It’s the new guy from the MG team - not so much a petrol head, more a Diesel man, the clothing company that is. From fast fashion to fast cars, It’s a step change. My contributions to the blog will be the written equivalent to the inner workings of James Mays’ head – a melange of thoughts, observations, open questions and more. All presented with go faster racing stripes, matching seat covers and the introduction of new vernacular to you non motor heads. Yes, my journey on this will be “interesting”.
New Word of the week
Word 1 – Gummi Pflege (pronounced – Gum-me-Fledge - apparently debatable)
If you’re German, you know what it is, if you’re not, then let me enlighten you. A simple little piece of kit that softens rubber seals on car doors and is really good at keeping out the wet. So those of you with convertibles leaking during the winter would benefit from a rub of this stuff. On the car I mean. I noticed that during the freezing conditions there was a lot of water build up on the inside of the door, blaming it of course on condensation. A touch of Paul Daniels, magic was all it needed – Gummi Pflege, be the magic words. The rubber is softened and therefore isn’t as subject to the harsh conditions. Genius I thought, if only Gummi Pflege do a product for male pattern baldness, then I’ll be really happy. But for less than €10 bob, there is nothing that says I love you more than GP this Valentine’s day!
Fill you Snow socks with this.
Alternatively, if like me you like the convenience of not using your hands, then maybe the Parrot or some equivalent is for you. Being an iPhone man, I've fallen foul of the white headphones and trying to drive at the same time. Not cool and to be honest a royal pain in the ass. Does anyone else understand why more than any cable I have ever seen, these headphones get tangled like nothing else? It beggars belief. What are the alternatives?
Given that the norm in Ireland is to drive with impunity and call and drive regardless of the consequences it may be a hard sell to convince people that there needs to be precautions taken. The honest truth should be just don’t do it. But there are occasions where it may be necessary or you may need to use the smartphone as a Sat Nav.
It brings me to a reasonably cost effective method of phone holding device and also my favourite video by our man Rob too, clearly loses a line somewhere but like Michael Parkinson, pulls it back and carries on. If it was basketball it would be counted as a double dribble but about 1.30 in watch for it. There are a few moments like this, I can’t wait for the blooper reel.
A little note to the video production – Rob, our resident actor and in house expert brings a great homeliness to our video content. Very un-intrusive manner, very well dressed and with impeccable diction, yes this is the man I’m sure you will be welcoming onto your screens with glee each time you view a product. I personally cannot wait to start looking at the brake pad videos and getting a steer on how to do it myself. The sort of guy you would imagine to have a lovely jumper collection.
A little inside knowledge – he does each little segway in one take. This is impressive and makes me wonder if we will be able to afford to hang on to the entire Top Gear crew rolled into just one man.
Next week – ill be exploring my own inadequacies with cars and looking at how to continue to look manly to girls whilst not knowing how to change a tyre. The beginning of my auto awakening!
Enjoy the weekend