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A different kind of driving school

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The Andersons observe Bixby Bridge – located on Highway 1 near Big Sur – from a dirt road during their recent Land Rover Experience Driving School lesson.

It is always exciting to do something you’ve never done before and go someplace you’ve never been. With the Land Rover Experience Driving School at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, you can have an adventure like that in less than a two-hour drive from Los Altos.

In one of the newest Land Rover or Range Rover models from Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. – and with a trained instructor sitting by your side – you can drive one of these amazing and luxurious vehicles on off-road trails over obstacles that look impassible when you first encounter them.

Driving England's rural countryside from the left side of the road

We have always enjoyed our visits to England, but this year we did something different. Rather than visit the standard tourist destinations – London, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and so forth – we decided to explore new areas by car.

Looking for one problem and finding something else

A month ago, a customer came to the shop and told me that her 2003 BMW 745i was starting and idling rough in the mornings. She mentioned that the problem began two months ago and did not happen every time but was becoming more frequent.

As I have stated in previous columns, intermittent problems are the most difficult to diagnose. If we are unable to confirm the problem, there is not much we can do right away. Fortunately, this customer was going on vacation and could leave her car with us for a week.

How much Audi do you need?

courtesy of Audi
The Audi Q7 offers a comfortable ride.

Over the past two months, Genie and I have driven the 2016 Audi Q3 2.0T and the redesigned-for-2017 Q7 3.0T. Aside from the vastly different sizes and proportional off-the-lot prices of these SUVs, there was little to differentiate them in quality, handling or safety.

Racing around Monterey

Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.


When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey always ranks in the top 10. The scenery is magnificent, especially along the coast, the weather is reliable from early spring through late fall and the attractions are beyond compare.

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