Theme: Roads – The End Of

We take a short look back at the points raised in the theme of the month about to pass.

Street sign

In the opening essay, I asked what are cars without roads to run them on. I also asked “What are those roads and why do they appeal? How do cars and roads relate? Is there a link between geology and the skills of a country’s chassis engineers?” We had some insightful comments from Sean, Eoin, SV and our regular guests, none of which answered those questions.

First to tackle the theme, five days into the month was Sean Patrick who described the Grossglockner pass in Austria, the kind of road which Continue reading “Theme: Roads – The End Of”

Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

Run by: Myles Gorfe. Total Mileage: 299,914. Miles since March 2015: 3. Latest costs: £169 for refitting door hinges, £74.01 for harness work. £23 for replacing gear lever bezel, £12 for tightening rear-view mirror ball joint, £19 for oil and oil filter, £20 for clearing fuel line and £100 for clearing air intake, £50 for flat bed truck, £490 for cutting, welding, filling and painting c-pillar rust. £120 for fuel pumps (plus fitting).

1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L
1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L

It’s been a busy month for the Grannie. Len Gudgeon at the Granada Garage repaired the passenger door hinge and adjusted the detent. Under-lubrication with the wrong grade of oil meant the old ones wore prematurely. Continue reading “Our cars: 1975 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

This One Is Really About Car Advertising

….and not the Renault Espace. To launch the new Espace, the actor Kevin Spacey is being used in the advertising campaign. And so is the Guggenheim in Bilbao. And a lot of clichés.

2016 Renualt Espace with Kevin Spacey pasted in. I assume that´s the Guggenheim and not just a pastiche.
2016 Renault Espace with Kevin Spacey pasted in. I assume that´s the Guggenheim and not just a pastiche. The shadow is wrong, isn’t it? If the lens flare was real, the shadow should be angled from his feet in the direction 7 or 8 o’clock.

A few things arise from this. I’ll start with the background. It is another one of those sterile and highly unrealistic images where every pixel of the original photography has seemingly been removed, polished and improved so that the final image is utterly divorced from reality. I don’t believe in this picture. I don’t believe an Espace went to Bilbao and I don’t believe Spacey, the car and building were ever in sight of each other. Continue reading “This One Is Really About Car Advertising”