& Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I love my 2005 Honda CR-V,
except for the dashboard. The numbers on the
radio, the digital clock and the odometer -
especially at night - are way too small and dark
for me to see clearly (black on gray). Squinting
doesnt help, and neither do bifocals. My
friend has a Honda Accord, and I can see HIS
dashboard just fine! Is it possible to get a
great dashboard panel, like the one in the
Accord, put into my CR-V? Then I would have
nearly the car of my dreams! - Shay
TOM: Keep dreaming, Shay. You
cant do a dashboard transplant. Even the
Cleveland Clinic would shy away from this
procedure. The pieces just dont fit.
RAY: The reason your dashboard
gauges are hard for you to read is that the CR-V
was originally designed by a team of young
engineers, for an audience of younger buyers.
Their first priority was utility.
TOM: The Accord, on the other
hand, is aimed at a broader swath of the buying
public, so the members of its design team over
age 40 made sure the instruments were easily
readable by folks of all ages.
RAY: But before you give up on
your CR-V, Shay, check a couple of things again.
First, get your eyes examined again. A set of
progressive lenses with the right correction
might make a difference. It works for me in
almost every car.
TOM: The other thing to check
is the intensity adjustment for your dashboard
lights. On most cars, the controller is located
on the dashboard to the left of the steering
wheel, or poking out of the instrument cluster
itself. Make sure its turned to its highest
setting. If its not, you might have set off
your "Argh, Im a geezer!" alarm
By Greg Zyla
Sponsored by Curry Automotive
Finish Still Riles Andretti
I attended the
Eastern Motorsport Press Association Convention
recently in Philadelphia and came away with lots
of interesting tidbits. Honored as Hall of Fame
inductees were David Pearson, winner of 105
NASCAR Cup races; DIRT Modified standout Bob
McCreadie; sprint-car racing legend Keith
Kauffman; and Pocono Raceway owners Joe and Rose
Mattioli. Harry Blaze, the Trenton, N.J., Evening
Times motorsports writer, and World of Outlaws
founder Ted Johnson were inducted posthumously.
accepted the T. Wayne Robertson "Newsmaker
of the Year" award, and stated that to this
day, he is still "not satisfied" with
his second-place finish at Indy.
"If we would
have come from fifth place and finished second, a
half-a-lap down to the leader, maybe we would
have been pleased," said Marco. "But
when you come off Turn 4 in the lead, and can see
the checkered flag, and get passed at the finish
line, second will never be accepted. We ended up
the first loser, and lost to a faster car."
As grandson of
motorsports legend Mario Andretti and son of
Michael, Marco scored one win and earned Rookie
of the Year honors in the Indy Racing League last
year. He feels new teammate Danica Patrick will
fit in with the team very well.