Fiat 'beach cars'
Realising that it is already a year ago that the Libyan uprising began it reminded me of their former leader's car collection (as you do if you're a car nut), it especially reminded me of Gaddafi's special (modern) Fiat 500 which was all over the paper's the day his compound was captured by the rebels. Anyhow, it's an odd little thing, being a convertible with no doors, but digging deeper into history you'll notice it's not the first time a Fiat like this was commissioned, nor is it the last. Here a quick overview of the Fiat 'beach cars'.Add a comment
Silberpfeile @ Goodwood
Perhaps you already heard, but for those who didn't we have a great announcement; at the Goodwood Revival this year in September there will be an array of pre-war Silberpfeile racing around the Goodwood race course. Silberpfeile? Well, Silver Arrows, German pre-war race machinery of course. Audi (Auto Union) and Mercedes-Benz will bring a vast number of their beautiful machinery to the track. Not for a demonstration but to actually partake in a proper race at race speeds. Never since the 1939 Yugoslav Grand Prix were so many Silberpfeile seen together in one single race. As you might understand, even for the average petrolhead this is a special moment, imagine (or better not) what this event will do to my trousers and those of other hard-line car anoraks! Mercedes-Benz will bring their W25, W125, W154 and W165 cars while Audi will bring some Auto Union C- and D-Types. The cars will be up against other period machinery like ERAs, MGs, Rileys and, let's hope, some of the pre-war Alfa Romeos and Maseratis turn up as well.Add a comment
The marketplace: 1973 Mazda RX-2
Perhaps I've mentioned it before on here but I have a slight obsession with rotary-engined Mazdas from the 70s. Be it R100s, RX-3s or RX5s I like them, mainly because of the the awesomely silly engine sound that comes with a rotary engine. During an ebay search I stumbled upon the following listing on Ebay USA; a practically rust-free and rather low-mileage RX-2. Just look at that clean engine bay and boot and the top-notch interior with original three-spoke steering wheel. I've seen worse! Wouldn't this be a fantastic change compared to an obiquitous MG B or Triumph Spitfire? Probably, more reliable and fun as well (I mean who doesn't like a high-revving engine from time to time). Perhaps though, for a comparison with those sporty machines Mazdas RX-3 offering might be better suited. Mainly because the RX-2 was originally conceived as a family car. Most of them were sedans, this coupe is an exception.Add a comment
Fiat on Italianness v some Americans
Just today I noticed this new image ad film by Fiat for their new Fiat Panda on Youtube entitled 'New Fiat Panda - This is the Italy we like'. When I first saw it I thought that it was properly inspiring stuff as it was not so much about the new Panda, which, whatever way you put it, is a dreary Eurobox. The ad is more about Italy, the mentality and which way the country should go in the future. What we see is Italy as you probably know it. We see charming villages, beautiful lakes, craftsman making beautiful things, beautiful brown-haired girls smiling, beatiful brown-haired girls drinking cappuccino on a balcony and smiling waiters serving plates of pasta with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and bespectacled men designing and building Fiats. It's all about the passion and creativity and what the country has to offer. It seems Fiat is genuinely concerned with the country and its people and, given the economic and political situation, wants to make sure Italy stays a proud Italy. As the Italian narrator mentions 'Now is the time to decide. Whether to be ourselves or to accept the views imposed on us'.Add a comment
Only in Belgium
News reached us that last Friday a Belgian court sentenced a 30 year-old man to read a book. Yes indeed, a book, but bear with us, it gets even more surreal when we tell you the offence for which he received this joyous chastisement; drifting a car around a roundabout. Like us you might find it hard to see the relation between this offence (well, offence, rather a bit of petrolhead fun) and the alternative sentence at first glance. But, in fact there is a good reason. The pillock has to read a book called 'Tonio' by well-respected Dutch writer A.F.Th. van der Heijden. In the book the writer describes the pain he felt after losing his only son in a traffic accident in the centre of Amsterdam in 2010. A commission will later on determine if the offender read the book at all and, we guess, learned from his mistakes. This is on top of a 4 month withdrawal of his driving licence. If he fails the test he faces a 32 month withdrawal.
So, our advice would be; get reading! Lets hope this guy loathes reading, which he probably does, otherwise he wouldn't be continuously lapping a roundabout like some half-wit. Instead of a chastisement by court this is really rather like self-chastisement. Wouldn't these kind of self-chastisement sentences be a good idea for many other offences or crimes? Wouldn't it be smashing to see, for example, a couple of vandalistic, brass, drunk and shouty lard-arses being humiliated by having to listen to Mozart, continuously, for three weeks on loop-mode? Or what about sexual assailants being put in a very dark-room with 'Bear the Bazooka' for a few days? Perhaps, these Belgians are not so silly after all.. (via: Nieuwsblad)Add a comment
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