Wed Dec 18 2013 18:42:23 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
With such a tiny car, it’s an exercise in logistics for Greig Howe to get any Christmas tree home.
So he thought he might as well get this 50ft one, and attach a trailer to his G-Wiz electric car to tow it.
Wed Dec 18 2013 19:14:13 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
How we hauled home our Christmas tree in a sports car.
"Our first Christmas since retiring was fast approaching when we realized that part of our retirement downsizing and moving included getting rid of the 7-passenger VW Van we'd used for years, and driving only our Austin-Healey kit sports car.
My husband Bob said "leave it to him" and off he went to town to choose a tree, he simply put the top down, put the tree in the passenger seat, tied it down with some rope, and successfully transported it home. "
Thu Dec 19 2013 21:03:44 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Food for thought while transporting your tree this year:
"A recent study by the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety that estimates that vehicle-related road debris causes about 25,000 collisions and close to 100 deaths each year in North America.
Unsecured items that become debris include mattresses, home furnishings, and building materials. According to ADAC, when objects travelling at 50 km per hour come to a sudden stop, they can take on 25 times their own weight. A 30-kg tree, for example, would hit its target with the force of an object that weighs a 750 kg."
Wed Dec 11 2013 16:44:52 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"Every year, automakers launch holiday advertising campaigns in hopes of encouraging people to buy their products. During the late 1950s, the Swedish automaker Saab Automobile AB came up with a fun idea for its Christmas cards. Saab apparently asked the following question: what kind of car would Santa Claus drive? If one were to take Saab’s word for it, Santa would be the proud owner of a Saab 93.
The Saab 93 was a small economy sedan. Manufactured between 1955 and 1960, the 93 was specifically designed for operation in difficult driving conditions one encounters in Sweden. Sweden is noted for its harsh winters, which tend to be long, cold, and snowy. At the time of the 93’s production, much of the country’s highway network consisted of rough gravel roads. In order to create a car that could effectively cope with such extraordinary conditions, Saab adopted a number of unorthodox design ideas when it developed the 93. The end result was a unique car that was well-suited for the driving conditions of its home country.
Saab presented the 93 as Santa Claus’ car of choice in its advertising Christmas cards during the late 1950s. Although done in a light-hearted vein."
Read more about the Saab 93 here:
Image & article thanks to the Hagley Museum and Library
Mon Dec 09 2013 21:29:26 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Watch this clip of Santa driving the 2013 Ferrari F138 Formula One racer, pulling a sled full loaded with all sorts of gifts on the tarmac.
"Now that F1 teams aren't allowed to test future developments using the car from the previous year, they’re all searching for solutions. Well, Ferrari seems to have come up with the best one we've seen so far - the Prancing Horse recently used its Fiorano track to test... Santa Claus's sled.
Who knows, maybe the boxes in the sled are packed with hardware for the 2014 Ferrari F1 car..."
Tue Dec 10 2013 16:56:23 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Santa Claus always drives red cars, he once leased a silver Honda Accord, but complained it was too difficult to find in mall parking lots. Santa even owns a 1920 Model T Speedster in red (Henry Ford made an exception when he found out that Santa was the customer making the request).
Tue Dec 10 2013 18:29:23 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
"Jimmy Deese is the announcer for Memphis International Raceway in Millington. In the spirit of Christmas, the Dyersburg resident gets a kick out of dressing up like St. Nick and driving "Santa's Ride," his 1969 classic red Camaro, around town."