The world’s oldest car still running

A piece of automotive industry, the 1884 de Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout is the world’s oldest car still running.

The car, only nine feet in length, features twin compound steam engines, takes 30 minutes to prepare before it can drive and requires watering every 20 miles. These are probably the main reason why the car is mainly used on country roads in Oxfordshire.

The 1884 de Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout was sold last year for at an auction for $4.2m. Not a bad price for a 128 year old car! Watch the car in action below.

The city of traffic jams

We recently blogged about how traffic jams cost UK drivers 32 hours a year and London drivers in particular suffer 66 hours a year; wasting precious unproductive time.

We thought London was bad until we see images of Sao Paolo; the city of traffic jams and we realise how lucky we are.

The biggest city in Brazil has 11M people is perhaps the world’s most congested city, with  all the tailbacks in and out of the city extending for a total of 180km (112 miles) on a normal Friday evening. The distance from London to Birmingham!

Sao Paolo “sea of cars” (source:

Fabiana Crespo, a local, who spends more than 4 hours travelling from home to work and back, calls it “the sea of cars”. “We have become slaves of traffic and we have to plan our lives around it,” she said.

The traffic in Sao Paolo is so bad that there is a 24/7 radio station, Sul America Traffic Radio, dedicated to reporting traffic conditions and alternative routes to motorists.

Victoria Ribeiro, a reporter whose job is to drive around the city to find alternative routes, said:”I have been working with the radio since its beginnings and we can see the traffic is only getting worse, as more cars are coming onto the streets.”

When terrible traffic condition is a frustration for the majority of the city motorists, the wealthy are offered a solution; private hire helicopters.

Sergio Alcibiades who uses the helicopter taxi service to meet clients few times a month says”If I hire a helicopter for a few hours I can hop between helipads and have three or four meetings in one day, which would be impossible if I had to move back and forth by car. For me this is a tool to make money.”

We seriously hope no city in the UK is going to face as many traffic jams as Sao Paoloor else we might experience something even worse; helicopter jams!


A-Team fan? Try not to turn green.

Tag Majid from Dudley has become the envy and role model of A-Team fans around the world. Mr Majid has spent an incredible £32 000 on converting his van into the iconic vehicle from the 80s show. He bought an old and bashed-up 1985 GMC Vandura Van and created the replica using spare parts found on the internet.

Majid wanted to make sure that every detail down to the wing mirror, wheels and even the aerial was exactly the same as on the original. He also added some new features, a 26-inch LCD TV, a DVD player and a sound system, to play the A-Team theme tune on loop. It blares out through a speaker behind the front grille.

We suspect he loves it when a plan comes together.