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Sniff Petrol will return

Posted in News by Sniff Petrol on Friday, January 26th, 2018

As you might have noticed, it’s all been a bit quiet on this website for the past few months. This has been due to a variety of factors, mostly involving other work. Also, I had that really bad cold that’s been going around. But don’t worry, Sniff Petrol is NOT DEAD.

Very soon, a BRAND NEW Sniff Petrol will lurch into view featuring a complete re-design and a bulging satchel of fresh content from all those regulars of whom you’ve become wearily tolerant including Troy Queef, Carcoat Damphands, the Total Prick From An Internet Forum and Roy Lanchester.

On that note, there’s also a Roy Lanchester book on the way, entitled HOW TO BE A MOTORING JOURNALIST, in which Roy looks back on his life to date and shares some of the things he’s learnt along the way. Mostly about getting a late drink when the hotel insists the bar is closed and how best to apologise when you’ve just spilt hot egg on the managing director of Renault.

That’s all coming shortly(ish) from the website you probably hoped was just going to give it a rest. In the meantime, why not listen to the GJOS podcast (featuring Sniff Petrol) or buy this Grand Tour book (written by Sniff Petrol). Or just talk amongst yourselves. Back soon.

Dyson behind new range of puns

Posted in News by Sniff Petrol on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

James Dyson, yesterday

Dust magnate James Dyson has announced the development of a new project which will result in a range of terrible puns.

The puns, which will be created to mark his decision to design a car, will initially take the form of headlines such as ‘Dyson set to blow away competition’ and ‘Dyson spots vacuum in the car market’.

It’s believed that the puns will them move into the body copy of various reports and will include observations such as ‘Dyson could really clean up’, ‘rumours have been swirling around for some time’, ‘this could give the competition a good dusting’ and ‘Dyson has been hoovering up experienced engineers’.

‘This is great news for the British pun industry,’ said one shitty play-on-words expert. ‘And when Dyson moans that the exit from the EU he demanded causes the economy to collapse just as his electric vehicle vanity project goes on sale, we can all tell him to suck it up.’

Alonso relieved at McLaren Honda split

Posted in Motorsport, News by Sniff Petrol on Friday, September 15th, 2017

Fernando Alonso, yesterday

Following news that McLaren and Honda are to part ways, Fernando Alonso has expressed relief at finally escaping the ‘nightmare’ of having to own a new Civic Type-R.

‘In recent months Fernando had been lobbying McLaren to drop Honda,’ confirmed a source close to the hairy-faced champ. ‘Not because of the mediocre on-track performance and hopeless reliability but because he was sick of coming out of his house every morning to see that awful looking car on the drive.’

‘The Honda relationship was really starting to affect all aspects of his life,’ continued a spokesman for the exasperated radio message racer. ‘Sometimes all he could dream of was inexplicably creased bits of metal and baffling stuck-on plastic, and then he would wake up screaming.’

‘I would like to thank Honda for all their work,’ the Spanish driver said in a statement today. ‘And in particular, their prompt removal of that horrible looking car from outside my house.’

Alonso arrives in Singapore ahead of this weekend’s race with just 10 championship points and the Megane RenaultSport configurator saved to his favourites.

Former TVR designer criticises new Griffith

Posted in News by Sniff Petrol on Friday, September 8th, 2017

A terrible photograph of the new TVR, yesterday

Just hours after being revealed, TVR’s reborn Griffith has attracted stout criticism from former TVR designer, Peter Wheeler’s Dog.

‘I’ve been a car designer for over 17 decades (in dog years) and I wouldn’t have done it like that,’ the dog explained, barking exclusively to Sniff Petrol. ‘Where are the random shapes? Where are the bite marks? Where is the tenuous back-story about me attacking the styling model?’

‘I find the design rather derivative and… hey someone’s opening a crinkly packet over there!’ Peter Wheeler’s Dog continued. ‘By the way, I notice that you appeared to throw the ball but when I went to get the ball, the ball was not there and you had not, in fact, thrown the ball, but had just done a ball throwing action while the ball remained in your hand. Ball.’

‘Yes, I am a good boy. A very good boy. Yes, it’s me, I am a good boy,’ he added mysteriously.

Vauxhall announces scrappage scheme

Posted in News by Sniff Petrol on Monday, September 4th, 2017

An Corsa, yesterday

Vauxhall has announced details of a unique scrappage scheme designed to minimise the number of Vauxhalls on the roads.

Under the new programme, labelled ‘Vauxscrap’, anyone interested in buying a new Corsa will be invited to their local Vauxhall retailer where they will be given £2000 on the understanding that they don’t buy a car. Once they accept the offer, the brand new Corsa they were going to buy will be crushed.

‘We calculate that every year two billion tonnes of extra pollution is created by people in cars that are stuck behind a Corsa doing 26 in a 40 zone,’ explained Vauxhall’s Vix Hall. ‘And an additional one billion tonnes comes from cars, lorries and vans forced to sit idling while they wait for a Corsa driver to spend 37 minutes trying to get into a massive parking space before giving up and driving away. Under Vauxscrap we are doing our bit to lessen that pollution by giving feckless idiots two grand if they don’t buy a car. We then crush a brand new car for every person who takes up this offer, ensuring that a Corsa does not accidentally fall into the hands of someone who sits with their face one inch from the steering wheel rim and has literally no idea how roundabouts work.’

Vauxscrap isn’t the only innovative scrappage scheme to be announced this week as Malaysian giant Proton has revealed a radical plan to keep people from driving its cars by making them terrible.

By 2040 everyone should just calm the fuck down

Posted in News by Sniff Petrol on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

A stock photo, yesterday

In a surprise move, the government has today announced that by 2040 everyone should just calm the fuck down.

‘We will confirm further details of the plan in due course,’ explained environment spokesman, Ken Vironment-Spoesman. ‘But for now, I can confirm that 2040 is fucking ages away and everything will probably be okay.’

Under the terms of the plan, it’s believed that the Government intends for its proposal to be completely mis-reported to sound much worse than it is, and that the draft legislation will contain phased targets for ill-informed moronic panic before a final deadline of 2040, by which time everyone should just calm the fuck down.

‘Let me be clear, we are not going to ban existing mindless panic about things that are going to happen anyway,’ Mr Vironment-Spoesman continued. ‘But if people don’t show signs of calming the fuck down, we may have to look at more drastic measures such as telling everyone on Twitter to put a fucking sock in it.’

Every Volvo to come with bag for life

Posted in News by Sniff Petrol on Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Some Volvos, yesterday

Volvo has announced that from 2019 every car it makes with come with a reusable plastic bag you can take into the supermarket.

The Swedish company’s bold announcement is said to be in response to customer feedback which says that Volvo drivers are particularly concerned about arriving at the supermarket and then remembering they haven’t brought their own bag from home and getting the sinking feeling that the people who work in the supermarket are going to judge them for it.

‘It’s not the small outlay to buy another bag,’ explained Volvo boss Wol Voboss. ‘It’s the guilt at having to buy it, and that’s why Volvo is going full bag for life by 2019.’

Other manufacturers are expect to follow Volvo’s lead in the next few years, though none will confirm their plans at present. ‘We are actively developing bags for life for our cars,’ confirmed a spokesman for another major manufacturer. ‘But for the time being, we believe our customers are happy to say “oh bollocks, I forgot to bring a fucking bag again” and then struggle back across the car park cradling some bread, bog roll, a bag of salad and a massive plastic flagon of milk in their bare hands.’



FIA decides Vettel punishment

Posted in Motorsport, News by Sniff Petrol on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

The FIA logo, yesterday

After a special meeting on Monday to review Sebastian Vettel’s actions during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the FIA has concluded that the German driver is to be punished by having to read everyone’s opinions of his punishment on the internet.

‘We have carefully studied Sebastian’s incident with Lewis Hamilton in Baku,’ explained FIA spokesperson Effy Hay-Spowkespersson. ‘And we feel the most appropriate penalty we can impose is to sit him in front of a computer and make him read the endless self-righteous pontificating of armchair blog bores.’

‘Yes, we know this is extremely severe,’ Hay-Spowkespersson continued. ‘But we hope that Sebastian will have time to reflect on his recent behaviour as he slumps in front of a laptop scrolling through an apparently infinite number of self-elected experts relentlessly wanking on about bringing the sport into disrepute.’

Sources within the Ferrari team say Vettel could appeal against the FIA’s decision to make him read an unstoppable tide of pompous opinions and may ask for a less terrible punishment such as a race ban, licence suspension or being allowed to claw his own eyes out with a fork.

Yea, I murdered a homeless guy. So what? by Sebastian Vettel

Posted in Motorsport, News by Sniff Petrol on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Hi guys! Four time world champion Seb Vettel here! So hey, yea, I murdered a homeless guy! So what? But somehow apparently this is ‘naughty’ and I am penalised for it! The world has gone so crazy! It’s just a totally normal thing that happens, ja? Why all the angry faces? Come on guys, it’s just the brutal slaying of a vagrant!

Look, the guy was totally testing me! Oh for sure, all the evidence says otherwise, but I know what happened and that dude totally deserved to lose his life in a needless street assault! Hey, come on guys, no big deal, it was just cruelly robbing another human of life!

You know, for sure, I was so shocked at all the fuss that at first I didn’t even know what everyone was talking about! What cold blooded stabbing of a tramp, I said? I mean, come on, this sort of thing goes on all the time! Are we really going to punish anyone who, maybe in the heat of the moment, casually knifes a rough sleeper in the back and then lets him bleed to death! Wow, what kind of example does that set for our sport! Are we truly going to say, no guys, don’t get into a late-night argument with a homeless man in an alleyway and then mercilessly extinguish his humanity with a flick knife?!

You know, for sure, we all do crazy things sometimes, but that doesn’t mean we should be punished every time we act in the heat of the moment whether it’s stabbing a homeless man, as I did, or shanking a shop assistant, which I also did! What? Oh come on, you can’t be ruling against that too? Jeez, lighten up guys!

Before you ask, no I won’t be talking to the guy I killed and I certainly won’t be apologising. That’s because he’s dead! But if I could speak to him I would say, hey, maybe next time you should think twice before doing nothing wrong whatsoever!

Why are you arresting me? Fuck off Charlie!

Ex-Brunei car comes up for sale

Posted in From the archives, News by Sniff Petrol on Monday, June 5th, 2017

The Sultan of Brunei, yesterday

The Sultan of Brunei, yesterday

Cars once owned by the Sultan of Brunei are always highly sought after and a new acquisition by Titkettle Cars of Writhing in Agony is sure to be no exception. The vehicle in question is a 2003 Vauxhall Omega GLS with the desirable 2.2-litre engine and was thought to be driven not by the Sultan himself but by his cousin, Prince Ken.

‘As you’d expect, The Sultan and Prince Ken specced every luxury on this extraordinary motor car,’ says Titkettle Cars proprietor, Kit Titkettle. ‘This includes sumptuous grey cloth seats, a manually operated gearbox and electrically retractable windows front and rear.’

‘However, you won’t be surprised to learn that this stunning vehicle also comes with a host of features unlikely to be found on any other 2003 Vauxhall Omega GLS,’ Mr Titkittle continues. ‘These include a considerable quantity of cigarette ash in the carpets, a rare 1997 edition of the A-Z of Cardiff in the glovebox and a cassette tape which, having examined the markings on the outside, we believe to be nothing less than the very best of Chris Rea.’

‘We understand this car was used not in Brunei itself but was retained for use at Prince Ken’s private residence in Tilehurst, just outside Reading,’ Mr Titkettle explains. ‘And, as befits a car of this provenance, I’m looking for offers in the region of 8.5 hundred pounds.’