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4-22-15; Statement of the Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg:
Professor Dr. Ferdinand K. Piëch
The Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG discussed again today in detail the situation of the Volkswagen Group.
1.: The members of the Executive Committee have unanimously determined that in view of the background of the last weeks the mutual trust necessary for successful cooperation no longer exists.
2.: For this reason Professor Dr. Ferdinand K. Piëch has resigned with immediate effect from his position as Chairman of the Supervisory Board and from all his mandates as a Supervisory Board member within the Volkswagen Group. In addition, Ms. Ursula Piëch has resigned with immediate effect from all her Supervisory Board mandates within the Volkswagen Group.
3.: The position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board will be temporarily assumed by the Deputy Chairman Berthold Huber. Mr. Berthold Huber will chair both the Supervisory Board meeting on May 4 as well as the Annual General Meeting on May 5, 2015.
4.: Under the chair of Mr. Berthold Huber the representatives of shareholders and employees will in close cooperation determine the candidate for the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The election of the future Chairman of the Volkswagen Supervisory Board will follow a proposal made by members of the Supervisory Board representing shareholders.
3-15-15; AMELIA ISLAND, Fla.:
Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction Brings $26.9 Million
Has the collector car buying crowd passed the point of no return??
Lot 61: 1974 Volkswagen Thing, sold for $52,800
Seven cars sell above the $1 million mark 13 new auction records set for marques including Porsche, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz
Gooding & Company, the auction house celebrated for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, realized more than $26.9 Million at its annual Amelia Island Auction. The auction, which included an exceptional assemblage of exciting barn finds and unrivaled super cars, was led by the top selling 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (sold for $3,300,000) and the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet (sold for $2,090,000). Out of the 85 cars offered during the auction, seven sold for values in excess of $1 million
High points of the day also included the 1974 Hector Rebaque-Café Mexicano 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR (sold for $1,237,500) and the exclusive 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 (sold for $973,500), two highly limited production examples of the iconic 911 series. Also featured was the exemplary 1932 Lincoln KB Dietrich Custom Stationary Coupe (sold for $836,000), one of only three still in existence. Gooding & Company substantiated top sales across a variety of marques and finalized the day with 13 newly set world auction benchmarks from major brands including Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and more.
Cars Over $1 Million: Lot 44: 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, sold for $3,300,000; Lot 27: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet, sold for $2,090,000; Lot 62: 1991 Ferrari F40, sold for $1,622,500; Lot 66: 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, sold for $1,275,000; Lot 15: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, sold for $1,237,500; Lot 35: 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR, sold for $1,237,500; Lot 74: 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, sold for $1,155,000;
World Auction Records from Amelia Island: Lot 35: 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR, sold for $1,237,500; Lot 74: 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, sold for $1,155,000; Lot 52: 1996 Porsche 993 GT2, sold for $973,500; Lot 22: 1932 Lincoln KB Custom Stationary Coupe, sold for $836,000; Lot 78: 1990 AAR/Toyota Eagle HF89, sold for $660,000; Lot 32: 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, sold for $561,000; Lot 12: 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S, sold for $440,000; Lot 39: 1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6, sold for $330,000; Lot 64: 1951 Lotus Mk IIIB, sold for $247,500; Lot 45: 1985 Penske-March 85C, sold for $231,000; Lot 47: 1999 Ferrari F355 Spider Serie Fiorano, sold for $198,000; Lot 51: 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 S, sold for $55,000; Lot 61: 1974 Volkswagen Thing, sold for $52,800
2-24-15; Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:
David Hart joins Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as Public Relations Manager
David Hart , a seasoned motorsports communication professional will be joining the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca team as public relations manager, on March 2, 2015.
Hart is leaving the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) that runs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series, which runs events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where he was director of communications.
Prior to IMSA, Hart worked with the 8Star Motorsports GRAND-AM team and spent 15 years at Richard Childress Racing (RCR) heading up competition communications for the team and then on to role of director, corporate communications, overseeing strategic communications for many of Richard Childress' business ventures and outdoor conservation activities.
Hart also held management positions with Sonoma Raceway, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and the Cotter Group, where he managed sponsor communication activities in NASCAR and NHRA.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 2015 major event season features the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda (TUDOR United SportsCar Championship), May 1-3; eni FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round, July 17-19; Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 13-16; Pirelli World Challenge, September 11-13; and Porsche Rennsport Reunion V, September 25-27.
2-23-15; FIA World Rallycross Championship:
Tanner Foust, American Top Gear presenter, has confirmed he will compete in at least four rounds of the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy at the wheel of a Marklund Motorsport run Volkswagen Polo RX Supercar.
As well as racing at Lydden Hill, Foust has confirmed he will run at Lydden Hill, and also contest World RX of Canada (7-8 August), World RX of France (4-6 September) and the newest addition to the RX calendar: World RX of Barcelona which will be held at the famous F1 venue, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (19-20 September).
2-19-15; Goodwood, West Sussex:
Prime Minister David Cameron made a visit to Rolls-Royce Motor Car's head office and manufacturing plant at Goodwood, West Sussex. In welcoming the announcement of an all-new Rolls-Royce model, he said;
"Rolls-Royce is a British manufacturing success story and the decision to build their new model at Goodwood, reaffirming their commitment to the South of England, is a vote of confidence in our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and build a more resilient economy. This Government is backing our automotive industry which is going from strength to strength, providing financial security to almost 150,000 hardworking people across the country and adding £14 billion to our economy."
In 1998 BMW acquired Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited as a wholly owned subsidiary, and BMW was licensed the rights to the Rolls-Royce brand name and logo from Rolls-Royce PLC and acquired the rights to the Spirit of Ecstasy and Rolls-Royce grill shape trademarks from Volkswagen AG. Volkswagen remained the owner of Bentley Motor Cars Ltd. and the Crewe factory.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited operates from purpose built administrative and production facilities opened in 2003 across from the historic Goodwood Circuit in Goodwood, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom. Rolls-Royce Motors Cars Limited is the exclusive manufacturer of Rolls-Royce branded motor cars since 2003.
2-11-15; Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway January 23-25:
Early Sunday during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, Magnus Racing's No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America's crew discovered a dead possum inside the front trunk area. Lally said he felt a thump while driving at 5 a.m., but didn’t realize he’d hit anything until crew members opened the front-mounted trunk of the Porsche and discovered the body around 9 a.m.
After removing the possum, which they named "Ballast" the 911 GT Porsche resumed the race. Lally and teammates John Potter, Marco Seefried and Martin Ragginger finished the race in 11th in the GT Daytona class.
Starting its second year, TRG-Aston Martin Racing spent the month of January living and working from the garages at Daytona and the team's east coast facilities in Charlotte preparing for the longest and toughest race of the IMSA TUDOR United Sportscar Championship schedule, the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
Both cars started strong and the 009 team of Riddle, Salazar, DeBoer and Wilson did an outstanding job of driving clean, fast, and smart throughout the entire race with only a small electrical issue and finished P8.
The 007 of James Davison and Christina Nielsen was able to maintain a finish of P13 after an amazing effort by the crew and drivers to get the car on track and salvage as many championship points as possible after being taken out by a Ferrari reentering the track.
The team is now getting ready for the Pirelli World Challenge season opener at the Circuit of the Americas F1 track in Austin, TX, then comes the grueling and demanding 12 Hours of Sebring the weekend of March 19th - 21st..
2-3-15; FIA World Rallycross Press Office:
German team ALL-INKL.COM Muennich Motorsport will compete in all 12 rounds of this year's FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy with two self-developed Audi S3 RX Supercars. The team, which is owned by renowned World Touring Car driver Rene Muennich, will use 2015 as a development year in a bid to fight for the World RX Teams' Championship title in 2016.
Scottsdale 2-1-15; Gooding & Company
David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company: "With nearly a quarter of our lots setting new world auction records and 11 cars selling over $1 million this year’s Scottsdale Auctions proved to be a very strong sale all around. We are proud of the 90% sales rate achieved as it exemplifies our company’s ability to meet the market’s ever-shifting demands and trends while also maintaining our mission to present the highest quality examples to buyers around the world."
Cars Sold for Over $1 Million
Lot 46: 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, sold for: $7,700,000; Lot 132: 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico, sold for: $4,070,000; Lot 109: 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS, sold for: $2,420,000; Lot 138: 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6, sold for: $1,980,000; Lot 25: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, sold for: $1,925,000; Lot 51: 1959 BMW 507 Series II, sold for: $1,815,000; Lot 142: 1988 Porsche 959 Sport, sold for: $1,705,000; Lot 10: 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, sold for: $1,595,000; Lot 149: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, sold for: $1,567,000; Lot 30: 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra, sold for: $1,155,000; Lot 113: 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S, sold for: $1,155,000;
1-28-15 Highland Park IL.
Joe Bortz, of the Motorama Dream Cars fame will be sending his priceless cars off to 2 events this year. For the Cadillac LaSalle Nationals he will provide 2 of his LaSalles, The 1954/55 and the 1955.
For the 2015 Buick Club Of America National Meet in Springfield MO, June 10-13, 2015, he will send off the lovely Buick Wildcat.
1-20-15: UK, McLaren
Limited edition model launched to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the McLaren F1 GTR victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Design and styling inspired by the race-winning chassis #01R McLaren F1 GTR including iconic roof-mounted 'snorkel' air intake. Only 50 models, all coupes, to be made available globally. Collaboration with Peter Stevens, famed designer of the McLaren F1.
1-20-15: Germany, Daimler/Linde
Daimler/Linde joint initiative enters implementation phase: 13 new refueling locations by the end of 2015; Sustainable sourcing of hydrogen (H2) secured; Supported by the German National Innovation Programme (NIP).
Automobile manufacturer Daimler and The Linde Group will team up with oil and gas companies TOTAL, OMV, Avia and Hoyer this year to significantly increase the number of hydrogen fueling stations in Germany.
Dr Andreas Opfermann, Head of Clean Energy & Innovation Management at Linde; "There is no question that fuel-cell technology is reaching maturity. From 2017, we are planning to bring competitively priced fuel-cell vehicles to market."
From 2017, Daimler AG plans to bring mass-produced competitively priced fuel-cell electric vehicles to market.
1-19-15: Alfa Romeo North America
Just introduced a new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Revealed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, this beautiful open-air sports car has Italian curves and beautiful proportions inspired by the legendary 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale.
Next Generation Acura NSX unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. The next-generation Acura NSX, is said to be developed and produced in the U.S and will have a twin-turbocharged engine.
1-12-15: Chevrolet Introduces All-New 2016 Volt
Chevrolet today unveiled the all-new 2016 Volt electric car with extended range, showcasing a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration.
The Volt’s new, efficient propulsion system will offer a General Motors’-estimated total driving range of more than 400 miles and with regular charging, owners are expected to travel more than 1,000 miles on average between gas fill-ups.
1-12-15: NEXT STOP: Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Showcasing close teamwork, performance tuning and precision driving, the Roar Before the January 24-25, 2015 Rolex 24 provided a three-day sneak preview of what’s to come later this month at one of most important international endurance races: the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
For many of the 53 teams here, this compulsory event was the only opportunity to test new equipment and rehearse new team members at Daytona International Speedway.
1-8-15: PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Ferrari returns
Ferrari returns to compete on center stage at Pebble Beach August 16 when the marque of the Prancing Horse takes at the 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Other featured Marques: duPont: The duPont family played a major role in establishing General Motors as we now know it, Just over 30 of these American classics are known to exist, and many will be at the Concours show field.
Designs by Carrozzeria Touring: This Italian coach builder, dating from 1928 was the chosen carrozzeria for many significant marques and models, including the very collectible Alfa Romeo 8C, Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta and Ferrari 212 Inter/Export.
Pope: At one point, the world's largest bicycle manufacturer, Colonel Albert Augustus Pope built automobiles from 1903 to 1915 in many configurations, including some early electric vehicles.
Postwar Cunninghams: Briggs Cunningham, who served among our honorary judges, was an American sportsman who won the America's Cup and built race cars in an attempt to win at Le Mans. In addition to his rare race cars, the Concours will exhibit examples of his exceptional Vignale-built C3 sports cars.
Historic Mercury Customs: Mercury was the marque most popular for customizing from the late 1940s to early 1950s.
10/01/15: from McLaren Automotive
McLaren GT has confirmed at the Autosport International Show the launch of the McLaren GT Young Driver Programme which will see McLaren GT customer teams racing the new 650S GT3 in a number of championships across the world. Drivers Ross Wylie (Scotland, 23) and Andrew Watson (Northern Ireland, 19) will work with McLaren GT, and the existing trio factory drivers of Rob Bell, Kevin Estre and Alvaro Parente to further enhance their skills and knowledge for a competitive career in GT racing.
The McLaren GT Young Driver Programme announcement follows a successful 2014 season, which was brought to a close with a successful competitive debut for the new 650S GT3 at the Gulf 12 Hours. The two young additions to the team mark the start of an exciting year for the Woking based manufacturer. Spearheading this search has been McLaren GT Managing Director, Andrew Kirkaldy, a former McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner.
London new year motor show, January 2015
Greetings from a very cold Europe we have been in the UK for the new year and are now enjoying a very cold snap in Spain
Went to the London new year motor show but of course there were no British cars on display. The future in Europe seems to be smaller cars but fast... luxury interiors... good mileage. Saw a BMW with a two liter power train and a guaranteed 45 mpg with a top speed of 105 mph... that's the future in Europe.
Prices similar to the USA but with a hundred thousand mile warranty etc.
Sealed water system, all the toys including built in GPS that is automatically updated every six months. Automatic brakes for high speed driving etc.
I think the us motor industry had better take a serious look at what they are offering to the world market... the Chinese has a few cars on display but nothing to worry about the only attraction was price if you want a modern Yugo.
They have two such cars with the MG logo; what a bloody joke.
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