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Top Gear Boss: “BBC don’t trust us.”

January 30, 2015
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Top Gear’s executive producer feels that the BBC ‘does not trust’ the show any more.

Andy Wilman, 52, believes that despite a string of controversies that the popular BBC show will get another series, however he feels he might be on thin ice with the higher ups.

Speaking to Broadcast magazine, Wilman said: “What the BBC like about Top Gear is when it’s naughty but it’s all under control.

“We walk a tightrope most of the time. Sometimes we’re going to fall off it. And if you do, that’s when the BBC is not a fan. Sometimes, I feel they don’t trust us at heart.

“Ofcom has found us in breach of the Broadcasting Code only twice since 2002. You can’t achieve that kind of record if the show itself isn’t smart about what it’s doing.”

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Top Gear has come under fire several times in the last 12 months.

Jeremy Clarkson used the racial slur ‘slope’ on the show’s Burma special, which Wilman said was “not defensible”.

The show’s Argentina special then sparked global issues after the crew was chased out of the country over the number plate H982 FKL – which some said referred to the 1982 Falklands War.

Wilman maintains that it was a coincidence.

Critics of the show have called for the show to be axed and for Clarkson, at one time the highest paid presenter on BBC, to be sacked.

When Will The Next Series of Top Gear Begin?

Despite previous indiscretions, Andy Wilman is hopeful that the hit show will be back for another series.

“[BBC] are willing to recommission Top Gear because the show is working and it’s still a good thing to have in the mix,” added Wilman.

“I could do with a bit less telling off, but there you go.”

Top Gear is in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most-watched factual TV show.


Fiat 500 Recalled

January 28, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Fiat 500 drivers are finding that their vehicles are being recalled by the Italian company.

The same issue affected around 4,000 Fiat 500 models in Australia last July.

Affected owners in the UK have started receiving letters requesting affected vehicles be returned.

Only the registered keeper will receive the letter, so if you no longer own the vehicle you must forward to the new owner or make them aware of the Fiat 500 recall.

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The letter reports issues with right hand drive city cars, particularly with the wiring on the dashboard.

Wires could have worn leading the lights on the Fiat 500, which could lead to the instrument panel failing.

Fiat have asked owners to make an appointment with their local Fiat dealer to have their vehicle checked and cleared.

The check should take around 20 minutes and will be free of charge. This time would also include any work correcting issues – such as moving wires away from the steering column.

If you have any issues please contact Fiat’s Customer Service Centre on 00800 3428 0000.

If you are no longer the owner of the vehicle and you receive a letter you must contact the DVLA to rectify this.



More About Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 (Type 312) is a city car built by Italian automaker Fiat since 2007. The car is currently produced in Tychy, Poland, by Fiat Auto Poland S.A. and in Toluca, Mexico, by Chrysler Group LLC. The 500 is a four-seater, three-door hatchback, designed as modern reinterpretation of Dante Giacosa’s 1957 original rear-engined Fiat 500 or “Nuova 500″.

The car was announced on May 5, 2006, and the first images were presented on March 20, 2007. The car was launched officially on July 4, 2007, with 250,000 people in attendance. This was the largest launch party held in the last ten years, a testament to the Nuova 500’s huge popularity. The car was displayed in the squares of 30 cities in Italy for the launch.

The 500 is available with four different trim levels: Naked (not available in the United Kingdom or Italy; opting for this trim level means that the car does not have the seven airbags meaning that the passenger safety rating drops), Pop, Lounge, and Sport. Customers can also choose between 15 interior trims, nine wheel options, 19 decals, and 12 body colours. There are over 500,000 different personalized combinations of the 500 that can be made by adding all kinds of accessories, decals, interior and exterior colours, and trims. The car is also available with the Blue&Me navigation system. The American Sport version has the 1.4 litre Multiair engine, which is manufactured in Michigan.

The car was chosen to herald the marque’s official return to the American market after an absence of 27 years.

The 1 millionth Fiat 500 rolled out of production line on 19 November 2012.

Birmingham Stolen Foodbank Van Recovered

January 21, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

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A stolen foodbank van used to deliver supplies around Birmingham has been found.

Patricia White, Manager of the Birmingham Foodbank, said that she received an anonymous tip on the location of the stolen foodbank van.

‘The police were with us at the time looking at the CCTV footage so they went straight out and called us to confirm it was our fan,’ Patricia said.

‘Unfortunately all the logos and number plates had been removed but officers managed to get into the van and saw the potatoes we had stored in the back.’

Police we look for forensic evidence in the stolen foodbank van before returning it.

More than 15,000 well-wishers took to Facebook in support of the foodbank, who use the van to deliver food parcels to vulnerable families and people around Birmingham.

‘We’re just over the moon,’ Patricia added. ‘We’re just so thankful to everyone.’

The central Birmingham Mercedes Benz company has generously offered to loan a replacement for the stolen foodbank van while it remains off the road for the next few weeks.

More About Birmingham Central Foodbank

Birmingham Central Foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis. The foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust‘s UK-wide network of over 100 foodbanks run by local churches working together alongside grass root community organisations, statutory agencies, frontline care professionals, schools and businesses to provide emergency food to people. Read more on their website.


Vengeful Ex-Wife Sells Cheating Husband’s $150k Porsche for $20,000

January 19, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Porsche 911 sold by jilted ex-wife

An Australian woman is seeking revenge on her ex-husband by selling his $150k car for less than a fifth of its value.

The jilted wife is asking for just $20,000 for the Porsche 911, which she legally owns after a messy divorce with her husband.

Advertising the vehicle on Australia’s Revenge Sales website, the unnamed lady said:

‘I have been married to this unfaithful poor excuse for a human being for over 25 years and yes we are wealthy,

‘I had hunches that my husband was cheating so I followed him out on what he said was a “guys poker night” to find him at a 5 star restaurant cuddling up to this young blonde woman.

‘So to pay him back, as I have rightful ownership of his precious Porsche, I have decided to sell it for a specific price of $20,000.’ allows people to sell items originally belonging to someone you dislike, the idea is by selling the item you are getting revenge on them.

At $20,000, the Porsche 911 is listed at a great deal less than the market value, even for used cars.

The woman from Templestowe, near Melbourne, has had a huge outreach of support for other website users, while others have expressed suspicion that it may not be a genuine listing.

The user added: ‘I figured $20,000 is just enough for a return flight/accommodation to Europe so I can fondle with all the wealthy European men!’

The husband has yet to come forward.


Classic Cars Risked in Banger Race

January 16, 2015
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

A banger race could see up to 10% of the last BMC Farinas in the country wiped out.

Spedeworth Motorsports are set to host a banger race in the Summer, which will be open to just one model: the classic car BMC Farina.

The event has come under fire from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, a group who looks after the interested of classic cars and classic car enthusiasts, who claim it could be hugely damaging to the number of surviving Farinas.

‘Even allowing for the imprecise nature of the DVLA database, it would appear that the Spedeworth event has the potential for destroying something between 5-10% of the surviving vehicles in the UK,’ said FBHVC spokesperson, Geoff Lancaster.

‘This is a very significant number of an increasingly rare vehicle to be lost in a single night and we would therefore urge Spedeworth to consider very carefully this level of impact on a single vehicle marque before organising this type of event.’

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that there are 1700 Farinas registered currently in the UK – including 139 MGs, 216 Rileys, 301 Wolseleys, 489 Morris Oxfords and 561 Austins.

Spedeworth organiser, Deane Wood, said: ‘As far as I am concerned it’s up to the owner of the car what they do with it. It’s their property to do what they like with.

‘People looked at the cars at the all-Westminster race we did a couple of years and everyone agreed none of them could have been restored. I’m sure it will be same.’

More than 100 drivers will be taking part in the banger race


DVLA Error Leaves 20-Year-Old Jobless

January 9, 2015
Posted in Car news,DVLA — Written by Nationla Numbers


A haulage driver has been left unable to find work after a DVLA mistake.

Lewis Fishwick was informed by DVLA that his licence was to be immediately revoked after a 5-month-old mistake was unearthed.


The 20-year-old from Greencroft, Penwortham had previously been banned from driving but successfully passed extended tests to get the licence back.

After setting up his own haulage company, which meant he had to take out finance on a lorry, Lewis was informed that he should not have received his licence again until his 21st birthday.

‘They said I shouldn’t have been allowed my licence back until I was 21 which is next April. It was instantly revoked again and so now I can’t legally drive,’ said Lewis Fishwick.

‘I’m not able to do my job, but I’ve still got payments to keep up.

‘I don’t think it’s fair that they can take my licence off me again five months after making a mistake when I’ve got myself sorted out with work and agreements.’

Lewis has taken legal advice, but has been told there is nothing he can do.

He had previously been banned from driving after an insecure load fell from his lorry.

A DVLA spokesman said: ‘We hold over 45 million driver records and issue over 10 million driving licences a year, and mistakes are very rare.

‘In this case an administrative error occurred and we have apologised to Mr Fishwick for any inconvenience caused.’

Drivers of Large Good Vehicles (LGVs) that have been disqualified can only apply to have the vocational entitlement reinstated on their 21st birthday.


Fuel Thief Jailed After High Speed Police Chase

January 8, 2015
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A driver who was caught with 8 drums of diesel has been sentenced.

Niven Frodsham raced at speeds of up to 60mph in a built up area in an attempt to escape from police.

The 41-year-old driver hit a police car and a parked car during the five-minute chase, Bolton Crown Court heard.

Officers were called to a Tesco petrol station after staff reported a suspicious Frodsham, who appeared to be stealing petrol.

Frodsham sped away when police arrived, narrowing avoiding other motorists as he tried to evade the police, but did collide with a parked vehicle after turning into a different road.

A desperate Frodsham fled on foot after reaching a dead end, despite suffering from broken ribs after the previous collision.

Eight five-gallon drums of diesel fuel were found in the Nissan Almera drove by Frodsham. The car also displayed false number plates.

Frodsham pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance, and failing to stop after an.

Judge Timothy Stead sentenced the Bradford Street local to 12 months in prison and banned him from driving licence for three years.

‘At 41 lectures about offending from me are going to fall on deaf ears. It seems to me you are committed to a life of crime,’ Judge Stead told Frodsham.

‘You were overtaking and undertaking other vehicles wildly. Mercifully no-one else was injured by all this.’


Burglars Steal 60 Trophies in Red Bull Heist

December 20, 2014
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers


F1 Team, Red Bull, have been left “devastated” after a dramatic break-in saw 60 trophies stolen.

It has been described as something out of the Grand Theft Auto games after a six man team of criminals broke into the Red Bull Factory.

Red Bull Team Principle, Christian Horner, said that the crime has caused “significant damange” to the team.

‘The offenders took items that not only did not belong to them, but which represented the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals,’ said Horner.

The six-man group reportedly used a silver 4×4 to crash through the glass front entrance to the factory in Milton Keynes.

A second vehicle, a dark Mercedes estate, was also used in the heist.

Both vehicles displayed foreign number plates.

‘Beyond the aggressive nature of this break-in, we are perplexed why anyone would take these trophies’ continued Horner.

‘The value to the team is of course extraordinarily high due to the sheer hard work and effort that went into winning each and every one.

‘But their intrinsic value is low; they would be of little benefit to those outside of the team and, in addition to that, many of the trophies on display were replicas.’

Two staff members on duty at the time of the break-in were not harmed.

It is feared that the break-in could lead to security measures that will affect the Red Bull Factory’s yearly visitors.

‘The actions of these men mean it’s likely that we will have to make our site less accessible in the future, which will be unfair on the hundreds of fans that travel to visit our factory each year to see our trophies and our Formula One car.’


M6 Rubber-Neckers Face Fines

December 15, 2014
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Over 80 drivers who slowed the M6 to a halt after an accident have been prosecuted.

Motorists used their smartphones to take pictures of a blazing lorry on the other side of the road – an act called “rubber-necking”.

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said: ‘People travelling northbound were seen by police taking pictures of the fire

‘They have been sent letters saying that they had been seen taking photographs.

‘They have been told they can either pay a lb100 fine and have three penalty points put on to their licences or contest the case in court.’

Police used CCTV to capture the number plates and track down the curious drivers who caused the traffic jam.

The accident, which occurred between junctions 4 and 4A, ultimately caused bumper-to-bumper traffic on both sides of the motorway.

This is the first mass prosecution of this type and sets a precedent for other “rubber-neckers” to be charged in the same manner.


Car Smoking Ban To Be Passed Next Month

November 24, 2014
Posted in Car news — Written by Nationla Numbers

Smoking in vehicles carrying children is expected to become illegal as of next month.

Legislation introduced by the Health Ministry will make the offence punishable by fines up to lb10,000 and five points on a driving licence.

The new bill, to be ratified in December, applies to anyone smoking in a car with a child and not just parents.

Public health minister, Jane Ellison MP, said: “We want to protect children from harms associated with second-hand smoke and the government will proceed with the introduction of regulations to end smoking in private vehicles carrying children in England.”

Further fines of up to lb800 if cases go to court and up to lb10,000 for drivers who do not take “reasonable steps” to prevent others from smoking in vehicles with children.

Passive smoking has been linked with breathing problems in children, as well as asthma attacks and even sudden unexpected infant death.

300,000 children visit doctors in Britain every year with problems linked to second-hand smoke, according to a Department of Health survey.

The ban has highly favourable backing, but has some opponents.

“Smoking in cars with children has been in decline for years,” said Simon Clark, a spokesperson for smokers’ group Forest.

“A ban is excessive and unnecessary.”

MPs passed the law 376 votes to 107 and opinion polls that 80% of all adults and 65% of smokers back the proposal.