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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 7:16 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Ken Livingstone is the current mayor of London who has not endeared himself to the city's swarm of automobile owners while in office since 2000. His most controversial move as London's mayor was to institute a congestion charge for driving in certain parts of the city, and his latest idea of instituting a $50-per-day tax for gas-guzzlers within the city limits has drawn some serious ire from Porsche. It looks like Stuttgart can call off its lawyers, as good ol' Kenneth just lost his reelection bid to the Conservative party's Boris Johnson. The Conservatives handed the Labour party its lunch in most local elections today, but the loss of the mayoral seat in London must especially sting for Livingstone and his Labourers. Unfortunately, we don't know what kind of guy Johnson is like and whether or not he'll repeal the congestion charge or pursue the gas-guzzler tax, but at least car-crazy Londoners can rest easy tonight knowing that their mortal enemy has lost his seat of power.
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2008 9:49 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Well, we do know what kind of guy Boris is...he's a loony!
Still, Ken had to go. I just hope Boris doesn't do anything too odd..
As for the congestion charge. Yes, that is what probably did it for Ken, but something needs doiing about cars in cities.
Any better sollutions, send them to Boris!

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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 6:39 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Since I learned to drive, I have been lucky (and in some cases unlucky) to own the following cars:

1986 Austin Montego 1600 auto (we all have to start somewhere)

1990 Volvo 440 1.7 GL (I have never known any other car where you could flood the engine so easily or needed choke to strat even in the middle of summer)

1991 Volvo 480 1.7 Injection (the first real fun car I ever had. Sadly, the electrics on it were just a nightmare so it had to go)

1993 Volvo 440 1.8 SE (Far nicer than the GL - injection you see)

1997 Fiat Brava 1.6 SX (Fiat at long last made something that didn't sound like a biscuit tin being hit when you shut the door. Fun to drive but the electrics were junk. Fix It Again Tomorrow)

1996 BMW 316i (First BMW, first proper car, last BMW 4 pot I owned)

1995 BMW 525i Sport (Looked like a BMW M5, went like a Sinclair C5 - still at least it had 6 cylinders)

1989 BMW M635csi (I got an M-Car! I got an M-Car. Cost a fortune to keep the rust down, spares were not cheap, 19 mpg average, tyres were £200 each)

1990 BMW 325i Sport (Fun, fast, rusty)

1991 BMW 535i SE Auto (Fun, slow, firsty)

1994 BMW 840ci (Makes the M6 seem cheap to run)

1992 BMW 740i (Big fat car)

1995 Saab 9000 Aero (jolly good fun. So much torque steer)

2004 Mercedes C270CDI (Nice but dull)

2004 BMW 330CD (Much nicer but absolutely dire with the autobox)

2005 Mercedes CLK 270CDI (Dull)

2003 Volvo V70 D5 (Bought in a hurry - nice car, great engine, good on fuel)

2004 Mercedes CLK 320 Cabriolet (Don't buy one of these unless you can live with 20 mpg)

2002 Volvo S60 D5 SE (Well worth the peanuts I paid for this - Dolby Surround Sound!)

2006 Audi A6 2.7TDI (Another great engine, big car looks. small car running costs and handling)


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:43 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Found this tidbit rather interesting. Taken from Autoblog.com

Russia has just passed Germany as Europe's largest market for new car sales -- for the first half of the year, at least. In fact, Russian consumers managed to snatch up 41% more cars for the first half of this year as compared to the previous year. Not only that, but the vehicles being sold in Russia are more profitable than before as well, with the record $33.8 billion in sales so far an increase of 64%. Top marques are General Motors and Hyundai, which replace last year's first and second place finishers, Ford and Toyota. Russian brands? Not so much.

Don't expect the sales figures to cool down any time soon, as the economy in Russia is still booming and it's the middle-class that is seeing the biggest benefit. Older cars will continue to be taken off the road as consumers purchase new replacements which will allow automakers to find an estimated 20-percent of the entire industry's growth in the Russian market over the next several years.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:29 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/london-motor-show-2008/

pics from the London motor show

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 10:00 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I currently own:

2000 Porsche Boxster S (the sensible car)
1968 Singer Chamois 998cc (Hillman Imp with wood trim)
1971 Davrian 1040cc (Imp based kit car, circuit use only)
1986 VW T25 Syncro 1900cc (to tow the race car)

No desire to change any of them, although I fancy doing a Subaru Legacy engine conversion on the Syncro.

I have previously owned the following in this order:

1976 Morris Marina 1800cc
1983 Morris Ital 1300cc
1976 Hillman Imp 875cc
1966 Singer Chamois 875cc / 915cc / 930cc / 998cc (tried a lot of engines in that one)
1989 Citroen BX19_16valve 1905cc
1990 Peugeot 405Mi16x4
1996 Vauxhall Cavalier 2000cc
1968 Hillman Imp 875cc
1986 Volvo 340 1400cc
1987 Audi Quattro 2200cc

I had the opportunity of a 911 (late 993 or early 996) when I bought the Boxster but wanted a mid-engined car, don't regret the decision at all. The only American muscle car I would consider is a 2008 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, the RWD version. If I win the lottery and Rick Hendrick would sell me one Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:30 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I don't have an ultimate car. I have currently a brand new Peugeot Van because there's seven of us to transport.
The car I liked the most when I had it (actually four of them) was the 1977-1978 Toyota Celica, 1600cc. It did look like a scaled down Mustang.
The car I had the most fun with, was my Landrover discovery (workhorse you know)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:13 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

'40 Willys Coupe

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:35 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

I still use a Honda Accord Sedan.
12 years old now with 300.000Kms on the meter and still working perfectly.
With custumors like me no wonder the auto industry is decaying. Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:00 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Here's a nice update from the Detroit Auto Show..

http://www.autoblog.com/category/detroit-auto-show/

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:44 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

« johnpaul » wrote:
'40 Willys Coupe
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No offence, and I assume its a matter of opinion, but I don't like this sort of ruined cars. Crying or Very sad
why can't people leave these cars as they were intended to be ?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:25 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Found this interesting. From Autoblog.com

BREAKTHROUGH AUDIO SYSTEM, ALL THANKS TO SOFTWARE

I just experienced one of the most amazing sound systems that that I ever heard in a car. What makes it so amazing is that it doesn't use a power booster, or equalizer, or better speakers, or anything like that. Instead, it's all done with software.

The inventor of this system is a guy named Tony Bongiovi, a brilliant recording engineer who's worked with a lot of the biggest names in music business: Aerosmith, Talking Heads, the Ramones, and Gloria Gaynor, to name a few. He also launched the career of his second cousin, Jon Bonjovi. He got his start back in the mid-1960s as a 17-year-old high school student from New Jersey who managed to wrangle his way into Motown Records as a recording engineer. That is a story unto itself but too long to recount here.

To hear Tony tell it, he used to drive around a lot of sub-compact rental cars and was always disappointed they did not come with better sound systems. So he set to work to figure out a way to improve the standard radio in the car to make it sound like a premium system. But he knew he had to do it in a low-cost way.

John McElroy is host of the TV program "Autoline Detroit" and daily web video "Autoline Daily". Every week he brings his unique insights as an auto industry insider to Autoblog readers.


As long as a radio has a digital signal processing (DSP) chip in it, Tony can work his magic on it. All you have to do is download his software into that chip and it miraculously makes any sound system instantly sound a whole lot better. I'm not an audiophile, but even I can hear the difference, and what a difference it makes!

I fully admit that I'm in way over my head in trying to describe how the system works, but here's how Tony explained it to me. Basically, he's using digital power to aggressively modify the program material (music). He takes apart the frequency response characteristics, and processes it by modulating and modifying the signal to make it louder. Bongiovi says this leaves more "headroom" to play with the signal, because if you try to equalize the sound you run out of room in the amplifier or the speakers.

As long as a radio has a digital signal processing (DSP) chip in it, Tony can work his magic on it.
Since a car is sort of like a small room, there's not enough room to reproduce the dynamics of the sound the way the artist wanted it to be heard. So, he says, you have to modify the sound before you can play it in a car, otherwise it will exceed the design limitations of the speakers. So he uses the DSP chip to constantly modify and manipulate the sound. And by using acoustic coupling, he makes all the bass sounds respond in a way that makes it sound like the system has a subwoofer.

Bongiovi says that while there are some terrific premium sound systems in cars today, they achieved their premium sound with high-end hardware. He claims that no one has ever touched the source material before to get a premium sound.

But to get the full effects of his system he has to "profile" each model of car. That means he has to get in a car and listen to all types of different music from all different eras to make sure that any kind of source material will sound great. He says it takes six hours a day, five days a week, (and joking adds) that it takes two cases of beer to profile each car. That's a lot of beer. Tony has already profiled 250 cars! Once a car is profiled it's a simple matter to download the software into the DSP chip in the radio.

There are huge advantages for automakers to use Bongiovi's system. He wants $10 a car for an automaker to use his system, but that can be marked up to $400 a car at retail for a mid-premium system. As good as his system is, he admits that premium sound systems are still going to sound better simply because they have better hardware. Of course, there's nothing preventing anyone from using his software in one of those high-end systems.

It's one of the big Japanese car companies. And you'll see it in a new vehicle coming out later this year.
But his system also allows automakers to save space, and cut cost and weight. Speakers have big heavy magnets on them and Bongiovi's system means a car can use smaller speakers with lighter magnets. Those speakers also save valuable "real estate" inside a car, something that interior packaging engineers are always fighting over.

Tony is a proud American and wanted to sell his system to the Big Three to gain a competitive advantage. At first they essentially told him to get lost, but now they're starting to come around. Unfortunately, in the interim another automaker jumped into the void. While I'm sworn to secrecy as to who that is, I can tell you it's one of the big Japanese car companies. And you'll see it in a new vehicle coming out later this year.

But if you're really interested, it's already available in the aftermarket as the JVC KD-S100 Mobile Entertainment system. If you get a chance, check it out, it is truly a transformational technology.

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2011 8:56 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

"Car Guy" in the making... Laughing

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/04/30/what-the-birth-of-a-car-nut-looks-like/#continued

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 5:33 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

After driving "Mr. Mom-mobiles" (minivans) for years, i finally got to purchase a real car as i have a new position that requires taking clients out. It is a nice little used Chevy HHR with a small inline 4, but has enough get-up-and-go to suit me (plus 30+ mpg!).

And that 40 Willys gasser is EXACTLY how those cars should look! (Although I am partial to the 33 Willys panels!) Got a friend that still owns a stock 41 Willys Americar, it was his first car and I believe that he bought it new. Yeah he is a few years older than I!)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:11 am    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Video: Roger Federer ditches racquet for SLS AMG Roadster

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/06/08/roger-federer-ditches-racket-for-sls-amg-roadster/

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