Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Olympian Joe Takes Test Drive; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Olympian Joe Takes Test Drive; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

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AS an ex-Olympic cyclist Joe Waugh is used to high speeds. And thanks to Lloyd Newcastle Joe, 59, was able to really able to put his foot down in a car worthy of any top sportsman.

Lloyd Newcastle loaned Joe a slick-looking BMW 320d Sport for the weekend.

"I was really quite impressed," says Joe, who's racing career spans some 32 years from his first event aged 10 in 1968 to the present day.

He is best remembered for bringing back a team time trial gold medal from the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia in 1982.

Joe, who rode in two Olympics in 1976 and 1980, said: "I'd never driven a BMW before - I'm a Mercedes man normally. I found it to be a very positive drive. "I also found that the automatic system was very easy once I got used to it."

Joe, who was in Team GB from 1973-1982, says that the car also looked the part.

"The car was dark and sultry. It really did look the biz," says Joe.

"It had the performance but it didn't look 'over the top'; it looked sophisticated but came up with the goods ." The Sport model is undeniably dramatic. Upholstery with red contrast stitching, black high-gloss detail on the bumpers and bespoke air intakes reflect its dynamic performance and athletic agility.

When it comes to driving Joe says he's definitely not a road hog - but he says that for those who like a strong road presence the BMW 320d Sport would fit the bill.

He said: "I'm not a particularly aggressive driver but when you put your foot down you really know that you have the power there. It was very smooth."

Creature comforts were also in abundance says Joe. "I think the best part of it was the leather sports seats - it really suited the style of the car."

And the BMW 320d Sport also has the green credentials with a special system to save on fuel in traffic jams.

Joe explained: "If you stop the engine for more than a certain amount of time the engine cuts out, but when you put your foot on the accelerator it starts up again. …

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