Monday, 16 April 2018

Ant-erior Collision

Ant McPartlin was up in Court today after a collision.
He was found guilty of drink-driving.  He was fined £86000 and banned from driving for 20 months.
 
Meanwhile, outside, there was another collision:

Oops!

Embarrassing.

At least Wayne Rooney didn't crash when he was caught drink-driving.
Although that was supposed to be embarrassing because he was driving a car owned by a woman he was having a fling with.
 
I'd have thought the fact it was a VW Beetle would be more embarrassing.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Highway To Hell

Here's a 2014 story about a singing road in The States.

That may be an OK idea out in the middle of New Mexico.  Especially if National Geographic are paying for it.

Sietske Poepjes thinks it's a good idea.  So she spent just under £70K of not National Geographic's money installing one in The Netherlands.  She is described as a "local minister for infrastructure and cultural affairs".

But that does include the cost of removing it again after one day.

Whether or not she is still a local minister for infrastructure and cultural affairs isn't mentioned in this BBC story.

Apparently, if you build one near to where people live, it soon becomes very annoying for the local residents.

Especially if people start driving at twice the speed limit to hear the tune at twice the speed.

So Road Trippin' is out, even if you are King of the Road, be it Telegraph Road, Thunder Road, Electric Avenue or The Road to Nowhere.  Hit The Road, Jack - The Long and Winding Road.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Duns-Folding?

Interesting story from Autoguide this week about the Top Gear Test Track.
The test track made famous by Jeremy, James & Richard but now being used by Matt, Chris & Rory.
 
Following on from the planning permission requested for a mega-motor museum in Oxfordshire, we now have a planning permission request to turn the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey (better known as the Top Gear Test Track) into a mega-housing development.
 
Sacrilege!
 
Although it is amusing to read in the article that the Americans think Surrey has its own Secretary of State.
 
Anyway, a bit more digging brings up this Waverley Borough Council page about the proposals.
 
The page owner is Ben HAMMOND.
 
Coincidence!?
 
Yes, probably.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Cylinder Blocked

To quote Autoguide, "2018 Toyota Camry Recalled for Unusual Engine Issue."

It doesn't affect us here in the UK, The Camry has gone the same way as the Honda Accord.

The story is here.

Apparently, there are some engines out there, where the (quoting Autoguide again) "engines could have pistons larger in diameter than the original specification."

In other words, they are too fat.

How could an engine even work if the pistons are too fat?

And how could that even happen?

Here's the picture they use from the production line:
No clues there then.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Ring Me Sometime

The F1 Season has started again.

I saw something about practice on the TV schedule today.

I'm waiting for the BTCC to restart.  (April 8th if you're interested)

F1 is definitely losing appeal.  And making the cars uglier isn't going to help.  But they have to do it - if it saves just one life it'll be worth it.

I'm talking about The Halo Device:
Autocar have an article on it here.
 
I suppose when you see it, the word that is supposed to come to mind is "safety".
 
It's probably something to do with how my mind works, but when I see it, the word that comes to mind is "thong".