NMOL, 4d-27, ford SREBS LA EE a1nyrewrnrres CAR SERVICING GOOD OR BAD? How good is your local garage at servi- . ¢lng your car? In most cases the answer is probably quite favourable, but | wonder on what basis that conclusion is reached. Is it, perhaps, because the man in charge is always very polite? Or because he can take in your car at very short notice, and hand it back the same day? Is it because the tar is returned washed at no obvious extra charge? Or is it be- cause you have every reason to be genuinely con- fident that the garage concerned really does look after the vehicle and keep it in prime condition? If it's the latter, then you are lucky. Not be- cause the majority of gar- -ages in Cyprus are no good, Indeed, the general standard appears to be quite high although | confess | have no statis- tics to back up that as- sumption. {it's safer to . raach such a conclusion without evidence than the. oppositel) Oversight! The reason | wonder about the standard of ser- vicing is the number of ve- hicles which are driven around without all the lights working. Any servi- cing manual for a vehicle States that even in the most minor service, the lights should be checked to make certain they are operating properly. So what is happening? Now | know not ail the garages carry out proper checks, because a friend who was suspi- cious removed . three bulbs (or, tobe axact, one bulb and two connectors) and had his car returned in exactly the same condi- tion! The service manager, when confronted, apolo- gised and described it as a@ minor oversight”. Perhaps it was, But what would have hap- pened had the so-called “minor oversight” been related to the braking or steering system? Do it yourselt Obviously a police officer is mot going to no- tice a nut or bolt missing from those systems until the car is involved in a mishap, but surely they cannot be blind to the number of cars driving around with lights not working? Anyone who has done a reasonable amount of night driving (and with darkness com- ing earlier the trip home from the office is suffi- cient) will realise how many motorists should be buying bulbs. And if pas- Séngers, especially chil- dren, get bored, counting the offenders is an inter- esting way of passing the time. Checking your~own car takes only a few min- utes, but while you are doing that make Sure the glass of those “stop- lights, parking lights and indicators is the correct colour. | agree it bright- ens up a dull vehicle to have varying colours, but it is no fun to think a vehi- cle is approaching you and suddenly realise it is going the same way just becuse it has white tail- lights! AS for servicing the car, why not test your gar- age next time? If minor problems are not correct- ed because you have not reported them, start war- rying about bigger ones. If they have been, you will have added respect for the garage. President Travels By Bike President Gen. Mo- hammed Zia Ul Hag rode a bi- cycle fo his office to set a personal example of austerity and to promote energy con- servation this week. Zia, wearing his army peneral's uniform, rode the bicycle for two furlongs to get to his office, located in the outskirts of Rawalpindi, Twa members of his staff fol- lowed Zia, also on bicycles. Zia told elected muniei- pal representatives, that they should ride bicycles te purs- - their electorate to save Pakistan imports 85 per- cent of Its oll needs from the Middle East. Oil imports are expected to cost Pakistan 935 million dollars during 1980, which is nearly half the na- tlon’s annual foreign exhange earnings.{AP] Watkins _ Glen Grand Prix in jeopardy “Al best there is only a 50-50 chance that there will bo a U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen next year, according to the fone U.S. fepreseaniative on thé body which controls For- mula One racing. Thomas Binford, chief steward at the Indi- annapolis 500 for the fast six years and President of the Automobile Competi- tion Gammittee for the U- nitéd States, said by telephone from Ais Indi- anapolis, Indiana, office ‘hat he hopes to defend the Glen race at the excu- tive committee meeting (next month) in Paris of the Federation Intarna- tionale du Sport Automo- bile (FISA). Binford said he had confirmed “to my satis- faction” that FISAS 12- member Formula One commission met secratiy Jast week and voted unan- imously to end Formula One racing at the Glen. That recommendation must be approved by the FISA éxecutive commit- tee, however. “Pim rot very optimis- tie,” Binford said. “I have stil not been told any- thing officially by FISA, It would have been approp- riale for them to have not- ified us that the matter would be discussed, but they didn’t. (APJ 6 CYPRUS USED FOR ' NEW OPEL TESTS Jochi Klient, one of the top drivers in the Cyprus Rally earlier this year, has returned to test out a new car. He chose the island because of the perfect road conditions, or rather because this was the best place to find some of the roughest and toughest surfaces through it's paces. “The vehicle is an Opel 400, valued” at about £20,000. In the Cy- prus Rally he drove a Group Two car, with a two-litre 185 hp engine. The new model is much more powerful with a 240 hp engine with 16 valves, and scheduled for Group ‘Four. Opel concentrated, with great success, on the European Ghampion- ships this year, but are on which to put the car now going for the World Championships. Opel main agent, Geo, Pavlides, provided his Nicosia garage for the test taam to make re- Pairs and modifications to the vehicle. Among the tests that have been carried out with Jochi at the wheel, and a team of four ex- perts backing him, are the suspension and chassis strength. Explained chief me- chanic, Erich Koch: “In a sense, we have been at- tempting to see how hard we can push the car before any of the compo- nents fail. “This Is much more technical than perhaps one imagines. We carry out temperture tests on the engine and rear axle, and test the carburettors to see what differences occur at altitudes of over a thousand feet and at sea level.” Added Erich: “Gy- prus is ideal. Ifs small but has a great variety of road surfaces, as well as areas at sea level and in the mountains. And let's face it, if the car survives the roads here, we needn't worry about the rest of the world too much! ELECTRONIC BREATH TEST The accuracy of this new British breath testing device— seen here during a trial demonstration— will Save both police and public time by redu- cing the number of mo- torists who have to take a blood or urine test af- ter failing a breath test. it is also the first elec- tronic testing device to be approved by the British Government for police usa, The Alcometer SL2 expels the first two litres of breath taken into the mouthpiece before taking a sample. This eliminates alcohol in the mouth giv- ing a test result which closely reflects the level of alcohol in the blood. The two breath test methods currently used require the motorist to blow into a plastic bag through a mouthpiece containing crystals which change colour when in contact with alcohol. About one in six mo- torists who fail this test and are then subsequent- ly given a blood or urine test are found to have less than the lagal limit. The new method will not replace the crystal- based tests but will be used as an alternative.