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What a month for car news! The new Tesla Roadster and Truck has caused so much butt-hurtery with fossil fuel fans, but traditionalists can be happy the new Jeep Wrangler is only 0.1% different than the old one. Corvette have gone from poor man’s Lamborghini to full on Lamborghini while Lamborghini themselves have gone old-skool Lamborghini. But then Konnegseg have gone an done 277mph done an old road in Nevada. We’re living in crazy times and perhaps the new new Discovery number plate position is a sign of that.
CAN WE GIVE ASIA ITS EV DUES?
While we’ve all been having a good laugh at the Toyota Prius over the years, it’s time to acknowledge it’s been fighting the EV fight now for two decades. Asia has led us into a new era kicking and screaming and it’s all too easy to fawn over Teslas and follow ze Germans. Toyota normalised the electric car and, if you’ve got a taxi in the last year, you’ve probably felt the benefit.
BADGE ENGINEERING? WHO ARE YOU KIDDING?
We’re going to stick our necks out here and dare to suggest there’s something a bit wrong with sticking Bentley badges on your 300C. We also think that putting M-badges on non M-Sport BMWs is a bit naff too. Badge engineering has spun so far out of control now even the manufacturers are in on it.
IS A CAR AN OBJECT OR AN EXPERIENCE?
You know we’re not scared of getting a bit philosophical and we ask the ultimate question here, should a car be a material possession or a form of theatre. The fact is driving and car ownership gives us something very special beyond the usual consumerism but we still easily lose our way. We also have to respect that the person we see driving an expensive sports car may be in it for the pleasure and not the ostentation.
We’re one year old! Put on a pointy hat, grab a luke warm sausage roll, and join us for a proper baller party in the podding shed. We’ve got plenty of car news to start, then Chris questions if stanced cars deserve the hate they get, Andrew points out how manufacturers with crap EV tech are throwing money at Formula E, and we mull over the issue of middle lane drivers. Is there a time sitting in the middle lane just makes sense, what’s the best way to deal with them? We also debate the leaked Jimmy photos and tackle accusations it appears rather too much like a little G-Wagon rip-off.
A most momentous motoring moment! Ten, count’ em, episodes have now been coughed from our tea-soaked mouths into your beautiful little ears. Try to get that image out of your mind. We’re finishing off Stupid Car Stories this time with a few third-party tales for your pleasure. Car Fannery Corner is back again too. We know you can’t get enough of it. Andrew argues the case that driving around in your Picasso with your fog lights on is fooling nobody. Oh, and you know how insurance is stupid, just stupid? It’s only going to get worse.
It’s time for our first ride along of the year and this time round we’re broadcasting from the both tiny and tinny inside of Andrew’s JDM Jimny. We reflect back on some of the more stupid stories from our car owning past before discussing a little motoring misogyny for Car Fannery Corner. We’re on a mission too, an upward assault that a mountain goat would be proud of as we head to the highest village in England to pick up some beer. To finish off, we discuss the surprising safety benefits of electric school buses.
I know that sounds a bit bleak, but you better bloody well listen. Andrew has had his thinking flat-cap on and, like some tea sipping Nostradamus, he’s made a worrying prediction. We could soon be watching a generation of cars put out to pasture when the electric revolution comes. Before that though, from outside any form of shed this time, we reflect back on the rally car engineering houses of days yonder and keep you all updated with some latest car news. Oh, plus Car Fannery Corner might just be becoming a regular segment.