Today’s Aston Martin seeks to cultivate a crisp, modern, James Bond in a very trim suit image. There was a time when things over there were more double-breasted, when they succeeded in building the most powerful (and possibly most moronic) car in the world. This story originally ran on Nov. 7, 2014 and is being featured again for the Jalopnik Christmas Evergreen Bonanza. In 1987, Ford bought a 75-percent stake in Aston Martin. In 1994, Ford bought it outright, and in 1999 rolled it into their doomed Premium Auto Group. Or Premium Something Group. I can’t even be bothered to look up its exact name, but it was a loose confederacy of Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, maybe Mercury, and Aston Martin. The keen-eyed among you will note that it does not make sense to have the same company running both Jaguar and Aston Martin. They compete with each other for the ‘dumb Americans who want to look fancy’ market that so strongly defines the modern British auto … [Read more...] about When Aston Martin Built The Most Powerful (And Stupid) Car In The World
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May 9, 2018, St. Louis Region – Officials from Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, and the ARCA Midwest Tour, a leading short track auto racing sanctioning body, announced today they are in the initial planning stages for a major asphalt Super Late Model race in 2019. Chris Blair, GMP’s Executive Vice President and General Manager and Gregg McKarns, ARCA’s Midwest Tour President, are planning an event to take place in the fall of 2019. The event, a non-points race on the 1.25-mile oval, would take place in late October following the completion of the majority of the regional series in the Midwest and Southeast. “One of our goals has been to build a true year-end specialty event for asphalt Super Late Models that is in a convenient location so we can reach racers from all areas,’ said Blair. “Gregg and I have been kicking around the idea for nearly three years and our next step is to finalize a date and start laying the groundwork for … [Read more...] about Plans under way for major Super Late Model race in 2019, will replace 2018 Midwest Tour event • Gateway Motorsports Park
Sean Bratches, Formula One’s managing director of commercial operations, admitted that Miami will be the “perfect destination” for a new event in the calendar, as plans for a Grand Prix in the city next October moved a step closer. The City of Miami Commission will vote next week on whether to proceed with plans for Formula 1 to hold a street race in the city. Sean Bratches has frequently spoken of adding ‘destination’ events to the calendar since he was appointed to the role of commercial chief upon Liberty Media’s acquisition of the sport in early 2017. Should the plans come to fruition it would be the first new Grand Prix added under Liberty’s watch, with a provisional October date on the 2019 calendar, with the contract running through 2028. US entrepreneur Stephen Ross, who holds a majority stake in the Miami Dolphins, has also been revealed as a supporter of the proposed event: “Earlier today the City of Miami Commission took an … [Read more...] about Sean Bratches comments on the possibility of a Formula 1 race in Miami
The Duke and RC-series of motorcycles from KTM India are easily the most performance-oriented offerings in their respective segments. Moreover, they look sufficiently modern and even a touch radical. However, today, on this page, we have images and details of as many as 10 modified KTMs from around the world that make these Katooms nothing like anything else anywhere in the world. Badmaash by Rajputana Customs Done up by Jaipur-based Rajputana Custom Motorcycles, this modified KTM 390 Duke has been named as the ‘Badmaash’. The Badmaash gets blacked out 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 120mm and 140mm wide dual purpose Ralco tires respectively. The stock fairing has been replaced with a round LED headlight while the front-end gets a sleeker mudguard. The custom fuel tank carries a multi-information LCD display. The motorcycle carries a Scrambler look and looks pretty neat. The motorcycle looks very tasty in the black-white dual-tone paint job. The 373.3cc engine has been given … [Read more...] about 10 gorgeously MODIFIED KTM Duke 200, 390 & RC390s from around the world
On a bright spring day in Amsterdam, car buffs stepped inside a blacked-out warehouse to nibble on lamb skewers and sip rhubarb cocktails courtesy of Lynk & Co., which was showing off its new hybrid SUV. What seemed like just another launch of a new vehicle was actually something more: the coming-out party for China’s globally ambitious auto industry. For the first time, a Chinese-branded car will be made in Western Europe for sale there, with the ultimate goal of landing in U.S. showrooms. That’s the master plan of billionaire Li Shufu, who has catapulted from founding Geely Group as a refrigerator maker in the 1980s to owning Volvo Cars, British sports carmaker Lotus, London Black Cabs and the largest stake in Daimler AG, the inventor of the automobile. Li is spearheading China’s aspirations to wedge itself among the big three of the global car industry the U.S., Germany and Japan so they become the Big Four. “I want the whole world to hear the cacophony … [Read more...] about China aims to be major player in global auto industry
America loves its pickup trucks and on the face of things, it’s easy to see why. Unlike other vehicles, pickup trucks allow you to tow large cargo, drive through poor weather and rough terrain, and carry large items in the bed while being comfortable. But there’s one problem with pickup trucks – they’re too big. Midsize pickups have become popular recently, as consumers are starting to realize that having a pickup that can tow 20,000 pounds is like having a bunker for the end of the world. It’s great when you need it, but how often will it come in handy? That answer to the latter question, for the majority of drivers, is rarely. Even midsize trucks, though, like the Chevrolet Colorado may prove to be too much for drivers. When properly equipped, the Colorado has a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. Unless you’re a construction worker, farmer, or track junkie that’s towing a race car on a weekly basis, the Colorado’s big, bulky, and way too … [Read more...] about Why In The World Hasn’t Volkswagen Made An Official Beetle Pickup?
It’s a Thursday morning in January, and the temperature in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a relatively balmy 70 degrees, a far cry from the frigid winter weather that’s been gripping much of the nation. There are no heavy jackets or snow boots in sight here at the Bonhams auction. Instead, those perusing the wide array of dream machines for sale are in their short sleeves nibbling on fruit and muffins and washing them down with a mimosa—or if the previous evening went long, a stiff Bloody Mary. Scottsdale Auction Week, as it has come to be known, marks the unofficial opening of the annual auction season. It’s also become one of the go-to events in the world to buy and sell classic and collectible vehicles. There’s anticipation in the air this year, with the primary question on the minds of most auction aficionados being how well the market has held up since the key sales in Monterey last August during the Pebble Beach festivities. There are seven auction houses … [Read more...] about Three Days in the Desert at the 2018 Scottsdale Auctions
On August 1 1976, Niki Lauda had an accident at the German Grand Prix held on the Nordschleife. It was so bad, it disfigured Lauda for the rest of his life, not to mention the intense battle he fought for his life in the burns ward of the defense hospital in Koblenz. Six weeks later he was back at the Italian Grand Prix, finishing fourth! Niki Lauda lost the championship title to James Hunt that year by a single point. The last race at a very wet Japan got difficult for him as the fire had burnt away his tear ducts and his eyes began watering excessively forcing him to retire on just the second lap. The next year, Niki Lauda claimed his second world championship title. Alex Zanardi 1991, the Dutch TT. A young Australian who was well on his way to a debut MotoGP world championship that year had a massive shunt during practice. Complications arose after a surgery on his right leg, the tibia and fibula were broken, did not go as planned, and Michael 'Mick' Doohan nearly had to get his … [Read more...] about Racers are a little mad to do the things they do!
The east coast of Florida offers resort areas both timeless and tacky, from the secluded estates of the wealthy to aging public boardwalks whose underbellies house the homeless at night. Daytona Beach, 130 miles south of the Georgia line and twice that far from the glitz of Miami at the southern tip of the peninsula, could be just another stop on the beach highway, another refuge for snowbirds escaping places like New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Instead, thanks to a series of events and a cast of characters only a novelist could conjure, Daytona Beach has an international imprint. It is one of a handful of towns that legitimately can boast of being a motorsports capital of the first order. Although that claim now is centered at the giant Daytona International Speedway complex four miles from the ocean, DIS has been Daytona Beach’s crown jewel only since 1959. That’s six decades, yes, but the area’s racing history runs longer and deeper, even if … [Read more...] about Daytona: How Daytona Beach, Florida became the ‘World Center of Racing’
With the first year of Liberty Media’s reign over Formula 1 in the books, it is time to assess the impact they have made since taking over from Bernie Ecclestone.“F1 has huge potential with multiple untapped opportunities,” said new chairman and CEO, Chase Carey, upon confirmation of Liberty Media’s £8bn takeover in January 2017.“I have enjoyed hearing from the fans, teams, FIA, promoters and sponsors on their ideas and hopes for the sport.“We will work with all of these partners to enhance the racing experience and add new dimensions to the sport and we look forward to sharing these plans overtime.”12 months on, Liberty are beginning to tap into those opportunities – but do those aforementioned partners really have faith in their vision? Bridging the gapThere was only one reason why there were multiple untapped opportunities in Formula 1 and that was because of Bernie Ecclestone.His dictatorship kept the sport in the dark ages and … [Read more...] about Are Liberty taking Formula 1 in the right direction?