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Cars and Coffee at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 10
Mar
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Jacksonville, FL on 03 10th, 2014
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Many thanks to Bill Warner (founder and president), Brian Webber (executive director) and the entire staff of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance for hosting the most memorable Cars and Coffee in Jacksonville’s Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee history. And thanks to everyone who brought out your rides!

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With over 300 cars represented, there was a little something for everyone! Enjoy the pictures and links to participant photos. Also, visit us on Facebook for more coverage of the March 8, 2014 event.

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Make sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 12, 9-11am and join us at our regular location in downtown Jacksonville, Florida at The Florida Times-Union building at 1 Riverside Ave.

Amelia Island Cars and Coffee Facebook Page

Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee Page

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Happy 25th birthday to the Dames Point Bridge 10
Mar
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL on 03 10th, 2014
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Opening on March 10, 1989, the 10,646 foot long, 174 foot high Dames Point Bridge connected Arlington, the beaches, and Southside with the Northside of the city. We may take it for granted unless the bridge is closed because of an accident, but this 25th birthday celebrating bridge saves about 70,000 cars and trucks from having to drive many extra miles and cross one of the downtown bridges every single day.

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For more information about the Dames Point (officially the Napoleon Boneparte Broward Bridge in honor of a Jacksonville native who served as Florida’s governor) visit our news partner, The Florida Times-Union, at http://members.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-03-09/story/dames-point-bridge-spans-25-years-uniting-city-sparking-growth



Happy 25th birthday to the Dames Point Bridge 10
Mar
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL on 03 10th, 2014
Dames Point Bridge

Opening on March 10, 1989, the 10,646 foot long, 174 foot high Dames Point Bridge connected Arlington, the beaches, and Southside with the Northside of the city. We may take it for granted unless the bridge is closed because of an accident, but this 25th birthday celebrating bridge saves about 70,000 cars and trucks from having to drive many extra miles and cross one of the downtown bridges every single day.

Dames Point Bridge

For more information about the Dames Point (officially the Napoleon Boneparte Broward Bridge in honor of a Jacksonville native who served as Florida’s governor) visit our news partner, The Florida Times-Union, at http://members.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-03-09/story/dames-point-bridge-spans-25-years-uniting-city-sparking-growth



Happy 25th birthday to the Dames Point Bridge 10
Mar
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL on 03 10th, 2014
Dames Point Bridge

Opening on March 10, 1989, the 10,646 foot long, 174 foot high Dames Point Bridge connected Arlington, the beaches, and Southside with the Northside of the city. We may take it for granted unless the bridge is closed because of an accident, but this 25th birthday celebrating bridge saves about 70,000 cars and trucks from having to drive many extra miles and cross one of the downtown bridges every single day.

Dames Point Bridge

For more information about the Dames Point (officially the Napoleon Boneparte Broward Bridge in honor of a Jacksonville native who served as Florida’s governor) visit our news partner, The Florida Times-Union, at http://members.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-03-09/story/dames-point-bridge-spans-25-years-uniting-city-sparking-growth



A Concours for Everyone: Preview for the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 6
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Amelia Island, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, An Addictive Take On Cars, auto show, Automotive, Duesenberg, Ferrari 250 GTO, Jacksonville, FL on 03 6th, 2014
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In the past several years I have been fortunate enough to take in the full experience of one of the world’s most prestigious automotive right here in Jacksonville, Florida’s back yard, Amelia Island. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance doesn’t only attract automotive enthusiasts and those who are truly addicted to the automotive culture, you can expect to see curiosity at an unprecedented level from virtually every walk of life. Mostly due to the stature of the vehicles on display, dating back from the conception of the automobile to the year 1972, there is something for everyone who has even the slightest recognition of automotive history.

The Amelia Concours is a treat for everyone, providing discoveries for those who are new to the world of vintage automobiles and offering surprises to enthusiasts who pride themselves in an extensive knowledge of automotive history. This is part of the uniqueness of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the show can catch an automotive veteran off guard while steadying others on a walk down memory lane. For many, the Amelia Concours is a “bucket list” event, a once in a lifetime experience.

In the past few years of covering the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, I have taken away cherished memories of the people I have met and the cars on display. In a way, for me the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is a dream come true, yes, even in the limelight of driving a different new vehicle each week and spending countless hours at auto shows around the world. For someone like my mother, a respected grade school teacher who hasn’t the slightest clue about the historical significance of the 1936 Duesenberg SJN or the driving experience associated with the Ferrari 250 GTO, the show is equally treasured and meaningful. She gets it, walking from car to car with a big smile on her face, glancing at each uniquely sculpted body and stopping to take in the short backstory listed on the show plaque. There really is nothing else like thousands of spectators walking on one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses filled with the most esteemed vehicles from around the world.

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Each year the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance selects an honoree and pays homage to the accomplishments of the selected honoree and how it correlates to theme and automotive history of the event. Last year (2013) the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance featured Sam Posey, who is one of America’s most articulate representatives of motorsports. His wide range of skills apart from racing is also a tribute and hat tip to the amalgamation of the show.

Other events during the weekend of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, such as Silent Auctions, RM Auctions, and exclusive displays put on by various manufactures, all plays a part in the versatility and having something for everyone to enjoy.

Leading up to this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, my staff and I had the opportunity to sit down with founder, Bill Warner. In our discussions we were overwhelmed with his warm and heartfelt passion for helping others, which truly determines that the Concours is much more than just a car show. The local community is a big influence in Warner’s passion. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance donates millions of dollars to charity.

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Warner welcomed our local Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee venue to join his Saturday Amelia Island Cars and Coffee, asking us to help select local participants. Usually, our event is held at The Florida Times-Union every second Saturday of the month averaging about 400 vehicles in attendance representing everything from million-dollar exotics and resto/modified VW buses to American muscle cars. For our Cars and Coffee venue in March, we are joining the Amelia Island Cars and Coffee event welcoming our local participants to spectate the nice field of vehicles Amelia Island Concours has invited. It is a pleasure and honor to be part of Saturday’s event and we look forward to covering the Sunday vehicle display.

The 19th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance with Honoree Jochen Mass takes place this weekend with the Amelia Island Cars and Coffee running Saturday from 9am till 1pm, various other lifestyle events, and concludes with the official vehicle display at The Golf Club of Amelia Island on Sunday from 9:30am till 4pm. AutomotiveAddicts.com will bring to you exclusive coverage following the event in addition to images from Saturday’s Amelia Island Cars and Coffee, which we will be participating in with local vehicle entrants.

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Our exclusive coverage of the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be live following the show. You may view previous year Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance coverage here.



AutomotiveAddicts.com partners with Florida Times-Union to bring Jacksonville auto news and more 4
Mar
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee, Cars and Coffee, Florida, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL, News on 03 4th, 2014
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Founded in 2004 by Malcolm Hogan, Jacksonville, Florida based AutomotiveAddicts.com was created for auto enthusiasts of all types. For the past 10 years AutomotiveAddicts.com has strived to give readers the most interesting automotive related material on the internet without recycling material from other networks. Whether you are looking for a meaningful review of new vehicle, an honest look at breaking automotive news, or helpful technical articles and information, AutomotiveAddicts.com is the place to go.

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Automotive Addicts is also the founder of the Jacksonville Cars and Coffee event, hosting the monthly car show on the second Saturday of every month. The car show began at the St. John’s Town Center a little over five years ago, moving to the River City Shopping Center, Tinseltown, and finally back to the original location at the St. John’s Town Center. All locales had there pros, but none of them felt like home for the event.

In April of 2013, the Florida Times-Union approached the AutomotiveAddicts.com team and asked if they would consider hosting the event downtown at The Florida Times-Union headquarters at 1 Riverside Avenue. The location was ideal, central to the city, right on the waterfront and included a large covered parking area to accommodate the event in case of rain.

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AutomotiveAddicts hosted the first Cars and Coffee at the Florida Times-Union on July 13, 2013. The new location was widely received by the Jacksonville car community. In a short amount of time the show began regularly attracting 400 plus cars and thousands of spectators, AutomotiveAddicts.com Cars and Coffee had found a home and solidified itself as one of Jacksonville’s premier car gatherings. 

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But that is not the end of the story…

In January of 2014, the Times-Union contacted Malcolm and asked if he would be willing to come on board with the paper and write a weekly column in the Saturday Drive section of the paper. Meetings were held and emails were exchanged. The new column titled, “An Addictive Take On Cars” debuted on February 8, 2014. Malcolm was then joined by AutomotiveAddicts.com senior editor, Chris Brewer in the February 22, 2014 column.

AutomotiveAddicts.com has also set up a section of the website that readers of the Times-Union can go to for more in-depth articles and reviews, videos and more by clicking on the Florida Times-Union Column link the top of the AutomotiveAddicts.com website or by visiting http://www.automotiveaddicts.com/category/tu

“An Addictive Take on Cars” can be found every Saturday in the Drive section of the Florida Times-Union or you can see the same great stories online at http://jacksonville.com/autos

Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee Jacksonville, FL is held every Second Saturday of each Month from 9am till 11am located at:
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1 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32202

*Please note that the March 2014 Cars & Coffee is being held at the Amelia Concours d’elegance

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Toyota Reimagines The First Japanese Supercar 28
Feb
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Jacksonville, FL, Japanese Automakers, Japanese Cars, Scion, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, TOYOTA, toyota 2000gt, video on 02 28th, 2014
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In 1965, Toyota made a move that revolutionized the auto manufacturer’s reputation and fearlessly initiated the import sports car movement. Known as the most conservative of all Japanese car makers, Toyota wanted to strike out with a car that would rival the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar XKE in both style and performance. In collaboration with Yamaha, Toyota built the rear wheel drive, two-seater, 6 cylinder 2000GT. Limited in production, only 351 were produced, the 2000GT showed the world that Japan was capable of making cars that not only exhibited unsurpassed quality, but looked incredible and were fun to drive on the road or race track. Toyota crafted the 2000GT to at standard that even at the asking price of $6800, the company lost money on every car sold. For reference the 1965 Porsche 911 stickered at $6500 and the Jaguar XKE sold for $5600.

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The styling and performance of the 2000GT inspired Nissan, then known as Datsun in the US, to build what many consider the grandfather of the modern import sports car, the 1969 Datsun 240z. The 240z followed the basic formula of the 2000GT as a rear wheel drive, two-seater, grand tourer powered by a stout inline 6, but did it for less than half the asking price. An enthusiastic reception from the US market allowed Nissan to sell over 168,000 first generation Z cars, eventually becoming the best selling sports car of all time.

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Over time the Toyota and Nissan flagship sports cars evolved, growing in size, weight and price. Both cars eventually ceased production by essentially pricing themselves out of the sales market. After a five-year hiatus in the US, Nissan reinvented the Z car in the form of the 2002 350z, but Toyota remained relatively silent on the flagship sports car front. Rumors would travel around the Internet from time to time, but the manufacturer never officially hinted of a new car in the lineage of the 2000GT.

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In 2009, Toyota announced the FT-86 concept at the Tokyo Auto Show. Inspired in part by the AE86 Corrolla and the Sports 800, the FT-86 had even more in common with the original 2000GT. Not only did the Toyota concept and the 2000GT look alike, the FT-86 was also the result of two Japanese auto manufacturers working together to build an industry standard sports car. This time around it was Toyota manufacturing the coachwork and Subaru providing the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter boxer (horizontally opposed) engine producing 200 horsepower and 151 ft. lbs. of torque.

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The warmly received concept soon entered into full production, getting the 86 and GT86 moniker in Japan and Europe. For the US market, the car was rebranding as the Scion FR-S and launched with great anticipation alongside its twin brother the Subaru BRZ for the 2012 model year.

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The Scion FR-S’s twin brother, the Subaru BRZ

The Scion FR-S had an immediate fan base. Critics loved it. The car sold so well that dealers experienced back orders for months at a time. It appeared that Toyota had reimagined the formula of a well-built, lightweight, great handling, affordable sports car in the heritage of the Toyota 2000GT, but priced more along the lines of Datsun’s best-selling 240z.

But will the FR-S live up to the legendary status of the early import sports cars? As the owner of a 1971 Datsun 240z, I couldn’t wait to find out!

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I picked up the 2014 Scion FR-S 10 Series at the Southeast Toyota Distributors Westlake Processing Center, located on the Westside of Jacksonville, Florida. The facility itself deserves a mention, providing jobs for many Jacksonville residents and giving Toyota a strong presence in northeast Florida. Many of the sport and luxury Toyota brand vehicles in the Southeast United States have the finishing touches completed at this facility. For instance, if your Camry came with leather seats, odds are Toyota installed them in Jacksonville.

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Southeast Toyota Distributors Westlake Processing Center, located on the Westside of Jacksonville, Florida.

The FR-S 10 Series comes equipped with a push button start. I sat down in the firm, but comfortable race inspired seat, buckled up and hit the button. I had read quite a bit about the high-revving Subaru boxer engine and quickly rolled down the windows so I could appreciate what it was up to. I placed the 6-speed rev matching automatic transmission in drive and drove off on what would become one of the most memorable weeks that I have ever spent with a car.

Approaching the northbound ramp of I-295, I sharply cut the wheel and stabbed the throttle. The rear end of the FR-S slid around to catch up with the front wheels and compliantly sped onto the highway. I could not stop smiling. The Scion is nimble and sure-footed, but make no mistake, the 2700 lb FR-S likes to dance.

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The Scion FR-S has one of the lowest centers of gravity of any production car on the road today. We are talking Ferrari and Lotus territory. The finely tuned suspension, wide 17-inch tires, and record-book-low center of gravity means that the car handles incredibly well. I would argue that the FR-S is the best handling car under $50k, which is remarkable considering that FR-S starts at only $25,255 and the top-of-the-line FR-S 10 Series with an automatic is only $29,430. Adding to that value is that even with my led foot I was able to get an average of 30 mpg combined over the week that I drove the car. Scion officially claims the automatic gets an EPA 25 city/34 highway.

The 2014 Scion FR-S 10 Series is absolutely a driver’s car in the tradition of my 1971 Datsun 240z. When I had the two cars together in the driveway it was apparent that Scion had caught the vision of the affordable ‘70’s import and taken it to the next level.

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The FR-S is everything that the original import sports cars were and more.  The aesthetics, incredible driving performance, Toyota reliability and unequaled value, both in initial and long term cost, makes the Scion FR-S a well deserved top pick for sports cars under $30k. If you are in the market for a head turning car that is a blast to drive but won’t break the bank, the 2014 Scion FR-S might be the car for you.



Confessions of a Former Mini-Van Hater: The Toyota Sienna XLE 10
Feb
Posted by Chris Brewer in Automotive, Jacksonville, FL, minivan, Test Drives, TOYOTA, Toyota Sienna on 02 10th, 2014
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I have always considered myself a car guy. I truly enjoy the smell of gasoline rich exhaust and I am solidly convinced that “new car paint” would make a fantastic air freshener scent. I have a long history with tiny two seat sports cars. When my first daughter was born, I bought what I considered a “family car,” a lowered and heavily modified 1988 300zx with the 2+2 option (that’s car talk for the postage stamp size back seat that helps you get cheaper car insurance and provides a longer wheel base for racing). Shoe horning the car seat back there was a chore, but actually placing the baby in the seat was a combination of two of my favorite childhood games, Twister and Operation. At 40, I guess I have matured a bit. With two kids, one a teenager, the family car is a Sublime 2007 Dodge Charger Daytona with some engine mods, a cold air induction system and modified exhaust. Sure the car stands out in a crowd, but at least it has a massive back seat. The truth is, I have never been a grown up car/van/truck kind of guy. Furthermore, I have a bit of a reputation for teasing my friends who are. Which means when I contacted my friend at Toyota and requested a mini-van to review, he almost did not believe me.

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My plan was simple, I had a bunch of family coming in for the holiday and I wanted a vehicle that would comfortably fit everyone for some local sight seeing trips. As much as I love the Charger, without using the trunk there is simply no way of fitting more than five people in there. Well you can fit them I guess, but it is illegal and everyone gets cranky.

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My contact at Toyota, once he made me pinky swear that I really wanted a mini-van, set me up with a nicely equipped eight passenger 2014 Toyota Sienna XLE with a 6-speed automatic. Toyota delivered the van on a Friday afternoon, dropping off the “predawn gray mica” people mover just in time for me to use it to pick up the kids from school. For a moment, when I first sat in the drivers seat, I felt as if I had become the middle age stereotype that I had fought so hard to avoid. What had I done? Maybe I did not think this through. Then it happened…I started the van, drove down the road, and began to realize why people invest hard earned money in these things.

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The massive leather captain’s chair had me sitting high above traffic and it was rather comfortable. The V6 engine that Toyota is using in the Sienna is quite powerful (266 horsepower) and rather torguey (245 ft-lbs). The transmission was quick to shift and smooth. In full disclosure, I found myself punching the throttle a few times on the way to the elementary school and giggling a bit. It is one thing to chirp the tires in a Hemi powered pony car, but when you are driving an eight-passenger mini-van, you cannot help but smile. The handling, while not a race-car, was responsive and more car-like than I expected.

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When I pulled into the car pool lane, it took my daughter a while to soak in the shock of seeing her dad in a brownish-gray mini-van. I almost had to show my valid drivers license before she felt comfortable getting in the car. However, once she did it was a little magical. Truth is, I do not think she had ever sat that high up in a vehicle in her life! Suddenly my ten year old was on top of the world, enjoying the comfort of her very own overstuffed leather captain’s chair. The car that we were reviewing for some odd reason did not come equipped with a video entertainment system, but she seemed more than content to stare out the windows and down at the world she had been missing all this time.

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As the week progressed, the 2014 Toyota Sienna XLE proved a truly pleasant family friendly driving experience. The road trip that I planned to see the holiday lights turned into two trips, including one with my “Automotive Addicts family.” On both sightseeing trips, everyone truly enjoyed the comfort and convenience of the seating, the dual powered side doors, the individual climate controls, large windows, and ample cargo space. We took the Toyota to church on Sunday; all eight of us, and everyone enjoyed the ride. Gas mileage was about the same as the hemi powered Charger that I normally drive, but for a large family I can see the value. You simply can do more per mile when you have seating for 8 or seating for two and an additional 150 cubic feet of total cargo space.

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In the end, I was a little sad to see the 2014 Toyota Sienna XLE go. I will always be a performance car guy, but I have to admit, the Toyota surprisingly won me over. I get it. Matter of fact, with a contrite heart, I put together a little confessional video. Whether or not I ever purchase a mini-van for myself is a story I still have to write, but if I do, I would feel  comfortable purchasing a new Toyota Sienna. More importantly, my kids and extended family would be happy with the decision. Enjoy the video!

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Sienna XLE $33,645 / As-Tested $35,695
  • Vehicle layout: Front-engine, FWD, 4-door, 8-passanger van
  • Engine: 3.5-liter 24 valve V6 with Dual VVT-i, 266 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm / 245 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/ OD
  • Curb weight: 4,465 lbs.
  • Wheelbase: 119.3 in
  • Length x width x height: 200.2 x 78.1 x 70.7 in
  • Headroom: f/r/rr-39.1 in./39.7 in./38.3 in.
  • Legroom: f/r/rr-40.5 in./37.6 in./36.3 in.
  • Maximum Cargo Capacity: behind front/second-row/third-row seats 150.0 cu.ft./87.1 cu.ft./39.1 cu.ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 7.9 sec
  • EPA city/hwy fuel econ: 18 mpg / 25 mpg
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 gallons


Automotive Addicts Participates in Local American Lung Association Rally 26
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Corvette Stingray, American Lung Association, Automotive, Chevrolet, Corvette Stingray, Events, Ferrari, Ferrari 599, Jacksonville, FL, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Gallardo, Maserati, Maserati GranTurismo Coupe on 01 26th, 2014
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Our Sunday was relaxed while watching the conclusion of the Rolex 24 Hour Race – but not after making a quick drive in a local American Lung Association for the Fight for Air Climb Rally hosted by River City Events (Facebook page). Our Rally consisted of just a few exotic vehicles making a quick run from Southside Blvd. in Jacksonville, FL all the way to Amelia Island ending at the Ritz Carlton.

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A few of us car enthusiasts met up early in the morning to contribute to the American Lung Association for the Fight for Air Climb and then set off on a nice Sunday morning drive. The vehicles consisted of a Ferrari 599, Lamborghini Gallardo, Maserati GranTurismo Coupe, and our very own 2014 Corvette Stingray test vehicle.

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We were ecstatic to have our Corvette Stingray run alongside of other exotic vehicles while at the same time we were delighted to give back to the American Lung Association.

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We look forward to other charity events in the future in our local Florida area. If you have an idea or would like to let us know of any similar local events, please let us know by dropping an email to info@automotiveaddicts.com.

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52nd Running of Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona Concludes with Win from Joao Barbosa and Action Express Racing Team 26
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in audi, Automotive, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Jacksonville, FL, Motorsports, porsche on 01 26th, 2014
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The 52nd run of the Rolex 24 race at Daytona commenced yesterday captivating automotive enthusiasts all over the world. The field started off as any man’s race but was abruptly halted momentarily with a red flag due to a horrific crash involving the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari (GTLM) driven by Matteo Malucelli who was plowed into by Memo Gidley in his No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP (GTLM). Both drivers were awake and communicated after being admitted to the hospital where Gidley required surgery for a broken back, injuries to his left arm and left leg. Malucelli is being held for additional evaluation but resting comfortably.

90 minutes or so later the race restarted after a lift of the red flag and clearing the crash debris.

Joao Barbosa (Sebastien Bourdais, Christian Fittipaldi) in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP took home the over-all win and win in the Prototype class while Patrick Pilet (Richard Lietz, Nick Tandy) in the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR captured the win for the GT Le Mans class. Alessandro Pier Guidi in the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia finished first in the GT Daytona class but some controversy ensued as officials announce a time penalty for allegedly having contact or not leaving a lane to Markus Winkelhock (Nelson Canache, Spencer Pumpelly Jr, Tim Pappas) in the No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS, which ultimately took the win. Colin Braun (James Gue, Jonathan Bennett) brought home the win in the No. 54 Core Autosport ORECA FLM09 for Prototype Challenge class.

Update: Level 5 Motorsports No. 555 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 has been announced as the new GT Daytona Class winner after IMSA officials revealed the situations after a protest filed by Level 5.

Official Statement:

“A full post-race review of the incident on the last lap of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona was completed by IMSA Supervisory Officials. The decision has been made to reverse the decision by the race director, rescind the penalty against the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia team, and reinstate drivers Scott Tucker, Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Giuidi as the GT Daytona class winners. We regret the confusion following the race, and appreciate the patience by our fans, drivers, teams and the media so we could properly review and subsequently report this decision.”

Elkins expanded on that official statement shortly thereafter: “The uniqueness of this was that it was on the last lap of a 24‑hour race, and so the race director was doing exactly what he is expected to do, which is to make a decision and try to have some finality prior to the end, and that’s what he did,” he said. “The process worked.  If you’re asking could we have done it differently, I don’t think so.”

“The fact is the winning team is now declared the winner, and I think that’s the right thing that needs to happen.”

 

Rolex 24 at Daytona Full Results

Finish CLASS CAR CAR TYPE LAPS COMP BEHIND LEADER BEHIND NEXT IN CLASS
1 P 5 CORVETTE DP 695 – – – – – –
2 P 10 CORVETTE DP 695 1.461 1.461
3 P 9 CORVETTE DP 695 19.489 18.028
4 P 90 CORVETTE DP 693 2 LAPS 2 LAPS
5 P 6 NISSAN ORECA 692 3 LAPS 1 LAPS
6 GTLM 911 PORSCHE 911 RSR 679 16 LAPS – – –
7 GTLM 55 BMW Z4 GTE 679 16 LAPS 2.838
8 P 42 NISSAN MORGAN 678 17 LAPS 14 LAPS
9 PC 54 ORECA FLM09 678 17 LAPS – – –
10 PC 25 ORECA FLM09 677 18 LAPS 1 LAPS
11 P 2 HPD ARX-03B 676 19 LAPS 2 LAPS
12 GTLM 91 SRT VIPER GTS-R 675 20 LAPS 4 LAPS
13 PC 38 ORECA FLM09 669 26 LAPS 8 LAPS
14 GTLM 56 BMW Z4 GTE 668 27 LAPS 7 LAPS
15 P 02 FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY 667 28 LAPS 9 LAPS
16 GTLM 4 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R 666 29 LAPS 2 LAPS
17 PC 52 ORECA FLM09 662 33 LAPS 7 LAPS
18 GTD 555 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 662 33 LAPS – – – penalty for contact
19 GTD 45 AUDI R8 LMS 662 33 LAPS 1.293
20 GTD 58 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 662 33 LAPS 0.159
21 GTD 72 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 662 33 LAPS 13.760
22 GTD 35 AUDI R8 LMS 661 34 LAPS 1 LAPS
23 GTD 556 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 661 34 LAPS 3.061
24 PC 8 ORECA FLM09 659 36 LAPS 3 LAPS
25 GTD 94 BMW Z4 659 36 LAPS 2 LAPS
26 GTD 22 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 656 39 LAPS 3 LAPS
27 GTLM 93 SRT VIPER GTS-R 653 42 LAPS 13 LAPS
28 GTD 30 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 652 43 LAPS 4 LAPS
29 GTD 65 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 649 46 LAPS 3 LAPS
30 GTD 63 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 647 48 LAPS 2 LAPS
31 GTD 44 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 645 50 LAPS 2 LAPS
32 GTD 73 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 645 50 LAPS 31.014
33 GTD 64 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 645 50 LAPS 25.084
34 GTD 23 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 639 56 LAPS 6 LAPS
35 P 50 DINAN/RILEY 631 64 LAPS 36 LAPS
36 GTD 48 AUDI R8 LMS 626 69 LAPS 13 LAPS
37 GTLM 57 FERRARI F458 ITALIA 625 70 LAPS 28 LAPS
38 GTD 51 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 620 75 LAPS 6 LAPS
39 GTD 49 FERRARI 458 ITALIA 618 77 LAPS 2 LAPS
40 GTD 33 SRT VIPER GT3-R 615 80 LAPS 3 LAPS
41 P 31 CORVETTE DP 613 82 LAPS 18 LAPS
42 PC 7 ORECA FLM09 612 83 LAPS 47 LAPS
43 P 01 FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY 610 85 LAPS 3 LAPS
44 GTLM 97 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V8 610 85 LAPS 15 LAPS
45 GTD 19 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 603 92 LAPS 12 LAPS
46 GTD 28 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 601 94 LAPS 2 LAPS
47 P 60 FORD ECOBOOST/RILEY 599 96 LAPS 11 LAPS
48 GTD 007 ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE 580 115 LAPS 21 LAPS
49 GTD 71 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 566 129 LAPS 14 LAPS
50 GTD 27 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 566 129 LAPS 13.590
51 GTD 81 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 560 135 LAPS 6 LAPS
52 GTD 009 ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE 516 179 LAPS 44 LAPS
53 GTD 18 PORSCHE 911 GT AMERICA 492 203 LAPS 24 LAPS
54 GTLM 912 PORSCHE 911 RSR 489 206 LAPS 121 LAPS
55 PC 87 ORECA FLM09 460 235 LAPS 152 LAPS
56 P 07 MAZDA SKYACTIV-D 445 250 LAPS 154 LAPS
57 P 70 MAZDA SKYACTIV-D 369 326 LAPS 76 LAPS
58 PC 08 ORECA FLM09 361 334 LAPS 99 LAPS
59 P 1 HPD ARX-03B 359 336 LAPS 10 LAPS
60 GTLM 3 CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R 329 366 LAPS 160 LAPS
61 P 0 DELTAWING DWC13 288 407 LAPS 71 LAPS
62 P 78 DINAN/RILEY 238 457 LAPS 50 LAPS
63 PC 09 ORECA FLM09 177 518 LAPS 184 LAPS
64 GTD 32 AUDI R8 LMS 151 544 LAPS 341 LAPS
65 P 99 CORVETTE DP 92 603 LAPS 146 LAPS
66 GTLM 62 FERRARI F458 ITALIA 88 607 LAPS 241 LAPS
67 GTD 46 AUDI R8 LMS 5 690 LAPS 146 LAPS

 



BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Lays Down 353 Horsepower on Dyno: Video 22
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW M3, BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition, fever racing, Jacksonville, FL, video on 01 22nd, 2014
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Our good friends at Fever Racing in Tampa, Florida happen to tune and build out some amazing vehicles, which primarily consist of Nissan products including Datsuns and Infinitis. The other day they had a turn of normal events with a BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition in the garage. What do you do with such an awesome vehicle? Strap it to a dyno and see what it lays down to the rear wheels. Of course my first thought would have been to take it out and thrash it around a local track, or parking lot like we did during our review of this limited edition vehicle last year.

Also See: Interview with Doug Mitchell of Fever Racing Tampa, Florida

Just so happens that this fine example of the last E92 body-style BMW M3 with its naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V8 engine climbing to a harmonious 8,400 rpm laid down 353 horsepower on a quick dyno run.

From our exclusive 2013 BMW M3 Lime Rock Park Edition Review



The Roar Before the Rolex 24 Gets Us All Excited 6
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Chevrolet, Events, Jacksonville, FL, Motorsports, Rolex 24 At Daytona, Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona, Rolex 24 Hour Race on 01 6th, 2014
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Over the weekend AutomotiveAddicts.com took a trip to Daytona Speedway to check out the practice and testing sessions leading up to the Rolex 24 Hour race. I have to say, we are truly excited and patently waiting for the Rolex 24 Hour race, which takes place in just a few weeks.

With the kickoff of the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona quickly approaching, we thought it would be a good time to start things off right in lower gear as we prep for a highly anticipated race between GRAND-AM Rolex Sport Car Series and the American Le Mans Series race cars. At the practice sessions we had sensory over-load as the roaring sounds of many re-worked Prototype and Grand Touring style cars left the garages to acclimate their fresh rubber with the familiar pavement of Daytona Speedway.

Some of the highlights during the test runs was us catching the all-new Corvette Stingray C7.R make its rounds on the road-course leading the decibel race alongside of Ferrari 458s, Aston Martin Vantage V8s, Porsche GT3s, Audi R8 V10s, Viper GTS-Rs, BMW M3s and 328i to name some of our favorites.

We look forward to some of our avid readers and fans attending the Rolex 24, which kicks off January 25th and lasting through the night into the morning for some magical and thrilling endurance racing.

Be sure to check out some of our quick garage and pit shots below and a short video clip of the camouflaged Corvette C7.R Racecar.

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The Roar Before the Rolex 24 Gets Us All Excited 6
Jan
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Chevrolet, Events, Jacksonville, FL, Motorsports, Rolex 24 At Daytona, Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona, Rolex 24 Hour Race on 01 6th, 2014
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Over the weekend AutomotiveAddicts.com took a trip to Daytona Speedway to check out the practice and testing sessions leading up to the Rolex 24 Hour race. I have to say, we are truly excited and patently waiting for the Rolex 24 Hour race, which takes place in just a few weeks.

With the kickoff of the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona quickly approaching, we thought it would be a good time to start things off right in lower gear as we prep for a highly anticipated race between GRAND-AM Rolex Sport Car Series and the American Le Mans Series race cars. At the practice sessions we had sensory over-load as the roaring sounds of many re-worked Prototype and Grand Touring style cars left the garages to acclimate their fresh rubber with the familiar pavement of Daytona Speedway.

Some of the highlights during the test runs was us catching the all-new Corvette Stingray C7.R make its rounds on the road-course leading the decibel race alongside of Ferrari 458s, Aston Martin Vantage V8s, Porsche GT3s, Audi R8 V10s, Viper GTS-Rs, BMW M3s and 328i to name some of our favorites.

We look forward to some of our avid readers and fans attending the Rolex 24, which kicks off January 25th and lasting through the night into the morning for some magical and thrilling endurance racing.

Be sure to check out some of our quick garage and pit shots below and a short video clip of the camouflaged Corvette C7.R Racecar.

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Local BMW Car Club Makes Showing to Support Ronald McDonald House 9
Dec
Posted by Chris Brewer in auto show, Automotive, BMW, Jacksonville, FL on 12 9th, 2013
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On December 7, 2013 the BMW CCA First Coast Chapter presented the 1st Annual Car Show for the Kids. Many times it’s hard for families to get out to fun family events, like car shows, while receiving treatments from the local hospitals. That’s why the BMW CCA First Coast Chapter decided to bring the car show to Ronald McDonald House in downtown Jacksonville.

Automotive Addicts wants to thank our friends at the BMW CCA First Coast Chapter for the heart felt showing by car club members. The weather was great and the cars looked fantastic. Looking forward to next year’s show!

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Video: Magnus Walker’s Brumos Connection Pays Homage to Porsche 911 50th Anniversary 25
Nov
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Brumos Porsche, Jacksonville, FL, Magnus Walker, Porsche-911, video on 11 25th, 2013
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There is no doubt that Jacksonville, FL has its roots deep embedded within the car enthusiast community and even the racing world by being home of Brumos Porsche. The Porsche enthusiast ‘Urban Outlaw’, Magnus Walker, pays homage to our hometown in this exclusive ‘Second Seat’ video where he gives us a glimpse into one of this short-wheelbase 1965 Porsches.

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Not only is Magnus Walker a devoted and unique builder/collector of 911s, he shares a certain sentiment with a few particular early 911s. Through the video you will discover the history of one 1965 model 911, the 310th made, all attributing to the 50th anniversary of Porsche 911.

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We welcome you to check out this Brumos Porsche exclusive below, it is well worth the short 8 minutes. Enjoy!

Official Press Release

Jacksonville, Florida – (November 25, 2013) In this year of special celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of Porsche’s icon, Brumos Porsche is pleased to offer a look in to the collection of one of today’s most devoted and unique builder/collectors of 911s – and why chassis #310 is a sentimental favorite ofThe Urban Outlaw.

Jump in and ride second seat with Magnus Walker as he pilots his short wheelbase 911 around California’s Angeles Crest. In the latest installment of Brumos Porsche TV, Magnus talks about the joys of owning and driving a classic, early 911 describing his creation in the “Vic Elford-style” with a sport purpose look. Learn of the modifications made to this special 1965 model- the 310th 911 ever made.

“Brumos Porsche and Magnus Walker share a special relationship through our combined passion for the German brand,” explains General Manager Ray Shaffer. “Magnus knows his history and does his research. It’s very special for us to learn that one of the earliest Porsche 911 imports from Brumos is now in his care.”







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