Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Like everybody, I like a bit of a moan. In fact my partner says that I’m turning more and more into Victor Meldrew everyday. Not that this is a bad thing. Well not to me anyway. But maybe because I now feel that I have one foot in the grave, so to speak, I guess I have the right to moan at and rant about subjects that really get under my skin.

9692298-largeNot that I moan about everything but there are just some things that irritate the hell out of me more than others. Take for instance the rubbish parking I come across everyday on our streets. This rant is not about the everyday parking, where people respect others and abide by the laws and common sense and respect when parking. Because this type of parking serves the needs of the community we live in and those that use the road. No, it’s the stupid parking that really winds me up. The selfish, egotistical idiots who believe that that it is there right, no, there duty, to park wherever and whenever they want and not give care for anybody else.

So who are these stupid individuals, these confused souls who cause misery for pedestrians and other road users and make me really want to rant? Who are these ignorant imbeciles whose sole aim in life is bring about as much disruption and chaos as is humanly possible in a car? And what is it about their parking that gets my goat?

I thought that I would come out with my all time top 5 of parking offences, (I use the term ‘offence’ because I think it’s criminal) that cause me the most outrage and really peeve me off.

JS66700318Number 1) The double parker. This is the idiot that thinks its ok to park in the middle of the road and have a full blown discussion with his mate through the car window. The selfish idiot! This driver actually feels affronted when you beep your horn for them to move, like it’s your fault you actually came out in your car that day and had the audacity to be in the car behind them when they decided they needed to stop and have a prolonged discussion with their mate. Idiots.

Number 2) The mother and baby parkers. When it says “Parking for mother and toddler”, it means “Parking for mother and toddler”. It does not say, “Parking for single adults with no children” it does not say “Parking for older couples without a child in sight”. No, read it correctly and you will understand that, if you do not have in your possession, a child, do not park there.

Number 3) Those without a disability who park in a disabled spot. These idiots park in the disabled spaces and are clearly not disabled. In fact, they are so not disabled; they manage the walk from the car to the shop without an aid to assist them. Maybe, they have such a disability that only affects them when they are in the confines of there own home. Maybe they take the magic anti disability pill that turns them into able bodied citizens. Or maybe, just maybe, they’re lazy individuals who don’t give a damn about inconveniencing those with a disability and can’t be arsed walking the extra twenty yards from the car to their destination.

Bad-Parking-Gets-You-Stuck-KarmaNumber 4) The pavement parker. These idiots have no idea when the road ends and the pavement begins. They’re like, “oh, that paved area must obviously be part of the road”. Why would they care that someone with a disability, a mother with a buggy or a child on its own, should have to circumnavigate their car and walk into the road to avoid their car, whilst running the risk of being knocked down? Do these drivers think that the aforementioned have the ability to sprout wings and fly over their car? No, and neither do I.

Number 5) The ‘I’m going to park my car so close to you in this car park there is no way you’re going to get back into your cars driving seat’. Having to clamber over the passenger seat when you are (slightly) overweight and arthritic in both knees is no fun, let me tell you. ‘Performing contortionist’ is not something I would be happy with entering on my CV. With these idiots, don’t you just want to leave a message saying, “This is just a note to say thank you for parking so close to my car. Next time, please leave me a tin opener so I can get into my car and leave the car park”.

My rant is done and I truly hope that I have expressed my feelings on these inconsiderate, turd stained low-lives who blight not only my life, but the lives of those who have some modicum of respect for those who drive and those who don’t.

Yours truly, Ranting Roger


A convincing small coupe

The UK is the biggest market for the Audi TT in Europe, so the latest version needs to drive well on our challenging roads to stand a chance of matching the sales success of its predecessors. Yet for all its sporty design flourishes, the model that’s most likely to Audi TT (2)seduce tax-conscious British buyers is the new 2.0-litre TDI Ultra, the latest of the brand’s fuel-sipping range of diesels that now includes the A4, A5, A6 and A7, with plenty more to come. Of course, buying a slinky coupe is not always a strictly rational purchase, but this Ultra version of the TT promises effortless 150mph performance with affordable family car running costs. Is there a catch? Well, at launch this model will only be available with front-wheel drive, equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. That does keep the price down though, and in the Sport trim we tried the Ultra is actually the cheapest version of the new TT you can buy, starting at £29,770.

Pristine fit and finish, classy materials and beautifully damped switches are all par for the course with any modern Audi, but the TT brings in a high-tech, minimalist approach Audi TTto cabin design that feels really sporty. A 12.3-inch screen tucked into the instrument binnacle is the window to all the car’s systems, and it’s a real showstopper. A digital set of dials, trip computer, media output and sat-nav (when added) can all controlled via the steering wheel or by an intuitive rotary dial between the front seats, so you never need to divert your eyes far from the road. The system will take some getting used to if you’ve spent time in a car with a screen in the centre of the dashboard, but most functions are easy to find and adjust, and the simple actions quickly become second nature – even if your passenger is going to feel quite left out.


The most important Alfa Romeo for decades

Just under 4 metres long, 2 metres wide and 118 cm high. The design choices of the Alfa Romeo 4C are just as bold as its dimensions. Rather than use extreme power, the decision was taken to minimise weight instead. This challenge underlies the design of every component of the car.

Alfa Romeo 2The result is amazing: an unladen weight of under 895 kg propelled by 240 BHP, giving a weight to power ratio of under 4 kg/HP. A figure that promises genuine supercar agility and performance. This impressively low weight has been achieved by using ultra-light materials like carbon fibre, aluminium and composites, all chosen for maximum dynamic efficiency. Fast, powerful and evolved. On the 4C, advanced materials combined with Alfa Romeo’s innovative processes and values have created a true concentration of efficiency.

Sport suspensions, self-ventilated brake discs and different diameter tyres: the Alfa Romeo 4C boasts an advanced ride control system, conceived to keep weight down to a minimum.

The suspension adopts race-derived technical solutions to optimise performance and deliver unrivalled driving pleasure. At the front, the Alfa Romeo 4C features a double wishbone configuration that gives direct and unfiltered feedback from the road. At the Alfa Romeorear, advanced MacPherson suspension ensures superb road holding and driving fun, even in the most extreme manoeuvres. Both front and rear suspension systems are made from aluminium and high strength steel. The braking system is designed for high performance race track use. The perforated, self-ventilated front discs and Brembo calipers take the car from 100 to 0 km/h in only 36 metres. And to ensure maximum grip and prevent skidding under all conditions, the 4C is fitted with different diameter tyres, 17”-18” or 18”-19”, with the larger size on the rear for the best possible handling.


Most hotly contested special edition

The first deliveries of the Ferrari 458 Speciale A will commence in February, but we’ve got bad news if you haven’t ordered one yet: they’re all sold.

In fact, the iconic Italian brand was only able to satisfy 40 per cent of demand for the $635,000 plus on-road costs convertible supercar in Australia, leading the region’s boss to label it “the most hotly contested special edition in Ferrari’s history”.

Ferrari (2)The 458 Speciale A (the ‘A’ stands for ‘aperta’, which means ‘open’ in Italian) is effectively a folding-roof version of the 458 Speciale hardtop. It’s powered by Ferrari’s most powerful naturally aspirated V8 – the 4.5-litre unit churning out 445kW and 540Nm. Tipping the scales at 1340 kilograms, the open-air model matches the fixed-roof Speciale’s 3.0-second 0-100km/h sprint and 1 minute 23.5 second lap time around the company’s Fiorano test circuit.

As with the 458 Speciale, the Speciale A gets louvre vents near the headlights, a more aggressive front bumper and air intakes, winged side sills, rear diffuser and five-spoke forged alloy wheels, along with lashings of carbonfibre throughout the cabin. The Ferrariretractable aluminium roof takes 14 seconds to either open or close.

Partially explaining its unprecedented popularity is the fact the 458 Speciale A appears likely to be something of the last of its kind. The naturally aspirated model is set to be succeeded at March’s Geneva motor show by an updated 458 powered by an up-rated version of the twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 from the California T. The engine produces 412kW and 755Nm in the entry-level convertible, but could reportedly be tweaked to pump out up to 500kW for the updated 458.