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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.

APT APPS

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.

SUV FEEL­ING

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).

LEAN RUN­NER

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.

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