Mas du Clos is a really interesting circuit. It's a shame that everybody forgets about it. The curves, the gradients, the apexes: The circuit as a whole demands a real understanding of your car - and of your own abilities.

Meanwhile, I drive past Silverstone most days, which is a hundred times more famous, but it's as… » 10/29/14 4:20pm Wednesday 4:20pm

That's a much larger ship; 125m long, 25m beam, much larger internal space. So, I really doubt it's a simple replacement for Marjata, which works in a field subject to ever-increasing automation and remote analysis (a DL380 needs much less space than a dozen analysts). » 10/28/14 4:46pm Tuesday 4:46pm

Please step off the euphemism treadmill.

In English, if we dislike a concept, then the word for the concept is seen as negative, and well-intentioned lackwits insist that the word must be avoided, so we invent a new euphemism for the concept, and then the well-intentioned lackwits say that's a bad word, and so on.… » 10/28/14 10:15am Tuesday 10:15am

Nice price. Because one Citroen SM isn't enough of a challenge!

Plus, with four of them, you overcome the reliability problem. Even after extensive restoration, you can never be sure whether or not the car will be working when you need it, which undermines the value as a daily driver. But if you restore four of them,… » 10/27/14 9:44am Monday 9:44am

How can you exclude Afriqiyah? I flew with them a while ago, from Ouagadougou - Tripoli - London. I don't know how they stayed in business. The Libyan civil war seems to have destroyed some of their fleet, but hey, Afriqiyah's ability to take ticket revenue from customers seems to have been mostly disconnected from… » 10/26/14 1:58pm Sunday 1:58pm

A Mercedes W220 built out of the same parts, in similar condition, will cost well under $20k. And you're not paying an extra $55k for a couple of inches more rear legroom. That Maybach isn't cheap; you're paying for the badge.

A couple of months ago, I sold a Mercedes CL for a tiny tiny fraction of that price. CLs had… » 10/26/14 2:08pm Sunday 2:08pm

It's not cost-effective to monitor everything. (Unless you have a very unusual and high-impact job). Capturing voice and data is relatively cheap and easy these days, but hiring a human to trawl through it all looking for interesting stuff is difficult and expensive.

Large organisations like to have the capability, but… » 10/24/14 1:08pm 10/24/14 1:08pm