Monday, January 31, 2011

Spot of the Day: Lamborghini Diablo VT

Lamborghini Diablo VT

Hello

Today I was driving through my hometown, totally pissed about the thousands of people who actually dont know there the gas pedal in their own car is, when I saw THIS. I was just like "Woooooooow!"
Of course I stopped and took two pictures. But I'm sorry, I had no cam with me :/

In the past two years, If Im honest, I roamed around this selling place almost once a month, but in the last few months not that much. Maybe I'm searching for some pics of spots I found there :)

The boss, I think he is, if not, sorry!, said I'm almost the 200th person taking photos. But yeah, if there's a 'left' Diablo on the street, why not? 
As you can see on the picture below, even a bus driver stopped! :D

Lamborghini Diablo VT

Check out my other Posts as well: Spot oft the Day: Lamborghini Diablo VT – Friedrichshafen & Spot of the Day: Lamborghini Diablo VT – Bad Wörishofen & Auto-Salon Singen: Lamborghini Diablo SV-R.
For more Lamborghini related Articles, click here: Search: Lamborghini


Lisa

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Car of the Week: Lotus Europa




Hello

Here's the this weeks 'Car of the Week', the Lotus Europa. My Modelcar is the Special Version.

Between 1966 and 1975 'Lotus Cars' produced about 9300 Lotus Europa in Hethel, Norfolk, England.
It's a 2-door sports car coupe.  Lotus founder Colin Chapman's philosophy of the automotive design was "Simplify, then add lightness" - And thats how the Europa looks like. The Europa was the first mid-engine mass-produced road car. Automotive writers described the handling very near to a Formula car for the road.

Sine December 1966 you were able to order the Series 1 or S1 Europa or Lotus Type 46, the first were delivered in France in February 1967. The engines, from a Renault 16, had 82 hp (61 kW) and needed 10 seconds for the run 0-100 kkmh / 0-60 mph. The top speed was around 180 kmh (110 mph) and only 644 were produced.
The Type 47 had 165 hp and was a modified track-version. There are no serious numbrs, but they built around 55 ones between 1966 and 1970.

The Series 2 or S2 Europa or Type 54 was introduced in the first quartal of 1968. Electric windows and a new interieur are some new gadgets of this model. There also were a few, about 200, modified to be exported to the US.

Between 1969 and 1970 they had a new Version, the Type 65 or S2 Federal to better comply with the US D.O.T standards. With one of those they reached the 100 kmh / 60 mph from zero in 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 187 kmh / 116 mph. About 3 615 S2 were produced.

Since 2006 the rebuilt the Europa and called it 'Europa S'. They have an 2 l turbo engine with 200 PS (197 bhp). They have a maximum speed around 230 kmh / 143 mph and need 5.8 seconds for 0-100 kmh / 0-60 mph. Since 2008 there's also the 'Europa SE' with 225 PS available.





Lisa

Some impressions: Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Hello

Here are some photos of yesterdays  Motorradwelt Bodensee. Hope you like it! :)


Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011

Timo Scheider bei der Motorradwelt Bodensee 2011
Timo Scheider  !!












Here again my Video I uploaded yesterday


Lisa

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Some motorbikes at the 'Motorradwelt Bodensee' 2011

Hello

I just came home from my trip to the 'Motorradwelt Bodensee' at the Messe Friedrichshafen, Germany.
I've attached a HD-Video I did while the show run of the Supermoto Cup. Also 2009 DTM (German Tourenwagen Masters/German Touring Car Masters) Champion Timo Scheider participated with a KTM Motorbike. He drives the Number '6'.

There'll also be a second (and maybe a third) post with some pictures.

Hope you'll like the Vid!




Lisa

Friday, January 28, 2011

Carspotting and Impressions: Monaco, Menton, Genoa, Portofino

I've uploaded a Video on YouTube with some Carspotting sights and some more Impressions of the very nice area around Monaco, Menton, Genoa and Portofino. I've spend some nice days in September 2010 there and I definitely wanna come back, its SO nice there! ♥

I hope you like it! :)






Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday Event No.I - the RAT RACE

Hello Guys

Here's the first event I want to present you: The RAT RACE!!



Presented by the 'CANNONBALL RUN WORLD EVENTS' the Rallye starts, for the very first time, on the 3rd of September in New York City at the Central Park. The drivers, maximum 30 cars, get every morning a package with a route and their evenings destination. The route goes from east to west coast, 3000 miles!
Every day the participants have to find ckeckpoints and after reaching all six codes they should be able to find the now resolutioned zip code where the hidden locker is located. The only thing wich is offical: the hidden locker is located somewhere on the West Coast. Inside the Locker, which'll be the prize for the winner of this race, there's a briefcase full with money.
The Rat Racers shouldnt get arrested by the cops for speeding or some other things. It's all about fun and having a great time together!
The last nights' party, on 9th September, will be hosted at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Beach.
Every evening there are also partys with delicious food and nice drinks.


Are you hungry? - More informations about the Rally are to find here: www.cannonballworld.com


Just sign the Entry Form (like the one below) and you'll have guaranteed lots of fun!



Lisa

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Start of a little series: Events all over the World

Hey guys

I start a little series: every Wednesday I'll write about an other car event. Some events are quite very new and others are etablished, but I definitely wanna present you just the best! :)

If you know any event the world should know or even you organize one - write me a mail with some informations and/or a link to a homepage. Thanks for your help!


Tomorrow I start with an awesome and new event in the US, stay tuned ;)


Lisa

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Car of the Week: Bentley Continental GT

Car of the Week: Bentley Continental GT
Car of the Week: Bentley Continental GT

Hey guys

The this weeks' Car of the Week is the Bentley Continental GT. I've choosen this one because, as you know, its still winter and cold outside and I use to drink a lot of tea and I always connect the wonderful Great Britain with tea - so it wasn't hard to choose this car!
I thought long about how I shoot my model, thats how it ended, hope you like it! :)

Designed by Dirk van Braeckel Bentley Motors Limited produces the GT since 2003 in Crewe, England. It has an 6.0 l W12 engine with 560 HP with an ZF tiptronic automatic transmission. For the acceleration from 0-100 kmh / 61.1 mph it needs 4.8 seconds and the top speed is around 318 kmh / 197.6 mph. 
There are 6 types of the GT: The Flying Spur, the four-door variant, was first shown up in 2005 at the Geneva Motor Show. The GTC, the convertible, was released in 2005, too. With the roof down it'll reach 305 kmh / 189.5 mph.
The GT Speed, the more powerful variant, has 600HP and a top speed around 325 kmh / 201.9 mph. Also they reduced the weight by 35 kg / 77 lb and now reach 326 kmh / 202.6 mph.


Since autumn 2009 you can buy the Supersports version (I show you some own pics made at the Geneva Motor Show 2009 in an other post!) which is already known as the best handling bentley and also the fastest and most powerful produced ever. For the 0-100 kmh it needs 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 329 kmh / 204.2 mph. It costs about $267,000.

That was the first Generation, now some to the second one. Also assembled in Crewe, England, they produce since this year only the coupe version with an 6.0L W12 and an 4.0L V8 engine.

Juha Kankkunen, four-time World Rally Champion, broke the World Speed Record on Ice with a GT Speed - 321.6 kmh / 199.83 mph. The previous record was done with a Bugatti EB110 Supersport and with 296 kmh/183.9 mph.

(I started to put one pic on the top and the others below the text. Do you like that style? As you know before I had all picutres at the end.)
The pictures of the real GT Speed I shot in 2009 with my old crappy Rollei Cam. (excuse for the bad quality!)


Car of the Week: Bentley Continental GT
Car of the Week: Bentley Continental GT

Car of the Week: Bentley Continental GT
Car of the Week: Bentley Continental GT
Source for text: wikipedia.com, pictures are taken by myself. Dont publish them without a link to this site!

Help to SAVE THE RING



Hey guys


I copied here something for you from the  SAVE THE RING petition site. We all want to fight to become the Nürburgring again a place for real motor-sports and not just for fun parks. Please read this, watch the movie, sign the petition and tell your friends!! Lets hope for a change . . 

" From 2007 - 2009 the German government built a huge Leisure Park at the Nürburgring. It is based on fake visitor numbers, over sized and badly executed. Most of the time it is an empty ghost town. Once promised as private investment, it is now based on a debt of 350+ million EUR public money.

Instead of pulling the plug they rented the park, including both race tracks to exactly the same privateers who were driving forces behind the Leisure Park's initial private setup.

Without Racing experience they are since experimenting with events completely unrelated to Motor-sport all under the iconic "Nürburgring" brand name.

They now want Nordschleife to pay for the huge losses. Tourist drives are at a record high, plus a 5 times increase in rent for the automotive industry for their prototype testing sessions.

What Needs To Be Done?

Separate Nordschleife from ring°park.
Let Nürburgring be Motor-sport.
Value the great heritage and tradition, rather than Roller Coasters.
Let the Ring be run by Motor-sport experts.

Please show your support and sign the petition."




Lisa

Friday, January 21, 2011

Clärenore Stinnes - What a woman . . !

Carl-Axel-Söderström (left) and Clärenore Stinnes (right) with the both Adler Standard 6 in Berlin 1929

Today I want to introduce you a, in my eyes, very awesome person. Today it would be her 110th Birthday, if she hadn't died in 1990. The person I'm talking about is none other than Clärenore Stinnes.
You never heard about her? So keep on reading, she really had an interesting life!

Clärenore was born in 1901 in Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Germany. As I could read in her book "Im Auto durch zwei Welten (In Car through two worlds)" she always had a passion for cars. But just think back, it was at the begining of the 20th Century, cars were very rare and not everyone was able to buy one. Thanks to her dad, a industrialist, she had the oportunity to repair them and just enjoyed the time she was able to spent with cars. At the age of 24 she took part at her first motor race and between 1925 and 1927 she had won 17 motor races.

She wanted to help the Car industry, to make the car more popular, worldwide, and started on the 25th May 1927 a travel no one did ever before - 47 000 km around the globe, by car!

Not everyone thought positive about that trip. Too dangerous, shes a woman and so on. . . She decided to use an Adler Standard 6. The whole crew consisted out of her, two mechanics (in a identical second car) and the swedish photographer Carl-Axel Söderström.

The route took them from Frankfurt to Budapest, Constantinople, Baghdad, Tbilisi, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Ulan Bator to Peking, from there by ship to Japan, Tokyo, again by ship to San Francisco. In America they drove to Vancouver, flew to Panama, south America, went back to North America, met Henry Ford in Detroit and started in New York again with an ship the last journey to Le Havre and then to Berlin.

What a pleasure for Clärenore to visit Henry Ford in this Factory, shook his hand and talked to him. Also she was welcomed by president Herbert Hoover in Washington D.C. .
Really nice to read are details like "128 hard bolied eggs till Konstantinopel" in her and Söderströms Diary entries.

The whole journey took 2 years and one month. Söderström was married when he left and in love with Clärenore when he came back to Berlin in 1929.
They married and had some kids together before Söderström died in 1967 (aged 83) and Clärenore on the 7th September in 1990 (aged 89).


At the end I linked you a Video from YouTube with original scenes of Söderströms Movie from year 1931 about their trip around world.

There were several books puplished but just in german and not all are still available (happily I have a exemplar!) :)

I took some snaps of the prints in the book and wrote some explanatory captions under each!

the route

at the Canyon Lake in Arizona, North America

Clärenore while cooking

some nights looked like this

In the desert

Thats it - my book! :)


And just keep in mind, the first person who circumnavigate the world by automobile was female! ;-)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review I: Geneva Motor Show 2009

Im remembrance at the Geneva Motor Salon here are some shots of 2009.
In a bit than one month the the Palexpo in Geneva open for the 81th Motor Show. I'm just really excited about it! :-)

Hope you like the pics, more are following; also from other car shows.
Have a great day!!