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Mod­ern cars and their tech­nol­ogy have made the head­lines re­cently, with the re­al­ity, though not all the de­tail, be­ing driver­less cars al­lowed on our roads some­day soon. Cue quips about tex­ting while driv­ing… They’ll be get­ting stuck be­hind VW campers do­ing 30mph up­hill on Bod­min Moor, that’s for sure. A sud­den lack of GPS sig­nal could see sheep in the fields there­abouts div­ing for cover lest they get truly ‘Googled’. It’s no sur­prise then, that tech­nol­ogy and old favourites will/can merge as the cost lessens and ease in­creases.

Here in the UK, we’re won­der­fully scep­ti­cal about new stuff, though we’ll hap­pily moan about it on our mo­bile phones and WI-FI tablets… When I launched the idea of an Enge­nius clas­sic many moons ago, I men­tioned the like­li­hood of the first Mor­ris Mi­nor fit­ted with a hy­dro­gen fuel cell. We still haven’t found one of those but we did find an-off-the shelf kit to cre­ate an elec­tric VW Bee­tle and the man bold enough to cre­ate his own vi­sion of a clas­sic fu­ture. Grant Bur­rows is the man cur­rently up to his armpits in bat­tery packs and wiring, hav­ing ditched his air­cooled en­gine. He’s almost there. I’d love to know how a Google car stuck be­hind a VW cam­per on Bod­min might com­pute that pos­si­bil­ity.

All the best,

Gary Stret­ton

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