Each week, the BBC Autos editors will select their favourite transport-related news stories, features and videos from around the web. With the election of Donald Trump as the next US president, much of the news — including autos and transportation news — was decidedly political in nature:
US President-elect Donald Trump has quite the collection of automobiles, which he can never drive. You see, US presidents and former presidents are not allowed to drive on public roads, meaning they’re dependent on the Secret Service to cart them around. Same goes for vice presidents, though current Vice President Joe Biden managed to get behind the wheel of his beloved 1967 Corvette for an upcoming episode of Jay Leno’s Garage by driving on secured government roads.
So what won’t the next US president be driving any time soon? The lengthy list includes his 2003 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud (reportedly one of the first cars Trump ever owned), a 2011 Chevy Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car and a 24-Karat Gold Orange County Chopper, according to Gearheads.com.
Melania Trump’s Air Force One
Air Force One may be the US president’s personal plane, but it’s the first lady who gets to decorate the interior however she sees fit. Ron Wagner — United States Air Force pilot in the presidential wing at Andrews Air Force Base in the state of Maryland — shared his knowledge of the presidential plane in a recent Quora column. In it, he divulges details about past first ladies’ picks for carpeting, crystal, cutlery and paint colour. It is yet to be determined whether Melania Trump will overhaul the interior design of the aircraft or simply follow Michelle Obama’s lead.
Emma Watson’s underground book club
Harry Potter star and women’s rights activist Emma Watson sneaked around the London Underground last week, leaving in her wake a breadcrumb trail of reading material. On Wednesday, the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador picked up where she left off, but on the other side of the pond. Watson, who runs “Our Shared Shelf”, a global feminist book club, announced Wednesday on Twitter that she would be hiding copies of Mom & Me & Mom, Maya Angelou’s autobiography, throughout the New York City subway system.
Want a one-way ticket to Canada? Get in line
Travel search engines saw a surge in searches for one-way flights from the US to Canada on Election Day. Forbes reports a spike in searches Tuesday afternoon, a rapid decline, followed by another spike late Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning. “Cheapflights.com reported more than 1,000% increase in one-way tickets to Canada,” according to the Forbes piece. Booking a flight to Canada is the easy part. Moving to Canada, however, is quite difficult, as the Washington Post points out. Still, there are other options for those desperately seeking to escape the US. TrumpingShip.com randomly generates a destination and provides information about each location’s respective immigration process, as well as a direct link to purchase one-way tickets.
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