1 March 2007
Quote of the week
Jay Lamm, among other things the founder of the 24 Hours of LeMons road race, writes in the April (of course) Car and Driver about a revolutionary vehicle from Chinese-owned MG the 2008 Long March:
The name, of course, refers both to the chaotic 1934-35 retreat of Communist forces and the later consolidation of power by Mao Tse-tung's cadres over the antirevolutionary Western-leaning Chiang Kai-shek. It also refers to the formidable hike that awaits all MG owners who try driving long distances. Based on the most recent MG TF, the Long March is mildly redesigned with narrower headlights, optional pagoda roof, and Supplemental Active Restraint System (SARS).
For power, the means of production is a 2.5-liter gang of four making 28,275 BDARCORFP (Brake Disgraced Anti-Revolutionary Cadres on Re-Education Farm Power) at 6800 CRPM (Cultural Revolutions per Minute). Lubrication is by the sweat of the masses, and sequential-shutoff injection ensures that each cylinder receives fuel according to its needs and generates power according to its abilities. As Nanjing eschews rubber cam belts, the top end has nothing to lose but its chains. Balance shafts were rejected as decadent and counterrevolutionary.
It goes on from there, working in just about every Communist cliché that ever was, which means inevitably that the narrative occasionally becomes Wobbly.