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lb20mil Ferrari in “world’s most expensive car crash”

July 11, 2012
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

A 20 million pound Ferrari has been involved in what has been described as “the world’s most expensive car crash”.

US businessman Christopher Cox drove a Ferrari 250 GTO as part of the car’s 50th Anniversary Tour but collided with another vehicle.

Three people were taken to hospital following the incident, including Cox’s wife Ann who is understood to have suffered a broken leg.

Pictured: Cox and his wife heading a convoy of Ferraris

Pictured: Cox and his wife heading a convoy of Ferraris


The accident itself occurred near Saint-Etienne-des Guirets, near Blois, putting a stop to a five-day tour by 21 multi-millionaire car enthusiasts.

En route to Le Mans, the drivers travelled the legendary Gueux racing circuit in Reims and were expected to visit the Abbey of Hautvillers.

It is thought that the convoy of Ferraris have a combined worth of almost lb500million.

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford were also involved in the tour.


The 250 GTO has been called “the Picasso of the motoring world” in the past.

Production of the model started in 1962 and ended in 1964, only 39 were built.

Initially sold at lb6,000 the 174mph sports car has had a surge of value in recent years.

Chris Evans is said to have sold his 250 GTO for lb18million recently, while last month a green model built for Stirling Moss was sold for a record lb22.7million.

Cox’s car was a blue and yellow model bought in 2005. It runs on a 3-litre V12 engine and can go 0-60mph in 6.1 seconds.

British drivers intimidated by European roads

July 10, 2012
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Almost three-quarters (73%) of Brits feel intimidated when driving through Europe, a report suggests.

The research, conducted by car insurance website Confused.com, suggests that two-thirds of motorists are caught off-guard by unfamiliar laws and road signs when crossing the continent.

One worrying find shows that 25% of travellers don’t check if their car insurance covers continental travel before going abroad.

“Accidents can easily happen in an unfamiliar environment,” says Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at Confused.com. “Reading up and making sure you’re completely covered for the country you’re driving in is just as important as getting the right currency.”

The fear of travelling abroad leads to 1 in 5 cross-country road trips ending in a road accident while two-thirds of motorists face other forms of car trouble.

Drink-driving laws alone cost many Brits their happy holidays while a further 19% of Britons admit to driving on the wrong side of the road.

It is suggested that standardising road laws across the Eurozone could help solve most of the problems.

Prof. Benjamin Heydecker explains: “England and Wales are the only two countries in the EU (other than Malta) that has a legal drink-driving limit above 50mg per 100ml.

“Harmonising Europe’s standards by reducing the limit to 50mg per 100 ml – which Scotland did recently – would modify drivers’ attitude to drink driving, with undisputed benefits for road safety.”

UK drivers may not know that in Sweden it is compulsory to have a shovel and antifreeze in the car at all times, or that drivers who wear glasses must carry a spare pair in Italy, or that in Spain handsfree kits a banned.

BMW brings art show to London

July 9, 2012
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

BMW’s unique art exhibition will be coming to the UK for the very first time later this summer.

The collection, entitled ART DRIVE!, was initiated over 35 years ago and features old BMW cars remastered by internationally-recognised artists.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts will run the event in partnership with BMW, the Mayor of London and the London 2012 Festival.

A spokesperson for the ICA said: “Art Drive! presents an exciting opportunity to reach new and larger audiences.

“The ICA hopes to take on further projects of this type in order to extend its reach into new spaces across the city.”

The event will take place on six floors of the NCP Car Park in Shoreditch over two weeks from the 21st of July to the 4th of August.


The first BMW Art Car was created in 1975 when Alexander Calder was commissioned to design a car by his friend, Hervé Poulain. The same vehicle was later entered in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

Since then some of the greatest names in modern art have used the BMW as a canvas, from David Hockney to Andy Warhol.

Julia, Loop pH and My Beautiful City are just three of the 16 artists put forward by the ICA, the emphasis being on new talent and innovation.

Record claims to affect premiums

July 6, 2012
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Strapped-for-cash motorists will be hit by further increases in premium prices, a report warns.

The report shows that the rate of claims in the UK are even higher than suit-happy US.

Despite car accident damage claims falling by five percent last year there was still an 18 percent increase in whiplash or injury claims – the biggest rise on record.

Payouts on these claims are up by nine percent on average.

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, who compiled the annual report, found that claims are at their highest in areas like Manchester, Liverpool and Sunderland where claims management companies are based.

Meanwhile Cambridge, Dorchester, Aberdeen and Exeter are amongst the lowest in injury claim rates.

David Brown, the Institute’s chairman, said: “The increase in costs to insurers is likely to result in a rise in motor insurance premiums for drivers.

“The clear correlation between claims management office locations and the ‘hotspots’ for bodily injury claims suggests the two are interlinked. We expect to see legislation coming soon which will affect the way these companies do business.”

Drivers have already been hit by 40 percent increases in insurance premiums since 2010. Further rises will cover the costs of injury claims.

1,213 Jobs At Risk as DVLA Shut Local Offices

July 4, 2012
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

Major changes to the DVLA will see the closure of all regional offices, affecting the jobs of 1,213 workers.

The 39 local offices and 10 enforcement centres will start to be phased out in October 2013 on the wake of major changes to some of the DVLA’s services.

“I understand that the phased closure of the regional offices will come as a disappointment to those directly affected,” says Roads Minister, Mike Penning, who oversaw the proposed improvements to the DVLA. “I would like to thank the staff in these offices who have played an important part in DVLA service delivery over the years.”

Most of the DVLA’s current functions will be made available online or centralised to the main office in Swansea.

Simon Tse, Chief Executive of DVLA, says that the main priority going forward is to provide support and guidance to vulnerable workers.

“We are working closely with the Public and Commercial Services union and those members of staff directly affected”, says Simon Tse, who goes on to say staff will be encouraged “to explore all avenues, including possible relocation to Swansea or redeployment within the Civil Service.”

DVLA are expected to save lb26million from the cuts and believe that the new centralised and digital movement will benefit motorists by providing quicker and easier services.

“We are absolutely committed to delivering the best service we can”, continues Simon Tse. “[the changes] will make it easier for motorists to deal with us in a way that suits them.”

Northern Ireland will also get access to the same range of services the rest of the UK has had for years.

The key changes will include a significant increase in digital options and increased amount of front office services available throughout the country.

A full list of changes are available here.


Clampers Given the Squeeze after Complaints

July 1, 2012
Posted in DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers

A Swindon-based clamping firm was told they could not use the DVLA database to access motorists’ personal information following a string of complaints.

A request made under the Freedom of Information Act showed that the company, Premier Parking Services, paid for 2,228 inquiries over the last 12 months.

It was confirmed that the DVLA had put a temporary stop to this after having some concerns over allegedly misleading signs and tickets.

“The DVLA decided not to process requests for vehicle keeper data from Premier Parking Services following reports that their signage and tickets were not compliant with the British Parking Association’s code of practice.” A spokesperson said.

“The company has given evidence to the DVLA that its signage and tickets have been amended to ensure compliance with the code, and this has been verified by the British Parking Association.”

Premier Parking Services may begin making new requests but they will only be processed if deemed appropriate by the DVLA.

A Question of Authority

The firm may be best known for clamping a disabled man who had left his vehicle for four minutes.

Transport manager, Paul McPherson, is also contesting a lb150 ticket from March for leaving his engine running for three minutes in a town centre car park.

Premier use words like “offence” and “fine” incorrectly in their signage, creating an impression that they have more power than they legally do. They also claim that they could clamp disabled drivers even if they display the correct blue badge.

Nev Metson, a retired fraud detective from Wales, challenged the company after his daughter landed an lb80 penalty charge for overstaying by 15 minutes, despite being stuck in traffic while leaving the car park.

The charge stated that: “it is the legal responsibility of the vehicle’s keeper to nominate who was driving at the time of any alleged offence”, wording that Mr. Metson disagrees with.

“This is a completely false and misleading statement,” said Metson. “There is no alleged offence as private parking is based on civil contractual law only.”

Over 1.2m pieces of information is acquired from the DVLA by clamping firms every year, but this will be made illegal by 2013.

Premier Parking Services are yet to make a statement.