Siri Knows Best - 20 August 2019


FOLLOW UP: PORSCHE TYPE 64 DID NOT SELL

We recommended a video by Chris Harris, last week, about the Porsche Type 64. Over the weekend the last remaining example was at auction, expecting to go for $20 million, or thereabouts. However, thanks to a bizarre glitch the car didn't sell for the $70 million the screens showed. The audience took exception to the confusion. To read more click the Jalopnik article here.

MCLAREN F1 SETS NEW RECORD AT MONTEREY

A 1994 McLaren F1 'LM-Specification' sold for $19.8 million at the Sotheby auction at Monterey, without any issues with the price. That makes this the most expensive McLaren ever sold. To read more click the Classic & Sports Car article here.

WORLD'S FIRST SOLAR ROAD A FAILURE

In 2016 a 0.6-mile stretch of road called Route Solaire was opened with photovoltaic panels in the surface. The idea was to generate as much as 790 kilowatt-hours per day. However, due to a combination of having to lay the cells flat, there not being enough sunny days in that area, unaccounted natural run off including leaves and the road surface not fit for purpose, the experiment has been deemed a failure. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND REMOVES 480 MILES OF ROADWORKS

For the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend, Highways England will be taking away 480 miles of roadworks from motorways and A-roads. Good luck to all driving over this weekend. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

SUPERCABS HELP CUT MOTORWAY COLLISIONS

During a week long trial, on the M1, the police deployed their HGV cab only units to spot driving offences from car, van and lorry users. Collisions fell from 90 during the previous week to 64. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

ONE IN FOUR FAIL TO PAY ULEZ CHARGE

Around 130,000 drivers have been fined for failing to pay the £12.50 daily charge for the London Ultra Low Emission Zone. So far Transport for London has 'earned' £26 million in penalties. Not doing much to help the perception it is just another tax on the motorist. Simple solution is to pay the charge. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

DELIVEROO TRACKING SHOWS BIKES QUICKER THAN CARS AND MOTORBIKES IN CITIES

The tracking that the Deliveroo app undertakes of it's drivers and riders, has shown that bicycles are quicker in cities than cars and motorbikes. They have used the data from 30,000 workers in 13 countries. To read more click the Forbes article here.

ENGLAND NATIONAL TRAVEL SURVEY 2018 RESULTS

Every year the Department for Transport undertakes a survey of the travel habits in England. The results for 2018 are out now. To view the graphical version click the link here. To view the release documentation click the link here.


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VISIT TO THE OLD REIMS GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT ESSENTIAL

There is an excellent article from Antony Ingram, writing in EVO Magazine, explaining why visiting and tweeting about the Old Reims Grand Prix Circuit is a cliche, it is still one worth the effort. To read more click the link here.

LUNCHTIME READ: INSIDE RUF

CAR Magazine visited RUF and tell us all about the history of the company and what makes them so great. To read more, which of course we thoroughly recommend, click the link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: ALL MOUTH

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith brings us all another cracking list, this time of the biggest front grills to cars. THere are some that work, some that don’t and some that just scare the old and young. Click on the Motoring Research link here to explore what the car world has given us.

AND FINALLY: RETRO RIDES GATHERING EVENT

Ian Seabrook was at Shelsley Walsh for the Retro Rides Gathering, he’s made a video of his time there and what he found. Click the link here to spend 42 minutes in the company of Ian as he takes us with him.


REAR VIEW PODCAST

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