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Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Features, JOURNEYS INBETWEEN | 0 comments

20130820-062530.jpgIf you thought I had fallen off the edge of the world, you are not that wrong. It’s been about a year since I have visited this site – it wasn’t that I didn’t want to,or didn’t try.  I basically developed Bloggers Block . Now it wasn’t your old usual kind of motoring journo  block, when you look at a Tata or a Chev spark and you just feel that uninspired  kind of  block. Mine had a bit more high voltage drama.



Some of you probably know this… So if it’s boring switch your ignition off…but for those of you who don’t – I had a rather awful (and expensive) car accident in September 2013 . Because it was an Italian super car it attracted quite a lot of attention in the Sunday papers and on Twitter. But it was after Gareth Cliff slagged me off to the nation on his breakfast show that I kind of crawled into a ball and died. The hype did inspire a whole lot of traffic to the site but at the time I was too shaken to care.

Plus it wasn’t cool kind of attention : I pretty much felt like I had done the worst thing any person on the planet could do …. Smash up a beautiful shiny mega million buck  metal goddess. And of course the women driver jokes that followed me for a long time didn’t help. My site soon became a bit like a circus of people whose curiosity was pretty well drenched up in cruelty. Social media does that. It gives even the most limp minded  individuals courage to be cunts. So I stayed away. For far too long. I have always said : don’t let the bustards get you down. I should have taken my own advice. But recently I got a little braver and like all good self respecting girl petrol heads, I went and got myself a tattoo.


   IT SAYS :



( inspired by TS ELIOT – who is not a petrol head. )

So I guess this means Girl  Torque is  back on track.

And don’t forget it’s Joy Ride time tonight on Kaya FM

PS. Thanks MdF for sorting out the site and inspiring my Horse Power back.

JOY RIDING the all new 4-series

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in CAR REVIEWS, Features | 2 comments

imageWho would have thought …in a world obsessed with skinny supermodel proportions,  that longer and wider would

work so well…The all new BMW 4 series revs in, in all it’s lower, wider and longer  glory, heralding a brand new class for the top German manufacturer.

Launched this week in South Africa in the Western Cape to local  motoring media,  catch Mel’s exclusive review on The Joy Ride tonight, on Kaya FM 95.9.  image

4-series sharpens up the segment

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in CAR REVIEWS, Features | 0 comments

imageThe BMW 4series coupe is here and what a debut it’s made on a scenic launch in the beautiful surrounds of Franschhoek

Sportier, Sharper, Sexier than its 3-series predecessor, BMW keeps pushing the envelope by knocking us out with dynamic, innovative design and ride.

This is the first time I have perched on a red ride since….well you know that “other red” car.image






I will be doing a more INDEPTH review of the stunning 4series  on The Joy RIDE tomorrow night, Thursday 8pm on KAYA FM 95.9 . See you there. image


Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Features | 0 comments


Dont miss The Joy Ride on KAYA FM 95.9 tonight, in our inaugural show of the fastest show on the airwaves.

Sagie and I will be discussing our wheels of the week:The new Golf 7 and Renault Clio 4 – both nominated in Wesbank’s Car of the Year 2014. We will be looking at the 7 other finalists,

a quick look at what went down at JIMS and then of course, you the listener can phone in

with all your car issues: what’s happening under the bonnet, how much is that 2010 Beamer

worth? or anything else you might want to chat about, we’ll be there. Also don’t miss Kia’s

Ray Levine in our Manufacturer’s Spot. That’s a date then from 8-9pm on KAYA FM 95dot9.




Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in JOURNEYS INBETWEEN, Profile, The Wheel's I'm In | 0 comments

I would be lying to say that the crash in the red car hasn’t caused all sorts of problems and at times mayhem for me since it all went down exactly two months ago. But taking it all one day at a time, staying image

clean and sober and going back to Narcotics c Anonymous meetings has given me the inner strength I have needed and am needing to navigate my

way through all this. And now for some fantastic news. On  Thursday after long negotiations

with the station – the one and only

Sagie Moodley ( he from the hugely popular A word on cars ) and I will be kicking off with the fastest show in the airwaves THE JOY RIDE  on Kaya FM 95.9 between 8-9pm. As they say as one boot slams another bonnet opens. Can’t wait to see you there.


Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in CAR REVIEWS, Features | 0 comments

Hello hello hello, have been hectic .. Writing new book, getting end of year mags together, and am about to be part of such an exciting new show that I can hardly contain myself …but more about that  soon…for now the most exciting news around on the petrol front is the announcement of the 9 Car of the Year Finalists at JIMS recently.

Beautiful wheels. Here they are 4 of the 9 , the rest will follow

2013 Audi Sportback 1.4T FSI Manual








2013 Jaguar F-TYPE 3.0 V6 S








2013 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport









2013 Peugeot 208 GTI