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Insider Report: Chopper takes Aston Martin way up

Published January 18, 2013

The hits keep on coming in the celebration of 100 years of Aston Martin. First there was a video focusing on the power and the beauty of the brand. Next up, Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez and a gathering of UAE dignitaries were perched atop the magnificent Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, awaiting the arrival of a new 2013 Vanquish. The heli-pad atop the sail shaped hotel sits more than 300 metres above the surface of the water.

Red Bull Racing arrives Down Under
Motorsports is big business in Australia and the V8 Supercars are the biggest attraction, which means it is the perfect playground for the gang at Red Bull Racing. While Canadian viewers may not recognize the names of the players, this fun video shows just how wacky things can get when a bunch of Aussie racers are involved in the delivery of a new Holden Commodore V8 race car.

Painting Coconuts – The Audi quattro® Experience
Back in September, I showed you the onboard view from Audi Canada’s insanely cool A4 slot cars that were racing around downtown Toronto. I would expect that some Wheels.ca readers probably even had a chance to check out the display. Audi brought in Toronto film maker Tamir Moscovici to create a documentary about the making of the incredibly detailed track. Regular readers will remember Tamir’s name as the guy who created Urban Outlaw.

Painting Coconuts follows track builder David Beattie of Slot Mods USA, as he and his team create the one of a kind project that includes the worlds first use of the iPad as a slot car controller.

2012 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series review with DJ Kennington
The 2012 season of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 was filled with excitement for all involved, but nobody has as much success as the Champion, DJ Kennington. The son of Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee Doug Kennington, DJ won an incredible 7 out of 12 races in 2012. Equally impressive is the fact that Kennington finished in the top 5 in an incredible 11 races during the season. NASCAR Home Tracks spent some time with DJ and the crew of the #17 Dodge. Have a look.

Historic footage from the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona
Just one more bit of Daytona history to finish off the week. This time, I have found a classic super 8 video from Porsche, that shows some of the action from the 1968 running of the 24 Hours of Daytona. Unfortunately there is no sound, but the sight of three Porsche’s crossing the finish line together is a thing of beauty. This was the first time Porsche had won at Daytona and was a hint of the domination the brand would have in Florida over the coming years.

Next week, I’ll switch gears and start showing you more current action from Florida, until I leave for my road trip to the 24 on Thursday morning.

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