Auto News for June 28 – Rolls Paint Jobs & Flying Bath Tubs

  Boston is the worst city to drive in? Bet auto body shops must love it.

 The Hub came in at number 200 of the 200 major cities listed in an Allstate study of the burgs where you are least likely, and most likely, to be involved in an accident.

 Historians will note that Beantown streets, in some cases, are merely paved over old cow paths from Boston’s colonial past. Baltimore was the second worst city, followed by Worcester, Mass. and Washington D.C.

 Scroll up to the top of the list and you find Kansas City, Kansas, is the city where you are least likely to be involved in a crash, according to Allstate’s claim data.

 Coming in second was Brownsville, Texas, followed by Madison Wisconsin, Huntsville, Alabama, and Cape Coral Florida.

 The Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report is an annual ranking that identifies which of the 200 largest U.S. cities and their surrounding suburban metropolitan areas have the safest drivers.

 Among large metropolitan communities, New York City came in 116th among the 200, Los Angeles was number 193, and Chicago was number 129.

 And speaking of accidents, (as best one can in print,) Cobra Electronics is out with a windshield mounted camera that continuously records video of the road as you drive. Hench, drivers would have a record of any accidents as they occur, for better or worse, assuming the camera survives the impact. Cobra said it can also record license plate numbers, while storing the information in 3-minute segments. When the memory is full, it will automatically delete the oldest segments.

 Rolls-Royce Black Badge – the latest from the “Spirit of Ecstasy” and I could never explain it as well as the maker. So we will quote:

 “Created to satisfy overwhelming demand from a new breed of Rolls-Royce patrons, Dawn Black Badge stands as the most luxurious, social and sensual space from which to take in the night air. This most glamorous, uncompromising expression of open-top luxury is given a new and darker sensual dimension through its suite of Black Badge engineering and design treatments.”

 The Dawn Black Badge is “presented in a deeply intense shade of black. Multiple layers of paint and lacquer have been fastidiously applied and hand-polished in a process that amounts to the most exhaustive painting and polishing process ever used for a solid paint color. The result clothes Dawn’s sensuous lines in the deepest, darkest and most intense black to ever grace a production car surface. The roof, which opens in a ‘Silent Ballet’ to allow in the sounds of the night, is also only available in black canvas, whilst the rear deck is finished in black leather.”

 That’s quality but I would be concerned about taking through a car wash.

 They race weird things in the U.K. Don’t believe me? How about a motorized bathroom suite where the driver sits on a toilet seat and grips the sink handlebars, as the passenger reclines in the bathtub! Even more bizarre is Fast Asleep, a double bed that can whisk its restful occupants along at the national speed limit. If you think that is strange, then you’ll be blown away by Gone to Speed, a garden shed capable of a window box-wobbling 58 mph. This unassuming wooden structure is just at home on the highway as it is nestled in a suburban back yard, backers said.

 Or a 1960 Dodgem car, you remember those at fairs, with a top speed of about 5 mph. This one tops out at 95 mph more. Appropriately enough, all have been assembled for a TV show called, “Wacky Record Breakers.”

 Do you get the idea that there is not much going on this morning?

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