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Gabriel, 13, Eltham, Vic

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But please, keep it tight (no more than 200 words) and do include your suburb if via email: wheels@wheelsmag.com.au You can also have your say on Facebook (search for Wheels Australia), Instagram or Twitter

LETTER OF THE MONTH

I busk at the local market with a sign saying ‘All donations towards my Ferrari’“

FERRARI OR BUSK FOR TEEN WHO THINKS BIG

I STARTED buying Wheels magazine for my dad’s birthday around three years ago, however, soon my interest for the magazine grew. Buying every month’s magazine is now my greatest interest.

I save money for the next month’s wonderful magazine in advance.

When I turned 13, my dad bought me a whole year worth of magazines. I read them every day, and now pass these magazines on to my grandfather. It’s like a three-generation, Wheels magazine-loving family. Thank you so much for producing them.

These mags have influenced me to save up for a Ferrari F8 Tributo. To help, I busk at the local market with a sign saying “All donations towards my Ferrari”.

Thank you. 

PS: Just wondering, due to COVID-19, is it likely that you will close the business?

Gabriel, 13, Eltham, Vic

We’re proud to have brought happiness to you and your family, Gabriel, and we sincerely hope that your Ferrari dreams come true. As for COVID-19, it’s certainly changing the way we do things here at Wheels (road testing is becoming challenging, for example) but what will never change is our commitment to producing the most entertaining and informative mag we can for our thousands of loyal readers, like you 

– Ed

WIZARDS OF OZ

THE MARCH edition of Wheels renewed ewed my faith in the future of Australian cars.

The story in Retro on the mighty Moke reminded me of one of Australia’s automotive triumphs, developed in the UK icon of after ured in who Moke and but redeveloped here to become an Australian ingenuity. Almost 40 years the last Moke was officially manufactured Australia, there are Moke clubs and forums brimming with enthusiastic members continue to drive and develop the its Aussie legacy.

Then there was the article on the awesome R Spec Mustang which will be re-engineered, and its performance enhanced in Australia, for Australians.

Sure, gone are the subsidies and the revered names like Falcon and Commodore, but Australian know-how will still exist.

Dale Anderson, Magnetic Island, Qld

Hear, hear, Dale. As our story on page 14 shows, the skills of Aussie engineers are still in demand 

– Ed

SPACE EVADERS

THE SMALL SUVS comparison ‘Suburban Legends’ (Wheels, March 2020) starts with “Good design is thorough down to the last detail … Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the user”.

This is one user who likes a decent-size boot, so why, in similarly sized cars, does the Kia Seltos have a boot over 50 percent larger than that of the Mazda CX-30 and the Toyota C-HR Koba? The new Corolla, with its great dynamics, has a tiny boot. I’m sure this must have lost Toyota lots of sales. The i30’s boot is 80 percent larger, so it can’t be that hard!

Ron Glanville, via email

COPS IN PURS-UTE

SADLY, I HAVE TO report that the dominance of the dual-cab ute on our roads is now complete. This morning I saw a Ford Ranger Raptor dual-cab police car. Not just any police car: it was fully marked as a highway patrol. So that means it’s to be used for highspeed pursuit. Imagine driving an elephant on wheels at 160km/h.

Tony Ryan, Merewether, NSW

‘You’re goin’ home in the back of a dual-cab ute!’ Nah, can’t see this catching on, Tony 

– Ed

“AUSSIE KNOW-HOW WILL STILL EXIST

MOVE IT, PEOPLE!

I HAVE BEEN A subscriber to Wheels for about four years. I usually read it from front to back (always a great read). Over that time, I have noticed there have been very few road tests involving people-movers.

I drive a 2005 VW Multivan V6 auto which I’ve had converted to accept a wheelchair via a rear hoist. Seeing there are quite a number of these people-movers now, is there a chance you could justify space to do a few road tests on different models?

Robert Richardson, Moruya, NSW

Noted, Robert. Keep reading, and thanks for the great feedback 

– Ed

LET’S TAKE STOCK

IN RESPONSE to the Inbox topic ’Taken for Fuels’ (Wheels, April 2020) lamenting the delay in upgrading our petrol to a lower-sulphur content, I wish to point out that we should be more concerned about the availability of our fuel than its quality.

Our ageing and dwindling local refineries only provide around 20 percent of Australia’s fuel needs, meaning most of our refined fuels are imported. Further, our supply cover is usually only around three weeks, compared to most other developed nations’ desired average of 90 days’ cover. So I suggest fuel security has priority over fuel quality until we address this critical issue.

If not, keep your bicycle tires pumped up!

Barry Hester, Doncaster, Vic

ON THE WAGON

IN AUSTRALIA, it seems as if we want out of our cars. We want them to but fit in the tightest Coles car parks; easy at the bowser; safe, yet stylish. In why is the station wagon market overshadowed by SUVs? everything be large, fast, but which case, being so

They sit closer to the black stuff and manoeuvre to a standard that cannot by the wobbly SUVs. They are therefore be matched lighter than SUVs – cheaper on tyres and therefore fuel, and maintain the styling of the corresponding sedan they’re based on.

And yet our buying habits have killed off the likes of the Camry wagon and the Falcon wagon, and you can bet your bottom dollar the Commodore Sportwagon wasn’t exactly blowing up the box office by 2017.

I believe it is all down to our failure to obey that pesky 10th commandment. We want to outdo thy neighbour, and the only way we can do that (apparently) is buy a taller car than them.

Adam Greenwood, Forestville, NSW

SAFETY COUNTS

ONE WONDERS if the bureaucrats at ANCAP have all suffered the loss of one hand, preventing them from counting beyond five without removing their shoes (Wheels, April 2020).

Apple and Samsung have proven that numbers bigger than five do exist when bringing out models with new features. If ANCAP implemented a system whereby a new number was used when additional features are specified, there would be no confusion: five stars would always mean the same thing, and would not be as good as six or seven stars. Sir Humphrey would be proud of ANCAP.

Tom Hutchinson, Klemzig, SA

TT00 MUCH?

I NOTICED that the fuel figure in Databank for the Audi TT S quattro is 16.0L/100 km. Just checking whether this a typo?

Keep up the good work, guys. I’ve been a reader for almost 35 years now.

Wayne Thompson, Nedlands, WA

Thanks, Wayne. That’s what the TT drank in our November comparison with the BMW M2 Competition Pure and Toyota Supra GTS. Test figures appear in Databank in italics 

– Ed

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