RUSSIA PROPOSES BUILDING HIGHWAY CONNECTING LONDON TO NEW YORK

RUSSIA PROPOSES BUILDING HIGHWAY CONNECTING LONDON TO NEW YORK

Russia has proposed a massive trans-Siberian highway that would begin in western Russia and cross the Bering Sea into Alaska. This would in effect create a superhighway connecting London with New York, according to the Siberian Times.Yes, there is a newspaper called the Siberian Times and it’s in English.

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OUR HUMBLE OPINION: WINNERS & LOSERS AT NEW YORK CAR SHOW

OUR HUMBLE OPINION: WINNERS & LOSERS AT NEW YORK CAR SHOW

The New York Car Show is the largest car show in North America, and this year was filled with some surprise debuts.  Legendary Car Guy tells you who were showstoppers and who should have stopped before showing up!

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$7,000 E-BIKE HELPS COPS FIND IT AND THIEF WHO STOLE IT

$7,000 E-BIKE HELPS COPS FIND IT AND THIEF WHO STOLE IT

Oh No! My new Swiss-made $7,000 bike that I just picked up was just ripped off.  Oh Crap! I didn’t even have time to set it up!  Oh Thank You! I got it back within two hours and the thief said he was thankful for the experience!

WIRED Magazine reports a guy (we’ll call him ‘Bill Kiriakism‘) picked up his brand new Stromer ST2 E-Bike (electronic bicycle) in San Francisco while driving to work. He had been waiting months for this Swiss made bike to arrive. It was cable locked to the roof of his car, he would only be an hour or two in the office. Read more…

HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE TO FALL THROUGH THE EARTH?

HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE TO FALL THROUGH THE EARTH?

ANSWER: 42 minutes. So, imagine you were standing before a hole, a very deep hole, that penetrated through the earth to the other side. Suppose you dove into that hole. You would arrive on the other side of the earth in 42 minutes.

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WHAT IS JEREMY CLARKSON DOING RIGHT NOW?

WHAT IS JEREMY CLARKSON DOING RIGHT NOW?

Photograph Credit: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

As of this writing (April 2), Jeremy Clarkson‘s last tweet was March 25. This was before the FINAL VERDICT from BBC was handed down.

Within the past few days, the chastened Top Gear star has apparently agreed to become the latest celebrity get behind saving the planet.

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ANDREWS COLLECTION UP FOR GRABS MAY 2… IT WILL HOIST YOU OFF YOUR FEET!

ANDREWS COLLECTION UP FOR GRABS MAY 2… IT WILL HOIST YOU OFF YOUR FEET!

A cutaway 1965 Corvette? You need one, dude!

And you can bid on it on May 2, at the RM auction in Fort Worth. You can also bid on 75 other cars from the Andrews Collection, including Duesenbergs, a Cunningham, some one-off Packards and a 1963 Shelby 289 – the very first Cobra racing car sold to the public.

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HOW FORD IS BRINGING LINCOLN CONTINENTAL BACK TO LIFE!

HOW FORD IS BRINGING LINCOLN CONTINENTAL BACK TO LIFE!

Among all the initiatives Ford has been trotting out, none is more interesting than their leap into the lap of luxury. Or at least resurrecting American Grandeur.

This week at the New York Car Show, Ford is introducing a Lincoln Continental Concept. This is one concept that appears to already have been given the green flag for 2017 model year.

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AUCTION RECORD SET FOR A MOTORCYCLE: 1915 CYCLONE

AUCTION RECORD SET FOR A MOTORCYCLE: 1915 CYCLONE

Mecum just concluded their auction of E.J. Cole’s Collection in Las Vegas. It was a barnstormer! Story told on Cycle World is that old man Cole tortured ardent suitors for any part of his collection by making ever more impossible $$ demands. Then one day, he directed Mecum to sell ’em all to see what they would fetch.

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CLASSIC CAR CLUB MOVES START DATE BACK

CLASSIC CAR CLUB MOVES START DATE BACK

It used to be your car had to be from 1925 until 1948 to even be considered for “Full Classic” status in the august Classic Car Club of America. The CCCA will now recognize a select group of cars dating back as far as 1915.

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TOP GEAR STAR GETS HEAVE-HO FROM BBC

TOP GEAR STAR GETS HEAVE-HO FROM BBC

The UK’s Telegraph reports that Lord Tony Hall, the director-general of the BBC, has terminated Jeremy Clarkson for his assault on producer Oisin Tymon after a day’s filming an episode of Top Gear.  Positively terminated.

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TOP GEAR HOST JUST LIKE REST OF US?

TOP GEAR HOST JUST LIKE REST OF US?

Jeremy Clarkson is like any other 50-something: angst-ridden from damaged relationships, grieving loved ones, irritated by work-related issues, and battling inner demons,” explains Piers Morgan in a column in the UK’s Sunday’s Mail.

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*AUTOMOTIVE-ART PUBLISHER* CHASES CHRYSLER

*AUTOMOTIVE-ART PUBLISHER* CHASES CHRYSLER

The publisher of Automotive-Art is preparing an offer to purchase the assets of the company formerly known as Chrysler from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

“Timing could be just right,” admitted a mergers consultant who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for either party. “There have been some unusual decisions made lately that might temporarily depress Chrysler’s valuation, and make it a great value!”

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YOU JUST KNEW THIS WAS COMING:  AN ALL NEW *1964 1/2 MUSTANG*!

YOU JUST KNEW THIS WAS COMING: AN ALL NEW *1964 1/2 MUSTANG*!

When you heard about gene-splicing and cloning healthy body parts, you just knew it was a matter of time. More thrilling than Juraissic Park! Well, here’s the retromod of your dreams.

Revology Cars is building a 1964 – 66 Mustang – from the ground-up – with today’s superior materials and filled with today’s technology and doodads.  You can drive a head-turning iconic car of the ages… and get directions whispered from your dashboard.

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WHY WON’T DODGE SELL YOU A HELLCAT?

WHY WON’T DODGE SELL YOU A HELLCAT?

Doesn’t supply rise to meet demand? Maybe not! Dodge has gotten so many orders for its stable of 707-horsepower Hellcats that it’s giving up the race to keep supply rising to demand.

According to Mr. Incognito at Chrysler: “Due to unprecedented demand for the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats, we are temporarily restricting orders while we validate current orders that are in the system.”  That quote has raised some eyebrows at the Detroit Free Press.

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LACK OF CONFIDENCE IS NOT SOMETHING HENRIK FISKER SUFFERS FROM

LACK OF CONFIDENCE IS NOT SOMETHING HENRIK FISKER SUFFERS FROM

UPDATE MARCH 26, 2014: Aston Martin filed a lawsuit against Henrik Fisker alleging infringements & hurt feelings by “Project Thunderbolt”.  In light of this unpleasantness, Mr. Fisker has abandoned the Thunderbolt project.

Design master, Henrik Fisker, chose the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance to show off his “improvisation” on an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. It’s called “the Thunderbolt”.

This latest design makeover shows Fisker hasn’t lost confidence from the setbacks with his Fisker Karma. It takes a lot of grit to shake yourself off after a failed investment of heart and soul… and get back on the horse. <said sincerely>

Henrik Fisker can bring his success in designing premium cars like the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, Artega GT and BMW Z8 to the Thunderbolt. Read more…

NEVER IN DOUBT: HAMILTON TAKES AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

NEVER IN DOUBT: HAMILTON TAKES AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

Hamilton on way to victory in Australian Grand Prix.  Image Credit: WILLIAM WEST via Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes-AMG Petronas is the winner in Australia. His performance was flawless as it needed to be and as you would expect from a world champion. Teammate Nico Rosberg was second and Vettel in the new & improved Ferrari arrived in third.

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CHAMPAGNE FOR EVERYONE: AUCTIONEERS AT AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS GET BUBBLY!

CHAMPAGNE FOR EVERYONE: AUCTIONEERS AT AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS GET BUBBLY!

Friday, March 13: The world’s biggest and busiest automotive auction companies have shown up at the Amelia Island Concours to do some business. It’s running through Sunday. This was Bonhams’inaugural auction here.

The highlighted 1912 Peerless Model 60 Runabout went for $440,000. It boasts the largest engine ever fitted to an American production car. Maybe not a boast it can still claim at 824ci.

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Wild Police Chase of Motorcycle in British Columbia – What’s the bike?

Wild Police Chase of Motorcycle in British Columbia – What’s the bike?

Bike chase in Surrey British Columbia

Just posted by LiveLeak is a wild (*must-see*) police chase of a motorcyclist in Surrey, British Columbia. Ok, you may be a little shaky on where British Columbia is (in Canada, all the way to the left). But this bike chase will drop your jaw.

The fugitive – who gets away! – makes a major detour through a shopping mall. Watch shoppers mentally process what is going on and decide to leap away.

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JEREMY CLARKSON SUSPENDED FROM TOP GEAR

JEREMY CLARKSON SUSPENDED FROM TOP GEAR

BBC reports they have suspended their star host on Top Gear for engaging in a “fracas”. Definitely no show this weekend, and rumor has it that the rest of the season (2 more shows) have been canned.

Rumor has it that Clarkson “clocked” a producer. No reason has been advanced for why the 6’5″ host would take a swing.

Update: Over 500,000 people – and that’s a lot of car guys – have signed a petition to restore Jeremy to Top Gear. Watch petition accumulation HERE.  

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JIM HALL’S SON READY TO DRIVE DAD’S CHAPARRAL AT SEBRING

JIM HALL’S SON READY TO DRIVE DAD’S CHAPARRAL AT SEBRING

Jim Hall is a Texan and hall of fame *wildcatter* in the racing car fields. Now 76 years old, he is the famed builder of the winged Chaparral race cars, a former Indy-car owner, pioneering aerodynamicist, and wayback in the day even an F1 driver for Lotus.

Hall’s Chaparral series of cars, whether prototypes or Indy cars, were so outside of the box, many of his designs ended up being banned. Too revolutionary!  Read more…

HEY! WAS OUR INVITATION LOST IN THE MAIL?

HEY! WAS OUR INVITATION LOST IN THE MAIL?

Legendary Car Guy did not receive invitation to the 2015 Ferrari of Newport Beach Annual Appreciation Dinner. [Feb. 9 – weather beyond miserable everywhere but here: 72 degrees]

200 guests arrived in 80+ Ferrari at Mastro’s Ocean Club off PCH in Newport Beach [temp at 72 degrees with caressing breeze]. Absolutely perfect occasion to take out your Ferrari! [Had to be purchased in 2014 to be invited.. if I read small print correctly] While you swaggered to the front door, you walked past a pair of LaFerrari, an Enzo, an F40, a handful of 458 Speciale, California, California T, F12, 458 Coupe and Spider, FF, F430 Spider and a 360 Spider.

Dinner, conversation and conviviality was sumptuous we hear. Click on Ferrari Fiesta to checkout how cool owning a Ferrari can be.

OUR TOP FIVE HIGHLY OPINIONATED CHOICES AT GENEVA AUTO SHOW

OUR TOP FIVE HIGHLY OPINIONATED CHOICES AT GENEVA AUTO SHOW

This year’s Geneva Auto Show offers more swagger than strudel! Manufacturers asked themselves: how super-duper can my supercar be? How showstopping can I make my halo car? We propose the following 5 car debuts as the most winning. Although we’re quick to point out, there were no losers.

Aston Martin Vulcan: “world’s most beautiful flamethrower…”

That’s what AUTOBLOG’s Brandon Turkus called the Vulcan! See glorious pix above. Read more…

The Tale of the Five Camaros

The Tale of the Five Camaros

(1967 – 1969) I EAT WHAT I WANT!

In the beginning there was a swelling personal coupe market and yet it was also muscle car era! 1st Gen: your choice between 2 Chevy inline-six engines. at a minimum 140 hp. Or you could pump up to a range of V-8s, ranging from 200 hp in the Small Block to 375 hp in the 396 Big Block. Or you could put in a special order for the COPO options, and get a 427 cubic inch heavy breather.

(1970 – 1981) THEY TOOK MY MOJO AWAY

2nd Gen took the full bore of the Arab oil embargo with its regulatory changes like unleaded fuel and stranglehold on fuel economy. Engine compression, horsepower and torque were sacrificed.

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“DON’T SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE, SEE THINGS AS THEY CAN BE”

“DON’T SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE, SEE THINGS AS THEY CAN BE”

YES! someone paid over $2 million for the 1949 Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport as you see it below. YES! a $ 1 million bid won the 1948 Talbot Lago T26, and YES! a 1947 Talbot Lago T26 fetched over $500K…  each in squalid and dilapidated condition.

(Paris) The Artcurial Retromobile auction of what remained of the supreme Baillon Collection ended February 6. Sixty classics of impeccable pedigree and execrable upkeep were put up for auction with no reserve.

Top dog (so to speak) was the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, which went for just a smidgen under $22 million. Making that Ferrari irresistible was the highly desirable covered headlights which even a pile of old soiled magazines could not hide buried in the shed it was discovered in.

Click to the Baillon Collection Results to mull over all the successful bids.