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Drive Life : June 4th 2010
1HERSA1 0007 The Sydney Morning Herald June 4, 2010 Drive Life 7 WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING A British truck driver was praised by traffic officials despite unwittingly pushing a Renault Clio in front of his truck down the motorway at high speed. John Tomlinson was driving down the A1 in Yorkshire when vet Rhona Jane Williams merged on to the same road. Trying to pass the truck, she accidentally made contact with it instead and was spun around 90 degrees and stuck to the front of the 44-tonne rig. Tomlinson was blissfully unaware he had the world's biggest hood ornament and continued down the A1 at more than 100km/h. Eventually he was alerted something was wrong when motorists flashed headlights at him. At last week's hearing into whether or not he should keep his licence, North West traffic commissioner Beverley Bell not only allowed him to keep it -- she applauded his coolness under pressure. She was particularly pleased with his efforts in backing up the truck carefully to release the distressed Williams once the two vehicles had stopped at the edge of the road. So if you ever find yourself with a tiny French hatchback attached to the front of your vehicle, you know what to do. NO SMOOTH CRIMINAL A US reporter thought it would make a nice story to demonstrate just how quickly a thief can smash a car window and steal the valuables inside. So he grabbed a hammer and headed to the local junkyard to film his own smash 'n' grab. What he didn't count on was just how difficult the window would be to smash. Despite giving the window several strong whacks with the hammer the glass refused to break. Eventually he got the rear window to shatter and reached in to grab his prop wallet and mobile phone. But that wasn't quite the end of the story because in the excitement of successfully smashing the window, he forgot to clear away the glass left inside the frame, resulting in a nasty gash on his hand. The lengths some reporters will go for the story. AD 'GENIUS' COSTS A BOMB You don't have to be Albert Einstein to check copyright laws. But somebody at General Motors obviously forgot to find out that the late scientist left publicity rights to his image and likeness to Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The American car company used a drawing of Einstein's head on a half-naked muscular body in an advertisement for the GMC Terrain in last year's issue of People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue. Einstein's image is big business for Hebrew University: in 2009 his likeness reportedly earned $US10 million, making him one of the top- earning dead celebrities. GM says the ad was produced by one of its advertising agencies, which had claimed it had rights to use the image. The university is demanding $US75,000 ($88,700) in compensation. The lawsuit follows GM's decision to reorganise its marketing department and hire a new agency to handle advertising for Chevrolet. MUSCLE IN ON A PONTIAC A few weeks ago we interviewed Pontiac legend Jim Wangers, the marketing guru behind the company's famous muscle cars. Wangers is back in the news this week with a deal to make diehard Pontiac fans weak at the knees: he is selling off his amazing collection of Pontiacs. Nine classic examples of Pontiac's glory days need to find new homes. First up is Wangers' 1965 GTO Sport Coupe, a Royal Bobcat Tribute. Then there's his 1966 GTO convertible and a 1967 Firebird 400. For true lovers of the Pontiac there is not one but two examples of the 1969 GTO Judge. If that's not your taste, then perhaps the Firebird Trans Am is. Wangers has a 1969 example as well as the 1979 10th-anniversary model (which has only covered 160 kilometres), a 1989 20th-anniversary model used in the Indy 500 parade and the 30th-anniversary convertible made in 1999. In addition to the Pontiacs, there is also a piece of Australian motoring history up for grabs: Wangers is selling the 2000 HSV GTS he shipped to the US, which contributed to Pontiac's decision to import the Commodore as the G8. See geetotiger.com for full details of the cars. 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