Last week I asked which driver, who set a world land speed
record was addicted to Fair Isle pullovers? It was John Parry-Thomas, who was
killed on the Pendine Sands driving the chain-drive car he called Babs. The car
was buried in the sands, but in 1969 Owen Wyn Owen, an engineering lecturer from
Bangor Technical College, sought and received permission to excavate Babs. Over
the next 15 years he restored the car, which is now housed in the Museum of
Speed in Pendine village. Museum Opening Times: Easter - 30th September: 10.00
a.m. - 1.00 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. with last entry at 4.55 p.m.
So to this week. What was different about the pre-1926 Buick
and Dodge gearshift gates?
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Monaco GP this weekend
The Grand Prix to be seen at is this weekend (as opposed to a
Grand Prix to see motor racing at). It is not the GP to go to, unless watching B
List ‘super-stars’ is your idea of fun. This may, of course be just jealousy on
my part, not even making the C List… The harbor will be bollard to bollard
expensive yachts and the villa car parks will have all the Lambo’s, Ferrari’s
and Maserati’s you would ever wish for.
Whatever, it is not the circuit to encourage passing, despite
the fact that the cars rarely get fast enough to create turbulence, let alone
The most critical part of this Grand Prix will happen on the
Saturday. And that’s qualifying. He who is on pole has a greater than 75 percent
chance of winning. So who will be on P1? Vettel in the Red Bull has been pulling
rabbits out of the hat at the last second, though Webber, Hamilton or Alonso
could surprise. However, I am putting my money on Webber. He knows the circuit,
has no fear and has superb car control. They will fuel him light to give him
every chance. The Qualifying is at 7 p.m. on Saturday May 15, with the race at 7
p.m. on Sunday May 16.
Six new models from
Ferrari by 2013
GoAuto reports that Ferrari has revealed that a replacement
for its Enzo supercar (I refuse to use the term ‘hypercar’ which this report had
used) will be among six new Ferrari models to be produced within the next three
Spider and Scuderia versions of the new 458, plus
replacements for the 612 Scaglietti and 599 GTB Fiorano are also listed within
the latest restructuring plan, announced in Europe.
While Ferrari unveiled the long-anticipated GTO version of
its 599 in Beijing, the Italian supercar brand’s next new model will be an all-new
version of Ferrari’s range-topping, V12-powered 612 Scaglietti in the first half
of next year.
Ferrari says the 612 replacement is being developed under the
codename of F151, but the model’s production nameplate is as yet unknown.
Also now officially confirmed for release in 2011 - albeit in
the second half, at least in Europe - is an open-top Spider variant of the
upcoming 458 coupe.
After that, a redesigned version of Ferrari’s Enzo flagship,
just 400 examples of which were produced between 2002 and 2004, is locked in for
2012. The top-shelf Ferrari is again expected to emerge with V12 power, but will
remain a left-hand drive-only proposition for Europe and the US.
The same year, Ferrari will replace the 599 GTB with a model
codenamed F152, before a face-lifted version of the California convertible is
launched in 2013 - the same year Ferrari will release a lighter-weight hard-core
version of the 458, which has been confirmed to go by the Scuderia name of its
As with this year’s limited-edition 599 GTO and the new Enzo
in 2012, Ferrari says the following year’s 458 Scuderia will specifically target
There has been no formal confirmation of Ferrari’s first
production hybrid model, which was previewed by the 599 HY-KERS concept at last
month’s Geneva motor show but is more likely to be based on the next-generation
Apart from committing to launching a new Ferrari model every
year to “sustain turnover and reinforce brand”, the 2010-2014 Ferrari product
plan and roadmap announced by Fiat at last week’s investor conference in Turin
also includes the introduction of a face-lifted ‘M’ version of each new model
four years after its launch, which will continue for a further four years to
“ensure a sustainable product life cycle”.
With the Enzo not counted as part of its full-time model
range, Ferrari says it plans to broaden its customer base by increasing the
differentiation between its current sportscar and grand tourer model line-up,
which it says will continue to include just four core models: the “extreme” 458
and 599 supercars and the “versatile” 612 and California cruisers.
What’s coming from Ferrari:
612 replacement first half 2011
458 Spider second half 2011
Enzo replacement 2012
599 replacement 2012
California facelift 2013
458 Scuderia 2013
612 hybrid 2015
So start saving your pennies - you’ll need a lot of them.