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Welcome to "About exotic cars". A news- and photoblog about exotic cars, common cars and car experiences.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pay your tax or have your car sold!

The London borough Sutton had a very special car for auction. A couple of weeks ago they auctioned a Ferrari 348 for 18.000 GBP because of an experid tax disc. The car was wearing a tax disk that expired in 2004. After the owner failed to pay the outstanding fines and storage fees, the car went up for auction.

18k really is not a lot of money for a 348. On the other hand, it's one of those Ferraris that might cause quite some problems. Luckily, the owner doesn't have any issues with fuel prices anymore, he hasn't got a car to get fuel for. Councillor Colin Hall: "it doesn't matter if you have a Ferrari or a Fiat: tax your car or face the consequences."

Source: The London Paper

Monday, August 25, 2008

Report: Bavaria City Racing Rotterdam 2008

9.30 am, welcome in Rotterdam. It's not really one of my favorite cities for some reason, although it has some pretty nice buildings. This year's edition of Bavaria City Racing was the fifth edition in Rotterdam. It has grown to one of the biggest motor sport events in Europe. More and more people attend every year and this year Rotterdam hosted 500.000 visitors. World famous Formula One drivers like Robert Doornbos, Jarno Trulli, Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil raced the narrow streets of Rotterdam to give the audience a day they wouldn't forget. A lot of Formula One demonstrations, burnouts, starts, drifting etc were ingredients for a very noisy day! Luckily, we managed to get some ear plugs to start the day.

Renault F1 really blew away the crowd, local hero Robert Doornbos knew how to drive his car and how to entertain the crowd by doing tons of donuts, Trulli on the other hand had a lazy day. He didn't show that much action, didn't know where to find his right pedal and mainly used his right hand for waving instead of driving like a proper F1-driver. Let's not forget Tom Coronel in his WTCC Seat Leon and Renger van der Zande in his GP2 class-car.

Nissan arranged their new GT-R for Bavaria city Racing. It's the second GT-R I see this summer. The red one in London last month impressed me more. Even though the one in Rotterdam drove past us all day, it didn't make that much noise. I don't know why but there's probably a reason for it. The other safety car, a Lamborghini Gallardo, made a lot more noise!

So, not much of a report really... There wasn't really a lot to see from where we stood all day. Our VIP-tickets gave us access to the ING Bank area but it appeared to be a terrible place if you're into photography. We were standing about two meters from the safety barrier. It was pretty difficult to get a decent shot of the cars, who were driving by at very high speeds, without getting the safety barriers in the photo. Halfway during the day they moved the fences another two meters backwards so I was pretty much done taking photos. The distance way too big to even get the car in the picture. I only got the roof. Luckily, I managed to get a view shots near the safety barriers, the security guys were quite nice to me.

More luck next year!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

News from the UK: fire destroys sports cars

A fire has destroyed at least seven sports cars at a service garage in Longford, England. Firefighters were able to prevent other cars from getting destroyed. Unfortunately seven cars were completely ruined and another fifteen damaged. The fire may have been caused by an electrical fault at TVR Performance and Service Centre.

Nearly 45 firefighters were needed at the site when the fire just after midnight. 21-year-old Richard Peacock, company director and TVR-owner, said "it's heart-breaking, being my pride and joy". His car was supposed to be ready for a drive next week after a number of repairs.

To get an impression, check the video.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Report: MaartenMemorial 2008

"When I'm driving my Lotus, I don't feel sick." These famous words are the reason why a couple of friends started an event called MaartenMemorial. This year, the MaartenMemorial was organised on August 5th, a day after Maarten died five years ago. Maarten van Sten died from cancer at the age of 27. He was a Lotus fanatic and had his own business, Van Sten Engineering. He spent his last days in the Daniel den Hoed clinique. MaartenMemorial is a fantastic event to raise funds to finance cancer research. Nearly 100 cars attend every year. Everybody gathers at the Feyenoord stadium, the Kuip, and they leave just after noon to the famous track in Zandvoort. Before all cars arrived there, each car did a soundcheck at The Pitstop in Amsterdam before heading down to Zandvoort.

As a photographer for the Lotus Club Holland, I had the privilege to be a passenger and drive along with all those other cars. It's been a fantastic day and the Daniel den Hoed clinique received a cheque of 129.000 euro. This is not enough! Support cancer research and make sure you make your donation today! Click here (dutch) for more information.

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