Dec 14

MotoGP: Bridgestone’s Yamada Looks Back On ‘Fantastic’ 2013 Season

Hiroshi Yamada (right) analyzes tire data before the Catalunya GP. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

(right) analyzes tire data before the Catalunya GP. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

After one of the most exciting campaigns in recent years, Motorsport Manager Hiroshi Yamada looks back on the highlights from this season and gives a brief glimpse of the world’s largest tire manufacturer’s approach to 2014.

Yamada-san, how would you summarize the 2013 MotoGP season?

Overall, I think this season has been fantastic – one of the best ever for the series. All the riders were performing at a very high level and to witness Marc (Marquez) break record after record and Jorge (Lorenzo) defend his title with so much passion, I think it brought many new fans to MotoGP.

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Dec 14

F1: Gutierrez Hopes To Stay At Sauber, May Lose Seat To Van Der Garde

Esteban Gutierrez hopes to stay at Sauber in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

hopes to stay at in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Esteban Gutierrez says his “priority” is to stay at Sauber in 2014, even though the Mexican does not appear first in line for a seat with the Swiss team.

Despite its financial troubles this season, Sauber’s two vacancies would appear the most attractive of the few remaining places on the 2014 grid.

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Dec 13

Sports Cars: Black Falcon Wins Gulf 12 Hours

Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon celebrates after winning the Gulf 12 Hours. (Photo: John Dagys)

Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon celebrates after winning the . (Photo: John Dagys)

Team Abu Dhabi by Black Falcon broke AF Corse’s win streak at Yas Marina Circuit by taking a dominant victory in the third edition of the Gulf 12 Hours.

The No. 3 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 of Jeroen Bleekemolen, Bernd Schneider and Khaled Al Qubaisi cruised to a one-minute and 41-second win over the two-time and defending overall winning AF Corse squad, in what was a clear-cut race for the German-run, UAE-backed effort, nearly from the onset.

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Dec 13

Cars: Rolls-Royce Ghost Review – Style, Class And Luxury With A Mean V8

The 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase carries a base price of $296,000. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

The 2013 Ghost Extended Wheelbase carries a base price of $296,000. (Photo: )

In 1977, I think it was, P.J. O’Rouke wrote a hilarious and controversial of a $70,000 Aston-Martin Volante for Car & Driver. In that review O’Rourke famously wrote that he couldn’t give an accurate take on the nuances of the car’s performance threshold.  O’Rourke said something to the effect of — and I’m paraphrasing here – that he drove the car “like it had a trunk full of live babies and you would, too, if you were in someone else’s $70,000 car.”

Being a young, impressionable kid, I thought that was funny.

Flash ahead 36 years and I now understand exactly what he meant.

That’s because I recently spent a week with a 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase, which carried a base price of $296,000 and an as-tested priced of $356,770, which is roughly double the median housing price in Cabarrus County, N.C., the place that I call home.  And as you can imagine, in the little 5,000-person town where I live, the big Rolls-Royce stood out like Miley Cyrus twerking in a Baptist church on Sunday morning.

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Dec 13

VIDEO: BMW Destroyed In Huge Crash At Zandvoort

Rob ten Herkel and his passenger escaped serious injuries when their 130i violently crashed at Circuit Park in , Netherlands.

Herkel was giving a family member a ride of a lifetime around the 2.676-mile circuit when the car veered off the track and slammed the inside wall. The car rolled several times before landing right side up in the gravel trap.

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