Automobile

No invention has changed our lives more than that of the automobile. The advance from  single horse-power to over one thousand has enabled us to travel further afield much faster making us more independent & thus our planet much smaller.

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These days we are spoiled for choice as to which type of car we would like to have, be it big, small, sporty or luxurious, the choice is ours based on the flexibility of our wallet. But no matter which you choose or how much you intend to spend they all  have just one fundamental function……transporting people & goods from A to B.

Okay but cars are also status symbols, can look sexy & are fun to drive which are in themselves arguments enough to rush out there & buy one. A car symbolizes independence & freedom although this freedom is becoming increasingly expensive with constant changes to the laws & regulations concerning the protection of our health & environment. Rightly so too as we are all responsible for our environment & fellow human beings not to mention the planet’s wildlife & natural resources.

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“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one — and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.

― Henry Ford

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“The automobile has not merely taken over the street, it has dissolved the living tissue of the city. Its appetite for space is absolutely insatiable; moving and parked, it devours urban land, leaving the buildings as mere islands of habitable space in a sea of dangerous and ugly traffic.

― James Marston Fitch, New York Times, 1 May 1960

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“The car as we know it is on the way out. To a large extent, I deplore its passing, for as a basically old-fashioned machine, it enshrines a basically old-fashioned idea: freedom. In terms of pollution, noise & human life, the price of that freedom may be high, but perhaps the car, by the very muddle & confusion it causes, may be holding back the remorselessness spread of the regimented, electronic society.

― SJ.G. BALLARD, Drive

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“Everything I have ever bought is in my car. People say it’s a skip and disgusting, and refuse to get in there. That’s one advantage. Another is that last week, I needed a headache pill and it was simply a case of rummaging under the seat until I found one. Because it’s so full of junk, I always have everything I could conceivably need. A Biro, a refreshing drink, lots of loose change, all sorts of maps, an iron lung, and so on. I kid you not. There’s even a wetsuit in there.

― Jeremy Clarkson

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Did You Know?

British luxury car marque Aston Martin’s name came from one of the founders Lionel Martin who used to race at Aston Hill near Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire, England. The company was owned by the Ford Motor Company from 1994 till 2007. However, Ford still owns stakes in the company.

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