After the stunning presentation of the Ferrari 488 GTB at the Grand Palais in Paris, the Tour Auto is now underway and heading across France towards its final destination, the lovely city of Biarritz. Around 70 Ferraris will take part in the various road and track stages of the Tour. They will include glorious past models of the likes of the extraordinary 250 GTO, several 275 GTBs and the 308, a very rare Ferrari rally car, as well as those from the current range, notably the F12berlinetta, the FF, the California T and the 458 Speciale. The Tour Auto takes in some of France’s most charming areas, such as Vichy, Clermont Ferrand and Chateau de Courances, as well historic circuits of the likes of Magny-Cours and Albi.
It got to Pebble Beach by the skin of its teeth, barely a week before the legendary Concours d’Elegance, but then it dominated the scene, winning no less than three prizes in two days on the Pacific coast. We’re referring, of course, to Tom Peck’s 500 Mondial which won First in Class in its category and then, just a day later, took the Platinum Award and the Phil Hill Trophy at the Ferrari Club of America event.
Meticulous work. The restoration of the 500 Mondial took a year and a half to complete. The car arrived at the Ferrari Classiche department with red paintwork. However, having been restored to its original condition, it left clothed in the original blue livery in which it competed in its first races in the hands of Dominican gentleman driver and ladies’ man Porfirio Rubirosa. The 500 Mondial was then entered in a special category reserved for former contestants in the Pebble Beach Road Races of the 1950s.
The other plaudits. On August 16, the 500 Mondial also took part in the Ferrari Club of America’s Carmel Valley event in which it took the Platinum Award in its category and also the Phil Hill Trophy for best car overall. Tom Peck now has another Ferrari with the Classiche department for restoration: a 166 that has also appeared on the big screen. The temptation to go for a double at Pebble Beach must be very strong…
The Southwest is a magical place, filled with amazing art, history, and culture. If you are looking for inspiration, a place to unwind, or even a new home in the Southwest here are five destinations you should put on your list.
#1 Santa Fe
Santa Fe, New Mexico is a magical, exuberant, colorful place year around. The legendary history and culture will inspire you without having to give up any modern comforts. Art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and year around events make Santa Fe a great city to be social in.
Modern artist Donald Judd put Marfa on the map in 1971 when he moved from New York City making it his home and a showcase for much of his work. More recently a new generation of artists and writers have moved to the tiny West Texas town making it a destination for art lovers from around the world. The city is also known for Prada Marfa, a pop art exhibit which is about 40 miles outside the city limit. Expect film festivals, art shows, and live music events year around.
Tucked away in a valley just north of the US/Mexico border the city of Bisbee is rich with history. Another small town saved in the 1970's, the city became a center for authentic western art and culture attracting celebrities like John Wayne and Artist Stephen Hutchison who invested in the community. Today it is know for art and as one of the "quirkiest" towns in America.
#4 Joshua Tree
The gateway to Joshua Tree National Park the small town of Joshua Tree is often a seen as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Los Angeles area. The are has been inhabited by humans for an estimated 5,000 years, yielding numerous archaeological sites and historical structures. The National Park itself is over 800,000 acres of unspoiled desert wilderness. For history buffs the Lost Horse Mine, a historical mine located inside the National Park.
The only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark is the Taos Pueblo. The multi-storied adobe dwellings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. The plaza has been the center of local trade for hundred of years, today old mercantile stores house galleries, restaurants and shops. Nearby, Kit Carson Road, Bent Street, and Ledoux Street lead to even more historic homes, neighborhoods, and shopping.
I have never been a big fan of fast fashion retailer H&M, honestly while their style is cool, the quality has always left something to be desired. But when you are buying a sweater for $19 I suppose you should not expect much.
But in their latest short film they have David Beckham and Kevin Hart... and an amazing Jaguar D-Type blasting around New York, which is fitting since Beckham has been the face of Jaguar in markets like China.
The primus of the spot is that Kevin Hart has been cast to play David Beckham in a biography film so he has to move in with Beckham to "become Beckham" lots of one liners and awkward moments ensue. But the 5 minute mark when David goes for a walk and Kevin uncovers the Jaguar D-Type in the garage and take it on a joy ride.
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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the most road-raced production car in the world. The reason is simple - great performance at an affordable price. The new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car follows that formula, and will be Mazda Motorsports' first-ever ready-to-race MX-5 Miata. The new race car will be available at the special introductory price of $53,000. The race car ordering process begins on www.MazdaMotorsports.com with first deliveries scheduled to begin later this year.
Having a turnkey, ready-to-race car removes the effort of engineering and costs of fabrication, enabling the racer to focus on racing. All racers can purchase identically-built race cars so that driving talent will be the number one determining factor for on-track performance, rather than budget, engineering capability or fabrication skills. Production of the MX-5 Cup race cars starts with a street cars that receives motorsports specific modifications for race track safety and performance. The MX-5 Cup is an entry-level professional series, and is a part of the Mazda Road to 24, which helps promote racers up the ladder to the top levels of sports car racing.
"For the past decade, the third-generation sports car has been competing in our own MX-5 Cup series, and has been the ideal platform to showcase driving talent in a competitive environment on high-profile race weekends," said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "With the launch of the fourth-generation MX-5, we are raising the bar by making it even easier for aspiring professional road racers to get involved. We expect to sell out the first batch of cars rapidly."
The MX-5 Cup series champion earns a $200,000 scholarship to move to a higher level series with Mazda the following year. Additionally, the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup series will culminate with a global finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. with entrants from around the world to crown a global champion. A one-day test in Mazda's top-level IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototype race car will top the list of prizes bestowed on the global champion.
The MX-5 Cup race car has been jointly developed by Mazda Motorsports and Long Road Racing in Statesville, NC. Long Road Racing will exclusively build the left-hand drive MX-5 Cup race car The team has evaluated key racing components and will announce several strategic component partners at a later date. Mazda factory race driver Tom Long has led the testing, along with fellow Mazda factory race driver Andrew Carbonell and Kenton Koch, the 2014 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup champion and 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda champion. Tom Long has won races in all previous MX-5 generations, including the championship in the MAZDASPEED Miata Cup, and currently co-drives the Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Priority to purchase the new car will be given to current competitors in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, and others who intend to compete in the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup. MX-5 Cup cars built by Long Road Racing will be eligible to compete in club racing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and National Auto Sport Association (NASA) as well as many track-day clubs.
Details for the ordering process, including financing options, are available at MazdaMotorsports.com, via our social media outlets: @MazdaRacing (Twitter), @GlobalMX5Cup (Twitter) and MazdaMotorsports on Facebook.
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.
For further information:
Dean Case, Mazda Motorsports (310) 318-4582, mazdaspeed@MazdaUSA.com
Jade Gurss, Mazda Motorsports (317) 517-4121 MazdaMotorsports@icloud.com
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