Veterans bid to show reliability over 1,000 mile test
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.