Category - Items of Interest

New Jersey Motorsports Park Files for Chap. 11 Bankruptcy Protection

The Press of Atlantic City reported Tuesday that New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

NJMP, which opened in 2008, has hosted several local and national HPDE schools, hot lapping orgs, and auto/motorcycle race series. Last report is that the 2011 schedule will proceed as planned, but that may change given recent developments.

For more information about the announcement and a full NJMP timeline, see the original article here:

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/press/cumberland/new-jersey-motorsports-park-files-for-chapter-bankruptcy-protection/article_6971c9d2-492b-11e0-892b-001cc4c03286.html

Video: Hennessey Cadillac CTS-V Wagon vs. Porsche 911(997) Twin Turbo

While visiting Hennessey Performance Engineering a few weeks back we asked John if his new Cadillac CTS-V Wagon was going to stay stock or if he had big plans for it.  His answer was a simple “I might just do some basic bolt-ons to it.”  We forgot that basic bolt-ons with the 550-horsepower LSA engine can yield an extra 100-horsepower.  Slap on a set of drag radials to help that extra 100-horsepower make it to the ground and you’ve got the ultimate sleeper that is capable of running with the legendary 911 Turbo.  Enjoy the video provided courtesy of Hennessey Performance Engineering.

Lord Byron: 0-60-0

Unfortunately, the rumors surrounding our friends over at 0-60 Magazine are true. The paper side of the operation has been officially dropped by parent company Harris Publications.

Word from 0-60 staff is that they plan to continue with the magazine’s online operation and blog/news format, which can be found (for the time being, at least) at http://www.0-60mag.com/. Keep an eye there for any announcements or changes.

It’s always a shame when a glossy closes up shop, especially when it’s one of the good ones. If you can get your hands on a back issue or two, I suggest doing so.

Good luck out there, fellas.

Lord Byron — The Good Ship Toyota

I don’t care about Toyota. I haven’t for years. I’ve observed their place in the market and even expressed some degree of interest in a very small handful of their offerings over the last decade, but I’ve never really thought much of them one way or another. That may become a somewhat difficult assertion to defend after the next thousand words or so, but take my word for it.

See, many car enthusiasts care a great deal about Toyota. They’re the ones who take every opportunity to tell you how awful their cars are, how dreadfully overrated they are, and how lifeless and soulless and dishwasher-like they are. They tell you how cheap and how poorly-engineered they are. You want a Prius? This guy tells you to get a used Jetta TDI. Your mom wants a nice, reliable Camry? Tell her to get a Volvo! You like the old MR2s? Wise up and get a 944. You want a MkIV Supra turbo? Supercharge an old F-Body for 1/3 of the price.

It’s the same thing, you know, just without all that Japanese suck.

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2009 E3 Expo: Audi Joins Forces with XBox 360 in Forza Motorsport 3

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The 2009 E3 Expo kicked off today, and along with it the announcement that Audi will be collaborating with Microsoft and Turn 10 with Forza Motorsport III. Reading through the press release, there aren’t a whole lot of details about the game itself but it does state that Turn 10 has worked with Audi engineers on the development of the 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI model that will be featured in the game. Audi is celebrating this collaboration by hosting the AXF-24 Audi-Forza Challenge which will be held at the Audi Forum in New York City while the 24 Hours of Le Mans is being run in France.

The only bit of information probably worth caring about in this press release is that Forza Motorsport III will be available this October and will feature 400 manufacturers!

Check out more information on Forza III and the newly released demo video @ http://forzamotorsport.net/en-us/game/default.htm (Which features music from one of my favorite groups, Pendulum)

Box art and worthless press release after the jump.

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Speed:Sport:Life Radio: Boring Week is Boring Edition

Yes, we’re back for another week of SSL Radio. Supposedly, the automakers are heading back to Congress this week to beg for their lives, but we’ll have to wait and see if anything actually comes out of it. Aside from that, there’s not that much going on, so we’ll have to see what we can dig up to send your way in glorious podcast format.

On 12/1, we start off by reviewing the stuff that we missed over the vacation (it wasn’t that much), and the news from Monday (which was even less).