Geneva Motor Show 2015 : Lancia Have a Stand Shock

The last press release for Lancia was December 2014. There is no news of what Lancia is showing at Geneva this year at stand 5139.

2014 Lancia Ypsilon
2014 Lancia Ypsilon

But the fact they are listed among the exhibitors means that Lancia is still not quite dead. Qoros Automotive are also attending, by the way as are SKB Krattinger. They make equipment for garages. Continue reading “Geneva Motor Show 2015 : Lancia Have a Stand Shock”

Theme : Passengers – A Hire Education

Remembering who Hertz put in the passenger’s seat

Dole Queue

In the mid Seventies, living in London, fresh from college, unsure of myself and facing a stagnant economy, I took employment doing something I knew I’d be capable of. I became a Hertz delivery driver. Back then, Hertz were the envy of Avis. All car hire chains end up with too many, or the wrong type of cars in one place, and not enough in another. Avis solved this by loading cars onto a big transporter and dropping them off where needed, imagining that one guy driving 6 cars around would be cheaper than six drivers. Hertz knew differently.

The Hertz scheme was simple and old-fashioned. They employed drivers on a casual basis. You signed on with them, showing a clean licence. There were three shifts, and you could only attend one a day. You turned up at Hertz in Marble Arch and signed in. The dispatcher would start at the top of the list and call out as many names as he had drives for. If your name wasn’t called you could Continue reading “Theme : Passengers – A Hire Education”