Motoring Review: Eco Travel

Written by  //  February 26, 2011  //  drive  //  No comments

In a world of global warming, rising sea levels and sinking polar bears, we all need to think about alternative forms of travel. I know we all want to enjoy the aural delights and lung busting performance of Citroën 2CV’s and Renault 4′s but we need to take responsibility for the planet’s well being.

To my pleasant surprise one of our village neighbours has the ideal vehicle. Great driving position with excellent all round visibility (but a bugger to park, oddly enough), high ground clearance for off-roading, all hoof drive system for excellent traction and low fuel consumption (around 1 kg of carrots a day). But the emissions you don’t even want to think about.

Happy DonkeyYes, it’s obvious. Our neighbour has a Donkey Eeyore Gti. This beast offers open air driving pleasure I’ve not experienced since I punted a Fiat Punto Cabrio down the Old Kent Road. Or did I punto a Fiat Punted? I can’t remember. Anyway.

There are some drawbacks, naturally. It takes 10 times as long to get to the shops but you do get to have conversations with all sorts of folk on the way. You don’t experience the smell of Connolly leather, more  a musty whiff of something indescribable. And when it rains – you get wet. And the odour turns into something else altogether. Nasty.

Actually, stuff the polar bears. Throw ‘em life jackets. I need an Alfa Romeo 3.0 V6…………

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