Archive for December, 2007

2008 Gumball 3000 – San Fran, L.A., San Diego, Vegas, North Korea, Shanghai & Beijing Olympics

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2008 Gumball 3000 – 10th Anniversary World Tour

San Francisco
Los Angeles
San Diego
Las Vegas
Pyongyang (North Korea)
Shanghai
Beijing (DURING Olympics)

August 8-16 2008

`From the USA to China, in 8 days! Setting off from San Francisco and crossing the finish line in Beijing at the Olympics – the `10th Anniversary’ Gumball is nothing short of spectacular!

With full support from the Chinese and US Governments, 120 cars will drive the 3000 mile route infront of thousands of onlookers, enjoying VIP parties, music concerts, race circuits and check points along the route. Upon reaching Las Vegas all cars and drivers will be airlifted to spend an unprecedented night in the undiscovered city of Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, to watch the incredible `Mass Games’ before being reunited the following day with their vehicles in Shanghai. The route will then continue to Zhengzhou, incorporating a `Kung Fu’ display that would impress Bruce Lee, before crossing the finish line in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square!

Expect to see just about every super, luxury, American Muscle, vintage and futuristic vehicle participating, from Bugatti Veyrons to the electric Tesla; and with an A-list of rock stars, supermodels, sporting legends, eccentrics, billionaires and Hollywood’s finest, this is going to be a real once in a lifetime experience!’

Maximillion Cooper

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Merry Christmas! Don’t forget to leave out some fine Cubans and a single malt scotch for Santa!

[Source: Gumball 2008 press release from Maximillion Cooper’s Blog
by Max - posted at 2007-19-12 10:38

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Confirmed: New Acura NSX to Arrive in 2010

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Confirming widespread speculation, American Honda Motor Co. Inc. CEO Tesuo Iwamura told WardsAuto.com “We are developing it without any delay, so most probably we will have it in the period we already promised”. The car will arrive in 2010.

However, 2010 is at least a year later than the 2008-2009 time frame earlier set by Honda Motor Co. Ltd. CEO Takeo Fukui.

“We are now focused on the development of a new model to succeed the Acura NSX for a new era,” Fukui said in a July 2005 speech. “We would like to debut a new super sports car equipped with a V-10 engine in three to four years.”

Last January, Honda unveiled the Acura Advanced Sports Car concept (see photo below) at the North American International Auto Show, saying it hinted at the new Acura NSX.

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[Source: WardsAuto.com, WorldCarFans.com]

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Fernando Alonso Returns to Renault

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In 2008, two-time world champion cry baby Fernando Alonso is going back to Renault! Alonso has signed a 2 year, $50m per season deal to once again drive for managing director Flavio Briatore (Heidi Klum’s baby’s papa), with whom he won the Drivers Championship in 2005 and 2006.

Fernando is leaving McLaren, the team he joined in 2007 after a very turbulent season. Alonso and the team principal Ron Dennis are parting on bad terms, to put it mildly.

Alonso will also get all the requisite perks he no doubt demanded, including minimal sponsor work, an easy exit clause, and number one driver status within the team. His team-mate will be another 22 year old rookie that started racing while in diapers; Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr (Piquet Sr is a 3-Time World Champion) who was a test driver for the Renault F1 team in 2007.

This new twist to the F1 soap opera is especially interesting, as Renault was the top team when they had Fernando. They won the championship 2 years back to back. But as soon as Fernando was gone, the Renault team became crap… usually running mid-field, and having a disappointing 2007 season If Fernando’s return to Renault brings Renault back to the front of the pack, it will really show how much effect the driver can have on the car.

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Flavio Briatore:
“We are delighted to be welcoming Fernando back home to the team where he enjoyed his greatest success. His abilities as a driver and a team leader are well known, and we look forward to forging another strong partnership. What’s more, he knows the team well and how we operate; he will feel comfortable straight away in this environment.”

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Nelson Piquet Jr:
“First of all, I want to thank Flavio and Renault for putting their confidence in me for 2008,” said Piquet. “It is a fantastic opportunity to make my Formula One debut with one of the top teams on the grid, and alongside one of the very best drivers in the sport. This drive is something I have been working towards since the end of 2006, and I am proud that my performances as test driver have earned me this position. I am looking forward to teaming up with Fernando, and learning from him. As a rookie, there is no better way to start your career than to have a double world champion as your reference point.”

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Fernando Alonso:
“I am delighted to be returning to Renault,” said Alonso. “This is the team where I grew up as a driver in Formula One. Now it is time for us to begin a new chapter together. I am very excited about working with this great team once more, and confident that together we can move back to the front of the field. Renault had a difficult year in 2007, but I know that the team has real strength in depth. I am confident they can produce a fast and competitive car and be back at the top in 2008.”

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Back To The Future Flux Capacitor Replica

What can I say other than I want one.


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Pre-Order before January 1, 2008 for the low low price of $220 or pay $275 after January 1st for delivery April 30th, 2008.

Order Page: Back To The Future Flux Capacitor Replica

[Source: Engadget.com]

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