Art cars can be an equally exciting and controversial endeavour . Throughout the years, the meeting of automotive and artistic minds has given us a number of special vehicles ranging from road machines all the way to Le Mans-winning race cars. Regardless, Porsche recently released an artful interpretation on its Taycan 4S. The German automaker joined forces with acclaimed American artist Richard Phillips to create an automotive work of art. With the all-electric sportscar standing in as the canvas, the project unsurprisingly took on a natural theme. For the art car, Phillips adapted his large-scale Queen of the Night painting – originally completed in 2010. Gallery: Porsche Taycan Art Car 9 Photos “The result is this creation, which reflects the guiding principles of sustainability and electromobility and of course also places a strong focus on nature in … [Read more...] about Would you drive this crazy-looking Porsche Taycan art car for sale?
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 CHATHAM, Va. - The land came first, 5,557 acres of forest purchased two years after the Revolutionary War by a Virginia slaveholder and future congressman. The mansion came next - a symbol of fortune and power built by enslaved workers, who spent seven years assembling the stately home brick by brick until it was finally finished in 1825. "It's been occupied by a Walter Coles and his wife ever since then," says the latest Walter Coles - the fifth of that name - as he sits in the same parlor his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather all sat in before him, recounting the history of Coles Hill as his predecessors look down from portraits on all four walls. Coles, 84, is one of countless Americans who still benefit from the wealth accumulated by America's 18th- and 19th-century slaveholders. And his … [Read more...] about Their wealth was built on slavery. Now a new fortune lies underground.
The celebrity comeback has become a cliche in recent years - an expected stop on the trolley car of fame, a required slide in a talent manager's PowerPoint presentation. Comebacks rely on our nostalgia but, even more, on the entertainment industry's need to fill endless hours of programming time. They're business now. Then there's the return of Brendan Fraser. This one feels good. This one feels personal. Fraser plays a very big man in a little movie called "The Whale," which opens in theaters Dec. 9. When it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, the actor received an eight-minute standing ovation that left him and the audience in tears. Best actor trophy talk immediately ensued, and three months later he's still the bookmaker's choice, in part because no one outside festival audiences has seen "The Whale" and in part because everyone seems happy to have Brendan Fraser back. Which prompts a question: Why? He never actually went away. The truth is that we've come … [Read more...] about Brendan Fraser’s comeback says less about him than it says about us
Otmar Szafnauer says the F1 paddock used to joke that if Charles Whiting ever left his role as race director, the sport would need “at least three people” to replace him. Turned out that was the truth. Whiting was Formula 1’s long-time race director, a man respected by everyone in the paddock and one who knew his job inside and out. He played a massive role contributing towards improving safety standards, such as the introduction of Halo, as well as the inclusion of the HANS device and front and side impact structures. He sadly passed away on the eve of the 2019 season, F1 journalist Adam Cooper described him as the “perfect man for the difficult role of referee”. How much Formula 1 would miss him came to pass in the ensuing years. The Briton’s role went to Michael Masi, a tenure that was blighted by strange decisions but none more perplexing that his decision to allow only some of the lapped cars between race leader Lewis Hamilton and P2’s Max Verstappen to unlap … [Read more...] about Otmar Szafnauer on the Charlie Whiting joke that turned out to be true
Sebastian Vettel has recounted a story from his first-ever Formula 1 test, when future team-mate Mark Webber came to his rescue… Vettel’s F1 tenure came to an end at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the end of November, with the German driver calling time on his illustrious career after making his full-time debut in 2008 after appearances with BMW-Sauber and Toro Rosso in 2007. During his climb into F1, Vettel enjoyed the backing of BMW alongside Red Bull and won the 2004 Formula BMW ADAC championship with 18 wins from 20 races. Part of his reward for this campaign was a test of the Williams FW27 F1 car, with the Grove-based squad enjoying a works relationship with BMW at the time. Vettel, then a slightly-built 18-year-old, showed up at Jerez for his test, and had the chance to work alongside Williams’ full-time race driver Mark Webber on the day. While Vettel and Webber would have a fractious relationship during their time working together at Red Bull years later, that … [Read more...] about Sebastian Vettel reveals how ‘kind’ Mark Webber helped him at first F1 test
Listen to this article In a meeting with all 17 employees at the company’s headquarters in Munich on Wednesday, Berger announced that ITR will not organise the 2023 DTM season, with talks being held for an orderly dissolution of the business. This does not mean the DTM is coming to a close, and Berger remains in discussions with ADAC to bring the championship under its umbrella. “The discussions with the ADAC are very constructive, but there is still no final decision," former Formula 1 driver Berger said in a statement. "But since we have corporate responsibility, we have to clarify things now. We have decided that the ITR will no longer advertise the DTM 2023." "Against the background of the given framework conditions and in view of the numerous challenges, the economic risk for the next year is too great. "Personally, I very much regret that, because the entire team worked very hard for the success of the DTM. But even without the ITR, there can be a future for the … [Read more...] about Berger dissolves ITR as DTM-ADAC talks continue for 2023
Speculation that Charles Leclerc’s camp had a hand in Mattia Binotto’s resignation is wide of the mark because drivers don’t have that “much power”, says Naomi Schiff. Despite denying reports Binotto was on his way out of the door just two weeks ago, Ferrari announced on Tuesday that the Italian had handed in his resignation. It brought to an end a relationship spanning almost three decades, Binotto having started out in the Scuderia’s engine department before becoming its head and later team principal, a role he has held since 2019. There is, as to be expected, a great deal of speculation as to why the 53-year-old has decided now to quit with the general consensus being it was a case of jump rather than be pushed. As for where the push was coming from, that, it is being speculated, was partially from Leclerc’s camp. According to reports the Monégasque driver and his team were not happy with Binotto’s refusal to back him and him alone in the 2022 title race, their annoyance … [Read more...] about ‘Mattia Binotto would not have lasted so long if he was in another sport’
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has written a book giving his personal perspective on the Formula 1 team’s 2022 season. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free Entitled ‘Surviving to Drive’ – a not-so-subtle reference to Netflix’s F1 documentary series ‘ Drive to Survive ‘ in which Steiner has become one of the central subjects – the book will provide Steiner’s first-hand account of the team’s latest championship campaign. After sacrificing development of their 2021 car to prioritise the team’s 2022 challenger for F1’s revolutionary new regulations, Haas’ pre-season preparation was thrown into chaos by the Russian military invasion of Ukraine in February. The outbreak of war led to sanctions against Russian businesses by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and others, leading to Haas cutting ties with the title sponsor Uralkali and driver Nikita Mazepin . Replacing Mazepin with former driver Kevin Magnussen , the team scored … [Read more...] about “Surviving to Drive”: Haas boss Steiner’s book due in 2023 · RaceFans
Fernando Alonso punching the air in anger after his Mexican Grand Prix retirement was a sight to behold for Mike Krack, the Spaniard’s 2023 team boss enthused by his passion. Alonso was enraged as he recorded his third retirement in five races at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, his Alpine A522 losing a cylinder while he was running up in seventh place. Initially slowing down, he wasn’t able to continue, and with a puff of smoke coming from the back of his Alpine as he headed down to Turn 1, he came to a halt in the run-off area. The double World Champion climbed from his car before punching the air and then laying his head down on his arms. “ Once more, Car 14 stops before the chequered flag, ” he lamented. “I felt fast but once again, as I said, Car 14 stops.” That display of passion was a joy for Aston Martin team boss Krack to see play out as he sees it as a sign of the driver’s “dedication and motivation”. “I always hold up this picture of the Mexican Grand Prix … [Read more...] about How Fernando Alonso’s Mexican Grand Prix left a lasting impression on Aston Martin