Renault World Series Megane Trophy Racer Hirschi

Nurburgring hosts Renault’s Megane Trophy race The scene is the Nurburgring, weather splendidly sunny, crowds basking in the aura generated by the weekend’s racing. There’s a mini funfair, bars aplenty, Renaults everywhere in all shapes and styles. Classic Renaults bid for attention next to slick single seaters, all powered by the french marque. But we […]

HiFi-Filter Megane Trophy racecar - Driver: Pierre Hirschi


Nurburgring hosts Renault’s Megane Trophy race

The scene is the Nurburgring, weather splendidly sunny, crowds basking in the aura generated by the weekend’s racing. There’s a mini funfair, bars aplenty, Renaults everywhere in all shapes and styles. Classic Renaults bid for attention next to slick single seaters, all powered by the french marque. But we are strangely drawn to the menacing shape of the Megane Coupe racers nosing out of pit the garages.

Pierre Hirschi - cheerful banter with the team

These silhouette, mid-engined monsters race in a one make/model series that’s part of Renault’s World Series. These events are free to the public and consequently well attended. We pick, slightly at random (and guess what, it’s yellow), a Hifi Filters sponsored Megane amongst a trio of Oregon Team prepared cars. Driver Pierre Hirschi speaks broken English which is a start, and perfect Swiss-French which suits us fine. We decide to follow him for the day rather than write a race report about a formula we’ve never witnessed. This genial 50 year old is clearly not out to be the next Schumacher, but enjoy a weekend’s racing. He qualifies as a “Gentleman Racer”, an amateur sub-class of the large field contesting the Megane Trophy Series.


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Caterham Cars bring you a Lambretta liveried Seven

Caterham Lambretta: successful visual collaboration or fashion calamity? Is this the season of silly specials? We’d usually expect a waft of open sports cars for the summer season to be thrust upon us, but as all Caterhams are convertible they need something else to trumpet the spring. What better to team up with a fashion […]

Caterham Cars Seven Lambretta

Caterham Lambretta: successful visual collaboration or fashion calamity?

Is this the season of silly specials? We’d usually expect a waft of open sports cars for the summer season to be thrust upon us, but as all Caterhams are convertible they need something else to trumpet the spring. What better to team up with a fashion clothing company and spread their zeitgeist all over the bodywork. Certainly beats re-styling or re-engineering a car for speedy results. Lambretta is the company, and their ultra British, Union Jack touting apparel is spread all over the diminutive 7. But hang on a minute; Lambretta sounds more Parma Papparazzi than Bradford Bugle – a translation in case you think we’re off our trolley: scooter manufacturer Lambretta, despite being Italian ( and Spanish ) had a massive British following in the heady rocker days of the sixties and earned a place in our hearts as a “British” product. The name lives on as much as a clothing company as a scooter manufacturer, watch manufacturer, bike manu, helmet man, perfume ma…. Make sense? No, none at all, but we’ve been looking for an excuse to get the eternally effervescent “7” on our pages, so here it is!


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Volkswagen launch Spaceleader watch by Fortis

Volkswagen launch a watch with a bit of help from Fortis It’s called Spaceleader, and follows in a line of Fortis watches using spacey names since the ’70s. Why Volkswagen should step in at this point and lend its name and design team is anyone’s guess. But the result is a rather slick shape with […]

2012 Spaceleader Limited Edition by Fortis - Designed by Volkswagen


Volkswagen launch a watch with a bit of help from Fortis

It’s called Spaceleader, and follows in a line of Fortis watches using spacey names since the ’70s. Why Volkswagen should step in at this point and lend its name and design team is anyone’s guess. But the result is a rather slick shape with some of the purity of line and functional clarity of the car group and the technical know-how of a Swiss watch maker.

Porsche have been making watches bearing their own moniker for some time, and so indeed have many other manufacturers. Maybe the successful marketing synergy of the Bentley + Breitling brands has encouraged Volkswagen Group to expand the idea down the range. Clearly, it’s not sufficient to simply make cars without a long list of secondary accoutrements branded, but manufactured elsewhere, to fill the showroom display cabinets and add some well needed glitz to the marketing of motors.

We actually quite like the styling, although the instrument face is a little cluttered. What we don’t particularly like is the thickness of the watch. If size in a timepiece is a positive, weight and thickness surely aren’t. 2012 of these watches will make it to the marketplace: a limited edition designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fortis watches, guess what, in 2012. Seems to us, a strange but privileged decision, to award the design of a hundredth anniversary design to a car company, bravo VW !


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YW launches Amazon Shop

Buy from Yellowwheels Wanting a splendid new satnav, a riveting new racing game, an amazing car accessory ? Then why not visit our very own new Yellowwheels Amazon Shop ; a place of outstanding usefulness, where you will find all your usual Amazon Stuff. The best bit: it’s just like shopping for car related and […]

Yellowwheels Amazon Shop - click pic to go there !


Buy from Yellowwheels

Wanting a splendid new satnav, a riveting new racing game, an amazing car accessory ? Then why not visit our very own new Yellowwheels Amazon Shop ; a place of outstanding usefulness, where you will find all your usual Amazon Stuff. The best bit: it’s just like shopping for car related and other gizmos on the usual Amazon site; you will get the SAME price, except that Yellowwheels will get a small percentage – hey, you’ll be helping to pay for our compelling content and will feel good in the process :-)

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For the moment this is available to UK visitors only, but we are looking into expanding to other countries. Thanks


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New UK car scrapage quantitative easing scheme

End of car scrapage scheme alleviated by new government incentive drive A new government measure to ease the transition from the end of the UK car scrapage scheme has been announced. Secretary of Transport Lord Edonis: “Starting from today all cars delivered with yellow paint schemes will benefit from a 8.75% reduction in car tax. […]

Aston Martin Cygnet qualifies for new safety incentives - yellow high-viz clothing not mandatory


End of car scrapage scheme alleviated by new government incentive drive

A new government measure to ease the transition from the end of the UK car scrapage scheme has been announced. Secretary of Transport Lord Edonis: “Starting from today all cars delivered with yellow paint schemes will benefit from a 8.75% reduction in car tax. This YCSS initiative should go some way to easing the pain of scrapage incentive termination.” Bright paintwork saves lives is the message the minister wants to convey. In fact, supported by euro NCAP safety statistics, you are 32.7% less likely to be involved in a traffic incident if driving a yellow car. Visibility is the key here, and just like the massive reduction in cycling incidents since the widespread wearing of yellow high-viz jackets, we are expecting a significant shift in vehicle mishaps.

Ferrari F430 16M - qualifies for 8.75% relief - Swiss would add side reflective stripes

We asked Professor Short of the Zurich institute of passive technology for his views: “it’s an elf and safety issue. As you know here in Switzerland we banned all motorsport because of its danger and we plan to introduce a similar scheme to your innovative YCSS, but with the addition of reflective side stripes. Many junction incidents could be avoided. It could be as big a safety improvement as the adoption of daylight running lights or high-viz jackets on building sites.”

Ferrari anticipated the move back last year with the launch of the striped yellow Ferrari F430 16M, but need to add side reflective stripes to meet forthcoming Swiss legislation. Lamborghini reacted with the Gallardo Balboni with white stripes, but didn’t foresee the reflective requirement. What do you visitors make of this legislation? Leave your comments


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