MOSS CALLS IT A DAY
Sir Stirling Moss has retired from competition at 81. Moss admits he was scared when he began practice at a historic-cars event during the Le Mans 24-Hour race meeting and decided it was time to hang up his helmet. It’s his second retirement, following a monstrous near-fatal crash in 1961. Moss is best known as the most successful driver never to win a Formula One world championship. He came back to racing in the 1980s but concentrated on historic events.
The car company phone app craze continues with Volvo. In Europe, owners of new Volvos (from model year 2012) with Volvo On Call can download a new app that includes a car locator (giving a map position) with a digital compass, horn and indicator alerts to help find the car. Owners can lock and unlock the car remotely as well as turning on the heater and getting trip and engine data.
A US report confirmed sports utility vehicles are safer than cars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found SUV occupants 50 per cent safer based on data from road crashes between 2006 and 2009. The study attributed SUV safety to the widespread availability of electronic stability control, which prevents rollovers. The highest rate of driver deaths were in the Nissan 350Z (143).
Off-road racers Bruce Garland and Harry Suzuki have completed their fuel-economy drive in an Isuzu D-MAX LCV. The pair drove 3452km from Melbourne to Cairns on less than two tanks of fuel, using 189.67 litres of diesel and averaging 5.49L/100km. The prize for guessing the amount of fuel used in the Isuzu Ute 2011 Max Run Challenge was won by Rex Momus of Perth, from more than 54,000 entries. He wins a new D-MAX X-Runner 4x2 manual, $10,000 worth of BCF camping gear and a year’s supply of Mother Energy Drink.