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Jan 27 2010

Camperfest 2010

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CamperFest 2010 at Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival


A brand new show, CamperFest, is to arrive at Chester Racecourse for the 9th Chester Food Drink and Lifestyle Festival 3rd -5th April 2010.

CamperFest is the family, fun festival aimed at those who love food, drink and camping in a relaxed, city centre location.

There will be four days of fabulous camping fun in the Chester sun with celebrity chef demos, hundreds of stalls to see, taste and buy everything that tickles your taste buds and luxury camping facilities to make your stay chilled out and comfortable.

There will be plenty for the kids to get involved in too, and along with The Academy of Culinary Arts, kids can learn how to cook yummy meals for themselves, mums and dads leaving you the chance to browse around the many food, drink and lifestyle stalls at leisure.

Gates open from 2pm onwards on Thursday 1st April. Tickets are priced at £20 per person in advance (£30 on the day)

The package includes:

Camping for four nights (Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun) on the beautiful Chester Racecourse – facilities include toilets and showers

Entry to the three day Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival (Sat, Sun and Mon), where celebrity chef demos will be taking place

Entry to the Beer Festival

Entry to the home and garden show

To reserve your space please complete the booking form and return with full payment: Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival, Concorde House, Canal Street, Chester CH1 4EJ

Or tel: 01244 355474

Or alternately email: [email protected] or [email protected]

More details:

Jan 27 2010

‘Baby’ Porsche Boxster confirmed

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VW Group chairman Martin Winterkorn has given the first official confirmation that a new entry-level Porsche sports car is being evaluated writes Autocar.

Talking to Autocar in Wolfsburg as the new VW Polo received its the 2010 Car of the Year Award, Winterkorn said: “The Porsche model range is firmly based on the 911, Boxster, Cayenne and Cayman, and it will stay that way. We are also investigating opportunities for a smaller sports car and a smaller SUV – but I cannot say more at the moment.”

See the ‘Baby Boxster’ 356 artist’s rendering

VW ‘biggest car maker by 2018’ – Martin Winterkorn Q&A

New Porsche 911 spied

When asked how likely the new models were to make production, he responded: “Let’s just say we do not usually waste our effort…”

Dubbed by some insiders as the “new 356”, the mid-engined machine will not, however, be a bargain basement model, despite initial rumours to the contrary. Given the final green light, it would cost from about £33,000 in today’s money.

Instead, the 356 is expected to be based on a new steel and aluminium platform that’s being developed by Audi for its own R4 mid-engined sports car.

Work on the R4 is already well advanced, and it’s due to be launched in June 2011. However, Porsche’s version of the car, which won’t arrive before late 2012, is expected to be significantly different.

Aside from its unique styling inside and out, the 356 is also expected to be one of the first Porsches to be fitted with a forced-induction flat four engine that is currently under development. This unit will also help ensure the Porsche and Audi have sharply different characters, even though the two cars have the same basic architecture.

It’s also likely that the Porsche will share its transmission with the Audi because the longitudinal unit used in the 911 and Boxster is thought to be too costly.

It’s expected the engine will be good for about 250bhp. That’s virtually the same as today’s entry-level Boxster, although fuel economy would surely be better.

However, there’s little chance that the 356 and Boxster will clash because, according to one rumoured product plan, the next-generation Boxster and Cayman could be moved sharply upmarket.

Jan 25 2010

Like father, like daughter – neither can stop phoning while driving

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Driving while impaired by texting, Tyler Strandberg wrecked a VW Beetle, on U.S. 64 near Rocky Mount.


Like father, like daughter – only more so.

Tyler Strandberg of Rocky Mount has a hard time getting her mind off her BlackBerry when she drives writes

Each time, she was distracted from her driving because she was typing text messages or talking on the phone.

“Sometimes I will zone out and forget I’m driving,” said Tyler, 23. “If I’m on the phone talking about something that takes up all my focus, I’m looking straight ahead – but not even seeing what’s there.”

Her dad, Buckley Strandberg, worries that she will never curb her dangerous habit.

But Buckley, an insurance executive, confesses his own weakness for Blackberry and Bluetooth. He feels compelled to conduct business by phone and e-mail on long, lonely drives between his offices in Rocky Mount and Nags Head.

“That’s more than two hours,” said Buckley, 49. “I’m not just going to sit there in the car. I get a lot of work done on that straight, dead stretch of U.S. 64.

“And if I run off the road, there are rumble strips that divert me back onto the road. That has happened occasionally. They seem to work, those rumble strips.”

Buckley and Tyler Strandberg contacted The News & Observer to come clean about a problem they share with each other – and with a lot of us. They expressed embarrassment but spoke candidly about how they rely on their phones when they drive, and how they try to reduce their risks.

As many as 60 percent of drivers use their phones occasionally, researchers say, and 11 percent are on the phone at any one time. Cell phone use is a deadly distraction that causes as many as 28 percent of all traffic crashes, the National Safety Council says.

Readers share alarming stories about other drivers who swerve in traffic while clasping phones to their ears or gazing at little text screens:

“I saw her on her cell phone as she sped through the red light,” said Nancy McGrew, 77, of Garner, describing a driver who “banged into the back of our truck.”

“The driver never even put on her brakes,” said Janet Giannattasio, 66, of Raleigh. “She got out of her car, still on her cell phone. She told whoever was on the other end, ‘I just hit somebody.’ My daughter and I still have problems from the whiplash injuries.”

Distracted at the wheel

Tyler Strandberg graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill last May and is spending a couple of years in Wyoming. She has had three crashes while phoning or texting

The first was in 2007 on U.S. 15-501 between Chapel Hill and Durham. She was texting, didn’t see traffic slowing in front of her, and ran into a truck. There were no injuries, she says.

Then she totaled two cars within two months.

In February 2008, she was lost on Raleigh’s 540 Outer Loop, overdue for a family dinner. She and her father argued on the phone as she drove, and she couldn’t understand his directions to the Raleigh restaurant.

“I was mad, lost and late. It was sleeting, and I was really stressed out,” Tyler said. She hit an icy patch and spun into a green exit sign, smashing her Nissan Xterra.

“It was pretty scary being on the phone with her and hearing her going through the accident,” Buckley said. “She was screaming.”

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Jan 19 2010

New Offer from Traffictrim

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Jan 14 2010

Volkswagen – F1 needs to change

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Volkswagen motorsport director Kris Nissen believes that Formula 1 will need more stability and a better image before his company considers entering writes


The German car manufacturer revealed at the end of last year that it was evaluating the potential benefits of moving into grand prix racing when new engine regulations are introduced from the start of 2013.

Although the situation remains completely open, Nissen says that the sport will need to make some changes before VW feels ready to commit.

“Formula 1 is facing one of the most difficult situations it has had for many years,” Nissen told AUTOSPORT.

“They need to handle that, and I really believe that [FIA president] Jean Todt and the teams will do that. I think that for manufacturers to come back, or for new manufacturers to enter Formula 1, you need to have stability, you need to have a slightly different image, and you need to bring the costs down.

“But this has been said many times, people are aware of it, and now I think the right people are working on it.”

Nissen also said that if VW did opt for an F1 programme, it was unlikely that the company would choose to run under the ‘Volkswagen’ brand name – meaning it could be as Audi, Bentley, SEAT or even Bugatti.

“There is a difference between the brand Volkswagen and the Volkswagen group,” said Nissen. “The VW group has a lot of brands, ten now, with different images. If the group enters Formula 1, they would need to decide which brand, and I personally think that they would decide on another brand than Volkswagen.

“If it was to happen, it would be ‘the VW group enters F1’ with whatever brand. But I can promise you that there will be at least a couple more Dakars to come before this decision is taken.”

Jan 11 2010

New Compact Coupe is a full-hybrid coupe based on the Golf/Jetta platform

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VW will be debuting the New Concept Coupe (NCC) at the Detroit auto show today writes

The New Concept Coupe is a full hybrid car, which in European media has been referred to as a Golf Coupe prototype. The car is likely based on the same platform as the Golf/Jetta and, although still in the concept stage, it will most probably come to be called the Jetta Coupe if it ever goes to market in North America.


The vaguely named New Compact Coupe comes with VW’s 1.4 liter TSI engine, a turbocharged 4-cylinder dialed up to 150 hp and 220 Nm of torque (177 lb-ft), coupled to a 7-speed DSG gearbox (a dual-clutch sequential transmission), as well as an electric motor with 20 kW/27 hp. Powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, the electric motor is able to propel the car on its own, which allows the vehicle to be classified as a full-hybrid. When the TSI engine is shut down, it is also disengaged to reduce any drag effect.

Performance numbers on the coupe are impressive – with only 98 g/km in CO2 emissions, the NCC does the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of 227 km/h (141 mph), all the while delivering 4.2 liters/100 km (45 mpg) in fuel economy.

The NCC comes in “Tungsten Silver Metallic” with bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, turn signals and tail lights. The NCC is 4.54 m (178.5 inches) long, 1.78 m (70.1 inches) wide and 1.41 m tall. Fitted with 19-inch “Lugano” alloy wheels, the NCC comes finished with a Grigio Quartz (grey quartz) and Berry White leather interior.

Styling on the coupe seems perfectly aligned with the rest of the VW lineup. Despite no confirmation yet, reports put the NCC already approved for production with sales starting within the next two years.

Jan 4 2010

Special tribute at funeral of VW van fan Tony Minns

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Farewell: Mourners carry the coffin at the funeral of Tony Minns.

Farewell: Mourners carry the coffin at the funeral of Tony Minns.

MOTOR enthusiasts paid “the perfect tribute” to a fellow petrolhead with a convoy of classic cars accompanying the cortege to his funeral writes Peterborough Today. Tony Minns died, aged 46, from a heart attack on December 14. The stepfather-of-two’s funeral was held yesterday, and his coffin was carried to Peterborough Crematorium in his beloved Volkswagen camper van, followed by family and friends in a variety of classic VW Beetles, Golfs and camper vans of all ages and colours.

Tonny Minns.

Tony Minns.

Many of the drivers carried pictures of Mr Minns in the windows of their cars on the way to the service. Mr Minns, of East Lane, Morton, near Bourne, was a passionate member of the Alldubs Klub, a club for Volkswagen owners in Peterborough, and his fellow enthusiasts arranged for the poignant tribute. Today his wife, Anna Miners (47) said: “We arranged for his coffin to be carried in his camper van – which we called Charliebus – because that is where he said he spent the best years of his life. “Over the past couple of years we took a camper van trip around Europe and Scandinavia, which was a fantastic experience. “The support the club has given me since he died has been incredible. “He was passionate about his Volkswagen, and the convoy from the club is the perfect tribute to him.” Matthew Eames, from the club, said: “He was a great bloke who got on well with everyone. “We have had people want to come and pay their respects from all over the country. “We think this the convoy is what he would have wanted, and is a perfect tribute.”

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