Saturday, 17 February 2018

Pig Of A Journey

Or not.

Because we're talking Kermit, not Piggy.
And we're talking about a big PUB CRAWL!
We're talking about a green car.  Which all seem to be called Kermit if you do a Google search for "Kermit Car".
Except my car - which is green and most definitely does not have a name - unless you count "Jaguar X-Type Estate" as its name.
But the green car which is called Kermit is in this BBC story about Ben Coombs who has driven his car 20000 miles across 21 countries, starting at the most northerly pub in the world and finishing at the most southerly.
The impressive thing is it is a TVR.
You expect a TVR to be photographed like this:
Not this: 
The first photo is the TVR having a clutch replaced en route in Nicaragua - the only major work done on the car on the entire journey.  As I say - impressive.
The car is now being shipped back to Britain.  Presumably Ben's liver will be having a rest now.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

C U Later

What is the difference between a CUV and an SUV? (a CUV being a Crossover Utility Vehicle)
Google gives this answer:
For many car experts, the difference between the two is simple: A crossover is based on a car's platform, while an SUV uses the chassis of a truck. The result is that crossovers use "unibody" architecture, meaning the body and frame are one piece, while SUVs use a "body on frame" design.
But then again, would car experts really care?
They shouldn't.  But as Autoguide tell us today, BMW and Benz to Sell More CUVs Than Cars This Year.
By the way, the term CUV isn't used much here in the UK, we'd just call them cross-overs.  It's a bit like sidewalk & pavement or Trump & childish moron.
Those of us that like cars and driving should view this as a bad thing.  People who aren't very interested in cars and see them in the same category as washing machines used to buy Japanese cars in the '80s and Korean cars in the '90s and now buy CUVs and SUVs.
But buying them they are.
In big numbers.
Forcing even the likes of Lamborghini and Rolls Royce to start building the things.
And forcing The Grand Tour boys to do a film with three of the least worst:
Albeit reluctantly.
Last week Autocar revealed the top 10 sellers in the UK in January, which included:
  • The Nissan Qashqai
  • The Vauxhall's Mokka X
  • The Kia Sportage
  • The Ford Kuga
Oh dear.
I suppose I should be grateful there are only four in there.  And none in the top three.
Anyway, despite the constant negative press CUVFEFE.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Grid Kids

No, that's not what I mean.
It was just over a week ago that I reported on the removal of Walk-On Girls from certain darts tournaments and how there was pressure on F1 to scrap their Grid Girls.
Then, a few days later, the BBC reported on F1 scrapping their Grid Girls.
Today, they announced what they will have to replace them - Grid Kids!  This is a very good idea - just not one that belongs to F1.
Formula E, being a bit more forward thinking, has been using them for a year.  Here is Oliver Turvey, no relation to Kevin, with a Grid Kid:
These are motorsport fans being given an amazing opportunity in the same way young football fans are who get to be child mascots walking out on to the pitch with their heroes.

Unfortunately, the BBC decided to open up these stories to comments and, for some reason, the BBC News website comments mostly attract the sort of person who believes the things The Mail and Sun tell them - the highest rated comments are always ignorant claptrap.  So, after reading some of them, I need cheering up - ah, Kevin's 'Ere:

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Sporty Spice

Walk-on girls in Darts are a bad thing.  They are a sexist anachronism.

Here is a nice picture of some:
Interesting camera-angle.
The BBC use this picture to show how awful this practice is.
And now I've done it too.
The BBC story about the Professional Darts Corporation ending the practice of pretty ladies escorting players up to the oche is here.
Given events over the last few months, notably the Presidents Club outrage, some broadcasters are getting nervous - probably quite rightly -  so this is a good move considering we are nearly a fifth of the way into the 21st Century.
The article also suggests that other sports such as boxing and motor-racing should follow suit.
I have touched on the subject of motorsport using attractive women, including grid-girls, myself - here three years ago.  I have no issue with using pretty people to mark out where drivers have to line up at the start of a race - but, as I said in that article, it would be better for ALL spectators if some of those people happened to be of the male gender.  formula 1 obviously took note of my post because this happened at the Monaco Grand Prix that year.
Looks like the drivers weren't that impressed but tough.  Times they are a changing, even Jeremy, James and Richard are enthusing about their latest recruit:

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Driving a Shed

Not literally of course.

That would be daft:
Although Edd China did it first:
No, I'm talking about this guy: 
Various news sources have the story today - including Sky News.  It was held on with a single length of rope.  Perhaps he didn't have anything better in his shed.  To be fair to the guy though, I don't think that is a shed - it's a tool store.
Meanwhile, on the subject of being fined for doing something stupid on the road:
I don't speak Emoji so the story is here.