I’m sharing a few personal highlights from my year (all car-related of course!).

changinglanes.ie Caroline Kidd
My press pass for the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show #proud

1. Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 – September

This has to be my biggest highlight of the year. I chance my arm and apply for a press pass, get it and then make the necessary travel arrangements. Then I rock up at the Messe on the first press day late (oh yeah) and thank my lucky stars that I’m not reporting for some big kick-ass motoring publication because I would surely be sacked. You can read my first person account of the Frankfurt madness here.

2. Road trip to Cavan – April

This was more fun than I thought it would be. I was lucky to have a new Ford Focus to test the week I needed to travel to Cavan for a friend’s wedding. The Ford Focus took on Cavan’s finest roads and won. I wrote about my trip to Cavan in two installments. You can read Part 1 here.

jaguar xf
I loved driving the new Jaguar XF!

3. First time in a Jag – November

Driving the new Jaguar XF at the Irish press launch earned itself its own hashtag (#firsttimeinajag). I had a blast driving this big cat around some twisty roads in Kildare. Here’s my first drive review.

4. Living it large in the Audi Q7 – August

The Q7 is a big, powerful beast and just for a day I got to see how the other half lived. Luckily I didn’t look up the price of the car I drove at the launch until after I finished my test drive. It might have made me nervous on those small roads around Tankardstown House. You can read my Audi Q7 first drive review here.

A fleet of Opel Karls
A fleet of Opel Karls

5. Driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road in the Netherlands – June

The Opel Karl launch in the Netherlands was my first international launch. It’s a blur of windmills, cheese and press cars in all the colours of the rainbow. There were no mishaps driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and I really enjoyed talking to some of the people who developed the car.

Caroline Kidd