Vet­er­ans bid to show re­li­a­bil­ity over 1,000 mile test

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

THE 1,000 mile re­li­a­bil­ity trial of 1900 is be­ing recre­ated by the RAC. The event takes place in July when 80 pre-1940 cars will fol­low the orig­i­nal route where pos­si­ble, start­ing and fin­ish­ing at Wood­cote Park, The Royal Au­to­mo­bile Club’s 350-acre es­tate in Sur­rey. It reaches Ed­in­burgh and on its re­turn leg vis­its the York­shire Dales and Hare­wood hill climb.

A re­minder from the tyre in­dus­try that win­ter tyres give shorter and thus safer stop­ping dis­tances with­out snow or ice. At tem­per­a­tures be­low 7C they give shorter stops on wet roads, too, gain­ing 4.8 me­tres at 20mph and 11m on icy roads.

UK car pro­duc­tion was up 4.5 per cent as the year came to a close. More than 30 man­u­fac­tur­ers build in ex­cess of 70 mod­els in the UK, sup­ported by around 2,500 com­po­nent providers. Ac­tual sales are ex­pected to in­crease by some five per cent in 2014, while pro­duc­tion will reach 1.9m by 2019, says KPMG Au­to­mo­tive. Fig­ures for the first 11 months from the SMMT rose 4.5pc to 1.424m, with sig­nif­i­cant in­put from Nis­san, by far the big­gest UK maker, Jaguar Land Rover, Mini Honda, Toy­ota and Vaux­hall. Some 85pc of the UK built cars were ex­ported. En­gine pro­duc­tion, adding Ford and BMW to the above list, was up 2.5pc to 2.345m, of which 62pc were ex­ported. The au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try has a £59 bil­lion turnover. More than 700,000 jobs are de­pen­dent on the in­dus­try, which ac­counts for 10 per cent of to­tal UK ex­ports.

KIA is promis­ing great things for its 2+2 sports car be­ing shown in con­cept form at the Detroit Show next week. Honda is also show­ing a restyled Jazz and Lexus shows its next F model. Pic­tures are awaited.

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