Porsche Blames Paul Walker For Causing His Own Death
A few weeks ago in this column we reported how Paul Walker’s daughter was trying to sue Porsche for causing her father’s death, citing faulty safety mechanics.
It’s taken a few weeks, but Porsche have finally struck back, saying that Mr. Walker’s death was his fault.
Porsche’s answer to Meadow Walker’s lawsuit states that Paul was “a knowledgable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT,” which suggests that he knew the car inside out, and consequently knew it should not have been driven at such speeds.
Although Porsche have not commented on Miss Walker’s claims that the car was not safe enough, they have taken umbrage with her claims that its design was faulty, saying that the car in question “was abused and altered … misused and improperly maintained.”
Moreover, they state that, although Paul was a passenger in the vehicle when it hit a tree, he should have not allowed a high-speed ride to have taken place.
In legal jargon, Paul Walker had “comparative fault.”
Porsche also go on to make numerous claims. If proven, Meadows Walker would have zero chance of recovering any money.
Walker and the driver Roger Rodas were both killed when the Porsche Carrera GT struck a power pole and trees in November 2013. A ruling coroner said that it was travelling at 100mph.
Meadow Walker’s lawsuit claim it was travelling at 71mph tops, and that “the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car that shouldn’t be on the streets.”
Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has since described the car as “brutal and savage”, and that it puts drivers on a “knife edge.”
“If you make a mistake, it bites your head off,” said Clarkson.
The car is powered by a 5.7litre V10 engine that was originally designed for racing.
One Direction’s Liam Payne Buys Arthur Weasley’s Flying Car
J.K Rowling sent One Direction and Harry Potter fans into meltdown when she name checked Niall Horan in her new novel.
Not only that, but Payne went further and actually bought Arthur Weasley’s famous flying car.
You may remember this car: It featured in the Chamber of Secrets, when Harry and Ron were going to be fashionably late for the train back to the school of wizardry yet again.
Fearing they would miss the train, they stole Ron’s father’s flying Ford Anglia – but crashed it into the Whomping Willow.
For the banter, of course.
Despite it being written off and ready for the scrap, Mr. Payne decided he would buy it anyway.
Liam Payne said: “I bought the Harry Potter car and put it in my garden. I bought one because I’m a bit of a geek.”
Arthur Weasley wasn’t available for comment, though Ron said he remembered the car fondly, and that he still holds a candle for crashing flying cars and other lad stuff.
When we tried to contact Mr Potter for some quotes, a representative said that “Mr Potter denies all knowledge of crashing a flying Ford Anglia into a ‘whomping willow’ and would prefer it if you stopped calling.”
Volkswagen Apologise To Customers Via Printed Advert
Volkswagen ran their first proper advert campaign since the emissions controversy back in September, and they used it as an opportunity to apologise to customers.
The printed ads were ran in around 30 newspapers across the U.S., and were entirely devoid of any pictures.
Set against a dreary, neutral grey background, the headline read “WE’RE WORKING TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT.”
What followed was a lengthy message from VW America’s CEO Michael Horn, in which he appealed for patience.
And touted $1,000 gift cards in a bid to placate cheesed-off diesel drivers.
“Over the past several weeks, we’ve apologised to you,” wrote Horn, in what sounded suspiciously like weary tones, as though he’s bored of all this apologising malarkey. He went onto say that VW are “working tirelessly,” and he appealed for more “patience.”
He also provides a link for vwdiesel.info, where customers can find out more info about the scandal that rocked the automotive world earlier this year.
And perhaps because Xmas is coming up, Horn references a so-called “goodwill package” for diesel owners affected by the scandal; in short, VW are offering them up to $1,000 in gift cards.
I wish I had bought a bloody VW now. Why couldn’t Proton have got embroiled in a scandal?
Ever since, you’ll have noticed a total lack of VW adverts on your telly bob, as the company consider their options.
The grey advert is an okay start, but it’s a little bit bland for our liking.
I mean, you’d have expected a Company that cheated on emissions to at least have included a high-speed chase or something.
Legendary General Motors Ad Artist Dies
Sections of the automotive world were in mourning this week, when Art Fitzpatrick, one of the artists responsible for some of General Motors’ best ad artwork in the sixties and seventies, died aged 96.
Working alongside his partner, Van Kaufman, Art Fitzpatrick painted Pontiac’s performance cars that defined General Motors. In their prime, the Pontiac was frequently one of the top selling cars.
Art Fitzpatrick was responsible for drawing the cars, while Van Kaufman added in the people and scenery.
They painted muscle cars and placed them in exotic locations to boost their image, while Fitzpatrick often drew the cars wider and lower.
Their work was so good that Pontiac opted to always use the drawings in Pontiac ads, banning any use of photo’s.
Fitzpatrick’s career started after he graduated from the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, when he was employed as a designer by Briggs Body Co. It was here that he designed the 1940 Packard 180.
After World War II, Fitzpatrick signed for Mercury and worked on their advertising. It was here that he met Kaufman.
During their career together, they created ads for 14 different automakers, although it was the Pontiac Ads that sealed their immortality.
“I’ve always maintained that a picture of a car moving doesn’t mean a thing,” Art Fitzpatrick once said. “They all move. You have to convey something about the car psychologically. It’s all about image. That’s the reason people buy cars.”
6 Years Of Porridge For Man Who Stole Porsche And Led Police In Chase
In another story involving a Porsche and high-speeds, a man has been jailed for leading police on a high speed chase in a stolen brand new Porsche Boxster GTS Sports car in Sussex.
20-year-old Aiden John O’Brien-Daniels broke into a Sussex house with an accomplice back in December last year, stealing jewellery, camera equipment – and the keys to the Porsche, a sports car worth £59,000.
Not quite believing their luck, the young pals wasted no time jumping into the Boxster GTS, and headed for the A21.
It was here where they were spotted by a police patrol, who then gave chase to O’Brien-Daniels and his mate, with speeds reaching 100mph.
The chase climaxed when the robber crashed the brand new car (which only had five miles on the odometer) into a mini roundabout.
The Porsche was written off, while street furniture and other vehicles were also damaged.
The two lads had it away on their toes, hurdling through gardens, and dumping their box of jewellery.
They escaped, but were eventually tracked down by forensic evidence. O’Brien-Daniels pleaded guilty to stealing the Porsche, as well as other charges, including threatening a man in Hastings with a knife.
He had also stolen diamond and gold jewellery in the past, as well as a Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
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