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Mazda Race Car Video – NYIAS – 2015

This is the #70 MAZDASPEED Mazda Prototype race car that competes in the IMSA Tudor Series.  This particular car is driven by Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito in the series and is currently ( as of June 26th ) in 7th place.

FULL DISCLOSURE – I contacted the NYIAS to get a press pass to attend the show free of charge.  I was unceremoniously denied a pass so I had to pay for the whole thing myself.  Hopefully next year I will be deemed worthy of a press pass.

 

This SKYACTIV Mazda is a diesel, which makes it pretty unique in the Tudor series.  Recently though, it was announced Mazda would be moving to a gasoline fueled car that is more inline with the series.  Also, diesel power will be outlawed  by the 2017 season so this will allow more time for the team to work out any issues.

As far as looks go, I like the car.  I think it’s the color that I like the best though.  That deep red set off by the white lettering makes the car pop.  I believe this Mazda is based on a Lola design and the lines are just stunning.  It really is one of the better looking prototypes in the series.

Seeing this Mazda Race car makes me sad about the Baltimore Grand Prix.  I went every year it was in existence.  I usually paid for the tickets on Saturday to see the American Le Mans Series and the GT3 series, plus you could see qualifying for Indy and a few Indy Lights races.  I was the best deal.  Plus, I work in a building right off the race course so I could go see the race, for free, from a higher vantage point.

I wish there was a track close.  Maybe I will try to go to VIR to see a race.  I heard it was nice.

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A picture of the Mclaren F1 XP GT Longtail

Mclaren Display – NYIAS – 2015

A company like Mclaren doesn't have a full, rich history of building cars.  They were more like a tuning company, making Mercedes better.  Then they made the exalted F1 and became vaulted to the upper echelons of car manufacture.  Then they were purchased by Mercedes and helped create a few iconic cars, but that wasn't enough. FULL DISCLOSURE – I contacted the NYIAS to get a press pass to attend the show free of charge.  I was unceremoniously denied a pass so I had to pay for the whole thing myself.  Hopefully next year I will be deemed worthy of a press pass. Mercedes spun off Mclaren back into a…
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This Mazda MAZDASPEED was featured at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Mazda Prototype Race Car- NYIAS – 2015

This is the #70 MAZDASPEED Mazda Prototype race car that competes in the IMSA Tudor Series.  This particular car is driven by Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito in the series and is currently ( as of June 26th ) in 7th place. FULL DISCLOSURE – I contacted the NYIAS to get a press pass to attend the show free of charge.  I was unceremoniously denied a pass so I had to pay for the whole thing myself.  Hopefully next year I will be deemed worthy of a press pass. This SKYACTIV Mazda is a diesel, which makes it pretty unique in the Tudor series.  Recently though, it was announced Mazda…
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A grey Rolls Royce Wraith on display at the NYIAS

Rolls Royce – NYIAS – 2015

I'm not real sure what to say about this and I am a little embarrassed to even post it.  Rolls Royce had a small display at the New York International Auto Show.  I didn't spend a lot of time there and probably only spent the amount of time I did because the cars cost so much. FULL DISCLOSURE – I contacted the NYIAS to get a press pass to attend the show free of charge.  I was unceremoniously denied a pass so I had to pay for the whole thing myself.  Hopefully next year I will be deemed worthy of a press pass.   Rolls Royce Motor Cars range in…
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Alfa Romeo – NYIAS – Video

Alfa Romeo brought the best toys to the New York International Auto Show.  It’s funny when I company that has such a brought history is able to bring cars that look better than anything they currently offer.  Here is my usual disclaimer.

FULL DISCLOSURE – I contacted the NYIAS to get a press pass to attend the show free of charge.  I was unceremoniously denied a pass so I had to pay for the whole thing myself.  Hopefully next year I will be deemed worthy of a press pass.

So back to Alfa Romeo, the company doesn’t have a diverse offering in the United State right now.  They only offer the 4C and the Spider variant which are lovely cars but not a full line-up.

I feel that US regulations are what is keeping companies like Alfa Romeo from bringing over more cars.  I know the Govt wants to keep us safe, but it is making all the cars look alike, boring bland boxes.  Let some of these Non-US companies bring over the good stuff.  We want hot-hatches and diesel vans with manual transmission.  We want to have fast cars that make us feel alive, not another Camry clone.

That is what Alfa does.  They make fun exciting cars that may not last forever but they last long enough to give you your life back.  Who wouldn’t want that.  The build quality is better than a British car too.

The Alfa Romeo 4C comes with a 1.75 litre straight 4 engine, making about 240 horsepower.  Since the car is so small it is able to get to a top speed of 160 with a 0-60 time around 4.5 seconds.  Those numbers are for the Spider and the standard, and, as far as I ca tell, the Launch Edition also.  The base 4C starts at $55.5K, the Spider starts at $65.5K and the Launch Edition costs $70K.

 

 

 

 

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The Alfa Romeo 4C with a 33 Stradale.

Alfa Romeo – NYIAS – 2015

Alfa Romeo brought the best toys to the New York International Auto Show.  It's funny when I company that has such a brought history is able to bring cars that look better than anything they currently offer.  Here is my usual disclaimer. FULL DISCLOSURE – I contacted the NYIAS to get a press pass to attend the show free of charge.  I was unceremoniously denied a pass so I had to pay for the whole thing myself.  Hopefully next year I will be deemed worthy of a press pass. So back to Alfa Romeo, the company doesn't have a diverse offering in the United State right now.  They only offer…
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Detail of the air intakes on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and a Vulcan

Aston Martin – NYIAS – 2015

The Aston Martin display at the 2015 New York International Auto Show did not disappoint.  But really, could Aston Martin ever be a disappointment?  First let me get this out of the way. FULL DISCLOSURE – I contacted the NYIAS to get a press pass to attend the show free of charge.  I was unceremoniously denied a pass so I had to pay for the whole thing myself.  Hopefully next year I will be deemed worthy of a press pass. Back to the Aston Martin display and my personal disappointment.  If you ever read any of the words I write then you know I pride myself on my pictures.  I…
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