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Ferrari Challenge

Ferrari Challenge
Sonoma Raceway
April 25 - 27, 2014
Sonoma, California
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This is real world sports car racing at its best. In my experience the best world class car racing available.

Amateurs driving one of the best racing cars made, the Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO on one of the most challenging track. This is a one-class racing series showcased around the world. NO NOT MISS THIS ONE!

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World Endurance Championship LMP1,
Silverstone, Great Britain
April 18 - 20, 2014

The newly formed Porsche Team with the two Porsche 919 Hybrid Le Mans Prototypes had a good first day of practice at the Silverstone Circuit, where the first round of the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) is taking place as a six-hour race.

Mark Webber: "Operationally it was a very rewarding day for the guys with two smooth sessions with both cars, which is very important for us at this early stage. With every lap we do we're learning a lot. We've got some performance to find, but we know what we need to work on. The team did a great job in getting a lot of the boxes ticked in terms of reliability and some other things we were a bit concerned about getting right today. I always love driving here at Silverstone, it's a beautiful track and it's great to be back here again with a roof over my head for the first time since 1998. I am used to having better visibility in the F1 car, so that was something to get used to as with the closed cockpit the visibility is a bit more restricted. I have already got a little bit of that endurance feeling, with a lot of different little things which I have clocked in my memory. I'm still a bit of a rookie to be honest, but I'm really enjoying it."

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Goodwood Festival of Speed
Goodwood House and Lord March will again host the world famous Festival of Speed
June 26 - 29, 2014
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'Addicted to Winning - The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport' is the notable theme for third 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Bentley's five Le Mans wins in the 1920s, the supremacy of the Silver Arrows in the 1930s and Juan Manuel Fangio's five Formula 1 world titles in the 1950s. Jim Clark and Lotus in the 1960s, Porsche's 16 Le Mans wins between 1970 and 1998, and Sebastien Loeb's nine straight World Rally Championships this Century, all have rewritten the standards of their day.

The annual Hillclimb event is a true celebration of motor sport and all things automotive.

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Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2014
August 14-17, 2014
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In the hills just east of Monterey California at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

This year, Maserati, is the featured marque of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion as it is celebrating its centennial year. Sir Stirling Moss and Maserati haveties from the 1950's years of competition. This year is the 60th anniversary of his drive in the Maserati 250F, as well as the year of Sir Stirling's 85th birthday.

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Pebble Beach
Concours d'Elegance®, 2014

August 17, 2014
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The 64th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, August 17, at The Lodge at Pebble Beach will again field the over-the-top collection of automobiles that has helped shape the car as we know it today.

Maserati, will take center stage at this years event and make note of the first 100 years of Maserati cars.

Other marques slated for the lawn are; Ruxtons, Tatras, postwar Rolls-Royce Phantoms, and the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossas, antique steamers and automobiles with the elegant coachwork of Fernandez et Darrin.

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Concorso Italiano 2014
Concours, Car Show and Party

August 16, 2014
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Concorso Italiano moves back to the Black Horse Golf Club at Marina there in the Monterey Bay Area

The Maserati Club International will be at the Concorso to celebrate the 100 years of Maserati.

Atelier Zagato Productions will display a very special collection of Zagato cars and Zagato bodied models.



Essen Techno Classica 2014

Essen Techno Classica 2014
April 27-30, 2014
Messe Essen, Germany
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Techno-Classica at Messe Essen is the centrepiece of the worldwide classic car market. In 2014, the premier global fair for classic vehicles once again confirmed this reputation in an impressive way: Around 190,000 automobile enthusiasts streamed into the fair halls and on to the outdoor site.

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8th Annual Meeting of the Association of Historians of Motoring
April 11, 2014
Belgrade, Serbia
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Participants came from Sweden, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and host country Serbia. The event was extremely well attended.

The oldest vehicale in the rally was a 1918 Packard truck produced in America. The owner of this truck is Sait Hadzic, a famous collector vintage vehicles from Belgrade, Serbia.

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Inaugural Desert Concorso, 2014
March 30, 2014
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The inaugural Desert Concorso, in Palm Desert California is the latest venture by the wonderful people that put on the famous Concorso Italiano in the Monterey Bay Area of California during the great 'Car Week' each August. So why the Desert Concorso? Why not? Great cars, great sun. What could be better?

The brand new lifestyle event will celebrate European Automobiles, Fashion, Food, Music and Style in sunny Palm Desert

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NASCAR Auto Club Speedway 2014
March 23, 2014
Kyle Busch wins NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway
Kyle Busch crosses the green-white-checker finish in first place, with Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch following.

Jimmy Johnson led the race 104 laps and was set to win, but on lap 8 the tire goes and moves him back to 24th. Not his day.
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BG Car Show 2014 Belgrade Fair, Belgrade, Serbia
March 14, 2014
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In celebration for upcoming BG Car Show 2014, the AMSS ( Auto Moto Association of Serbia ) booth displayed two exceptional cars to announce the upcoming "eco Third Tesla rally" that will run under the framework of the FIA Alternative Energies Cup of 2014.

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Tesla Model S 2014 Testdrive Sunnyvale CA
March, 2014
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I went to Sunnyvale and saw the Future.
The Tesla Model S is a cruiser, roomy, and quiet with a great ride. Read more...

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Mikica Vesnić runs a 2012 Toyota GT86
February, 2014
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Mikica Vesnić, 2013 FIA Central European Zone Circuit Champion, runs a 2012 Toyota GT86 around the Serbian National Drivers Academy, NAVAK's track.

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Crossing The Old Paris - Winter 2014
January, 1, 2014
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Vintage cars driving from the Château de Vincennes through the heart of Parisian heritage

They pass in front of the most beautiful monuments: Places Daumesnil Vosges Vendôme, Concorde, the Etoile Trocadero ...

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Dakar 2014

Gabor Sagmajster;
Dakar 2014

January, 5-18, 2014
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The 2014 Dakar took on 3 countries, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, to give the racers the most challenging terrain possible. The South America's open terrain allowed racers to find the best routes that matched their machines. There were also five special stages on completely separate routes, one for motorcycles and quad bikes and one for cars and trucks.

Riding an old KTM 450 with starting number 72, after 13 stages and over 8,000 competitive kilometers, Gabor has finished an incredible 53rd place among motorcyclists, out of 196 applicants, of which 173 started. 95 dropped and 78 finished.

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Ferdinand Porsche - The Heritage
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Autoworld Museum in Brussels displays several of Ferdinand Porsche's early vehicles and designs.

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Autosport International 2014
Birmingham, UK
6-12 - January 2014
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The heavily motorsport populated area around Birmingham, is home to over 3,500 companies employing 40,000 workers, which includes eight of the worlds 11 Formula One teams. On the agenda of the leading motorsport decision makers and engineers will be networking, and engaging in technology transfer

Ben Bowlby, designer of the ground-breaking DeltaWing sports car, Lord Drayson, former Minister of Science, and Fabrice Lom, the FIA's Head of Powertrain will be exploring the 'Going Green' concept.

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Porsche Electric to Electric Autoworld Brussels
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In between the 1900's and the 2010's Porsche (& Co) have made some rather impressive cars ... but they are finally returning to their roots with a new rip snortin' track tearin' air splittin' hybrid they dubbed the 918 Spyder ... this little beastie busted so many records on the Nurburging that the time keepers are still trying to update the record books ...

But I am intrigued by the conceit of this event, pairing the old and the new ... old: hub mounted electric motor for efficiency and low rolling resistance (get the motive power where it is needed).

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Gabor Sagmeister leaves for the Dakar 2014
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The ship with all participant's vehicles for the latest running of the Dakar 2014 event, sailed from the French port of Havre sailing across the Atlantic headed to Argentina, South America.

The journey starts in January of 2014, from the Belgrade airport Nikola Tesla, to a stop in Paris, then Madrid, then to Buenos Aires. On the road with him is a well-known sports journalist Predrag Pedja Milinković will follow the competition in a rented Jeep which will be very difficult work given the terrain.

Dakar 2014 starts 5th of January in Argentina, then goes to Bolivia, ending on the 18 January in Chile.




FORD A Brief Review The Early Years

Without doubt the name FORD is known all over the world. There is hardly a country where some example of a Ford Vehicle is not either made, sold or being driven. In the history of achievement there can be no better example of commercial success, but such success did not come easily. Henry Ford built his first automobile in 1896 while working for the Detroit Electric Company.
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Dusan Duce Borkovića Maroco 2014

Dusan Borkovićfinishes sixth in the FIA WTCC race at Maroco

Racecar Driver from Serbia, Dusan Borkovićshowed excellent performance in the races at Morocco, on the track in Marrakesh running in the FIA WTCC (World Touring Car Championship 2014 season. This is his first season in the competition and is driving a Chevrolet Cruze TC1 for NIS Petrol by Campos Racing Team.
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Mikica Vesnić 2014

Serbian driver, Milovan Vesnić is moving to Paul Ricard, in France where he drives the first races in the FIA ETCC (European Touring Car Cup) of 2014. The 2014 season will be held in five races,over five racing weekends in which he will drive in two races.
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How cars have progressed:
1950 to 2014 and beyond.

A look at the development of cars from 1950 into the changing times
of the second decade of the Twenty-first Century
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A Watkins Glen Story

Writer Geoff Wheatley tells about an encounter with Sr. Sterling Moss at Watkins Glen back in 1988
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Early Chrysler History

A look at the early days of Chrysler History
Walter Chrysler started his automobile career with Charles Nash, the year 1911. That relationship also ended when Chrysler raised enough money to purchase two existing automobile companies...Chalmers and Maxwell.
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Fake Cars

Automotive writer Geoff Wheatley takes a look at the booming classic car market
and the car forgery market it has spawned.
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2015 Porsche Targa

A short History on the Porsche Targa
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Spa Summer Classics 2012

AllCarCentral's great friend and contributor, Patrick Wheeler, shares his photos and story of his journey to and around the Spa Circuit during the classic car race back in 2012. This is a must read, as Patrick's style gets to the point of all that he confronts. Brilliant!
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In With The New Out With The Old

Automotive writer Geoff Wheatley shares his vast experiences and insights on the best way to sell your car.
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Cars of the Future May Not be Treasures of the Past

I recall the same comments some years ago when BMW produced the then new mid engine MG.F (Later to be revamped into a modern MGTF) Today this once popular car is now the problem child of the so-called new generation of sports cars in fact you can't give them away in the UK where they first saw the light of day. Unlike my sixty year old TD that I can work on with a set of wrenches and a screwdriver, the modern sports car with its computer controlled engine is beyond the average owner's ability and certainly could not be renovated in their home garage.

In simple terms the success of these old cars is that we, the current owners, can keep those on the road like our fathers did and I hope our grandchildren will. I am not in any way belittling the modern vehicle which is comfortable, fast, reliable and nice to own but to suggest that these are the classic cars of the future is a touch ambitious.
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Electric Vehicle Race
Berlin, Germany

At the international motor vehicle exhibition in Berlin, Germany, a race for electric vehicles over a distance of 40 km was run as a test to the performance of all electric vehicles.

The route provided significant challenges with gradients and the rules demanded the course to be run with three passengers on board. Ferdinand Porsche running at speeds as high as 35 km/h crossed the finish line in the new Porsche "P1" 18 minutes ahead of the next competitor.

The date of the race was; September 28, 1899, 116 years ago.
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Essen Techno Classica 2012
Essen, Germany

Writer and photographer Patrick Wheeler shares his take on his visit to the top shelf classic auto show in Essen from back in 2012.

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Mullin Automotive Museum
Oxnard, California

Jack Carpenter shares his images from his visit to the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California back in October of 2013.

The Mullin Automotive Museum highlights the art deco and the machine age magnificent automobiles.

It is home to some of the finest historic French automobiles and representative decorative art from the 1920s and 1930s. For the Gallery of Images: Enter Here

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Mullin Automotive Museum 2013
Oxnard, California

Jack Carpenter's collection of images from his visit to the Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, California in October of 2013.

The Murphy Auto Museum provides a collection of vintage cars and new evolving displays. For the Gallery of Images: Enter Here

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Cars You Drive and Their Status

We all know that food and other manufacturers market their products to select groups of customer, I.e. Young Family Households, Middle aged customers and of course Senior Citizens.

Let's take a look at the way that certain automobiles are presented to the public. We all agree that Safety...both for the driver and his/her family is a strong incentive yet...

... After the Second World War ended the VW Beetle was offered to the British who turned the offer down on the grounds that there was no future for the car.
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Some History on Air Cooled Engines

When we talk about air cooled engines in motor cars the usual conversation centers around the German VW. However in reality there was, some thirty years earlier, a successful car based on the same principle made in Up-State New York from 1901 through to 1934.

If you think about it air cooling makes a lot of sense and is/was somewhat less expensive than liquid cooling.

In 1915 a Franklin was driven a total of 860 miles in first gear without over heating to prove that an air cooled power unit was reliable.
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Safety Fast

Safety has always been associated with the MG as illustrated by both pre-war and post war advertising for the marquee.

Rick Smith and his Colleague Paul Allen have, over the past twenty five years inspected hundreds of classic MGs. In fact too many to remember.

Their inspection sheets are now used in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. by various MG clubs.
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Will China become the center of automobile production in the future?

If I could turn the clock back twenty five years and was writing about successful car industries my choice would certainly have been Japan. At that time Japan was the shining example of commercial and industrial success.
In all those years I could never remember which side the filler cap might be when I hired a rental car.
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Belgrade April 1975 Rally

Ljubomir Ivanovic shares a story of his rally experience from back in 1975

It is believed that the 1970's was the golden age of motoring in the former Yugoslavia. Particularly three championship Rally's on circular paths and mountain trails.
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Geoff Wheatley Takes a look at Electric Vehicles

Don't know about you but I am getting a little tired of all this talk about: Electric/Semi Electric/Assisted Electric/ vehicles. We have had them for the past one hundred or more years and they seemed to fit the need both then and now providing you don't want to go too far and have no desire for a fast trip!
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Patrick Wheeler on a run over the Le Route Napoleon in November of 2013

Still morning mists in the vallees and this is one of the last weekends one could do this run hard, the verglas (black ice) warning signs are frequent ...

Just looking at the GPS is enough to cause raptures, the kidney shapes behind were just as good as the ones ahead, pavement in prime condition, largely open road, not a care in the world ...
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Patrick Wheeler on a run over the Furka Pass in October of 2013

To say this is a route of legend, well, it does not do it justice...

Here the mountains have captured the rain and every other rock has sprouted a cascade that whishes and tumbles and rumbles and slips and shooshes over the polished stone... would only miss this if the dwarven route promises a visit to their treasury, as far as I can tell, all the dwarven gold has found its way to the trees on the mountain side...
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2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT Auto

All Car Central's
2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT Auto Test Drive
December 2013
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We did a driving experience of the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT Auto over 7 days and found it to be a very capable car, in town and on the freeway.

On the freeway, the Cruze was easy to control, not experiencing any wind or buffeting from the larger trucks and had good power to move around the traffic.

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All Car Central's Range Rover Sport 2014 Test Drive
Land Rover, Corte Madera, California
October 2013
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Moving the 5,000 Lb. Sport, with 4 people inside, out of the parking lot David stepped down hard on the right peddle. Head Rush! This 4 door, 4 wheel drive off-road capable vehicle will do 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.0 sec. Impressive! David explained that the new Sport was an all aluminum monocoque constructed

One feature that grabbed my attention was the 'parking-space-finder'. Select this feature as you drive along the crowed streets and the Sport would 'keep an eye out' for a parking space and position itself and park.

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All Car Central's 2014 Jaguar F Type Test Drive
Marin Luxury Cars, Corte Madera, California
April 2013
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The F Type is said to be the car to follow in the tire tracks of legendary E Type, and its successor. I have 2 lines of thought on that. First the E Type style wise, was completely over the top for its time, as was the XK 120. The F Type, although completely striking, is just one very beautiful car. Design wise, the details make the F Type.

The Driving Day at Marin Luxury Cars was a big deal and there were a lot of people wanting to have a go at the F Type. Our good friend Paige Casamento had created a real show to present the Stunning Jaguar and part of the show was a real Cheetah. Not the racecar from the 1960's but a real cat named Tango, from Project Survival's Cat Haven. I think that Tango is a real nice pussycat, although a large one. The Jaguar however is a beast. Especially the V8S.

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All Car Central's Volvo C30 K-PAX Test Drive
Volvo Marin, Corte Madera, California
April 2013
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I had my choice of cars on the lot. "How about something exciting I suggested". "How about that?" asked the Sales manager, pointing to a smallish white 2 door hatch back setting in the middle of the showroom floor. "This is a C30 with a K-PAX Racing, 'Racing Edition Package' installed."

The K-PAX Racing, C30 is not your Uncles Volvo. Nor is it a car for the beginning driver.

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All Car Central's 2013 Jaguar XK Test Drive
Marin Luxury Cars, Corte Madera, California
March 2013
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The XK moves easily and quietly through the back streets and allows good visibility and with the rear camera and parking guidelines showing on the screen makes it a nice urban car. The ample rear area will allow passengers but best for short distance or for easily reached storage. The large rear trunk or boot will solve any cargo needs. I would say this is a fantastic car for touring with 2 people. Roomy, powerful, and great looking. More...


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The latest benchmark for street car performance is a lap-time of Nürburgring's Nordschleife's 12.9 Mile (20,600 meters) circuit:
Current fastest lap record holder is Stefan Bellof in a Porsche 956 #956-007 racecar in 1983, at 6:11.13 (6 minutes,11.13 seconds)
Latest posted times:
Porsche 918; 6:57. 9.2013
Dodge Viper ACR; 7:12:13 9.2011

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1.30 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona:
The 60th year for Ferrari started with a win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in GTD class. The Ferrari number 555 458 GT driven by Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal, Alessandro Pier Guidi, Scott Tucker, Bill Sweedle of Level 5 Motorsports reached the 660th and final lap for a class win, giving Ferrari its 10th victory at Daytona and its first Rolex 24 win since 1998. Image sorce: Ferrari North America

76th win at Daytona for Porsche
The GTLM class Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Porsche North America, and Richard Lietz (Austria), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Patrick Pilet (France), Porsche works drivers, have won the fiercely contested class at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

This gives Porsche its 76th class victory at the endurance race in Florida.

Porsche keeps extending its record as the most successful racing manufacturer. The debut of theTudor United SportsCar Championship at The 24 hour race at Daytona marks the new sports car race series in the USA and Canada.

1.27 National Motorsports Press Association, Concord, N.C.
Just inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association NASCAR Hall of Fame are Mario Andretti, the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the Formula One world championship, Ray Evernham, a championship-winning crew chief and former NASCAR team owner, and award-winning journalist Steve Waid.

IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship • Getting ready for the new Race series that will replace the IMSA ALM; the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is set to run its inaugural race; "The Rolex 24 At Daytona" (Jan. 25-26) at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. • The Teams signed up as of end of November are:
Action Express Racing Drivers: Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi Class: P • Alex Job Racing; Drivers: Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen; Class: GTD • Team Seattle/AJR; Drivers: Ian James, Mario Farnbacher; Class: GTD • Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates; Drivers: Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas; Class: P • Dempsey Racing; Drivers: Patrick Dempsey, TBA; Class: GTD • Extreme Speed Motorsports; Drivers: Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel; Johannes van Overbeek, Ed Brown; Class: P • Flying Lizard Motorsports; Drivers: TBA; Class: GTD • GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing; Drivers: Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty; Class: P • Magnus Racing; Drivers: Andy Lally, John Potter; Class: GTD • Mazda Motorsports; Drivers: TBA; Class: P • MOMO NGT Motorsport; Drivers: Henrique Cisneros, Kuba Giermaziak; Class: GTD • Muscle Milk Pickett Racing; Drivers: TBA; Class: PC • Paul Miller Racing; Drivers: Bryce Miller, TBA; Class: GTD • Riley Motorsports; Drivers: Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen; Class: GTD • PORSCHE NORTH AMERICA; Drivers: TBA; Class: GTLM • RSR Racing; Drivers: Bruno Junqueira, Duncan Ende; Chris Cumming, TBD; Class: PC • Team Falken Tire; Drivers: Bryan Sellers, Wolf Henzler; Class: GTLM • Wayne Taylor Racing; Drivers: Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor; Class: P

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Patrick Dempsey Photo Courtesy of Porsche

10.21 Stuttgart:
Patrick Dempsey a U.S. actor in the TV show "Grey's Anatomy" gains a contract for the 2014-2015 season to race with support from Porsche.

Dempsey, and teammates Andy Lally and Joe Foster finished second-place in GT Challenge (GTC) class at the series finale of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) at the storied Road Atlanta race track. Dempsey accredits Porsche this year as the main reason for the success they gained.

In his first season with Porsche, Patrick Dempsey with Foster and Porsche works driver Patrick Long drove a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hours to a strong fourth place finish in the GTE-Am class.

Racing in ALMS GTC class at Laguna Seca, Dempsey and Lally came in second driving a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, and third at Circuit of The Americas,

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10.13 Seville, Spain:
Maria De Villota 1980-2013

Maria De Villota found dead in a Seville, Spain hotel room.

Maria was a Formula 1 reserve driver who lost her right eye in a crash in July 2012, while testing for the Marussia team. A statement from the family said they had been told she had died "as a consequence of the neurological injuries she suffered" in the previous 2012 incident.

Maria, the daughter of ex-Formula 1 racer Emilio De Villota, was a former World Touring Car Championship and Superleague Formula driver. She held a degree in sports science from the European University of Madrid and since 2001 competed in various Spanish races finishing fourth at the Nurburgring in Superleague Formula. In 2011 Maria tested a Renault R29 at the Paul Ricard circuit near Marseille in France.

9.28 Ferrari North America, Inc.
Ferrari grabs Manufacturer title for the second consecutive year. Three Ferrari teams running at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, this September 28th made history in this final race of the 2013 Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series GT running 458 Grand-Am cars. Alessandro Balzan and Scuderia Corsa won the Driver + Team Title.

7.23 Ferrari North America, Inc.
For those who have always wanted to drive a Ferrari around a Formula 1 track, Ferrari North America is making that possible for a quick few. A two-day academy called Corso Pilota, at the Circuit of the Americas will allow a go at the 458 Italia, FF, California and F12 Berlinetta around the 3.4-mile circuit. Only 30 drivers will be accepted and will take place following the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in late November through December

7.16 Gooding & Company's 10th Anniversary Pebble Beach Auctions on August 17 and 18, 2013 Announces several highly sought after competition cars in its starting line-up.

The 2013 auction to include a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 14-Louver Berlinetta, a 1966 AAR Gurney-Weslake Eagle Mk 1, a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Competition Roadster, a 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione, a 1990 Ferrari F40 LM, a 1956 Maserati 150S, and cars from the estate of renowned collector and race driver, Thomas Mittler.

6.23 Martin Truex wins NASCAR at Sonoma
Martin Truex overcomes a long spell and finally finds a win at Somona.

The Sonoma favorite, Jeff Gordon finishes 2nd.

Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway 2013

Finishing order:
1. Martin Truex
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Carl Edwards
4. Kurt Bush
5. Clint Bowyer

6.23 James Hinchcliffe wins INDACAR at Iowa
James Hinchcliffe ran a strong race and mostly had no challenge on the short oval. With a big lead of about 1.4 seconds over Ryan Hunter-Reay the win was in the bag.

Tony Kanaan pulls off a pas on Ed Carpenter with one lap to go for a 3 Place finish.

INDYCAR at Iowa Corn Indy 250 Newton, IA 2013

Finishing order:
1. James Hinchcliffe
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay
3. Tony Kanaan
4. Ed Carpenter
5. Graham Rahal

6.9 2013 Formula One Canada Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada:
Sebastian Vettel runs uncontested from pole to checker flag.

With a 14.4 second lead and a perfectly performing car crossing the finish line was un-climactic. The battle was back in the pack starting with 2nd and 3rd. place.

On lap 63 Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari made a move on Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes and took over 2nd. Lewis Hamilton had held onto 2nd from lap 1 with Alonso finishing lap1 in 5th place. But Alonso had slowly worked up to 3rd and when Hamilton appeared to slow started his last laps charge.

The only bobble that Sebastian Vettel showed was a detour in the grass after the pit straight. Before and after, that just a drive around the park for Vettel.

Force India's Adrian Sutilput on a great show get getting excellent milage out of thier tires.

1. Sebastian Vettel; Red Bull
2. Fernando Alonso; Ferrari
3. Lewis Hamilton; Mercedes
4; Mark Webber; Red Bull
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes

Top 10 starting positions:
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 3 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 4 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull 6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 7 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 9 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 10 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari

5.26 INDYCAR - INDY 500 May 26, 2013:
1. Kanaan; 2. Munoz; 3. Hunter-Reay; 4. Andretti; 5. Wilson. With a yellow flag removed at 4 laps to go, Tony Kanaan made the pass into the lead, but Rahal hit the wall with 3 laps to the end and brought out the last yellow setting up the pace car to lead the field across the finish line, thus ending a record-braking day of passes for the lead. Records; 14 leaders; 69 lead changes and average speed 187.433 MPH.

5.26 Formula 1 Grand Prix De Monaco, May 26, 2013:
1. Rosberg- Mercedes; 2, Vettel- Red Bull Racing Renault; 3.Webber- Red Bull Racing Renaul; 4. Hamilton- Mercedes; 5. Sutil- Force India Mercedes.

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo

5.9 Porsche AG:
The new 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo is ready with 90 percent redeveloped components, like rear axle steering and the new Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA).

5.6 Donington Park, UK:

Christian Devereux
Motor sports and racing has always been a dangerous thing and maybe that is why so many of us are drawn to it. But sadness overcomes all when one of our friends falls victim to racings many dangers.

Masters Historic Racing confirms that an accident during the Masters Pre-66 Touring Car race at Donington Park May 5, competitor Christian Devereux had succumbed to his injuries.

Masters Historic Racing is a European organizer of historic racing events in the UK, Spain, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

5.5 NASCAR Talladega Superspeedway: Talladega, Ala.
David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports team mate David Gilliland both driving Fords finished First and Second in a rain delayed wreck plagued race that ran into darkness.

David Gilliland gave Ragan a push from behind to propel his teammate into the lead at the finish line and then followed him into the record books. The dramatic finish came after a restart from a multi-car crash that had cars flying upside down and landing on other cars. The tightly bunched drivers discovered in the last laps, that the new cars are not capable of running over 190 mph through the turns with 4 and 5 cars side by side.

5.3 Formula 1:
Some interesting numbers. With work on 2014 F1 cars in play and the changeover to a smaller engine the magazine Autoweek shared some numbers. A new F1 car costs about $2.6M in materials. The new 1.6L V6 turbocharged engine can reach 18,000 RPMs; produce about 800 HP but at a cost of 8 MPG. The car is full of computer sensors and wirelessly transmits about 1.5B samples of data to the team's garage, which is then fed into a supercomputer for analysis.

4.30 Monterey, California:
The 2013 Concorso Italiano this August 16th 2013, in Monterey, California, for its Classic Ferrari Display will feature the 246 GTS Dino and older models. This display has been the site of great gatherings of many special Ferrari models, one large collection of GTO's come to mind

4.7 Martinsville, VA:
NASCAR Martinsville Speedway 2013.
Jimmie Johnson driving one of the fastest cars on the track maintained the lead most of the race and held off last lap challenges from Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon.

Rookie Danica Patrick started the race in the last row do to an engine change but worked her way into a very respectable 12 place finish that ended with a drag-race to the line in her first time at the challenging Martinsville track. Danica also did a pass on her team owner, Tony Stewart in the later laps.

Kurt Bush lost his brakes near the end and wisely put the car into the wall to bring it to a safe stop, but setting off a spectacular fire in the engine compartment.

Top 5: 1- Jimmie Johnson; 2- Clint Bowyer; 3- Jeff Gordon; 4- Kasey Kahne; 5- Kyle Busch.

3.29 Goodwood, UK:
The 2013 Festival of Speed is looking at the 'best' of the first 20 years of this world class motor sport and car culture event. Looking back at the events, special happenings, great cars and famous drivers that have been on its field and track over the 20 years since 1993, will surely create a memorable weekend.

Top works F1 teams are already on-board, including McLaren, Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, Lotus, Caterham and Marussia.

McLaren Racing, will showoff a number of championship-winning cars from Formula One, Can-Am, Indy and Le Mans in marking its first 50 Years.

3.26 Monterey, California:
Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca:

More than 500 Historic Race Cars have been accepted for Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion scheduled to take place this August 16 through 18 at Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

The Chevrolet Corvette is the featured marque and the Chevrolet Motor Division will be on site to celebrate the marque's 60th anniversary and 50th anniversary of the Corvette Grand Sport. Out of the Corvettes that have been accepted, 58 are authentic and race-proven Corvettes including three Corvette Grand Sports. There were only five Grand Sports ever constructed under the watch of Zora Arkus-Duntov, the "father of the Corvette."

There also will be a heritage display of significant Corvettes presented by Chevrolet. These extremely rare Corvette racecars will be showcased to represent every era, right up to the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray.

The range of the cars on track runs from a 1911 National 40 to a more modern-day 1992 Mazda RX-7 92P. Oh yes. All the big Marques in racing will be there.

3.21 Stuttgart:
Daimler AG:

Lightweight construction is seen as an integral component of Daimler's strategy on the road to sustainable mobility. Reducing all of Mercedes-Benz vehicles by approximately 10 percent is one of the company's development goals. As part of the process, researchers from the fields of business and science will be working in the ARENA2036 Research Campus project at the University of Stuttgart on topics related to "flexible production and function-integrated lightweight construction" or "The right material in the right place".

With the goal being the car of the future, target year 2036, and the 150th anniversary of the invention of the automobile, experts in ARENA2036 (Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles), carry out fundamental research into lightweight construction technologies and production car models.

The ARENA2036 Research Campus is among the winners of the "Research Campus - public/private partnership for innovations" competition organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Connor de Phillippi a 19 year old young race car driver from San Clemente, California, has been picked to fill one of the two positions on the "Porsche Juniors" for the 2013 Carrera Cup Deutschland racing season.

Connor de Phillippi achieved successes in karting and various Formula race series, and now will contest the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland in 2013. Porsche will supply the 2 rookie drivers with the bulk of their financial costs and provide coaching on and off the track.

Porsche Head of Racing, Hartmut Kristen commented that "Our current Porsche works drivers have shown that the Carrera Cup is an excellent platform for a professional international career" in competitive driving. The Porsche Juniors will make the choice of the teams that they race with. Alex Riberas Bou was the second driver picked by Porsche.

The Porsche 911

Porsche will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911 all around the world, including the USA, China, Continental Europe and Australia.

The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart will also be marking '50 years of the Porsche 911' with a special exhibition featuring the history and development of the car.

2.25 Goodwood, UK:
2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed; Festival of Speed's 20th anniversary year.

In recognizing that the Porsche 911 has played a key role in helping to put the Festival of Speed on the map over the last 20 years Goodwood will celebrate the 911's 50th anniversary.

From 1963 over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built, and examples of each of its seven generations will be present at the 2013 Festival of Speed. The 911 always been at home on the race track all over the world, with two thirds of the 30,000 race victories achieved by Porsche to date being won by the 911.

A number of significant 911s, along with other important competition Porsches, are secluded to be running at the Festival, including examples of the 356, 908, 917 and 962.

The 4th annual "Moving Motor Show 2013" will return with 20 new car manufacturers displaying their latest models in high-speed action on the celebrated hillclimb, several being shown for the very first time.

2.23 Daytona Beach, Florida:
Crash in final laps at NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway injured fans in stands. No early word if this will effect the 500 mile race on Sunday.

Danica Patrick lays down a hot lap of 196.434 mph and becomes the first woman to gain the Pole Position in the Daytona 500. Danica is running as a rookie.

The second place, outside of the pole position on the front row, is Jeff Gordon who ran a lap of 196.292 in another Chevrolet.

Danica's team owner Tony Stewart, who went out first, posted only a 195.925 lap.

4.25 Nissan building Mercedes-Benz engines in the USA:

Nissan will build Mercedes-Benz 4 cylinder gasoline engines in Nissan's North American, Decherd, Tennessee engine plant. The agreement is for 250,00 engines per year starting in 2014. One half of the production run will go into the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans from the USA based Mercedes-Benz, Alabama plant. If that is not enough to keep track of, the other half of the Nissan USA built Mercedes-Benz engines will find their way into Nissan's Infinity entry-level compact, said to be based on the Etherea concept car.

So if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it is therefore a German-Japanese-USA car. Right! But which one? Or does it matter any more.

2.4 Pebble Beach, California :
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is releasing its starting lineup of the 2013 event.

To quote the news release, "field of cars for this elite competition" (covers) "coachbuilt Lincolns exhibiting the continental flair of Edsel Ford to the classic confections of the Parisian firm Vanvooren to the charging mounts from Ferruccio Lamborghini"

Also in the field will be: Lincolns; Simplex, among the rarest of early twentieth century marques; Vanvooren, Carrosserie Vanvooren was licensed to build Weymann fabric-bodied cars, but soon developed its own elegant and refined French designs; Lamborghini, celebrating its 50th anniversary; Aston Martin, celebrating its 100th anniversary; Porsche 911, celebrating its 50th anniversary; and custom-bodied BMW 507s

1.17 Stuttgart/New Delhi:
Business squabble turns into Criminal Charges:

Precision Cars in New Delhi, India who was importing and selling Porsche cars in that country was cut out of the Porsche import business when Porsche made Volkswagen Group Sales India the sole importer of Porsche cars.

According to Stuttgart, The "Trial Court and the Honourable High Court of Rajasthan at Jaipur have upheld Porsche's termination of the importer agreement (with Precision Cars) and a subsequent appeal by the former importer (Precision Cars) to the Honourable Supreme Court of India was also dismissed."

In what could be described as a move of frustration, An Indian court has issued an arrest warrant for Porsche's CEC Matthias Müller and 8 other Porsche executives, which included a letter to Interpol from India's Central Bureau of Investigation, asking for aid in the case; as reported in the New York Times.

Stuttgart's response: "The allegations in the criminal proceeding in which the Court in Jaipur/India has issued the bailable warrants are in the view of Porsche baseless and without any material substance. This case is based on a purely civil dispute brought to court by the former importer of Porsche AG following the ordinary termination of its importer contract by Porsche in 2011".

" Porsche has the highest regards for the Indian judiciary and is going to - represented by its local lawyers and is taking steps to have the warrants and criminal proceedings quashed within the applicable periods. Porsche's lawyers are confident to be able to demonstrate that the complaint is completely frivolous.".

1.11 Las Vegas Nevada:
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Nevada covers all the new electronic things in development that the people of the world needs, think they need or are being told that they need them.

Google is developing a self-driving car which is far-off from being allowed on the roadways by itself, but some of its technology is getting closer to being available on the showroom floors. Self parking is one feature that has been available for a few years now on several models.

This years 2013 show brought out a Lexus LS that has 2 color cameras, front and side radar, a blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, a "lane keeping" assistant and a collision-avoidance system. The car also has a Lidar laser on the roof that can detect objects 230 feet away in a complete 360 degrees area. In addition there are Gyroscopes, accelerometers and a GPS to guide you safely out of the Kmart parking lot.

Toyota has not yet released this automotive/personal safety driving aid yet. However Mercedes-Benz does have several improved safety driving aids install on several of their models which are on the showroom floor now.

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12.12 Stuttgart:
Porsche Going for Over-All Win at Le Mans 24 Hours / World Endurance Championship:

After Porsche having competed in the LMP2 class, and watching Audi finishing in the first overall place, with their more powerful LMP1 cars, the challenge has been met. Porsche has just announced that they will field a LMP1 sports prototype to be run by Weissach-based works team in the 2013 season.

11.28 Stuttgart,GE/Atlanta, US:
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.:
(PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche cars, celebrated a landmark groundbreaking of its 26.4-acre site for its new headquarters, at One Porsche Drive, adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

One Porsche Drive is expected to grow to 400 employees, and add 100 jobs for the state of Georgia.

As an industry first, the Porsche headquarters campus will feature a Customer Experience Center including a 1.6-mile test track and handling road course to showcase the capabilities of Porsche's industry-leading vehicles. One Porsche Drive will house corporate offices, a Technical Service and Training Center, a Conference Center and a Museum.

Of Note: This is taking place as Suzuki USA filed for bankruptcy and is withdrawing from the US.

10.22 Monaco:
Top Marques Monaco:
2013 dates are set for 18-21st of April. The 2013 Top Marques Monaco will be its 10th year of displaying many industry firsts and world premieres at the most unique and exclusive supercar show in the world.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II, the distinguished patron of Top Marques Monaco supports safety enhancements and developments into advanced green technology research for the automotive industry.

With the 10 year anniversary of the event coinciding with the celebrations as 007 turns 50, and as Top Marques is inextricably linked to the iconic James Bond with his fearless, antics in fast cars, loaded with futuristic gadgets; Top Marques Monaco fits the story line with their annual display of cars that one can not find anywhere else

Porsche Panamera Platinum Edition 2013

Porsche Panamera Platinum Edition 2013
Photo Courtesy of Porsche AG

10.18 Stuttgart:
Porsche Panamera:
The Panamera Platinum Edition will be offered by Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart starting this November.

The offering will be an elegant special edition combing design elements, special paint and interior combinations.


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