Initially I went to the Motorshow to see what was on the Reliant and Grinnall stand so it was a pleasant surprise to find Corbin and Benz’s 3-wheeler. I couldn’t help but wonder just how many more there would have been at a motorshow in the 1950’s. But whilst I am a great 3-wheeler fan you just cant help but admire some of the advances in 4-wheelers these days. Some of the technology in cars is amazing, but my favourites had to be the new Ford Mondeo with TV screens in the seat headrest, the Volvo C70 that had a button on the steering column entitled “Read” and when pressed proclaimed, “you have no new messages”. The new TVRs on display looked simply awesome and the Rolls Royce and Bentley stand just leaves you bewildered at the size of these cars. My favourite of the show though had to be the Cadillac Concept Car. This was a huge beast with cameras for wing mirrors and finger print id door handles and a shape that would turn every head as you drove down the street.
I’ve just one criticism with all the present car manufacturers though and that’s fake wood! Don’t do it!! What’s the point in building a state of the art vehicle with every gadget known to man kind and sticking it in a dashboard of fake wood that looks like plastic pretending to be wood. Its cheap and looks tacky, so Mercedes, Audi, Volvo and Ford buy a field, fill it full of sustainable trees and use real wood. Its looks much better ... honest!
Elvis Payne: Copyright Oct 21st 2000