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Re: Dead Horses

>In message <v01550101af102cae3ec8@[]> dmiller@iea.com (Doug
>Miller) writes:
>> I'd pay up to $300 for optional Euro lights on a new car here in the States
>> if it was a factory option.  Ditto for dashboard adjustable systems, and
>> ditto for rear fog lamps.  Instead, I resort to all manner of custom
>> harnesses, auxiliary lamps, and finding sneaky ways to obtain European
>> lamps.
>This never occured to me before.
>But it's a fact that, in all of the slides I have taken of the Annual General
>Meetings, Coy's, the Woburn event with the Sport quattro Club, etc., not _ONE_
>of the cars I've captured on film has additional accessory lighting mounted on
>the front.  Not one.
>What would be the result of assembling 200+ USA-based ur-quattros together?
> Phil Payne
> phil@sievers.com
> Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club

Wow, that's an interesting observation. Having traveled throughout Europe,
I can say that the conditions you drive under there are more demanding at
night from a structural (fewer streetlamps, narrower roads, larger % of two
lane roads) standpoint.  But the structural advantages we enjoy in the US
are largely offset by the incredible glare of oncoming traffic we simply
tolerate.  US lamps produce *far* more glare (light where it doesn't
belong).  Nobody who has had the pleasure of night driving on a European
two laner with an oncoming line of cars whose headlamps simply look like
glowing glass globes could possibly disagree.  Someday the US will adopt
the EC standards, but not until the dull witted US headlamp makers have had
several more years of protection and profits........:-(

Just my 0.02..

I just completed installing upgraded bulbs in our 3 week old 97A6 QWagon.
A report on the effectiveness will follow after a couple days of

Doug Miller
97A6Q Wagon, 93 LandCruiser w/diff locks (and well used skidplates), 71
LeMans Sport V8 Convertible.