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CAR (UK) - - Car Interactive - Ray White

What a joy your In­side Clas­sic Team Lo­tus fea­ture was in the July is­sue. Aside from a hint of com­puter key­board in the cor­ner of one photo, this was a won­der­fully time­less scene: blokes in over­alls, tool chests, grease guns. You could al­most smell it! Mind your sign lan­guage > VIA EMAIL

I’ve just read Steve Moody’s ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle about the Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal in the May is­sue of CAR. I re­ally en­joyed the de­scrip­tive writ­ing and en­vied Steve the drive that he had.

How­ever, I should point out that a man mak­ing a horn sign at you in main­land Europe is call­ing you a cuck­old, rather than be­ing friendly – a com­mon sign used by the un­der-priv­i­leged to the wealthy. Ter­ence Clear

AMG has never been shy > VIA EMAIL

In your May is­sue Ge­org Kacher writes: ‘Ever since the ar­rival of the 2003 Mercedes-McLaren SLR and the gull­wing SLS that suc­ceeded it in 2010, ex­tro­vert styling and a lot of noise have been trade­marks com­mon to all full-blooded AMG cre­ations.’ Say what? Let us rewind to 1986, when AMG in­tro­duced the Ham­mer. A 32-valve dual-cam 5.6-litre V8 pro­duc­ing 360hp, in­serted into a low­ered, blacked-out sa­loon body. That’s 16 years be­fore the afore­men­tioned M-M SLR. As an im­pres­sion­able young man who lived in the world of 157hp Mus­tangs and wheez­ing ’Vettes this was heady in­deed. (The car’s nick­name cer­tainly helped it along.) The stuff of leg­end. Tom Novicki

Hang on, you mean I haven’t in­her­ited £1m? > VIA EMAIL

I agree to­tally with Mark Walton (col­umn, June) about fake ad­di­tions to ve­hi­cles. The bon­net vents on my Range Rover Sport are as real as my re­cently de­ceased Nige­rian un­cle. But it’s not just the man­u­fac­tur­ers that do it. When Jaguar launched the 2.0-litre diesel XF with a sin­gle lonely tailpipe, the fo­rums went into melt­down and many peo­ple ac­tu­ally fit­ted a fake pipe on the other side. Back in the day, front fog­lights were key to be­ing cool, ap­par­ently, and when they be­came ‘driv­ing lights’… well, you couldn’t move in Hal­fords for cus­tomers. Phil Tay­lor

Wel­come to the fold > VIA EMAIL

Please ad­vise Phil McNa­mara that in or­der to get the wing mir­rors on his Seat Ateca to fold (Our Cars, June) he should hold down the lock but­ton on the re­mote for a few sec­onds longer when lock­ing the car. Took us a few ex­per­i­ments and the man­ual was wrong. Dave Brad­shaw

Man in the mir­ror > VIA EMAIL

I was both amused and grat­i­fied to read of Phil McNa­mara’s prob­lems with the Seat Ateca man­ual’s guid­ance on set­ting the mir­ror for re­vers­ing. I tried sev­eral times with­out suc­cess, then re­alised there were two Rs men­tioned in the in­struc­tions – one re­fer­ring to the re­verse po­si­tion on the gear lever and the other to right po­si­tion on the win­dow con­trols. It works now.

But more broadly these guys are a long way from hav­ing in­struc­tion man­u­als that are easy to ac­cess, easy to use and con­sis­tent in style.

Now that there are so many set-up op­tions for the user it would make sense to have a sep­a­rate chap­ter just for set-up, not to have them buried in each sec­tion. Mike Cook

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