PER­MIS­SION TO DRIVE, SIR

The Tribune (NZ) - - MOTORING -

The Dad’s Army movie open­ing around the coun­try in­cludes an im­por­tant mem­ber of the orig­i­nal TV se­ries cast. It’s the 1935 Ford BB van driven by bum­bling butcher and Bo­erWar vet­eran, Cor­po­ral ‘‘Per­mis­sion to speak, sir’’ Jones of theWalm­ing­ton-on-Sea Home Guard, played by Clive Dunn.

The van made its small screen de­but on Septem­ber 11, 1969 in the first colour episode of Dad’s Army, which ran from 1968 – 1977.

Af­ter a com­pre­hen­sive re­fit cour­tesy of Ford’s her­itage ve­hi­cle tech­ni­cians, rego num­ber BUC852 ap­pears in the big-screen ver­sion along­side stars Cather­ine Zeta- Jones, Bill Nighy, Sir Tom Courte­nay, Toby Jones and Sir Michael Gam­bon.

Only one mem­ber of the orig­i­nal Dad’s Army cast, Ian Laven­der (69) is still alive. The clas­sic Ford van is owned by the Dad’s Army Mu­seum in Thet­ford, Nor­folk.

VWBANGERS

You can have any colour you like so long as its sausages. Say what? Ger­man car­maker Volk­swa­gen also makes its very own sausages. And ketchup. Ob­sten­sively for its fac­tory cafe­te­rias, VWde­vel­oped its recipes for sausage and sauce back in the 1970s as part of its re­search and de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

The cur­ry­bock­wurst sausies along with the sauce (cus­tom de­signed to ac­com­pany the snarlers by be­ing slightly more vis­cous than con­ven­tional tomato sauces - so there!) are also sold in some Ger­man su­per­mar­kets.

The sausage and sauce op­er­a­tion is car­ried out on a large scale with VWac­tu­ally sell­ing more more sausages than it does cars. No word yet if the bangers have passed the emis­sions test.

EMIS­SIONS FIX

Speak­ing of emis­sions, some 5000 VWs in New Zealand were fit­ted with soft­ware de­signed to cheat ex­haust emis­sions tests, as were 1600 Audis and 1300 Sko­das.

The re­call is un­der­way be­gin­ning with the Amarok ute. Cus­tomers are be­ing in­vited to take their ve­hi­cles to deal­ers for a soft­ware up­date that will take less than an hour.

The Ger­man Fed­eral Mo­tor Trans­port Au­thor­ity has ad­vised that the fix for the Amarok will not af­fect the ute’s per­for­mance, econ­omy, or even its acous­tic prop­er­ties.

VW’s re­call pro­ject is ex­pected to take the best part of a year to com­plete, as the com­pany pro­gres­sively goes through ev­ery af­fected model.

Kiwi own­ers are get­ting a quick fix com­pared with US cus­tomers. Amer­ica’s stricter reg­u­la­tions for harm­ful ni­trous ox­ide emis­sions means the com­pany is still work­ing on a more ro­bust plan, which may

take an­other two years to re­solve.

FORD ‘GAMER’

The ‘‘Gamer’’ is not a new Ford SUV or in fact any sort of mo­tor ve­hi­cle. Back in 1961, the car­maker bought ra­dio man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany Philco to pro­duce ra­dios for its ve­hi­cles, re­nam­ing it Philco-Ford.

In 1977, Philco-Ford pi­o­neered a video game con­sole called Tele­jogo for the Brazil­ian mar­ket. Play­ers were given a choice of three games – ten­nis, soc­cer and squash – all de­riv­a­tives of a ba­sic Pong game.

TRUCK­OME­TER TRIPS UP

A month can be a long time in mo­tor­ing. And in eco­nomic growth. The ANZ Truck­ome­ter for De­cem­ber, a mea­sure of eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity us­ing real-time traf­fic flow data from around New Zealand, had the econ­omy on full-speed ahead.

Jan­uary’s, how­ever tells a dif­fer­ent story. As Ki­wis come round from their ex­tended hol­i­day breaks, new re­al­i­ties are be­com­ing ap­par­ent.

Af­ter lift­ing 2.6 per cent in De­cem­ber, the ANZ Heavy Traf­fic In­dex fell 4.3 per cent dur­ing Jan­uary, its largest monthly fall since mid-2013.

The Light Traf­fic In­dex which was up 1 per­cent pre­vi­ously, fell 1.4 per cent.

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