To Infinity and Beyond! Tyre shop drops “Superhero” logo after legal threats

A small, rural tyre business in New Zealand thought it would be good for their brand to introduce a Superman-inspired logo for their business.

As such, Super Tyre Guy was born!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a man who fixes tyres! Yay!

Created by co-owner Gene Young, Super Tyre Guy is able to fly around New Zealand fixing tyres, alignments, and batteries.

He isn’t quite here to save the Universe, which is why Super Tyre Guy (still currently the name of the business) are perplexed that US-based DC Comics have threatened to sue them if they don’t change their logo to something that isn’t ripping anyone off.

DC Comics, who are backed by considerable and scary financial muscle, are threatening to wipe Super Tyre Guy from history in a way that even Lex Luthor would be in awe of.

Once they found out that the small, rural tyre company was using a logo that seemed very similar to their Superman creation, they took action, demanding that things change or there would “be trouble And, boy, we mean it.”

Super Tyre Guy then took to Facebook to solemnly say that “we are in the process of changing our logo image to more like a ‘tyre guy’ for legal reasons.”

But don’t tyre guys look just like any old mechanic? Boo! At least give him a cape!

So that’s the end of Super Tyre Guy. And all before he was matched up with a woman too!

Then again, nothing is ever that simple in the world of superheroes, so we expect that Super Tyre Guy may well surface at some point to defeat DC Comics.

Gene Young was less optimistic though: “It’s better for us to totally redress him and get away from any kind of Superman features.”

We think you’re underestimating the powers of Super Tyre Guy mate.

After all, this is the guy who fixes tyres, right? DC Comics is no match for that kind of prowess!

Government To Britons: Stop Spending Money On Fuel

Unfortunately, the government isn’t calling for anarchy in the UK, whereby we raid the local gas pumps for free fuel like a bunch of hooligans, but is instead suggesting that we all get on board the EV train.

According to research, the average Brit spends 12pence a mile on gas, but could reduce this number to a mere 2 pence if they switched to EV cars.

The figures have been revealed by the Conservatives who have been working in conjunction with a consortium of car manufacturers in a bid to promote greener cars.

And say what you like about the Tories, but they may have got this one right: If you were to spread these savings out across our combined 31.6million cars, we would collectively save £24.5billion.

It sounds like more tight-fisted austerity, but this is the kind that would actually help out the man on the street, who could then use the money for other pursuits, such as more beer.

According to the head of the Go Ultra Low campaign, Hetal Shah: “After buying a house, a car is the second most expensive purchase that most of us will ever make.”

The third is a Chelsea season ticket.

Shah went on to say: “With fuel costs from just 2p-per-mile, no road tax, no congestion charge and free parking in many locations, electric cars certainly present a compelling proposition.”

When we asked an Arabian who was here for super car season whether he would ever swap his Lambo for a Renault Leaf, he said he would if he could mate it to a V8 engine.

We’ll talk to Renault, but we’re making no promises.

Bad Customer Service Deters Half Of New Car-Buyers

CarWow recently conducted a UK-wide survey, and concluded that four in ten of Britain’s new car buyers are left so upset by poor customer service that they’ve opted against buying a vehicle.

The survey showed that 40% of buyers chose a different car after being subjected to bad customer service.

43.1% of geezers went as far as taking their business elsewhere, whilst 35.6% of women were disappointed enough to take theirs somewhere else.

The glaring survey results will unsettle car dealerships, who already have a bad name for dodgy hard-sell sales tactics, persuasive sales spiel that puts buyers off, as well as somehow managing to convince us to buy a Proton.

James Hind, CEO of CarWow said: “The car-buying process hasn’t really changed much in 100 years. These days you can have your weekly shop delivered to your door and stream films straight to your TV but you still have to awkwardly haggle face-to-face when you buy a new car – normally the second-biggest purchase you’ll ever make.”

When we asked a salesman at a local dealership what he thought of the results, he smiled warmly and told us he’d never heard of CarWow, before putting an arm around us and offering us a brand new Jeep.

“Car Wow? What you need is Car Now.”

We agreed.

What? He talked the talk!

Toyota Concerned About Fake Airbag Parts

Toyota just can’t stay out of the news at the moment, and always for the wrong reasons. If they’re not down on sales, their first ever female in an executive position is getting arrested for smuggling drugs into Japan.

So it comes as no surprise that this week they’re worried that fake airbag parts may have been fitted into their cars over the last ten years.

Oh crap.

Just another day in the Toyota soap opera, if you ask us.

The good news is that it’s just Toyota Australia who are looking for counterfeit airbag parts that may have been fitted to their cars over the last 10 years.

The bad news is if you’ve bought a Toyota in Australia within the last ten years, you could well have a dodgy airbag.

If you happen to crash into a pack of kangaroos during that period of time and your airbag doesn’t eject, you now know why.

The dodgy parts are thought to have been flogged to Toyota dealerships in Australia and can cause “serious risks to drivers.”

Car owners most at risk are those with Toyotas that have been repaired after the airbag was deployed.

The thought is that the original $300 parts were replaced with cheap $50 replacements.

The cars are currently on the run as Toyota tries to track them all down.

Back in May, Toyota had to recall 34 million cars after a metal shrapnel scare.

Reborn “Debt Ridden” Dutch Firm Spyker To Rival Tesla With Electric Cars

You might have heard of the Dutch automotive firm Spyker.

Formed fifteen years ago, it has had a colourful history, and is famous for punching above its financial weight.

After a few too many disastrous cars and investments, it had to keep a low profile after building up titanic debts, but not until it had built unsustainable extrovert super cars, such as the C18.

In 2006, Spyker even bought an F1 team, before selling it not long afterwards to Force India.

Then they bought Saab, before the German company folded completely.

In 2014, Spyker entered bankruptcy.

After a period of quiet insolvency, when the automotive world seemed like a more boring place, Spyker is now back – and they want to rival Tesla in the electric sports car game.

What, you thought they were going to resurface and dabble with hatchbacks? Pah!

After all, this is a brand whose motto is “For the tenacious, no road is impassable.”

Naturally, the actual slogan is written in Latin.

Unfortunately for Spyker, every road seems to be impassable. But we love a tryer!

The ambitious bespoke Dutch firm won’t be stopping with electric cars either – they want to build electric planes too.

Then after that, maybe electric rocket ships!

To build the planes, they plan to merge with electric aircraft boys Volta Volare, a merger they hope will allow them to get their hands on Volta’s 300bhp electric motor.

Oh, Spyker. How we missed you crazy guys.

Note to self: Don’t buy a Spyker.

Will Titterington
  • 7th August 2015

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