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Driving the future: how the global pandemic has changed transport forever



New survey reveals the impact of COVID-19 on transport and vehicle use, and points to a very different future for personal mobility:

   - 25% of drivers expect to use their car less after lockdown
   - 40% of motorbike users in large cities will use their vehicles more
   - 60% of commuters in large cities will rethink their public transport use
   - Gen-Z and Millennials leading the charge in adopting new modes of transport
   - Download the full report for free now

The way society views and uses public transport and personal vehicles has been altered drastically, with a dramatic fall in car use for rural areas and a major rise in the use of two-wheel transport, according to the results of a new survey published today.

With many commuters shunning the prospect of rail travel and season tickets, a marked reduction in road use outside cities and a shift towards remote working and home shopping, an overhaul of how the UK builds and manages transport and public mobility will be required.

The survey’s results show why investment in road, rail and new types of infrastructure will need to evolve to meet a change in priorities for the population, affecting car and technology manufacturers, as well as local authorities and central government.

Conducted by consumer and market insight agency 7th Sense Research UK, the survey shows the extent to which the public’s perception of transport has shifted over the last 12 months.

ergus McVey, 7th Sense Research UK Ltd. CEO, explained: “Major change should come as no surprise – even before lockdown – however, we found some surprising results which herald much deeper, long-term causes and effects than just COVID-19. From the inevitable shortfall in funding that rail operators will face due to a drastic fall in ticket sales, through to the willingness of Gen-Z to a look for alternative solutions, like it or not we are in the midst of a transport revolution.”

Published by advanced automotive communication agency loop, Driving the Future – #01 Transport Use is the first of three exclusive reports based on interviews with 3,000 transport users in the UK throughout June 2020. This new survey is the follow-up to a study conducted in the same period last year, and coincides with the impact of the global pandemic. The results provide key insight to the longer-term impact of COVID-19 on mobility, car ownership and the perception of transport going forward.

Available as three exclusive reports in July and August, the results of the survey provide clear messages for business working in the automotive and related sectors, and will prove invaluable for those developing new products and service, marketing and engaging with an audience and positioning a brand.

loop will be publishing the exclusive reports on the survey for free. Download the first report now


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By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


When Formula One moved from the 1.5 litre to three litre engine rules in 1966, South Africa led the way by introducing the new formula locally in 1965, a year earlier than the rest of the world.

Apart from enlarging the smaller engines to two-litres and bigger (which many teams opted for) the obvious choices for suitable cars were those built for the 2.5 litre Tasman formula (for a series of races in Australia and New Zealand). These cars, often powered by the ubiquitous Coventry Climax FPF four-cylinder engine, would do nicely, especially as the engine could easily be enlarged to 2.7 litres.

After campaigning his 1.5 litre Cooper T55 in 1964 and ’65 (with its engine enlarged to two litres) reigning SA champion John Love decided to purchase a far more competitive Cooper – the T79.

Only one T79 was built for Bruce McLaren who won the Australian GP and finished second in the ’65 Tasman Series with it. Love duly enlarged its Climax engine to 2.7 litres and repainted the car – which came in Bruce’s colours of white with a single green stripe – in Cooper “works” colours of green with twin white stripes.

Love added some subtle touches, such a rear spoiler to the engine cover. With this formidable car he dominated the SA F1 scene from August 1965, when it won on its SA debut at the Rand Winter Trophy race at Kyalami, to May 1967 when Love raced it (and won) for the last time at the Bulawayo 100.

The iconic racer took Love to three of his six SA championship titles; in 1965, ’66 and ’67.

Much has been written about the 1967 SA GP and how Love would have won had he not pitted for fuel. Love had fitted a small external auxiliary tank to ensure that the Cooper, designed for 100-mile Tasman races, would be able to complete the 80 lap, 200-mile GP. But sadly, with just seven laps to go, Love had to take on extra fuel.

Some reports claim the fuel pump failed to drain the last remaining fuel in the auxiliary tank, while others say the Climax engine, which had developed a slight misfire, was using more fuel than anticipated.

Whatever the case, Love surrendered the lead to the Cooper Maserati of Pedro Rodrigues. The result was a Cooper 1-2. It represented the last win for the marque in GP racing.

With Love upgrading to a Brabham Repco V8, the T79 was then raced by Rhodesian Gordon Littleford - who finished fourth in the 1967 Governor General’s Cup in Mozambique – and by Paul Hawkins who retired the car from the ‘67 Rhodesian GP in Kumalo.

The Cooper was also raced by saloon car ace Basil van Rooyen in the ’68 SA GP where the car retired with engine trouble and by Allen Harris who competed unsuccessfully in the ’68 Cape South Easter Trophy at Killarney.

The venerable Cooper then made its way to the UK where John McCartney raced it in sprints and Rob “Tiny” Littler competed with it in Formula Libre events. John Hardman contested Libre races and hillclimbs in the T79.

Subsequently, the car crossed the Atlantic to the US where John McCartney, Tony Podell and Joel Finn assumed ownership in succession.

Then a new owner, historic racing enthusiast Bob Woodward, entered the car in the prestigious Goodwood Revival in the UK in 2001 with former sports car driver Paul Edwards at the helm. The following year he invited multiple Indycar champion Bobby Rahal to compete at the famous Goodwood venue, after which the T79 was seldom seen or used in anger.

With Woodward in failing health (and sadly passing in 2017), ownership of the one-of-a-kind Cooper T79 moved to Swiss historic racer Michael Gans. He showcased it in the prestigious 2018 Monaco Historique race and the 2019 Silverstone Classic for pre-66 GP cars. Hopefully it will return – post-Covid-19 - in the next Monaco Historique scheduled for 2021.


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