e-Books on the Mercedes SLK,  life in the police service, the Rover V8 engine and a blog on various motoring matters.


See the Old Blugger for video and images of the 2018 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. It was brilliant, and it seemed both spectators and competitors thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I did.

Pride of place for this site goes to the two Forces books, the first being Both Sides of the Force, a story of a somewhat naive chap (me) who joined the police at a time when corruption was endemic. The way he tried to avoid its dangers, and failed, is described in a way that has earned 4.5 stars on Kindle. There is a follow-up book, A Tour of Forces, about the balance of his career, spent in various counties.

Also with great reviews is the SLK Guide, which has been recently updated to cover, oddly enough, a non-SLK, the SLC. It looks the same as the SLK, drives the same, has no V8 option and is more expensive. So a testing time for sales staff.

NOW PUBLISHED: A new version of the Illustrated Guide to the Rover V8 Engine. The earlier version  covered the RV8 as fitted to TVRs. After a number of requests I’ve decided to extend the book to make it more useful for other vehicles it was fitted to. There are wiring diagrams of specific systems in Classic Range Rovers.

There are a number of car-related articles that will interest anyone keen on cars and motor-racing. Please visit Old Blugger. You could also enjoy a view on life from the standpoint of someone who has always been somewhat bemused by ‘things’ going on around him. Comments welcomed, as are explanations as to why I’m so confused.

I hope you enjoy your stay on Writewheel.uk and, even better, buy some books.

Derek, aka Harvey Yates


I’ve just had a massive upgrade to the site’s software, forced on my by WordPress. At the moment, all seems fine. However, if you have problems with some of the pages, my apologies. I’ll eventually get around to sorting them.