Rochdale Observer - - MOTORS -

AVE you ever tried to drive a car from Manchester to Corn­wall’s north coast?

Of course you haven’t. You’re not an id­iot.

I have. Many times. Be­cause I am an id­iot, and I love Corn­wall’s north coast so much that at the very mo­ment I ar­rive, I in­stantly for­get how hard it is to get there.

It’s a jour­ney that can take any­thing from five-and-a-half hours to five-and-a-half days. Al­though, of course, no­body’s ever done it in five-and-a-half hours. That’s just a SatNavbased the­o­ret­i­cal pos­si­bil­ity. It never ac­tu­ally hap­pens.

Any­way this year’s trip was an av­er­age eight hours, not too bad, not too good. But it was un­usual in that it took a full four hours just to get to Birm­ing­ham.

And at that point the 30mph speed limit on the M5 (they were resur­fac­ing it, prob­a­bly still are, and likely al­ways will be) might have been enough to fin­ish me off.

And it cer­tainly would have been, were it not for a mir­a­cle in­no­va­tion in au­to­mo­tive com­fort that was en­tirely new to me - cooled seats.

Even though hot Au­gust days are nowhere near as hot as they were in the good old days, things can still get a lit­tle heated when you’re sat on the M6 car park for hours star­ing blankly and si­lently at the rear end of a Na­tional Ex­press coach.

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