BUCKINGHAM PALACE POLICE ACCIDENT: Police car overturns during speedy chase in London

London – VIJAY SHAH via JOE ROBERTS and Metro While the police in London are largely renowned for their exemplary vehicle handling during high-speed car (and moped) chases, one unfortunate squad car and its occupants came a cropper while chasing a moped near the world-famous Buckingham Palace, part-time residence of the UK’s royal family.   According to a report in tabloid newspaper Metro, the police vehicle was called out to a report of a stolen moped being driven by a seventeen-year-old boy and carrying one passenger at 4:30 am at Hyde Park Corner yesterday. The police gave chase and that … Continue reading BUCKINGHAM PALACE POLICE ACCIDENT: Police car overturns during speedy chase in London

PHOTO MOMENT: A classic car – the 1956 Jaguar XK140 DHC

The 1956 Jaguar XK140 DHC is one of those luxurious classic cars that evoke old-time gangsters and high-rollers highfaluting around New York‘s streets in one of those old black-and-white vintage movies. With its slender grill and large circular headlights bestowing upon the Jaguar XK140 DHC a cartoon character appearance, it is only when you take in the muscular and intense bodywork do you realise that this Jaguar is not an amusing joke. The legacy and reputation of Jaguar as a maker of cars that could dominate racing tracks at all the big circuits meant the XK140 was very much a statement of brute force … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: A classic car – the 1956 Jaguar XK140 DHC

DVLA DATA SELLING SCANDAL: Motorists’ details sold to car parks for fine chasing

Scottish newspaper The Daily Record reports today that the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) is under fire for allegedly selling on motorists‘ personal details, such as names and registered addresses to private car parking firms to chase unpaid fines. The DVLA’s selling of the data has controversially been said to have cost the British taxpayer £1 million to date. Drivers have expressed outrage after the DVLA processed 2.6 million requests from owners of car parks in order to put pressure on motorists who have failed to pay outstanding parking charges and fines. The DVLA, which holds data on all registered drivers in the United Kingdom at its central offices in Swansea, Wales, has been … Continue reading DVLA DATA SELLING SCANDAL: Motorists’ details sold to car parks for fine chasing

COPS AND WHEELS: British police forces eye up 207mph supercar

Criminals will soon be going to find it a lot harder to outrun the police in the United Kingdom as forces will be gearing up to receive the latest weapon in their crime-fighting arsenal – a police car that can reach speeds of 207 miles per hour. Police forces across the country have registered their interest in the McLaren Spider 12C, a high-powered sports car that can reach 60 miles per hour in zero to sixty seconds. Each one costs £240,000 and comes complete with the official police livery of blue and green checks. The Vauxhall Astra – widely used by urban police forces, this … Continue reading COPS AND WHEELS: British police forces eye up 207mph supercar

DESIGN YOUR OWN NUMBER PLATES: The Half-Eaten Mind’s personalised registrations

By Vijay Shah In the James Bond film Goldfinger, the well-spoken secret agent drives to his missions in an Aston Martin DB5 luxury motor with a distinctive feature – a revolving set of number plates (license plates). At the flick of a button, 007 can choose from one of three plates. The personalised registrations for that car, now in the hands of a private collector, include “JB 007”, “007JB” and “GOLDFINGER”. The  plates proved to be a very useful tool for Bond to give his enemies, and the authorities, the slip. Personalised number plates are a popular, and undeniably lucrative … Continue reading DESIGN YOUR OWN NUMBER PLATES: The Half-Eaten Mind’s personalised registrations