I’m pretty far from being a fan of the “green” movement of the last few years in the auto industry. With Chevy promising the Volt and Toyota providing the Prius which does more damage than it does good in the long run, green cars have left a lot to be desired. However, BMW has just corrected that, at least in my mind.
Monthly Archives: August 2009
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Mini Cooper, brainchild of the legendary Sir Alec Issigonis. This car is the face of the UK and became a world icon through its starring role in The Italian Job of the 1960′s and 2000′s along with great success in racing circuits throughout the last 5 decades. We’re pretty excited to see the Mini brand continue its legacy for another 50 years with its combination of fun factor and excellent city car!
I’ve found myself reading a lot of 1960′s and early 1970′s sportscar and Formula One books lately, not sure why but my collect has ended up that way. I plan on deviating from that soon to read the new Pat Conroy book. My current list of books includes:
In recent years especially, F1 has become a very dynamic environment. With regulation changes, teams constantly threatening to quit, point systems increases and decreases – it can be a lot to follow. However, even more has changed since the last race a few weeks ago at the Hungaroring. Just to hit some of the highlights:
Saw this on CNN and I actually posted this more for other reasons than just the hot Gallardo Spider. The main reason? This dude’s hair. Seriously, look at him. He looks like Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future. That’s not a compliment either, I think this dude popped a flux capacitor into the back of the firewall between the sport seats.
This week we’ll see the start of the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain – the first race back after the serious accident that kept Ferrari’s Felipe Massa out of the Hungary GP only to be replaced by Ferrari test driver Badoer for the upcoming race.
Sebastian Bourdais is an accomplished racer. Coming from a strong career in the Champ Car Series he came highly recommended for the European series such as Le Mans and even Formula One. Debuting with the Toro Rosso team – the Ferrari-engined Red Bull cars. For Le Mans, 2009 showed Bourdais an incredible finish in second place in his second year at the helm of Peugeot 908HDi. So, he has a very impressive career.
I like to get up early on Sunday mornings and catch a few episodes of Top Gear via YouTube while I make breakfast. It’s just a good way to start off the last day of the weekend.
Today, Ford posted a sales gain for the first time in a long time and this past weekend, Ford claimed a victory against one of the kings of WRC: Subaru. At this past weekend’s X Games we saw the Subaru STi of Travis Pastrana, stunt man and biker, versus 1999 Indy 500 champ Kenny Brack in the all-new rally-prepped Ford Fiesta.
McLaren, as a company, has evolved tremendously since its inception in 1964. After being acquired by Ron Dennis in the early 80′s the company no longer bore much resemblance to the company Bruce McLaren tried to build. However, that doesn’t keep us from enjoying the fruits of McLaren’s labor during the Meadow Brook Concours.