Bernie Ecclestone is a terrible human being. I could just end the article there. But I won’t.
When he’s not supporting middle eastern rulers who carry out brutal and lethal oppression against peaceful protesters, considering taking F1 to Syria if the opportunity arose (last sentence of article), agreeing with Vladimir Putin’s dangerous position on gay rights, being good friends with Max Mosely – the son of the former leader of the British Union of Fascists Oswald Mosely, and a supporter of his father’s Nazi-like beliefs, Supporting big tobacco, or fighting bribery cases, he probably sits around his house kicking puppies and spitting at his servants. Okay so I made the last two up.
I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that Ecclestone is one of the most repugnant people on the planet. If anyone has sold their soul to the devil it’s him. But to be fair he got a pretty good price for it. $4.2 Billion at last count. But just recently Bernie’s luck has started to run out. And the latest court case against him may just see him have to step down as the dictator of F1 racing.
The respected British magazine Motor Sport – which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year – has pointed out that this would be the perfect time to reinvent the series and try to return F1 to the glory days, when it was about racing, competition and the world’s very best drivers. Not who’s going to cut Bernie the fattest check.
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NISMO USA are currently asking fans to help them mashup their cars. Not in a sledgehammer and baseball bat kind of way. More a photoshop, digital sort of way.
On their official Facebook page, NISMO USA wants users to comment on which 2014 Nissan model they’d like to see crossed with a current NISMO model. NISMO will then get their design team to render a selection of the most popular vehicles and post them up for all to see.
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I don’t like heights. Lots of people don’t like heights. Joachim Held of Austria is not one of those people.
Twice a day he does a 3-point turn on the side of a mountain, with a 1,000 ft (300 metre) drop just inches away. One bad judgement call and his lumber hauling days are over.
Joachim, works as a trucker taking logs down from the peaks of Eisenerz, near Styria, Austria. Most of his twice daily commute is tough but not insane. However at one point along his journey he is forced to turn around his truck and trailer on a hair pin bend. There’s no safety barrier, and not even a solid road surface, just compacted mud and gravel.
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Okay, this was a long time coming… An infographic showing a range of Grand Theft Auto 5 cars and their real-life counterparts.
Anyone who’s played GTA V can’t help but be struck by how similar most of the in-game cars look like real-world vehicles. They might have strange names – like the Benefactor Feltzer, or the Grotti Carbonizzare – but squint and they could so easily be the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG and the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
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Orchard Mobility, a british company specialising in mobility scooter sales, has just claimed the Guinness World Record for the longest mobility scooter. Measuring 10 feet (3 metres) long, the specially constructed vehicle took six weeks to build. It was commissioned by business partners Nigel Fitzgerald and Anwar Watson.
To comply with Guinness regulations, the Limobilizer had to be driven 300 ft (100 metres) in two directions with passengers on-board.
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Ettore Bugatti became famous in the early part of the 20th century for producing some of the world’s most exquisite automobiles. What most people, myself included, didn’t know, was that he also had a go at aircraft design.
Originally designed in collaboration with Ettore Bugatti and Belgian engineer Louis de Monge, the original 1937 Bugatti 100P is considered by many to be one of the most technologically advanced airplanes of the era. The 100P featured cutting-edge aerodynamics with forward swept wings, a zero-drag cooling system, and computer-directed flight controls, all predating the development of the best Allied fighters of World War II. It was powered by two 450-hp engines squeezed into the narrow fuselage, and it was designed to reach speeds approaching 500mph. A feat previously only achieved by aircraft with twice the horsepower.
The 100P was also much more compact than most aircraft of the era, with a wingspan of nearly 27-feet and an overall length of approximately 25.25-feet. In June 1940, Bugatti stopped work on the 100P and concealed the plane to prevent its discovery by the German military. Though the plane survived the war, it was left in a condition unfit for flight. Amazingly the original aircraft still survives, currently residing at the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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A builder from Somerset, England was horrified to discover that his four-year-old collie spaniel cross Luce had decided to have a go at modifying his Aston Martin DB9 Volante.
Royston Grimstead, 42, came home from work to find Luce covered in “white stuff”, which he initially thought were bird feathers. Soon after he discovered it was actually the fiberglass strands from the Aston’s wheel arch.
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It seems that in the Netherlands, the military sticks to a rather stringent pass/fail strategy when it comes to their tank drivers. More or less, the only explanation for the insanity captured in this video is all the participants are Dutch, and therefore their reaction to crazy, life endangering situations is… Meh.
The video shows a Leopard 2 tank coming to an emergency stop behind two rows of besuited people (said to be fellow soldiers) facing away from the rapidly approaching 62 ton war machine. It’s not until the tank comes to rest just a few feet behind that they finally turn around to see how close they came to becoming people pate.
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Nicholas Mee & Co, an Aston Martin Heritage Dealer in West London, have just finished putting the final touches to a fully functional kid-sized car inspired by the legendary Aston Martin DB models of the 1960s. But this is no rickety pedal car. It has a steel chassis, composite bodywork, leather seats, a wood rimmed steering wheel and Brembo disc brakes.
Power for the DB Convertible Junior comes from a 110cc four-stroke engine with key-operated electric start. The transmission is a semi-automatic three speed unit. Top speed for this “kids” car is a remarkable 46 mph! Although this can be restricted downwards.
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Earlier this year, Hyundai showed up at the San Diego Comic Con with a Hyundai Veloster-based zombie-fighting vehicle. Apparently they weren’t satisfied with just one “Zombie Survival Machine”, and so now they’re back with another. This time at the New York Comic Con.
This time around however it wasn’t Hyundai designers who penned the vehicle. Instead it was dreamt-up by Anson Kuo, a Hyundai Santa Fe owner, and winner of The Walking Dead Chop Shop configurator app. Kuo’s design was picked from over 82,500 submissions.
“My main design goal was to make the vehicle as stealthy and spacious as possible,” said Kuo. “I knew knives and blades would be the best bet for weaponry – they could slice and dice the zombies without releasing any ammunition. Basing the design on the Santa Fe allows space for extra passengers as well as weapons, supplies and all the other necessary items needed during a real zombie apocalypse.”
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