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Insider Report: Forza Horizon on Toronto streets

Published October 18, 2012

In the new Forza Horizon game for Xbox 360, gamers leave the race tracks behind and head out onto public roads. To promote the new game, Xbox Canada took to the streets of downtown Toronto with a couple of supercars. A Mercedes SLS AMG and an Aston Martin Vantage toured the city. Looks like it would have been a fun day out, although I’ll bet game players are going to drive a lot faster than the video team did!

Finnish gypsies kidnap & blackmail Kimi Räikkönen
Perhaps this video ad from Finnish clothing company Makia Racing might explain how The Iceman got stuck driving a Lotus this year.

First Nissan Juke-R is delivered to customer
It was a car that was never supposed to be built. A skunkworks project created by engineers who had been specifically instructed not to try building one. The Juke-R is the insane marriage of Nissan’s cute as a bug (or as ugly, depending on your taste) Juke crossover and the mighty GT-R. The body of a grocery getter and the guts of a supercar. The completed beast captured the imaginations of gearheads around the globe. So much so that Nissan brass actually gave the go ahead to build a handful of production versions.

Juke-R chassis number 001 has been completed and is ready for delivery to its owner. Unlike the original that was finished in sinister matte black, the fist consumer car is bright white but is still every bit as evil as the original.

The delivery of #001 coincides with the launch of a new video game called Asphalt 7: Heat. Naturally this driving game includes the Juke-R and Juke NISMO that the rest of us can buy from a normal dealer.

Racer Paul Brown passes away from skin cancer
Popular racer Paul Brown has passed away following a brief battle with skin cancer. The Ford Mustang racer was the 2011 SCCA Pro Racing Pirelli World Challenge Series Champion. Brown suddenly learned in March of this year that he had metastatic melanoma, just two weeks before the racing season was due to begin. Justin Bell filled Brown’s seat in the Boss 302S race car for most of the season, but Brown’s love for the sport was so great that he was determined to compete in the double header race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in June.

Despite his illness and the fact that he hadn’t raced in eight months, Brown scored third spot on the podium in the first race. On Sunday, when the photo above was taken, a broken header would see him finish in 10th. His final race came a few weeks later when he partnered with Brian Redman in a Ferrari 512M Can-Am car at Road America. In that race, Brown started last in a 35 car field and climbed to sixth overall and first in class. A great effort for anyone, let alone someone with just a few months to live.

Our thoughts go out to Paul Brown’s family, friends and team.

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