Wake up Mus­tang!

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MA­JOR line-up changes for the Wig­gles should lead to other changes, too. The group’s Big Red Car is too slow and dull for fast-paced mod­ern tod­dlers, who ex­pect a lit­tle drama from chil­dren’s stage shows.

I pro­pose that the Big Red Car be im­me­di­ately re­placed by the orig­i­nal Big Red Car of Aus­tralian mo­tor rac­ing, Al­lan Moffat’s scar­let 1969 Tran­sAm­mus­tang.

Part of the su­perb Bow­den’s Own his­toric car col­lec­tion at Bud­erim in Queens­land, the Moffat Ford holds sev­eral clear ad­van­tages:

The Mus­tang’s un­muf­fled, We­ber-carbed 5.0-litre V8 should Wake Up Jeff— and ev­ery­one else within a 4km ra­dius— in a mi­crosec­ond.

Leaf-spring rear sus­pen­sion com­bined with 490 horse­power guar­an­tees au­then­tic wig­gles ev­ery time you exit a curve.

Just like the Wig­gles, Moffat’s Mus­tang is a sea­soned in­ter­na­tional cam­paigner, hav­ing thrilled crowds in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Bri­tain.

The Mus­tang may be old, but Dorothy is a di­nosaur. Kids don’t seem to mind.

Of course, there may also be one or two dis­ad­van­tages:

Un­der-fives are eas­ily fright­ened by loud noises. Ear plugs should prob­a­bly be pro­vided.

A Detroit Locker diff makes tight on-stage cor­ners a prob­lem. The Wig­gles had bet­ter learn how to spin-turn.

If a ri­val chil­dren’s group signs up Bob Jane’s Ca­maro, it will be kid­die Ar­maged­don.

On bal­ance, how­ever, an ir­re­sistible case is made. Time is up for the old Big Red Car, soon to be sign­ing au­to­graphs at a lo­cal tip. Roll out the Mus­tang and watch those chil­dren swoon.

BEG­GAR’S BAN­QUET

THE Chi­nese sym­bol for good luck is ap­par­ently a blue and white pro­pel­ler. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports this week, the for­tu­nate Chi­nese auto mar­ket will soon greet an ex­cel­lent newbmw not avail­able in other coun­tries. Called THEBMWX1 Qi Gai Ban, the name trans­lates as Beg­gar’s Edi­tion be­cause this ver­sion of Beemer’s baby-sized wagon is stripped down to the ba­sics. No au­to­matic op­tion.

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