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Driving School Bentley Style: On Ice in Finland

If you thought driving a Bentley through the local hotspot was cool enough, try harnessing all that hand-built power on ice. Yes -- literally, ice. While sales may be a bit slow in Crewe, Bentley's PR department has setup a no-expense-spared retreat for its customers and well-heeled parties interested in driving the brand's Continental Series models on frozen water in rural Finland.

2009 Bentley Continental GT


Beginning next February, customers will be flown to the town of Ruka located 800 km (497 mi) north of Helsinki or around 60 km (37 mi) from the Arctic Circle. Temperatures there can reach minus 30 degrees centigrade (-22 degrees Fahrenheit), but those in attendance need not worry since Bentley has built its own additional self sustaining temporary village complete with first class luxuries and more importantly, heaters.

After their arrival, they'll find the latest vehicles to test their skills in slalom, emergency avoidance, braking and high speed cornering on Finland's many ice lakes. Two guests per car receive instruction from a member of championship rally driver Juha Kankkunen's very own racing team. Last year, the Finnish driver set the world speed record on ice in a Bentley Continental GT and is a master of ice driving.

2009 Bentley Continental GT


But as expected, nothing from Bentley is at a discount -- even its four-day excursions. Packages begin at 7,590 euro ($9,889) and top out at 8,990 ($11,713) per person. If you can't get away from the little ones, you can bring them along too for the ice-cold family price of 24,980 euro ($32,548).

For more information, check out the Power On Ice Web site HERE.

Source: Bentley

Audi A7 Spied

About a month ago we brought you design renderings of Audi’s planned A7 sedan. Today, a series of spy photos have hit the web showing the CLS fighter undergoing testing.

The prototype wears subtle camouflage, enough to hide the mass between the C- and D-pillars, but not enough to obscure the shape. Look closer and you’ll see someone sitting in the backseat.

The A7 will ride on a stretched version of the A5 platform (as does the A8 and upcoming A6), and could come with a multitude of engines -- though we're guessing the most popular choice will be Audi's new supercharged 3.0L V-6 that will also serve duty in the S4 and upcoming A6.

We'll have to wait to see exactly how the A7 slots into the VW Group portfolio, but we'll be expecting more power and refinement from VW's premium take on the four-place coupe -- an entry that should serve as middle ground between VW's own Passat CC and Mercedes-Benz' CLS in price, performance, and luxury.

Source: Auto Express

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Teenager does back-flip on skateramp with wheelchair (VID)

DAREDEVIL teenager Aaron Fotheringham performs amazing acrobatic stunts — in a WHEELCHAIR.

Flippin' great ... mum Kaylene with Aaron

Flippin' great ... mum Kaylene with Aaron

Aaron, 16 — known to pals as “Wheels” — is the first person ever to perform a backflip in a wheelchair.

He learned the feat at the age of 14 and had it accepted by the World Records Academy last month.

Aaron, who was born with spina bifida and has been in a chair since he was three, said: “It feels awesome to have the record.

“Being in a wheelchair is like carrying your skateboard with you.”


Click below to see more of Aaron's amazing tricks.

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He began doing tricks at home in Las Vegas and invented the sport of hardcore sitting — a wheelchair combination of BMX biking and skateboarding.

Aaron can now do SIX backflips in succession and travels the world demonstrating his skills in a custom-built chair.

His mum Kaylene said: “It’s wonderful. We knew he’d get the record.”

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The 15 Most Expensive Paintings in the World

In 2006, media mogul David Geffen sold Jackson Pollock’s masterwork, No. 5 1948, for $140 million. This made Pollock’s work the most expensive painting in modern history, leading a list of the world’s most highly acclaimed artists. From Pollock to Picasso, Renoir to Van Gogh, famouse fine art fetches an other-wordly price on today’s market. In celebration of their masterworks and the riches now behind them, here is a list of the 15 most expensive paintings in the world.

To round out this list, we’ve arranged these paintings by an adjusted price in 2008 dollars. The U.S. dollar has inflated quite a bit since 1987, when Van Gogh’s Irises sold for $53.9 million. Today, that $53.9 million is worth roughly $102.3 million.

Number Fifteen: Yo, Picasso by Pablo Picasso

Picasso’s 1901 self-portrait may not be his most instantly recognizable, but it certainly did capture a hefty price on the fine art market. Long before Picasso began experimenting with cubism and surrealism, his early oil works were equally as stunning. An interesting anecdote about Picasso– his full name is “Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso”. No joke.

  • Artist: Pablo Picasso
  • Year: 1901
  • Year of Sale: 1989
  • Sale Price: $47.85 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $83.2 million

Number Fourteen: A Wheatfield with Cypresses by Vincent Van Gogh

One of two Van Gogh landscapes in the top 15 is A Wheatfield by Cypresses, an idyllic nature scene with the artist’s signature swirling skies. Wheatfield was owned by philanthropist/diplomat Walter Annenberg until his death in 2002, and is now a part of his estate.

  • Artist: Vincent Van Gogh
  • Year: 1889
  • Year of Sale: 1993
  • Sale Price: $57 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $85.1 million

Number Thirteen: False Start by Jasper Johns

The lone contemporary piece in the top 15 was among a large collection of art sold by media mogul David Geffen in 2006. If you’re like us, you might just be scratching your head about the pricetag on this one…

  • Artist: Jasper Johns
  • Year: 1959
  • Year of Sale: 2006
  • Sale Price: $80 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $85.6 million

Number Twelve: Les Noces de Pierrette by Pablo Picasso

Picasso’s Les Noces de Pierrette is among the artist’s blue period, including some of his most famous works. At the time, Picasso was facing poverty and the loss of a close friend who had recently committed suicide. It was works like this that would prove cathartic for the artist- and lead him to wealth later in life.

  • Artist: Pablo Picasso
  • Year: 1905
  • Year of Sale: 1989
  • Sale Price: $49.3 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $85.7 million

Number Eleven: Triptych by Francis Bacon

As one of the premier artists of the surrealist period, Irish painter Francis Bacon explored the tri-panel format of painting called the Triptych. His work of the same name is the most recent sale on this list, going for $86.3 million.

  • Artist: Francis Bacon
  • Year: 1976
  • Year of Sale: 2008
  • Sale Price: $86.3 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $86.3 million

Number Ten: Massacre of the Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents is both the earliest work on this list as well as its only religious-inspired painting. Painted in 1611, Massacre represents a scene from the Bible’s Gospel According to Matthew.

  • Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
  • Year: 1611
  • Year of Sale: 2002
  • Sale Price: $76.7 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $91.9 million

Number Nine: Portrait de l’artiste sans barbe by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh’s beardless self-portrait shows the artist hiding something– namely a nasty, Absinthe-fueled shaving accident. In the year of this portrait, Van Gogh cut off part of his ear amidst a bout of severe depression that would later lead to his suicide.

  • Artist: Vincent Van Gogh
  • Year: 1889
  • Year of Sale: 1998
  • Sale Price: $71.5 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $94.6 million

Number Eight: Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso

One of Picasso’s greatest works was a portrait of his then-mistress Dora Maar. Miss Maar was 29-years-old at the time, 26 years younger than Picasso. The subject was seated with a black cat perched on her shoulder.

  • Artist: Pablo Picasso
  • Year: 1941
  • Year of Sale: 2006
  • Sale Price: $95.2 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $101.8 million

Number Seven: Irises by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh’s second landscape on this list is named simply Irises, showing at first glance a rather sunny world that was much in contrast to the artist’s disposition.

  • Artist: Vincent Van Gogh
  • Year: 1889
  • Year of Sale: 1987
  • Sale Price: $53.9 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $102.3 million

Number Six: Garçon à la pipe by Pablo Picasso

The “boy at the pipe” is Picasso’s most highly priced painting on this list, having sold for $104.2 million in 2004 (currency adjusted to $118.9 million). The boy in the painting was among the community of entertainers living in the Montmartre section of Paris, many of which were the subjects of Picasso’s red period.

  • Artist: Pablo Picasso
  • Year: 1905
  • Year of Sale: 2004
  • Sale Price: $104.2 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $118.9 million

Number Five: Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Renoir’s sole entry in the top 15 most expensive paintings is his work Bal au moulin de la Galette. This painting was sold in 1990 to Ryoei Saito, the chairman of a Japanese paper company and a collector of fine art.

  • Artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Year: 1876
  • Year of Sale: 1990
  • Sale Price: $78.1 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $128.8 million

Number Four: Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent Van Gogh

This and the last painting were at one point the two most expensive paintings in the world, sold together to Ryoei Saito in 1990. This would become Van Gogh’s most expensive painting to date, selling for an impressive $82.5 million ($136.1 million today).

  • Artist: Vincent Van Gogh
  • Year: 1890
  • Year of Sale: 1990
  • Sale Price: $82.5 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $136.1 million

Number Three: Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt

Once the world’s most expensive painting, Gustav Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer took three years to create in oil and gold. The painting was commissioned by a Swiss sugar magnate, a fan of Klimt and the husband of the painting’s subject.

  • Artist: Gustav Klimt
  • Year: 1907
  • Year of Sale: 2006
  • Sale Price: $135 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $144.4 million

Number Two: Woman III by Willem de Kooning

This, the second most-expensive painting in the world was among the collection sold by David Geffen in 2006. Woman III by Willem de Kooning was among six painted by the artist between 1951 and 1953, with this version ending up at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art– where it would be later hid from the public due to its inadherence to the government’s rules of morality.

  • Artist: Willem de Kooning
  • Year: 1953
  • Year of Sale: 2006
  • Sale Price: $137.5 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $147 million

Number One: No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock’s 1948 painting entitled No. 5 1948 was arguably his greatest masterwork, the most vivid expression of the painter’s unique style. When it was sold by David Geffen in 2006, it became the world’s most expensive painting in history at a price-adjusted $149.70 million dollars.

  • Artist: Jackson Pollock
  • Year: 1948
  • Year of Sale: 2006
  • Sale Price: $140 million
  • Currency Adjusted: $149.70 million

Of these top 15, you’ve seen Vincent Van Gogh mentioned quite a bit. Van Gogh leads this list with $418.1 million worth of art, followed by Pablo Picasso with $389.6 million. Note also that Gustav Klimt’s painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I should have placed twice on this list, as a second version painted by Klimt also sold for $94 million. In the interest of completeness, we excluded the second version.

Japanese man sets up home in Mexico airport food court

By Julian Ryall in Tokyo

Japanese man sets up home in Mexico airport food court
A pilot watches Mr Nohara chat to a new friend Photo: AP


A Japanese man has set up home in Mexico City's airport and has no intention of leaving.

Hiroshi Nohara has become something of a celebrity in Terminal 1 of Benito Juarez International Airport since arriving on September 2.

Mr Nohara has said he can't explain what drew him to the airport, or why he has decided to stay.

"I do not understand why I am here," Mr Nohara, who is originally from Tokyo, told a local television station through an interpreter. "I don't have any reasons."

Mr Nohara holds a valid visa and local authorities admit they have no reason to force him to leave. All they can do is wait for the paperwork to expire in March.

In the meantime, Mr Nohara has become famous and is regularly featured on local television.

He sleeps in a chair in the airport's food court, surviving off food given to him by vendors keen to see their merchandising promoted in his TV interviews.

Passengers who recognise him also help him out by buying him burgers and coffee. In return, he is happy to pose for a photograph or sign an autograph.


Japanese man sets up home in Mexico airport food court

Hiroshi Nohara does not know why he came to the airport Photo: AP

After three months of living rough, however, Mr Nohara is looking decidedly dishevelled. His beard and hair unkempt and his clothes are in need of a wash. Some people using the food court have complained that he needs a shower.

The quietly spoken Mr Nohara replies that he just wants to be left alone and preferred it when he was not in the media spotlight.

His story is similar to that the 2004 film "The Terminal," in which an Eastern European man, played by Tom Hanks, gets trapped at New York's JFK International Airport by revolution in his homeland and is repeatedly denied permission to leave by immigration officials.

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2008 LA Auto Show: Concept Cars


By Evan Ackerman

Exotic cars are impressive, but they tend to be bound by reality and practicality… If you’re going to buy one, you expect certain things. Things like the ability to drive it somewhere. On a road. Legally. Concept cars suffer no such restrictions, which is why I like to ogle them so much. They’re all about being incredibly super awesome looking and nothing else. After the jump, I’ve posted a gallery of concept cars from the 2008 LA Auto Show… Click on the thumbnails for big versions.

Dodge Zeo Concept

Four passenger electric sport wagon, 0-60 in 5.7 seconds, 250 mile range at 120 mpg equivalent, 130 mph top speed, WiFi enabled.


Hyundai i-Mode Concept

Turbo diesel powered, seats six, front passenger seats swivels around to rear, drop down touchscreens, integrated wireless network.


Buick Riviera Concept

Hybrid engine, carbon fiber bodywork, when opened doors project “Buick” onto the ground.


Jeep Renegade Concept

Electric hybrid with 40 mile battery range and 400 mile gas assisted range, modular rear equipment storage area comes with two matching diver propulsion vehicles.


Saturn Flextreme Concept

Electric hybrid with 34 mile battery range and 444 mile gas assisted range, integrated induction chargers for gadgets, Segways beneath cargo compartment recharge from vehicle battery.


Honda FC Sport Concept

Hydrogen fuel cell sports car, 3 passenger (driver in center, passengers on either side), body panels made of bio-plastics.

[ LA Auto Show ]

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