Shortcuts with Eddie
Some motoring news in brief this week:
* Wish you were there? A group of 60 Cannonball devotees left for San Francisco last week for what should be a wonderful event.
They'll take in 'Frisco, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria etc before looping back to 'Frisco. Their 'charges' include Ford Mustangs, Cameros, Dodge Chargers and a Shelby.
The success of Cannonball Ireland has helped evolve such international events. Now there are even plans for Japan in 2019.
* Best wishes to N Conlan & Sons, who officially opened their new Jaguar Land Rover 12,500 sq ft Naas showroom recently. As well as that expanse, there is also a state-of-the-art 10,500 sq ft workshop and a 5,000sq ft high-tech bodyshop.
* German reports suggest Opel will cut the number of models it makes and sells to focus on the more profitable parts of the market.
* Mercedes is appointing seven main dealers to sell their new X-Class (left) pick-up, which goes on sale later this month.
The outlets are the Sligo-based Connolly Motor Group, Cork Truck Services, Gilmores of Kingscourt, Kinahan Commercials of Moate, MSL Grange at Pottery Road, Deansgrange, MSL Park Motors, North Circular Road and MUTEC, Long Mile Road.
* When was the last time you had your eyes tested? Research from ClickMechanic, the online marketplace for car repair, suggests nearly a third of drivers haven't done so for more than two years.
The point is well made that even slightly impaired vision could mean inability to read road signs or recognise other road users from a distance.