Famous Fords on Film Come Together in London

Tuesday October 18th, 2011 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

Ford Anglia 105E and 6-wheel Ford badged FAB1Five of Ford’s most memorable vehicles to feature on film and television have been brought together at Elstree Studios, London to celebrate 100 years of Ford of Britain.

The Ford Anglia 105E from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, lined up alongside the pink FAB1 from Thunderbirds, James Bond’s Ford Mondeo from the 2007 film Casino Royale, a Ford Granada as seen in The Sweeney TV series and Dr Who’s yellow Edwardian vintage car.

One of the most watched vehicles in film history is the turquoise Ford Anglia 105E seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

“I’d been involved with Ford Anglia clubs for 30 years when I was asked by the film makers to provide a car for the movie,” said owner John Colyer. “After that it just took off and I ended up supplying around 15.”

One of the most eye-catching vehicles at Elstree was the six-wheel Ford-badged FAB1, that starred in the 2004 live action film Thunderbirds. Famous for its multi-function ability on the road and in the air, FAB1 is, of course, road-legal and fully operational.

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The New 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupé Photo Gallery

Friday October 7th, 2011 at 12:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe

New photos of the 3rd generation 2012 BMW  6 Series Coupe have been released. The BMW 6 Series Coupé features a sweeping coupé roofline while the long hood, short over-hangs, set-back passenger compartment with Hofmeister kink, long wheelbase and flat waistline embody the typical proportions of a BMW coupé more than any other model. Its now traditional BMW “shark nose”, with a large, forward-slanted BMW kidney grille, broad air intakes, wide, contoured bonnet and muscular wheel arches, allude to the powerful engine beneath. Inspired by the movement of water, the fluid lines of the car combine with the subtly curved surfaces to create a look of athletic elegance, which together with the 74mm increase in length and 5mm lower height creates a powerful stance.

Two BMW turbocharged engines, a newly developed chassis and a host of class-leading driver assistance technology ensure that the new BMW 6 Series Coupé is full of substance, while interior space and comfort have been enhanced.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata Essential Buyer’s Guide

Thursday October 6th, 2011 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

Mazda MX-5 Miata (Mk1 1989-1997 & Mk2 1998-2001) – The Essential Buyer’s Guide by Carla Crook

The iconic Mazda Miata has been around for 22 years offering a true, top-down, sports car experience. With its 50/50 weight distribution, nimble handling, and simplistic approach to engineering, the Miata MX-5 is inexpensive, easy to maintain, and fun to drive.

Now available is the Essential Buyer’s Guide for the Mk1 (1989 – 1997) and Mk2 (1998 – 2001) generations of the Miata MX-5. The MX-5 is a true testament to itself as the ‘world’s best-selling sports car,’ and with the earlier MkI and MkII available for modest prices, it is the perfect choice as a fun and enjoyable daily driver, a weekend track car, or a project base for a kit car. This book will help you get the MX-5 of your dreams.

Key points about the book:

  • Like having a real marque expert at your side – benefit from years of real ownership experience
  • Coverage of the MX-5 (Miata/Eunos Roadster) 1989 – 2001 models including special, limited editions and desirable upgrades
  • Where and how to buy an MX-5
  • Advice on choosing the right model and condition, including those with modifications
  • Key checks – how to spot a bad car quickly
  • Comprehensive inspection guide with unique scoring system
  • In-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses
  • Key technical specifications
  • Photo illustrations of the important areas to check and foibles to be aware of
  • Details of clubs, forums, suppliers and specialists dedicated to the MX-5
  • MSRP $19.95

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Interview With Sony Playstation GT Academy Winner Bryan Heitkotter

Monday October 3rd, 2011 at 1:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

A.M. Performance Nismo 370Z cars 05 and 04 (©) Carmen Lynaugh

Have you ever dreamed of racing wheel-to-wheel against the pros? That dream became a reality for Bryan Heitkotter, winner of the Sony Playstation GT Academy contest of America. Bryan was awarded the opportunity to train and race with real professional race car drivers at the GT Academy driver development program after beating over 58,000 contestants.

After three months of intense training at Silverstone and competing in several events in Europe and the U.S. to earn his international racing license, Bryan was entered in the biggest race of his short career as a pro race car driver – the GRAND AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, co-driving a Nismo 370Z with Ryan Dalziel for A.M. Performance. Nervous and excited at the same time, Bryan proved he could compete alongside with more seasoned drivers by qualifying for the 12th position in a field of 71 cars — less than 8 tenths of a second behind the pole position.

In-between practice sessions and qualifying, I threw some questions at Bryan to learn more about this seasoned gamer turned race car prodigy.

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Pebble Beach Concours – Mercedes-Benz celebrates 125 years

Tuesday August 23rd, 2011 at 10:88 PM
Posted by: AKramer

1939 Mercedes-B​enz Silver Arrow (W-154)

Mercedes-Benz is celebrating its 125 year anniversary this year, which not coincidentally also happens to be the 125th anniversary of the automobile. It was 1886 when Carl Benz filed a patent application for his three-wheeled motor car and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Pebble Beach Concours – 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe

Tuesday August 23rd, 2011 at 11:88 AM
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2012 MINI Cooper S Coupe

On display at the MINI booth at this year’s Concours d’Elegance is the 2012 MINI Cooper Coupe, MINI’s new 2-seater that looks to inject even more driving fun into the MINI line-up. The Coupe becomes the fastest MINI available and purports to offer even more agile handling than the already nimble Cooper.

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Pebble Beach Concours – Lotus Evora GTE Concept and Exige S Matte Black Final Edition

Saturday August 20th, 2011 at 4:88 PM
Posted by: Derek

Lotus Evora GTE

On display in the Lotus booth at this year’s Pebble Beach d’Elegance event held in Carmel, California is the Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept making its world premiere. Lotus has a goal of being successful in the new global motorsport GTE category, which includes the infamous 24 Hours of Le Mans and built the Lotus Evora GTE race car for the competition series. For the civilized folk who do not have a racing license, Lotus built the Evora GTE Road Car Concept with some serious intentions.

The Evora GTE Road Car Concept is motivated by a 420 hp supercharged 3.5-liter V6 race developed engine that sends it power through a sequential AMT racing gearbox.

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Pebble Beach Concours – Infiniti Announces IPL G Convertible

Saturday August 20th, 2011 at 2:88 PM
Posted by: Derek

Infiniti IPL G Convertible

More than just focusing on engine power and acceleration, the Infiniti Performance Line, or IPL, product design philosophy focuses on “total vehicle performance,” including unique driving attributes and exclusive exterior and interior features.

Announced today at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show in California, made by Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore, the addition of a new 2013 IPL G Convertible to the Infiniti Performance Line model lineup. The IPL G Convertible Concept features unique aerodynamic styling, the dynamic performance of an IPL-tuned V6, exhaust and suspension, 19-inch IPL aluminum-alloy wheels, three-piece retractable hardtop and a unique red leather-appointed interior set against a Malbec Black exterior – a level of equipment and performance modification expected to be shared with the production IPL G Convertible.

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Pebble Beach Concours – Cadillac Ciel Concept

Saturday August 20th, 2011 at 12:88 PM
Posted by: Derek

Cadillac Ciel Concept

Cadillac unveiled the Ciel Concept at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held in Carmel, CA. Using the French word for sky, the Ciel (pronounced C-L) is an open-air, touring concept inspired by the natural beauty of scenic California coast.

The large touring chassis of Ciel explores themes driving Cadillac’s explorations into range-topping flagship luxury. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter Direct Injection V-6 engine, paired with a hybrid system using lithium-ion battery technology.

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Pebble Beach Concours – Infiniti JX Concept Unveiled

Thursday August 18th, 2011 at 7:88 PM
Posted by: Derek

Infiniti JX Concept

Infiniti used the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event to premier their 7-passenger, luxury crossover concept, the Infiniti JX Concept. The JX Concept is designed to excel in three areas – interior flexibility and roominess, safety, and innovative luxury features. The JX Concept was unveiled by Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura prior to its display throughout the weekend’s activities at the famed Lodge at Pebble Beach.

The interior, for example, the production Infiniti JX will offer what is expected to be class-leading roominess, along with a 2nd row seat design that tilts and slides forward providing exceptionally easy 3rd row access.

An example of an innovative safety feature is the Backup Collision Intervention that helps the driver detect crossing objects behind the vehicle and, if necessary, engage the brakes to help avoid a collision when the transmission is engaged in reverse.

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