Speedy lit­tle veg­emite

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sap­ping en­gine re­stric­tions in 1988 to re­duce the like­li­hood of bulky NAS­CAR ve­hi­cles achiev­ing flight and land­ing in ad­join­ing coun­ties.

A quick YouTube scan turned up footage from that last 200mph race, at Alabama’s fear­some Tal­ladega track. More ter­ri­fy­ing than the out­right speeds were the pre­vail­ing driver pro­tec­tion stan­dards. Am­brose and his NAS­CAR pals are braced inside a co­coon of metal and pad­ding; in 1987 driv­ers ba­si­cally just sat there amid a few roll cage bars. There were no full-face hel­mets.

That’s not to say that risk is ab­sent from the mod­ern scene. Dur­ing a race-day rain de­lay, Am­brose amused him­self by pre­par­ing Veg­emite sand­wiches for the NAS­CAR com­men­tary team. Some re­views: ‘‘ That’s mis­er­able. That’s like salt on bread. I can’t even swal­low it.’’— Pit re­porter Marty Snider.

‘‘ He may be the fastest man on the race­track. I may be the fastest man on TV headed for the bath­room,’’— Eight-time NAS­CAR win­ner Kyle Petty, who qual­i­fied at 338.5km/h for that 1987 Tal­ladega race.

‘‘ Oh, my God. Are you sure this is ed­i­ble? God! I need SaniFlush or some­thin’.’’— Former NAS­CAR crew chief Larry McReynolds.

Am­brose went on to fin­ish ninth. Watch for him to clean up this week­end at Sonoma in Cal­i­for­nia, a track with left and right turns. IN THE in­ter­ests of pro­vid­ing au­to­mo­tive news to all read­ers, the fol­low­ing item is pre­sented in two ver­sions.

For fe­male read­ers: Go to YouTube and look up Fiat TV ad se­duc­tion. This ad, which ran dur­ing the Su­per­bowl in the US and dur­ing State of Ori­gin in Aus­tralia, is a shame­less re­turn to an era of sex­ist ex­ploita­tion that we hoped was gone. Fiat should be re­minded that it is 2012, not 1972, and that mod­ern women will not tol­er­ate this kind of base lech­ery.

For male read­ers: Go to YouTube and look up Fiat TV ad se­duc­tion. TOY­OTA has just launched a new high-per­for­mance wing, called TMG. Sim­i­lar­i­ties to Mercedes-Benz’sAMG per­for­mance group don’t end with the ti­tle. TheTMG logo is also very sim­i­lar toAMG’s, right down to the par­al­lel stripes. TMGis even based in Ger­many, at Toy­ota’s Cologne skunkworks. Re­ac­tion from Mercedes may be in­ter­est­ing. As might be aTMG Prius. THE first Honda Ac­cord Euro is one of the finest sedans ever made and now de­liv­ers crazy-good value sec­ond-hand. Among the best might be this 2005 ex­am­ple, with just 70,000km on the clock and a $15,000 price tag. This one is in Can­berra and there are seven other Ac­cord Euros on the

site. Grab a good one and revel in peak en­gi­neer­ing for the next decade. carsguide.com.au

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