Update: Tesla response - Tesla Motors senior communications manager Rachel Konrad talks to David Bernstein on the Fredcast about James Martin. I'd like to point out that my opinion of Tesla Motors was really changed by Martin's review -- I think it's a very cool toy as far as expensive toys go. Rachel Konrad is a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and SF Critical Mass participant.
I see the Tesla Roadster electric sports car at their Menlo Park dealership on El Camnio Real during my morning commute.
I kind of used to think the Tesla Roadster electric sports car was kind of cool.
TV Chef James Martin reviewed the Tesla Roadster for the Daily Mail, however, and convinced me otherwise.
But I don't care about any of that [the great features of the Tesla Roadster], and here's why. Twenty minutes into my test drive I pulled round a leafy bend, enjoying the birdsong - and spotted those Spider-Man cyclists. Knowing they wouldn't hear me coming, I stepped on the gas, waited until the split second before I overtook them, then gave them an almighty blast on the horn at the exact same time I passed them at speed.
The look of sheer terror as they tottered into the hedge was the best thing I've ever seen in my rear-view mirror. I think this could be the car for me.
Read his review here. The reaction on Twitter and other social media sites has inundated James Martin's personal website, and the Daily Mail closed off comments to the article.
"And isn't this just another example of British humor?"
In some circles, a U-lock through the windscreen is considered quite humorous, and doubly so when it's a press car on loan for a short time. Then there's the hilariously humorous aspect of a cyclist catching up to the car at the next stop light, dragging that same sniveling motorist from his car kicking and screaming, tearing his head from his shoulders, and shitting down his neck. Well, the Visigoths loved it.
I gotta stop watching Conan the Barbarian every time it's on.
Subtitled "quiet as a bicycle" and followed by such appreciation and respect as "God, I hate those cyclists." Road hungry SUV drivers to be replaced by hybrid honkers? Oh my... let us know how your "title war" approach works. Jack