Speedster takes off 10 years - for awhile
Robert Hendry, chairman of Adam Opel AG, says there's a bit of the mythical Fountain of Youth in the extremely low-slung Opel Speedster. 'The Speedster is a great car,' he said late last month at the car's introduction in Albufeira, Portugal. 'You look at it and it makes you feel 10 years younger. Then you get in and drive it and you know you're 10 years younger. Then you go to climb out of it and suddenly you feel your age.'
FROM REGULATOR TO ADVOCATE - Jim Hall, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for more than six years, has left to head a new Washington, D.C., office for the law firm of Dillon, Hall & Lungershausen. It will deal with transportation-safety and crisis-management issues, usually for corporate clients. Hall had built a solid reputation, partly because he pressed automakers to do more to protect child passengers. Still, the move earned Hall a place on The Hoar List, a creation of safety consultant Ralph Hoar, who publicizes moves of federal safety officials into worlds they previously regulated.
STEAMED SCHREMPP - Juergen Schrempp of DaimlerChrysler appears to be tired of answering questions about his future. When a journalist asked in Stuttgart last week if Schrempp's job was in jeopardy, the visibly weary chairman snapped, 'Do you think I decide myself on my own job?'
TO BMW OR NOT TO BMW - The Creation Theater of Oxfordshire, England, was looking for a place to stage Hamlet, and BMW just happened to have some space available temporarily at its Cowley plant, home of the Mini. So, against a background of scrap metal and factory pallets, the show went on - with swell props. Sword fights were acted out with wrenches, and the king and queen of Denmark moved on and off stage in a BMW 7 series. Alas, poor Yorick's run is soon to end; the Mini takes center stage later this month, when BMW will need the space for production.