Cropley on Cars – ex-Lotus boss Dany Bahar's brand-new project is actually genius
Source : Cropley on Cars – ex-Lotus boss Dany Bahar's brand-new project is actually genius
TVR’s rebirth grabs the headlines; Andy Palmer’s hectic schedule; building a Bloodhound rocket racer
MONDAY – Our revelations last week which an all-brand-new TVR sports car is actually under development for 2017 stopped the traffic in a way which few stories manage to do.
Anyone who thought which the nine-year lapse since TVR last built a car had reduced the marque’s popularity was proved wrong at a stroke.
Given which the meat of the news story as well as images were exclusive to Autocar, the item was fun clocking how they spread across the planet. We posted our story on the website early last Wednesday as well as by mid-morning the item had been viewed 21,000 times as well as linked to a hundred different websites in India, China, Japan, the United States as well as Australia.
When you think how many more audiences then viewed those postings, the figure for the total number of people informed must have been little short of astronomical.
the item’s amazing how news spreads today in comparison with the old days.
Not long ago I was looking at a photo of the doyen of 1950s/60s grand prix reporters, Denis Jenkinson, leaning comfortably against a wheel of his Porsche 356, parked on a grassy verge somewhere in Europe while he completed – in longhand – one of his ginormous grand prix reports.
Next, he could have popped the manuscript – the solitary copy – into a convenient mailbox, addressed to London.
If which report had hit the news stands inside four weeks, the item could have been considered timely.
TUESDAY – not bad fun meeting in London with ex-Lotus boss Dany Bahar, whom I always liked. He’s 18 months into a brand-new project, Ares Design, which takes rich people’s cars as well as rebuilds them as the clients want.
The cleverness of the proposition is actually which the client, although assisted by professionals, is actually the author of the design. Thus Ares isn’t a producer of products, so the item needs no brand development, just a not bad reputation.
Work is actually of high value however doesn’t disturb a car’s structure, so the project need concern neither original the nor legislative authorities. Genius.
Bahar will soon have a presence within the UK again; Ares is actually doing so well the item needs a Piccadilly showroom, he says.
WEDNESDAY – Interesting afternoon as a passenger in Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer’s Rapide en route to Heathrow, by where Palmer was catching a flight to China.
After an absorbing chat about the importance (as well as strong prospects) of Aston generating “free cashflow” to fund its next-gen designs, we arrived at about 7pm. the item was informative to compare our schedules.
Mine involved an evening in London; Palmer’s had him flying through the night, arriving in Shanghai at lunch, meeting British as well as EU ambassadors at 3pm to plan a request to China’s authorities to consider creating tax regimes easier on low-volume imported cars, then attacking important company issues with his dealer bodies.
Friday as well as Saturday he’d be in Beijing, bringing company people as well as dealers up to speed with corporate plans. On Sunday afternoon he’d be home again – just in time for the brand-new working week.
FRIDAY – Onto my desk dropped a box about big enough to hold a wine bottle with ‘Sender: Richard Noble’ on its label. Inside was a block of polystyrene, some plans, four wooden wheels as well as a couple of axles.
This particular was one of the thousands of Bloodhound rocket racer kits the land speed project’s principals have been sending to kids all over the country.
Like theirs, my parcel included an invitation to carve the block into a Bloodhound product, stick the item all together as well as bring the item to a race meeting near my home, where I’d be given a rocket motor as well as allowed to race against others – hoping to beat the best scale speed so far of 533.1mph.
Given how This particular stirred me, I can only imagine how fired up the kids must feel.
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