PERMISSION TO DRIVE, SIR
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.
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.
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.
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.