Top Gear Series 21 Begins February 2

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Top Gear, the world’s most popular motoring show, will return this Sunday, February 2, with its 21st season. The series will be only be available in the UK on BBC 2, but it should debut on BBC America in a few weeks. Top Gear has posted photos  and a video (below) previewing the upcoming season. From the previews, we see the Stig in a Caterham, James May in a Caterham, Richard Hammond driving an Alfa Romeo 4C, Jeremy Clarkson in a McLaren P1, and the three doing God knows what with a crane in Myanmar. Top Gear is known for its wit and creativity, and it appears season 21 will not disappoint.

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24 Hours of Daytona Begins Today

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The debut of the new Tudor United Sports Car Championship begins today at 2:10 pm ET with the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona. You can follow the action on various TV channels throughout the 24 hour event or watch online. This year’s 24 Hours of Daytona begins a new era in sports car racing as the Grand Am Series and American Le Mans Series combined to form one united series. With 65 entries, this will be one of the largest 24 Hours of Daytona ever.

The new series is comprised is four classes of cars:

Prototype (P): The prototypes are the top tier teams from both the Grand Am and American LeMans Series. Some of the cars in this class include the Nissan DeltaWing, Ford EcoBoost, and the Corvette Daytona Prototype.

Prototype Challenge (PC): PC is a spec class that is a carry over from the American Le Mans Series. The series features cars built by Oreca with engines supplied by Chevrolet and tires from Continental.

GT Le Mans (GTLM): This GT LeMans class is a direct carry over from the American Le Mans Series. Cars in this class include the Corvette C7.R, Ferrari 458, SRT Viper, Porsche 911, and BMW Z4. All cars in this class must follow the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s GTE specification.

GT Daytona (GTD): The GTD class combines the Grand-Am GT & GX classes with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars from the American Le Mans GTC class.  GTD is by far the largest class and features 29 cars.

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I am looking forward to the new series as it allows the best teams of both series to compete against each other for the same championship. For a full run down of all 65 entries, I highly recommend the article posted by RennSport which describes the new series and includes images of each car. You can also follow live scoring here.

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30 Years of Apple’s Macintosh

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The original Macintosh (left) and today’s iMac (right)

Thirty years ago today, Steve Jobs unveiled the first Macintosh computer to the world. The upcoming Macintosh release was announced during an Orwellian ad shown during the Super Bowl (below).  The ad became an instant classic.

At an Apple event on January 24, a few days after the ad, Jobs presented the Macintosh to a crowd of Apple employees (below). To thunderous applause the Mac spoke to the audience and introduced itself to the world. The Mac was sure to be a hit. Unfortunately, it was priced to high for the average consumer, and the Apple II was more popular. The Mac was also plagued by delays due to production and design issues. Ultimately, the Mac’s failure was one of the reasons for Jobs leaving Apple in 1985. When Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, the Mac was reborn using Jobs’s NeXT software, which was renamed Mac OS X. The software has been at the heart of the Mac ever since it was released publicly in 2001.

Original Mac's GUI (top) and the GUI of OS X Mavericks (bottom)

Original Mac’s GUI (top) and the GUI of OS X Mavericks (bottom)

What made the original Mac unique was the use of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that used a mouse to point-and-click on objects that were on the screen. For computer users today, this is the norm, but before the Mac, a GUI was only available on expensive enterprise machines.

As the Mac turns 30, we honor the hard work that went into the building the original and the Apple employees and consumers that have remained loyal to the platform, even as Apple has introduced new product lines. Today, Apple celebrated the Mac’s birthday with a video and timeline of the Mac’s development. You may visit Apple’s 30th anniversary page by clicking here. Personally, I have been a Mac user since 2008. I have owned an iMac and currently own a MacBook Pro. I love the physical design of the hardware, simplicity and power of the software, and the integration of the hardware and software that makes a Mac unique.

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Forumla 1 Models Launch Schedule

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The 2014 Formula 1 season will begin in a few months, and the first test session begins next week, on January 28. There are a number of changes coming to F1 in 2014 including a new nose, new wing design, and a new turbo charged V6 engine. Check out the video below for the full explanation of the changes for 2014.

Before testing begins, the manufacturers will begin unveiling their 2014 models. The schedule of the unveilings is below:

Force India VJM07:

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Williams FW36:

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Lotus E22:

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McLaren MP4-29:

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Ferrari F14T:

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Sauber C33-Ferrari:

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Torro Rosso STR9:

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Caterham CT05:

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Mercedes W05:

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Red Bull RB10:

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Marussia: TBA

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2014 Detroit Auto Show Roundup

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Industry week at the Detroit Auto Show has ended meaning that all the new models have been unveiled. Monday and Tuesday were  filled with the unveiling of new models and concepts. While there are not many concept cars, the show was primarily made up of   production cars.

Highlights from the 2014 auto show include the all new 2015 Ford F-150. Made from aluminum, the new F-150 will change the full size pick-up market. The truck is lighter and more efficient, but it will retain its capability. Other highlights include the Volkswagen Golf R, 2015 Ford Mustang, 2015 BMW M3 and M4, and the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept.

But the star of the show was the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which is truly a street-legal race car. The Z06’s supercharged V8 produces a mind boggling 625 horsepower and 600+ lb. ft. of torque. Modified suspension and lightened materials will make the Z06 a great track car. More details about the car and pricing will be released later this year.

All the models and concepts unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show are in the gallery below. As usual, all links will take you to Autoblog’s full article about the model.

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Barrett-Jackson – Scottsdale Begins Tonight

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If the Detroit Auto Show is not enough to get your car fix in for the week, then the Fox family of networks should complete your week with the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Barrett-Jackson is the first auto auction of 2014 and is sure to set the pace for all auto auctions this year. Highlights of this year’s show include a Mercedes SLS Gullwing, countless muscle cars, the first 2015 Mustang, and, of course, the prestigious Salon Collection of cars Saturday night. Be sure to tune in throughout the week and do not miss the action on Friday and Saturday when the featured cars go across the auction block. For the full television schedule, see the chart below:

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Detroit Auto Show Begins Tomorrow

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The highly anticipated North American International Auto Show (more commonly known as the Detroit Auto Show) begins tomorrow and runs through January 26 at the COBO Center. I wish I was able to attend the show, but if you are in the area, you should check it out as adult tickets are only $13! All the major auto makers will display future and current models on the showroom floor.

Sure to be big hits at this year’s Detroit Auto Show are the 2015 Ford Mustang, 2015 Ford F-Series Pickups, Corvette Z06, 2015 Chrysler 200, 2015 Hyundai Gensis, and Lexus RC-F. There are bound to be some surprises as well. Be sure to follow your favorite automotive website for the latest updates from the show. As always, I recommend Autoblog!

Once the industry review portion of the show is over at the end of the week, I will post a round-up of all the production and concept models from show, as well as writing a post about my favorites cars (and trucks) from the show.

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