ROAD NOISE : 3RD EDITION — JULY 15, 2013

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WELCOME ! to the 3RD EDITION READERS OF ROAD NOISE —-
WHERE YOUR ROAD/MOTORING INTEREST AND THE AUTO WORLD MEET!

ROAD FEATURE VEHICLE & RACING HISTORY:

YOU MAY VERY WELL BE FAMILIAR WITH OUR FEATURE CAR CALLED THE ‘ACE’. OUR FEATURE QUESTION IS – WHAT BECAME OF ACE CAR AND THE OLDEST BRITISH CAR MANUFACTURER THE AC MOTOR CAR COMPANY WHICH STARTED IN 1901, AND MADE THE ACE CAR IN THE 50’S?

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ORIGINAL 1953 6 Cylinder English ACE 1964 FORD POWERED V8 AC COBRA

FIRST, LET’S ACKNOWLEDGE THE ACE AS THE CAR THAT CHANGED WORLD RACING HISTORY IN THE 60’S WHEN AMERICA’s CARROLL SHELBY FIT THE AMERICAN, FORD 260 CID V8 ENGINE INTO THIS SMALL ANGLO SPORTS CAR. THIS COMBINATION TURNED OUT TO BE THE FIRST MOVE TOWARD TRUMPING THE ROMAN RULE OF ENZO FERRARI, WHOSE CARS SO DOMINATED THE RACING SCENE FOR YEARS. FERRARI EVENTUALLY YIELDED TO SHELBY’s ANGLO-AMERICAN CAR, THE SHELBY COBRA, A WINNER THAT BEGAT BOTH THE COBRA DATONA AND THE FORD GT40.

SHELBY’s TAKE-OVER FROM FERRARI WAS QUITE STORY BACK THEN. IT WENT SOMETHING LIKE THIS :

WHILE JUST AHEAD IN RACING POINTS DOMINATION, IN 1964, WITH FERRARI IN THE LEAD, ENZO FERRARI WAS SO PASSIONATE TO NOT LOSE THE CUP AND RACING DOMINATION — ESPECIALLY AGAINST THE FORDS, NOT TO MENTION IT WAS SAID THAT HE TURNED DOWN THE FORD FAMILY’S INTEREST TO BUY HIS FERRARI CAR COMPANY – AND NOT WANTING TO CHANCE A LOSS AGAINST THE AMERICAN FORDS, HE MADE ONE PHONE CALL THAT YEAR TO CANCEL THE LAST RACE OF THE SEASON HELD AT ‘MONZA’ ITALY. IT WAS THE FINAL AND DECIDING RACE, AND, CANCELLING IT WITH THAT ONE PHONE CALL, HE TOOK THE CUP.

YES, IT WAS FOR THE LAST TIME IN HIS UNBROKEN STRING OF RACING DOMINATION. STILL, IMAGINE MAKING A CALL TO THE NFL OR THE BASEBALL LEAGUE TO CANCEL FOR A WIN!

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< A FERRARI GTO made for famous race driver STERLING MOSS was sold in 2012 as the world most expensive car in a private transaction, selling for $35 million USD to Craig McCaw father of the US cell phone industry.

IT WAS FURTHER SAID THAT SINCE THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY, SPECIFICALLY THE FORD FAMILY OWNERS, WERE REFUSED IN THEIR OFFER TO BUY OUT FERRARI, THEY ENGINEERED THE FORD GT 40**, A CAR TO RUN AGAINST THE FERRARIS. THE FOLLOWING YEARS FORD DID DOMINATE THE RACING SCENE, AND FERRARI’S ROMAN RULE FOUND ITSELF REPLACED BY THE ANGLE-AMERICAN ONE : A CAR BRITISH BODIED, AND POWERED BY AN AMERICAN FORD ENGINE.

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BUT WHAT BECAME OF THE ACE? NO NOT THE AC COBRA BUT THE ORIGINAL ACE AND THE AC COMPANY? WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT IN THE WORLD OF AUTO MAKERS BUSINESS CHESS GAMES, IT IS NOW LOCATED IN GERMANY ? AND LIVES ON THERE AS THE AC COMPANY AND AC CAR ?

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http://www.ac-automotive.com/

AC AUTOMOTIVE COMPANY STRAUBENHARDT, GERMANY..

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<THECOBRA TEAM AT LEMANS

** The Ford GT40 was built and designed in England as the MK I, MK II and MK III, in the UNITED STATES as the MK IV. The GT 40 named such because it is 40 inches high won the 24 Hours of LeMans from 1966 to 1969. The car was built with Ford Motor Company backing to unseat Ferraris racing domination.

ROAD ECONOMICS : ROAD NOISE’S QUESTION LAST WEEK WAS “WHEN IS THE CHINESE CAR OFFICIALLY COMING TO THE US ?” AND THE ANSWER WAS, “IN ABOUT 5 YEARS.” OUR QUESTION THIS TIME IS, “WHICH COUNTRY PRODUCES THE MOST CARS?”

YOU GUESSED IT. IT IS CHINA!

HERE IS AN OVERVIEW FROM THE ‘OICA’, INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS ON CARS “ROAMING THE PLANET” :
“1 out of 4 cars produced in the world comes from China. China was the world’s third-largest car market in 2006, as car sales in China soared by nearly 40% to 4.1 million units. Soon thereafter, China took the lead and became the world’s first-largest car market, as low vehicle penetration, rising incomes, greater credit availability and falling car prices lift sales past those of Japan. Furthermore, vehicle penetration in China still stands at only about 40 vehicles per 1,000 people, compared with approximately 700 vehicles per 1,000 people in the mature markets of the G7 countries and here are rankings compiled in 2011 and some interesting figures to ponder on cars roaming the planet.”

Rank   Country Cars produced % of total
world production
1   China 14,485,326 24.0%
2   Japan 7,158,525 11.9%
3   Germany 5,871,918 9.7%
4   South Korea 4,221,617 7.0%
5   India 3,038,332 5.0%
6   U.S.A. 2,966,133 4.9%
7   Brazil 2,534,534 4.2%
8   France 1,931,030 3.2%

ROAD EVENTS & MUSEUMS : AS WE CROSS TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE 4TH OF JULY, SUMMER AUTO EVENTS ARE TAKING PLACE.

WE OF “ROAD NOISE” MET WITH THE FOLKS RUNNING THE WEEKLY CAR SHOW ON TAP EVERY SUNDAY FROM 2pm TO 7pm AT 950 CUMMINGS CENTER, ROUTE 62 IN BEVERLY MASS. IT’S SPONSORED BY AMERICAN BBQ COMPANY, TAKE A RIDE THERE AND PICK UP A FREE COPY OF THE AUTO ENTHUSIASTS’ NEWSPAPER ‘WHIP AND WHEELS“, WHICH CONTAINS A GREAT LISTING OF MASSACHUSETTS AND NEW HAMPSHIRE AUTO EVENTS. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL MAKE IT TO THIS CAR SHOW SOME SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

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KEEP SUMMER GOING … till the next edition and enjoy your summer drive …

—- Charles Barris / “Road Noise”
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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”

ROAD NOISE —- June 1, 2013

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WELCOME TO THE FIRST EDITION OF ROAD NOISE —- WHERE YOUR ROAD/MOTORING INTEREST AND THE AUTO WORLD MEET.

FROM FORMULA 1 (BZZZZZ) TO ELECTRIC VEHICLE (MMMM) AND ALL ROAD NOISE IN BETWEEN.

ROAD NOISE NEWS : AS AMERICANS DROVE ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, THE “ROAD NOISE” HEARD AROUND THE WORLD TOOK PLACE AT THE MONACO GRAND PRIX — WHERE NICO ROSBERG WINS, IN HIS MERCEDES, WITH AN AVERAGE SPEED OF 113.378…… SOON FOLLOWED BY THE 97TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500, WITH THE AVERAGE SPEED OF 187.433 AND A HUMAN INTEREST STORY — OF TWO BRAZILIAN, CHILDHOOD GO-CART FRIENDS, KANAAN AND HELIO CASTRONEVES, WHO, AS ADULTS DID THIS :

HELIO BECAME A 3 TIME INDY WINNER, WAS TRYING FOR HIS 4TH, ONLY TO WATCH HIS BROTHER KANAAN SUCCEEDS , AFTER 12 TRIES (PERSISTENCE !) , IN FINALLY WINNING THIS YEAR’S INDY 500 — AND GATHERING A 2.3 MILLION EARNING.

ALSO, FOR NASCAR FANS, THE CHARLOTE COCA-COLA 600 RAN UNTIL ON LAP 122 A FOX OVERHEAD TV CAMERA CABLE SNAPPED ALLOWING AN UNUSUAL TIME OUT INTERFERENCE FOR CAR REPAIRS.

ROAD FEATURE VEHICLE : THIS WEEKS SPECIAL INTEREST VEHICLE IS A SMALL ELECTRIC- POWERED VEHICLE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS. ASSOCIATES OF MINE IN ATLANTA ARE DEVELOPING THIS VERSION. THIS VEHICLE TRANSFORMS A STANDARD MANOEUVRABLE AND EFFICIENT LOCAL CAR INTO AN OPEN INTERIOR SPACE LSV, BUILT TO HOUSE THE DRIVER’S OWN WHEELCHAIR.

ALL HE/SHE HAS TO DO IS SIMPLY TO OPEN, WITH AN ELECTRIC REMOTE, THE EXTRA LARGE REAR HATCH DOOR, THEN ROLL IN, UP TO THE STEERING WHEEL, THE WHEELCHAIR LOCKS INTO PLACE WITH EASY REACH OF THE CARS CONTROLS.

ROAD HISTORY WEST LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS IS KNOWN AS THE HOME OF GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY’s AMERICAN JET ENGINE WORKS. BUT DID YOU KNOW IT WAS ALSO THE HOME OF ONE OF THE FIRST GASOLINE DRIVEN MOTORIZED VEHICLES ?

AS THE STORY GOES, IN 1894 HIRAM MAXIM, A THEN RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATE, HAD INTEREST IN APPLYING AN EARLY 3 CYLINDER GASOLINE POWERED PISTON ENGINE TO HIS ADULT SIZED 3 WHEEL BiCYCLE. CREATING ONE OF THE FIRST MOTOR PROPELLED VEHICLES. MOST PARTS PUT TOGETHER FROM THE WELDING COMPANY WHERE HE WORKED, HE, FROM HIS GARAGE AT HOME. AFTER NUMEROUS TRIES FROM HIS GARAGE IN WEST LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS HE SUCCESSFULLY RAN THE ENGINE, PUT HIMSELF ON THE 3 WHEEL BIKE UNTIL IT TOOK OFF AT A GREATER SPEED THAT HE IMAGINED UNTIL HE FINALLY FELL OVER THE FRONT, LANDING SCRATCHED AND BRUISED BY PROUD OF IT ALL.

HIRAM MAXIM WENT ON TO PLACE 3 AUTOMOTIVE PATENTS CREATING SOME OF THE WORLDS FIRST MOTOR DRIVEN ROAD NOISE.

ROAD MUSEUM & EVENTS : NOW THE LARS ANDERSON MUSEUM IN BROOKLINE MASS IS RE-OPENED, ITS NEW EXHIBIT ‘PATINA, PROVENANCE, ORIGINALITY’, A TRIBUTE TO THE RESTORATION OF THE COLLECTIBLE AUTOMOBILE, LOOKS TO BE AN INTERESTING VIEWING.

ROAD SAFETY :  And according to the ‘National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’, ‘many people call them car “accidents”, but really the correct term is “collisions” or “crashes”. In a vehicle collision someone was acting in a way that caused the crash to happen which could have been prevented had they acted differently. If it could have been prevented it is NO accident’**. You decide.

ROAD ECONOMICS   ROAD NOISE NOW LEAVES YOU WITH THIS SESSION’S QUESTION FOR NEXT TIME:  IS THE CHINESE CAR COMING TO THE USA WITHIN FIVE YEARS?

THANKS FOR JOINING US !

TILL NEXT TIME MAY YOUR ROAD NOISE LEAD YOU TO YOUR BEST GOALS.

—- Charles Barris / Road Noise

*The Roads We Traveled/Waitley

** NHTSA