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In most cases, classic cars are rubbish. As James May once said, if they were any good, they’d still be made. Modern cars are faster, better handling, more reliable, more comfortable, cleaner, safer, more economical, and mostly cheaper to purchase, too. Basically, they’re better in just about every way. Yet despite this, the clearly inferior classic car not only still exists, but is positively thriving these days. Why?

There is no simple answer to this, but instead a combination of factors that each play a part.

First, there’s the design of the car itself. Classic cars were created very much in an analogue world where designers used pencil and paper to create elegant shapes and flowing lines that would just not be possible on the computer-based design software used by modern car designers. Take the front wing of a Jaguar XK120 or the profile of a Ferrari 250 GTO, for example.

These designs are beautiful in every way, but are shapes that no modern designer would create nowadays—often, the way the metal frame underneath the bodywork used during the prototype stage (and even “bucks” used to shape bodywork) would have a direct influence on the car’s form.

These designs belong to a previous age—an age that many people fondly look back on, where designers were unencumbered by constraints such as crash tests, or aerodynamic drag coefficients, and instead created shapes that reflected the mood and trends of the time.

Modern production techniques have also removed much of the character from new cars. Mass production “systems” complete with soulless computers and robots on the production lines producing identical parts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, are focussed on one thing: meeting the targets and quotas set by the car manufacturers to maximise efficiency and shareholder profit.classic-cars-2

Classic car production, on the other hand, was largely a manual process performed by craftsmen using simple tools complemented by decades of experience to create panels by hand and by eye. The results of this are creations that have withstood the hardships ofdaily usage and weathered the passage of time. Not all are like this, of course. Some were very poorly designed, and built with even less care, but this is what separates classic cars from cars that are merely old.

Mechanically, they are quite different, too. Modern car engines are effectively a sealed unit, comprising of components that are largely unserviceable by the average person. Simply speaking, most components are controlled by a central electronic brain, which takes inputs from the driver, and then filters thclassic-cars-3em through systems such as the drive-by-wire throttle system, the traction control, electric steering, electronic clutch, the torque vectoring system, the ABS system, and so on.

All of these systems are designed to improve efficiency and safety, but on some level, they often rob the car of its feel and character. Older machines, in contrast, are the real deal. They are delicately balanced mechanical systems comprising hundreds or thousands of individual parts, all tuned to work together in harmony. The driver is a direct extension to the machine, providing inputs and receiving direct, unfiltered feedback through the controls, resulting in an authentic experience that is just not possible with the modern equivalent.
Driving a classic car requires a great deal of manual input from the driver, from adjusting the fuel/air mixture manually with the choke, to selecting gears and controlling the engagement of power to the wheels with the clutch.

All this nclassic-cars-7eeds to be done in a way that gets the best out of the engine and transmission—but proper technique also protects the longevity of the ageing components. Getting all this right is inherently more challenging than the modern equivalent of electronic ignition, automatic transmissions and electronic driver aids, but a far more rewarding and satisfying experience.

Classic car owners mostly don’t embark upon a journey to reach a destination, but instead the journey is the destination.classic-cars-5

Nostalgia also plays a large part in the appeal of classics. They all have a history, be it interesting or not. Some have achieved great things in their lives, such as competing in and winning races, expeditions or endurance events, whilst others have overcome challenges that are far more mundane but no less important to the owner. These machines were great enablers of a better life and provided mobility and freedom back in a time when such qualities were rare. They accompanied their owners on major life events, and consequently became indelibly associated with those events.

Classic cars all have a story to tell about what they have accomplished in their lives, where they have been, and whclassic-cars-4y they are still in operation. The cracks in the leather or the scratches on the paint are seen by some as imperfections, but to aficionados of classic cars, these are a record of the car’s history, adding to its character and chronicling its life. Automobile manufacturers play heavily on the pedigree and heritage of their brands, but classic cars are the real-life objects that defined that heritage and established the reputation of the brand in the first place.classic-cars-8

Then there’s the individualism. Owning any new car is easy—all it takes is money, and with cheap credit and easy finance, even that is not very difficult any longer. Classic cars however, are no longer in production and are therefore inherently limited in supply, consequently holding a far greater and ever increasing level of exclusivity. No amount of money will get you a brand new Ferrari Daytona, for example, and even if you want an old one, you still have to find someone, somewhere who is willing to sell you theirs.

The greater effort of acquiring, owning and maintaining a more exclusive product promptsclassic-cars-9 questions of the owner’s passion for that product and his or her motivation for going to these additional lengths when owning a new car is so much simpler and easier. A culture has emerged surrounding classic cars, comprising of events such as classic rallies, road trips, historic racing, and classic car shows. Owners of classic cars gain great satisfaction from exhibiting their cars at these events and use them as a means to show off not only the car but also their own personality and taste.

Purchasers of modern cars typically calculate their ownership period of anything between 6 months and 5 years before they move on to something newer and better, but classic car owners see it the opposite way: the cars will exist beyond their tenclassic-cars-10ure, and they are merely temporary custodians of something that has a life beyond theirs.

So will this continue, or is it just a passing trend? New cars are likely to get better and better with each passing year, so the 3 year old car that you have today is likely to be already outclassed by the new model just released.

Classic cars, however, compete on a completely different level. it’s not about efficiency and speed, but about the experience, style, exclusivity and craftsmanship, all of which are universal and timeless. Classic cars not only appeal to car lovers, but also to lovers of engineering, design, art and history.

That is the reason why people do, and always will, love classic cars—and long may it continue.

Article Courtesy : Niralee Nirlipta, Senior PRO & Content Writer

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Incidents of fatal roads and vehicular accidents on the rise in Uttarakhand

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The dreaded accidents of motor vehicles killing people on the spot is on the uncontrolled rise in Uttarakhand with not a single day left when incidents are not occured in this hilly state. There are head on collisions, accidents of buses, jeeps and cars falling in deep gorge, rash driving by unwary drivers, driving under the influence of alchohal, using cell phones while driving or over working hours that leads to their napping n finally fatal accidents killing innocent passengers for no fault of theirs.

Just yesterday a car heading towards Kotdwar from Shrinagar, Garhwal met with a dreaded accident killing three persons of Patti Jaintolsiun, Pauri Garhwal on the spot with injured dead bodies beyond recognition. The speeding car fell deep down in the gorge near historic Jwalpa Devi temple, near Dugadda, Satpuli yesterday.

The impact of the fall of the speeding car was so powerful that the car chasis has been badly smashed like a badly hammered vehicle making it shapeless and fully squeezed as a bundle.

The picture below is enough to prove home the point as to how serious and severe, the accident was.

Such accidents are very common in Uttarakhand with the killing of entire marriage party comprising of 45 people, on the spot, as witnessed few months ago.

The transport department of Uttarakhand and the concerned authorities has to take serious suo motto of such incidents and ensure that such accidents do not occur or at least reduced in future by way of giving adequate training to drivers, erecting precautionery signboards on every dangerous turns in the hill areas, strictly restricting the drivers to consume liquor and using mobile phones while driving and giving them limited or fixed hours of driving duties etc.

But it has been experienced that the transport department, the local police and the government of the state is least concerned or bothered to rectify the situation by being alert or duty bound on this front.

It’s shocking and anguishing to note that not a single or negligible number of deceased (s) killed in such accidents have been adequately compensated by the transport department of Uttarakhand government, despite the legal n constitutional obligations to do so. It’s primarily the responsibility of the state government to financially compensate the families of the deceased who are usually from the poor and economically deprived classes.

If we go by the figures of these accidental deaths, the statistics present a grim picture.

In the first eight months of 2016, there were more than a dozen deadly road mishaps in the hills of Uttarakhand. In all, there were 1075 road accidents in the first eight months of 2016 in which 641 deaths took place and over 1,000 injuries.

In 2015, there were 955 accidents in which 584 persons died and several hundred injured, most of them permanently disabled.

According to official data published in TOI earlier,, the number of road accidents has increased over the years.

In 2001, 698 people died in road accidents across the state and the number rose to 962 in 2016. In 2015, 913 people had been killed in road accidents while 878 lives were lost in road accidents in 2014.
Interestingly, in almost all the accidents, the drivers were locals, who are well acquainted with the routes. ”Some may be over-confident, others negligent,” revealed sources.

Often, drivers ferrying tourists make haste on these roads, trying to complete a 10-day package in eight days, resulting in such ghastly mishaps. Then there are those who are drunk or drive rashly. Overloading is another problem.

A drive from Rudraprayag till Kedarnath shows that the state government has also not done enough. At several vulnerable places, there are no crash barriers, which can be life-saving.

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How car tyres are profitable to purchase from online web-based interfaces?

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While purchasing auto tyres on web-based interfaces the auto holders sporadically have various choices. Different tire brands are accessible on the web according to the span of the feels burnt out on bicycles and autos.

It is vital to choose the correct auto tires as a frightful determination of tyres won’t put an impact on the financial arrangement of a man and furthermore the individual proceeds with sufferings for a considerable length of time. Subsequent to making legitimate research which will suit the best to your auto then just it is smarter to purchase auto tires on the web.

Auto tyre disappointment can be a frightful and ruining background. Tyre issues speak to around 10 percent of all deteriorations. There are couple of straightforward things which you can proceed with an arranged separation from them. In the event that you have a cut at that point there is a cost of having the tire supplanted and furthermore makes issue of not ready to get where you expected to go.

Tyres, for example, JK tyres, CEAT tyres, MRF tires and Apollo tyres thus numerous these are a portion of the brands which are accessible.

Customers can buy tyres from online in a centre range costs and furthermore applaud the advantage of productive arrangement and pocket cordial cost.It is a major preferred standpoint against purchasing tyres at a shop in which one will surely impact from specialists and paying additional money.

When purchasing auto tyres online they are frequently put into intrude paying arrangement, scopes of premium and in modest classes. The purchaser picks the finest tyre by looking at the various brands of tyres.it benefits the one by various certainties like cost and reimbursements, and furthermore spares time as obtaining is done from home from online interfaces, and get a tremendous data from different sources or destinations.

While choosing the tyre measure the vast majority of the purchaser winds up getting confounded what tyre will fit to them when they don’t know about the brand.

New tyres ought to be bought when it is required, for example, when it gets punctured or in a basic state. Tyres ought to be acquired online with same expansiveness of the present tyres and which is adept to the auto ID. Also, it is imperative to take assistance from tire authorities. The tyre expert organize tyre on web. He additionally gives important bearings which helps the purchaser and makes him/her the best usage of tyre for a drawn out stretch of time.

Experts propose the purchaser who purchase auto tires online ought to favour utilized tires as they are less extortionate in fetched and furthermore performs well. At the point when orders are set it can be sent to carport too or at home it absolutely relies on the purchaser. In the event that the purchaser needs his/her request delivered to the carport he/she got the advantage of having them direct fitted in the auto.

Purchase auto tyres in the India is advantageous to the person as the individual appreciates the advantage of security as it gives better execution on street while working. A decent mileage of the auto additionally benefits the person.

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What makes you buy bike tires on the web?

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Drivers at purpose of time challenge different options while purchasing bicycle tire on the web. There are different brands of tires accessible web based by created size and utilization of the tires and cruisers.

It is phenomenally fundamental to choose the right tires, in light of certainty that an awful determination of tires does not put an impact on the money related arrangement of a man. It’s smarter to analyse bicycle tires cost in the wake of knowing the privilege created subtle elements and size from the handbook of bicycle tires.

When you see bicycle tires online a purchaser can look at changed tires brands, cost and pick the best one for them. Which can pick up a man from different focuses like cost and reimbursements, merchandise order; efficient as obtaining is done from home and data is accessible in various source and locales.

What’s more, online buyers can purchase their tires in medium scale costs and can appreciate the pick up of sensible cost.

Everybody can see for bike tires online tranquilly from their home while looking on the changed selections of destinations. People select their tire estimate and gets befuddled on which brand of tires are appropriate for them.

The arrangement is sans issue with instalment technique like online instalment passages. Tires ought to be changed when required in the event that it gets old, get punctures or in terrible conditions. New tires ought to be bought from online which are of same broadness as the present tires and which adhere to the bicycle depiction. It is imperative to take counsel from tires pro, who knows how to sort out for particular tires mark from the web. He/she can give fitting bearing to a man which can make culminate use of new tires for dependable time.

Purchasing another bike tires can give a decent execution on street while driving, likewise give a decent position of security and an expansion mileage of cruiser with great hold in all condition.

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