The Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger was believed stolen and dumped at sea – however, investigators may have finally tracked it down elsewhere… The Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger , arguably the most iconic vehicle of all time, was assumed lost after criminal activity whisked the vehicle away 19 years ago. However, Aston’s pinnacle of cinematic automotive history could well be in rude health – hidden away in the Middle East, according to speculation. Frenzied talk though the grapevine accounts for a syndicate tracking down the DB5 'effects car', one of two 1964 models employed for filming the legendary 1960s spy flick, a cinematic adventure that set the tone for all future Bond movies. See also... The Goldeneye DB5 has been sold to a museum – but not just any museum... Fancy a bit of the 007 experience? Have a look inside Sölden's new 007 Elements Fancy buying a DB5 rather than stealing it? We've got loads for sale! … [Read more...] about What happened to the original Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5?
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The results are shocking. Is there any vehicle more iconic than the Willys Jeep ? This automotive institution has seen countless unique transformations from passionate owners who love to customize the humble little Jeep. From the bus-like Jeepneys of the Philippines to this stainless steel EV conversion featured on Hagerty’s MODIFIED video series, there's simply nothing the Willys Jeep can’t do. So does a classic Willys Jeep make for a good EV conversion platform? The Jeep Willys platform is a ridiculously simple body-on-frame setup with leaf springs and solid axles. It doesn’t get much simpler than a Willys Jeep which makes them the perfect candidate for extreme modifications like this EV conversion. The team at AI Design, a New York-based custom automotive tuning and engineering organization went to work fulfilling the owner's dream of an EV-powered Willys Jeep. The owner inherited this stainless-steel bodied Jeep from his grandfather who stored it in a garage. After … [Read more...] about Electric Willys Jeep Restomod Carries Only Two Original Parts
During the opening two F1 races of the season, Aston Martin voiced unease that the change to floor rules for 2021, aimed at cutting downforce, had excessively punished the low rake concept cars the most. Team principal Otmar Szafnauer suggested that the performance swing between the high-rake and low-rake cars could be as much as one second per lap. Szafnauer wanted the FIA to respond with some rule tweaks to level the playing field this season, and did not completely dismiss the idea of legal action if a positive response was not forthcoming. However, Aston Martin's complaints have found little support among rival competitors, who are clear that they believe that the right procedures were followed by the FIA and F1 in coming up with the floor solution. Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said: "There is a governance in place and if you need to change aero rules, you need to go through that governance. "As Ferrari, we believe what was said on the safety reasons was … [Read more...] about Rivals believe Aston has no grounds to dispute aero rules
Bottas and Russell collided at high-speed on the approach to Turn 2 midway through the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix while battling for ninth place, causing a huge crash that forced the race to be red-flagged. Both drivers were quick to blame each other for causing the shunt, only for Williams driver Russell to ultimately apologise to Bottas after some fiery initial statements in the hours following the crash. Russell said that he planned to call Bottas to clear the air over the incident, having originally implied that the Mercedes driver may have defended differently against someone else. Russell is a member of Mercedes' junior programme, and is widely tipped for a future seat with the team. Bottas revealed on Thursday that he had not spoken to Russell since they met with the stewards at Imola - who took no action, deeming it to be a racing incident - and that he was happy to put it in the past. "I heard about his post and apology, and I read it," Bottas said when asked by … [Read more...] about Bottas: Russell Imola incident “done and dusted” after apology
Autodrom Most will make its WSBK debut as part of a five-year agreement that will run through till 2025, with the inaugural event slated on August 6-8 this year. The Czech venue essentially replaces Philip Island on the calendar, with WSBK having to cancel the Australian event - originally postponed to an unspecified date - due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the championship said that the Melbourne-based circuit will return to the calendar in 2022, occupying its traditional season-opening slot. No other changes were announced to the 2021 schedule, which means the new Mandalika Street Circuit in Indonesia is now set to host the title decider on November 12-14 subject to homologation. The season will kick off at Aragon in Spain on May 21-23, with further events scheduled in Portugal, Italy, the UK and the Netherlands before the championship makes its inaugural visit to the Czech Republic. Spain will host three more rounds in the second half of the season, … [Read more...] about Czech Republic added to WSBK calendar, Australia axed