FORD GT40 ANTHOLOGY BOOK LAUNCHES
A new and unique compilation of stories about the iconic GT40, all accompanied by a host of old and new photographs. While not a traditional history of the GT40, each individual story will give the reader new insights into the car's design and development, as well as some fascinating racing tales and previously well-kept secrets divulged.
Chapters include an explanation of the mysteries of Appendix J and its impact on the design of the Mirage and MkIV GT40; a detailed scrutineering report on GT40P/1075 at Le Mans; some untold truths behind the 2005 name controversy; and the unrecorded engine swap which enabled a GT40 to race - and finish - at the Le Mans 24 hours. The book contains information which at last shows that Ford did really install the Indy 4-cam engine in a development of the GT40. It explains in detail how GT40-builder JWAE was structured, and what its accounts looked like: the fascinating facts concerning the financial aspects of the GT40-building business are revealed.
These two highly knowledgeable and experienced authors have collaborated to bring you this great collection of GT40 stories, some of which had previously been published in magazines many years ago, but have now been reworked, and many of which are totally new. A must have for any GT40 enthusiast to keep at their bedside or on the coffee table to dip in and out of as they please.
WHERE TO GET RARE MODEL CARS
Globally renowned for its original specification classic wiper and mirror products, British Motor Heritage (BMH) subsidiary Tex Automotive is now offering an ever-increasing range of enthusiast car parts and accessories, plus a mouth-watering selection of rare or, in some cases, unique 'mint and boxed' model cars.
A collectors' goldmine, the selection has been amassed over many years by BMH in its role as global licensee for the Austin, Austin-Healey, MG, Morris, Rover, Triumph and Wolseley brands. It comprises everything from one-off prototypes to limited edition runs, all boxed and in mint condition. A selection of the offerings can be found at www.texautomotive.com. However, it is only a fraction of the total stock, with more examples being added to the website all the time, so collectors are advised to make regular visits to the site in order not to miss out on this exciting opportunity.
Currently viewable are such gems as the Kyosho 1/18th scale 1959 Le Mans Triumph TR3S (£41.25 plus VAT) and highly-detailed Sun Star 1/36th scale RAC Austin Minivan (£55.00 plus VAT). Also recently uploaded are a splendid selection of the Corgi 1/76th scale Trackside miniatures that are compatible and therefore the perfect complement to '00' gauge model railway layouts. Now rarely obtainable from other sources, these highly collectable items range from individual cars and vans priced at just £3.50 plus VAT to three-piece sets for a mere £8.50 plus VAT.
The classic car parts and accessories also available at www.texautomotive.com include no end of useful items from EBC replacement brake parts to Samco silicone hoses and fuel caps to Renovo car care products, not to mention such ideal and eminently affordable all year round gifts as leather driving gloves and branded key fobs.
REVEALING INSIGHTS INTO NEW AND USED BUYERS
Myths about 'miserly Scots' and financially cautious retired people have been squashed by revelations in one of the biggest surveys of car buying behaviour ever conducted. According to Autovia, Scottish drivers and retired people are more likely to buy their car new than anyone else.
More than 7,000 new car buyers and nearly 9,000 used car owners who all bought their car in the past two years took part in the research, by Autovia's Driver Power, Britain's most comprehensive survey into car ownership experiences and attitudes.
The latest Driver Power insights also reveal that Welsh drivers buy a higher proportion of used cars than anywhere else and that women aged 56 and over form the biggest individual segment of new car customers.
Autovia's Driver Power research is statistically rigorous and carefully weighted to provide automotive professionals with essential insights to help planning and decision making in a market currently disrupted by the twin problems of the pandemic and a related shortage of essential electronic components.
Another surprising finding in the latest research is that online buyers are more likely to recommend their car supplier to someone else than those who buy from a traditional dealer. And more than one in ten online car buyers see no need to speak to a real person at any point in the purchasing process.
British drivers' love of cars is also revealed by the fact that more than one in ten customers over the past two years were buying an additional vehicle rather than simply replacing their existing car.
NEW PEUGEOT VAN GETS HYDROGEN POWER
The very first production hydrogen vehicle from Peugeot left the production line on December 13th 2021 - with the Michelin group the first customer of the revolutionary new Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen. With the e-Expert Hydrogen, Peugeot has become one of the very first manufacturers to offer, in addition to its combustion and battery electric variants, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in the commercial vehicle segment.
The Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen van integrates a new hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain in the engine compartment and underbody - resulting in no compromise in terms of load volume compared to the diesel variants of the Expert, and a low centre of gravity - improving vehicle stability and safety.
The e-Expert Hydrogen is the latest development of Peugeot's "Extended power of choice" strategy, enabling customers to choose from a wide range of powertrains that best meets their needs.
Peugeot's e-Expert Hydrogen model comes just 15 months after the launch of the battery-powered e-Expert, which was named International Van of the Year in early 2021 and is the sixth Peugeot vehicle to win this prestigious award since 1992.
The new Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen features a hydrogen fuel cell system combined with a 10.5kWh battery that helps power the electric motor. A full refuel with compressed hydrogen takes just three minutes, resulting in 249 miles (WLTP) of electric range, and a maximum speed of 80mph.
PEOPLE MORE IN LOVE WITH THEIR CARS THAN THEIR PARTNERS
Car finance company, Go Car Credit, has revealed that car owners spend 48% more on their car than their partner. With the biggest-spending season fast approaching, Go Car Credit was keen to find out if people invest more in their cars than their relationships. Surveying 1000 car owners with partners, the data revealed that car owners in relationships spend on average £82.19 per month on their car compared to £55.48 on their partner.
The survey found that whilst men spend 42% more on their cars than their partners, women spent 54% more on their cars than their partners. The survey also found that 45-54 year olds spend 71% more on their cars than their partners. And that car owners spend 180% more-time cleaning and maintaining their cars than going on dates with their partner. And it revealed that Renault drivers spend twice as much on cars than their partners, Bentley owners spend more on their partners than their cars and 75% of Porsche owners prefer spend time with their car than their partner.
Keen to uncover which car drivers spend the most on their partners compared to their cars, Go Car Credit created a ranked table of car brand owners and their monthly spends. Although Tesla owners were the biggest spenders overall, spending on average £125.15 per month on their cars, MG drivers showed the biggest difference in spend, spending 202% more on their cars than their partners per month. Looking at regional difference, Scotland spend the most on their cars monthly (£98.75) and Northern Ireland spend the least on their cars with an average monthly spend of £73.97.
Of the findings, Go Car Credit's Marketing Manager Hayley O'Connor said; "We've always suspected UK car owners take pride in their vehicles. But seeing how much they invest in their cars compared to their relationships is interesting. Despite the pandemic, it seems that people are still prepared to pay more for their cars."