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How To Get Your Kids Interested In Cars

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If you love your cars and fancy yourself as a bit of a gearhead, why not pass on that level of wisdom and passion to your kids?

After all, taking care of your car is not only a great hobby for you to have, but it’s also great to share with your children, keeping them away from the TV and learning something that could help them in later life.

Plus, it’s a fun, practical and rewarding way of educating your kids, providing you both with a shared interest that you can bond over.

So, how do you go about getting your kids interested in cars? Well, using the helpful tips we’ve listed for you below, your son or daughter will be joining you in the garage in no time.

Step 1: Start Small

Cars are complicated machines so it’s important not to overwhelm your kids with the inner mechanical workings.

Instead, start with the basics, pointing out the key areas of the car under the hood – from the spark plugs to the engine to the battery – and highlight the importance of car safety.

Then, test their memory to see how well they were paying attention.

Step 2: Teach

Starting with a few simple maintenance tasks, such as changing the wiper fluid, teach your kids how to complete a few of the more basic things.

Then, when they’re feeling more confident, try them out with some of the more complicated maintenance tasks.

Whether it be learning how to change the oil, flat tyres or jumpstart the car, walk them through each step of the process to keep them engaged.

You never know, the skills you teach them now could go on to get them out of a difficult situation in the future.

Step 3: Explain

Rather than fixing every issue yourself, explain to your kids why there is a problem so that they can understand how it can be resolved.

That way, they’ll be able to appreciate what to look out for in their own cars in due course, and will have a better understanding of how to fix the same problem should it ever occur.

For further advice on teaching your kids the importance of car safety, please do not hesitate to consult our expert team here at FEV.

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COVID-19: The Best Car Films To Watch During Lockdown

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Unless you’ve been living on Mars over the past few months, you will know all too well how disruptive the coronavirus outbreak has been across the globe.

Millions upon millions of people are now stuck at home either self-isolating, quarantining or under lockdown, constantly on the lookout for ways to keep themselves and their family entertained.

If you’re bored with scrolling through Netflix looking for the next film to watch, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are three of the best car-based films we think you should watch to keep yourself busy.

The Fast & Furious Franchise

We start with a banger – or, well, eight bangers to be precise.

Who would have thought that back in 2001 a relatively unspectacular Vin Diesel movie would go on to spawn a multi-billion-dollar franchise that’s still going almost two decades later?

In all honesty – not many, yet here we are.

The Fast and Furious franchise has been around for years and is jam-packed with enough adrenaline-fuelled action to keep you and your family entertained for hours. Even if you’ve seen them before, what’s not to love about car chases, revenge plots and The Rock/Jason Statham’s heated rivalry?

Rush

If you’re a big fan of Formula One racing, then you probably know all too well already the great rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Rush focuses on their opposition during the 1976 F1 racing season and stars Thor himself (Chris Hemsworth) as Hunt and alongside Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl) as Lauda.

While it may not be the most accurate portrayal, the movie will keep you more than entertained with its humour and insightful storyline. It’s a sure-fire way to kill a few hours during your time in lockdown.

Baby Driver

If you love dark, gritty films with a comical edge then you’ll love Baby Driver.

Following the success of the infamous Cornetto trilogy, Edgar Wright’s follow-up film was described as an instant classic and ‘one of the most entertaining thrill rides of the decade’.

Starring Ansel Elgort as a talented young getaway driver, the film shows his journey helping a motley crew of thieves – including Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm – steal huge sums of money.

If you are going stir-crazy during your time in lockdown and simply can’t wait to get back out on the track again, now is the perfect time to think about what you can do to improve your driving experience.

Here at FEV, we understand that safety is key and offer a wide range of products dedicated to making your driving experience as safe as possible. Click here for further information.

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The James Bond Collection: Our Favourite Cars

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Hot on the heels of James Bond’s next outing, we take a look at some of the best cars to have featured in the previous 24 films.

While Aston Martins may have often taken a lot of the screen time, Bond… James Bond is a name that’s synonymous with guns, gadgets, girls and, what we’re here to talk about, cars.

Whether he’s cruising around the globe in a super car or getting out of trouble in a high-speed car chase, Bond films bring the latest in luxury sportscars to the big screen like no other film before.

And prior to the release of Daniel Craig’s No Time To Die this April, we thought there’d be no better time to go through and pick the three best cars 007 has had the luxury of driving.

3 – Lotus Esprit S1.

First appearing in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, the white wedge – also known as the Lotus Esprit S1 – was driven by the late Sir Roger Moore.

However, while it made a perfectly great on-road car, that is probably not what it will be best remembered for.

As with most Bond films, all is not always as it seems, and The Spy Who Loved Me was certainly no exception. After being chased about by the perennial villain Jaws, Bond’s Lotus was highly unique in its design and ability to function as a fully-working submarine with anti-aircraft missiles.

2 – BMW Z8.

Pierce Brosnan’s The World Is Not Enough featured a car it’s safe to say was perfectly suited to Bond.

Gorgeous and retro in style, the BMW Z8 was a highly-powered two-seat RWD roadster that could hit 62mph in well under five seconds. It also featured titanium armour, a head-up display and, according to his assistant Q, six beverage holders.

Oh, and did I mention it also had a surface-to-air missile that is later used to take down a helicopter? If that doesn’t scream Bond, I’m not sure what does.

1 – Aston Martin DB5.

I mean it had to be really, didn’t it?

Not only has this car had a starring role in one Bond film, it’s actually appeared in five; Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall.

Now known the world over as ‘The James Bond car’, the Aston Martin DB5 is frequently seen on the big screen kitted to the hilts with weapons and gadgets like tire shredders, rotating number plates and – of course – an ejector seat.

Bond may be better known for having a license to kill but, when in his Aston Martin DB5, he seems to have a license to thrill as well.

Watching James Bond on the big screen may make race car driving seem effortless, but it really isn’t. It can be incredibly dangerous so, if you partake in the sport, staying safe is imperative. Here at FEV Motorsport, we understand that better than most. If you have any queries on how to ensure sufficient safety in your car, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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The Racing Movies To Look Forward To In 2020

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We are nearly a third of the way through 2020 and, while there have already been a number of excellent racing films released, there are set to be even more as the year progresses.

But which ones are worth keeping a special eye out for? Well, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

Listed below are three adrenaline-pumping racing movies to look forward over the coming year. Featuring a plethora of incredible cars, motorbikes and automobiles, you definitely won’t want to miss any of these.

1 – No Time To Die.

James Bond may be better known for his work as a super spy but, one thing you can rely on in each of his films is an adrenaline-pumping car chase or three.

In his latest outing, due to be released in November 2020, Bond (played by Daniel Craig) is recruited to rescue a kidnapped scientist and soon finds himself hot on the trail of a mysterious villain (played by Rami Malek).

As you will see in the trailer, Bond will be up to his usual tricks; saving the world suited and booted, with a beautiful girl on his arm. Oh, and one other thing you can be sure of is that an Aston Martin or two will appear at some point, having been in every Bond film to be released over the past 25 years.

2 – Fast & Furious 9.

Who would have thought back in 2001 that a relatively unspectacular Vin Diesel movie would have spawned a multi-billion-dollar franchise that’s still going almost two decades later?

Following the series’ eight previous offerings (nine if you include the recently released Hobbs and Shaw), the ninth film is set to be released later this year, with the series’ regular director Justin Lin back in the driver’s seat.

If there’s one thing you can be sure about with Fast & Furious films, besides the fact that Vin Diesel will appear in them somewhere, is that there’ll be cars… and lots of them.

3 – Sonic.

OK, this one isn’t a film about car racing as such, but it certainly involves a lot of high-speed chases.

If you grew up playing Sonic as a child, you will already know everything there is to know about the hairy blue hedgehog. In the recently released game-to-movie adaptation, Sonic is brought to the big screen like never before – and thankfully, not as the creepy initial version shown in the trailers.

The film follows our blue hero navigating the complexities of life on earth with his newfound best friend – a human called Tom (played by James Marsden). Trouble ensues when the evil Dr Robotnik (played by Jim Carrey) hears about Sonic’s arrival though, and sets on trying to use his powers for world domination.

Car-based films like these may make race car driving seem effortless, but it is actually incredibly dangerous. Staying safe while driving is therefore absolutely vital and, here at FEV Motorsport, we understand that better than most. If you need any advice on how to ensure safety in your car, please get in touch with us today.

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4 Lesser-Known Celebrity Race Car Drivers

James Dean with race car

It can be easy to forget that celebrities are actually people as well. They have families, friends and their own sets of hobbies and interests, just like anyone else.

Take Johnny Depp, for instance. In his downtime, he enjoys being out on the road with his band, Hollywood Vampires, playing alongside them as a very accomplished musician. Similarly, Mila Kunis is known for being a keen gamer and is said to spend hours upon hours playing World of Warcraft online.

However, when it comes to racing, there are a number of celebrity wannabe race car drivers out there too. From film stars to fashion icons, join us as we take a look at four celebrities lesser-known for their love of the track.

1 – George Lucas

The man known as ‘Mr Star Wars’, it may surprise you to learn that George Lucas was actually a race car driver during his teenage years.

While still in high school, Lucas was said to be particularly interested in drag racing and competed in a number of underground circuits. After setting his sights on becoming a professional race car driver, racing in an Autobianchi Bianchina, his dreams were unsurprisingly put on hold when his movie career started to skyrocket. It’s safe to say he’s not done too badly for himself.

2 – Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson may be better known for driving around as Mr Bean in a bright yellow Mini Cooper but the world-renowned actor is also a keen race car driver.

Back in the 1980s, Atkinson even raced a Renault 5 Turbo in a manufacturer spec series. He’s also known for being a regular attendee of the Goodwood historic races, and is frequently spotted at a wide range of other racing events around the United Kingdom as well.

3 – James Dean

A fashion icon with a cult-like following, James Dean was as popular a celebrity as they come. While better known for his acting in movie classics like Rebel Without A Cause and East of Eden, the Hollywood hunk was also a keen race car driver.

Said to be a natural behind the wheel, he came second overall in his first-ever professional race and third in his second. However, his life was sadly cut short by a tragic car accident back in September 1955 and he was unable to compete in the Indianapolis 500, as he had planned.

4 – Patrick Dempsey

Before finding fame as the dreamy doctor in Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey plied his trade as a race car driver, competing in a total of 68 events, including four starts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After winning nine podium positions during the IMSA SportsCar Championship, Dempsey decided to step away from the sport to pursue acting instead.

If you are a keen race car enthusiast, staying safe while competing is absolutely imperative. Here at FEV, we stock a wide range of fire safety equipment and suppression systems to keep you well-protected at all times. For any help or advice, give a member of our friendly team a call today.

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Three Of The Best Supercar Fails

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For many of us, owning a Bugatti, Lamborghini or Ferrari will only ever be a pipe dream. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy their beauty and aspire to one day test drive them for real.

For those who are rich enough to afford one, while they may get an ego boost from deciding to splash the cash, choosing to show off their affluent purchases doesn’t always work out in their favour – as the following videos prove.

Join us as we take a look at our three favourite supercar fails, proving that driving too quickly and showing off isn’t always the ‘coolest’ thing to do.

1 – The Flying Nissan GT-R

While being stuck behind a slow pickup truck can be incredibly frustrating, choosing to overtake it at high speed without knowing what’s around the bend isn’t the best idea.

This Nissan GT-R driver found that out the hard way, after overtaking two cars on a bouncy bit of road just before a roundabout. As you can imagine, it didn’t work out too well.

2 – The Floating Bugatti

One of the more bizarre supercar fails out there, this Bugatti Veyron driver appears to be enjoying the surrounding scenery a little too much.

Unlike many other supercar fails out there, where drivers crash at a high speed, this driver wasn’t driving too fast or dangerously. That didn’t stop him from veering his £1 million car straight into a lake though. Talk about splashing the cash.

3 – The Stuck Lamborghini

It’s not every day you get to see a Lamborghini Gallardo at a red light. Naturally, the first thing you want to do is reach for your phone and record the chance encounter. If you’re really lucky, this encounter could even go on to become a viral sensation, as the video below did.

After waiting patiently at a traffic light, the driver of this £200,000 Lamborghini hugely oversteered it when the light turned green, rather spectacularly squeezing himself between two cars on the other side of the road. Money may buy you a nice car but knowing how to drive it tends to help quite a lot.

Staying safe while driving is absolutely imperative. Here at FEV, we understand that better than most. If you need any advice on how to ensure you stay safe in your car or vehicle, please get in touch with our team today. After all, the last thing you want is to end up as a car crash fail video yourself.

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Ford Vs. Ferrari – How Did The Rivalry Start?

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Following the recent release of Le Mans 66 – or Ford v Ferrari if you’re based in America – the rivalry between the two car giants has been brought back to the forefront of people’s minds.

While there may have always been a heated rivalry between the Italian and American-based car manufacturers, during the 1960s in particular, this feud became particular fierce – soon to be portrayed in the upcoming film release.

So, what happened exactly? Join us as we delve into the story behind the rivalry, seeing how the feud first surfaced and why it still rages to this day.

Ferrari looks to sell

Back in the early 1960s, Enzo Ferrari began thinking about selling his company. The reasons as to why still remain relatively unclear, but it didn’t take long for news to travel across the Atlantic that he was looking to potentially sell. Meanwhile, Ford were looking to add a race car to its portfolio, with the Mustang still some years off in production.

Ford looks to buy

Ford began talks with Ferrari to take over the brand, looking to add a high-end European carmaker to its portfolio. After months of negotiations, the manufacturers finally settled on a fee of $18 million.

However, this fee included a clause which said Ford would control all decisions related to Ferrari’s racing team. Ferrari didn’t like this and, after an informal meeting with Ford representatives, Enzo Ferrari told them he would never sell to an ugly company that builds ugly cars in an ugly factory.

Adding insult to injury, Enzo then sold a majority stake in Ferrari to Fiat, effectively proving he had used Ford to drive up the price. As you can imagine, Ford weren’t best pleased, and swore to get even where it mattered most: the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

Ford begin building

Designing a so-called Ferrari Killer race car proved to be no easy feat for Ford though, with many early experiments showing that their GT40 creations were not only incredibly unstable and unreliable, but also had brakes that heated to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit within seconds.

That all changed when car designer Carroll Shelby (portrayed by Matt Damon) and his trusted friend Ken Miles (portrayed by Christian Bale) came in. Reinventing the GT40, the duo revolutionised the racing industry forever, utilising incredible engineering ingenuity to design the now-safe GT40 Mk. II.

Ready, set, go…

At Le Mans 66’, Ford’s upgraded car didn’t just beat Ferrari, it absolutely destroyed them. In fact, Ferrari didn’t even finish the race, while Ford took first, second and third place, respectively.

The race wasn’t without its controversy though. To rub salt into the wounds of Ferrari, Ford’s PR guru Leo Beebe wanted to finish the race with a picture of the winning Ford trio crossing the line together. Despite being miles in front of second and third, Ken Miles was told to slow down to let the other GT40 drivers catch up. He did as instructed but, during the photo finish, was found to come second to his teammate Bruce McLaren. As you might imagine, he wasn’t best pleased.

Manufacturing race cars can be an incredibly dangerous business so being safe while driving is absolutely vital. Here at FEV Motorsport, we understand that better than most. If you need any advice on how to ensure safety in your car, please get in touch with our team today.

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Happy Christmas From FEV

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It may be cliched, but we love our customers and the people who enjoy our blog and we wanted to say a very Happy Christmas to you all.

2019

This year has certainly been another bumper year for us. New customers, old customers and a few in-between! We have done the usual massive round of fire extinguisher servicing, installations and taken on a few interesting challenges too. We have, as always, been happy to give out advice to people new to motorsport, to owners of historic cars looking for some fire suppression options and much more.

We have also moved premises, and this was certainly a big end to the year. We now have more room to push our industry forward with more research and development to keep FEV at the cutting edge of global motor sport fire extinguishers and safety. We now also have more room to produce more units and a bit more room to sit down when we do finally get a chance to have a tea break. Thanks entirely to all our wonderful customers these kinds of breaks are few and far between and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

2020

What will next year have instore for us? Well motorsport safety never stops, and we are heavily involved in it at so many levels. We can only guess at what next year will look like. We know, however, that we will be busy making fire extinguishers for club racing, personal use and every kind of motorsport right up to F1 and other top-level classes. We will also no doubt be at a few shows next year where we love to meet and greet customers and people who perhaps don’t know us as well, so we will hopefully see you soon!

Have an amazing Christmas from everyone at FEV!

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Verstappen – It’s a No for Ferrari and Other Comments!

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While Max Verstappen has been around for a while now, he is still young and arguably has the best racing years still ahead of him. His time at Red Bull has certainly been impressive, but 2020 will see him out of contract with the team. He may well choose to stay with Red Bull, a team that has been very good to him. At the moment though, discussions and rumours are circling on what he might do next.

Ferrari

Speaking on a Dutch TV channel, Verstappen said he would not move to Ferrari and race alongside his rival Charles Leclerc. The main reason he cited was that he felt it wasn’t a good idea for a team to have 2 number 1 drivers. It does seem wise for him not to be drawn into a PR fuelled head to head battle within a team, we all remember what a mess that can cause!

Mercedes

So, these recent comments about Ferrari then fuel the next question…how about Mercedes? If we take the logic of the Leclerc statement, it would seem obvious that it must be a no for running up against Hamilton who will clearly still be Mercedes No 1 in 2020. However, his comments are much vaguer on this subject. He said he hasn’t thought about it too much and ultimately it is down to the team to decide. This would suggest that he would be interested in moving to Mercedes and certainly doesn’t seem put off by battling Hamilton.

Anyone Could Do It…Almost

Verstappen has also suggested that while he agrees that Hamilton should be in the F1 top drivers of all time, it is important to understand how good the car has been. It has long been agreed that Mercedes have dominated the sport over recent years, and this is in no small part down to the cars. However, Max went a bit further and claimed 60% of the F1 grid could be world champ if they had Hamilton’s car. He also made it clear he would expect himself to count in that list.

You may or may not feel you belong on the list of people who could win if you had a Mercedes, but either way if you race and need advice on fire suppression or are looking for something unique for your car, then please get in touch with us at FEV today.

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Motorsport UK increasing investment but increasing costs

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Motorsport UK has just announced some new ideas to allow them to increase investment in motorsport in the UK. While we all love motorsport, there is a gradual decline in the number of people getting racing licences and a growing average age for participants so it is certainly a good time to invest. However, the money has to be raised from somewhere and there are some concerns about how this is being done.

Investment

The aims of the new plans are so there can be more promotion of motorsport events, more education and training as well as funding for new innovative ideas for future events. There are also plans to offer more to existing members of the organisation.

Price Changes

The actual structure has been changed with a new free RS Clubman Licence but some of the other licence fees have gone up. The International C licence is going up by £6, the National Licence is going up by £54 and the new Interclub licence is up £35.

Event Fees

While licence fees are an issue for some, the fees rises for events is certainly causing some worries for event organisers. There is a flat increase of £5 per entry at every event. This may not impact smaller clubs and events but when it comes to the larger ones they are claiming it could cost in the region of a five figure increase.

Motorsport UK have said they felt it was time to rebalance some of the economics of the sport in the UK. They suggested it was time to move the revenue growth away from competitors and place it on events instead. The concerns of others are based around claims that the extra money is being taken from people that have been running events and supporting British motorsport for many years.

Overview

It seems the general feeling is that an increase in licence fees is one thing and, considering the cost of motorsport in terms of running a car, £10-20 per year may not cause too many problems. But when it comes to the event fees it seems people are a lot less relaxed and have serious concerns for the profitability of some events at a time when attendances could be better.

At FEV, our team is passionate about supporting the motorsport industry, with a broad range of high quality fire safety systems for motorsport and track days. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for any queries.

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