Visiting the home of Rolls-Royce

IMG_5988bBack in April, I was fortunate enough to visit the home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, in UK.

This was a dream assignment, as I have always loved the cars wearing the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ hood ornament.

However, reality is often not as good as your dream. Not the case here, my visit to Rolls-Royce was even better than I had imagined. Not only does the global headquarters of this prestigious automaker sit on a spectacular site, the buildings themselves are design masterpieces, and the people working there have a heart of gold – the nicest group I’ve ever come across.

For all the details, read the entire article, as published on >>>autofocus.ca<<<.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

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The Callaway Corvette SC757 AeroWagen is THE car to get…

ca13I first read about Callaway Corvette’s back in 1987, and really fell in love with their speed and style.

ca18Hence, it was a great honour to not only get to drive their latest model – the 2017 Callaway Corvette SC757 AeroWagen – but to also meet up and spend time with the legendary Reeves Callaway (the founder of the company) and Dr. Paul Deutschman (the stylist behind these wonderful supercars).

The full story on the stunning Callaway AeroWagen – which thanks to its SC757 package, became the most powerful car I’ve ever driven – can be found through this >>>Autofocus.ca<<< link.

Hope everyone enjoys the article.

 

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2017 Corvette Bash at the NCM – a great event with awesome cars

IMG_6094bIf you like the Chevrolet Corvette, then you should make a point to visit the National Corvette Museum (NCM) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.

NCM holds plenty of Corvette-based events throughout the year, but the one to go to, is the Corvette Bash, presented by Michelin.

This year’s event also played host to a special exhibit of Callaway Corvette’s – which I think are the best, enhanced Corvette’s ever made.

Click this >>>autofocus.ca<<< link to see a gallery from this event.

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A brief look at the Petersen Automotive Museum

eb110-1bIf you like cars, then going to the Petersen Automotive Museum is a must. I had been planning to go for a long time, but every time I was in Los Angeles, there was always something in my way to prevent me from going.

On my seventh trip to California, I pulled out all the stops, and finally made it to the Petersen. It was even better than I had ever imagined, and gave me the opportunity to see my childhood dream car in the flesh, the Bugatti EB110 SS (pictured above) – the Ferrari 250 GT SWB (pictured below) is not bad either!

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Meet the Remastered classic Mini!

mini_remasteredThe original Mini Cooper has been ‘Remastered’ by a British firm by the name of, David Brown Automotive.

I was the only Canadian journalist on hand for its big reveal in London, England. Read all about it through >>>this autofocus link<<<.

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My visit to the Marconi Museum

Cizeta_02If you simply like cars, you’ll love visiting the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin, CA.

There is a good mix of American and European machinery, plus race cars and bikes. It is open to the public, Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. However, the day I went, the museum was actually closed to the public, as it was prepping for a private event to take place that evening.

Still, after speaking to the staff, they were more than gracious enough to let me walk around and take pictures, and offered their help with the article; which can be read through this link: Ten Cars Worth Drooling Over At The Marconi Museum

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17 cars worth seeing at the 2017 CIAS

After the disappointment of the 2017 North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit, MI., in early January, it was up to the city of Toronto to bring its A-game and deliver on what an auto show should be like.

I think it did really well, and here are just 17 vehicles that caught my attention at the 2017 Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS):

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Let’s kick off with the most extreme car at the venue, the 2017 Bugatti Chiron. This 1,500 hp beauty will blast by anything on the road, and with a price tag of roughly $4.5-million (all prices listed are in Canadian funds, just to be clear to my international audience), it needs to be outrageously fast – while no official numbers are out yet, expect a 0 – 100 km/h time of 2.3 seconds, and a top speed in the 430 km/h range. Only 500 will be built, so place your order before they’re all snapped up.

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From one extreme to another, the 2017 CIAS also had a 20 year old car, as this Lotus Elise S1 is from 1997. I love these cars, and this one looked to be in great shape.

img_5391bThe Dodge Viper is on its way out, but it still looks mighty mean, especially in this ACR trim. This example, with all possible options, is worth $210,000 – and while some might think that’s a ludicrous price for a Viper, might I remind you, the entire allocation of these cars is already sold out! Goodbye Viper, thank you for the memories!

img_5396bWhile the Viper is on its way out, the gen-two Acura NSX is just making its way in the market, with only a handful of these getting delivered in 2016 to Canadian buyers. I love the way it looks, and I hope I get to sample this hybrid supercar in the near future.

img_5400bOn a much more affordable scale, Honda will soon offer a Type R version of the new Civic hatchback. While details are currently scarce as to what the production model will offer, I think it’ll be a wild ride, that will surely hunt for buyers who are currently considering the Ford Focus RS.

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Speaking of Ford, here is the 2018 Mustang Convertible. I really like the new nose, although, I wish it had a revised butt, too.

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Jaguar has revised the F-Type, too. Not only is the car getting prettier, there are more power options now too, such as this 400 Sport model, which has 400 hp from a supercharged V6 motor. Jaguar says this 400 Sport model is for one year only, so get it while you can!

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Yes, that is a Kermit the Frog green, BMW M3. I really like it – and you certainly won’t lose this car in a parking lot – it kinda stands out.

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Much more than that M3, I’d rather take home this BMW i8, with a Hamann rear spoiler, and HRE wheels. It’s a neat car with a subtle aesthetic enhancement.

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From a fuel-sipping plug-in hybrid sports car, to a gargantuan, gas guzzling SUV. They don’t come much bigger than a Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4(2) – as is 4×4 squared – and while I’m not usually into such vehicles, I think this will be the ultimate winter warrior!

img_5442bThe new Audi R8 V10 Spyder, it sure looks yummy, and with 540 hp, it sure as hell will be fast, too. Price, about $200,000.

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Lincoln showed a stunning concept version of the next Navigator model, and I think it looks great – although not as great as the cutie that was tasked to present it.

img_5465bThis 1951 Buick Le Sabre concept proved, that GM once knew how to do show stopping cars, an art they seemed to have lost recently!

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This Aston Martin AM RB-001 looks like a concept car, but this hybrid V12 animal will go into production – and the company’s CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer, who was at the show, “promised” that he will give this car a proper name when the full production model is unveiled.

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I don’t usually like tuner cars, but this modded up Nissan GT-R looks the biz! Doesn’t look ideal for road use, though.

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Ayrton Senna was the greatest driver to have ever lived, and even though he died back in 1994, he is still sorely missed today. I had a lump in my throat, when I saw his Lotus from the 1987 season.

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I had a quiet moment with this car, too. This Benetton was driven by Michael Schumacher in the 1992 F1 season, a team he went on to win the 1994 and 1995 F1 season with. While Schumi is still with us, there is hardly any news on his current state, after the freak skiing accident left him with a major head injury. Hope you’ll step out in the limelight soon, Michael, your fans miss you.

That’s it from this year’s CIAS, hope you enjoyed this brief look at the show.

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