The new Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porsche 918 Spyder delivers 770 hp, beginning with a 4.6-liter V8 making 570 hp, and topped off with two electric motors that add 200 hp more. One electric motor adds pull to the front wheels, while the other pushes the rears. To keep it locked to the road, a seven-speed PDK is mounted upside down to lower the center of gravity.

The 918 hits your neighborhood Porsche dealership (assuming you live in the right Porsche neighborhood, that is) on Sept. 18, 2013 with a starting price tag of $845,000,

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Hearst Sells ‘Cycle World’

The venerable motorcycle title goes to Bonnier.
Hearst Corp. has completed the sale of Cycle World to Bonnier Corp. Cycle World is a small title for motorcycle buffs that Hearst inherited, along with Elle, Car and Driver, and Road & Track, when it acquired Hachette Filipacchi Media earlier this year.

Car theft statistics from broken down by city and model.

Rank (by density)/ Metropolitan / Vehicles Stolen
Source: Auto thefts by cities 2009; National Insurance Crime Bureau

1. Laredo, TX 1,792
2. Modesto, CA 3,712
3. Bakersfield, CA 5,530
4. Stockton, CA 4,479
5. Fresno, CA5,875
6. Yakima, WA1,525
7. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 26,374
8. Visalia-Porterville, CA 2,440
9. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 10,706
10. Albuquerque, NM 4,815

Rank / Year / Make / Model

Source: Auto theft by model 2008; National Insurance Crime Bureau.

1. 1994 Honda Accord
2. 1995 Honda Civic
3. 1989 Toyota Camry
4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup
5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup
6. 2000 Dodge Caravan
7. 1996 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
8. 1994 Acura Integra
9. 1999 Ford Taurus
10. 2002 Ford Explorer

NASCAR Confirms 2012 Sprint Cup Calendar

NASCAR announced their 2012 Sprint Cup Series calendar. NASCAR will confirm the dates for next year’s Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series at a later date.

2012 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE:

2/18 Daytona International Speedway (Shootout)
2/19 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)
2/23 Daytona International Speedway (Duel)
2/26 Daytona 500
3/4 Phoenix International Raceway
3/11 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/18 Bristol Motor Speedway
3/25 Auto Club Speedway
4/1 Martinsville Speedway
4/14 Texas Motor Speedway
4/22 Kansas Speedway
4/28 Richmond International Raceway
5/6 Talladega Superspeedway
5/12 Darlington Raceway
5/19 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (Charlotte Motor Speedway)
5/27 Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/3 Dover International Speedway
6/10 Pocono Raceway
6/17 Michigan International Speedway
6/24 Infineon Raceway
6/30 Kentucky Speedway
7/7 Daytona International Speedway
7/15 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/29 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
8/5 Pocono Raceway
8/12 Watkins Glen International
8/19 Michigan International Speedway
8/25 Bristol Motor Speedway
9/2 Atlanta Motor Speedway
9/8 Richmond International Raceway
9/16 Chicagoland Speedway
9/23 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
9/30 Dover International Speedway
10/7 Talladega Superspeedway
10/13 Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/21 Kansas Speedway
10/28 Martinsville Speedway
11/4 Texas Motor Speedway
11/11 Phoenix International Raceway
11/18 Homestead-Miami Speedway

Bonhams to Auction Arthur Fonzarelli’s (Henry Winkler) 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler

One look at the iconic greaser Fonzie in Happy Days, and one most likely hears the famed "ayyy," an expression that became synonymous with the term "cool."

Sure, this made the Fonz cool on Happy Days, but there was also the motorcycle factor. Arthur Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) rode a 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Customer in the hit television series, the bike the perfect match for Fonzi’s garb, which was spawned from The Wild Ones (Marlon Brando), the iconic cult motorcycle film.

And now, that Triumph Scrambler which was owned off-screen by Bud Ekins, is on the block; the TR5 Scrambler Custom will be auctioned off at Bonhams Classic California Sales at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles Nov. 12.

Bonhams says: "Taking an old Triumph in his collection, (Ekins) simply removed the front fender, replaced the handle bars and spray painted the tank silver and, violá, the Fonzie bike was born. Of course, no one had any idea of just how popular the show would become or the magnitude of fame Winkler’s character would achieve."

2012 Aston Martin Virage Volante

The 2012 Aston Martin Virage Volante slides in between the sporty $194,000 DB9 and the racier $280,000 DBS.

PERFORMANCE

· MAXIMUM POWER 365 KW (497 PS/490 BHP) AT 6500 RPM

· MAXIMUM TORQUE 570 NM (420 LB FT) AT 5750 RPM

· ACCELERATION 0-62 MPH (0-100 KM/H) IN 4.6 SECONDS

· MAXIMUM SPEED 183 MPH (295 KM/H)

ENGINE

· ALL-ALLOY, QUAD OVERHEAD CAMSHAFT, 48 VALVE, 5935CC V12

· FRONT MID-MOUNTED ENGINE, REAR-WHEEL DRIVE

· FULLY CATALYSED STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST SYSTEM WITH ACTIVE BYPASS VALVES

· COMPRESSION RATIO 10.97:1

TRANSMISSION

· REAR MID-MOUNTED ‘TOUCHTRONIC 2’ SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSION WITH ELECTRONIC SHIFT-BY-WIRE CONTROL SYSTEM

· ALLOY TORQUE TUBE WITH CARBON FIBRE PROPELLER SHAFT

· LIMITED SLIP DIFFERENTIAL

· FINAL DRIVE RATIO 3.46:1

Ancala West Sports Car Club Sets Dates for ‘Roar Before The Rolex 24’

The Roar Before The Rolex 24, the critical three-day test session prior to the historic 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, is scheduled for Jan. 6-8 at Daytona International Speedway. Many of the star drivers expected for the 50th Rolex 24 At Daytona will test at the ‘Roar Before The Rolex 24.’ The Ancala West Sports Car Club will attend the event once again.

Sports cars from the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will test the twists and turns of the "World Center of Racing’s" 3.56-mile road course for three days as they prepare for their respective season-opening events.

The Rolex 24 At Daytona, celebrating its golden anniversary in 2012, will kick off the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season on Jan. 28-29 and showcase the world’s best drivers competing against each other lap after lap for 24 hours. The GRAND-AM 200, the season-opening event for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, is slated for Friday, Jan. 27.

Tickets for the Roar Before The Rolex 24 are $15 and are on sale now by visiting http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Ticketholders for the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona and children 12 and under will receive free admission. Tickets for the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona are also available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Join us at this and other top motorsports events worldwide. Ancala West Sports Car Club. It’s free and no dues!