Thursday, January 8, 2009

Eyes Wide Shut

A clear view from your front and rear screens and all other windows in your car is essential; especially during times of poor visibility such as dawn, dusk, rain and fog.

When does the windscreen need to be replaced?
Ideally windscreens should be scratch and chip free, however there are certain rules pertaining to the condition of your windscreen.
In NSW your vehicle is only allowed a maximum of two of the following defects within the driver’s side of the front windscreen extending to the centre of the windscreen.

A hairline crack up to 30mm long
A crack that starts from the edge of the windscreen in wards up to 75mm long
A ‘bull’s-eye’ crack up to 16 mm in diameter (that’s the one that looks like a gunshot)

My 1958 Holden still has the original windscreen and paint (poor love is begging for a little face lift), so with care windscreens are good for years.

Outside windows – keep the wiper blades soft, like all rubber things they deteriorate quickly in the elements so change them often (yearly if you remember). You can wait for your next service, however Repco have a great deal at the moment where they will fit the wipers for free if you buy a new pair from them.
Old wipers will scratch the windscreen as will turning them on when the windscreen is filthy. Make sure you turn the wiper fluid on first. With an old car like mine, you have to poor the water on by hand!
Inside and Out - You have probably heard that newspaper is the best for cleaning glass as it is lint free, however awful on the hands. We use cloth nappies at our garage – brings the windows up a treat and no news print!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Days of the Thunder - Col Trickle - real or imaginary?

I couldn't help myself as 'Days of Thunder' started the other the night. It was the late movie and I heard the sounds of Daytona as I was lingering in the other room.

I was getting ready for the next days workshop and before I knew it, there I was watching Col Trickle cruising onto the race track in those tight jeans; ready to rule the track.

Apart from the reminiscence back to my youth (yes old enough to have seen it at the movies) it made me think - how far do the Col Trickles of the world make it? Is passion, charisma and sheer determination enough?

If you haven't seen the movie, it's where Kidman met her Mr Cruise.
Trickle is one hell of a driver ready to take on Nascar racing (which he has no experience in) and as the rookie spends the 1st half of the movie driving with conviction, passion and a lust to win, (but never manages to finish a race.

At this point you find out that he has no car knowledge; no idea how a car works at all - just adrenalin and the thrill of speed in his veins.

No need to add that of course there are many life lessons along the way and many victories (it is a Tom Cruise movie from the 1980's); but in life, is just the drive enough?

Why do we love these movies?

At our workshops - the ones we have the most fun with are when we have a bunch of girls who love driving; windows open, music pumping - looking like Pink in the Get the Party started video. Their knowledge is usually close to zero but their enthusiasm is 100%.

Do you have a project you need to get off the ground? Hire out Days of Thunder - you might just get the cruise you need.