Rover Caught Roving
I seem to recall a few months back you had asked to see pictures of our SUVs daring to leave the pavement. When I bought my Rover a little over a year ago I was told these things are not meant to go off-road; that they can, but they really shouldn't. I took that statement as a challenge. I spent the last year outfitting for it, and now enjoy seeing the shock on my Jeep-owning friends' faces as I easily keep up, all while not spilling a drop of my Earl Grey. ('08 Range Rover Sport S/C, Warn 9.5i Winch, LR G4 raised air intake, MT/R tires, Off-Roving Rock Sliders, LR G4 front undershield.)Charlie Plattvia e-mail
Charlie, find the guy who told you your Rover ought not go off-road and kick him square in the baby makers. Not meant to go off-road? Weren't they born going off-road? That sounds like something someone from L.A. might say.
Our sworn duty
Kevin Clemens: Normally, I'd just give your columns a good once over; I rather enjoy them. However, I was halted by something you said in the April '09 issue. Whilst writing about your current fixation on motorcycles you mentioned that you had come across a late '60s Italian motorbike and had set it up as a museum piece, for lack of better phrase. While I commend your attempt to preserve a mint example of history, I think that as a lover of motor vehicles you are REQUIRED to give that bike a good beating on. I'm sure the Italians, renowned for their passion in everything they do, would enjoy nothing more than for you to show it a bit of love.John K.Gainesville, GA
May '09 issue, page 35, lower right hand corner: After calling Audi regarding the 1:18 scale R10 TDI Le Mans model, I was told they don't have that model available, never have. Where did you get your information?Rick StastnyNew Castle, PA
Our mistake, apparently. The Audi Collection does have an R10 model available, but only in 1:43 scale, not 1:18 as printed.
Re: '85 Ur Quattro V8
Regarding the Obsession feature (Ringside Seating, May '09): Why would the owner have OEM wheels sized 6.5x15? Those went out with the 1983 model. Most (if not all) subsequent models were equipped with Ronal 8x15s. Were they not? And if they weren't, why did the owner not upgrade? Or was this a typo?Robert BensonOdessa, TX
Good eyes. We just looked at the wheels again. They are indeed 8x15.
I was a very happy subscriber of Modified Luxury & Exotics until I received notification that this publication would no longer be running and in return I would be receiving issues of european car until my subscription expired. I received my first issue a couple weeks back (April 2009) and had the pleasure of reading it on a series of flights to a Skip Barber two-day driving school at Sebring International Raceway. I am now waiting at the mailbox to receive my next issue. I was excited to see that you are working on a new feature car (Norden Autohaus Cayman) based in Alberta. Thanks for taking the time to visit your neighbors to the north; we're car nuts up here too. Keep up the good work and I'm sure my grieving period over MLE will be short.Blair BastMedicine Hat, AB, Canada