In Dubai, good drivers win cars
After you . . . no, no, I insist, you first.
Perhaps this is an idea the police and the NZ Transport Agency could get behind. In Dubai, motorists who do not commit any traffic violations for a year go into the draw to win new cars. The lottery is called the white- points system and the latest two winners — selected from a pool of 2000 eligible drivers — received their cars ( a pair of Hyundais) last week.
The 2000 eligible drivers were made up of 1344 men and 656 women. To be in to win, the driver needs to have a registered driver’s licence ( well, duh!) and have a vehicle registered in their name.
In essence, it seems like a good idea. Although the fact the lottery exists does raise a few questions.
We can’t help but wonder how bad on average the driving in Dubai must be. Could the authorities find only 2000 “good” drivers, or is that simply the cap they put on the competition? Also, a commuter needs to behave only for 12 months? That doesn’t seem like too tough a stretch, but perhaps in Dubai it’s a miracle anyone doesn’t get caught drifting through intersections in their McLaren 720s … or maybe we’ve just been watching too much YouTube.
Ever noticed how sportspeople are rarely seen without a big pair of headphones?
There are probably massive endorsement deals behind the accessorising, but it’s interesting how music is essentially a psychological pre- game/ race tool. Or maybe they’re listening to the talking- book version of
. . . But for any motorsports competitor, surely a pair of Pininfarina headphones should be part of the uniform? We came across the LZR 980 headphones while we were supposed to be working, and fell in love immediately.
They are a co- design project with the German audio boffins at Magnat, who got the Italian design house to pen these range- toppers. There is a lot of waffle about how the polygonal shape for the earpiece cups redefine comfort and that the organic surfaces are punctuated with a ridge reminiscent of automotive styling and detail. But really, they just look superb.
Why they’re not hanging on the heads of every F1 driver this season, we’re unsure. We’d wear them in the high street