The England cricket legend on sat-nav, sports cars and reversing into walls
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Welcome to the Winter issue of The AA Magazine
Welcome to the Winter issue of The AA Magazine, and may I be the very last to wish you a happy New Year.
In this space, three months ago, I was introducing our completely redesigned ‘landing page’ – that’s where you are now. It proved such a big hit with readers we’ve taken the bold step of making the whole magazine more interactive. We’ve also given the pages a complete redesign, creating a more contemporary look and a genuine ‘digital’ feel. There are now more engaging articles, more links to related facts and a new ‘How to…’ travel section which, this issue, can help you save money on weekend breaks.
As usual, we’ve brought you a generous slice of the motoring pie that’s dripping with juicy titbits. There are features about how car-buying is moving into shopping malls, plus a new way for drivers to show off their football club loyalties. It’s also 50 years since Gravelly Hill Interchange earned its iconic nickname – Spaghetti Junction – thanks to a local journalist’s clever headline. We’ve looked at its fascinating history, and how it led to other roads across the world subsequently being labelled the same.
AA President Edmund King’s column examines flooding. It doesn’t seem long ago since last winter’s downpours caused record-breaking havoc, and the AA has again teamed up with the Environment Agency to warn drivers about the dangers that deep water can pose.
Our guest columnist needs no introduction. Andy Green is holder of the World Land Speed Record, and if his 2015 goes to plan, the 763mph marker set by Thrust SSC more than 17 years ago will have been bettered. The rocket-powered Bloodhound SSC is Green’s monstrous new mile-muncher, and ultimately he’s aiming for an astonishing 1,000mph. Find out why Andy thinks he’s the best man for the job.
As ever, we’d love your feedback or ideas for stories. We’ll be back in the spring with another magazine packed full of interesting features and competitions. Thanks for reading and stay safe.
Editor, The AA Magazine
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This issue, we tackle fuel economy, route-planning and much, much more