- Motoramic1 hr ago
Scott Waugh has always wanted to make a classic car flick. The director of Dreamworks' "Need For Speed" opening this Friday owes that drive to his father Fred Waugh, an old-school Hollywood stuntman and one of founding members of the legendary Stunts Unlimited. Through his work, the elder Waugh exposed Scott to the art of creating metal-to-metal mayhem at a young age — and probably why Scott followed his father into the stunt business when he was just 12 years old
.“From as early as I can remember, cars have been a passion of mine,” says Waugh. “Working on them has always been relaxing and therapeutic for me."
- Motoramic4 hrs ago
Ferrari is more than just a maker of glorious sports cars: you can buy Ferrari beachwear, a Ferrari dominos set and even a carbon-fiber Ferrari photo album worth $1,207. In 2013, Ferrari sold fewer cars than it did in 2012, and yet revenue rose 5 percent to $3.15 billion. And for the second year running, London-based experts, Brand Finance, declared Ferrari the World's Most Powerful Brand.
So with a few extra pennies sloshing around the pot, what will the Italians spend it on?
Ferrari announced today that it has partnered with PortAventura, one of the leading European theme parks and resorts, to create Ferrari Land — an 807,000 sq.-ft. expanse featuring a variety of attractions, including the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe, and a five-star hotel that's shaped like a Formula One race car.
- Motoramic5 hrs ago
Therapy can take many forms. Our mental health responds to all kinds of stimulus beyond simply talking to someone else; from creating art to playing chess to watching America's most well-known action movie star/ex-governor pulverize random objects with a tank. That last one may not be medically tested, but it sure does feel good.
As part of a charity fundraiser through celebrity site Omaze, Arnold Schwarzenegger is raffling off the chance to be his co-pilot inside his M47 Patton tank for an afternoon of stuff-crushing. Schwarzenegger's preview of what the winner will enjoy doubles as his best film work in years; something about watching a piano turn to splinters underneath the treads of a 44-ton tank just makes him giddy. Maybe the winner can also snag a ride in Schwarzenegger's custom Unimog.
- jhyde1 at Motoramic9 hrs ago
After buying the rights to a 1967 novel featuring a cute car that drives itself, Disney executives weren't sure what kind of car to use in the film they were developing. So they parked several models at the gates of Disneyland to see which drew the most reaction from passers-by — and the older Volkswagen Beetle won by a landslide. After a few modifications, including the racing stripe and the number 53, same as Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale, Herbie the Love Bug was born. "The Love Bug," released on this date in 1969, was the highest-grossing movie of the year, and made the Beetle a permanent fixture of American pop culture — although it may be a while before Herbie takes to the screen again after "Herbie Fully Loaded."
Photo:Sam Howzitvia Flickr
- Motoramic22 hrs ago
This Sunday, Formula One will launch its season in Melbourne, Australia, in a fog of uncertainty. After four years of dominance by Red Bull Infiniti and driver Sebastian Vettel, an off-season overhaul of rules and technical specifications has left the entire field scrambled. The wickedly complicated "power units" — turbo 1.6-liter V-6 engines mated to two hybrid systems and a battery pack — have proven so challenging in limited pre-season tests that a few watchers have questioned whether any car will finish Sunday's race.
No team appears quite as behind as Red Bull, whose leaders have confessed to regretting not starting earlier on this season's car. The team struggled throughout the preseason, finishing a fraction of the laps that chief rivals McLaren, Mercedes and Ferrari accomplished.
That said, Red Bull has assembled this stylish explainer of the new car, starring new driver Daniel Riccardo, and it clearly demonstrates the challenges of racing in the modern F1 era. Sunday will show whether Red Bull has solved enough of its problems to get its wings back.
- Motoramic1 day ago
We've seen the movie Snakes on a Plane, but what about Snakes in a Cab? Comedian and former cab driver Jimmy Failla decided to make it a reality by enlisting a 10-foot albino python to help scare the bejeezus out of his passengers.
Failla, who has a new book coming out, rigged his yellow cab with cameras and hit the streets, picking up unsuspecting New Yorkers. He then proceeded to direct the non-poisonous snake through the dividing window and towards the helpless passengers. As you can imagine, even the most intrepid victims freaked out almost as much as that guy that was kidnapped by Jeff Gordon.
- jhyde1 at Motoramic1 day ago
It was seven years after World War II before Mercedes-Benz returned to motorsports, but when it did, it brought forth one of the world's most iconic sports cars. Using a then-revolutionary tube frame to reduce weight, the 300SL (the SL stood for "sport light") revealed to the press on this date in 1952 had several innovations, including advanced aerodynamics, aluminum bodywork and the first use of direct fuel injection. Because the frame needed the space where doors usually went, Mercedes engineers moved the hinges to the roof, creating what Americans call the "gullwing" and French call "papillon," or butterfly.
While it lacked the power of competitors, the 300 SL was immediately successful, sweeping the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Carrera Panamericana Mexico. At the urging of its U.S. importer, Mercedes built a customer version of the 300SL in 1954, etching the gullwing into history. In 2012, an all-aluminum 300SL sold for $4.62 million. Here's what the 300dSL sounded like in full wail during its first glorious year: