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Issue 23
14 - 27 June 2002
Caught on the offside of motoring every fortnight

Following several beyond-glowing write ups in major car magazines the Mini Cooper S is to replace sliced bread as the best thing ever. The compact BMW sports hatch has been declared so good that from now on it will be the benchmark for excellence for everything in the future, leading linguists to coin the phrase 'the best thing since the Cooper S'. However, news of this new twist on popular clich� has been met with anger by sliced bread makers. 'We in the bread industry have been proud to set the standard for things that are good,' said spokesman Floweree Bapp. 'If BMW think they can steal our delicious, conveniently pre-cut crown they've got another thing coming.' Baking sources suggest that bread manufacturers will soon take on the British-made supercharged hot hatch at its own game with a number of innovative new features. Sunblest are already planning to reduce the size of their standard white medium sliced loaf so that it appears quite big on the shelf and yet is disappointingly badly packaged making it hard to fit more than two typical sandwich fillings inside a sandwich. There are also strong rumours that Mother's Pride plans to mimic the Cooper S to the extent that popular features such as wholemeal grains and tasty thick crust will become optional and, despite a tempting 49p sticker price, a full specced loaf of sliced bread could end up costing a rather less attractive �3.75.


TVR's brand new Tamora may be a classic straight-six powered British sports car, but it also has a dangerous design fault, according to one early customer. TVR fan Peenus Envie of Screaming-in-Agony near Camberley claims that since taking delivery of his new shiny red Tamora just three weeks ago he has been attacked by Hamadryas baboons on five separate occasions. 'Whenever I go out for a drive a whole troop of them just swarms over the back of the car,' moaned Mr Envie, a bit pathetically. 'They either want to attack it or shag it,' he continued.
'This is perfectly explicable,' says Dr Monkee Teniss, Head of Baboon Studies at Su Pollard College, Cambridge. 'The Hamadryas baboon is well known for its brightly coloured and extremely ugly arse. Rather like the TVR Tamora. These animals clearly view the car as a threat or a mate.'
Dr Teniss also had a dire message for other Tamora owners; 'After these first baboon attacks I would be careful. These are viscious, primitive and unpredictable things,' he warned. 'And so are the baboons. Badoom-tish! Ithangyoo.'

SCOOP! Bread makers are preparing to fight back - this new Hovis loaf was caught testing at the Nurburgring last week
Another Tamora tries to attract a monkey mate yesterday

Hot on the heels of the 'comfortable' Elise 111, Lotus is launching two new models precisely targeted at wealthy customers who might otherwise have bought a Boxster or TT.
The first new variant, dubbed the Elise Banker, is set to offer a range of features to appeal to wealthy city workers. Each car will come with a satellite navigation system pre-programmed to take the driver straight to Henley, Oxford or Fulham. This system has been carefully recalibrated so that in the latter case it will refer to entering London as going 'up to town', irrespective of the direction of travel. Taking advantage of the new on-board computing power, this Elise will also offer a dashboard-mounted counter which will allow the driver to see a running total of how much money they have made this week, expressed as either 'grand', 'gees' or 'large'. As a final touch, every Elise Banker will come with a free Lotus branded Hackett rugby top and Timberland boat shoes. Plans to complete the set with matching socks were shelved when it was realised that for some reason these twats never seem to wear them.
The second newcomer to the range is the Elise IT which will target overpaid nobwits in the computer industry. Coming complete with a raft of pointless carbon fibre components which do absolutely nothing for the performance and handling yet will give the owner something to misguidedly brag about, the IT is set to cost lots of money. Although much of the fancy technology on this model is designed purely to snare geeks there is said to be one genuine weight saving - since most buyers are unlikely to have any mates Lotus has been able to remove the passenger seat. In the event of an owner, for example, getting a girlfriend, a second seat will be a retro fit option though Hethel sources don't expect much take up on this. As a final sop to the target market the IT will come with a unique buy back scheme which will enable owners to return their cars to the factory at short notice when their employer invariably sacks them, having realised the sheer stupidity of paying a laughably huge amount of money to a greasy haired nobber whose only basic skills are farting about with jumped-up calculators, snorting derisively when asked for technical advice, and driving his stupid little sports car really quickly into the work car park under the misguided assumption that other employees think he's cool.
New Elise models will feature on board displays tailored to investment bankers (above) or IT consultants (below)

Lazy, unimaginative motoring journalists have been plunged into crisis this week by news that Mercedes is to offer a unique interior trim option for its forthcoming Maybach limousine. In its quest to use innovative materials the German firm has made an announcement that has sent shudders through every lame and talentless car writer in the world parts of the Maybach's interior could be trimmed with granite.
'This is terrible news,' bleated Offside Trap, motoring correspondent for local rag, The Ruislip Express Badger. 'I'm so used to describing Mercedes interiors with the usual "feels like it's hewn from granite" line, this has really pissed on my chips. Now myself and other muttering rotters will have to describe it in another way.'
However, all it not lost for peddlers of hackneyed and predictable toss, according to motoring historian Owpen Gole: 'Obviously many crap and unthinking writers will panic as one of their worst clich�s comes true but they could still use the so-called Santiago Exception,' he noted wearily.
Named after legendary journalist Clive 'Bufty' Santiago, the Santiago Exception came about when in 1976 the famed pompous old git was asked to write a piece about riding on the footplate of the Flying Scotsman. Suddenly realising that his usual 'pulls like a train' and 'corners like it's on rails' fallbacks would seem risible in this context, Santiago neatly sidestepped the problem simply by adding the word 'literally' after each unimaginative phrase. Whether this will be enough to get them out of the Maybach problem remains to be seen, but Owpen Gole is optimistic; 'The Santiago Exception should just about cover their hopeless arses,' he said, adding, 'It's either that or they'll have to think of something new to say�. Hahahahaha. Sorry, I do make myself laugh sometimes.'

Another clich pictured yesterday
The Hot Wheels sponsored MG team's hopes of success in this weekend's Le Mans 24 hour race have been hit this week after the team's mum told them to put the car back in the toy box. The shattering order came shortly before tea time yesterday and is sure to compromise the planned race preparation programme. Sources say MG has already appealed, as spokesman Steve Preschool explains; 'Ahhhh, Muuuuum, it wasn't me that made this mess,' he whined yesterday. 'It was Dan [school friend Daniel Murray]. He took all the other toys out of the box. I wasn't even playing with the EX257. Ahhhhhh.'
This isn't the first time the Hot Wheels MG team has received such a knock back. Last month the team left the car on the hall carpet after an intense testing session throughout the kitchen, dining room and into the downstairs loo only for it to be stepped on accidentally by the team's dad, causing minor damage to the bodywork. The team's attempts to repair the damage were hampered by the confiscation of the car, which was placed out of reach on top of the dresser.
However, it's not all bad news for the British-based racing outfit. Following a fresh injection of cash from their title sponsor team there are already strong rumours about an exciting post-Le Mans project involving a specially constructed 'loop-the-loop' ramp which sources say will 'glo-in-the-dark'.

The Hot Wheels sponsored MG-Lola EX257 in its overnight garage yesterday
Our used car expert CARCOAT DAMPHANDS talks you through some big car bargains
If you're looking to get a lot of crispy for your flip flop you want to get yerself a nice big pork sausage. Here are some of the mandys to leak over:

BMW 7-series Always sweet to the touch on the cricket bat, the 7 slides like a goose in a phone box and that's fruity for the crease free gary. Keep your soup baskets on the moon scrapers and make sure it's had its beetroot slipped - if that goes cack you'll be stuck with a dog in socks. Hit me.

Jaguar XJ8 It's not many Nokias since anything with a lovely stoat on the mimsy was a stinky lovepit for the handsome gary. That's all dried now and, although they might not be as hammered as the Prune juices, you can still leave your daughter on one without the broccoli. Make sure it's got hot sauce, lemon curry plus a
full gusset. And open the drawer on your face. Christ.

Lexus LS400 If you want sturdy burping and monkey cheesecake this is the teatowel to fumble, especially for the rancid gary. There's not much to toast your vestibule over but have a good stroke of the Leroy to make sure it's been nailed in a casket sideways. Also steer clear of the milk plate. Scrapey.

Mercedes S-class This is the massive badger of the salad planet. Built like a radiator in aspic and comforts with a spoon, the big Toffeecock is my personal choice, and if you're a low set gary you'll know why. As long as it's got a face like a ruler you could poke one of these for a plenty. Put your hat on the dado rail and try to find one with pork sauce then you'll be sitting on your sister. Moo.

FOR SALE: 2002 Bentley limousine.
One off, bespoke bodywork, usual refinements.
Unwanted gift.
Tel: London 1. Ask for Phil or Liz

JOIN ME! In my new mountain lair. I'm looking for boiler suited henchmen to man my new 'laser' project. Mini Moke or small monorail provided. No members of British secret service pls
FOR SALE: Intersection magazine. In most newsagents. Slightly self-conscious, full over-design. Re-advertised due to pointlessness.
�3.00 ono
No squares
WANTED: Someone to explain that bloody Citroen C3 advert on TV. I mean, what the fuck's going on there? A letch in a fighter jet? What's that got to do with anything? Eh?
� 2002. Sniff Petrol every fortnight. Next issue 28 June
Big bubbly thank yous to:
Jim Wood, George Georgiou, dboytechno2, Cosmetique
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