“It is hugely exciting to power-slide a Ferrari 458 around a corner. Much more exciting than deadheading a rose, for example. But you need to remember that after you’ve laid down some smoke, the tyres will be shot and the diff will be over-heating. You can take any car to the limits of its abilities. But only once or twice. And when it comes to making a television programme, that’s never enough.”—Jeremy Clarkson on: fragile supercars
Does it matter, then - and I keep being told that it does - that no one can mend their own car these days? Fifty years ago, any self-respecting bloke knew how to set the contact breakers on an Austin A35 blah blah blah and regrind the valves blah blah blah carburettor idle adjustment blah blah grease nipple.
But I’m getting slightly bored with old giffers saying things like: “Well, of course, in my day, when your car went wrong, you knew how to fix it yourself.” What they forget is that in their day, the car went wrong every 15 minutes.
The fact that no one can do this sort of thing any more is great news, because it shows how much better the car has become. People didn’t spend all that time under the bonnet for the purposes of self-improvement. They did it because their cars were crap. Now they’re better, and we can move on from the misery of the distributor cap.
So what do you think? Do we not know how to fix our cars anymore because cars are better? Does it allow us to concentrate on better things? Or are we too dependent on the Jiffy Lube-Industrial Complex?
Raising the Speed Limit- A Good Fix or Playing with Danger?
Not everyone loves to race around in their cars, although some of us (and probably most of us, if you’re following the TG Tumblr) do, and in England they might just make our wishes come true by raising the speed limit from 70mph to 80mph.
That ten mile per hour increase would be meant to ease congestion and increase gas efficiency, the theory being less cars would be idling in traffic and thus less smog. The current limit was enacted in 1965 and yes, cars and their owners habits have changed.
In the article, they take a look at the US and our fatality rates on highways compared to Germany’s Autobahn. The difference is dramatic. 55mph is much more dangerous than the uncontrolled highway.
“Obviously, some of my left wing friends are driving around in small diesel hatchbacks claiming to be concerned about CO2 emissions, but the truth is that they’d drive them anyway, because they’re not interested.”—James May
If you’re a sports car lover, odds are you’ve at least heard of Mazda’s RX-8. It’s a sleek sportster with a hybridized mixture of power and Mazda’s trademark look. According to Autoweek.com, Mazda has called it quits on their production of the RX-8 brand vehicle. The auto manufacturer recently…