Friday, January 20, 2017

NMS Drivers: Still Available for Formula 1!

NMS-Ready to Race!
The big news this week in Formula 1 is that 3-in-a-row Constructors winners Mercedes have officially announced that Valterri Bottas will be their driver. Since Bottas was signed to Williams, the Williams team have now officially announced that Felipe Massa has come out of retirement to drive for them again in 2017. Since Mercedes young driver Pascal Wehrlein was NOT signed by Mercedes, the Sauber F1 team officially announced that Wehrlein would drive for them in 2017. Hmmm, no where in there did anyone say that any of our NMS drivers would be signed to Formula 1, so we just wanted all those teams to know that we're still available!

The only F1 team that MIGHT have an opening for this year is the Manor team. However, the Manor team's finances are up in the air, and unless a financial backer steps up, or someone with a lot of money buys the team, then Manor might not be racing in 17. So, I'm going out to buy some 1 dollar Manor Racing Team Purchase Lottery Tickets, and if I win the $150,000 Mega Millions or Powerball, I'll consider making a bid on buying the entire Manor team, and then hiring NMS drivers Brian Nixon and Jason Rucker to drive my two cars this year. Hey, a guy can dream can't he?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Verizon IndyCar Series 2017 Schedule

Robin: Holy race car Batman, it's January 2017 and we need to start planning to follow the Verizon IndyCar Series!

Batman: Right you are Robin, let's go to the Bat-Computer and check it out!

R: So Batman, as you can see on this BAT-MAP, the races will be held from Florida to California, on a mixture of ovals and road courses! And they start on March 12th!

B: Righty-O old chum! As you also likely noticed, both ABC and NBC Sports Networks will be covering races this year.

R: JEEPERS Bruce, I mean Batman, you're right. With so many races, I just wish there was some way to keep track of the dates and locations, and TV schedule.

B: Robin, haven't you been paying attention in your studies? With the Bat-Internet, you can dowload virtually all information known to man on your smart phone!

R: You're right Batman, I need to focus on learning, because crime never rests.

Alfred: That's right boys and girls, YOU can find out more at the official website for the Verizon IndyCar Series at INDYCAR

Friday, January 13, 2017

Hampton Roads International Auto Show Report

Virginia Beach Convention Center

This weekend is the local Hampton Roads International Auto Show here in Virginia Beach HRIAS. The show continues Saturday and Sunday. Here's a look at some of the sights from today! Special thanks to FORD for giving free admission to our military. Click on each photo to get a larger view.

Thanks to FORD

First up: The new Maserati SUV, the LEVANTE

The new Chevy BOLT all electric car is getting rave reviews, with a range of over 200 miles!
If you're not ready to go all electric, there's always the monster Chevy CORVETTE
They still make the SMART car, and you can even get one as a convertible
The new Toyota CAMRY has this feature I've never seen, that's an air vent back there in the back seat
This Honda CIVIC gets my vote for MOST GREEN car of the day
The HONDA pickup truck has a tailgate that opens sideways, and extra storage under the bed
Cool wheel, Nissan 370Z
This Buick CASCADA in red really stuck out in a sea of black, gray, and white vehicles
Catchy gray matte paint job on this  FIAT 500X
FIAT 124 SPIDER, shared platform with the Mazda MIATA
Alfa Romeo GIULIA, finally arriving at dealers now. You've got to love a car named for your wife (Julia)

Alfa badge, a classic, snake eating a guy!
Audi IR8, V10 motor! Starts at about $162,000

I think I've got the name correct: "IR8", which maybe someone should explain that in English it's "IRATE"
Porsche 718, commonly known as the Boxster. List price around $56,000, this one had options that made it $73,000
Another new SUV: the Jaguar F-PACE
Also new, the Jaguar XE. The basic XE will the cheapest Jag, mid $30,000 range
A new MINI model this year, the COUNTRYMAN, will be on sale in a few months
Can you see the Union Jack flag in the back of the headrests?
BMW M40i

BMW M40i sky-view!
I liked this VW display for their RallyCross racing Beetle
SPOILER ALERT VOL II: This Subaru BRA has a really cool spoiler, that even has little end plates!
Mazda MIATA, convertible and hard top versions
Mazda MIATA, very cool in this gray color hard top

Formerly a Scion car, this is now the Toyota 86

Toyota COROLLA iM with graphics

Toyota 86 with the circular 86 log on the headlight

Small 86 badge on the side of the Toyota

My vote for ugliest color of the day? This Chevy Cruze

"Orange Burst Metallic"

Toyota was offering free test drivers, so I enjoyed getting behind the wheel of this Highlander, and a Prius