Caravans, Giant Inflatables and Electric Cars
Thing I did, read and wrote about on the Internet this week…
This week I visited the 2014 Motorhome and Caravan Show at Birmingham’s NEC; not something you’d think I’d shout about but, in a week when the car industry is full of news about my current favourite car maker, Tesla, and their all new D model, at the Motorhome and Caravan Show it was quite cool to sit in the world’s first electric camper van…
Although just a concept at the moment, Hillside Leisure have come up with a great vision of the future for people who want to make their camping a little greener, and it’s just about ready for production.
Although I do wonder what campsite owners might make of campers charging their cars up on the site’s electricity bill rather than just powering the caravan’s interior lights…
Dodgy Point of Sale
Exhibitors at trade shows go to great lengths to have the biggest and best point of sale to catch your attention as you wander between their stands, but I couldn’t help noticing that Vango, makers of inflatable tents and caravan awnings, might have not thought through this giant bicycle pump properly…
I’m not sure Vango thought this point of sale through properly…
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Hot on the back of Tesla announcing their newer, better, faster more efficient version of the popular Model S (see link above), owners of existing Model S cars have been demanding that Tesla fit their cars with all the new tech that’s coming out in next year’s model.
Which is a bit daft – that’d be like me asking Ford to fit Cruise Control to my old Mondeo simply because newer versions of the same model have it.
Beastiality banned in Denmark
If you were thinking of taking your annual pilgrimage to fondle a sheep or two in Denmark, don’t bother. In order to bring them in to line with neighbours Norway, Sweden and Germany, the Danes have finally got round to making sex with animals illegal.
Well, eventually – the ban actually comes in next year, so there’s still time.
Dan Jørgensen, Food and Agriculture Minister, has said that the ban should come in because it is technically an attack on animals. “They cannot say no to going along with it,” he said, “so therefore it should be banned.”
Sticking with the subject of ‘sex’ for a moment, I spotted this rather interesting explanation of understeer from Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi in this month’s Top Gear magazine.
For those who don’t know, understeer is what happens when you turn the steering wheel to make a car go round a corner, but there is no grip (going too fast, slippery surface etc.) and the car carries on travelling in a straight line.
Or, as the Caterham driver puts it:
It seems Kamui is mixing understeer up with doggy style.
GoPro cameras are dangerous
If you’re a Formula 1 fan it’s a difficult time at the moment. Jules Bianchi continues to fight for his life following his horrific accident at the Japanese Grand Prix and the sport’s most successful driver, Michael Schumacher, is also continuing a long and slow recovery from a severe head injury.
News came out this week that GoPro, the maker of digital cameras popular with sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts, saw their shares plummet in the wake of a report that it is most likely that the German’s serious head injury was caused by the fact that he was wearing a GoPro camera mounted to his helmet when he fell while skiing.
This is, of course, worrying for anybody who uses these cameras in such a fashion, but I’m not sure why the reaction is only just happening. Investigators voiced their concern that the camera was the cause of the injury way back in January shortly after the accident happened.
Caravan with a boot
Finally, let’s return to the Motorhome and Caravan Show. I’m not a particular fan of caravans themselves, but German manufacturer Knaus had a great concept on display at this year’s show.
With the rear of the van opening like the boot of a car (it seems to be strangely styled on the bootlid of a Renault Vel Satis) the aft of the caravan opens up to take its styling cues from the decks of a boat.
It’s a great idea and looked amazing, although sadly – for caravan lovers – there are no plans to put it in to production. So here are some pictures instead: