Politico
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Autocar
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Tom Chilton is breaking new ground by taking on both the British and world touring car championships in the same year. We find out why What’s the biggest challenge facing a racing driver competing in two major championships? Staying focused on each? Balancing the pressure? Or perhaps getting to grips with different cars? Nope. The answer is much simpler. “Jet lag,” says Tom Chilton, world touring car driver for Sébastien Loeb Racing and recently confirmed British Touring Car Championship returnee with Power Maxed Racing. Chilton, who is back in the BTCC after a five-year hiatus, will rack up the air miles this season. He’ll contest a total of 50 races: 30 in the BTCC spread across 10 weekends and 20 in the WTCC at a further 10 events. “It’s the first time this has ever been done in these two series, so I’m a bit of a guinea pig,” says the 31-year-old from Reigate in Surrey.
Washington Free Beacon
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Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" has been described as the most "selfie-worthy" art show touring North America. But Kusama's work is not necessarily pitched at the Instagram hordes who line up by the hundreds to witness her famous mirror-lined rooms. A picture—however many likes and shares it gains—cannot convey the mental afflictions that provoked each piece. To get the artist's intended effect, it is best to enter the rooms she has built without a smart phone and ponder her themes of infinity, micro and macrocosms, immersion and emersion, death and life. The Hirshhorn's exhibit, assembled by the talented assistant curator Mika Yoshitake, opened on Thursday. Each ticket release sells out within minutes. It is the first time the Hirshhorn has provided timed tickets, as Kusama's rooms are meant to be entered by three people at most. The famous Infinity Mirror rooms appear small on the outside, but as you walk inside along a polka-dot pathway, you find yourself gazing into the horizon of seemingly infinite space populated with floating lights or lanterns, meadows of glowing pumpkins, or fields of phallic, polka-dot tubers.
The Northern Echo
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Autocar
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In the end I took his advice and owned a Ferrari for a constantly enjoyable two and a half years. Let me pass on my friend’s favour: if you’re in a position to leap into the Ferrari market and are hesitating, take this as my (and his) encouragement to make the leap. You’ll never regret it. Ferrari at 70: touring Britain in a 488 Spider and a 166
ESPN Cricinfo - Sri Lanka
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This will be the second Test series Mathews has missed over a six-month span, with multiple leg injuries also having prevented him from touring Zimbabwe in October and November.
Sheerness Times
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Showbusiness legend Anita Harris may be 74 but she is still touring her one-woman show.
DW
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Autocar
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Ferrari 488 Spider and Ferrari 166 To celebrate 70 years of Ferrari production, we take one of its fastest new models around Britain before driving the oldest Ferrari in the land This year, as Ferrari reaches its 70th birthday, it is perhaps worth remembering that Ferrari the person, Ferrari the team, even Ferrari the car constructor are somewhat older even than Ferrari the sports and supercar brand we all grew up with. Enzo Ferrari was a towering figure in motor racing long before he put his name on a car, and the prancing horse emblem of Great War air ace Francesco Baracca was well known years before any road car edged between the gates of Maranello. So, amid the celebrations, let us remember also that Enzo would now be 119, and it is 97 years since he gained worldwide recognition by coming second in the 1920 Targa Florio. It’s also 85 years since his emblem was slapped on a series of Alfa Romeos that came to dominate grand prix racing in the early 1930s.
BMW Blog
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We're huge fans of the new G30-generation BMW 5 Series and are waiting with bated breath for the debut of the BMW M550i , followed by the upcoming M5 . However, there's another variant that's also on its way which we might be even more excited about the BMW ALPINA B5 Biturbo Touring. The ALPINA B5 Biturbo Touring will probably be just as fast and exciting as the BMW M550i, just with added luxury and practicality. All ALPINAs pack M-level performance except with higher levels of luxury and a level of craftsmanship far above anything from most stock manufacturers, even most of the BMWs they're based on. So, naturally, we're excited to hear that there's going to be an ALPINA variant of a car that we already love. In this new teaser video, ALPINA shows off a camouflaged 5 Series Touring tackling some twisty mountain roads with some pretty aggressive driving.
BBC News 24
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At the same time, you would think that people's attention should be drawn to the polluting effect. Governments have been doing similar things for many years touring courage in the congestion charge, in London is based on how much the outfit from their car, search it is just a move from lack.
Autocar
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Okay, with an NCAP rating that would no doubt start with a minus and zero airbags, yeah, it might kill you in a crash. Yet because you see so much more of the road - thanks to narrow pillars and a slim-line dash that almost has your nose pressed against the windscreen - there’s a fair chance you might see what’s hurtling towards you early enough to avoid having the accident in the first place. Plus, it feels relatively small, despite being a large saloon, and this, combined with that sense of intimacy with your surroundings, makes it feel like a touring car racer for the road. Having owned an E39 M5 for a number of years, the biggest compliment I can pay the Lotus Carlton is that it feels like a slightly rawer version of that, which considering the decade that separates them, seems perfectly apposite. ‘Never meet your heroes’ they say. Well, I met mine, spent the weekend in it, and it was better than I could’ve ever expected. Now, if only someone could let me have Kylie’s number...
BMW Blog
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A further chapter in BMW’s illustrious history in touring car racing unfolded today as BMW UK, in partnership with West Surrey Racing (WSR), announced a three-car team that will again bid for victory of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship. The announcement of TEAM BMW is a landmark occasion, marking BMW’s return to the country’s best-watched motor race series as a manufacturer team. It has been 21 years since the marque last contested the series in this manner, when BMW Team Schnitzer fielded a BMW 320i line-up. Graeme Grieve, CEO of BMW Group UK, commented: “The BTCC is one of the most significant race series in the UK and has a huge and enthusiastic following. With a history of success and the continuous support of WSR for the past decade, we are delighted to step up as a Manufacturer Team again after 21 years.” BMW UK’s significant financial investment in the BTCC team includes the funding of technical developments on all fronts, focused on the very latest BMW engine derivative.
Autocar
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Autocar
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The Points Guy
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Otherwise, this is a plane you'll want to avoid. While it may seem exciting to fly on a brand-new aircraft, United will be using the 777-300ERs on some of its longest flights, and that's a lot of time to be squished into a tight economy seat. If you see the seat map below (with 3-4-3 in economy) when searching for a flight on United.com, it wouldn't be a bad idea to consider other options as well. For more on United’s 777-300ER, see: Where to Sit When Flying United’s 777-300ER: Polaris Business Class Touring United’s First 777-300ER With CEO Oscar Munoz Flight Review: United (777-300ER) Business Class From Newark to San Francisco United’s Next Batch of International 777-300ER Destinations
Autosport - BTCC
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Money News Steet Talk
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Thirty years ago, a person of means could walk into an import car dealership, drop a sum that would double the average annual household income, and drive out with a grand touring coupe-a two-door, four-seater powered by a prodigious, smooth, naturally aspirated engine....
Liverpool Echo
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Manchester Evening News - What's On
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ITV
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Paul, you are getting ready to get back on the road again. Last year on the road. You must love touring? It's a necessity these days, if you are a musician. It's where the money is. Having said that, I'm very lucky in that I love it. In fact, as a hobby, I picked another band. I'm not going out as Paul Young, I'm going out with my friends. Because I like it so much.
EVO Reviews
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Without the uprated Bilstein suspension, body roll is even more apparent, and with no LSD the car can spin up the inside rear tyre if you're brutal with the throttle. MPG and running costs Mazda’s focus on reducing weight hasnt just affected the performance and handling – it’s improved fuel efficiency too. Naturally, some of that is down to the introduction of a 1.5-litre engine – the smallest yet in an MX-5, and itself a result of the lightweight body giving less mass for a smaller engine to push along. The upshot is combined economy of 47.1mpg and CO2 of 139g/km – the latter resulting in a VED payment of £130 a year. We recently had the opportunity to spend 800 miles behind the wheel of a 1.5, touring the ring of Iceland. While hills and more twisting sections sapped away at the car's frugality, the car's touring economy still proved very impressive indeed.
Sky News
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The Truth About Cars
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We're all supposed to enjoy, or endure, an Alfa Romeo ownership experience at some point in our lives. The 2017 Honda CR-V is diametrically opposed to everything the Alfa Romeo SZ stands for. You're supposed to drive a car that reveals its character through its flaws, as if a shifter that only slots into third at 2,755 rpm [] The post 2017 Honda CR-V Touring AWD ReviewEffective And Efficient, If Not Effervescent appeared first on The Truth About Cars .