Motorcycle champ fails licence test

Marcus Ambrose has had a strong year in Nascar despite a rich-list slide.Testing times

Former motorcycle world champion Wayne Gardner this week tweeted to his followers news that will give hope to anyone who has failed their driving test. It seems Gardner, who won the 1987 500cc world championship on two wheels and was pretty handy on four (he took pole at Bathurst in 2000), may not quite have got the hang of driving on the right-hand side of the road in his new digs on the Continent.

”Not a good start to our Christmas holidays as I just failed my first driving test in Spain. Santa please bring me a licence for Chrissy!” Gardner obviously got one of the few driving instructors in Spain who isn’t nuts about Moto GP.

Creative accounting?

AUSTRALIAN Nascar driver Marcos Ambrose has either got himself a great accountant or a lousy manager since the last BRW rich list for Australian sports people was compiled. Last year, Ambrose ranked sixth on the annual list with an estimated income of $4.5 million, up from $4.2 million in 2010 and down from $5.4 million in 2009.

This year, according to BRW, he slid down the ranks to 39th, with earnings of just $1.5 million. Now we know the Aussie dollar has been strong against the greenback, but we’re scratching our heads as to how he can make less money while winning the same amount of prizemoney. This year, he racked up $US4.7 million in prizemoney, with one win, three top fives and eight top-10 finishes. A quick scout around US sites suggests that he could collect as much as 45 per cent of those winnings, plus potential bonuses for top-five and top-10 finishes. Then there are personal endorsements and sponsorships to throw into the mix.

Perhaps the discrepancy has less to do with Ambrose’s accountant and more to do with BRW’s understanding of motor sport. They describe the Australian as ”V8 Supercar Series Rookie of the Year in 2001”. Would ”two-time V8 Supercar champion” be a better description perhaps?

Rolling in it

Ever felt jealous of a Rolls-Royce owner? Well, here’s a story that might even have you feeling sorry for one. Clayton Bespoke Rose Bay, a high-end car dealer in one of Sydney’s poshest suburbs, has a 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe advertised for the princely sum of $478,000. Well, princely if you’re looking to buy it, but pitiful if you happened to buy it new.

The RRP on a 2010 Phantom when it was released was $1.26 million. The car in question has just 13,000 kilometres on the clock, which is what the average motorist might clock up in a year. A quick play on the calculator spits out some pretty frightening depreciation statistics for the big Rolls. If $60-a-kilometre doesn’t make your eyes water, how about a conservative estimate of about $1000 a day? You might be better off commuting by helicopter.

A new leaf

And speaking of helicopters, or rather helicopter pilot-entrepreneurs, we received an email after our recent article about electric car sales tanking in Australia. The email, from a Mr Smith, a Nissan Leaf owner, read: ”I noticed your comments about the very low sales of the Nissan Leaf. I must be one of the few who purchased one. It is simply the best car I have ever had. I am presently installing some solar cells so I won’t be driving around with a misleading sticker on it – it presently says ”zero emissions”, but of course it’s plugged into a coal-powered generating station. It is incredibly quiet and quite a fantastic car. Again, it’s the best I have ever had. We will have the solar power unit installed this weekend … I am now waiting for a solar-powered helicopter.”

We notice Mr Smith, first name Dick, didn’t float the idea of an electric helicopter – now that would take range anxiety to new heights.

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