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Australia to Showcase Impressive Cars at Queensland

April 1, 2008

Queensland Raceway will be accommodating people at the end of May until June 1st this year for a major event that will be all about displaying cars that are bound to impress people. It’s not just showcasing cars. The excitement factor is upped a notch with the high-performance vehicles going for demonstrations, a series of races, parades, speed trials, timed sprints, and a highlighted show and shine.

Those who have already confirmed in joining the said event are Allan Moffat’s Trans-Am Mustang, Norm Beechey’s Monaro GTS 350 (which won the 1970 Australian Touring Car Championship) and Jim Richards’ 1967 Mustang. Kevin Bartlett, two-time Australian driving champion, will be joining as a celebrity participant. Other big names who will be attending are Show & Shine with HSV, Mustang, Monaro, and American Muscle Car Club.

The timed sprints will compose of sixty Australian and American V8 muscle cars. As for the average speed time trials, you can expect to see 30 exotic sports cars such as Corvette, Jaguar, Lotus, and Porsche.

Jim Richards is one of the patrons and he’s expected to show his brand new Porsche GT 2, which has 252 horsepower, with the “Iseki” Porsche 956C sports car. The latter is a former Vern Schuppan All-Japan Sports Car Championship winner.

source: Full Boost

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Eddie Jordan’s Sports Car Up for Grabs

March 27, 2008

Eddie Jordan is a former Formula One team boss and his Morgan Plus 4 sports car – which only covered only 530 miles – is for sale. Born in Ireland, he founded and formerly owned the Jordan Grand Prix team which he managed to run from 1991 until 2005. Although they weren’t exactly top notch, the team did manage to get a one-two during he 1998 Belgium Grand Prix with Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher.

The Morgan Plus 4 is a classic British sports car manufactured based on the 1950s original model. This car is a modern classic that’s all about throwing in a “big torquey motor in a lightweight car and go!” It is powered by a 2-liter Duratec engine and can go from 0-62 in a space of 7.3 seconds. One can find a leather dash board and console in the interior of the car. This two-seater is enveloped in claret leather and comes with a heated front screen. The wheels are just as impressive: 15-inch stainless steel wire wheels. This is an option that costs around a thousand pounds.

This car may look old and traditional but don’t let that fool you. It’s built to catch up to today’s modern need for speed.

source: Auto Trader

3M Car Care Garage Will Showcase Hot Celebrity Cars

March 18, 2008

Being an exclusive sponsor, the 3M Car care Garage will present 60 to 80 cars of celebrities during the Food Lion Auto Fair at Lowe’s Moto Speedway. This event is held twice per year and is actually distinguished for being the “world’s largest automotive extravaganza.” Some celebrities whose cars are expected to be showcased are LeBron James, Tony Stewart, Geg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The event will start on the third of April and will wrap up on the sixth of April. It will not only present cars of the celebrities but an array of lean, mean machines and environmentally friendly cars as well. This is in the spirit of the theme, which is about a friendly competition between the “mean” cars and the “green” cars.

The 3M Car Care Garage will be presenting demonstrations of the applied technology and modernization used in the 3M products. The Food Lion Auto Fair will be show cars of various brands and models taken from 50 club displays. Numerous parts and memorabilia vendors and a massive flea market will be there to make the fair even more enjoyable. There are a lot more offered in this fair, with the showcasing of celebrity cars as one of the highlights of the said event.

source: Paddock Talk

Batista’s Rides: What Was Tricked Out and What Wasn’t

March 14, 2008

You’d be surprised if you knew the cars that the star wrestler Dave Batista prefers. The first expensive car he bought was a black 2003 BMW 745Li. He confessed that he is still attached to it until now. The outside of this sedan may not look like it houses a fairly spacious interior but it seems to suit Batista just fine. This sleek sedan is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine which has 325 horsepower. It is obviously able to deliver a smooth yet potent ride. If you have any doubts about how a six foot five can fit into it, here is what Batista had to say, “I got it ‘cause it was so roomy.” Apparently, the inside of the 2003 BMW 745Li is spacious and comfortable enough for him, as he hadn’t done any changes to the car. True to the BMW’s elegant and luxurious nature, the materials used for trimming the cabin are leather, brushed aluminum and wood.

What else was Batista gushing about his first ever lavish car? The wheels. He said, “It has really nice rims, Asanti (22-inch) with black centers. The cool thing about the rims is that they have a six-inch deep-dish lip, which is not real common. I have the Strut grille package. I shaved off the BMW emblems, and had Strut put on it. People ask me all the time what kind of car it is.”

Other cars one can find in his garage are an immaculate-looking Mercedes Benz SL500 with 20-inch Asanti rims and a Hummer H2 which he drives the most. He had some changes made to the Hummer H2, like a sound system comprised of four 1000-watt Alpine amps and eight Kicker subs.

source: DuPont Registry

Tennis Players Aren’t Just for Clay Courts

February 27, 2008

“Having a passion for cars and motor sport, I am really looking forward to the opportunity to be part of all the GP action.” That is what Mark Philippoussis, the Australian tennis player champion, said about being included in the 2008 FORMULA 1™ ING Australian Grand Prix. The race is going to be held in Melbourne, Australia.

Philippoussis was one of the recent additions to the list of participants for the said event. The 193 centimeters tall Aussie tennis player will be in the race along with other athletes across various sports such as ALF, athletics, basketball, cricket, netball, rugby, soccer, and surfing.

The tall stature of Philippoussis was a bit of a concern for a moment, as there were qualms about him being able to fit into the vehicle that he would be using, the Celebrity Challenge Fiat 500. All worries were dispelled when he climbed into the Fiat and fitted in just right. The Fiat 500 is one of the hottest cars in Europe, with the proof of being awarded in different occasions several times. David Stone, General Manager of Fiat Cars in Australia, had something to say about the Fiat 500: “With its outstanding advance sales, its unique parentage and cheeky good looks, the new Fiat 500 is already a celebrity in its own right.”

source: Scoop

David Beckham’s Car Collection

February 12, 2008

With $1 million earned per week, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that David Beckham, the world-renowned soccer player married to none other than Spice Girls’ “Posh Spice” Victoria, has a fleet of cars which would make anyone’s eyes pop. One of the cars he owns is the Aston Martin DB7 is a sleek sports car powered by a V6 engine. It gives off a top speed of 171 mpg, providing stunning acceleration and power, able to go from 0 mph to 60 mph in just a matter of 5.4 seconds. Its interior leather and heated seats finishes off its truly one-of-a-kind experience when driving or riding it. The new model, the DB7 Coupe, is offered in the market at £96,250. It is made even better because they allow you to personalize it. Selections of adding personal touches include overmats and wire mesh grilles. Handling and power enhancements are also offered from the Driving Dynamics range.

Yet another remarkable car of Beckham is the Bentley Continental GT. This model is “inspired by the grace and power of Bentley’s thoroughbred bloodline.” The Continental GT combines power and world-class performance. It comes in three different colors: Beluga, Diamond Black and Midnight Emerald. It has either 19-inches or 20-inches chrome wheels. Other options are available, such as the painted finish. The interior is not ignored. It has engine start/stop button, gear lever and infotainment system, and 4-spoke steering wheel with gear shift paddles. These are just to name a few. The Continental GT has a 6-liter engine with twin turbochargers. These turbochargers make it possible to speed up the power output to 552bhp. Not only that but its internal efficiency results to the decrease in the emissions of CO2 as well as fuel consumption. The Bentley Continental GT offers 479 lb-ft torque. All of this makes for a thrilling drive.

Other noteworthy car David Beckham owns are BMW X5, Chrysler grand Voyager, Ferrari 550 Maranello, Ford F-Series pickup, Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, Prosche 911 (993) Turbo, and TVR Cerbera.

source: MSN Cars UK

Dan Wheldon: “I’m a First-Class Flipper”

February 9, 2008

His career track is not something to be looked down. Well into his fifth season of racing competition, the 29 year-old English already impressed a lot of people with his skilled driving. He already has eleven wins in his IndyCar career, not to mention holding victory at the Indianapolis 500. Dan Wheldon belongs to Target IndyCar team, which has garnered five championship titles and forty-six wins. Admitting that he’s more of the laid-back, introverted type and that he’s not that scary when driving on the usual roads, Dan Wheldon also says that in the matter of cars he’s a “flipper.” To quote from him, “I admit it: I’m a first-class flipper… Not so long ago I had seven cars in the driveway . . . a new BMW M6, a BMW 330i, and a tricked-out Range Rover. I forget the rest. I woke up one morning and just decided to flip them. So this guy comes round, offers me a quarter of a million for the lot, and by five o’clock they’re on his truck and away.”

His collection of cars is just as impressive. His collection is definitely not something to be scoffed at. Not counting his race car, a Honda-powered, single-eat with 240-.p.h. (385 km-h), one of the cars Dan Wheldon owns is an Aston DB9. This particular model had cost him $200,000. He also loves his monster truck, the black Hummer H2, which he tweaked a little. The said Hummer now has 20-inch chrome rims. Another car included in his collection is an all-wheel drive Acura RL. He had it customized with 20-inch wheels. His plans of customizing his stealthy-black Acura do not end there. He wants to have it lowered with a television system installed at the back. “I want something different than the usual seven-inch screens in the back of the headrests. I’m looking at having a 20-inch LCD screen mounted on some kind of adjustable bracket on the center console. I’m still refining the idea.”

In a more sentimental note, Dan Wheldon has kept the red 2005 Corvette Indy Pace Car. He claims he would never sell it, as it would always be a reminder to him of that particularly significant victory back in 2005. “Winning the 500 is the best. It really puts a stamp on your career, really puts you on the map. It was definitely a defining moment for me. It’s certainly a wonderful feeling to be in the company of the racing greats who’ve won it in the past: A. J. Foyt and Rick Mears, and Britain’s Graham Hill and Jim Clark.”

Other cars he owns are a Jaguar XKR Coupe and an Acura MDX sport. Dan Wheldon says that he gets a kick out of constantly having something new to play with. Given his striking car collection, it is clear that he really does enjoy cars – whether racing on the tracks or driving on roads.

source: The Standard

Roy Orpheus and His Fleet of Seven Vehicles

January 30, 2008

Owning the latest or one of the luxury cars is one of the ways professional football players manifest their celebration of success. Orpheus Roye, the defensive tackle belonging to the National Football League’s Cleveland Browns, is one of them. Not having a lot when he was growing up, he sees his collection of vehicles as an indication that he’s made it and he’s still making it. Roy thinks of them as a reward to the hard work he’s been doing. Some of the vehicles he has are 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class coupe, 2005 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged, 2006 Bentley Flying Spur, 2007 Mercedes S550 sedan, and finally, a white 2007 Maybach 57S.

Other NFL stars seen sporting fancy vehicles around town are the following:

Ronnie brown with his 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550
Rod Coleman with his BMW 645i
Jamar Fletcher with his 2005 Bentley GT Continental
Dion Grant with his 2008 Mercedes CL63
Carlos Rogers with his 2007 Mercedes S550
Emmitt Smith with his 2008 Cadillac Escalade ESV

It is worth it to know that Emmett Smith is a retired National Football League player, best known for his thirteen years of playing for the Dallas Cowboys team. Emmitt Smith has won three Super Bowl rings with previously mentioned team. Not only that but he was also named eight times in the Pro Bowl. He is currently an ESPN analyst.

source: The Kansas CW

Ford Ka is a smart choice

August 11, 2007

Some athletes just need to have choices when it comes to their rides. Wayne Mark Rooney is one of them. When he don’t feel like driving his BMW, he goes for his Ford Ka.

Ford Ka

This Ford offers numerous features from the precise steering, slick gearchange and strong chassis.  Initially, Ford Ka was   offered in three trim levels, the base Ka, the Ka2 and Ka3. All three came with five-speed manual gearbox, driver’s airbag and a split-fold rear seat. It wasn’t until June 1997 that the base model included power steering.

Ka2s was the popular model with its central locking, electric windows, driver’s seat-height adjustment and power steering. There were few that favored the Ka3, which is equipped with its air-conditioning, alloys, CD player and metallic paint.

Dyer like it fast with a Ferrari

August 10, 2007

Kieron DyerAnother great athlete with nice wheels is Kieron Dyer. He goes to his matches with the Ferrari 360.

Dyer’s football career began with his hometown team, Ipswich Town, whom he signed for as a 17-year-old trainee in 1996. He broke into the Ipswich first team during his first season at the club, and quickly established a reputation as one of the top youngsters in English football outside of the Premier League. He spent three years at Portman Road, then requested a transfer in order to further his international prospects, after Ipswich failed to gain promotion through the playoffs into the Premier League in 1999.

Ferrari 360

The Ferrari 360 has the 3586cc V8 engine, which is Ferrari’s most powerful normally aspirated V8, producing 400bhp, a 0-62mph time of 4.5sec and a top speed of 183mph.