ROAD NOISE ….. ISSUE # 4, AUGUST 19, 2013

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WELCOME 4TH EDITION READERS OF ROAD NOISE —- WHERE YOUR ROAD/MOTORING INTEREST AND THE AUTO WORLD MEET!

ROAD FEATURE VEHICLES of HISTORY:

Which four cars have been widely acknowledged as the “bestselling automobile in the world”?

Since Ford built its millionth Model T on December 10, 1915 the Model T remained the highest seller until forty five years after production ceased in 1927. On February 17, 1972 Volkswagen claimed that the Ford had been superseded by the Beetle, when the 15,007,034th was manufactured but since has reached then reaching then Beetle reaching 21 million.

A 1999 international poll for the world’s most influential cars of the 20th century named the Type 1 Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ fourth, after the Ford Model T the Mini, and the Citroen DS.

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^ Type 1 Beetle .. built since 1938

….EVERYWHERE IN THE 1960 AND 70’S BUT NOT SEEN MUCH TODAY (SEE BELOW) **

The Beetle remained the bestselling vehicle until the late 1990s, when it was itself overtaken by the Toyota Corolla. But the Corolla like the Chevrolet Impala though has changed designed over their history including from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive in 1966 for the Corolla. While essentially the other three top contenders remained essentially of the same design.  So lets be fair, apples to apples as it goes we can say the VW Beatle, Model T, Mini and Citroen DS keep their titles as the top four most sold.

Designs

Automobile

Production

Units Sold

time

 
 

ImageFord Model T

1908–27

16,500,000.

1908–1927

 The first car to achieve one million, five million, ten million and fifteen million units sold. By 1914, it was estimated that nine out of every ten cars in the world were Fords.

 

ImageVolkswagen Beetle

1938–2003

21,529,464.

1972–1997

The first car to achieve twenty million units sold.

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Toyota Corolla

1966–present

~40,000,000 to mid June 2013.

1997–present

The first car to achieve thirty million units sold. The bestselling automobile in the world, with 1.36 million units sold in 2005.

 United Kingdom

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Morris Mini

1959–2000

5,505,874.

Citroën

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Citroën 2CV

1948–1990

3,872,583.

Including commercial variants, the total figure is approximately nine million]

Chevrolet

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Chevrolet Impala

1958–present

Over 13,000,000 to 1996.

 

                               

 

THE ROYAL ROAD: 

But what does the Queen of England Drive? According to the official Royal information we are told the following …

For most of her engagements, The Queen travels to a venue in a State car. 

Used for public engagements and some ceremonial occasions, State cars must transport their passengers in a style which is safe, efficient and dignified, allowing as many people as possible to see The Queen or other members of the Royal Family. Built to unique specifications, they are also vehicles of great historical and technical interest in themselves.

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 ^ the Queen’s Bentley, side and front

The Queen’s State and private motor cars are housed in the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.

For official duties – providing transport for State and other visitors as well as The Queen herself – there are eight State limousines, consisting of two Bentleys, three Rolls-Royces and three Daimlers. Other vehicles in the Royal fleet include a number of Volkswagen ‘people carriers’.

State cars are painted in Royal Claret livery. The Bentleys and Rolls-Royces uniquely do not have registration number plates, since they are State vehicles.

The most recent State cars, used for most of The Queen’s engagements, are the two Bentleys. The first of these was presented to The Queen to mark her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

The one-off design, conceived by a Bentley-led consortium of British motor industry manufacturers and suppliers, was created with input from The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty’s Head Chauffeur.

In technical terms, the special Bentley cars have a monocoque construction, enabling greater use to be made of the vehicle’s interior space. This means the transmission tunnel runs underneath the floor, without encroaching on the cabin.

Although they have a powerful engine, the Bentleys, like any other cars, are subject to normal speed restrictions. On processional occasions, they travel at around 9 miles per hour, and sometimes down to 3 miles per hour.

The rear doors are hinged at the back and are designed to allow the Queen to stand up straight before stepping down to the ground.

The rear seats are upholstered in Hield Lambswool Sateen cloth. All remaining upholstery is light grey Connolly hide. Carpets are pale blue in the rear and dark blue in the front.

Visibility is important. For many people, a glimpse of a Royal car driving slowly may be their only opportunity to see the Queen or a member of the Royal Family. The Bentleys are fitted with a removable exterior roof covering which exposes a clear inner lining, giving an all-round view of their Royal passengers. 

There are other Royal cars in addition to the Bentleys. A Rolls-Royce Phantom VI was presented to The Queen in 1978 for her Silver Jubilee by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The oldest car in the fleet is the Phantom IV, built in 1950, 5.76 liter, with a straight eight engine and a Mulliner body. It was used by Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh. Despite its age, the car is in fine condition, and is still used for such occasions as Ascot. … There is also a 1987 Phantom VI …

Some interesting historic Royal cars can be viewed at Sandringham Museum. Items include the 1900Daimler bought by Edward VII.

   Image  1977 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM VI

  …as for the Prime Minister, he is driven in a humble Jaguar.

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 ^… AND OF COURSE THERE’S THE US PRESIDENTIAL STATE CAR COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS CADILLAC ONE (Features bulletproof windows, state-of-the-art communication and security systems, and a gas-proof chamber for defense against gas attacks).

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^^ ** OH and YES THIS IS THE OFFICIAL STATE CAR IN URUGUAY FOR PRESIDENT JOSE MUJICA …

ROAD EVENTS CALENDAR: 

 YES, IT’S STILL SUMMER, BUT MARK ON YOUR CALENDER,IF YOU WISH, NEW ENGLAND’S LARGEST BRITISH CAR DAY — NAMED the‘BRITISH INVASION’ — to be held in STOWE VERMONT SEPTEMBER 20-22.     

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 At Stoweflake Resort Field 2 miles north of Stowe village on Route 108 and Cape Cod Road.

http://www.britishinvasion.com/

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KEEPING THE TAIL LIGHTS OF SUMMER GOING … till the next edition and enjoy your summer drive … Charles Barris

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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 —- 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