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12th JanuaryThis is an interesting device which looks quite useful ... Dynaplug. It is positioned as being a permanent repair but personally, I can only see it being useful to get you home as the speed rating of the repair is only up to 90mph. It makes for a cleaner repair than the Tyreweld can, which makes a mess inside of the wheel. Obviously, you need to carry a pump as well for this to be of any use. It's not available in the UK yet but, I'm importing one for use in my Fisher Fury R1.
12th JanuaryThis is an interesting thread on Pistonheads. I'd pretty much come to the same conclusion as the originator and have decided to not renew my long running direct debit for my EVO Magazine subscription. The quality of the pictures and the writing is high but, the subject matter has got lost in all the exotic locations and expensive cars. To much is written about cars that haven't been driven and the minute detail of some performance upgrade. It's not that I don't want to read about exotic cars that are currently out of financial reach to me but, that's not all I want to read about. Every journalist and his dog reviews the latest exotica and they all come to the same predictable conclusion.
Any attempt to get back down to earth seems to be based upon the nostalic recollections of times long gone, I don't want to read about classic cars! I guess this is some reflection of the age of the editorial team? We still have a major British car industry but its made up of lots of smaller survivors, that EVO don't seem to have heard of (apart from an amazing bias towards Caterham Cars).
The magazine has become too successful in my view and because of this it has been targetted by the advertisers and car manufacturers, resulting in too close a link with them. They seem to have become too dependent on the hospitality and freebies and less independent in view because of it. Vast swathes of the magazine are now 'adverticals' rather than interesting articles. The fast fleet gets more and more exotic (two Lamborghini Murcelago's!) and some of the contributors now own the machinery that most of us get exited about, losing some enthusiasm along with the ownership.
I want to know more about the innovation and research going on in this country, as well as the marques that still survive and their attempts to keep the British (and world) car industry moving forward.
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