a hard-core gamer, here’s five ways you can still find fun in our online demolition game:
Vent your anger without fear of arrest
Really wound up after the morning commute? Well, all of that no-indicating, lane-weaving, tail-gating rage can be taken into the arena on Demolition Dodge, without fear of harming yourself or others.
If you’re feeling particularly stressed, we can highly recommend smashing purposely into all the cars you see on the game. You won’t rack up a high score this way – but it feels good!
Release your inner hillbilly
Let’s be honest – who hasn’t dreamed of being a cowboy/girl? Your boss may not appreciate you turning up wearing a Stetson and chewing on straw but Demolition Dodge allows you to indulge.
Take a seat in your virtual pick-up and let the rodeo-tastic soundtrack blast loud for all to hear – YEEHAW!
Drive your fantasy vehicle
You may not have access to a rusty pick up, or high-performance coupé in your day-to-day life but anything is possible in the virtual world. You can even customise your ride too by giving it a flashy paint job.
As you progress in the game, new cars become available – why not see if you can unlock them all?
Get a style overhaul
If you’re really lucky and you submit your score to our leader board, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a limited-edition t-shirt to add to your wardrobe.
The t-shirt features a custom car design, and you have 3 chances to win per month. We like using ours as a comfy PJ top, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be proud of your achievements and give it an airing in your local pub this weekend.
Get rich … er
When submitting your score, you’ll also be entered into a prize draw to win a whopping £1,000!
What you do with your cheque is completely up to you, but why not treat yourself to a second hand car inspired by the game, and become a real-life demolition dodger! (Just please don’t replicate your in-game moves on the road!)
So there we have it – five great reasons to download our Demolition Dodge game today and get racing.
Be the envy of your friends, boost your bank balance and release a little of that modern-life stress – head over to the Demolition Dodge site now to read more and get your hands on the app!
Each year at Adrian Flux we hold an annual competition to give away a free annual insurance policy. Chosen at random from everyone who leaves his or her details with our staff at the many shows we attend throughout the year, the prize can save the average motorist hundreds of pounds.
This year’s winner was Tom Shaw, 22, from Coventry, a car show veteran and owner of one of the most striking and heavily modified MX-5s we’d ever seen. We got in touch with Tom to find out more about his motoring past and his plans for his garage in the future.
“The car I think I’m best known for on the show scene is my MX-5, one I owned for about two years and which started out as a bit of a project,” said Tom.
“My focus has always been on looks rather than performance with the Mazda, and by the time I was finished I had quite a striking combo of carbon fibre side skirts, a ducktail spoiler, carbon GT wing, and remodelled bumpers, and had moved the front indicators downwards to smooth the front off.
“I’ve gone for quite a vintage, retro look for the car overall, painting it Fiat ‘ye ye Green’, quite a rare colour from their 500 range, and throwing in a beige leather interior from a limited edition MX-5.
“What really makes the Mazda unique though is its suspension. The Havair 2-way air suspension system makes it the only mk1 MX-5 on air suspension in the country, possibly even Europe. The car was once the demo car for Havair, which was the main reason I bought it in the first place – even if the kit is now one of the only remaining parts on the car from its previous life!
With one of the most heavily customised Mazdas on the show scene, it wasn’t long before Tom’s motor was attracting the gaze of the public and judges alike.
“I’ve always enjoyed attending car shows, and in one year I managed to squeeze in visiting quite a few of my favourites, like Japfest, Players, Japshow, and the Modified Nationals.
“Winning prizes at shows never really interested me, I’d built the car to impress myself, not judges, but that year I ended up coming away with the Judges Choice at Japshow ’14, which was an amazing surprise.
“Since then I’ve been supported by the teams at FastCar and ZillaLife who have allowed me to display my Mazda on their stands at shows around the UK. The car was also featured in the recent ‘Japanese Special’ edition of FastCar, which was just incredible to be part of.”
Driving A Dream Nissan
With car show fame in the bag and a place on magazine covers and podiums across the UK, Tom set his sights on a new motor and an even bigger challenge.
Tom’s current car is a Nissan PS13 Onevia, a 300hp drifter equipped with the entire catalogue of Driftworks suspension and steering parts; coilovers, front tension rods, rear camber arms, rear toe arms, rear traction arms, extended lower arms and even steering knuckles to give it more steering lock – once essential in its former sideways-travelling life.
“The car is a real contrast to my MX-5, because where the Mazda was set up for aesthetics, the Nissan is all about performance. I’ve modified the engine to bring the power up, fitted a huge range of mechanical mods, but now I’m finally looking to work on the exterior too – and that’s probably where the money I’ve saved on insurance will go.
“My Onevia is a bit of a hybrid really because it has a different front end to the one it should have, that of a 180sx instead of the PS13 – but to me this just adds to the unique look that I’m going for. I have plans for a BN Sports bodykit with wide overfenders to allow for wider wheels, and I’m aiming to finish off with a full respray once I’ve finally decided on a colour.
“I know that everyone thinks of Aston Martins and Ferraris as their dream motors, but for me I’m working towards owning true Japanese icons like the Mazda RX7 or a Skyline GTR. I’ve always loved the PS13 too, so in a way I guess I’m already in one of my dream cars, and I plan on making the most of it for years to come!”
How To Win A Year’s Free Insurance
Fancy being in with a chance of winning a year’s free insurance from Adrian Flux, just like Tom?
Just come along to any of the shows we’re attending this year (listed below) and leave your details with our staff. At the end of the year we’ll pick an entrant at random and give them a call with the good news.
Show attendees can also get their hands on £50 cashback vouchers at Flux stands. Just chat to our staff to grab a voucher for £50 cashback for use when you take out a policy with us.
French Car Show – Sat 6th June 2015
Performance Vauxhall – Sun 7th June 2015
Mini Live – Sun 5th July 2015
Trax – Sun 19th July 2015
Ford Fair – Sun 2nd Aug 2015
Retro Cars Live – Sun 9th Aug 2015
Japfest 2 – Sun 16th Aug 2015
Ford Fest – Sun 13th Sept 2015
LRO – Sat 19th & Sun 20th Sept
MX-5 photography courtesy of Davy Lewis Photography.