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Thursday, March 21, 2013

the Beast ~ US President's limo breakdowns at Israel - reason ?!?!?

Can you group : Júlio Baptista, Mark Creighton, Jimmie Foxx, Max Mirnyi, Brock Edward Lesner, Dan Severn,          Daigo Umehara, Manu Vatuvei, Calvin Abueva &…………….  Maruti follows a certain pattern… they have Swift Dezire – LXI,  VXI & ZXI ~ lower facility to fully loaded; similarly they have LDI, VDI, ZDI… ; the same pattern appears in other models also.   Those with X are petrol versions and D or Diesel versions………. most people put a sticker on their petrol tanks; yet at the Petrol bunk, one hurriedly tends to get down and tell the operator that it is only a petrol car and petrol needs to be filled in.

In terrestrial zoology, megafauna  refers to large or giant animals. The most common thresholds used are 45 kilograms (100 lb) or 100 kilograms (220 lb). This thus includes many species not popularly thought of as overly large, such as white-tailed deer and red kangaroo, and even humans. The land animals that we think as big and beastly are Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, rhinos and the like…

Putting the wrong fuel in our cars could occur simply by mistake ~ it can cause terrific trouble and the most basic piece of advice to give or remember is, do not switch on your ignition. The further the fuel is pumped into the engine the more expensive the repair will be. First petrol in a Diesel engine :  the  first engine component to be damaged will be the fuel pump. Diesel fuel pumps require more lubrication than a petrol pump. The diesel pumps are lubricated by the diesel fuel itself, when petrol is mixed with diesel it acts like a solvent and this reduces lubrication. The overall effect is that the metal components of the pump will rub together causing the parts to wear and become damaged very quickly. Other parts of the pump such as seals may also be damaged due to the incompatibility with petrol. More troublesome could be filling diesel to a petrol engine vehicle.  Unlike petrol,  diesel fuel doesn't evaporate.  The fuel injectors in your engine would inject the diesel fuel into the engine's cylinders. The spark plugs would fire, but nothing would happen after that. Because the diesel fuel doesn't evaporate very well, the spark plugs would have nothing to ignite, and the engine would never start.

When Govt heads visit other countries, lot of preparatory work and lot of intelligence work takes place.  Nothing is left to chance ~ most Head of the States travel in their own vehicle and their limousines travel by air preceding them.  In US, the  Presidential state car is the official state car used by the President of the United States. A variety of vehicles have both officially and unofficially been acknowledged as the presidential vehicle.  The most recent vehicle to be customized as the presidential car is a Chevrolet Kodiak-based, Cadillac-badged limousine often referred to as Cadillac One  as also ‘The Beast’.
US President Barack Obama is on his historical trip to Israel ~ the whole World is closely observing the development, hearing the speech of the leader and following them.   During the meticulously planned trip, can you imagine, the US President's $1.5m 'Beast' breaking down and had to be  towed away in a recovery vehicle………… and can you imagine the reason !!!

Daily Mail and other papers report that President Barack Obama's historic visit to Israel had an embarrassing setback when his armored limo broke down on the way to the airport.  The custom General Motors Cadillac limo was relegated to a pick up truck  because  the driver had accidentally put gas in the tank instead of diesel. The 18-foot car has an tank that holds 6.5 liters of diesel, and does not work when given gas.  Following that silly mistake, the President was forced to use the second vehicle that they brought over from the U.S.

President Obama arrived in Israel on 20th Mar 2013 for his first official trip to the region as President and his car could not ferry him from the airport.  The car itself had to be put on the back of a flatbed truck. The United States Secret Service put out a statement about the incident, saying that it was a situation where it pays for them to be prepared.  'One of our protective vehicles experienced mechanical problems in Israel earlier today. This is why we bring multiple vehicles and a mechanic on all trips,' said Edwin Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service.  

President Obama however continued his trip with his  first stop at Israeli President Shimon Peres' house, and after planting a ceremonial tree and giving brief scripted remarks, he drove off in an armored limo.  The 18-foot Cadillac limo is made with military-grade armor that is at least five-inches thick and developed out of a combination of steel, aluminum, titanium and ceramic.  It comes equipped to take on almost anything, as it is armed with its own tear gas cannons, pump-action shotguns.  The most unusual accessory in this seven-person vehicle is the on board bottles of the President's blood in case he needs a transfusion on the road.

According to reports  the President has a 600-person entourage, and they l occupy all 233 rooms in the King David Hotel during their stay.  Israel is looking for the United States to take a firm stance against Iran and their fledgling nuclear program as it is seen as the biggest threat to the Jewish state. In what is Mr Obama's first trip to Israel as President, he is expected to reassure America's top ally in the region that the country is still high on his agenda, and a number of public events are supposed to help reassure a nervous Israeli public. Mr Obama will finish his Middle East trip with a 24-hour stop in Jordan, an important US ally, where his focus will be on the violence in Syria.

Now getting back to putting wrong fuel, some automobile experts say that in foreign countries – this may not easily happen in cars manufactured in the last 25 years or so as  there's a plate under the gas cap that prevents anything but the small unleaded-gasoline nozzle from fitting into the tank. When unleaded gasoline first appeared, this plate helped to prevent drivers from putting the leaded gasoline nozzle in -- the unleaded and leaded nozzles were different sizes. The diesel nozzle is even bigger than leaded nozzles were, so it would never fit in the gas tank of most cars.  Not sure, how the position is in Indian cars. 

In case you still remember and want to know the grouping of those named in the first para ~ they are all nicknamed ‘the beast’. Júlio César Clemente Baptista is a Brazilian footballer; Brock Edward Lesnar is an American professional wrestler, actor, former mixed martial artist,professional football player and amateur wrestler, signed with WWE; Max Mirnyi  is a professional tennis player from Belarus.

with regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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