"Yeah, you win": Welham concedes defeat on Dacia
Breaking: DriveTribe's Dacia cult leader has just said he can't argue with the brand's hyped mediocrity anymore. Is this the end?
If you haven't read Gabriel Ionica's article chronicling how Dacia became Romania's dear own car brand - loved because there was nothing else to love - but which, in modern times, has degenerated to be "little more than celebrated mediocrity", then I suggest you check it out here:
From Romania's car brand to a shell of its former self, living in Renault's shadow
It's fantastically written, deeply passionate, and it finishes masterfully with the empirical claim that Dacia today may represent value - as the spiritless Corolla does - but is nothing to celebrate. It's a point all of us at the anti-Dacia movement have made, albeit less eloquently, and specifically to DriveTribe's most popular blockhead, Ben Welham. For reference, "celebrated mediocrity" wasn't a line native to Gabriel's missive.
Anyway, lo, in the comments-
Persuaded, or just bamboozled by fact? We don't know. This is me reaching him for comment. It doesn't matter though, at the end of the day - in our Dacia feud, I was never after reformation, I just wanted him to lose and sit down.
He's now had the grace to admit he has.
What to, from here? Perhaps this is the settling of Dacia to a more reasonable status on this world square of the petrolhead community - or, alternatively, we will see that more militant fringe of the Dacia enthusiasts oust Welham for the Dacia Owners Club leadership and take up the fight he's now bowed out of.