Winter Tyres – Made Your Mind Up Yet?

Don’t Try This At Home!

Take another look at this earlier post, which gives more help in choosing the best tyres for cold conditions, by clicking on the  photo:


Clarkson Cobblers

You may think you look good in your convertible. But unless you are Pierce Brosnan, which you are not, you actually look like a tool”

So wrote Jeremy Clarkson in a lengthy article in last week’s Sunday Times. Here is some more:

“You may dream of driving a convertible car through the mountains of southern France on a beautiful summer’s day. But, having done this sort of thing on many occasions, I’m able to tell you that you will arrive at your destination with a comically red nose and a shirt that appears to have spent the past few months at the bottom of a stagnant pond.”

“What message are you giving out? That you are carefree? That you are young at heart? That you are available? But you aren’t. You’re middle aged and a bit pathetic, and if people are looking, they will laugh at you. Once you are past the age of 27, you can drive alfresco only when it is safe to drive naked. In other words, when no one is looking. To sum up, then, driving a convertible is uncomfortable and will cause other road users to think that you are a prat with manhood issues.”

I am well used at Jeremy’s rants after all these years and I just ignore him. At 66 I probably look incredibly silly in my MX5 with the roof down, but I couldn’t care less! However Ken Holland from Teignmouth in Devon felt strongly enough to write this pithy response:

“Jeremy Clarkson has just perpetuated every urban myth that surrounds driving a convertible car. Having owned three Mazda MX-5s over the past 10 years, I read the feature with a slack jaw.

I have never arrived at a destination with a comically red nose or stagnant-pond shirt: I’m usually cool, refreshed and very relaxed. I have never got frostnip on my fingers (the heater works very well), and driving topless on a frosty day is a wonderful experience (the Scott of the Antarctic wardrobe doesn’t get a look-in). My wife doesn’t get her hair messed up by the wind: the seats are low, and we have a wind-blocker behind the seats. I don’t drive around in a convertible to look good (probably the biggest urban myth of all): I drive a convertible because I enjoy the benefits of fresh air and the feeling of freedom.

I have no wish to appear carefree or young or available, and I happily admit to being middle-aged. I drive a convertible with the top down because I enjoy it, I feel better for it and it gives me great pleasure. It’s comfortable, reliable, cheap to run, fun to drive and puts a smile on my face. The perfect car, really.

Jeremy actually agrees: the MX-5 is “a car designed to thrill and excite and put a massive smile on your face at the sort of speed that won’t mess up your girlfriend’s hair” (Clarkson, August 16, 2009).”

Well said Ken!

Which? Loves the MX5

“Which?” magazine takes a quick look at the Mazda MX5 and is completely bowled over!

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish….

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

This is an extract from a speech made by Steve Jobs to graduating students at Stanford University, California, in 2005:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish…..

This is the full speech and it is quite long, but more than six million people have watched this inspirational video, maybe you should too. In these difficult times it is relevant to all of us and particularly to those  just starting out on life.

Here We Go Again!

Once again the balanced, even tones of the Daily Mail scream out to its readers, we are all going to die! Personally I don’t believe a word of it but after the severe driving conditions we all suffered last year and the difficulty of controlling a lightweight rear wheel drive sports car in such weather, I have been giving some thought to winter tyres.

The trouble is, a set of winter tyres and steel wheels will set you back upwards of £500 and can be hard to get hold of; you then have to  fit them to your five and finally find somewhere to store your lovely alloys with the summer rubber on. I am lucky because I don’t have to drive if the conditions are dangerous, but many of us do, and it is far better to be properly prepared than to stuff your much loved MX5 into a brick wall. So how much difference do these magic tyres make? The experts at “What Car” can tell you:

So, what to do? its expensive, complicated and another thing to take up your time; but on the continent winter tyres are mandatory in many countries and the result of not having the right kit can be very upsetting, take a look at one man’s experience:

Warning! Contains strong language.

To see just how much a set of winter tyres and wheels for your MX5 will cost, click on the “MyTyres” Link:


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