Warning - an unusual
RV8 fire risk
A cautionary note from Lowell Smith from Yorkshire based
on an unexpected hot moment! (Oct 03)
Smith reports he recently attended a car show in Ripon and parked up in a line
other MGs with the sun behind the row. It was a bright sunny day so the top was
down. But in the early afternoon someone came running down the line of cars saying
"a green RV8 is on fire!!". Sure enough the passenger
seat was beginning to burn as a result of the passenger side vanity mirror being
left folded down. The mirror had focused the rays from the sun directly on the
centre panel of the seat resulting in a 2 inch burn through the leather! The seat
was a matter of seconds from an inferno.
comments that "had the car been left unattended in a parking lot or at
the kerb side, we could have had one less RV8 to worry about! I subsequently went
over to my car and was able to duplicate the effect immediately - with the back
of my hand on the centre panel of the seat, it only took a few seconds to inflict
a burn!. It's worth checking the visor is up when the RV8 is parked - particularly
as lady passengers often need the mirror to tidy up after a run in an open RV8!"
reserved by the V8 Register
you refer to RV8 Owner's Handbook you find they mention this risk:
To avoid possible scorching of the seats by the sun reflected
in the vanity mirror, always return the sun visor to its stowed position when
not in use.