Thursday, 23 November 2017

Messerschmitts v Spifires

Just been watching an Episode of Chasing Classic Cars where Wayne Carini was at an auction where they were selling one of these:
...a Messerschmitt KR200.
Which is a slight coincidence because today's Autocar Throwback Thursday was looking at their old report on...
...the Messerschmitt KR200!
How big is your wife?
I only ask because, according to the review from 1957:
"at the back there is a bench which will hold a small wife and child, or a larger wife and a shopping basket."
Meanwhile, the interesting bit for me was that I would be allowed to use the reverse gears but if I only had a motorbike licence (they were more popular in the '50s) I would only be allowed to go forward.
However, I'd rather have a Spitfire myself:

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


We've all heard of Ford Door Protectors.

Well now you can get AMG Door Projectors.
You can fit them to any car in the current Mercedes range - even the more lowly ones.

What a naff, gaudy, pointless, show-offy piece of kit.

I really like them - I'm going to have to buy a Merc!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

I was a bit confused by this headline.
It comes with this BBC story.
I took a screenshot in case they realise it is confusing and consequently correct it.
You see, to me, the headline is telling us that a woman in America sent some pictures of herself to her insurer when she should have sent them to her car.
In actual fact, she sent pictures of herself to her insurers when she should have sent pictures of her car to her insurers.
I hope that clarifies matters.

I've never heard of insurers wanting pictures of a car they plan on covering but I suppose it would prove that any claim made for side or front damage wasn't already there when they took on the risk - so it sort of makes sense.

It means they can GoCompare the pictures.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

1996 Honda Accord For Sale

The 2018 Honda Accord looks quite good in a the-front-radiator-grille-has-fallen-off sort of way.
But we won't be able to buy it in Britain.  In fact we haven't been able to buy a new Accord since 2015.  That sector of the market has been taken over by the luxury Germans on one side and the Mazda 5 and Hyundai/Kia i40/Optima on the other side.  You don't even see Mondeos on Ford forecourts nowadays.
Meanwhile, in the land where you can still buy a new Accord, a 1996 version is doing very well thank you on an auction site thanks to a very professional advert made by a professional film-maker.
The BBC report it here.
And here is the ad: 

It's a wonder nobody has thought of this before.

Oh yes, they did.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Balls to Bad Road Signs

This sign infuriated me recently.
Or did it?
No, I don't suppose it did really.   But the road layout it "helps" you with did.  It's like a big square roundabout on the edge of Swansea near the waterfront development.
If you don't go there often and you don't have a sat-nav it is a bugger to negotiate it.
But it would have infuriated this man for a different reason:
His name is Matt Parker and he dislikes the representation of a football so much that he started a petition (signed by 20000 people) to get it changed. The BBC have the story here. He is a maths geek and knows that a football made up of all hexagons, like the one on the sign, could not exist.  You need some pentagons.
Now I am a football fan and a maths geek. I could argue that this representation is OK because the roadsign is flat but that would be missing the point.
The Department of Transport say:
"The purpose of a traffic sign is not to raise public appreciation and awareness of geometry which is better dealt with in other ways.

If the signs were corrected, it would only be visible close up and not from the distance at which drivers will see the sign.

The higher level of attention needed to understand the geometry could distract a driver's view away from the road for longer than necessary which could therefore increase the risk of an incident."

But what about the distraction for drivers trying to mentally recreate a sphere from hexagons and realising that there is a fundamental error on the sign?

Meanwhile, for any Americans reading this - I would like to point out that the item in the picture that you think is a football is actually a rugby ball.  The football is the round item.

Here is a rugby picture for no other reason than I think it looks nice: