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Gymkhana in San Francisco

Remember The Art of Gymkhana? Well, Ken Block is back– but this time he’s on the streets of San Francisco. Oh, my, god. You will not believe this happened.

Utilizing a tricked out Ford Fiesta with 0-60 MPH capabilities in just 1.8 seconds, thanks in large part to its 650 horsepower engine, the city streets are the stage for a variety of maneuvers usually reserved to a child’s imagination. Shot over a period of four days, every nook and cranny of the Bay is seemingly used for this expansive follow up to a series that draws spectators from numerous different worlds.

Via Hypebeast

Audi’s Truth in 24

The Le Mans 24 Hours is a legendary race where drivers cover 4,800 kilometers in 24 hours – almost as many as the Formula One racers in a whole year.

The film “Truth in 24 II” (trailer above) documents the tenth and arguably most emotional triumph of the Audi brand with intimate insights into the team of Audi Sport and incredible pictures.

Looking forward to the full release– it’s available for download now on iTunes.

Thanks Richard!

The Otis Maybach


We all saw the Jay-Z and Kanye West video for Otis. We all thought to our ourselves, oh no, seriously? The Maybach? Don’t do it!!!

Thankfully rap isn’t all just bling bling– they’re auctioning off The Otis Maybach for charity, this Thursday, March 8th in New York City. The lot is being sold partly to benefit Save the Children by Phillips Depury.

Estimates are $100,000-$150,000 and I imagine it will do just fine.  Who wouldn’t want a ’04 Maybach destroyed by Jigga himself?  I’m going to go ahead and put this into the Art category.

2004 Maybach 57 customized for the video for the Grammy Award winning song Otis, 2011


The Range Rover Evoque

Wait for a glimpse of the new Evoque in the video.  The most interesting bit to me is where one of the guys said it will do 50MPG.  What do you think?

It will be the smallest, lightest and most fuel efficient Range Rover ever produced. Customers have a choice of both a 4WD and a 2WD version, with a sub 130g/km CO2 demonstrating the Range Rover brand’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Damien Hirst Audi A1

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Love this Damien Hirst Audi A1 for Sir Elton John’s AIDS foundation. He spin-painted the completely drivable glossy A1 in his studio in Gloucestershire, England specifically for the auction. It came bundled together with a painting on canvas which he created at the same time. With a $524,000 bid, this is what the winner took home. Via Designboom

Bahrain International Circuit Visit

Thanks to some local friends one of the stops during my tour of Bahrain yesterday was the new Bahrain International Circuit– the first track on the Grand Prix tour in the Middle East.


I figured I was just going on a quick tour to see the ground, go to the control tower, hear about the construction (it was a massive project) and snap some photos.


So I started snapping away…


We visited the race tower…


And some great VIP viewing spots and saw the track from above…


Definitely the best place to watch from…


The control room is incredible. Completely electronic, the whole track is wired in every way imaginable. They can zoom these cameras onto the serial number on a car part– and change aspects of the track at the touch of a button.


While I was there one of the control room guys admitted playing Playstation on the massive screens once!


Map of the track. They can actually run two races on it at once (and have before) as there are two circuits, one inside the other. The track has a fully functional hospital capable of even heart surgery– equipped with two heliports in case a patient needs to be moved quickly.


Back up on the top of the tower..


Off in the distance there was a little car buzzing and squealing around the corners. I asked about it… My guide looked at me and said, he’s coming to get you!


Sweet! Laps on an F1 track!

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Suited up with what turned out to be a very crazy driver, and a good one.


Open track was amazing. And when I told him I loved cars, he knew he could push it. It was probably 110° on the track, plus the engine heat. Very surreal.  Two laps on this F1 track will never be forgotten.

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This little thing goes way faster than you imagine. I promise.


BIC goodies. An incredibly impressive facility. Absolutely top notch everything. I look forward to coming back one day to see a race there.  Big thanks to those that made this possible!

A Weekend With a DB9 Volante


Back in August some friends at Aston Martin and Gotham Dream Cars hooked me up with a brand new DB9 for the weekend (Thanks again guys!). I originally intended to write a blow by blow story of my experience but every time I put pen to paper I got nowhere but one single word.  Perfection.  Driving the DB9 was an absolute pleasure.

Fantastic pictures courtesy of my brother Micah Spear.

Rather than a narrative, I’ll share a couple things I’ll never forget:

  • The attention to detail inside these cars is incredible. No corner, crevice or surface was left without excruciating attention to the detail. Stitching, beautiful woods, fabrics, and so on.  The craftsmanship was just gorgeous.  I guess that’s what being hand built gets you.
  • There is no open road in New England that can handle this car.  It’s built for speed. There was no straight away long enough, no hill windy enough.  You need a race track or the European countryside to truly enjoy what’s under the hood.  We did our best though. Promise.
  • Low clearance.  Low clearance.  I repeat, low clearance. Everywhere I went I was afraid I was going to scuff up the front lip.  I didn’t!
  • I need to get me one of these.  Unquestionably a dream car.

What a treat. On with the pictures!

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