Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc is to be one of the new presenters of Top Gear when the motoring programme returns to BBC Two in
Henrik Fisker designs another swoopy sports car and now there’s a V10 in place of the batteries! Though little has been heard of Henrik Fisker
Better test your brakes before driving this route! Incredible images show nerve-shredding cliff-side road in China – with 45 deadly hairpins in just three miles.
at Dubai Mall…must be a doughnut shop near by!
Two cars made famous by the television series Minder are to go to auction next month and both look set to become ‘nice little earners’.
A 1981 Daimler Sovereign, driven by the most famous second-hand car dealer on TV, Arthur Daley, and a 1977 Ford Capri driven by his sidekick Terry McCann, have been listed by auction site H&H Classics to go to sale at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, on April 20.
The Daimler, which recently underwent a bodywork restoration and £5,000 of mechanical fettling, has covered just 43,990 miles since new, and is expected to sell for £35,000 – £45,000.
The actor who played Daley, George Cole, reportedly wanted to buy the vehicle himself, however it was given away in a TV Times competition.
The Mk2 2.0-litre Ford Capri, driven by Dennis Waterman’s character in the comedy drama, is also believed to have undergone a restoration, and despite showing 88,700 miles on the odometer, is expected to sell for between £65,000 and £85,000.
If it does reach its target, it could potentially set a new record price for a 2.0-litre Capri, which is a testament to both the car’s popularity, and the power of celebrity provenance.
H&H Motorcar Specialist, James McWilliam, who consigned the pair, commented: “Both cars have been sympathetically restored and estimated to make allowance for their small screen history. We know from past experience that playing a major role in a TV series can have a big impact on value, as witnessed by the 1976 Jaguar XJ12C that we sold last October which made a record breaking £69,440 despite needing total restoration, due to its New Avengers TV provenance. These cars are celebrities in their own right.”
We recently met Ian from Nottingham. Ian saw our Lotus Cortina jack that we were advertising on eBay and that got us talking…
He has kindly sent us some pictures of his beautifully restored Mk 2 Series 2 Lotus Cortina.
“The car is an original 1969 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk2 Series 2 in its original BN Red Livery. She’s a 3 owner car, which I have owned for nearly 25 years. The only things which aren’t really for the purist are the 5 speed box which I have fitted (still have all original box and prop etc), a five speed box actually was a rare option on the later Cortinas but not a Type 9, as I have on mine. I also removed the rear chrome trim which frames the rear panel on a Series 2 as I have never seen one which sits quite correctly, although I have a perfect set for the car.”
I’m sure you’ll agree, she looks stunning. I hope you like your new jack and thank you for the pictures.
Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc is to be one of the new presenters of Top Gear when the motoring programme returns to BBC Two in May.
The US actor will be the show’s first non-British host in its 39-year history.
“Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear,” said Chris Evans of his new on-screen colleague.
Additional Top Gear cast members will be confirmed shortly, the BBC said.
“As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I’m honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show’s new chapter,” said LeBlanc. “What a thrill!”
The 48-year-old is best known for his role as Joey Tribbiani in Friends and has more recently been seen, as himself, in BBC Two sitcom Episodes.
“Acting out our craziest car notions on screen is a dream job and I know we’ll both be debating some epic road trip ideas,” continued Evans in a statement.
“We can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to on screen later this year.”
LeBlanc has twice appeared on Top Gear on its popular “star in a reasonably priced car” segment and holds the record for the fastest ever celebrity lap.
Alan Tyler, the BBC’s acting controller for entertainment commissioning, called LeBlanc “a class act and a brilliant signing”.
Evans was named as Top Gear’s new host last year after the BBC opted not to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract in the wake of his much-publicised “fracas” with a Top Gear producer.
Clarkson subsequently signed up with streaming service Amazon Prime to present a new motoring show with Richard Hammond and James May, his former Top Gear co-presenters.
Tabloid editor turned broadcaster Piers Morgan is among those to have welcomed LeBlanc’s appointment, calling him “a brilliant choice [with] huge global recognition”on Twitter.
LeBlanc himself hinted at his new role on Wednesday, telling his Twitter followers he had “very cool news coming in the next day or so”.
Last year the actor presented Top Gear: The Races, a stand-alone spin-off made for BBC Store, the corporation’s digital download service.
According to the BBC, he will join production on the new series of Top Gear “immediately”.
Stephen Mangan, LeBlanc’s co-star on Episodes, responded to the news by suggesting he is “The Stig” in the picture released with the BBC’s press release.
“Still annoyed they made me wear that helmet,” the British actor joked on Twitter.
Last year LeBlanc revealed he had “one more season of Episodes to shoot…. starting in April”.
The actor won a Golden Globe in 2013 for his role in the sitcom, a co-production with Showtime, in which he plays an exaggerated version of himself for comic effect.
Steve Berry, who co-presented Top Gear in the 1990s, told BBC News that LeBlanc was “an odd choice”, despite having “international recognition”.
“It does seem odd that the BBC will use an actor in a factual entertainment show,” he said, suggesting that the strength of the show’s most recent line-up lay in the fact that they were “all experienced motoring journalists”.
“When Jeremy Clarkson gives you an opinion you can respect it,” he went on. “When an actor says that line, does it have that authority?”
DeLorean cars – made famous by the Back To The Future movies – are set to go into production again for the first time in around 33 years.
The car was originally made by the DeLorean Motor Company in Northern Ireland.
Around 9,000 cars were made between 1981 and 1983. Only 6,500 are still believed to exist.
In 1995 Stephen Wynne began selling refurbished DeLoreans in Texas.
But now his firm, still using the name the DeLorean Motor Company, is able to build new cars as well, following changes to the laws governing small scale car manufacturers.
Mr Wynne told KPRC: “It’s huge for us. It means we’re back as a car company again.”
The new models are expected to cost around $100,000 but the final price will depend on what engine the designers choose.
“There’s no reason to change the appearance of the car. As we go into the programme, we’ll decide what areas need to be freshened up,” Wynne added.
Mr Wynne hopes to have the first car completed in early 2017.
It’s always nice to see old friends. Carl and Lesley Fry are part exchanging their Austin Seven Nippy for our fully restored concours 1957 MGA. 1500cc.
They bought the Nippy last year and it has done probably done about 5000 miles as it has been its own little covered trailer with its coat on being towed behind their motor home.
It’s a lovely idea to turn up anywhere and enjoy your classic car.
Let’s hope the MGA sees the world.
Carl, Lesley see you next year when the Maserati is completed. haha…
Though little has been heard of Henrik Fisker since his resignation from Fisker Automotive, he’s clearly been a busy man. He is now a shareholder and designer at VLF Automotive, a collaboration between Fisker, former GM vice president Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villarreal.
Now VLF already sells a Destino, what appears to be a Karma with a supercharged GM V8 in it. If you can’t beat them, join them, right? Its new car, just revealed at Detroit, is the Force 1 V10. And it looks amazing.
While VLF says the Force 1 has “powerful, dramatic sculptural exterior styling” and a “luxurious contemporary interior”, it isn’t too difficult to see what this car is based on. Struggling? What if we tell you it’s powered by an 8.4-litre V10? Yes, this is a Fisker take on the Dodge Viper. Which sounds pretty cool.
That body is all carbon fibre, the V10 is up to 745hp and there’s space for two champagne bottles inside. Just the thing at 218mph…
The Fisker design influence is clear through the Force 1, in particular the Karma-aping rear lights. Don’t forget Fisker has some pretty good previous with front-engined, rear-wheel drive design too; as well as the Aston V8 Vantage and DB9, he also designed the BMW Z8. Inside the Viper origins are clearer to see – despite the champagne holders – but it does look more luxurious. Then you’ll see the ‘Force 1 V10’ badge on the back and wonder how on earth it was signed off on such a well designed car.
VLF says the Force 1 will be initially produced in a batch of just 50 cars, with production commencing this April. The six-speed manual is standard with an auto optional. Price? $268,500, or around £185,000. Grab a manual, naturally aspirated supercar while you still can!
The world’s best selling roadster ever is very popular with tuners, and its brand-new iteration is no exception.
The fourth generation of the Mazda MX-5 has received Tra-Kyoto’s not-so-subtle (to say the least) treatment.
Sporting basically the same visual elements that put the small tuning shop on the world map, the ND MX-5 comes with widened fenders, front and rear bumper lips, side skirts, roll bar, humongous time-attack rear spoiler and deep-dish wheels to match.
As a true TRA-Kyoto street-racer, the project couldn’t miss the JDM tow hook and the symbolic lightening holes on the front fenders. Discreet, it is not, but its makers were always intending to make it look OTT and transform the fun, yet sensible, roadster into something of a track weapon.
No specs have been released yet, so we have no idea whatsoever about what’s going on under the hood. On the other hand, if it’s meant to be more than a looker, we expect power to have increased substantially so as to light those fat rear tires, something the stock engines definitely won’t do.
Another night out with the directors of Bridge Classic Cars.
Renowned motor sports hill climber and Riley Redwing owner Peter Smith bet that Gordon didn’t have a tattoo of the Monte Carlo rally on his back.
If proven wrong Peter reluctantly agreed to walk the length of Elgin high street in Morayshire, Scotland with your trousers down.
He should have known that Bridge Classic Cars always deliver…
KIERON Dyer has come 4th in I’m A Celebrity 2015.
The former Ipswich Town footballer narrowly missed out on tomorrow night’s final, following being evicted in tonight’s show, along with Jorgie Porter.
On leaving the camp, Kieron – who threatened to quit half-way through – said: “I came in thinking I’d have a game plan, and it would be easy, but it was tough.
“I’ve never cried so much in my life.”
He said: “It might surprise people but I’m a mummy’s boy and she was a mother figure.”
He continued: “She’s an amazing woman, and I’m gutted she left on medical grounds because I think she would’ve been a finalist.
“She’s so strong-willed and that’s what I loved about her.”
He said: “Ferne definitely has the hots for George, but I’m not sure if he feels the same.”
He is somewhat notorious for his bad boy behaviour during his lengthy stint as a premier league footballer.
But Keiron Dyer has revealed is hoping to alter the public’s perceptions of him when he appears in this year’s series of ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Now happily married to partner Holly and a proud father of four, the 36-year-old sports star claims his controversial behaviour is very much a thing of the past.
Beginning his footballing career at the tender age of 18 at Ipswich Town, Kieron’s sporting ability eventually saw him snapped up by Newcastle United at 21 for £6 million, with the star admitting his accompanying fortune soon got the better of him.
‘I was earning fortunes having grown up in a poor background and you did end up in trouble. But you do mature, you learn from those errors. Now I’m in my thirties, I’m nothing like I was in my twenties, thank God,’ Kieron explained.
The Ipswich-born athlete has been embroiled in his fair share of controversy over the years having been involved in a sex tape and a speeding ban, as well as his infamous fight on the pitch against teammate Lee Bowyer at Newcastle.
But despite his tumultuous past, Kieron believes his settled lifestyle has made him a reformed man.
‘Fatherhood does change you, and just getting older and wiser. It’s a combination of everything – age, being a father, being a husband. I’ve been married a year now, things settle you down,’ he confessed to The Daily Mirror.
However, Kieron insists he isn’t entering the jungle in a bid to alter the public’s perceptions of him and is instead doing it ‘for my kids and for charity’.
‘When I told my kids I had the chance to do it, I think they want to see daddy embarrass himself on telly, going to do the trials.’
Kieran is donating a fee for the ITV show to the Jude Brady Foundation, which helps families coping with stillbirth and raises awareness of neonatal death.
Occupation: Former England football star
Phobias: I don’t like spiders or snakes but there is no way I am going to look a wuss on the trials!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: I’d like to change people’s perceptions about footballers in general but I know my family and friends know the real me – and that is what matters
Role in the Camp: Definitely not the chef! I’d like to provide banter to keep us all amused
Miss most: Aside from my wife and kids, my mobile phone and not being able to have any control over decisions I make
Dream Campmate: Brian May and Kim Kardashian
Celebrities enter the Jungle for many a reason. For former England footballer Kieron, it was to earn some serious dad-points.
“I’m A Celebrity… is a favourite in our house,” says Kieron. “I watch it with my children and they wanted me to do it. They begged me to go on!”
It wasn’t just his kids pushing him into it though – he’s also doing it for charity, donating his entire fee to the Jude Brady Foundation. But Kieron’s up for having a laugh whilst doing some good, with his eye firmly on the role of Camp clown: “I like to stir things up and I am a mickey taker,” he says. “I will amuse myself and have a banter with everyone.” Let’s hope they’re actually in the mood for some laughter…
Ed Sheeran can ditch the L-plates after passing his practical driving test… less than three months after smashing theory.
He might be 24, but as one of the world’s top musicians, it’s fair to say he’s has a busy few years.
But singer Ed Sheeran can finally ditch the L-plates after he passed his practical driving test in Ipswich, Suffolk on Thursday.
The Thinking Out Loud hit-maker took to Twitter to confirm the news, writing to his 15.6million followers: ‘Passed my driving test yesterday, zoom zoom zoom’.
The news was reiterated by driving school Total Driving who took to Facebook on Thursday to congratulate the Grammy-nominated star on his achievement.
The post read: ‘Congratulations to Ed S who passed his car test with us in Ipswich this afternoon. Good effort Ed!!!’
The caption was accompanied by a picture of the smiling redhead posing with his certificate in his hands.
Ed’s happy news comes three months after he proudly passed his theory test, and was seen waving his certificate about as he emerged from a test centre in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
He was greeted by a small group of fans who he willingly showed his results to, proudly showing off the piece of paper as he snapped selfies with an office worker.
After bidding farewell to the handful of admirers, the chart-topping singer headed to his car with a female companion, possibly his driving instructor.
Ed jumped in the driver’s seat and drove off without divulging whether it’d been a successful test or not.
It’s been an extremely busy few months for the chart-topper, with the Suffolk-born star receiving an honorary degree for his outstanding contribution to music at University Campus Suffolk earlier this month.
It was soon followed by the premiere of his new movie Jumpers For Goalposts, then a presenting stint hosting the MTV EMAs with Ruby Rose in Milan, followed by a cameo appearance in Home and Away this week.
A spectacular mountain road in southwest China has become the new talking point among petrolheads after pictures of the mind-boggling motorway emerged on the Internet.
Breathtaking photographs on People’s Daily Online capture the dozens of deadly hairpin turns on the winding road, which stretches for 3.5 miles (5,757 metres) in Xiushan county, Chongqing municipality.
The cliff-side motorway, dubbed ‘Road to Heaven’, has become one of the must-visit destinations for Chinese driving enthusiasts.
The nerve-shredding road is carved into the side of a steep mountain and is surrounded by luscious greenery.
Elevating from 2,050 feet to 3,855 feet above the sea level, it has an astonishingly 45 hairpins.
The formidably road connects Chuanhegai, a 1,000-family mountain village situated at an altitude of 3,117 feet high, with its nearest town called Pingma.
The local government plans to brand the monster motorway as a main tourist attraction and hopes it will bring more visitors to the remote region.
at Dubai Mall…must be a doughnut shop near by!
There’s a magical place,
We’re on our way there,
With toys in their millions,
All under one roof,
It’s called…Moray Motor Museum
Being very good friends with racing legend Darren McWhirter does come with some huge perks! Like spending a good few evenings at Moray Motor Museum and seeing some of the incredible vehicles he personally owns and is happy to show to us all.
Moray Motor Museum
Based in the centre of Elgin (the capital of Morayshire, close to the Cooper Park), Moray Motor Museum is housed in a light and airy old mill building, part of which dates back to the era of the Cathedral when the Bishops of Moray ruled Moravia, and was used by them as a grain mill.
The Moray Motor Museum houses a superb collection of veteran, vintage, classic cars and motorbikes. Most of which are on the button ready to go. Added to this are the model cars and automobilia which make this a visit not be missed.
Joining Bridge Classic Cars in the beautiful Mansion House Hotel in Elgin, Morayshire, are the drivers and their companions on the “Mills and Stills Tour” 2015.
The week long event that promises to be suitable for all sizes and types of veteran cars.
The Laich of Moray’s quiet country roads are ideal for the early motorist to enjoy a worry and stress free break doing what they like best – touring with their pride and joy!
Four daily routes are planned covering approximately 60 -80 miles a day – travelling north, south, east and west – beautiful scenery with plenty interesting attractions en route.
The Mansion House Hotel & Country Club is nestled on the banks of the River Lossie within beautiful grounds, yet only a few minutes walk to the historical centre of Elgin.
Rated at 4-Stars by both the AA and VisitScotland.com, The Mansion House Hotel & Country Club is the perfect destination for business, pleasure or a special celebration. Decorated in an elegant country house style this 19th century Baronial mansion combines the grace of a bygone age with all the modern amenities of a 21st century hotel.
The Mansion House Hotel & Country Club with its own Health and Leisure Club Facilities and many Golf Courses nearby, offers a unique experience of a truly magnificent setting and Scottish hospitality. Set on the famous “Whisky Trail” and near many of Scotland’s major attractions, The Mansion House Hotel & Country Club provides a perfect venue for Special Events such as Weddings, Anniversary Breaks, Birthday Celebrations or just a relaxing holiday.
Classic experts from across the globe share market intelligence on the models gaining in value – and highlight the ones that are struggling. Market experts from both sides of the Atlantic say prices for 1980s and 1990s modern classics will continue to rise – and they’re predicting that cars from the early 2000s will become hot investment tips.
The Porsche 968, Honda S2000 and Mitsubishi Evo are among those tipped by members of a panel assembled by Hagerty International to assess the current state of the market. They also identified that British classics from the 1950s, particularly Ford saloons and Rootes Group models, are struggling to set the market alight.
The price experts also highlighted – using sales data from the US and Europe – that investment in the classic market is currently offering a quicker return than either gold or the FTSE100, but while they think a price crash similar to the late 1980s is unlikely they did warn that speculators still had the potential to destablise a buoyant market. The panel also said it expected performance cars from the 2000s to be the next ones to find favour with classic car collectors.
Hagerty International managing director Angus Forsyth said: ‘The future cars of interest will be those which would be a screen saver for tomorrow’s collectors – we call it the Top Gear effect, because we know a wide audience including teenagers enjoy seeing the cars that the show features. It’s these cars that are predicted to be the next collectibles of the classic car market.’
Today’s the day Jack Smith, Bridge Classic Car’s exceptional young talent starts his 2 year apprenticeship at Colchester Institute.
Jack is a very gifted individual with the flair and qualities you’d expect to find in someone with many more years of experience.
The future looks bright for Jack as he starts his journey on a 2 year course in Motor Mechanics and Bodywork.
In addition to his course, Jack will also be attending the Classic Car Restoration course that Colchester Institute has to offer.
New Top Gear presenter Chris Evans, is selling off £11million worth of classic cars at auction next month.
Evans, who is replacing Jeremy Clarkson as the new presenter for the BBC show, has consigned 13 cars to the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Evans revealed that he had bought the 1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, the same model used in the 1968 children’s film, in 2012 and has since restored the 17ft motor which comes complete with multi-coloured “wings”.
The items include the rare right-hand drive 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy, with an estimate of £2.6-2.9m, the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 ‘Daytona’ Spider, estimate £2.3-£2.6m and the 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’, estimate £1.4-£1.8m.
Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams Director of Motor cars, said: “Chris Evans is offering 13 incredible motor cars at Bonhams sale, a stable which includes six outstanding Ferraris.
“Chris has been a long-standing client of Bonhams, so we’re delighted to offer his incredible motor cars at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale.
“In refreshing his collection, others will have the opportunity to enjoy Chris’ fantastic cars after all, you never ‘own’ a classic car, you enjoy it, look after it, and pass it on for others to appreciate.”
More than 140 lots of Evans’ Automobilia will also be offered, the proceeds of which will be donated to BBC charity, Children in Need.
Other motor cars offered from Chris Evans include a 1949 Jaguar XK120 ‘Alloy’ Roadster estimate between £500K-£600K and a 1967 Jaguar XKSS ‘Lynx’ estimated £325K-£375K.
* The sale takes place on September 12 at Goodwood in Chichester, West Sussex