A lucky escape

I’ve just seen this video and it does show how dashboard cams are catching on and can help prove to insurance companies that some hard to believe stories are truthful.  It also shows the need to make sure that wheels are tightened correctly.


The future of Lorry cabs

Lorry cabs have been box shaped for decades.  It’s bad for fuel consumption and lethal in accidents.

Now the European Commission say it wants to change the rules governing the size of lorries to help protect pedestrians and cyclists.  And this involves making them bigger.

They want to allow manufacturers to make more aerodynamic lorry cabs, and officials claim it will improve driver visibility and will save hundreds of lives as well as cutting approximately £1300 per lorry per year off the diesel bill.

The current shape was the result of well meaning EU rules from nearly 20 years ago, and a size limit was introduced to protect the roads and bridges from huge vehicles.

There are a few exceptions, but articulated lorries in the UK are normally no more than 16.5m long and 44 tonnes in weight.  So to maximise the payload, manufacturers have always squashed the size of the cab.

If the new rules come in, designers will be able to flex their brains on futuristic shapes.  These shapes are like the Concept S, MAN’s vision of the future.

Just like a car, the Concept S is shaped to deflect a person away from the vehicle, and it has bigger windows and cameras instead of mirrors, which will clear up some of the blind spots.  It also drinks less fuel.

Truck Maker MAN are suffering

MAN, who have their headquarters in Munich, have provided evidence that the euro zone financial crisis is hitting the common currency’s most powerful economy.

Their workers are facing shorter hours and lower pay.  More than 5000 people are affected.  In the first instance, the company expects the reduced hours to continue for six months and they will review it.

The blow is being softened by a government scheme for reduced hours work, and the Government makes up 60% of the lost income, in the case of MAN, another 30% is being found by changing the timing of workers bonus payments.  Even with this, the workers going onto shorter hours are taking pay cuts.

New Events Listed on Classic Motor History

There are plenty of car events taking place this month.

Have a look at the Classic Motor History calendar to see if there is anything near you.  If you know of any events that you think should be listed please contact us.