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Log on to buy BMW and MINI ac­ces­sories

OR­DER­ING BMW and MINI parts, ac­ces­sories and prod­ucts is now eas­ier with the launch of the lat­est dig­i­tal shop. It’s avail­able at shop.bmw.com or shop.mini.com.

Each site uses your car’s VIN num­ber or your own MYBMW ac­count (used for ser­vices such as the in-car Con­nected­drive sys­tem) to show you the cor­rect prod­ucts for your car. Pay­ment can be made us­ing Pay­pal or credit and debit cards, and de­liv­er­ies are tracked.

Ford re­veals sci­ence be­hind cup-hold­ers

IT’S easy to imag­ine how car mak­ers test en­gines or body­work, but what about the tricky world of cup-hold­ers?

Ford has re­vealed the strin­gent test­ing pro­ce­dure that goes into en­sur­ing drinks stay up­right. In ad­di­tion to one mil­lion miles of cup-holder test­ing on pub­lic roads, cars un­dergo a test that sub­jects hun­dreds of dif­fer­ent cups to forces of up to 5g.

“Stay­ing hy­drated keeps driv­ers fo­cused,” said Ford of Europe body engi­neer­ing man­ager Martin Dawid.

Show cel­e­brates work­ing the land

HOW about some­thing dif­fer­ent from the usual clas­sic car show?

Head to New­bury Show­ground on 7-8 Oc­to­ber and you’ll be able to see hun­dreds of farm ve­hi­cles in the Au­tumn Trac­tor World Show.

Own­ers of clas­sic com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles can bring their vans or trucks on the Sun­day, for free en­try. The show also fea­tures a dis­play of 100 years of Ford and Ford­son.

It’s £14 for both days if booked at www.trac­tor­world­shows.co.uk.

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