Wednesday 13 November 2019

There should be no blurred lines when changing lanes (grr)

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Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

We must be the worst set of drivers in the western world for keeping our cars between the lines.

I'm appalled on a daily basis at how people seem to think it is perfectly acceptable to drift across lanes or straddle two at motorway speeds.

I blame a proportion on drivers being distracted by phones, radio or some other fidgety yoke. The remainder just don't seem to be that bothered.

I know I've written about this earlier in the year and don't want to appear a bigger bore than you already perceive. But the fact I am raising it again surely suggests there is a problem. There are many other things I could be whingeing about (such as people not bothering to dim their lights, use their lights, overlook the fact that only one headlight is working and so on). Don't worry, I'll get around to them soon.

* OUR best wishes to the inimitable Bob Montgomery who has produced what we're told is a fascinating book about the Irish international Grands Prix held in the Phoenix Park all those years ago.

It embraces a period in our motorsport history that, it is claimed, is often overlooked as a factor in putting the then nascent Irish state on the international map.

The races drew an international press to Dublin: at least one of them declared it the "greatest ever held anywhere". Run over a 4.5-miles circuit in the Park, the races attracted the cream of Europe's drivers.

They came to an end due to bad weather in 1930 and 1931 and the failure of the De Valera government to support them after it came to power.

The book has been 21 years in the making and includes images from the time that have not seen the light of day for more than 90 years. It sounds like a real treat for Christmas and is being launched at 6pm on October 22 at Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street, Dublin.

* I'D say we'll see a plethora of scrappage schemes by carmakers between now and the new year - for 2020 registration - now the Budget is out of the way (but not all its ramifications).

Volkswagen were quick off the post-Budget mark with what they call their climate action plan. It is designed to encourage people to replace their older vehicles in favour of a new plug-in hybrid, full electric, petrol or diesel model.

They say there are incentives of up to €5,000. Traded-in cars will be scrapped in an authorised treatment facility.

Cars of old (1-4) European emission standards qualify. Roughly speaking that's anything before late summer 2009.

Incentives range from €1,750 to €5,000 against new Volskwagens - ranging from the Polo (€1,750), to the Golf (€3,000), e-Golf/e-Golf executive edition (€3,000), Tiguan Allspace (€3,500), Passat (€4,000).

* GREAT to see Suzuki giving their Swift a bit of a push here last week. Great little car; just so sorry I couldn't get down to drive it. I'll take one for a week soon hopefully.

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