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Man orders $20M-worth of Rolls-Royce Phantoms

Posted Sep 19th 2014 11:30AM

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase order by Stephen Hung

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase Louis XIII HotelThe term "luxury" gets thrown around a lot when speaking about vehicles that are actually somewhat affordable like BMWs and Cadillacs, but Rolls-Royce and hotel magnate Stephen Hung (above in the wild suit) are proving what real opulence really is with the largest single order from the fabled British marque, ever. Hung is purchasing 30 custom examples of the Phantom Extended Wheelbase (pictured right) for $20 million. To push the deal even further over the top, two of the Phantoms are the most expensive examples ever commissioned.

This assemblage of über-luxury sedans isn't for Hung's personal collection. Instead, the cars are going to be part of the fleet for the swanky hotel and casino that he's opening in Macau, China, in 2016 called the Louis XIII. According to The Washington Post, when the 200-room resort opens, the Louis XIII is supposed to be one of the most mind-blowing places in the world, including a suite that costs $110,000 a night.

When completed, the 30 cars will be in matching crimson red to echo the exterior of the hotel. That colour will be carried into the interior trim, as well, including the gauges, and the seats will have a checker board pattern. Each one will be outfitted with a bespoke clock from Graff Luxury Watches. The two most expensive Phantoms will get all of this attention, plus gold-plated trim covering the interior and exterior.

As this huge order suggests, Hung doesn't do anything on a small scale. If you need even more proof of that, Rolls-Royce isn't just providing him with the cars, the automaker is also helping to design the parking area to house them and training the staff to drive the special fleet. Scroll down to read the full announcement of this historic order.

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News Source: Rolls-Royce, The Washington Post

Image Credit: Rolls-Royce

New radar gun may inform police if you're texting

Posted Sep 19th 2014 11:00AM

SPEEDING CRACKDOWN

Typically, we don't really enjoy seeing radar-gun-wielding traffic cops. They have a tendency to ruin our day. But, a new sort of radar gun may have us quickly singing their praises. The Virginian-Pilot reports that there's a new tool that will be able to tell officers if a driver is texting rather than paying attention to the road. Oh yes, we like this idea... READ MORE

News Source: The Virginian-Pilot

Image Credit: Nell Redmond / AP

Harley-Davidson from Easy Rider expected to fetch $1.2M at auction

Posted Sep 19th 2014 10:00AM

Easy Rider Captain America Motorcycle auction

With the famous tag line, "A man went looking for America. And couldn't find it anywhere..." the 1969 movie Easy Rider has become one of the definitive on-screen expressions of the counter culture of the era. Starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper with a great guest role from Jack Nicholson, it told the story of disillusioned guys riding motorcycles through the America. Among the most iconic parts of the film was the customized Harley-Davidson chopper that Fonda's character rode. The bike dubbed Captain America is crossing the auction block in California and is expected to go for as much as $1.2 million, according to the auction house Profiles in History.

Fonda reportedly came up with the bike's famous combination of high handle bars, a fuel tank painted like the American flag and lots of chrome by himself, and had four of them built or the movie. Before Easy Rider was released the other three were reportedly stolen, according to former owner (and Grizzly Adams star) Dan Haggerty to ABC News. This one was not only ridden on film, but it was used in the crash sequence at the end of the movie.

When shooting was complete, Fonda gave the bike to Haggerty who had maintained the motorcycles on set during production. He restored it, and the chopper was eventually put it on display National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa. According to ABC News, Michael Eisenberg bought the famous motorcycle last year and has decided to sell it on again. It comes with signed letters of authenticity from the National Motorcycle Museum, Fonda and Haggerty verifying that this was the bike used in the film. Now, someone else gets a chance to own this historic piece of movie and motorcycle memorabilia.

Click here to get a full tour of the bike as this motorcycle icon gets set to hit the auction block.

News Source: ABC News

Image Credit: Profiles in History

Aussie policeman victim of explosive poo trap

Posted Sep 19th 2014 9:00AM

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My cousins lived next to a big cow pasture in Platteville, WI, when we were all kids. Those boys knew how to have a good time in the country, and when my brother and I came to visit one year, they divulged the fun that could be had by rigging cow patties (that's a pile of poo, for you city slickers) with little firecrackers. Push one in, up to the fuse, light it, and run as fast as you can.

Of course, eventually everyone ended up with at least a little poop on himself, which is why we played the game in the first place. Good times, but a bad example it seems...

Things weren't so jolly, familial or pastoral for an Austrian traffic officer recently, I imagine, when he was showered with doo-doo of indiscriminate origin in the course of duty.

Constable Gunther Maier "triggered" a fishing line found on the side of a Moeltal state highway, which was connected to a bucket filled with explosives and manure. The constable was about six and a half feet away from the brownie bomb when it detonated, and was lucky to escape the incident without injury, though he did end up "covered with manure."

A spokesman for the Austrian police said the bomber was most likely targeting police intentionally; with the bucket of BM found in an area know to be a speed trap. And, what's more, police aren't laughing off the matter, either – the individual responsible could potentially face criminal charges for his or her actions.

I doubt that my cousins were in Austria at the time of the incident, but I wouldn't be surprised if the culprit grew up on a farm...

News Source: UPI

Image Credit: Maurice Savage / Alamy

Ford previews new C-Max ahead of upcoming debut

Posted Sep 19th 2014 8:00AM

2015 Ford C-Max

Looking at a Ford Focus? These days you can get it as a five-door hatch, a four-door sedan, or... that's all. European buyers don't even get our sedan, but they do get a wagon. And while the three-door hatch, two-door coupe and two-door cabrio have long since ended production, buyers around the world can also get the company's larger C-Max. And now, like the Focus upon which it's based, Ford is preparing to roll out a new version.

The tall wagon (or small minivan, depending on your perspective) is being treated to what Ford says is "an extreme makeover." Details to accompany the teaser image above remain few and far between, but following the spy shots we recently posted, it looks destined for some of the same visual updates as Ford rolled out on the 2015 Focus, with "even more refinement, practicality and technology."

Like the Mercedes B-Class, which is only available Stateside as an EV, North American buyers can only get the C-Max in electrified form, either as the C-Max Hybrid or C-Max Energi. Overseas buyers, however, will be able to choose from a range of powertrain options and two wheelbase lengths – the longer of which boasts seven seats and the Grand C-Max name. (Remember when Chrysler did the same with its minivans?) Both are set to debut on September 17, so watch this space. After that, we'll expect to see it on display at the Paris Motor Show.

News Source: Ford

Citroen and Ines de La Fressange Paris show off two new concepts

Posted Sep 19th 2014 7:00AM

Citroën DS3 Ines de La Fressange Paris Concept

Citroën DS3 Cabrio Ines de La Fressange ParisCitroën is taking some inspiration from the famous Parisian style with two new, chic concepts based on the DS3 (above) and DS3 Cabrio (right) with input from the fashion house Ines de La Fressange Paris. There aren't any actual mechanical tweaks to them; they just show what the cars could look like with a dash of haute couture.

The DS3 hatchback gets a spray of Ink Blue, satin-finish paint with a slightly contrasting Onyx Black roof, and its Cabrio sibling wears gloss Perla Nera Black body with an Infinite Blue softop roof. Other than the colours, they share a ton of other features with Ines Red mirror caps, 17-inch wheels, an Ines de la Fressange Paris emblem on the center pillar and a subtle Aéropostale red, white and blue trim strip wrapping around the back. They're both handsome vehicles, but it's hard to understand why some extra paint and trim make them concepts.

Inside, the two of them are identical, and their blue, white and red color scheme echoes the French flag. Compared to the relatively subtle exteriors, the dashboard is covered in eye-piercing Ines Red with the company's emblem. The seats are covered in Granite Blue leather with white stitching to get all of the colors in there. The Aéropostale trim strip also gets used again on the seats.

Both DS3 concepts will make their world premiere at the DS World Paris on September 17, and they they'll also be on display at the Paris Motor Show in October. Scroll down to read the full announcement about these stylish Parisian hatches.


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News Source: Citroën

Baja champ blazes trail through Ensenada with his Monster trophy truck

Posted Sep 18th 2014 8:00PM

Monster Energy Ensenda Video

Last year, former Baja 1000 champ BJ Baldwin and his trophy truck proved that they could save a woman stranded in the desert in a broken down Nissan GT-R in a video called Recoil. For this year's sequel, he's turned the excitement way up. By combining high speed, huge jumps, women in bikinis, liberal use of slow-mo and staging everything in a unique location, the makers of Recoil 2 might have hit on the perfect formula for a fantastic automotive stunt demonstration video.

The challenge here is for Baldwin to speed from the outskirts of Ensenada, Mexico, to a seaside party within just 20 minutes. Obviously, it wouldn't be exciting if he just had to cruise to victory, and Baldwin turns the little town into his own personal launch pad by flinging his Monster Energy Chevrolet Silverado over whatever gets in its way.

His weapon to make sure the job gets down is a truck with a claimed 800+ horsepower and a suspension setup that that looks like it can take on just about anything. Baldwin puts it all to very good use here, so turn up the speakers and enjoy.

News Source: Monster Energy via YouTube

Owner reunited with classic 1967 Jaguar E-type stolen 46 years ago

Posted Sep 18th 2014 7:00PM



A classic 1967 Jaguar E-Type roadster that was reported stolen in New York over 46 years ago has finally been recovered by United States Custom Border Protection officers in Los Angeles. Authorities delivered the good news to its rightful owner, 82-year-old Ivan Schneider who says, "It's a miracle. I never thought I'd see the car again. Who would believe a car would show up 45 years later like this?"

According to reports, Schneider originally bought his Jaguar "dream car" back when he was just 35-years-old. Unfortunately, he didn't get to enjoy it for long, as the then newly successful trial lawyer living in Manhattan reported his beloved 1967 Jaguar E-Type missing the night of May 13, 1968.

With each passing decade, Schneider's hopes and dreams of ever being reunited with his car faded further away... Until now. Sadly, the beige-coloured convertible (which was in near-mint condition the night it was taken), is now rusted and worn down, with a brown mismatched door, damaged roof and covered in scratches accumulated over the years. But Schneider vows he's willing to "spend as much as it takes" to restore it and enjoy it once the Jaguar is officially shipped back to him.

The stolen 1967 Jaguar convertible was discovered at the Long Beach seaport complex near Los Angeles by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It was seized as part of a Netherlands-bound car shipment container along with several other recovered vehicles including two Mercedes, a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette and a brand new Chevrolet Camaro.

While this event took 46 years to happen, we couldn't be happier for Schneider and his recently reacquired collector car. Click here to watch the full video report below.

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News Source: GeoBeats via AOL On

Vencer Sarthe supercar emerges out of The Netherlands

Posted Sep 18th 2014 6:00PM

2015 Vencer Sarthe

Vencer Sarthe - 2015 MY - Rear three-quarter viewPlans change, and hopefully as an idea evolves along the way, it gets even better by the end. That mantra appears to be the case with the Vencer Sarthe supercar that is finally heading into production for the 2015 model year. It has had some significant changes over its two years of development.

We first saw the Sarthe back in 2012 when Vencer first announced its supercar, and the model made its world debut last year. The Dutch builders didn't let that stop them, though, and they have continued to tweak things up until this just-announced production version.

The general idea behind the Sarthe is the same. The supercar takes its name from the famous Circuit de la Sarthe Le Mans race course and claims design inspiration from endurance racers of the '80s. The basic engineering still features a carbon-fiber body, chrome-moly chassis and a V8 stuck behind the driver to spin the rear wheels.

However, Vencer claims that there are over 100 changes compared to the earlier prototypes, including a different engine. Instead of the original, naturally aspirated 510-horsepower V8, there's a 6.3-litre supercharged V8 with 613 hp and 618 pound-feet of torque. With no computer assists, a Torsen limited-slip differential is there to help with traction. While not mentioned in the release, photos show a six-speed manual gearbox.

The exterior also gets some pretty radical changes, especially in the back. Instead of being smooth, the rear pillars now include air intakes, and there's an electrically deploying rear wing. The engine cover is redesigned, and the side air inlets are larger. The interior goes for absolute minimalism, with a central screen for the instruments, a few buttons and the gearshift.

Vencer claims to be building its first customer cars now in Vriezenveen, The Netherlands, and European prices start at 270,882 euros ($382,978) before any applicable taxes. Scroll down to read about this Dutch supercar in its latest evolution.

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News Source: Vencer

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