And so it was that later
As the mechanic told his tale
That the bug, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale
Air bags have been talked about and used since World War II when they were used in airplanes. Today, they are used liberally throughout cars. Here’s the science behind them:
The goal of an airbag is to slow the passenger’s forward motion as evenly as possible in a fraction of a second. There are three parts to an airbag that help to accomplish this feat:
- The bag itself is made of a thin, nylon fabric, which is folded into the steering wheel or dashboard or, more recently, the seat or door.
- The sensor is the device that tells the bag to inflate. Inflation happens when there is a collision force equal to running into a brick wall at 10 to 15 miles per hour (16 to 24 km per hour). A mechanical switch is flipped when there is a mass shift that closes an electrical contact, telling the sensors that a crash has occurred. The sensors receive information from an accelerometer built into a microchip.
- The airbag’s inflation system reacts sodium azide (NaN3) with potassium nitrate (KNO3) to produce nitrogen gas. Hot blasts of the nitrogen inflate the airbag.
Rather than worry about all that rubbish, this guy took the smart road and stuffed the cabin with cardboard and foam mattresses. Problem solved!!
The ANOCSC crew can’t look two ways at the moment without seeing another bug hooning around the streets. This one is another great cruiser – bring on summertime!
No words needed.
There were a trail of hippies drooling behind this Kombi. Lowered; beautifully detailed; boards on the roof; immaculate paint job; venetians; the whole kit and kaboodle.
The ANOCSC crew voted this, hands down, the ultimate beach cruising bug. It’s two tone, it’s got mags and it’s got a sunroof. The only thing missing is the surf board bolted to the roof – which would kind of make the sunroof a little redundant… But, whatever, we love it and we want to drive it.
The ANOCSC crew celebrated Australia Day by getting out of the car and on to the deadly treadly. An early morning ride out to the Dandenongs, past the thousand steps, up and over the Devil’s elbow (mind the vicious leeches!), through leafy Tremont and up into Sassafras. We regrouped in Sassafras and then screamed back down the Mountain Highway (aka The 1 in 20) into The Basin. What a rush! On a dry day, it’s a great downhill to negotiate: there’s other riders (going both up and down); cars; motorbikes; dogs; nasty leeches; people; dirt patches; stones; you name it, it’s got it. It is a very exciting descent! Whilst consuming a well deserved cappuccino at our favourite coffee shop in The Basin, this 1975 VW Beetle smashed out a couple of very impressive hill runs by shooting up to Sassafras and back again without breaking a sweat. It had a bike in the back seat and it’s owner hanging on to the handlebars for dear life. A great morning was had by all; with only a minor amount of blood lost (note for next ride to the Dandenongs: avoid leeches). The ANOCSC social committee have already booked in this event for Australia Day 2017.
The ANOCSC crew jumped into the ANOCSC 1948 Land Rover to make our way into the middle of the Otway rainforest. We came across this Kombi bashing it’s way through the thickest and the toughest of the thick and the tough. There ain’t no stopping a Kombi once it’s on the go.
You can’t beat the original; and you can’t fake the emissions that are pumped into the atmosphere by this corker of a Kombi. If Volkswagen want to do-over the Kombi they will need to double the emissions that the dodgy software is not reporting – to come even close to the original.