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Classic Cars Review 1967 Ford GT40 MK III
casino blog
15 September 2010

When you start to closely examine the many classic car models to surface over the years, you’ll notice one auto manufacturer’s name popping up a lot more than most – Ford. Henry Ford’s lines of cars and trucks have become some of the most popular on the planet, and none are more popular than the sports cars. 1967’s GT40 MK III is atop the list of Ford classics.

The reason for Ford’s GT40 popularity is a little difficult to understand for basic Mustang fans. After all, the GT40 wasn’t technically a street car – although a few street models were released (and are being released now with a redesign effort of the classic model). The Ford GT40 was built to strictly be a racecar.

Dealing with overseas competition from the likes of Ferrari and other giants in the racing world at the time, Ford was the proverbial America’s pride in its efforts to produce a Ferrari-defeating automobile. The result was the 1966 Ford GT40 – a sleek, fast and powerful sports car with a massive V8 engine and a body-style reminiscent of the Sting Ray.

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World's Fastest Cars - Audi R8
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20 June 2010

World's Fastest Cars - Audi R8Audi, as part of the Volkswagen Group, wasn’t always known for their sports cars. Most Audis are sleek, stylish and fast, but they never really stacked up against legitimate sports cars like models from Ferrari and Porsche. All of this changed in 2006 with Audi’s introduction of the R8 V10 road car.
 
The R8 V10 road car wasn’t exactly a new design idea by Audi. In fact, the R8 was nearly a decade old by the time Audi decided it should be produced for basic road ownership. There were two models of Audi R8 built in 1999 for the 24-hour Le Mans, the R8R and R8C. There was also the Audi R8 racecar built in 2000, and there’s an Audi R8 Le Mans Concept 12-cylinder diesel in the works.

Audi announced its plans to transform the R8 into a V10 road car in 2005 and had planned on it being available by 2007. The idea was to create something unique and original while not completely abandoning the R8 concept that made Audi’s racecars so successful. The production went to one of Audi’s subsidiaries, quattro GmbH.

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The Story of Silverstone Formula 1 Circuit
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22 April 2010

The Story of Silverstone Formula 1 CircuitLocated in Northamptonshire, England, the Silverstone Circuit is globally known as being the home of the British Grand Prix and hub of all British Formula One racing. This legendary track has been hosting car races since 1948 and continues to be one of the more formidable tracks drivers race on to date. Since 1987, Silverstone has been a fixture in the F1 circuit.

The track crosses borders, with half of it located in Northamptonshire and the other half located in Buckinghamshire, and takes its name from the RAF Silverstone bomber base on which it was built. It’s a huge track, stretching out for an impressive 5.1 kilometers, and its 17 turns ensure that only the most skilled drivers in the sport stand a chance at beating this English beast.

Like many old and famous tracks, Silverstone offers much more than an annual F1 Championship Grand Prix race. Apart from hosting FIA Formula One and British Grand Prix races, Silverstone also hosts FIM MotoGP, Formula Three, FIM Superbike, Le Mans Series, Touring Car and Superleague Formula races among others.

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