ROAD NOISE : 2ND EDITION (June 23, 2013)

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WELCOME TO THE 2ND EDITION OF ROAD NOISE —- WHERE YOUR ROAD/MOTORING INTEREST AND THE AUTO WORLD MEET  !

ROAD EVENTS & MUSEUMS :  AS WE ENTER INTO THE SUMMER SUN, THE LONGEST DAYS, IT’S TIME TO HAVE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ENGAGE IN SOME OUTDOOR AUTO EVENTS.

HERE IS ONE EVENT THAT WE HAVE ENJOYED, ONE THAT BRINGS BACK A FEEL OF THE 50’S & 60’S :

TRY SKIP’S HAMBURGERS — LOCATED ON ROUTE 110  IN MERRIMAC, MA. THEIR ACRES OF GREEN GRASS ACCOMMODATE A MONTHLY CAR SHOW SCHEDULE. THE BIG EVENT THIS TIME TAKES PLACE ON JULY 13TH — A CAR SHOW AND CRUISE NIGHT, IN NEWBURYPORT MA.

ROAD FEATURE VEHICLE : HERE IS THE PHOTO OF MY LAST POST’S SPECIAL INTEREST VEHICLE : A SMALL ELECTRIC- POWERED MINI SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS. ASSOCIATES OF MINE IN ATLANTA ARE DEVELOPING THIS VERSION. THIS VEHICLE TRANSFORMS A STANDARD MANOEUVERABLE AND EFFICIENT LOCAL CAR INTO AN OPEN INTERIOR SPACE LSV, BUILT TO HOUSE THE DRIVER’S OWN WHEELCHAIR. WITH THE ELECTRIC REMOTE, REAR DOOR HATCH OPENS ALLOWING THE WHEEL CHAIR TO ROLL UP TO THE STEERING WHEEL AND DRIVE AWAY.

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(PHOTO COURTESY OF CARS AND CARTS ATLANTA GEORGIA)

ROAD NOISE AUTO RACING NEWS

AT THIS TIME WE REPORT ACROSS THE POND : NAMELY, THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 24 HOURS OF LEMANS, WHICH FINISHED AN HOUR AGO AS OF THIS WRITING.

HERE ARE THE CLASS WINNERS, FOLLOWED BY OUR NOTE ON THE UNFORTUNATE ACCIDENT OCCURRING IN THE FIRST HOUR OF THE RACE.
MP1
1. #.2 Kristensen/Duval/McNish Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron Quattro.
2..#8 Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 hybrid.

3. #3 Gene/Di Grassi/Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron Quattro.

LMP2
1. #35 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan.
2. #24 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan.
3. #26 Rusinov/Martin/Conway G-Drive Racing Oreca 03-Nissan.
GTE-PRO
1. #92 Lieb/Lietz/Dumas Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR.
2. #91 Bernhard/Pilet/Bergmeister Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR.
3. #97 Turner/Mucke/Dumbreck Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8.
GTE-AM
1. #76 Narac/Bourret/Vernay IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
2. #55 Perazzini/Case/O’Young AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia 305 laps.
3. #61 Gerber/Griffin/Cioci AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia * 305 laps.

Ret. #95 Simonsen/Poulsen/Nygaard Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 –2 laps accident.

TRAGIC : DANISH DRIVER ALLAN SIMONSEN IS REPORTED TO HAVE DIED AAS A RESULT OF A MAJOR CRASH DURNG THE FIRST HOUR OF THE RACE. WHILE COMPETING IN THE GTE CLASS, DRIVING THE NO. 95 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE, HE EXPERIENCED A LOSS OF CONTROL. COMING AT HIGH SPEED INTO THE TERTRE ROUGE CORNER OF THE TRACK HIS  CAR FINALLY STRUCK A BARRIER.

WHILE THE RACE WAS STOPPED AS REPAIRS MADE TO THE TRACK, SIMONSEN’S FAMILY  REQUESTED THAT THE RACE BE RESUMED. AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM ASTON MARTIN RACING MANAGER JOHN GAW WAS MADE AT THE SCENE:

“On behalf of all of us at Aston Martin, I  would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the individuals and families whose friends or loved ones were involved in today’s terrible tragedy.”

… AND OF COURSE WE ALL FEEL THE SAME.

CERTAINLY THE RACE CIRCUITS ,AS WELL AS THE COMMON ROADS WE ALL TRAVEL, SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED BY ALL US AS FOR THE RISKS WE TAKE AS DRIVERS. (AND THE BENEFITS BESIDES, OF RACING AND THE ROAD.) MAY WE ALL DRIVE AS SAFELY AS WE CAN IN THE CIRCUMSTANCE WE ARE IN.

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^ THE NUMBER 95 ASTON MARTIN AS DRIVEN BY ALLAN SIMONSEN.

ROAD ECONOMICS:   ROAD NOISE’S QUESTION LAST WEEK WAS “WHEN IS THE CHINESE CAR OFFICIALLY COMING TO THE US ?

IF THERE’S  INDICATION THAT  CHINESE CARS ARE APING THE KOREAN CAR EXPERIMENT IN THE CARRIBEAN, BY BEING USED IN RENTAL FLEETS, LET’S RECALL THAT THIS TEST MARKET STRATEGY LAUNCHED KOREA’S HYUNDAI “‘HYUNDA,” AS THE BRAND WAS CALLED WHEN FIRST BROIUGHT TO ST. MARTIN.

A HERTZ RENTAL CAR AGENCY MEMBER HAS NOTED THAT THE CHINESE CARS ARE COMING TO THE U.S. BUT NOT FOR AT LEAST THREE MORE YEARS. OF COURSE IF YOU WANT TO TRY ONE FOR SIZE THERE’S THE RENTALS AVAILABLE DURING YOUR WINTER ST. MARTIN VACATION…

ROAD LAW & SAFETY  ITS WAS A BAD WEEK FOR THE CHRYSLER CORP. JEEP BRAND. IT’S BEEN UNDER PRESSURE TO ROLL OUT A RECALL OF OVER 1.2 MILLION GRAND CHEROKEE AND LIBERTY JEEPS. THE COMPANY HAS BEEN PUSHED HARD BY THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION TO DO SO. AND IF THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH, DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE 96,000 JEEP BABY STROLLERS THAT WERE RECALLED ? YES, BABY STROLLERS WITH THE JEEP NAME. APPARENTLY THE TUBE TIRES WOULD BLOW OUT

The recall Stroller made in China and has model numbers starting with JL031, JL032, JL034, JL035 or JL036. And has “Jeep” printed on the side of the stroller

WE HAVEN’T HEARD OF ANY PROBLEM WITH JEEP’S ELECTRIC-BATTERY KID’S CARS. SAW A BABY BLUE ONE RUNNING THE SIDE WALK DRIVEN BY A LITTLE MISS WEARING HER OVER-SIZE SUNGLASSES AS HER MOM ON THE CELL PHONE FOLLOWED CLOSE BEHIND.

WELCOME TO SUMMER….

Till the next edition …. Enjoy your summer drive … —  Charles Barris / “Road Noise”

Author: hereandsphere

Here and Sphere is an online journal of news, opinion, reviews, advice, & bits n' pieces of everything else - from HERE to SPHERE...... Co-founded by Michael Freedberg, a long-time Boston Phoenix journalist, and Heather Cornell, a South Coast Massachusetts columnist and editor.

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