Insider Report: Craig pockets $1M for New York appearance
In Saturday’s Wheels section, Jim Kenzie wrote about the new Range Rover Sport, which was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show by 007 star Daniel Craig. Ladies at the pre-show reveal swooned as a video was shown depicting the Brit driving through Manhattan streets in a red Rangie, before driving into the building and onto the stage. Craig gave a brief interview and then slipped away quietly.
New York Post is reporting that Craig was paid a whopping $1 million U.S. for the oh so brief appearance.
Watch 2014 Camaro and Z/28 reveal at NYIAS
The biggest surprise of last week’s New York show was the reveal of the Camaro Z/28. Internally code-named “Steve”, the track ready beast is powered by a 427 CI small block V8 and is devoid of weight adding options like air conditioning and speakers. This is not your every day driver, this is a lapping day weapon. To learn more, listen to what GM head honcho Mark Reuss had to say at the launch.
BMW unscripted. Sabine Schmitz.
BMW has some pretty neat people in their community, not the least of which is German racer Sabine Schmitz. The 43 year old, who is known as the “Queen of the Ring” has been winning races and making TV appearances for years. She also made herself known as one of the drivers of BMW’s Ring Taxi, where she took visitors on fast laps of the legendary Green Hell. One of the reasons for her popularity on shows like Top Gear is that she has a wonderful personality behind the wheel.
Check out Sabine unscripted.
P1 Episode 4 Featuring Bob Attrell
The fourth episode of P1, a tv series about the competitors in the Canadian Touring Car Championship has hit the web. This time, the show features Toronto area car dealer Bob Attrell as he tries to break a streak of bad luck at the 2012 Grand Prix of Mosport. The weekend went well for the team, as Attrell finished in second spot in both races and Sunday’s race was won by team mate Sasha Anis.
Photo above of Bob Attrell in turn 9 during the second race was by yours truly.
12 Hours of Sebring with Team Falken
I know a couple of weeks have passed since the 2013 12 hours of Sebring, but I just couldn’t resist posting this video from the Falken Tires Porsche team, who are understandably proud of their podium finish. Not only is the team’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR one of the most photogenic cars in the American Le Mans Series, but the team are a great family of people who are fun to be around. Check out their Sebring race report, as they run from a 12th place start to a 3rd place finish.