The moment was like that of a bedraggled and thirsty bandito stumbling across a well in the middle of the Mexican desert. Or Henry Stanley finally finding Dr. David Livingstone. It was catharsis. It was all I could do to stop myself from sinking to my feet and sobbing gently, right there on the sidewalk of 14th Street. I was standing in front of a bona-fide, American issue 2010 Chevy Camaro SS. Click link for rest of article.
In my humble opinion, Formula One is a sport unparalleled in prestige, tradition, wealth, gamesmanship, sportsmanship and simple, old fashioned bravado. Sure, it’s had its low moments over the years, but name me a sport which hasn’t. The thing is, all this doesn’t automatically mean good entertainment. However in 2011, they really have got it right. Here’s why.
A car launch is a wonderful thing, and I do my utmost to appreciate every aspect of it. The flights, the airport lounges, the car itself, the expensive hotel, the expensive food, and then all of that repeated on day two. And every now and then a manufacturer will just fire the accountant and go nuts. Which, I imagine, is exactly what I’ve just experienced on the national launch of the BMW 6-Series Convertible.
So while the likes of DSquared2 are tarting up the MINI Countryman (here), I see they are looking at launching a MINI Roadster quite soon. I couldn’t get confirmation from MINI SA about this, let alone when they will be bringing them to SA. But if they do…. Mmm mm! We got hold of a [...]
If you haven’t heard of The Beast, the official Presidential limo, well then I suppose Google is your friend. It’s flown around the world with Obama, and features such things as a blood transfusion device. No spice. Here it is getting very, very stuck in Dublin. A fairly low-tech problem, but what do the Secret Service actually do about it?
Car Magazine’s May issue is ever so slightly different from previous incarnations. Sure, there’s a hot car on the cover. The typeface “CAR” is as red, and bold, as ever. All of the usual sluglines are there. And then you notice this QR code at the bottom left-hand corner of the cover.
Ciro De Siena “works” as a car journalist. Sure, it’s tough to view driving a different car every week and writing about it as work, but it’s not all Bentleys and Champagne, he assures us. Every week he’ll review whatever it is that happens to be in his driveway, starting today with the Audi TT-RS, a manic version of your estate agent’s company car.
It’s definitely the bigger Murcielago, and judging by this new side-view of the car on the flatbed, I’m also guessing its the convertible version.
We heard a rumour that a Lambo ended tyres-up after an accident on De Waal drive. The Twitterverse has been kind to us and we have a picture from the scene of the accident. We sincerely hope everyone involved walked away unharmed!
Some naughty US websites broke the press embargo a few hours ago, but these are the first official images of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle. And we dare say it looks superb!
Terrible things happen in Pretoria. Three people were killed when their drag race went horribly wrong on Voortrekker Road on 3 April. But that doesn’t mean that it’s anywhere near the best place to die in a car crash in this country.
It’s quite big day for Volkswagen, and a big day for the internet really. VW is about to launch the new Beetle simultaneously in Shanghai, Berlin and New York, and the best part is you can watch it live. We’ve got all the info and VW’s brilliant Superbowl ad for the new Bug.
The Vida parking lot. The school parking lot. That side road next to Caprice. Essentially the natural habitat of the modern-day Mini, which just doesn’t seem suited to barrelling down a dirt road in Sardinia on a Sunday, with some Finnish guy at the wheel. But back in the day, the Mini was a giant slayer in World Rally, and it’s back.
The British newspaper, The Daily Mirror, that all too reliable and chock-full of journalistic integrity source, has claimed that Top Gear host, Jeremy Clarkson, is cheating on his wife with a colleague.
How often do you forget where you parked your car in a packed parking lot? It’s one of the annoying little ‘jokes’ that life loves to play on us. And it makes you look really lame on a first date when you can’t find your wheels after dinner and a movie. An Australian schoolboy has developed an app to help you.
As part of an advertising campaign for toy car line Hot Wheels, a facade loop was installed alongside a highway in Bogotá, Colombia, mimicking the loop tracks that you’re always a little crushed to discover woulnd’t work in real life. It looks pretty rad. Nice job, Hot Wheels. Nice job, Colombia.
A US Lambo owner spun his pride and joy into the curb [we've got the video] and blames his ropey shoes. Sure buddy, you’ve got a supercar or two but can’t afford a new pair of GrassHoppers. Bugatti greenlights their next car, which will have four doors and a poncy name, and Jeremy Clarkson’s home is attacked by militant dog-walkers.
Lamborghini has introduced designs for the Aventador LP-700, successor to the Murcielago; it is a sexy car from a sexy company, so it is more or less fitting that the designs are pretty sexy-looking too. It’s named for a bull from a 1993 bull-fight, which makes this ethically iffy, but hey. Look for sexy images after the cut.
Jerry Seinfeld has over 40 Porsches. Ralph Lauren has a taste for vintage. Jay Leno had a car built with a helicopter turbine engine. I’m fascinated by car collections because it’s pretty much exactly what I’m going to spend my money on when I make my billions. After all, you can’t take Penelope Cruz’s sister on a date in a rare Picasso.
Some time ago Top Gear aired a show in which the Tesla Roadster electric car was put through it’s paces. It ran out of electricity, and then had to be pushed back into the garage. Tesla said the test was rigged, and they plan on getting even.
This the long-awaited preview to the upcoming Ayrton Senna movie, which looks to be the greatest film of all time about the greatest driver of all time. The last time I cried in a movie was when MaCauley Culkin died in My Girl, but I’m fully expecting tears of raw man-emotion to roll during this one. Video after the jump.
Borre Erstad and Paul Age Olsen from Bergen in Norway waited patiently for the search engine’s car after receiving a tip off that the drivers were in the area. This is the sort of stunt that you can only dream of pulling off, but, these guys actually did it. Awesome ambushing footage after the jump.
The Red Bull tyre-burning bonanza has moved from Marine Drive, Blouberg, to the Killarney Race Track, which is just up the road really. They announced this about an hour ago. If you show up at Marine Drive on Sunday you will witness precisely nothing, except for the usual kite-skaters and some severely hungover bar managers, emerging into the light.
Employing a visual “shock factor” has long been a staple of effective television advertising. But damn this is a nice change. The Australian Office of Road Safety published this ad and it could be just as powerful a prevention as the explicitly showing blood, guts and gore on the road.
This hurts me somewhere deep inside. A customer disgusted by the poor service at Lamborghini China service station responded to the situation by hiring a mob with sledgehammers to tear into his Lamborghini Gallardo L140 – this, apparently, to draw attention to poor customer service.
The creative peeps over at CAR Magazine sent me this video, with my face plastered over the driver’s face, filmed during a wildly fast hotlap on some track somewhere. It’s pretty sick. What’s more, YOU can get your own made as well! All you gotta do is ‘like’ the CAR Magazine Facebook page and upload [...]
If you’ve ever been keen to do the world famous Gumball Rally, or perhaps, like me, you have discussed the need for something similar to be hosted here at home – but with a more African vibe to it – look no further, my boet! The Put Foot Rally 2011 is here and registration is [...]
News is depressing today, so let’s look at this. GM commissioned the construction of a life-size replica of their Chevrolet Orlando, soon to be launched in the UK; they used about 1000kg of clay to build it over a course of two weeks. It’ll be on display in Essex for a couple more days.
All car manufacturers want a website like the new MINI.co.za website. That’s just a fact. So go and check it out – It’s got everything you need and answers to every question that you might have. And yes, it has the most killer shots of every model! I’ll be honest, I’m loving my Countryman, but [...]