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Jun 24

World Cup Classics: Five Vintage Cars That Were Built In Brazil

Puma GTs were offered as convertibles and coupes. (Photo: Puma GT)

Puma GTs were offered as convertibles and coupes. (Photo: Puma GT)

Even though the spotlight is now on Brazil for soccer, there are fairly few things Brazilian that the average American can accurately identify, including world-class soccer player Pelé, a national flag that actually looks like a professional graphic designer was involved and the magnificent food at Fogo de Chao. While Brazil’s indigenous cars are almost completely unknown outside of the country, here are five of our favorites:

1. 1966-95 Puma GT

Gold Puma GT Coupe. (Photo: Hagerty)

Puma GT Coupe (Photo: Hagerty)

As most people know, South America — and in particular, Brazil — is classic VW heaven. Sandy beaches, palm trees, sugar cane, Caipirinhas, piranhas and inexpensive air-cooled VW parts are all as common as knifings in a Rio de Janeiro favela. Naturally, several small car companies emerged using the abundant air-cooled VW power as the heart of their products. One of our favorites was the Puma GT. These attractive little sports cars were offered in coupé and convertible form. Using modified 1500 and 1600cc VW power with fiberglass bodies, Pumas looked good, were light and went well. Occasionally, they show up on eBay in the States.

Jun 24

MotoGP: Facts And Figures Ahead Of TT Assen Race

Valentino Rossi won last year's race at the TT Assen circuit. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Valentino Rossi won last year’s race at the TT Circuit Assen. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

The TT Circuit Assen is the only track that has staged a grand prix race every year since the start of the world championship in 1949.

Motorcycle racing started on the roads round Assen in 1925 on a 27.53 km (17.11 miles) circuit. The circuit was shortened to 16.54 km (10.275 miles) between 1926 –1954 although there was no racing between 1939 – 1946 because of the Second World War. It was halved in length in 1955 to 7.704 km (4.787 miles) and further shortened in 2002.

Jun 24

Report: Button Could Be Shown Exit At McLaren

McLaren could be making room for Sebastian Vettel (left), which could possibly leave Jenson Button (right) without a ride. (Photo: Getty Images)

McLaren could be making room for Sebastian Vettel (left), which could possibly leave Jenson Button (right) without a ride. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jenson Button has played down increasing speculation about his future in Formula 1.

The 2009 World Champion is out of contract at the end of 2014, but McLaren boss Eric Boullier said recently he thinks a new deal for the 34-year-old is likely.

That may not be right. Britain’s Times and Daily Mail newspapers are reporting the real likelihood that next weekend’s Silverstone race could be Button’s last British Grand Prix with the team.

Jun 23

F1: Tempers reach boiling point as Ferrari’s struggles continue

Scuderia Ferrari's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen  makes a pitstop during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on June 22, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / HANS KLAUS TECHT        (Photo credit should read HANS KLAUS TECHT/AFP/Getty Images)

Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen makes a pitstop during the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. (Photo: Hans Klaus Techt/Getty Images)

When told on Sunday to push up to his nearest rival, the radio answer from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was immediate.

“Well, give me more power!” the Finn told his engineer.

Raikkonen has notably struggled since returning to the Italian team in 2014, but so too has Ferrari with its newly V6-powered F14-T.