Saturday, January 26, 2008

Nice work, if you can get it.

Hubby, see on the right leaning into picture with camera in hand, is in Florida blogging for friend Matthew Marsh who's driving the #56 Ferrari 430 at the Rolex 24 Hours in Daytona this weekend.
Read RLT's posts and more about Matthew, who lives in Hong Kong here: .

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The original smart car

Nash Metropolitan one of first compacts built
Robert K. Rooney, for the Calgary Herald.
Growing up in Cour d'Alene, Idaho, Joe Wachsmuth owned a couple of Camaros and dreamed of the day he would own a Corvette. Today, Wachsmuth lives in Calgary and is often found at show and shines with his two-seater collector car.
Wachsmuth's ride isn't a 'Vette, however. It's a 1956 Nash Metropolitan.Sometimes life is funny like that. The first Metropolitan to make much of an impression on Wachsmuth was one owned by his in-laws in Dawson Creek, B.C. Driven by his wife, Carol, during her high school years, the little Nash was no longer used regularly. In fact, "it was sitting in their driveway rusting out," Wachsmuth recalls.
No doubt influenced by their daughter's history with the car and their son-in-law's interest, Carol's parents made the couple a gift of the car on their ninth wedding anniversary in 1985.
Read full story here.
Photo by RLT

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tata says Hello

Tata Motors unveils the People's Car
The People’s Car, designed with a family in mind, has a roomy passenger compartment with generous leg space and head room. It can comfortably seat four persons. Four doors with high seating position make ingress and egress easy.
Yet with a length of 3.1 metres, width of 1.5 metres and height of 1.6 metres, with adequate ground clearance, it can effortlessly manoeuvre on busy roads in cities as well as in rural areas. Its mono-volume design, with wheels at the corners and the powertrain at the rear, enables it to uniquely combine both space and manoeuvrability, which will set a new benchmark among small cars.
The People’s Car has a rear-wheel drive, all-aluminium, two-cylinder, 623 cc, 33 PS, multi point fuel injection petrol engine. This is the first time that a two-cylinder gasoline engine is being used in a car with single balancer shaft. The lean design strategy has helped minimise weight, which helps maximise performance per unit of energy consumed and delivers high fuel efficiency. Performance is controlled by a specially designed electronic engine management system.
Read more here.

42nd Street smarts

42 smart cars take Manhattan end to end. The Christian Science Monitor has the story here.