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Drive Life : October 22nd 2010
1HERSA1 F005 ULTIMATE DRIVING OFFERS. IT'S TIME TO DRIVE THE ULTIMATE. BMW 3 Series M Sport Innovations Package. M Sport Bodykit 17" M Alloy Wheels M Sport Suspension Navigation System M Sport Interior Trim Bi-Xenon Headlights $8700 worth of extra value at no extra cost.^ Other offers available across the BMW 3 Series Sedan range. $4000 off the recommended drive away price.˜ BMW 118i Sports Hatch Executive Package. Including On Road Costs Leather Interior Bluetooth USB Connectivity DRIVE AWAY FROM $39,900˜ Professional Navigation Rear View Camera with Top View Electric Exterior Folding Mirrors Electric Front Seats BMW X5 xDrive30d Executive Package. $7000 worth of extra value at no extra cost.* Save There's never been a better time to own an Ultimate Driving Machine with outstanding opportunities available on the exhilaratingly agile BMW 118i Sports Hatch Executive, the Ultimate Benchmark BMW X5 and across the BMW 3 Series Sedan range. 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Ph: (02) 9784 8856 canterburybmw.com.au DL 8726 Col Crawford Motors 497 Pittwater Road, Brookvale. Ph: (02) 9941 1291 colcrawford.bmw.com.au DL 6342 Sylvania BMW 101-107 Prin ces Highway, Sylvania. Ph: (02) 8543 5459 sylvaniabmw.com.au DL 14727 Trivett Classic 40-52 Church Street, Parramatta. Ph: (02) 9841 9003 trivettclassicbmw.com.au DL 579 The Sydney Morning Herald Friday, October 22, 2010 5 DriveLIFE TONY DAVIS Frequently Unasked Questions The greatest unsung hero? Power slide ... Lord Stanley's influence was felt around the world. Lord Stanley Oversteer, who was mentioned in this column last week, has died at the age of 101. Although best known for giving his surname to the practice of hanging out the tail, Oversteer had an improbably long and fascinating career in motor sport. Sir Laurance Ponceby mused in his Encyclopaedia of Titled Racing Drivers: ''If Stirling Moss was the greatest grand prix pilot never to be world champion, surely Oversteer was the greatest never to finish a race.'' In 603 starts, he came close many times. In Monaco, in 1932, Oversteer famously ran out of fuel on the first lap and had his servants push his car across the line -- 52 times. He was still judged a ''non-finisher'', however, on a technicality relating to the servants' dress code. Born in Frumley-on-Old Money in 1909, Oversteer was the eldest son of the Third Earl of Berkeley Hunt. He was sent to Eton, then Oxford, then Brooklands, where he found his metier, first as a riding mechanic prized for his lightness, then as the driver of a series of aero-engined specials, prized for his tail-happy technique and fearless stupidity. His double-, triple- and, on one occasion, quad-engined specials were widely judged too powerful, tearing themselves -- and Oversteer -- to shreds. When the third version of his 27-cylinder aero-engined Flippy Floppy Pip Pop was fitted with ribbed-steel tyres, it dug a hole in the Brooklands track so deep it was later used as an underground fuel depot. Curiously, it was in a hot-air balloon where Oversteer came closest to losing his life. His crash into an empty croquet field in 1937 killed two scantily clad chambermaids and his most- prized racehorse. The former led to a scandal, the latter to much head-scratching. Oversteer recovered by World War II and led the Grand Prix Espionage Unit, charged with ensuring Britain was immediately competitive when hostilities ceased. At one stage, he smuggled a complete eight-cylinder Mercedes W125 engine out of Germany in his underpants. Shortly before D-Day, he was captured and tortured in France but Oversteer refused to give up English axle ratios or engine firing orders. When the modern F1 championship started in 1950, Oversteer failed to secure a works drive. Instead, he built his own monoposto based around the Austin A40 Dorset. He managed to lead the first lap of every GP in 1950 and 1951 without once completing the second. He later reflected that the Dorset's 1.2-litre straight four, modified to achieve a 100:1 compression ratio, may have been overtaxed keeping up with the 350bhp-plus supercharged Alfas. After one engine failure, the cylinder head was found 30 kilometres away. Oversteer lost the family fortune in the 1960s in a doomed attempt to set up a US sales operation for the Dago, a low-cost Eastern Bloc sedan about which the name was not the most unfortunate thing. He returned to prosperity in the 1970s as executive producer of a series of eight-millimetre films starring his seventh wife, known simply as Kitten. This financed another F1 foray; at 63, Oversteer was the oldest in the field and preserved his perfect non- finishing record. Ground-effects F1 cars aggravated his arthritis, so Oversteer turned to production racing, breaking down and/or crashing at every British circuit before repeating the feat in various European championships. His only Bathurst 1000 attempt, at 81, ended when scrutineers discovered a Rolls-Royce Conway turbofan jet engine under the bonnet of his 10-year-old Triumph Dolomite. Last Tuesday, Oversteer's life was cruelly cut short when he engaged first gear accidentally during high-speed engine testing of the 48-cylinder Bugatti Veyron special he was building at his Suffolk manor House. He is survived by his estranged wife, Esmeralda, 23; his hunting dogs; and a coterie of young, impeccably groomed Sicilian men.
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