Michael Schumacher, one of the best Formula 1 racers in history!

by: Steven Schlosser

Michael Schumacher, one of the best Formula 1 racers in history, is returning to F1 to drive for Mercedes in 2010. Between 1991 and 2006, Michael Schumacher competed in 249 F1 races with Jordan, Benetton and Ferrari. In 1994 and 1995, he won the F1 driver’s championship, and again for five straight years 2000-2004.

This is something nobody could have foreseen, and proves to be very exciting. According to Shumacher, he took the offer to have a chance to pay back Mercedes whom steered his pre-F1 career. “The one reason I seriously thought about my return is it’s because an old friend asked me,” Schumacher said. Schumacher turns 41 on January 3rd, and announced his comeback after three years of retirement from the sport he controlled for the first half of the decade. “Three years of absence gave back all the energy that I’m feeling right now,” Michael Schumacher said in a telephone conference. “I feel ready for some serious stuff.” Nico Rosberg, an all-German team in the 2010 season will include Schumacher and has reported they are trying to work a deal throughout the 2012 season. “We are talking about a three-year deal.

It’s not a one-off thing,” Michael Schumacher said. “We are looking for some continuation.” I hope that this will not be just a onetime return for the all-star racer. Since his retirement, Michael Schumacher has been working as a consultant with ferrari, and has spectated a few F1 races. He said a permanent comeback had not crossed his mind until approached by Mercedes team Principal Ross Brawn. “I was not thinking I would have an offer,” Michael Schumacher said. “I could not have imagined I would have returned. Due to this special combination, that no one could have planned in advance, I just thought, “why not?”” With Michael Schumacher returning to F1 this upcoming season, it will definitely be one of the hottest events to add into the Formula 1 history.

 

 

The General Lee 1969 Charger

This 1969 muscle car was used to be named as the most recognizable car in the world. Well, we believe this may be true in the USA, because it was used in famous TV series The Dukes of Hazzard [1979-1985].
The Dodge Charger was named General Lee after Confederate general Robert E. Lee and was painted in flat orange color. It had the picture of Confederate battle flag on the roof, “01? number and its name on each door. The doors were welded shut and the windows were always open – in order to perform chases and stunt jumps [in almost every episode]. It also ment that the Duke  cousins had to climb in /out through windows.  The horn sounded like anthem Dixie [Confederate States].
318, 383, 440 V8 engines varied in the show although the official one was 383 cubic. 440-cubic powered engines usually were used for the higher and longer jumps. The exhaust was basic, mostly with the pipe cut right before the rear end.

There also was The Dukes of Hazzard movie [2005] where some changes to the Charger were made. Cooter repaired General Lee after it was vandalized by Boss Hogg’s guys – he repainted it in a bright orange, replaced the engine with a Hemi, added Vector 10-spoke “turbine” wheels, redesigned the “01? number, added black grille and “General Lee” text right above the door.

The WCC guys also did a new Charger into something that’s have a lot in common with General Lee – 4-doors saloon was converted into 2-door coupe, the body was painted in orange, the roof had a flag and both doors had “01?. Nice and modern interpretation.. Just like a few more others.

2010 Formula One to be Held at Silverstone

by Steven Schlosser British Grand Prix

After much stress, the British Grand Prix has been saved from expulsion. A recent contract made between Formula One and the Donington venue failed after the track was unable to raise redevelopment funds needed to stage the race. Formula One left in the hole, they were considering moving the race to another country.

However, two days before the deadline for the 2010 race location, Formula One finally struck a deal with Silverstone that will allow the famous venue to host the race for the next 17 years. Silverstone Managing Director Richard Phillips was ecstatic to report they have only been able to secure five-year deals due to the investment needed to redevelop, and the upcoming 17 years will give the ability to invest and move forward.

lewis hamilton“We’ve always had the belief the British Grand Prix was an important cornerstone of Formula One but, with Bernie, You’re never quite sure,” Phillips said. Damon Hill, the 1996 Formula One driver’s champion and President of the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC), which owns Silverstone, admitted the venue would have to work to meet its commitments, but welcomed the deal with open arms. “It’s not easy to enter into an agreement of this magnitude,” Hill said. “the BRDC felt we wanted this relationship to continue, and we were prepared to back the negotiating team, with the level of risk satisfactory for the deal to go ahead.” The Very First British Grand Prix was held at the Silverstone location in 1950 and the venue has hosted the most races since; including every race since 1987.

John Rosatti attends the 22nd Annual ShowBoats International Boys & Girls Clubs Rendezvous

Scores of high-profile individuals turned out this year for the 22nd Annual ShowBoats International Boys & Girls Clubs Rendezvous held November 12-14, 2009 at the Rybovich Marina in West Palm Beach, Florida. The fundraiser’s venue of 17 exceptional yachts, collector cars from the 50s, Sparktacular Fireworks, and Worth Avenue designs, also featured singer Donna Summer at an after-party James Bond Ball held at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. A tremendous success, this year’s event raised over a million dollars for the Broward County Boys & Girls Clubs.

Starting back in 1965, the Broward County Boys & Girls Clubs of South Florida have since grown to include 13 facilities and serve approximately 13,000 youth. Its mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

Some of those in attendance were Rick and Rita Case of the Rick Case Automobile Group, Felix Sabates of Trinity Yachts-who has attended the event every year, and Linda Von Allmen, Rendezvous Co-Chair and B&GC of Broward County Board Member. “This is our second year at Wayne Huizenga, Jr.’s Rybovich Marina, and he could not have done more for us,” said Linda Von Allmen.

The James Bond formal ball at the Mar-a-Lago Club boasted the talents of Donna Summer and notable guests such as Florida Governor Charlie Crist and host Donald Trump. “Everything went off just right,” remarked Rick Case. “If there’s anything harder than selling cars in this economy, it’s raising money for charity. It was a great event, and it was all for the kids.”

International yacht owners John Rosatti and John Staluppi were also present as they were for the first ever ShowBoats International Boys & Girls Clubs Rendezvous back in 1988 on Cat Cay in The Bahamas. John Staluppi, owner of the Cars of Dreams Museum, opened the museum’s doors Friday evening for dinner and dancing. “I think it was one of the best Rendezvous they have held, in spite of the economy. The weather was good; the venue was terrific. The way it was organized made everybody feel like a part of it,” he said. John Rosatti, member of the Broward County Admirals Club, was also on hand to show his support: “It’s a truly worthy cause, and we look forward to coming out every year.”

The Admirals Club founded in 1995 by Rick and Rita Case, Felix Sabates and Larry DeGeorge recognizes those individuals who have made annual donations of $50,000 or more to the Boys & Girls Clubs. One of its newest developments is the Admirals Club Marine Academy, a program providing young adult vocational training in the field of yachting. “The Admirals Club Marine Academy is helping to train the next generation of yacht crew and helping kids in need in the process—a real ‘win-win’ for our industry and the community,” said Rebecca Cahilly. Members of the Admirals Club, who made their donations afterward, were honored this year with a private party held at the home of fellow Admirals, Suzanne and Robert Tomsich.